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Enhanced flexibility and aphidicolin-induced DNA breaks near mammalian replication origins: implications for replicon mapping and chromosome fragility

Abstract : Common fragile sites are chromosomal loci prone to breakage and rearrangement that can be induced by aphidicolin, an inhibitor of DNA polymerases. Within these loci, sites of preferential DNA breaks were proposed to correlate with peaks of enhanced DNA flexibility, the function of which remains elusive. Here we show that mammalian DNA replication origins are enriched in peaks of enhanced flexibility. This finding suggests that the search for these features may help in the mapping of replication origins, and we present evidence supporting this hypothesis. The association of peaks of flexibility with replication origins also suggests that some origins may associate with minor levels of fragility. As shown here, an increased sensitivity to aphidicolin was found near two mammalian DNA replication origins.
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Franck Toledo, Arnaud Coquelle, Ekaterina Svetlova, Michelle Debatisse. Enhanced flexibility and aphidicolin-induced DNA breaks near mammalian replication origins: implications for replicon mapping and chromosome fragility. Nucleic Acids Research, Oxford University Press, 2000, 28 (23), pp.4805-4813. ⟨10.1093/nar/28.23.4805⟩. ⟨inserm-03199012⟩

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