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Miten Jain, Hugh E Olsen, Daniel J Turner, David Stoddart, Kira V Bulazel, Benedict Paten, David Haussler, Huntington F Willard, Mark Akeson, Karen H Miga
The human genome reference sequence remains incomplete owing to the challenge of assembling long tracts of near-identical tandem repeats in centromeres. We implemented a nanopore sequencing strategy to generate high-quality reads that span hundreds of kilobases of highly repetitive DNA in a human Y chromosome centromere. Combining these data with short-read variant validation, we assembled and characterized the centromeric region of a human Y chromosome.
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Kristie Liu, Mitchell Friend, John Reinartz, Carlos A Tirado
We report here a 74-year-old male who was seen for recurrent respiratory infections, fatigue, and weight loss in November 2016. Bone marrow biopsy showed 90% involvement by plasma cell myeloma (PCM) [90% plasma cells, 40% cellular bone marrow]. Cytogenetic analysis of the bone marrow showed a complex karyotype described as: 53,Y,add(X)(p22.1),del(1)(p13p22),+3,add(3)(p13),add(4)(p12),+6,del(6)(q13q25),t(8;22)(q24.1;q11.2),+9,+11,+15,+15,+21[7]/46,XY[13]. This particular pattern with deletion 1p, deletion 6q, and a t(8;22)(q24;q11...
2018: Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists
Neda Nemat-Gorgani, Hugo G Hilton, Brenna M Henn, Meng Lin, Christopher R Gignoux, Justin W Myrick, Cedric J Werely, Julie M Granka, Marlo Möller, Eileen G Hoal, Makoto Yawata, Nobuyo Yawata, Lies Boelen, Becca Asquith, Peter Parham, Paul J Norman
The functions of human NK cells in defense against pathogens and placental development during reproduction are modulated by interactions of killer cell Ig-like receptors (KIRs) with HLA-A, -B and -C class I ligands. Both receptors and ligands are highly polymorphic and exhibit extensive differences between human populations. Indigenous to southern Africa are the KhoeSan, the most ancient group of modern human populations, who have highest genomic diversity worldwide. We studied two KhoeSan populations, the Nama pastoralists and the ≠Khomani San hunter-gatherers...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
María-Dolores Rey, Graham Moore, Azahara C Martín
Karyotypes of three accessions of <i>Hordeum chilense</i> (H1, H16 and H7), <i>Hordeum vulgare</i> and <i>Triticum aestivum</i> were characterized by physical mapping of several repetitive sequences. A total of fourteen repetitive sequences were used as probes for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with the aim of identifying inter- and intra-species polymorphisms. The (AG)12 and 4P6 probes only produced hybridization signals in wheat, the BAC7 probe only hybridized to the centromeric region of <i>H...
March 15, 2018: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Kyuha Choi, Xiaohui Zhao, Andrew J Tock, Christophe Lambing, Charles J Underwood, Thomas J Hardcastle, Heïdi Serra, Juhyun Kim, Hyun Seob Cho, Jaeil Kim, Piotr A Ziolkowski, Nataliya E Yelina, Ildoo Hwang, Robert A Martienssen, Ian R Henderson
Meiotic recombination initiates from DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) generated by SPO11 topoisomerase-like complexes. Meiotic DSB frequency varies extensively along eukaryotic chromosomes, with hotspots controlled by chromatin and DNA sequence. To map meiotic DSBs throughout a plant genome, we purified and sequenced Arabidopsis thaliana SPO11-1-oligonucleotides. SPO11-1-oligos are elevated in gene promoters, terminators, and introns, which is driven by AT-sequence richness that excludes nucleosomes and allows SPO11-1 access...
March 12, 2018: Genome Research
Charles J Underwood, Kyuha Choi, Christophe Lambing, Xiaohui Zhao, Heïdi Serra, Filipe Borges, Joe Simorowski, Evan Ernst, Yannick Jacob, Ian R Henderson, Robert A Martienssen
Eukaryotic centromeres contain the kinetochore, which connects chromosomes to the spindle allowing segregation. During meiosis, centromeres are suppressed for inter-homolog crossover, as recombination in these regions can cause chromosome missegregation and aneuploidy. Plant centromeres are surrounded by transposon-dense pericentromeric heterochromatin that is epigenetically silenced by histone 3 lysine 9 dimethylation (H3K9me2), and DNA methylation in CG and non-CG sequence contexts. However, the role of these chromatin modifications in control of meiotic recombination in the pericentromeres is not fully understood...
March 12, 2018: Genome Research
Zuzana Tulpová, Ming-Cheng Luo, Helena Toegelová, Paul Visendi, Satomi Hayashi, Petr Vojta, Etienne Paux, Andrzej Kilian, Michaël Abrouk, Jan Bartoš, Marián Hajdúch, Jacqueline Batley, David Edwards, Jaroslav Doležel, Hana Šimková
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a staple food for a significant part of the world's population. The growing demand on its production can be satisfied by improving yield and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Knowledge of the genome sequence would aid in discovering genes and QTLs underlying these traits and provide a basis for genomics-assisted breeding. Physical maps and BAC clones associated with them have been valuable resources from which to generate a reference genome of bread wheat and to assist map-based gene cloning...
March 8, 2018: New Biotechnology
Matthew W Blair, Andrés J Cortés, Andrew D Farmer, Wei Huang, Daniel Ambachew, R Varma Penmetsa, Noelia Carrasquilla-Garcia, Teshale Assefa, Steven B Cannon
Recombination (R) rate and linkage disequilibrium (LD) analyses are the basis for plant breeding. These vary by breeding system, by generation of inbreeding or outcrossing and by region in the chromosome. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is a favored food legume with a small sequenced genome (514 Mb) and n = 11 chromosomes. The goal of this study was to describe R and LD in the common bean genome using a 768-marker array of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) based on Trans-legume Orthologous Group (TOG) genes along with an advanced-generation Recombinant Inbred Line reference mapping population (BAT93 x Jalo EEP558) and an internationally available diversity panel...
2018: PloS One
Geetha S Hewawasam, Karthik Dhatchinamoorthy, Mark Mattingly, Chris Seidel, Jennifer L Gerton
Correct localization of the centromeric histone variant CenH3/CENP-A/Cse4 is an important part of faithful chromosome segregation. Mislocalization of CenH3 could affect chromosome segregation, DNA replication and transcription. CENP-A is often overexpressed and mislocalized in cancer genomes, but the underlying mechanisms are not understood. One major regulator of Cse4 deposition is Psh1, an E3 ubiquitin ligase that controls levels of Cse4 to prevent deposition into non-centromeric regions. We present evidence that Chromatin assembly factor-1 (CAF-1), an evolutionarily conserved histone H3/H4 chaperone with subunits shown previously to interact with CenH3 in flies and human cells, regulates Cse4 deposition in budding yeast...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Haoyang Xin, Tao Zhang, Yonghua Han, Yufeng Wu, Jisen Shi, Mengli Xi, Jiming Jiang
Dioecious species accounted for 6% of all plant species, including a number of crops and economically important species, such as poplar. However, sex determination and sex chromosome evolution have been studied only in few dioecious species. In poplar, the sex-determining locus was mapped to chromosome 19. Interestingly, this locus was mapped to either a peritelomeric or a centromeric region among different poplar species. We developed an oligonucleotide (oligo)-based chromosome painting probe based on the sequence of chromosome 19 from Populus trichocarpa...
March 8, 2018: Chromosoma
Marie Rogne, Oksana Svaerd, Julia Madsen-Østerbye, Adnan Hashim, Geir E Tjønnfjord, Judith Staerk
Cytokinesis failure leads to the emergence of tetraploid cells and multiple centrosomes. Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most common haematological malignancy in adults and is characterized by clonal B cell expansion. Here, we show that a significant number of peripheral blood CLL cells are arrested in cytokinesis and that this event occurred after nuclear envelope reformation and before cytoplasmic abscission. mRNA expression data showed that several genes known to be crucial for cell cycle regulation, checkpoint and centromere function, such as ING4, ING5, CDKN1A and CDK4, were significantly dysregulated in CLL samples...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Christian Hoischen, Sibel Yavas, Thorsten Wohland, Stephan Diekmann
Kinetochore proteins assemble onto centromeric chromatin and regulate DNA segregation during cell division. The inner kinetochore proteins bind centromeres while most outer kinetochore proteins assemble at centromeres during mitosis, connecting the complex to microtubules. Here, we measured the co-migration between protein pairs of the constitutive centromere associated network (CCAN) and hMis12 complexes by fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) in the nucleoplasm outside centromeres in living human interphase cells...
2018: PloS One
Vikas Yadav, Sheng Sun, R Blake Billmyre, Bhagya C Thimmappa, Terrance Shea, Robert Lintner, Guus Bakkeren, Christina A Cuomo, Joseph Heitman, Kaustuv Sanyal
The centromere DNA locus on a eukaryotic chromosome facilitates faithful chromosome segregation. Despite performing such a conserved function, centromere DNA sequence as well as the organization of sequence elements is rapidly evolving in all forms of eukaryotes. The driving force that facilitates centromere evolution remains an enigma. Here, we studied the evolution of centromeres in closely related species in the fungal phylum of Basidiomycota. Using ChIP-seq analysis of conserved inner kinetochore proteins, we identified centromeres in three closely related Cryptococcus species: two of which are RNAi-proficient, while the other lost functional RNAi...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Renata de Castro Nunes, Simon Orozco-Arias, Dominique Crouzillat, Lukas A Mueller, Suzy R Strickler, Patrick Descombes, Coralie Fournier, Deborah Moine, Alexandre de Kochko, Priscila M Yuyama, André L L Vanzela, Romain Guyot
Centromeric regions of plants are generally composed of large array of satellites from a specific lineage of Gypsy LTR-retrotransposons, called Centromeric Retrotransposons. Repeated sequences interact with a specific H3 histone, playing a crucial function on kinetochore formation. To study the structure and composition of centromeric regions in the genus Coffea , we annotated and classified Centromeric Retrotransposons sequences from the allotetraploid C. arabica genome and its two diploid ancestors: Coffea canephora and C...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Qi Yi, Qinfu Chen, Cai Liang, Haiyan Yan, Zhenlei Zhang, Xingfeng Xiang, Miao Zhang, Feifei Qi, Linli Zhou, Fangwei Wang
Heterochromatin protein-1 (HP1) is a key component of heterochromatin. Reminiscent of the cohesin complex which mediates sister-chromatid cohesion, most HP1 proteins in mammalian cells are displaced from chromosome arms during mitotic entry, whereas a pool remains at the heterochromatic centromere region. The function of HP1 at mitotic centromeres remains largely elusive. Here, we show that double knockout (DKO) of HP1α and HP1γ causes defective mitosis progression and weakened centromeric cohesion. While mutating the chromoshadow domain (CSD) prevents HP1α from protecting sister-chromatid cohesion, centromeric targeting of HP1α CSD alone is sufficient to rescue the cohesion defects in HP1 DKO cells...
February 28, 2018: EMBO Reports
Stacie E Hughes, Danny E Miller, Angela L Miller, R Scott Hawley
A century of genetic studies of the meiotic process in Drosophila melanogaster females has been greatly augmented by both modern molecular biology and major advances in cytology. These approaches, and the findings they have allowed, are the subject of this review. Specifically, these efforts have revealed that meiotic pairing in Drosophila females is not an extension of somatic pairing, but rather occurs by a poorly understood process during premeiotic mitoses. This process of meiotic pairing requires the function of several components of the synaptonemal complex (SC)...
March 2018: Genetics
Tatiana V Danilova, Bernd Friebe, Bikram S Gill, Jesse Poland, Eric Jackson
Interspecific or introgressive hybridization is one of the driving forces in plant speciation, producing allopolyploids or diploids with rearranged genomes. The process of karyotype reshaping following homoploid interspecific hybridization has not been studied experimentally. Interspecific hybridization is widely used in plant breeding to increase genetic diversity and introgress new traits. Numerous introgression stocks were developed for hexaploid wheat Triticum aestivum L. (2n = 6x = 42, genome AABBDD). Double monosomic lines, containing one alien chromosome from the tertiary gene pool of wheat and one homoeologous wheat chromosome, represent a simplified model for studying chromosome rearrangements caused by interspecific hybridization...
February 28, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
F Berardinelli, A Sgura, A Facoetti, S Leone, B Vischioni, M Ciocca, A Antoccia
The pentacyclic acridine RHPS4 is a highly potent and specific G-quadruplex (G4) ligand, which binds and stabilizes telomeric G4 leading to the block of the replication forks at telomeres and consequently to telomere dysfunctionalization. In turn, the cell recognizes unprotected telomeres as DNA double-strand breaks with consequent activation of DNA repair response at telomeres, cellular growth impairment and death. Data from the literature showed the capability of this compound to sensitize U251MG glioblastoma radioresistant cell line to X-rays sparsely ionizing radiations...
February 27, 2018: FEBS Journal
Michael A Lampson, Ben E Black
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February 26, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Lijun Ren, Ding Tang, Tingting Zhao, Fanfan Zhang, Changzhen Liu, Zhihui Xue, Wenqing Shi, Guijie Du, Yi Shen, Yafei Li, Zhukuan Cheng
In angiosperms, the key step in sexual reproduction is successful acquisition of meiotic fate. However, the molecular mechanism determining meiotic fate remains largely unknown. Here, we report that OsSPOROCYTELESS (OsSPL) is critical for meiotic entry in rice (Oryza sativa). We performed a large-scale genetic screen of rice sterile mutants aimed to identify genes regulating meiotic entry and identified OsSPL using map-based cloning. We showed that meiosis-specific callose deposition, chromatin organization, and centromere-specific histone H3 loading were altered in the cells corresponding to pollen mother cells in Osspl anthers...
February 26, 2018: New Phytologist
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