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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, Krishnaprasad G Nandanan, Manu M Tekkedil, Akira Shinohara, Lars M Steinmetz, Nishant K Thazath
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 two-fold 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...
March 17, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
February 27, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239026/ectopic-expression-of-meiotic-cohesin-rad21l-promotes-adjacency-of-homologous-chromosomes-in-somatic-cells
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Mei Rong, Sachi Miyauchi, Jibak Lee
Pairing, synapsis, and crossover recombination of homologous chromosomes (homologs) are prerequisite for the proper segregation of homologs during meiosis I. The meiosis-specific cohesin subunit, RAD21L, is essential for such meiotic chromosomal events, but it is unknown to what extent RAD21L by itself contributes to the process since various meiotic genes are also involved. To reveal the exclusive contribution of RAD21L to the specific regulation of homologs, we examined the effects of ectopic RAD21L expression on chromosome dynamics in somatic cells...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199302/untimely-expression-of-gametogenic-genes-in-vegetative-cells-causes-uniparental-disomy
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H Diego Folco, Venkata R Chalamcharla, Tomoyasu Sugiyama, Gobi Thillainadesan, Martin Zofall, Vanivilasini Balachandran, Jothy Dhakshnamoorthy, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Shiv I S Grewal
Uniparental disomy (UPD), in which an individual contains a pair of homologous chromosomes originating from only one parent, is a frequent phenomenon that is linked to congenital disorders and various cancers. UPD is thought to result mostly from pre- or post-zygotic chromosome missegregation. However, the factors that drive UPD remain unknown. Here we use the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model to investigate UPD, and show that defects in the RNA interference (RNAi) machinery or in the YTH domain-containing RNA elimination factor Mmi1 cause high levels of UPD in vegetative diploid cells...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174243/efficient-talen-mediated-gene-targeting-of-chicken-primordial-germ-cells
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Lorna Taylor, Daniel F Carlson, Sunil Nandi, Adrian Sherman, Scott C Fahrenkrug, Michael J McGrew
In this work we use TALE nucleases (TALENs) to target a reporter construct to the DDX4 (vasa) locus in chicken primordial germ cells. Vasa is a key germ cell determinant in many animal species and is posited to control avian germ cell formation. We show that TALENs mediate homology directed repair of the DDX4 locus on the Z sex chromosome at high (8.1%) efficiencies. Large genetic deletions of 30kb encompassing the entire DDX4 locus were also created using a single TALEN pair. The targeted PGCs were germ line competent and were used to produce DDX4 null offspring...
February 7, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142191/partial-preferential-chromosome-pairing-is-genotype-dependent-in-tetraploid-rose
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Peter M Bourke, Paul Arens, Roeland E Voorrips, G Danny Esselink, Carole F S Koning-Boucoiran, Wendy P C van 't Westende, Tiago Santos Leonardo, Patrick Wissink, Chaozhi Zheng, Geert van Geest, Richard G F Visser, Frans A Krens, Marinus J M Smulders, Chris Maliepaard
It has long been recognised that polyploid species do not always neatly fall into the categories of auto- or allopolyploid, leading to the term "segmental allopolyploid" to describe everything in between. The meiotic behaviour of such intermediate species is not fully understood, nor is there consensus as to how to model their inheritance patterns. In this study, we used a tetraploid cut rose (Rosa hybrida) population, genotyped using the 68K WagRhSNP array, to construct an ultra-high density linkage map of all homologous chromosomes, using methods previously developed for autotetraploids...
January 31, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139647/convergent-recombination-suppression-suggests-role-of-sexual-selection-in-guppy-sex-chromosome-formation
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Alison E Wright, Iulia Darolti, Natasha I Bloch, Vicencio Oostra, Ben Sandkam, Severine D Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Felix Breden, Beatriz Vicoso, Judith E Mank
Sex chromosomes evolve once recombination is halted between a homologous pair of chromosomes. The dominant model of sex chromosome evolution posits that recombination is suppressed between emerging X and Y chromosomes in order to resolve sexual conflict. Here we test this model using whole genome and transcriptome resequencing data in the guppy, a model for sexual selection with many Y-linked colour traits. We show that although the nascent Y chromosome encompasses nearly half of the linkage group, there has been no perceptible degradation of Y chromosome gene content or activity...
January 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137705/on-the-allopolyploid-origin-and-genome-structure-of-the-closely-related-species-hordeum-secalinum-and-hordeum-capense-inferred-by-molecular-karyotyping
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Ángeles Cuadrado, Alfredo de Bustos, Nicolás Jouve
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To provide additional information to the many phylogenetic analyses conducted within Hordeum, here the origin and interspecific affinities of the allotetraploids Hordeum secalinum and Hordeum capense were analysed by molecular karyotyping. METHODS: Karyotypes were determined using genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) to distinguish the sub-genomes XA: and I: , plus fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)/non-denaturing (ND)-FISH to determine the distribution of ten tandem repetitive DNA sequences and thus provide chromosome markers...
January 30, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134781/implications-for-diverse-functions-of-the-linc-complexes-based-on-the-structure
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REVIEW
Miki Hieda
The linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complex is composed of the outer and inner nuclear membrane protein families Klarsicht, Anc-1, and Syne homology (KASH), and Sad1 and UNC-84 (SUN) homology domain proteins. Increasing evidence has pointed to diverse functions of the LINC complex, such as in nuclear migration, nuclear integrity, chromosome movement and pairing during meiosis, and mechanotransduction to the genome. In metazoan cells, the nuclear envelope possesses the nuclear lamina, which is a thin meshwork of intermediate filaments known as A-type and B-type lamins and lamin binding proteins...
January 26, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111257/fragile-sites-dysfunctional-telomere-and-chromosome-fusions-what-is-5s-rdna-role
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Alain Victor Barros, Michele Andressa Vier Wolski, Viviane Nogaroto, Mara Cristina Almeida, Orlando Moreira-Filho, Marcelo Ricardo Vicari
Repetitive DNA regions are known as fragile chromosomal sites which present a high flexibility and low stability. Our focus was characterize fragile sites in 5S rDNA regions. The Ancistrus sp. species shows a diploid number of 50 and an indicative Robertsonian fusion at chromosomal pair 1. Two sequences of 5S rDNA were identified: 5S.1 rDNA and 5S.2 rDNA. The first sequence gathers the necessary structures to gene expression and shows a functional secondary structure prediction. Otherwise, the 5S.2 rDNA sequence does not contain the upstream sequences that are required to expression, furthermore its structure prediction reveals a nonfunctional ribosomal RNA...
April 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100589/meiotic-consequences-of-genetic-divergence-across-the-murine-pseudoautosomal-region
#18
Beth L Dumont
The production of haploid gametes during meiosis is dependent on the homology-driven processes of pairing, synapsis, and recombination. On the mammalian heterogametic sex chromosomes, these key meiotic activities are confined to the pseudoautosomal region (PAR), a short region of near-perfect sequence homology between the X and Y chromosomes. Despite its established importance for meiosis, the PAR is rapidly evolving, raising the question of how proper X/Y segregation is buffered against the accumulation of homology-disrupting mutations...
March 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092459/toward-high-throughput-and-multiplexed-imaging-of-genome-organization
#19
Eric F Joyce
Dr. Eric Joyce from the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania was awarded The President's Innovation award at the annual Society of Biomolecular Imaging and Informatics meeting held in Boston, September 2016. Chromosome interactions are a fundamental aspect of nuclear organization that can activate and silence genes or even direct chromosome rearrangements. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying how chromosomal segments find each other and form stable interactions within cells remain unknown...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077446/regulating-chromosomal-movement-by-the-cochaperone-fkb-6-ensures-timely-pairing-and-synapsis
#20
Benjamin Alleva, Nathan Balukoff, Amy Peiper, Sarit Smolikove
In meiotic prophase I, homologous chromosome pairing is promoted through chromosome movement mediated by nuclear envelope proteins, microtubules, and dynein. After proper homologue pairing has been established, the synaptonemal complex (SC) assembles along the paired homologues, stabilizing their interaction and allowing for crossing over to occur. Previous studies have shown that perturbing chromosome movement leads to pairing defects and SC polycomplex formation. We show that FKB-6 plays a role in SC assembly and is required for timely pairing and proper double-strand break repair kinetics...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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