Molecular motor moves DNA in cell nucleus

from the why-did-this-take-so-long dept.
Bryan Hall brings to our attention an article at National Geographic News on the molecular motor found inside the cell's nucleus: Scientists have long pondered how, inside the nucleus of a cell, long stretches of DNA are moved through the huge enzyme factories that transcribe DNA's genetic information into messages made of RNA. Now, for the first time, a team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago has demonstrated the presence of a "molecular motor" inside the nucleus, where it appears to be powering the assembly line that forges RNA messages off of the long DNA templates. The finding is reported in the Oct. 13 issue of the journal Science…Despite the fact that transcribing DNA is itself prodigious work, many scientists did not believe that myosin existed in the nucleus — indeed, no motor molecule had ever been found there. "We had an uphill battle to convince our colleagues," de Lanerolle said.

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