Front cover of Molecular Biology of the Cell journal, december 2016

A photography taken from the article of Hafida SELLOU, Théo LEBEAUPIN and Sébastien HUET, has become the front cover (pdf) of the Molecular Biology of the Cell journal, december 2016.

One early step of the cellular DNA damage response is the local relaxation of the chromatin in the vicinity of DNA lesions, a process that may facilitate access to DNA by repair proteins. In their Brief Report on p. 3791 of this issue of MBoC, Sellou, Lebeaupin, et al. show that the poly(ADP-ribosyl)-ation signaling pathway, and in particular the chromatin remodeler Alc1, plays an instrumental role during this relaxation process. In this image is shown a U2OS cell coexpressing fl uorescently tagged H2B (red) and Alc1 (blue) as well as a second H2B construct tagged with a photoactivatable tag (green). By laser irradiation along a vertical line, we simultaneously induced DNA lesions and highlighted the DNA damage area via the activation of the photoactivatable tag fused to H2B. A marked recruitment of the remodeler Alc1 can be seen at the laser-irradiated area as shown by the accumulation of Alc1 (blue) within the irradiated chromatin region (green). (Image: Sébastien Huet, University of Rennes 1)

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