Drosophila CLOCK target gene characterization: implications for circadian tissue-specific gene expression. Academic Article uri icon


  • CLOCK (CLK) is a master transcriptional regulator of the circadian clock in Drosophila. To identify CLK direct target genes and address circadian transcriptional regulation in Drosophila, we performed chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) tiling array assays (ChIP-chip) with a number of circadian proteins. CLK binding cycles on at least 800 sites with maximal binding in the early night. The CLK partner protein CYCLE (CYC) is on most of these sites. The CLK/CYC heterodimer is joined 4-6 h later by the transcriptional repressor PERIOD (PER), indicating that the majority of CLK targets are regulated similarly to core circadian genes. About 30% of target genes also show cycling RNA polymerase II (Pol II) binding. Many of these generate cycling RNAs despite not being documented in prior RNA cycling studies. This is due in part to different RNA isoforms and to fly head tissue heterogeneity. CLK has specific targets in different tissues, implying that important CLK partner proteins and/or mechanisms contribute to gene-specific and tissue-specific regulation.

published proceedings

  • Genes Dev

altmetric score

  • 12.506

author list (cited authors)

  • Abruzzi, K. C., Rodriguez, J., Menet, J. S., Desrochers, J., Zadina, A., Luo, W., Tkachev, S., & Rosbash, M.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Abruzzi, Katharine Compton||Rodriguez, Joseph||Menet, Jerome S||Desrochers, Jennifer||Zadina, Abigail||Luo, Weifei||Tkachev, Sasha||Rosbash, Michael

publication date

  • November 2011