There is a good deal of evidence that transcribing RNA polymerase may translocate across nucleosomes without their displacement and (or) rearrangement. A topological model for RNA chain elongation on a nucleosome is considered here. A new mechanism of RNA polymerase translocation is suggested in order to avoid the steric hindrances inherent in the model. It is shown that a transcribed nucleoprotein fiber should be interrupted by protein-free DNA stretches (nucleosome linkers) to allow release of nascent RNA. Possible verificiations and consequences of the model are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology