Apr 4, 2020

Nucleosome assembly and disassembly pathways.

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H. AkikoMalcolm Buckle


Nucleosome assembly and disassembly play a central role in the regulation of gene expression. Here we use PhAST (Photochemical Analysis of Structural Transitions) to monitor at the base pair level, structural alterations induced all along DNA upon histone binding or release. By offering the first consistent, detailed comparison of nucleosome assembly and disassembly in vitro, we are able to reveal similarities and differences between the two processes. We identify multiple intermediate states characterised by specific PhAST signatures; revealing a complexity that goes beyond the known sequential events involving (H3-H4)2 tetramer and H2A-H2B heterodimers. Such signatures localise and quantify the extent of the asymmetry of DNA/histone interactions with respect to the nucleosome dyad. This asymmetry is therefore defined by the localisation and amplitude of the signals. The localisation of the signal is consistent between assembly and disassembly and dictated by the DNA sequence. However, the amplitude component of this asymmetry not only evolves during the assembly and disassembly but does so differently between the two processes.

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