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Nat Commun August 23, 2022; 13 (1): 4947.
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Nucleosome-directed replication origin licensing independent of a consensus DNA sequence.

Li S , Wasserman MR , Yurieva O , Bai L , O'Donnell ME , Liu S .

The numerous enzymes and cofactors involved in eukaryotic DNA replication are conserved from yeast to human, and the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S.c.) has been a useful model organism for these studies. However, there is a gap in our knowledge of why replication origins in higher eukaryotes do not use a consensus DNA sequence as found in S.c. Using in vitro reconstitution and single-molecule visualization, we show here that S.c. origin recognition complex (ORC) stably binds nucleosomes and that ORC-nucleosome complexes have the intrinsic ability to load the replicative helicase MCM double hexamers onto adjacent nucleosome-free DNA regardless of sequence. Furthermore, we find that Xenopus laevis nucleosomes can substitute for yeast ones in engaging with ORC. Combined with re-analyses of genome-wide ORC binding data, our results lead us to propose that the yeast origin recognition machinery contains the cryptic capacity to bind nucleosomes near a nucleosome-free region and license origins, and that this nucleosome-directed origin licensing paradigm generalizes to all eukaryotes.

PubMed ID: 35999198
Article link: Nat Commun
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: mmut

References [+] :
Aladjem, Order from clutter: selective interactions at mammalian replication origins. 2017, Pubmed