PARP-2 regulates cell cycle-related genes through histone deacetylation and methylation independently of poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation.

Research paper by Ya-Chen YC Liang, Chiao-Yu CY Hsu, Ya-Li YL Yao, Wen-Ming WM Yang

Indexed on: 08 Jan '13Published on: 08 Jan '13Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications


Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-2 (PARP-2) catalyzes poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation (PARylation) and regulates numerous nuclear processes, including transcription. Depletion of PARP-2 alters the activity of transcription factors and global gene expression. However, the molecular action of how PARP-2 controls the transcription of target promoters remains unclear. Here we report that PARP-2 possesses transcriptional repression activity independently of its enzymatic activity. PARP-2 interacts and recruits histone deacetylases HDAC5 and HDAC7, and histone methyltransferase G9a to the promoters of cell cycle-related genes, generating repressive chromatin signatures. Our findings propose a novel mechanism of PARP-2 in transcriptional regulation involving specific protein-protein interactions and highlight the importance of PARP-2 in the regulation of cell cycle progression.