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During the 1960s, Reiji and Tsuneko Okazaki conducted experiments involving DNA replication in the bacterium Escherichia coli. Before this time, it was commonly thought that replication was a continuous process for both strands, but the discoveries involving E. The work of Kiwako Sakabe and Reiji Okazaki provided experimental evidence supporting the hypothesis that DNA replication is a discontinuous process. Previously, it was commonly accepted that replication was continuous in both the 3′ to 5′ and 5′ to 3′ directions. To distinguish the method of replication used by DNA experimentally, the team pulse-labeled newly replicated areas of Escherichia coli chromosomes, denatured, and extracted the DNA. A large number of radioactive short units meant that the replication method was likely discontinuous. In 1968, Reiji and Tsuneko Okazaki gathered additional evidence of nascent DNA strands.
The Okazakis’ experiments provided extensive information on the replication process of DNA and the existence of short, newly synthesized DNA chains that later became known as Okazaki fragments. Two pathways have been proposed to process Okazaki fragments: the short flap pathway and the long flap pathway. In the short flap pathway in eukaryotes the lagging strand of DNA is primed in short intervals. In the short pathway only, the nucleus FEN1 is involved. The FEN1 5’-3’ endonuclease recognizes that the 5’ flap is displaced, and it cleaves, creating a substrate for ligation. In some cases, the FEN1 lasts for only a short period of time and disengages from the replication complex.
This causes a delay in the cleavage that the flaps displaced by Pol δ become long. When the RPA reaches a long enough length, it can bind stably. When the RPA bound flaps are refactorized to FEN1 cleavage the require another nuclease for processing, this has been identified as an alternate nuclease, DNA2. DNA2 has defects in the DEN1 overexpression. Until recently, there were only two known pathways to process Okazaki fragments.