Multiplexing mechanical and translational cues on genes

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The genetic code gives precise instructions on how to translate codons into amino acids. Due to the degeneracy of the genetic code—18 out of 20 amino acids are encoded for by more than one codon—more information can be stored in a basepair sequence. Indeed, various types of additional information have been discussed in the literature, e.g., the positioning of nucleosomes along eukaryotic genomes and the modulation of the translating efficiency in ribosomes to influence cotranslational protein folding. The purpose of this study is to show that it is indeed possible to carry more than one additional layer of information on top of a gene. In particular, we show how much translation efficiency and nucleosome positioning can be adjusted simultaneously without changing the encoded protein. We achieve this by mapping genes on weighted graphs that contain all synonymous genes, and then finding shortest paths through these graphs. This enables us, for example, to readjust the disrupted translational efficiency profile after a gene has been introduced from one organism (e.g., human) into another (e.g., yeast) without greatly changing the nucleosome landscape intrinsically encoded by the DNA molecule.


Seiten (von - bis)4311-4324
FachzeitschriftBiophysical Journal
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 15 Nov. 2022

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Scopus 85140224202