DONSON and FANCM associate with different replisomes distinguished by replication timing and chromatin domain

Jing Zhang, Marina A Bellani, Ryan C James, Durga Pokharel, Yongqing Zhang, John J Reynolds, Gavin S McNee, Andrew P Jackson, Grant S Stewart, Michael M Seidman

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Duplication of mammalian genomes requires replisomes to overcome numerous impediments during passage through open (eu) and condensed (hetero) chromatin. Typically, studies of replication stress characterize mixed populations of challenged and unchallenged replication forks, averaged across S phase, and model a single species of "stressed" replisome. Here, in cells containing potent obstacles to replication, we find two different lesion proximal replisomes. One is bound by the DONSON protein and is more frequent in early S phase, in regions marked by euchromatin. The other interacts with the FANCM DNA translocase, is more prominent in late S phase, and favors heterochromatin. The two forms can also be detected in unstressed cells. ChIP-seq of DNA associated with DONSON or FANCM confirms the bias of the former towards regions that replicate early and the skew of the latter towards regions that replicate late.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3951
Number of pages15
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2020

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Acknowledgements & Funding: This research was supported, in part, by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, National Institute on Aging, United States (Z01-AG000746-08). G.S.M. and G.S.S. received funding from the CR-UK Program grant (C17183/A23303), and J.J.R. was supported by the University of Birmingham. This work utilized the computational resources of the NIH HPC Biowulf cluster ( We thank Cuong Nguyen and Tonya Wallace of the NIA Flow Cytometry Unit for expert support and guidance, Supriyo De and William Wood for DNA sequencing and data extraction, Dr. Florencia Pratto and Dr. Amit Singh for data analysis, and Dr. Yie Liu, Dr. Rafael D. Camerini-Otero, and Dr. Weidong Wang for helpful suggestions and discussions.


  • Cell Cycle Proteins/metabolism
  • Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Sequencing
  • DNA Helicases/metabolism
  • DNA Replication Timing
  • Euchromatin/metabolism
  • HeLa Cells
  • Heterochromatin/metabolism
  • Humans
  • Nuclear Proteins/metabolism
  • S Phase


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