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The biogenesis and function of nucleosome arrays

Nature Communications article from the Müller-Planitz lab in collaboration with the Bioinformatics Core Facility


Ashish Kumar Singh, Tamás Schauer, Lena Pfaller, Tobias Straub and Felix Müller-Planitz (2021) The biogenesis and function of nucleosome arrays. Nature Communications 12:7011. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-27285-6


Abstract cited directly from article:

Numerous chromatin remodeling enzymes position nucleosomes in eukaryotic cells. Aside from these factors, transcription, DNA sequence, and statistical positioning of nucleosomes also shape the nucleosome landscape. The precise contributions of these processes remain unclear due to their functional redundancy in vivo. By incisive genome engineering, we radically decreased their redundancy in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The transcriptional machinery strongly disrupts evenly spaced nucleosomes. Proper nucleosome density and DNA sequence are critical for their biogenesis. The INO80 remodeling complex helps space nucleosomes in vivo and positions the first nucleosome over genes in an H2A.Z-independent fashion. INO80 requires its Arp8 subunit but unexpectedly not the Nhp10 module for spacing. Cells with irregularly spaced nucleosomes suffer from genotoxic stress including DNA damage, recombination and transpositions. We derive a model of the biogenesis of the nucleosome landscape and suggest that it evolved not only to regulate but also to protect the genome.