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Biochem Cell Biol. 2009 Feb;87(1):51-63. doi: 10.1139/O08-102.

Replicating chromatin: a tale of histones.

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Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen, Ole Maaloes Vej 5, DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark.


Chromatin serves structural and functional roles crucial for genome stability and correct gene expression. This organization must be reproduced on daughter strands during replication to maintain proper overlay of epigenetic fabric onto genetic sequence. Nucleosomes constitute the structural framework of chromatin and carry information to specify higher-order organization and gene expression. When replication forks traverse the chromosomes, nucleosomes are transiently disrupted, allowing the replication machinery to gain access to DNA. Histone recycling, together with new deposition, ensures reassembly on nascent DNA strands. The aim of this review is to discuss how histones - new and old - are handled at the replication fork, highlighting new mechanistic insights and revisiting old paradigms.

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