Reiji Okazaki Reiji Okazaki has been memorialized by the nascent DNA replication fragments that bear his name. His discovery of the Okazaki fragments in the discontinuous synthesis of DNA at the replication fork helped solve a perplexing problem: how DNA polymerases with an invariant unidirectional mode of synthesis can copy the oppositely oriented strands of the duplex chromosome. Those of us who knew him do not require the adjectival use of his name to keep his memory alive. We retain the image of a scientist utterly dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of biology. Reiji Okazaki was born in Hiroshima in and received his Ph.
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Reiji Okazaki Reiji Okazaki has been memorialized by the nascent DNA replication fragments that bear his name. His discovery of the Okazaki fragments in the discontinuous synthesis of DNA at the replication fork helped solve a perplexing problem: how DNA polymerases with an invariant unidirectional mode of synthesis can copy the oppositely oriented strands of the duplex chromosome.
Those of us who knew him do not require the adjectival use of his name to keep his memory alive. We retain the image of a scientist utterly dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of biology.
Reiji Okazaki was born in Hiroshima in and received his Ph. With J. Strominger in St. Louis in he worked out the enzymatic synthesis of this coenzyme. In my laboratory, the following year, he purified thymidine kinase of E.
On returning to Nagoya, as Professor of Molecular Biology, he initiated the series of elegant studies of phage T4 DNA replication that led to his key discovery of discontinuous replication. His bibliography of some thirty papers can be consulted for the innovative approaches he introduced to solve fundamental questions of DNA replication. His research style, less readily gleaned from the literature, is illustrated by two incidents which are vivid in my memory.
One I call an Okazaki maneuver. When he decided to prepare a large amount of enzyme, going from a scale of 10 milliliters to several liters, he simply repeated the same heating procedure, this time using test tubes.
I was embarrassed to report such an unsophisticated procedure. But then I realized that he was able to complete this step in a few hours, and saw no point in wasting precious days and material learning how to do the heating in a big beaker or flask.
Recently, one of my colleagues purified the single-strand DNA binding protein with a heating step. Others who tried heating larger volumes of enzyme lost the preparation in a thick coagulum. A second incident I call Okazaki courage. It had been customary in my laboratory when characterizing an enzyme to set up protocols containing 10 to 20 assay tubes.
Rarely, some ambitious person might do a tube assay. Reiji set a record that may never be broken. He performed a tube assay of thymidine kinase, even though each assay included a laborious electrophoretic separation of the product from the substrate. Because the pure enzyme was rather labile he felt it essential to measure at once all the substrate, effector, inhibitor, and other parameters. The successful completion of this experiment was a feat of courage, concentration, skill, and enterprise unique in my experience.
Okazaki died of leukemia in , a sudden and cruel loss to his wife and co-worker, Tuneko, to his devoted students, and to the worldwide scientific community.
Reiji Okazaki (1930–1975)
Reproduced with permission from Bochkarev et al. Category:DNA replication — Wikimedia Commons The steps of the discontinuous replication mechanism elucidated by the above research are shown in Fig. This was an unexpected result, but based on the subsequent progress in this field made after experiment experiments including the discovery of the DNA repair-associated short DNA fragmentsthe concept that the discontinuous replication occurs only in the lagging strand synthesis was again accepted widely. Acknowledgement I thank many collaborators for their devoted effort and School of Science, Nagoya University where main part of this work was performed. All reports, including the famous autoradiography work reported by Cairns, indicated that the chromosomal DNA was replicated in such a sequential manner from the replication origin. Not enough time was given to him. Extrapolating from the products in the in vitro reaction with purified replication enzymes, majority of investigators now believe that the leading strand is synthesized in the continuous manner only, and that the leading strand-derived radioactive short DNA fragments generated in okazzaki are likely to be produced in the process of DNA repair reaction.
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A large number of radioactive short units meant that the replication method was likely discontinuous. The hypothesis was further supported by the discovery of polynucleotide ligase , an enzyme that links short DNA strands together. They hypothesized that if discontinuous replication, involving short DNA chains linked together by polynucleotide ligase, is the mechanism used in DNA synthesis, then "newly synthesized short DNA chains would accumulate in the cell under conditions where the function of ligase is temporarily impaired. The cells infected with the T4 phages accumulated a large number of short, newly synthesized DNA chains, as predicted in the hypothesis, when exposed to high temperatures. It disproved the notion that short chains were produced during the extraction process as well. Pathways[ edit ] Two pathways have been proposed to process Okazaki fragments: the short flap pathway and the long flap pathway.
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