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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868580/quantitative-sequence-characterization-for-repetitive-dna-content-in-the-supernumerary-chromosome-of-the-migratory-locust
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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.
August 19, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803373/th2a-is-phosphorylated-at-meiotic-centromere-by-haspin
#4
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...
August 12, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791511/centromere-inheritance-through-the-germline
#5
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...
August 8, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780664/unique-sequence-organization-and-small-rna-expression-of-a-selfish-b-chromosome
#6
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...
August 5, 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
#7
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...
August 2, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766049/usnrnp-biogenesis-mechanisms-and-regulation
#8
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...
August 1, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756515/reconstruction-of-chromosome-rearrangements-between-the-two-most-ancestral-duckweed-species-spirodela-polyrhiza-and-s-intermedia
#9
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...
July 29, 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
#10
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...
July 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688039/using-human-artificial-chromosomes-to-study-centromere-assembly-and-function
#11
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...
July 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688038/dadd1-and-dxnp-prevent-genome-instability-by-maintaining-hp1a-localization-at-drosophila-telomeres
#12
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)...
July 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909815/homoeologous-recombination-in-the-presence-of-ph1-gene-in-wheat
#13
Dal-Hoe Koo, Wenxuan Liu, Bernd Friebe, Bikram S Gill
A crossover (CO) and its cytological signature, the chiasma, are major features of eukaryotic meiosis. The formation of at least one CO/chiasma between homologous chromosome pairs is essential for accurate chromosome segregation at the first meiotic division and genetic recombination. Polyploid organisms with multiple sets of homoeologous chromosomes have evolved additional mechanisms for the regulation of CO/chiasma. In hexaploid wheat (2n = 6× = 42), this is accomplished by pairing homoeologous (Ph) genes, with Ph1 having the strongest effect on suppressing homoeologous recombination and homoeologous COs...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882407/a-novel-system-for-correcting-large-scale-chromosomal-aberrations-ring-chromosome-correction-via-reprogramming-into-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc
#14
REVIEW
Taehyun Kim, Kathleen Plona, Anthony Wynshaw-Boris
Approximately 1 in 500 newborns are born with chromosomal abnormalities that include trisomies, translocations, large deletions, and duplications. There is currently no therapeutic approach for correcting such chromosomal aberrations in vivo or in vitro. When we attempted to produce induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models from patient-derived fibroblasts that contained ring chromosomes, we found that the ring chromosomes were eliminated and replaced by duplicated normal copies of chromosomes through a mechanism of uniparental isodisomy (Bershteyn et al...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858158/structure-of-centromere-chromatin-from-nucleosome-to-chromosomal-architecture
#15
REVIEW
Thomas Schalch, Florian A Steiner
The centromere is essential for the segregation of chromosomes, as it serves as attachment site for microtubules to mediate chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. In most organisms, the centromere is restricted to one chromosomal region that appears as primary constriction on the condensed chromosome and is partitioned into two chromatin domains: The centromere core is characterized by the centromere-specific histone H3 variant CENP-A (also called cenH3) and is required for specifying the centromere and for building the kinetochore complex during mitosis...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834006/centromere-repositioning-explains-fundamental-number-variability-in-the-new-world-monkey-genus-saimiri
#16
Giorgia Chiatante, Oronzo Capozzi, Marta Svartman, Polina Perelman, Lucy Centrone, Svetlana S Romanenko, Takafumi Ishida, Mirela Valeri, Melody E Roelke-Parker, Roscoe Stanyon
Cytogenetics has historically played a key role in research on squirrel monkey (genus Saimiri) evolutionary biology. Squirrel monkeys have a diploid number of 2n = 44, but vary in fundamental number (FN). Apparently, differences in FN have phylogenetic implications and are correlated with geographic regions. A number of hypothetical mechanisms were proposed to explain difference in FN: translocations, heterochromatin, or, most commonly, pericentric inversions. Recently, an additional mechanism, centromere repositioning, was discovered, which can alter chromosome morphology and FN...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27534416/the-effect-of-the-lamin-a-and-its-mutants-on-nuclear-structure-cell-proliferation-protein-stability-and-mobility-in-embryonic-cells
#17
Katarzyna Piekarowicz, Magdalena Machowska, Ewelina Dratkiewicz, Daria Lorek, Agnieszka Madej-Pilarczyk, Ryszard Rzepecki
LMNA gene encodes for nuclear intermediate filament proteins lamin A/C. Mutations in this gene lead to a spectrum of genetic disorders, collectively referred to as laminopathies. Lamin A/C are widely expressed in most differentiated somatic cells but not in early embryos and some undifferentiated cells. To investigate the role of lamin A/C in cell phenotype maintenance and differentiation, which could be a determinant of the pathogenesis of laminopathies, we examined the role played by exogenous lamin A and its mutants in differentiated cell lines (HeLa, NHDF) and less-differentiated HEK 293 cells...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27522227/satellite-dna-content-illuminates-the-ancestry-of-a-supernumerary-b-chromosome
#18
Francisco J Ruiz-Ruano, Josefa Cabrero, María Dolores López-León, Juan Pedro M Camacho
B chromosomes are supernumerary genomic elements most likely derived from the standard (A) chromosomes, whose dispensability has freed their DNA sequences to evolve fast, thus making it difficult to uncover their ancestry. Here, we show the ancestry of a B chromosome in the grasshopper Eumigus monticola by means of the high-throughput analysis of the satellitome, i.e., the whole collection of satellite DNA (satDNA). The satellitome found in this species consists of 27 satDNA families, with monomer length between 5 and 325 nt and A + T content between 42...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27354041/aurora-a-mcak-and-kif18b-promote-eg5-independent-spindle-formation
#19
Roy G H P van Heesbeen, Jonne A Raaijmakers, Marvin E Tanenbaum, Vincentius A Halim, Daphne Lelieveld, Cor Lieftink, Albert J R Heck, David A Egan, René H Medema
Inhibition of the microtubule (MT) motor protein Eg5 results in a mitotic arrest due to the formation of monopolar spindles, making Eg5 an attractive target for anti-cancer therapies. However, Eg5-independent pathways for bipolar spindle formation exist, which might promote resistance to treatment with Eg5 inhibitors. To identify essential components for Eg5-independent bipolar spindle formation, we performed a genome-wide siRNA screen in Eg5-independent cells (EICs). We find that the kinase Aurora A and two kinesins, MCAK and Kif18b, are essential for bipolar spindle assembly in EICs and in cells with reduced Eg5 activity...
August 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27325172/a-replication-time-controlling-sequence-element-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
#20
Vishnu P Tripathi, Dharani D Dubey
Eukaryotic replication origins are highly variable in their activity and replication timing. The nature and role of cis-acting regulatory sequences that control chromosomal replication timing is not well defined. In the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, a 200-bp late-replication-enforcing element (LRE), has been shown to enforce late replication of ARS elements in plasmids. Here, we show that a short (133-bp) fragment of the LRE (shLRE) is required for causing late replication of adjoining origins in its native as well as in an ectopic early-replicating chromosomal location...
August 2017: Chromosoma
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