Chromatin remodeling and activation of chromosomal DNA replication by an acidic transcriptional activation domain from BRCA1

Yan Fen Hu, Zhong Lin Hao, Rong Li

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An increasing number of transcription factors have been shown to activate DNA replication. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. Here it is shown that when tethered to a cellular replication origin, the acidic transcriptional activation domain of the breast cancer protein BRCA1 alters the local chromatin structure and stimulates chromosomal DNA replication. Cancer-predisposing mutations in BRCA1 that abolish transcriptional activation also prevent chromatin remodeling and activation of replication. Chromatin remodeling occurs even in the absence of a functional replication origin. Thus, increasing chromatin accessibility may be an important mechanism used by transcription factors to facilitate multiple nuclear processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-642
Number of pages6
JournalGenes and Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 1999



  • ARS1
  • BRCA1
  • Chromatin remodeling
  • Replication
  • Transcription factors
  • Yeast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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