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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151149/impact-of-xist-rna-on-chromatin-modifications-and-transcriptional-silencing-maintenance-at-different-stages-of-imprinted-x-chromosome-inactivation-in-vole-microtus-levis
#1
Alexander I Shevchenko, Elena V Grigor'eva, Sergey P Medvedev, Irina S Zakharova, Elena V Dementyeva, Eugeny A Elisaphenko, Anastasia A Malakhova, Sophia V Pavlova, Suren M Zakian
In vole Microtus levis, cells of preimplantation embryo and extraembryonic tissues undergo imprinted X chromosome inactivation (iXCI) which is triggered by a long non-coding nuclear RNA, Xist. At early stages of iXCI, chromatin of vole inactive X chromosome is enriched with the HP1 heterochromatin-specific protein, trimethylated H3K9 and H4K20 attributable to constitutive heterochromatin. In the study, using vole trophoblast stem (TS) cells as a model of iXCI, we further investigated chromatin of the inactive X chromosome of M...
November 18, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124392/tracking-the-evolutionary-pathway-of-sex-chromosomes-among-fishes-characterizing-the-unique-xx-xy1y2-system-in-hoplias-malabaricus-teleostei-characiformes
#2
Ezequiel Aguiar de Oliveira, Alexandr Sember, Luiz Antonio Carlos Bertollo, Cassia Fernanda Yano, Tariq Ezaz, Orlando Moreira-Filho, Terumi Hatanaka, Vladimir Trifonov, Thomas Liehr, Ahmed Basheer Hamid Al-Rikabi, Petr Ráb, Hugmar Pains, Marcelo de Bello Cioffi
The Neotropical fish, Hoplias malabaricus, is one of the most cytogenetically studied fish taxon with seven distinct karyomorphs (A-G) comprising varying degrees of sex chromosome differentiation, ranging from homomorphic to highly differentiated simple and multiple sex chromosomes. Therefore, this fish offers a unique opportunity to track evolutionary mechanisms standing behind the sex chromosome evolution and differentiation. Here, we focused on a high-resolution cytogenetic characterization of the unique XX/XY1Y2 multiple sex chromosome system found in one of its karyomorphs (G)...
November 9, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079971/characterization-of-the-lamin-analogue-nmcp2-in-the-monocot-allium-cepa
#3
Malgorzata Ciska, Kiyoshi Masuda, Susana Moreno Díaz de la Espina
Nuclear lamina organization is similar in metazoan and plants though the latter lack orthologs of lamins, the main components of the metazoan lamina. Current evidence suggests that Nuclear Matrix Constituent Proteins (NMCPs) are the lamin analogues in plants as these proteins share several key features: higher-order secondary structure and domain layout, subnuclear distribution, and involvement in the regulation of nuclear shape and size, as well as in higher-order chromatin organization. Previously, we studied the NMCP family in flowering plants (angiosperms), in which it comprises two phylogenetic groups: NMCP1 and NMCP2...
October 27, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975408/genome-wide-analysis-of-su-var-3-9-distribution-in-chromosomes-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#4
Daniil A Maksimov, Petr P Laktionov, Olga V Posukh, Stepan N Belyakin, Dmitry E Koryakov
Histone modifications represent one of the key factors contributing to proper genome regulation. One of histone modifications involved in gene silencing is methylation of H3K9 residue. Present in the chromosomes across different eukaryotes, this epigenetic mark is controlled by SU(VAR)3-9 and its orthologs. Despite SU(VAR)3-9 was discovered over two decades ago, little is known about the details of its chromosomal distribution pattern. To fill in this gap, we used DamID-seq approach and obtained high-resolution genome-wide profiles for SU(VAR)3-9 in two somatic (salivary glands and brain ganglia) and two germline (ovarian nurse cells and testes) tissues of Drosophila melanogaster...
October 3, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951974/new-high-copy-tandem-repeat-in-the-content-of-the-chicken-w-chromosome
#5
Aleksey S Komissarov, Svetlana A Galkina, Elena I Koshel, Maria M Kulak, Aleksander G Dyomin, Stephen J O'Brien, Elena R Gaginskaya, Alsu F Saifitdinova
The content of repetitive DNA in avian genomes is considerably less than in other investigated vertebrates. The first descriptions of tandem repeats were based on the results of routine biochemical and molecular biological experiments. Both satellite DNA and interspersed repetitive elements were annotated using library-based approach and de novo repeat identification in assembled genome. The development of deep-sequencing methods provides datasets of high quality without preassembly allowing one to annotate repetitive elements from unassembled part of genomes...
September 26, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939920/interactions-between-btb-domain-of-cp190-and-two-adjacent-regions-in-su-hw-are-required-for-the-insulator-complex-formation
#6
Larisa Melnikova, Margarita Kostyuchenko, Varvara Molodina, Alexander Parshikov, Pavel Georgiev, Anton Golovnin
The best-studied Drosophila insulator complex consists of two BTB-containing proteins, the Mod(mdg4)-67.2 isoform and CP190, which are recruited cooperatively to chromatin through interactions with the DNA-binding architectural protein Su(Hw). While Mod(mdg4)-67.2 interacts only with Su(Hw), CP190 interacts with many other architectural proteins. In spite of the fact that CP190 is critical for the activity of Su(Hw) insulators, interaction between these proteins has not been studied yet. Therefore, we have performed a detailed analysis of domains involved in the interaction between the Su(Hw) and CP190...
September 22, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868580/quantitative-sequence-characterization-for-repetitive-dna-content-in-the-supernumerary-chromosome-of-the-migratory-locust
#7
Francisco J Ruiz-Ruano, Josefa Cabrero, María Dolores López-León, Antonio Sánchez, Juan Pedro M Camacho
Repetitive DNA is a major component in most eukaryotic genomes but is ignored in most genome sequencing projects. Here, we report the quantitative composition in repetitive DNA for a supernumerary (B) chromosome, in the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria), by Illumina sequencing of genomic DNA from B-carrying and B-lacking individuals and DNA obtained from a microdissected B chromosome, as well as the physical mapping of some elements. B chromosome DNA of 94.9% was repetitive, in high contrast with the 64...
September 4, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852823/a-proteomic-portrait-of-dinoflagellate-chromatin-reveals-abundant-rna-binding-proteins
#8
Mathieu Beauchemin, David Morse
Dinoflagellate chromatin is unique among eukaryotes, as the chromosomes are permanently condensed in a liquid crystal state instead of being packed in nucleosomes. However, how it is organized is still an unsolved mystery, in part due to the lack of a comprehensive catalog of dinoflagellate nuclear proteins. Here, we report the results of CHromatin Enrichment for Proteomics (CHEP) followed by shotgun mass spectrometry sequencing of the chromatin-associated proteins from the dinoflagellate Lingulodinum polyedra...
August 29, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821911/erratum-to-unique-sequence-organization-and-small-rna-expression-of-a-selfish-b-chromosome
#9
Yue Li, Xueyuan A Jing, John C Aldrich, C Clifford, Jian Chen, Omar S Akbari, Patrick M Ferree
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803373/th2a-is-phosphorylated-at-meiotic-centromere-by-haspin
#10
Masashi Hada, Jihye Kim, Erina Inoue, Yuko Fukuda, Hiromitsu Tanaka, Yoshinori Watanabe, Yuki Okada
Histone phosphorylation is sometimes associated with mitosis and meiosis. We have recently identified a phosphorylation of the 127th threonine on TH2A (pTH2A), a germ cell-specific H2A variant, in condensed spermatids and mitotic early preimplantation embryos of mice. Here, we further report the existence of pTH2A at the centromeres in metaphase I spermatocytes and oocytes. Moreover, we identified Haspin, a known kinase for the 3rd threonine on H3, is responsible for pTH2A in vivo. In contrast to the severe meiotic defect in oocytes treated with a Haspin inhibitor, pTH2A-deficient mice, in which the 127th threonine was replaced by alanine, maintained the fertility and exhibited no obvious defect in both oocytes and spermatogenesis...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780664/unique-sequence-organization-and-small-rna-expression-of-a-selfish-b-chromosome
#11
Yue Li, Xueyuan A Jing, John C Aldrich, C Clifford, Jian Chen, Omar S Akbari, Patrick M Ferree
B chromosomes are found in numerous plants and animals. These nonessential, supernumerary chromosomes are often composed primarily of noncoding DNA repeats similar to those found within transcriptionally "silenced" heterochromatin. In order to persist within their resident genomes, many B chromosomes exhibit exceptional cellular behaviors, including asymmetric segregation into gametes and induction of genome elimination during early development. An important goal in understanding these behaviors is to identify unique B chromosome sequences and characterize their transcriptional contributions...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766050/unique-xci-evolution-in-tokudaia-initial-xci-of-the-neo-x-chromosome-in-tokudaia-muenninki-and-function-loss-of-xist-in-tokudaia-osimensis
#12
Hideki Zushi, Chie Murata, Shusei Mizushima, Chizuko Nishida, Asato Kuroiwa
X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is an essential mechanism to compensate gene dosage in mammals. Here, we show that XCI has evolved differently in two species of the genus Tokudaia. The Amami spiny rat, Tokudaia osimensis, has a single X chromosome in males and females (XO/XO). By contrast, the Okinawa spiny rat, Tokudaia muenninki, has XX/XY sex chromosomes like most mammals, although the X chromosome has acquired a neo-X region by fusion with an autosome. BAC clones containing the XIST gene, which produces the long non-coding RNA XIST required for XCI, were obtained by screening of T...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756515/reconstruction-of-chromosome-rearrangements-between-the-two-most-ancestral-duckweed-species-spirodela-polyrhiza-and-s-intermedia
#13
Phuong T N Hoang, Ingo Schubert
The monophyletic duckweeds comprising five genera within the monocot order Alismatales are neotenic, free-floating, aquatic organisms with fast vegetative propagation. Some species are considered for efficient biomass production, for life stock feeding, and for (simultaneous) wastewater phytoremediation. The ancestral genus Spirodela consists of only two species, Spirodela polyrhiza and Spirodela intermedia, both with a similar small genome (~160 Mbp/1C). Reference genome drafts and a physical map of 96 BACs on the 20 chromosome pairs of S...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688040/identification-of-all-homoeologous-chromosomes-of-newly-synthetic-allotetraploid-cucumis-%C3%A3-hytivus-and-its-wild-parent-reveals-stable-subgenome-structure
#14
Yunzhu Wang, Qinzheng Zhao, Xiaodong Qin, Shuqiong Yang, Ziang Li, Ji Li, Qunfeng Lou, Jinfeng Chen
Allopolyploidy and homoeologous recombination are two important processes in reshaping genomes and generating evolutionary novelties. Newly formed allopolyploids usually display chromosomal perturbations as a result of pairing errors at meiosis. To understand mechanisms of stabilization of allopolyploid species derived from distant chromosome bases, we investigated mitotic stability of a synthetic Cucumis allotetraploid species in relation to meiosis chromosome behavior. The Cucumis × hytivus is an allotetraploid synthesized from interspecific hybridization between cucumber (Cucumis sativus, 2n = 14) and its wild relative Cucumis hystrix (2n = 24) followed by spontaneous chromosome doubling...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688038/dadd1-and-dxnp-prevent-genome-instability-by-maintaining-hp1a-localization-at-drosophila-telomeres
#15
Joselyn Chavez, Juan Manuel Murillo-Maldonado, Vanessa Bahena, Ana Karina Cruz, América Castañeda-Sortibrán, Rosario Rodriguez-Arnaiz, Mario Zurita, Viviana Valadez-Graham
Telomeres are important contributors to genome stability, as they prevent linear chromosome end degradation and contribute to the avoidance of telomeric fusions. An important component of the telomeres is the heterochromatin protein 1a (HP1a). Mutations in Su(var)205, the gene encoding HP1a in Drosophila, result in telomeric fusions, retrotransposon regulation loss and larger telomeres, leading to chromosome instability. Previously, it was found that several proteins physically interact with HP1a, including dXNP and dAdd1 (orthologues to the mammalian ATRX gene)...
December 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791511/centromere-inheritance-through-the-germline
#16
REVIEW
Arunika Das, Evan M Smoak, Ricardo Linares-Saldana, Michael A Lampson, Ben E Black
The centromere directs chromosome segregation and genetic inheritance but is not itself heritable in a canonical, DNA-based manner. In most species, centromeres are epigenetically defined by the presence of a histone H3 variant centromere protein A (CENP-A), independent of underlying DNA sequence. Therefore, centromere inheritance depends on maintaining the CENP-A nucleosome mark across generations. Experiments in cycling somatic cells have led to a model in which centromere identity is maintained by a cell cycle-coupled CENP-A chromatin assembly pathway...
October 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766049/usnrnp-biogenesis-mechanisms-and-regulation
#17
REVIEW
Oliver J Gruss, Rajyalakshmi Meduri, Maximilian Schilling, Utz Fischer
Macromolecular complexes composed of proteins or proteins and nucleic acids rather than individual macromolecules mediate many cellular activities. Maintenance of these activities is essential for cell viability and requires the coordinated production of the individual complex components as well as their faithful incorporation into functional entities. Failure of complex assembly may have fatal consequences and can cause severe diseases. While many macromolecular complexes can form spontaneously in vitro, they often require aid from assembly factors including assembly chaperones in the crowded cellular environment...
October 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688039/using-human-artificial-chromosomes-to-study-centromere-assembly-and-function
#18
REVIEW
Oscar Molina, Natalay Kouprina, Hiroshi Masumoto, Vladimir Larionov, William C Earnshaw
Centromeres are the site of assembly of the kinetochore, which directs chromosome segregation during cell division. Active centromeres are characterized by the presence of nucleosomes containing CENP-A and a specific chromatin environment that resembles that of active genes. Recent work using human artificial chromosomes (HAC) sheds light on the fine balance of different histone post-translational modifications and transcription that exists at centromeres for kinetochore assembly and maintenance. Here, we review the use of HAC technology to understand centromere assembly and function...
October 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593374/chromatin-loops-and-causality-loops-the-influence-of-rna-upon-spatial-nuclear-architecture
#19
REVIEW
Iain A Sawyer, Miroslav Dundr
An intrinsic and essential trait exhibited by cells is the properly coordinated and integrated regulation of an astoundingly large number of simultaneous molecular decisions and reactions to maintain biochemical homeostasis. This is especially true inside the cell nucleus, where the recognition of DNA and RNA by a vast range of nucleic acid-interacting proteins organizes gene expression patterns. However, this dynamic system is not regulated by simple "on" or "off" signals. Instead, transcription factor and RNA polymerase recruitment to DNA are influenced by the local chromatin and epigenetic environment, a gene's relative position within the nucleus and the action of noncoding RNAs...
October 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343235/transcription-dependent-radial-distribution-of-tcf7l2-regulated-genes-in-chromosome-territories
#20
Keyvan Torabi, Darawalee Wangsa, Immaculada Ponsa, Markus Brown, Anna Bosch, Maria Vila-Casadesús, Tatiana S Karpova, Maria Calvo, Antoni Castells, Rosa Miró, Thomas Ried, Jordi Camps
Human chromosomes occupy distinct territories in the interphase nucleus. Such chromosome territories (CTs) are positioned according to gene density. Gene-rich CTs are generally located in the center of the nucleus, while gene-poor CTs are positioned more towards the nuclear periphery. However, the association between gene expression levels and the radial positioning of genes within the CT is still under debate. In the present study, we performed three-dimensional fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments in the colorectal cancer cell lines DLD-1 and LoVo using whole chromosome painting probes for chromosomes 8 and 11 and BAC clones targeting four genes with different expression levels assessed by gene expression arrays and RT-PCR...
October 2017: Chromosoma
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