CTCF and Its Multi-Partner Network for Chromatin Regulation

Aylin Del Moral-Morales, Marisol Salgado-Albarrán, Yesennia Sánchez-Pérez, Nina Kerstin Wenke, Jan Baumbach, Ernesto Soto-Reyes

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Architectural proteins are essential epigenetic regulators that play a critical role in organizing chromatin and controlling gene expression. CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor) is a key architectural protein responsible for maintaining the intricate 3D structure of chromatin. Because of its multivalent properties and plasticity to bind various sequences, CTCF is similar to a Swiss knife for genome organization. Despite the importance of this protein, its mechanisms of action are not fully elucidated. It has been hypothesized that its versatility is achieved through interaction with multiple partners, forming a complex network that regulates chromatin folding within the nucleus. In this review, we delve into CTCF’s interactions with other molecules involved in epigenetic processes, particularly histone and DNA demethylases, as well as several long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) that are able to recruit CTCF. Our review highlights the importance of CTCF partners to shed light on chromatin regulation and pave the way for future exploration of the mechanisms that enable the finely-tuned role of CTCF as a master regulator of chromatin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1357
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • CTCF
  • CTCF-s
  • KDM
  • TET
  • chromatin regulation
  • demethylases
  • epigenetics
  • histone
  • lncRNAs


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