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Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Sep;37(16):5279-94. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkp524. Epub 2009 Jun 30.

Analysis of individual remodeled nucleosomes reveals decreased histone-DNA contacts created by hSWI/SNF.

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Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


Chromatin remodeling enzymes use the energy of ATP hydrolysis to alter histone-DNA contacts and regulate DNA-based processes in eukaryotes. Whether different subfamilies of remodeling complexes generate distinct products remains uncertain. We have developed a protocol to analyze nucleosome remodeling on individual products formed in vitro. We used a DNA methyltransferase to examine DNA accessibility throughout nucleosomes that had been remodeled by the ISWI and SWI/SNF families of enzymes. We confirmed that ISWI-family enzymes mainly created patterns of accessibility consistent with canonical nucleosomes. In contrast, SWI/SNF-family enzymes generated widespread DNA accessibility. The protection patterns created by these enzymes were usually located at the extreme ends of the DNA and showed no evidence for stable loop formation on individual molecules. Instead, SWI/SNF family proteins created extensive accessibility by generating heterogeneous products that had fewer histone-DNA contacts than a canonical nucleosome, consistent with models in which a canonical histone octamer has been 'pushed' off of the end of the DNA.

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