Brian Strahl

Research: Histone modifications and epigenetics; Core Techniques: yeast genetics, peptide synthesis, peptide arrays, mammalian cell culture

Brian Strahl

Professor and Vice-Chair
Faculty Director, UNC High-throughput Peptide Synthesis and Array Facility
(PhD - NC State University)

ACCEPTING STUDENTS

120 Mason Farm Road, CB# 7260
3060 Genetic Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7260
919-843-3896

Strahl Lab Website

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Philip & Ruth Hettleman Prize: 2009
  • NIH Eureka Award: 2008
  • Schering-Plough Research Institute Award: 2004
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: 2003
  • Pew Scholar: 2003

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Eukaryotic genomes are packaged into the nuclei of cells through the actions of histone proteins. These proteins not only play a role in condensing the genome but are fundamental to establishing and maintaining chromatin domains such as euchromatin and heterochromatin. Our lab is addressing how chromatin organization achieved and what factors make the underlying DNA permissive to the protein machineries that drive transcription, replication, recombination, and repair. A large body of work shows that histone post-translational modifications are central to the regulation of chromatin structure and function. These modifications, which include acetylation and methylation, decorate histones and function, at least in part, by recruiting chromatin regulatory proteins to the sites of these modifications. Current efforts are aimed at understanding how histone modifications are installed and removed, and how they are interpreted to regulate genome function.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Shanle, E. K.*, Shinsky, A. A.*, Bridgers, J. B., Bae, N., Sagum, C., Krajewski, K., Rothbart, S. B., Bedford, M. T.* & Strahl, B. D.* (2017) Histone peptide microarray screen of chromo and Tudor domains defines new histone lysine methylation interactions. Epigenetics & Chromatin. Mar 14;10:12.
  • Hacker, K. E.*, Fahey, C. C.*, Shinsky, S. A.*, Chiang, Y.-C. J.*, DiFiore, J. V.*, Jha, D. K., Vo, A. H., Shavit, J. A. Davis, I, J., Strahl, B. D.* & Rathmell, W. K.* (2016) Structure/Function Analysis of Recurrent Mutations in SETD2 Reveals a Critical and Conserved Role for a SET Domain Residue in Maintaining Protein Stability and H3K36 Trimethylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Aug 15. pii: jbc.M116.739375.
  • McDaniel, S. L., Fligor, J. E., Chun, R., Cui, H., Bridgers, J. B., DiFiore, J. V., Guo, A. H., Li, B. & Strahl, B. D. (2016) Combinatorial Histone Readout by the Dual Plant Homeodomain (PHD) Fingers of Rco1 Mediates Rpd3S Chromatin Recruitment and the Maintenance of Transcriptional Fidelity. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 291:14796-14802.
  • Andrews, F. H.*, Shinsky, A. S.*, Shanle, E. K., Bridgers, J. B., Gest, A., Tsun, I. K., Krajewski, K., Shi, X., Strahl, B. D.* & Kutateladze, T. G.* (2016) The Taf14 YEATS domain is a reader of histone crotonylation. Nature Chemical Biology. 12:396-398.
  • Shanle, E. K, Andrews, F. H., Meriesh, H., McDaniel, S. L., Dronamraiu, R., DiFiore J., Jha, D., Wozniak, G. G., Bridgers, J., Kerschner, J. L., Martin, G. M., Morrison A. J., Krajewski, K., Kutateladze, T*. & Strahl, B. D.* (2015) Association of Taf14 with acetylated histone H3 directs gene transcription and the DNA damage response. Genes & Development. 29:1789-1794.
  • Rothbart, S. B., Dickson, B. M., Raab, J. R., Grzybowski, A. T., Krajewski, K., Guo, A. H., Shanle, E. K., Josefowicz, S. Z., Fuchs, S. M., Allis, C. D., Magnuson, T. R., Ruthenburg, A. J. & Strahl, B. D. (2015) An interactive database for the assessment of histone antibody specificity. Molecular Cell. 59:502-511.
  • Gilbert, T. M.*, McDaniel, S. L.*, Byrum., S. D., Cades, J. A., Dancy, B. C. Y, Wade, H., Tackett, A. J., Strahl, B. D.* & Taverna, S. D.* (2014) A PWWP domain-containing protein targets the NuA3 acetyltransferase complex via H3 lysine 36 trimethylation to coordinate transcriptional elongation at coding regions. Mol Cell Proteomics. 13:2883-2895.
  • Wozniak, G. G. & Strahl, B. D. (2014) Catalysis-dependent stabilization of Bre1 fine-tunes histone H2B ubiquitylation to regulate gene transcription. Genes & Development. 28:1647-1652.
  • Jha, D. K. & Strahl, B. D. (2014) H3K36 methylation regulates chromatin remodeling and checkpoint activation after DSB. Nature Commun. 5:3965.
  • Dronamraju, R. & Strahl, B. D. (2014) A feed forward circuit comprising Spt6, Ctk1 and PAF regulates Pol II CTD phosphorylation and transcription elongation. Nucleic Acids Research. 42:870-881.

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