Defining the replication program through the chromatin landscape.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

DNA replication is an essential cell cycle event required for the accurate and timely duplication of the chromosomes. It is essential that the genome is replicated accurately and completely within the confines of S-phase. Failure to completely copy the genome has the potential to result in catastrophic genomic instability. Replication initiates in a coordinated manner from multiple locations, termed origins of replication, distributed across each of the chromosomes. The selection of these origins of replication is a dynamic process responding to both developmental and tissue-specific signals. In this review, we explore the role of the local chromatin environment in regulating the DNA replication program at the level of origin selection and activation. Finally, there is increasing molecular evidence that the DNA replication program itself affects the chromatin landscape, suggesting that DNA replication is critical for both genetic and epigenetic inheritance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ding, Q; MacAlpine, DM

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 165 - 179

PubMed ID

  • 21417598

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3074350

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-7798

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/10409238.2011.560139


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England