Mendel-Brno 2000

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Issue Number 6, Part 2
June 2000

Nucleosome Positioning Sequences

Using in vitro selection methods we have isolated the DNA sequences that form the most stable nucleosomes among those occurring in the mouse genome. The selected DNA has distinct sequence features that can be attributed to their nucleosome positioning ability. Among the sequences were those with TATAAACGCC repeats; tracts of 3-4 adenines spaced every 10 bp, and CA- and CAG-runs. We then performed selection in reverse, isolating the DNA sequences that are most reluctant to nucleosome formation starting from a synthetic library. Here, the most interesting sequences contained TGGA and TGA runs. We discuss the selected sequences in terms of their positioning abilities and their possible roles in living systems.

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H. Widlund, C. Hui, T. Simonsson and M. Kubista

Department of Molecular Biotechnology. Chalmers University of Technology, G?teborg, SE-412 96, Sweden. Mikael.Kubista@molbiotech.chalmers.se