PRC2.1- and PRC2.2-specific accessory proteins drive recruitment of different forms of canonical PRC1.


Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) mediates H3K27me3 deposition, which is thought to recruit canonical PRC1 (cPRC1) via chromodomain-containing CBX proteins to promote stable repression of developmental genes. PRC2 forms two major subcomplexes, PRC2.1 and PRC2.2, but their specific roles remain unclear. Through genetic knockout (KO) and replacement of PRC2 subcomplex-specific subunits in naïve and primed pluripotent cells, we uncover distinct roles for PRC2.1 and PRC2.2 in mediating the recruitment of different forms of cPRC1. PRC2.1 catalyzes the majority of H3K27me3 at Polycomb target genes and is sufficient to promote recruitment of CBX2/4-cPRC1 but not CBX7-cPRC1. Conversely, while PRC2.2 is poor at catalyzing H3K27me3, we find that its accessory protein JARID2 is essential for recruitment of CBX7-cPRC1 and the consequent 3D chromatin interactions at Polycomb target genes. We therefore define distinct contributions of PRC2.1- and PRC2.2-specific accessory proteins to Polycomb-mediated repression and uncover a new mechanism for cPRC1 recruitment.

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Molecular cell
  • Volume 83
  • Issue nr. 9
  • Pages 1393-1411.e7
  • Publication date 04-05-2023

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