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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809790/genome-wide-organization-and-expression-profiling-of-the-sbp-box-gene-family-in-chinese-jujube-ziziphus-jujuba-mill
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Shuang Song, Heying Zhou, Songbai Sheng, Ming Cao, Yingyue Li, Xiaoming Pang
Transcription factors play vital roles in the developmental processes of plants. The SQUAMOSA promoter binding protein (SBP) genes encode a family of plant-specific transcription factors and plays many crucial roles in plant development. In this study, 16 SBP-box gene family members were identified in Ziziphus jujuba Mill. Dongzao (Dongzao), which were distributed over 8 chromosomes. They were classified into seven groups according to their phylogenetic relationships with other SBP-box gene families. Within each group, genes shared similar exon-intron structures and motif locations...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798212/the-dna-triangle-and-its-application-to-learning-meiosis
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L Kate Wright, Christina M Catavero, Dina L Newman
Although instruction on meiosis is repeated many times during the undergraduate curriculum, many students show poor comprehension even as upper-level biology majors. We propose that the difficulty lies in the complexity of understanding DNA, which we explain through a new model, the DNA triangle The DNA triangle integrates three distinct scales at which one can think about DNA: chromosomal, molecular, and informational Through analysis of interview and survey data from biology faculty and students through the lens of the DNA triangle, we illustrate important differences in how novices and experts are able to explain the concepts of ploidy, homology, and mechanism of homologous pairing Similarly, analysis of passages from 16 different biology textbooks shows a large divide between introductory and advanced material, with introductory books omitting explanations of meiosis-linked concepts at the molecular level of DNA...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797117/analysis-of-the-impact-of-the-absence-of-rad51-strand-exchange-activity-in-arabidopsis-meiosis
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Gunjita Singh, Olivier Da Ines, Maria Eugenia Gallego, Charles I White
The ploidy of eukaryote gametes must be halved to avoid doubling of numbers of chromosomes with each generation and this is carried out by meiosis, a specialized cell division in which a single chromosomal replication phase is followed by two successive nuclear divisions. With some exceptions, programmed recombination ensures the proper pairing and distribution of homologous pairs of chromosomes in meiosis and recombination defects thus lead to sterility. Two highly related recombinases are required to catalyse the key strand-invasion step of meiotic recombination and it is the meiosis-specific DMC1 which is generally believed to catalyse the essential non-sister chromatid crossing-over, with RAD51 catalysing sister-chromatid and non-cross-over events...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791037/adaptation-of-the-pivotal-differential-genome-pattern-for-the-induction-of-intergenomic-chromosome-recombination-in-hybrids-of-synthetic-amphidiploids-within-triticeae-tribe
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Michal T Kwiatek, Joanna Majka, Maciej Majka, Jolanta Belter, Halina Wisniewska
A pivotal-differential evolution pattern is when two allopolyploids share a common genome, which is called pivotal, and differ with respect to the other genome or genomes, called differential. This feature induces the intergenomic recombination between chromosomes of differential genomes, which can lead to speciation. Our study is a cytomolecular insight into this mechanism which was adapted for the induction of intergenomic chromosome recombination in hybrids of synthetic amphidiploids Aegilops biuncialis × S...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774726/girardia-dorotocephala-transcriptome-sequence-assembly-and-validation-through-characterization-of-piwi-homologs-and-stem-cell-progeny-markers
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Eugene Matthew P Almazan, Sydney L Lesko, Michael P Markey, Labib Rouhana
Planarian flatworms are popular models for the study of regeneration and stem cell biology in vivo. Technical advances and increased availability of genetic information have fueled the discovery of molecules responsible for stem cell pluripotency and regeneration in flatworms. Unfortunately, most of the planarian research performed worldwide utilizes species that are not natural habitants of North America, which limits their availability to newcomer laboratories and impedes their distribution for educational activities...
August 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760140/the-three-dimensional-genome-organization-of-drosophila-melanogaster-through-data-integration
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Qingjiao Li, Harianto Tjong, Xiao Li, Ke Gong, Xianghong Jasmine Zhou, Irene Chiolo, Frank Alber
BACKGROUND: Genome structures are dynamic and non-randomly organized in the nucleus of higher eukaryotes. To maximize the accuracy and coverage of three-dimensional genome structural models, it is important to integrate all available sources of experimental information about a genome's organization. It remains a major challenge to integrate such data from various complementary experimental methods. Here, we present an approach for data integration to determine a population of complete three-dimensional genome structures that are statistically consistent with data from both genome-wide chromosome conformation capture (Hi-C) and lamina-DamID experiments...
July 31, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755295/centromere-pairing-precedes-meiotic-chromosome-pairing-in-plants
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Jing Zhang, Fangpu Han
Meiosis is a specialized eukaryotic cell division, in which diploid cells undergo a single round of DNA replication and two rounds of nuclear division to produce haploid gametes. In most eukaryotes, the core events of meiotic prophase I are chromosomal pairing, synapsis and recombination. To ensure accurate chromosomal segregation, homologs have to identify and align along each other at the onset of meiosis. Although much progress has been made in elucidating meiotic processes, information on the mechanisms underlying chromosome pairing is limited in contrast to the meiotic recombination and synapsis events...
July 26, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754468/microhomology-mediated-end-joining-good-bad-and-ugly
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REVIEW
Ja-Hwan Seol, Eun Yong Shim, Sang Eun Lee
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are induced by a variety of genotoxic agents, including ionizing radiation and chemotherapy drugs for treating cancers. The elimination of DSBs proceeds via distinctive error-free and error-prone pathways. Repair by homologous recombination (HR) is largely error-free and mediated by RAD51/BRCA2 gene products. Classical non-homologous end joining (C-NHEJ) requires the Ku heterodimer and can efficiently rejoin breaks, with occasional loss or gain of DNA information. Recently, evidence has unveiled another DNA end-joining mechanism that is independent of recombination factors and Ku proteins, termed alternative non-homologous end joining (A-NHEJ)...
July 16, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733400/visualization-of-a-specific-genome-locus-by-the-laco-laci-gfp-system
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Da-Qiao Ding, Yasushi Hiraoka
Observing the dynamics of a specific chromosome locus in living cells can provide important information as to the molecular mechanisms underlying events such as chromosome segregation, homologous chromosome pairing, chromosome arrangement, and gene expression. The lacO/LacI-GFP system provides a simple and useful method in which a chromosome locus is visualized by inserting lacO repeat arrays and then expressing an LacI-GFP fusion that specifically binds to the lacO sequence. This system has been adapted for use in Schizosaccharomyces pombe by expressing the LacI-GFP under a promoter of the dis1(+) gene...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729552/new-insights-into-the-karyotype-evolution-of-the-free-living-flatworm-macrostomum-lignano-platyhelminthes-turbellaria
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Kira S Zadesenets, Lukas Schärer, Nikolay B Rubtsov
The free-living flatworm Macrostomum lignano is a model organism for evolutionary and developmental biology studies. Recently, an unusual karyotypic diversity was revealed in this species. Specifically, worms are either 'normal' 2n = 8, or they are aneuploid with one or two additional large chromosome(s) (i.e. 2n = 9 or 2n = 10, respectively). Aneuploid worms did not show visible behavioral or morphological abnormalities and were successful in reproduction. In this study, we generated microdissected DNA probes from chromosome 1 (further called MLI1), chromosome 2 (MLI2), and a pair of similar-sized smaller chromosomes (MLI3, MLI4)...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711872/cell-scientist-to-watch-kevin-corbett
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Kevin Corbett graduated in biology and biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley, to work on the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases in bacteria and archaea for his PhD with James Berger. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Stephen Harrison at Harvard Medical School for his postdoctoral work on kinetochore structure and function, particularly the yeast monopolin complex, which promotes proper chromosome segregation in the first meiotic division...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710064/time-course-analysis-of-early-meiotic-prophase-events-informs-mechanisms-of-homolog-pairing-and-synapsis-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans, Anne M Villeneuve
Segregation of homologous chromosomes during meiosis depends on their ability to reorganize within the nucleus, discriminate among potential partners, and stabilize pairwise associations through assembly of the synaptonemal complex (SC). Here we report a high-resolution time-course analysis of these key early events during Caenorhabditis elegans meiosis. Labeled nucleotides are incorporated specifically into the X chromosomes during the last two hours of S phase, a property we exploit to identify a highly synchronous cohort of nuclei...
July 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694245/fundamental-cell-cycle-kinases-collaborate-to-ensure-timely-destruction-of-the-synaptonemal-complex-during-meiosis
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Bilge Argunhan, Wing-Kit Leung, Negar Afshar, Yaroslav Terentyev, Vijayalakshmi V Subramanian, Yasuto Murayama, Andreas Hochwagen, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Tomomi Tsubouchi, Hideo Tsubouchi
The synaptonemal complex (SC) is a proteinaceous macromolecular assembly that forms during meiotic prophase I and mediates adhesion of paired homologous chromosomes along their entire lengths. Although prompt disassembly of the SC during exit from prophase I is a landmark event of meiosis, the underlying mechanism regulating SC destruction has remained elusive. Here, we show that DDK (Dbf4-dependent Cdc7 kinase) is central to SC destruction. Upon exit from prophase I, Dbf4, the regulatory subunit of DDK, directly associates with and is phosphorylated by the Polo-like kinase Cdc5...
July 10, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692038/par-terra-directs-homologous-sex-chromosome-pairing
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Hsueh-Ping Chu, John E Froberg, Barry Kesner, Hyun Jung Oh, Fei Ji, Ruslan Sadreyev, Stefan F Pinter, Jeannie T Lee
In mammals, homologous chromosomes rarely pair outside meiosis. One exception is the X chromosome, which transiently pairs during X-chromosome inactivation (XCI). How two chromosomes find each other in 3D space is not known. Here, we reveal a required interaction between the X-inactivation center (Xic) and the telomere in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. The subtelomeric, pseudoautosomal regions (PARs) of the two sex chromosomes (X and Y) also undergo pairing in both female and male cells. PARs transcribe a class of telomeric RNA, dubbed PAR-TERRA, which accounts for a vast majority of all TERRA transcripts...
August 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681469/differential-expression-of-homologous-recombination-dna-repair-genes-in-the-early-and-advanced-stages-of-myelodysplastic-syndrome
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Jan Valka, Jitka Vesela, Hana Votavova, Michaela Dostalova-Merkerova, Zuzana Horakova, Vit Campr, Jana Brezinova, Zuzana Zemanova, Anna Jonasova, Jaroslav Cermak, Monika Belickova
BACKGROUND: The high incidence of mutations and cytogenetic abnormalities in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) suggests that defects in DNA repair mechanisms. We monitored DNA repair pathways in MDS and their alterations during disease progression. METHODS: Expression profiling of DNA repair genes was performed on CD34+ cells and paired samples were used for monitoring of RAD51 and XRCC2 gene expression during disease progression. Immunohistochemical staining for RAD51 was done on histology samples...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668977/organization-and-evolution-of-four-differentially-amplified-tandem-repeats-in-the-cucumis-hystrix-genome
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Shuqiong Yang, Xiaodong Qin, Chunyan Cheng, Ziang Li, Qunfeng Lou, Ji Li, Jinfeng Chen
Three subtelomeric satellites and one interstitial 5S rDNA were characterized in Cucumis hystrix, and the pericentromeric signals of two C. hystrix subtelomeric satellites along C. sativus chromosomes supported the hypothesis of chromosome fusion in Cucumis. Tandem repeats are chromosome structural fractions consisting of highly repetitive sequences organized in large tandem arrays in most eukaryotes. Differentiation of tandem repeats directly affects the chromosome structure, which contributes to species formation and evolution...
July 1, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668862/clinicopathological-characteristics-of-metaplastic-papillary-tumor-of-the-fallopian-tube
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M I Jang, Ji-Youn Sung, Ji-Ye Kim, Hyun-Soo Kim
Metaplastic papillary tumor (MPT) of the fallopian tube is a very uncommon lesion, displaying papillary growth of bland-appearing cells with abundant, eosinophilic cytoplasm and mucinous metaplasia. It is difficult for pathologists to determine whether to categorize this lesion as a metaplastic proliferative lesion or a true neoplasm. We recently experienced a case of tubal MPT and initiated a comprehensive review of previously published cases with thorough analysis of clinicopathological characteristics. MPT is typically related to pregnancy, but we describe the first case of pregnancy-unrelated, incidentally detected tubal MPT in a 51-year-old woman who underwent surgery for endometrial cancer...
July 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667016/an-rna-recognition-motif-containing-protein-functions-in-meiotic-silencing-by-unpaired-dna
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Dilini A Samarajeewa, Pennapa Manitchotpisit, Miranda Henderson, Hua Xiao, David G Rehard, Kevin A Edwards, Patrick K T Shiu, Thomas M Hammond
Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD) is a biological process that searches pairs of homologous chromosomes (homologs) for segments of DNA that are unpaired. Genes found within unpaired segments are silenced for the duration of meiosis. In this report, we describe the identification and characterization of Neurospora crassa sad-7, a gene that encodes a protein with an RNA recognition motif. Orthologs of sad-7 are found in a wide range of ascomycete fungi. In N. crassa, sad-7 is required for a fully-efficient MSUD response to unpaired genes...
June 30, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663070/poetry-in-motion-increased-chromosomal-mobility-after-dna-damage
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REVIEW
Michael J Smith, Rodney Rothstein
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are among the most lethal DNA lesions, and a variety of pathways have evolved to manage their repair in a timely fashion. One such pathway is homologous recombination (HR), in which information from an undamaged donor site is used as a template for repair. Although many of the biochemical steps of HR are known, the physical movements of chromosomes that must underlie the pairing of homologous sequence during mitotic DSB repair have remained mysterious. Recently, several groups have begun to use a variety of genetic and cell biological tools to study this important question...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652620/differential-cohesin-loading-marks-paired-and-unpaired-regions-of-platypus-sex-chromosomes-at-prophase-i
#20
Aaron E Casey, Tasman J Daish, Jose Luis Barbero, Frank Grützner
Cohesins are vital for chromosome organisation during meiosis and mitosis. In addition to the important function in sister chromatid cohesion, these complexes play key roles in meiotic recombination, DSB repair, homologous chromosome pairing and segregation. Egg-laying mammals (monotremes) feature an unusually complex sex chromosome system, which raises fundamental questions about organisation and segregation during meiosis. We discovered a dynamic and differential accumulation of cohesins on sex chromosomes during platypus prophase I and specific reorganisation of the sex chromosome complex around a large nucleolar body...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
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