Biophysical Characterization of Chromatin Remodeling Protein CHD4

  • Rosa Morra
  • Tomas Fessl
  • Yuchong Wang
  • Erika J. Mancini
  • Roman TumaEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1431)


Chromatin-remodeling ATPases modulate histones–DNA interactions within nucleosomes and regulate transcription. At the heart of remodeling, ATPase is a helicase-like motor flanked by a variety of conserved targeting domains. CHD4 is the core subunit of the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase complex NuRD and harbors tandem plant homeo finger (tPHD) and chromo (tCHD) domains. We describe a multifaceted approach to link the domain structure with function, using quantitative assays for DNA and histone binding, ATPase activity, shape reconstruction from solution scattering data, and single molecule translocation assays. These approaches are complementary to high-resolution structure determination.

Key words

Nucleosome ATPase Surface plasmon resonance SAXS TIRF FRET 



Support of the U.K. MRC, Royal Society (E.M.J.) and Welcome Trust core facility (R.T.) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosa Morra
    • 1
  • Tomas Fessl
    • 2
  • Yuchong Wang
    • 2
  • Erika J. Mancini
    • 3
  • Roman Tuma
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester Institute of BiotechnologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular BiologyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  3. 3.School of Life SciencesUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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