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NICHOLAS R. COZZARELLI
REFERENCES
The following is a short annotated list of reviews and expository articles that
provide good introductions to the topics considered:
1. Benner, S. A., Ellington, A.D., and Tauer, A. Modern metabolism as a
palimpsest of the RNA world. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 86 (1989), 7054-7058.
A consideration of life before the ascendancy of DNA as the genetic material. The
concept of the RNA world is among the most important contributions of molecular
biology to evolutionary theory.
2. Cozzarelli, N. R., Boles, T.C., and White, J.H. A primer on the topology and
geometry of DNA supercoiling . In: N.R. Cozzarelli and J.C. Wang, eds., DNA
Topology and Its Biological Effects. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold
Spring Harbor, N.Y., 1990, pp. 139-184. A comprehensive treatment of the forms
and quantitative descriptors of DNA supercoiling.
3. Kornberg, A. and Baker, T.A. DNA Replication , W. H. Freeman and
Company, New York, 1991. An up-to-date textbook. Chapter 12 is a good
introduction to topoisomerases.
4. Wang, J.C. (1987). DNA topoisomerases: Nature's solution to the topological
ramifications of the double-helix structure of DNA. The Harvey Lectures, 81, 93-
110. Easy-to-read short essay on the teleology of topoisomerases.
5. Wang, J.C. and Liu, L.F. DNA replication: topological aspects and the roles of
DNA topoisomerases. In: N.R. Cozzarelli and J.C. Wang, eds., DNA Topology and
Its Biological Effects. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor,
N.Y., 1990, pp. 321-340. Up-to-date and very clear.
6. Wasserman, S.A. and Cozzarelli, N.R. Biochemical topology: Applications to
DNA recombination and replication. Science 232 (1986), 951-960. Very good
short introduction to the role of topology in biology.
7. White, J.H. An introduction to the geometry and topology of DNA structure.
In: M. S. Waterman, ed., Mathematical Methods for DNA Sequences, CRC Press,
Boca Raton, FL, 1989, pp. 225-253. An authoritative and rigorous treatment by a
mathematician.
DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY, DIVISION OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR
BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
94720.
E-mail address: cozzlab@garnet.berkeley.edu
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