The basic unit of chromatin, the nucleosome core particle (NCP), controls how DNA in eukaryotic cells is compacted, replicated and read. Since its discovery, biochemists have sought to understand how this protein-DNA complex can help to control so many diverse tasks. Recent electron-microscopy (EM) studies on NCP-containing assemblies have helped to describe important chromatin transactions at a molecular level. With the implementation of recent technical advances in single-particle EM, our understanding of how nucleosomes are recognized and read looks to take a leap forward. In this review, the authors highlight recent advances in the architectural understanding of chromatin biology elucidated by EM.This review article summarizes recent progress in our understanding of chromatin biology based on single-particle cryo-electron microscopy studies.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology|
|Early online date||20 Apr 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2017|
- cryo-electron microscopy
- histone modification