An Australian-led team takes a look at alternative functions for an RNA polymerase I transcription factor called upstream binding transcription factor 1 (UBTF). Through chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing on mouse and human cell lines, the researchers identified thousands of binding sites for the UBTF1/2 isoforms in the mammalian genomes, including enrichment in and around genes transcribed by polymerase II.

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