This volume of Methods in Enzymology includes up-to-date procedures used for the assembly of nucleosomes, chromatin, and nuclei, extending the classical procedures described nearly ten years ago in Volume 170 (Nucleosomes) of this series, and should assist in the further investigation of the ways in which the structural dynamics of chromatin contribute to geh regulation of transcription, replication, recombination, and repair. Also described in this volume are assay for the structure and function of in vitro reconstituted chromatin and for defining the organization and characteristics of natural chromosomal material from yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisae), flies (Drosophila melanogaster), and frogs (Xenopus laevis), as well as from mammalian tissues. The purification and assay procedures for various chromatin remodeling activities, including histone acetyltransferases, histone deacetylases, and SWI/SNF ATPases are detailed. The critically acclaimed laboratory standard for more than forty years, Methods in Enzymology is one of the most highly respected publications in the field of biochemistry. Since 1955, each volume has been eagerly awaited, frequently consulted, and praised by researchers and reviewers alike. Now with more than 300 volumes (all of them still in print), the series contains much material still relevant today--truly an essential publication for researchers in all fields of life sciences.
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Alan P. Wolffe is Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology and of the Section on Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He was educated in the UK, studying biochemistry at Oxford and completing graduate research with the Medical Research Council in London before moving to the United States. After a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the European Molecular Biology Organization at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Dr. Wolffe joined the National Institutes of Health in 1988. His research interests include the earliest events in vertebrate development, with respect to the mechanisms through which nucleic acid binding proteins influence gene expression.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.