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  • Oral presentation
  • Open Access

Identification of long-range chromatin interactions between HTLV-1 and the host genome

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  • 1, 2 and
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Contributed equally
Retrovirology201512 (Suppl 1) :O10

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  • Host Gene
  • Host Genome
  • Chromatin Interaction
  • Chromosome Conformation Capture
  • CTCF Site

Human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-1) integration is known to be weakly biased towards genomically active regions but can occur throughout the genome. We have shown that there are of the order of 10^4 HTLV-1-infected T-cell clones in each individual, each clone defined by a unique genomic integration site of the single-copy HTLV-1 provirus. HTLV-1 dysregulates many host genes by expressing a transcriptional transactivator, Tax, but it remains unknown whether HTLV-1 also alters host gene expression by insertional mutagenesis. In recent work (Satou et al, submitted) we have shown that HTLV-1 encodes a functional binding site for CCCTC binding factor (CTCF), a known mediator of chromatin looping. We hypothesize that the HTLV-1 provirus forms CTCF-mediated chromatin loops with the flanking host genome and dysregulates the expression of host genes. To test this hypothesis, we performed a circular chromatin conformation capture assay followed by high-throughput sequencing (4C-seq) which enables high resolution screening of physical long range interactions between chromosomes. Using the proviral CTCF site as bait, we have detected long-range interactions between the proviral and the host genome which suggest the formation of novel chromatin looping in clones of HTLV-1-infected T cells from both cases of ATL and from non-malignant cases of HTLV-1 infection. Chromosome conformation capture using specific primers (3C) confirmed clone-specific interactions. We are now testing whether these long-range interactions are associated with clone-specific alterations in the expression of host genes.


Authors’ Affiliations

Imperial College London, London, W2 1PG, UK
Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-0811, Japan