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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1994 Apr;4(2):229-35.

Assembly of nucleosomes: do multiple assembly factors mean multiple mechanisms?

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  • 1Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York.


In eukaryotic cells, transcription and DNA replication occur on DNA templates associated with chromatin proteins, most notably histone octamers. Protein factors that can assemble these units have been isolated from many sources. In particular, one factor from human cells is associated with ongoing DNA synthesis; other known assembly factors are not obligately coupled to the replication process. The wide variety of histone chaperones suggests that multiple pathways for the remodeling of chromatin structure have evolved.

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