Tag - DNA replication

VACANCY: Research associate in molecular machines (MED04213)

Reference: MED04213 Date posted: 06 November 2023 Closing date: 03 January 2024 Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral research associate position with the aim of uncovering fundamental and medically relevant mechanisms that guarantee efficient human DNA replication employing cutting-edge biochemical and structural approaches.  The project's primary objective is to discover how 1) DNA replication origins are specified through epigenetic mechanisms and specific recruitment factors and 2) DNA replication is regulated to allow faithful DNA replication.  The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of a recently established reconstituted system, which allows us to address these questions for the first time. Job details | Apply

New paper on DDK structure, control and selective activation of the MCM2-7 helicase

Saleh, A., Noguchi, Y., Aramayo, R., Ivanova, M. E., Stevens, K. M., Montoya, A., Sunidhi, S., Carranza, N. L., Skwark, M. J., Speck, C. (2022). The structural basis of Cdc7-Dbf4 kinase dependent targeting and phosphorylation of the MCM2-7 double hexamer. Nature Communication 13:2915. Abstract | Full Text |

New paper on the molecular mechanism in the licensing of eukaryotic replication origins

Feng, X., Noguchi, Y., Barbon, M., Stillman, B., Speck, C., Li, H. (2021). The structure of ORC-Cdc6 on an origin DNA reveals the mechanism of ORC activation by the replication initiator Cdc6. Nature Communications 12:3883. Abstract | Full Text |

New paper on evolution of DNA replication origin and gene silencing

Hu, Y., Tareen, A., Sheu, Y. J., Ireland, W.T ., Speck, C., Li, H., Joshua-Tor, L., Kinney, J. B., Stillman, B. (2020). Evolution of DNA replication origin specification and gene silencing mechanisms. Nature Communications 11:5175. Abstract | Full Text |

New paper on the structural mechanism of helicase loading

Yuan, Z., Schneider, S., Dodd, T., Riera, A., Bai, L., Yan, C., Magdalou, I., Ivanov, I., Stillman, B., Li, H., Speck, C. (2020). Structural mechanism of helicase loading onto replication origin DNA by ORC-Cdc6. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, 17747-17756. Abstract | Full Text |

New paper proposes lagging-strand DNA extrusion mechanism

Noguchi, Y., Yuan, Z., Bai, L., Schneider, S., Zhao, G., Stillman, B., Speck, C., Li, H. (2017). Cryo-EM structure of Mcm2-7 double hexamer on DNA suggests a lagging-strand DNA extrusion model. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, E9529-E9538. Abstract | Full text |

New paper shows Cdc6 ATPase activity promotes DNA replication

Chang, F., Riera, A., Evrin, C., Sun, J., Li, H., Speck, C., Weinreich, M. (2015). Cdc6 ATPase activity disengages Cdc6 from the pre-replicative complex to promote DNA replication. eLife 4, e05759.
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