The nuclear lamins form a fibrous structure, the nuclear lamina, at the periphery of the nucleus. Recent results suggest that lamins are also present as foci or spots in the nucleoplasm at various times during interphase of the cell cycle (Goldman, A. E., R. D. Moir, M. Montag-Lowy, M. Stewart, and R. D. Goldman. 1992. J. Cell Biol. 104:725-732; Bridger, J. M., I. R. Kill, M. O'Farrell, and C. J. Hutchison. 1993. J. Cell Sci. 104:297-306). In this report we demonstrate that during mid-late S-phase, nuclear foci detected with lamin B antibodies are coincident with sites of DNA replication as detected by the colocalization of sites of incorporation of bromodeoxyuridine (BrDU) or proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). The relationship between lamin B and BrDU is not maintained in the following G1 stage of the cell cycle. Furthermore, the nuclear staining patterns seen with antibodies directed against lamins A and C in mid-late S-phase do not coalign with the lamin B/BrDU-containing structures. These results imply that there is a role for lamin B in the organization of replicating chromatin during S phase.

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