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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501862/chromosome-painting-in-trogon-s-surrucura-aves-trogoniformes-reveals-a-karyotype-derived-by-chromosomal-fissions-fusions-and-inversions
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Tiago M Degrandi, Analía Del Valle Garnero, Patricia C M O'Brien, Malcolm A Ferguson-Smith, Rafael Kretschmer, Edivaldo H C de Oliveira, Ricardo J Gunski
Trogons are forest birds with a wide distribution, being found in Africa, Asia, and America, and are included in the order Trogoniformes, family Trogonidae. Phylogenetic studies using molecular data have not been able to determine the phylogenetic relationship among the different genera of trogons. So far, no cytogenetic data for these birds exist. Hence, the aim of this study was to characterize the karyotype of Trogon surrucura surrucura by means of classical and molecular cytogenetics. We found a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 82, similar to most birds, with several derived features compared to chicken and the putative ancestral avian karyotype...
May 13, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493118/position-matters-multiple-functions-of-linc-dependent-chromosome-positioning-during-meiosis
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Kazuhiro Katsumata, Eriko Nishi, Sadia Afrin, Kaoru Narusawa, Ayumu Yamamoto
Chromosome positioning is crucial for multiple chromosomal events, including DNA replication, repair, and recombination. The linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complexes, which consist of conserved nuclear membrane proteins, were shown to control chromosome positioning and facilitate various biological processes by interacting with the cytoskeleton. However, the precise functions and regulation of LINC-dependent chromosome positioning are not fully understood. During meiosis, the LINC complexes induce clustering of telomeres, forming the bouquet chromosome arrangement, which promotes homologous chromosome pairing...
May 10, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455351/the-nucleoporin-nup2-contains-a-meiotic-autonomous-region-that-promotes-the-dynamic-chromosome-events-of-meiosis
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Daniel B Chu, Tatiana Gromova, Trent A C Newman, Sean M Burgess
Meiosis is a specialized cellular program required to create haploid gametes from diploid parent cells. Homologous chromosomes pair, synapse, and recombine in a dynamic environment that accommodates gross chromosome reorganization and significant chromosome motion, which are critical for normal chromosome segregation. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ndj1 is a meiotic telomere-associated protein required for physically attaching telomeres to proteins embedded in the nuclear envelope. In this study, we identified additional proteins that act at the nuclear periphery from meiotic cell extracts, including Nup2, a nonessential nucleoporin with a known role in tethering interstitial chromosomal loci to the nuclear pore complex...
April 28, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420610/the-diversity-of-dna-fragment-editing-by-crispr-cas9-in-highly-homologous-or-repetitive-sequences
#4
Wang Leyang, Huang Haiyan, Wu Qiang
In complex genomes, there are a large number of duplicated genes in the coding regions and many more repetitive sequences in the non-coding regions. Repetitive sequences can exert great impacts on the heredity and evolution of the organisms, as well as their genome 3D architecture and transcriptional regulation. The high homology nature of repetitive sequences renders their editing by CRISPR/Cas9 very complex. At diploid or polyploid situations, such repetitive sequences could be edited differently on each chromosome or chromatid...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413152/loss-of-pten-expression-is-associated-with-high-microrna-24-level-and-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Jingzhu Zhao, Jiadong Chi, Ming Gao, Jingtai Zhi, Yigong Li, Xiangqian Zheng
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to detect the relationship between phosphatase and tensin homolog deletion on chromosome 10 (PTEN) and microRNA 24 (miR-24) and correlate PTEN expression with important clinical parameters of patients with tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective case series, all TSCC patients treated at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital between March 2005 and October 2011 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396582/a-pair-of-maternal-chromosomes-derived-from-meiotic-nondisjunction-in-trisomy-21-affects-nuclear-architecture-and-transcriptional-regulation
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Sayaka Omori, Hideyuki Tanabe, Kimihiko Banno, Ayumi Tsuji, Nobutoshi Nawa, Katsuya Hirata, Keiji Kawatani, Chikara Kokubu, Junji Takeda, Hidetoshi Taniguchi, Hitomi Arahori, Kazuko Wada, Yasuji Kitabatake, Keiichi Ozono
Eukaryotic genomes are organised into complex higher-order structures within the nucleus, and the three-dimensional arrangement of chromosomes is functionally important for global gene regulation. The existence of supernumerary chromosome 21 in Down syndrome may perturb the nuclear architecture at different levels, which is normally optimised to maintain the physiological balance of gene expression. However, it has not been clearly elucidated whether and how aberrant configuration of chromosomes affects gene activities...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380054/meioc-maintains-an-extended-meiotic-prophase-i-in-mice
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Y Q Shirleen Soh, Maria M Mikedis, Mina Kojima, Alexander K Godfrey, Dirk G de Rooij, David C Page
The meiosis-specific chromosomal events of homolog pairing, synapsis, and recombination occur over an extended meiotic prophase I that is many times longer than prophase of mitosis. Here we show that, in mice, maintenance of an extended meiotic prophase I requires the gene Meioc, a germ-cell specific factor conserved in most metazoans. In mice, Meioc is expressed in male and female germ cells upon initiation of and throughout meiotic prophase I. Mouse germ cells lacking Meioc initiate meiosis: they undergo pre-meiotic DNA replication, they express proteins involved in synapsis and recombination, and a subset of cells progress as far as the zygotene stage of prophase I...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373435/clinical-significance-of-dna-damage-response-factors-and-chromosomal-instability-in-primary-lung-adenocarcinoma
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Tatsuro Okamoto, Mikihiro Kohno, Kensaku Ito, Kazuki Takada, Masakazu Katsura, Yosuke Morodomi, Gouji Toyokawa, Fumihiro Shoji, Yoshihiko Maehara
AIM: The purpose of this study was to investigate the biological role of DNA damage-response genes and chromosomal instability in primary lung adenocarcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated 60 surgically-resected lung adenocarcinomas. Levels of checkpoint kinase 2 gene (CHEK2) and breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein gene (BRCA1) mRNA expression were evaluated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (exon 19 deletion and exon 21 mutation) were detected by the PCR clamp method...
April 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349399/imaging-of-chromosome-dynamics-in-mouse-testis-tissue-by-immuno-fish
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Harry Scherthan
The mouse (Mus musculus) represents the central mammalian genetic model system for biomedical and developmental research. Mutant mouse models have provided important insights into chromosome dynamics during the complex meiotic differentiation program that compensates for the genome doubling at fertilization. Homologous chromosomes (homologues) undergo dynamic pairing and recombine during first meiotic prophase before they become partitioned into four haploid sets by two consecutive meiotic divisions that lack an intervening S-phase...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346135/polo-like-kinase-dependent-phosphorylation-of-the-synaptonemal-complex-protein-syp-4-regulates-double-strand-break-formation-through-a-negative-feedback-loop
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Saravanapriah Nadarajan, Talley J Lambert, Elisabeth Altendorfer, Jinmin Gao, Michael D Blower, Jennifer C Waters, Monica P Colaiácovo
The synaptonemal complex (SC) is an ultrastructurally conserved proteinaceous structure that holds homologous chromosomes together and is required for the stabilization of pairing interactions and the completion of crossover (CO) formation between homologs during meiosis I. Here, we identify a novel role for a central region component of the SC, SYP-4, in negatively regulating formation of recombination-initiating double-strand breaks (DSBs) via a feedback loop triggered by crossover designation in C. elegans...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339470/meiotic-recombination-modulates-the-structure-and-dynamics-of-the-synaptonemal-complex-during-c-elegans-meiosis
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Divya Pattabiraman, Baptiste Roelens, Alexander Woglar, Anne M Villeneuve
During meiotic prophase, a structure called the synaptonemal complex (SC) assembles at the interface between aligned pairs of homologous chromosomes, and crossover recombination events occur between their DNA molecules. Here we investigate the inter-relationships between these two hallmark features of the meiotic program in the nematode C. elegans, revealing dynamic properties of the SC that are modulated by recombination. We demonstrate that the SC incorporates new subunits and switches from a more highly dynamic/labile state to a more stable state as germ cells progress through the pachytene stage of meiotic prophase...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329013/the-origin-of-b-chromosomes-in-yellow-necked-mice-apodemus-flavicollis-break-rules-but-keep-playing-the-game
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M Rajičić, S A Romanenko, T V Karamysheva, J Blagojević, T Adnađević, I Budinski, A S Bogdanov, V A Trifonov, N B Rubtsov, M Vujošević
B chromosomes (Bs) are known for more than hundred years but their origin, structure and pattern of evolution are not well understood. In the past few years new methodological approaches, involving isolation of Bs followed by whole DNA amplification, DNA probe generation, and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) or the B chromosome DNA sequencing, has allowed detailed analysis of their origin and molecular structure in different species. In this study we explored the origin of Bs in the yellow-necked wood mouse, Apodemus flavicollis, using generation of microdissected DNA probes followed by FISH on metaphase chromosomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327641/sequential-displacement-of-type-vi-secretion-system-effector-genes-leads-to-evolution-of-diverse-immunity-gene-arrays-in-vibrio-cholerae
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Paul C Kirchberger, Daniel Unterweger, Daniele Provenzano, Stefan Pukatzki, Yan Boucher
Type VI secretion systems (T6SS) enable bacteria to engage neighboring cells in contact-dependent competition. In Vibrio cholerae, three chromosomal clusters each encode a pair of effector and immunity genes downstream of those encoding the T6SS structural machinery for effector delivery. Different combinations of effector-immunity proteins lead to competition between strains of V. cholerae, which are thought to be protected only from the toxicity of their own effectors. Screening of all publically available V...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315832/modulating-crossover-frequency-and-interference-for-obligate-crossovers-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-meiosis
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Parijat Chakraborty, Ajith V Pankajam, Gen Lin, Abhishek Dutta, Nandanan G Krishnaprasad, Manu M Tekkedil, Akira Shinohara, Lars M Steinmetz, K T Nishant
Meiotic crossover frequencies show wide variation among organisms. But most organisms maintain at least one crossover per homolog pair (obligate crossover). In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, previous studies have shown crossover frequencies are reduced in the mismatch repair related mutant mlh3Δ and enhanced in a meiotic checkpoint mutant pch2Δ by up to twofold at specific chromosomal loci, but both mutants maintain high spore viability. We analyzed meiotic recombination events genome-wide in mlh3Δ, pch2Δ, and mlh3Δ pch2Δ mutants to test the effect of variation in crossover frequency on obligate crossovers...
May 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314937/phylogenetic-analysis-of-idd-gene-family-and-characterization-of-its-expression-in-response-to-flower-induction-in-malus
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Sheng Fan, Dong Zhang, Libo Xing, Siyan Qi, Lisha Du, Haiqin Wu, Hongxia Shao, Youmei Li, Juanjuan Ma, Mingyu Han
Although INDETERMINATE DOMAIN (IDD) genes encoding specific plant transcription factors have important roles in plant growth and development, little is known about apple IDD (MdIDD) genes and their potential functions in the flower induction. In this study, we identified 20 putative IDD genes in apple and named them according to their chromosomal locations. All identified MdIDD genes shared a conserved IDD domain. A phylogenetic analysis separated MdIDDs and other plant IDD genes into four groups. Bioinformatic analysis of chemical characteristics, gene structure, and prediction of protein-protein interactions demonstrated the functional and structural diversity of MdIDD genes...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287591/cell-lineage-analyses-and-gene-function-studies-using-twin-spot-marcm
#16
Hung-Chang Shen, Tsai-Chi Hsu, Pei-Chi Chung, Hung-Hsiang Yu
Mosaic analysis with a repressible cell marker (MARCM) is a positive mosaic labeling system that has been widely applied in Drosophila neurobiological studies to depict intricate morphologies and to manipulate the function of genes in subsets of neurons within otherwise unmarked and unperturbed organisms. Genetic mosaics generated in the MARCM system are mediated through site-specific recombination between homologous chromosomes within dividing precursor cells to produce both marked (MARCM clones) and unmarked daughter cells during mitosis...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266542/proteasomes-on-the-chromosome
#17
Michael Lichten
Targeted proteolysis plays an important role in the execution and regulation of many cellular events. Two recent papers in Science identify novel roles for proteasome-mediated proteolysis in homologous chromosome pairing, recombination, and segregation during meiosis.
March 7, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262707/management-of-e-coli-sister-chromatid-cohesion-in-response-to-genotoxic-stress
#18
Elise Vickridge, Charlene Planchenault, Charlotte Cockram, Isabel Garcia Junceda, Olivier Espéli
Aberrant DNA replication is a major source of the mutations and chromosomal rearrangements associated with pathological disorders. In bacteria, several different DNA lesions are repaired by homologous recombination, a process that involves sister chromatid pairing. Previous work in Escherichia coli has demonstrated that sister chromatid interactions (SCIs) mediated by topological links termed precatenanes, are controlled by topoisomerase IV. In the present work, we demonstrate that during the repair of mitomycin C-induced lesions, topological links are rapidly substituted by an SOS-induced sister chromatid cohesion process involving the RecN protein...
March 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257444/mechanisms-of-fast-and-stringent-search-in-homologous-pairing-of-double-stranded-dna
#19
Amir Bitran, Wei-Yin Chiang, Erel Levine, Mara Prentiss
Self-organization in the cell relies on the rapid and specific binding of molecules to their cognate targets. Correct bindings must be stable enough to promote the desired function even in the crowded and fluctuating cellular environment. In systems with many nearly matched targets, rapid and stringent formation of stable products is challenging. Mechanisms that overcome this challenge have been previously proposed, including separating the process into multiple stages; however, how particular in vivo systems overcome the challenge remains unclear...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243829/meiotic-pairing-as-an-indicator-of-genome-composition-in-polyploid-prairie-cordgrass-spartina-pectinata-link
#20
Jeffrey W Bishop, Sumin Kim, María B Villamil, D K Lee, A Lane Rayburn
The existence of neopolyploidy in prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata Link) has been documented. The neohexaploid was discovered coexisting with tetraploids in central Illinois, and has been reported to exhibit competitiveness in the natural environment. It is hypothesized that the natural tetraploid cytotype produced the hexaploid cytotype via production of unreduced gametes. Meiosis I chromosome pairing was observed in tetraploid (2n = 4x = 40), hexaploid (2n = 6x = 60), and octoploid (2n = 8x = 80) accessions and the percentage of meiotic abnormality was determined...
April 2017: Genetica
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