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The Impact of Chromatin Modifiers on Disease Development and Progression (Capucine van Rechem)

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In this episode of the Epigenetics Podcast, we talked with Capucine van Rechem from Stanford University about her work on the impact of chromatin modifiers on disease development and progression.

During her postdoctoral work, Capucine van Rechem studied the effects of Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in KDM4A on lung cancer cell lines and discovered a link between KDM4A and mTOR. She found that cells with the SNP had decreased KDM4A levels and increased sensitivity to inhibitors of the translation pathway. In addition, she found that a combination of histone marks was more predictive of replication timing than RNA expression alone, and identified the specific stages of the cell cycle where KDM4 primarily acts.

Now in her own lab, the focus of her work shifted to SWI-SNF. The team has discovered the role of SWI-SNF in translation through polysome profiling and confirmed the interaction between SWI-SNF and translation. They are currently working to understand the functions of different complexes in translation and their connection to transcription.



  • Black, J. C., Manning, A. L., Van Rechem, C., Kim, J., Ladd, B., Cho, J., Pineda, C. M., Murphy, N., Daniels, D. L., Montagna, C., Lewis, P. W., Glass, K., Allis, C. D., Dyson, N. J., Getz, G., & Whetstine, J. R. (2013). KDM4A lysine demethylase induces site-specific copy gain and rereplication of regions amplified in tumors. Cell, 154(3), 541–555. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2013.06.051

  • Van Rechem, C., Ji, F., Mishra, S., Chakraborty, D., Murphy, S. E., Dillingham, M. E., Sadreyev, R. I., & Whetstine, J. R. (2020). The lysine demethylase KDM4A controls the cell-cycle expression of replicative canonical histone genes. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Gene regulatory mechanisms, 1863(10), 194624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbagrm.2020.194624

  • Van Rechem, C., Ji, F., Chakraborty, D., Black, J. C., Sadreyev, R. I., & Whetstine, J. R. (2021). Collective regulation of chromatin modifications predicts replication timing during cell cycle. Cell reports, 37(1), 109799. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109799

  • Ulicna, L., Kimmey, S. C., Weber, C. M., Allard, G. M., Wang, A., Bui, N. Q., Bendall, S. C., Crabtree, G. R., Bean, G. R., & Van Rechem, C. (2022). The Interaction of SWI/SNF with the Ribosome Regulates Translation and Confers Sensitivity to Translation Pathway Inhibitors in Cancers with Complex Perturbations. Cancer research, 82(16), 2829–2837. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-21-1360


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