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Structure of MMTV Chromatin
Structure of MMTV Chromatin
When MMTV retrovirus integrates into host cell DNA as a provirus, the LTR (containing transcriptional regulatory sequences) is organized into a reproducible chromatin structure.
This structure is characterized at low resolution by a series of positioned, or "phased" nucleosomes. Steroid receptors bind to the B/C nucleosome region and activate transcription.

When replicated in mammalian cells, this promoter acquires a specific nucleoprotein organization.
An important component of this activation mechanism is a nucleoprotein remodeling event (in the B nucleosome region) that leads to loss of chromatin repression.

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