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Tracking replication enzymology in vivo by genome-wide mapping of ribonucleotide incorporation.

Journal article
Authors Anders R Clausen
Scott A Lujan
Adam B Burkholder
Clinton D Orebaugh
Jessica S Williams
Maryam F Clausen
Ewa P Malc
Piotr A Mieczkowski
David C Fargo
Duncan J Smith
Thomas A Kunkel
Published in Nature structural & molecular biology
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 185-91
ISSN 1545-9985
Publication year 2015
Published at
Pages 185-91
Language en
Subject categories Molecular biology, Molecular biology


Ribonucleotides are frequently incorporated into DNA during replication in eukaryotes. Here we map genome-wide distribution of these ribonucleotides as markers of replication enzymology in budding yeast, using a new 5' DNA end-mapping method, hydrolytic end sequencing (HydEn-seq). HydEn-seq of DNA from ribonucleotide excision repair-deficient strains reveals replicase- and strand-specific patterns of ribonucleotides in the nuclear genome. These patterns support the roles of DNA polymerases α and δ in lagging-strand replication and of DNA polymerase ɛ in leading-strand replication. They identify replication origins, termination zones and variations in ribonucleotide incorporation frequency across the genome that exceed three orders of magnitude. HydEn-seq also reveals strand-specific 5' DNA ends at mitochondrial replication origins, thus suggesting unidirectional replication of a circular genome. Given the conservation of enzymes that incorporate and process ribonucleotides in DNA, HydEn-seq can be used to track replication enzymology in other organisms.

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