Atomic resolution cryo-EM structure of a native-like CENP-A nucleosome aided by an antibody fragment.

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Genomic DNA in eukaryotes is organized into chromatin through association with core histones to form nucleosomes, each distinguished by their DNA sequences and histone variants. Here, we used a single-chain antibody fragment (scFv) derived from the anti-nucleosome antibody mAb PL2-6 to stabilize human CENP-A nucleosome containing a native α-satellite DNA and solved its structure by the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to 2.6 Å resolution. In comparison, the corresponding cryo-EM structure of the free CENP-A nucleosome could only reach 3.4 Å resolution. We find that scFv binds to a conserved acidic patch on the histone H2A-H2B dimer without perturbing the nucleosome structure. Our results provide an atomic resolution cryo-EM structure of a nucleosome and insight into the structure and function of the CENP-A nucleosome. The scFv approach is applicable to the structural determination of other native-like nucleosomes with distinct DNA sequences.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhou, B-R; Yadav, KNS; Borgnia, M; Hong, J; Cao, B; Olins, AL; Olins, DE; Bai, Y; Zhang, P

Published Date

  • May 24, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 2301 -

PubMed ID

  • 31127102

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6534667

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41467-019-10247-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England