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Regulacin de la expresin gentica

en eucariontes
Regulacin de la expresin gentica a

Bibliografa: Alberts MBOTC Cap. 4 y 7


Factores de
Promotor Basal: secuencia de nucletidos necesaria para la fijacin de la RNA

Secuencias reguladoras:

A) Intensificadoras (enhancers): secuencias que estimulan la transcripcin y cuya

localizacin puede ser a miles de nucletidos de distancia "ro arriba o abajo" del

B) Silenciadoras (silencers): secuencias que inhiben la transcripcin. Tambin pueden

hallarse muy distantes del promotor.

Factores basales de transcripcin: complejo proteico que interacciona con el sitio

promotor. Son esenciales para la transcripcin pero no pueden aumentar o disminuir
su ritmo.
Factores especficos de la transcripcin: complejo de protenas reguladoras que
pueden ser activadoras o represoras.

A) Protenas activadoras: interaccionan con las secuencias intensificadoras del gen


B) Protenas represoras: interaccionan con las secuencias silenciadoras del gen

Los factores de transcripcin son protenas de unin a DNA

Dominio de unin a DNA

Dominio transactivador
Domino regulable (p.ej. por hormona)
Interaccin de
los dominios de
unin a DNA con
sus secuencias

a) Hlice-vuelta-Hlice

b) Dedos de Zinc

c) Cierre de Leucina

d) Hlice-asa-Hlice
Receptores nucleares a hormonas (factores de
transcripcin especficos) y sus elementos de
respuesta en el DNA (Enhancer/Silencer)
Receptores a estrgenos, progesterona, testosterona
Receptores a glucocorticoides (cortisona, hidrocortisona, dexametasona)
Receptores a cido retinoico, tiroxina y Vitamina D
Relevancia del Enhancer y su Posicin respecto al Promotor Basal

Promotor Basal

Sin Promotor Basal

Con enhancer
Sin Promotor Basal

Con enhancer y
Promotor Basal

Con enhancer y
Promotor Basal

Con enhancer y
Promotor Basal

Con enhancer y
Promotor Basal
10.7 Chromatins role in eukaryotic gene regulation 323

(a) could become inactive. The three phenomena are X in-

Los diferentes estados
activation, imprinting, and position-effect variegation.
Short region of
DNA double helix
2 nm de la CROMATINA
MESSAGE The chromatin of eukaryotes is not uniform.
Highly condensed heterchromatic regions have fewer genes
Nucleosomes: and lower recombination frequencies than do the less
the basic unit 11 nm
condensed euchromatic regions.
of chromatin

X inactivation in female mammals

Chromatin fiber
of packed 30 nm In Chapter 15, you will learn about the effects of gene
nucleosomes copy number on the phenotype of an organism. For
now, it is sufficient to know that the number of tran-
scripts produced by a gene is usually proportional to the
number of copies of that gene in a cell. Mammals, for
example, are diploid and have two copies of each gene
located on their autosomes. However, as discussed in
Chapter 2, the number of the X and Y sex chromo-
somes differs between the sexes, with female mammals
having two X chromosomes to only one in males. The
mammalian X chromosome is thought to contain about
1000 genes. Females have twice as many copies of these
X-linked genes and would normally express twice as
much transcript from these genes as males. (Not having
a Y chromosome is not a problem for females, because
the very few genes on this chromosome are only re-
quired for the development of males.) This dosage im-
balance is corrected by a process called dosage compen-
sation, which makes the amount of most gene products
from the two copies of the X chromosome in females
Figure 10 - 29 The structure of chromatin. (a) The nucleosome equivalent to the single dose of the X chromosome in
in decondensed and condensed chromatin. (b) Chromatin males. This equivalency is accomplished by random inac-
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en eucariontes requiere
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how the histone code could be read by a
Remodelacin de
code-readercomplex.A largeprotein
complexthat containsa seriesof protein

modules,eachof which recognizes a
specifichistonemark,is schematically
complex"will bind tightlyonly to a region
of chromatinthat containsseveralof the

differenthistonemarksthat it recognizes'
Therefore,only a specificcombinationof
markswill causethe complexto bind to
chromatinand attractadditionalprotein

Typically, a few relatively short stretches of nucleotide sequence guide the encompass an enormousvarietyof
assembly of a group of regulatory proteins on DNA (seeFigure 7-51). However, proteinsincludinghistonereadersand
in some extreme cases of regulation by committee a more elaborate writers,chromatinremodelingcomplexes,
and manyotherclasses of proteins.
protein-DNA structure is formed (Figure 7-52). Since the final assembly but
haveno intrinsicactivitythemselves
requires the presence of many gene regulatory proteins that bind DNA, it pro- simplyserveasa "scaffolding"to attract
vides a simple way to ensure that a gene is expressedonlywhen the cell contains thosethat do.
the correct combination of these proteins. We saw earlier how the formation of
heterodimers in solution provides a mechanism for the combinatorial control of
gene expression. The assembly of complexes of gene regulatory proteins on
DNA provides a second important mechanism for combinatorial control, one
that offers far richer opportunities.

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DevelopmentAre BuiltUp from SmallerModules
Given that gene regulatory proteins can be positioned at multiple sites along
long stretches of DNA, that these proteins can assembleinto complexes at each
site, and that the complexes influence the chromatin structure as well as the
recruitment and assembly of the general transcription machinery at the pro-
moter, there would seem to be almost limitless possibilities for the elaboration
of control devices to regulate eucaryotic gene transcription.
A particularly striking example of a complex, multicomponent genetic
switch is that controlling the transcription of the Drosophila Euen-skipped(Eue)
gene, whose expression plays an important part in the development of the
Drosophila embryo. If this gene is inactivated by mutation, many parts of the
embryo fail to form, and the embryo dies early in development. As discussedin
Chapter 22, at the stage of development when Eue begins to be expressed,the +.
transcfl pI|on
embryo is a single giant cell containing multiple nuclei in a common cytoplasm.
This cytoplasm is not uniform, however: it contains a mixture of gene regulatory
proteins that are distributed unevenly along the length of the embryo, thus pro-
viding positional information that distinguishes one part of the embryo from
another (Figure 7-53). (The way these differencesare initially set up is discussed Figure7-52 Schematicdepictionof a
in Chapter 22.) Although the nuclei are initially identical, they rapidly begin to committee of gene regulatory proteins
bound to an enhancer.The protein
express different genes because they are exposed to different gene regulatory
shownin yellowiscalledan architectural
proteins. The nuclei near the anterior end of the developing embryo, for exam-
Secuencia de eventos
proteinsinceits mainroleis to bendthe
ple, are exposed to a set of gene regulatory proteins that is distinct from the set DNAto allowthe cooperative assembly
that influences nuclei at the posterior end of the embryo. of the othercomponents. Thestructure

en la activacin
The regulatory DNA sequencescontrolling the Eue geneare designedto read
the concentrations of gene regulatory proteins at each position along the length
deoictedhereis basedon that found in
the controlregionof the genethat codes
for a subunitof the T cellrecePtor

of the embryo and to interpret this information in such a way that the Eue gene (discussed in Chapter25),and it activates
is expressedin seven stripes, each initially five to six nuclei wide and positioned transcriptionat a nearbypromoter.Only
precisely along the anterior-posterior axis of the embryo (Figure 7-54). How is certaincellsof the developingimmune
this remarkable feat of information processing carried out? Although not all of system,which eventuallygive riseto
the molecular details are understood, several general principles have emerged matureT cells,havethe completeset of
from studies of Eue and other Drosophila genesthat are similarly regulated. Droteinsneededto form this structure.
Sealizacin para la activacin de los factores
de transcripcin especficos (CASO I)

El ligando que estimula

(cortisol) es liposoluble y
entra a la clula.

El GR se encuentra en
complejo inactivo con Hsp
y es liberado por el

Entra a ncleo donde se

dimeriza y acta sobre sus
elementos de respuesta
estimulando la
transcripcin de genes

Receptor a Glucocorticoides (GR)

Sealizacin para la activacin de los factores de
transcripcin especficos (CASO II)

En este caso el
ligando NO entra a la
clula y su receptor es
una protena de

Al unir el ligando, el
receptor se activa por
fosforilacin y acta
como cinasa
fosforilando a Stat1
en el citosol.

Esta fosforilacin
promueve la
dimerizacin y
entrada al ncleo del
factor transcripcional.
Los activadores pueden actuar de manera conjunta
Formas de accin de la protena activadora

Competencia con el Represor por el mismo sitio de unin

Formas de accin de la protena activadora

Enmascaramiento del dominio de transactivacin

Formas de accin de la protena activadora

Interaccin directa con factores de transcripcin

Complejos formados in situ sobre el DNA

Cada gen tiene una combinacin particular de intensificadores y


Genes distintos pueden compartir idnticas secuencias

intensificadoras y silenciadoras, pero no existen dos genes que
posean la misma combinacin de estas secuencias reguladoras.
Regulacin en el desarrollo por protenas hometicas
(Embriones de Drosophila)

Activadores transcripcionales Represores transcripcionales

Expresin del gen Eve
La zona de regulacin involucra activadores y


En la zona de la banda 2 se dan las condiciones de
represor y activador
Regulacin de la expresin gentica a
Cambios en la expresin gentica a nivel TRADUCCIN

Regulacin traduccin ! B B B B
Durante el desarrollo embrionario de Drosophila
ocurre la traduccin selectiva de mRNAs en el embrin
para determinar la polaridad del cuerpo de la mosca

Traduccin Traduccin
activa inactiva

Traduccin inactiva
En ausencia de HEMO
se activa una protena
cinasa que fosforila a

eIF2 fosforilado no es
capaz de intercambiar
el GDP por GTP, ya
que queda formando
complejo inactivo con el

Hay deplecin de
complejo ternario e
inhibicin de la

Regulacin por grupo HEMO

en eritrocitos
Regulacin por siRNAs
Presencia de RNA de doble
cadena (por virus, RNA anti-
sentido, etc.)

Se generan siRNAs de 21 nt
por corte con DICER

Se forma RISC cargado con

siRNA y varias protenas
incluyendo ARGONAUTA

RISC dirige el siRNA a su

mRNA blanco con el cual
forma complementariedad
PERFECTA y promueve el
corte y degradacin de este
Regulacin por miRNAs
Los miRNAs se transcriben por
la RNA polimerasa II como
transcritos primarios y son
procesados por DROSHA en el

Luego son exportados al

citoplasma y son cortados por
DICER a tamao de 21 nt

Los miRNAs son tomados por

dirigidos a sus mRNA blanco
con los cuales muestran
IMPERFECTA generalmente
en sus regiones 3UTR

RISC cargado con miRNAs

dirige la inhibicin traduccional
de los mRNAs blanco

Control transcripcional A- Factores de transcripcin

B- Grado de condensacin de la cromatina
C- Grado de metilacin del ADN

Control procesamiento del Empalme alternativo

ARNm Grado de poliadenilacin

Control transporte del Mecanismos que determinan si el ARNm

ARNm maduro sale o no a citosol

Control traduccional Mecanismos que determinan si el ARNm

presente en el citosol es o no traducido

Control de la degradacin Mecanismos que determinan la supervivencia

del ARNm del ARNm en el citosol

Control de la actividad Mecanismos que determinan la activacin o

proteica inactivacin de una protena, as como el
tiempo de supervivencia de la misma.