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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1986 Mar 14;885(3):248-55.

Visualization of poly(ADP-ribose) synthetase associated with polynucleosomes by immunoelectron microscopy.


Antibodies showing a high specificity for poly(ADP ribose) synthetase have been purified. A fraction binding nonspecifically to histones present in antiserum and non-immune serum has been demonstrated by immunoblotting and separated by histone-Sepharose chromatography. The antibody without the nonspecific binding fraction was analyzed by Western blot with calf thymus protein extract and was found to react only with a band at 116 kDa. There was no reaction with purified topoisomerase I, this weak activity was copurified with poly(ADP-ribose) synthetase preparation. The specific IgG fraction has been used for the visualization of the interaction of poly(ADP-ribose) synthetase with chromatin by indirect gold-labelling. This immunomicroscopic study suggests that the synthetase is located in the inner part of polynucleosomes and would be associated preferentially with the core nucleosome.

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