Beta-catenin hits chromatin: regulation of Wnt target gene activation

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Apr;10(4):276-86. doi: 10.1038/nrm2654.


The canonical Wnt pathway has gathered much attention in recent years owing to its fundamental contribution to metazoan development, tissue homeostasis and human malignancies. Wnt target gene transcription is regulated by nuclear beta-catenin, and genetic assays have revealed various collaborating protein cofactors. Their daunting number and diverse nature, however, make it difficult to arrange an orderly picture of the nuclear Wnt transduction events. Yet, these findings emphasize that beta-catenin-mediated transcription affects chromatin. How does beta-catenin cope with chromatin regulation to turn on Wnt target genes?

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatin / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Transcriptional Activation*
  • Wnt Proteins / genetics*
  • beta Catenin / metabolism*


  • Chromatin
  • Wnt Proteins
  • beta Catenin