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FEBS Lett. 2002 Jul 17;523(1-3):7-11.

What positions nucleosomes?--A model.

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Research Center for Glycoscience, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8566, Ibaraki, Japan.


Here we propose a new determinant for localization of nucleosomes along genomic DNA, in addition to sequence-dependent features. The new specific class of chromatin scaling signals involves curved DNA. According to the observed positional distribution of DNA curvature, the new synchronizing signal occurs once per four nucleosomes on average. This new factor in nucleosome positioning should substantially influence the efficiency of biological reactions through regulatory factors microscopically and the entire chromatin structure through the 30 nm fiber structure macroscopically. Allocation of the new type of signals is found to be fixed evolutionarily although they could be shifted in accordance with the hierarchy of functional genomic structures.

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