DNA topoisomerase I together with the other cellular DNA topoisomerases releases the torsional stress from DNA caused by processes such as replication, transcription and recombination. Despite the well-defined knowledge of its mechanism of action, DNA topoisomerase I in vivo activity has been only partially characterized. In fact the basic question concerning the capability of the enzyme to cleave and rejoin DNA wrapped around a histone octamer remains still unanswered. By studying both in vivo and in vitro the cleavage activity of DNA topoisomerase I in the presence of camptothecin on a repeated trinucleotide sequence, (TTA)35, lying in chromosome XIII of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we can conclude that nucleosomes represent a physical barrier for the enzyme activity. © The Authors.
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|Titolo:||Nucleosomes represent a physical barrier for cleavage activity of DNA topoisomerase I in vivo|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nella tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|