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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538144/probing-the-potential-role-of-non-b-dna-structures-at-yeast-meiosis-specific-dna-double-strand-breaks
#1
Rucha Kshirsagar, Krishnendu Khan, Mamata V Joshi, Ramakrishna V Hosur, K Muniyappa
A plethora of evidence suggests that different types of DNA quadruplexes are widely present in the genome of all organisms. The existence of a growing number of proteins that selectively bind and/or process these structures underscores their biological relevance. Moreover, G-quadruplex DNA has been implicated in the alignment of four sister chromatids by forming parallel guanine quadruplexes during meiosis; however, the underlying mechanism is not well defined. Here we show that a G/C-rich motif associated with a meiosis-specific DNA double-strand break (DSB) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae folds into G-quadruplex, and the C-rich sequence complementary to the G-rich sequence forms an i-motif...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527011/the-prdm9-krab-domain-is-required-for-meiosis-and-involved-in-protein-interactions
#2
Yukiko Imai, Frédéric Baudat, Miguel Taillepierre, Marcello Stanzione, Attila Toth, Bernard de Massy
PR domain-containing protein 9 (PRDM9) is a major regulator of the localization of meiotic recombination hotspots in the human and mouse genomes. This role involves its DNA-binding domain, which is composed of a tandem array of zinc fingers, and PRDM9-dependent trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 4. PRDM9 is a member of the PRDM family of transcription regulators, but unlike other family members, it contains a Krüppel-associated box (KRAB)-related domain that is predicted to be a potential protein interaction domain...
May 19, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514186/apc-c-cdc20-mediates-deprotection-of-centromeric-cohesin-at-meiosis-ii-in-yeast
#3
Katarzyna Jonak, Ievgeniia Zagoriy, Tugce Oz, Peter Graf, Julie Rojas, Valentina Mengoli, Wolfgang Zachariae
Cells undergoing meiosis produce haploid gametes through one round of DNA replication followed by two rounds of chromosome segregation. This requires that cohesin complexes, which establish sister chromatid cohesion during S phase, are removed in a stepwise manner. At meiosis I, the separase protease triggers the segregation of homologous chromosomes by cleaving cohesin's Rec8 subunit on chromosome arms. Cohesin persists at centromeres because the PP2A phosphatase, recruited by the shugoshin protein, dephosphorylates Rec8 and thereby protects it from cleavage...
May 17, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510588/evolutionary-restoration-of-fertility-in-an-interspecies-hybrid-yeast-by-whole-genome-duplication-after-a-failed-mating-type-switch
#4
Raúl A Ortiz-Merino, Nurzhan Kuanyshev, Stephanie Braun-Galleani, Kevin P Byrne, Danilo Porro, Paola Branduardi, Kenneth H Wolfe
Many interspecies hybrids have been discovered in yeasts, but most of these hybrids are asexual and can replicate only mitotically. Whole-genome duplication has been proposed as a mechanism by which interspecies hybrids can regain fertility, restoring their ability to perform meiosis and sporulate. Here, we show that this process occurred naturally during the evolution of Zygosaccharomyces parabailii, an interspecies hybrid that was formed by mating between 2 parents that differed by 7% in genome sequence and by many interchromosomal rearrangements...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505149/distinct-dna-binding-surfaces-in-the-atpase-and-linker-domains-of-mutl%C3%AE-determine-its-substrate-specificities-and-exert-separable-functions-in-meiotic-recombination-and-mismatch-repair
#5
Corentin Claeys Bouuaert, Scott Keeney
Mlh1-Mlh3 (MutLγ) is a mismatch repair factor with a central role in formation of meiotic crossovers, presumably through resolution of double Holliday junctions. MutLγ has DNA binding, nuclease, and ATPase activities, but how these relate to one another and to in vivo functions are unclear. Here, we combine biochemical and genetic analyses to characterize Saccharomyces cerevisiae MutLγ. Limited proteolysis and atomic force microscopy showed that purified recombinant MutLγ undergoes ATP-driven conformational changes...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497540/meikin-associated-polo-like-kinase-specifies-bub1-distribution-in-meiosis-i
#6
Seira Miyazaki, Jihye Kim, Yuya Yamagishi, Tadashi Ishiguro, Yuki Okada, Yuji Tanno, Takeshi Sakuno, Yoshinori Watanabe
In meiosis I, sister chromatids are captured by microtubules emanating from the same pole (mono-orientation), and centromeric cohesion is protected throughout anaphase. Shugoshin, which is localized to centromeres depending on the phosphorylation of histone H2A by Bub1 kinase, plays a central role in protecting meiotic cohesin Rec8 from separase cleavage. Another key meiotic kinetochore factor, meikin, may regulate cohesion protection, although the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we show that fission yeast Moa1 (meikin), which associates stably with CENP-C during meiosis I, recruits Plo1 (polo-like kinase) to the kinetochores and phosphorylates Spc7 (KNL1) to accumulate Bub1...
May 12, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493118/position-matters-multiple-functions-of-linc-dependent-chromosome-positioning-during-meiosis
#7
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/28485209/pleiotropic-functions-of-the-yeast-greatwall-family-protein-kinase-rim15p-a-novel-target-for-the-control-of-alcoholic-fermentation
#8
Daisuke Watanabe, Hiroshi Takagi
Rim15p, a Greatwall-family protein kinase in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is required for cellular nutrient responses, such as the entry into quiescence and the induction of meiosis and sporulation. In higher eukaryotes, the orthologous gene products are commonly involved in the cell cycle G2/M transition. How are these pleiotropic functions generated from a single family of protein kinases? Recent advances in both research fields have identified the conserved Greatwall-mediated signaling pathway and a variety of downstream target molecules...
June 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453523/the-mismatch-repair-and-meiotic-recombination-endonuclease-mlh1-mlh3-is-activated-by-polymer-formation-and-can-cleave-dna-substrates-in-trans
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Carol M Manhart, Xiaodan Ni, Martin A White, Joaquin Ortega, Jennifer A Surtees, Eric Alani
Crossing over between homologs is initiated in meiotic prophase by the formation of DNA double-strand breaks that occur throughout the genome. In the major interference-responsive crossover pathway in baker's yeast, these breaks are resected to form 3' single-strand tails that participate in a homology search, ultimately forming double Holliday junctions (dHJs) that primarily include both homologs. These dHJs are resolved by endonuclease activity to form exclusively crossovers, which are critical for proper homolog segregation in Meiosis I...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450458/the-mitotic-exit-network-regulates-spindle-pole-body-selection-during-sporulation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#10
Christian Renicke, Ann-Katrin Allmann, Anne Pia Lutz, Thomas Heimerl, Christof Taxis
Age-based inheritance of centrosomes in eukaryotic cells is associated with faithful chromosome distribution in asymmetric cell divisions. During Saccharomyces cerevisiae ascospore formation, such an inheritance mechanism targets the yeast centrosome equivalents, the spindle pole bodies at meiosis II onset. Decreased nutrient availability causes initiation of spore formation at only the younger spindle pole bodies and their associated genomes. This mechanism ensures encapsulation of non-sister genomes, which preserves genetic diversity and provides a fitness advantage at population level...
April 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423184/the-differentiated-and-conserved-roles-of-swi5-sfr1-in-homologous-recombination
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REVIEW
Bilge Argunhan, Yasuto Murayama, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Homologous recombination (HR) is the process whereby two DNA molecules that share high sequence similarity are able to recombine to generate hybrid DNA molecules. Throughout evolution, the ability of HR to identify highly similar DNA sequences has been adopted for numerous biological phenomena including DNA repair, meiosis, telomere maintenance, ribosomal DNA amplification, and immunological diversity. Although Rad51 and Dmc1 are the key proteins that promote HR in mitotic and meiotic cells, respectively, accessory proteins that allow Rad51 and Dmc1 to effectively fulfil their functions have been identified in all examined model systems...
April 19, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396924/non-introgressive-genome-chimerisation-by-malsegregation-in-autodiploidised-allotetraploids-during-meiosis-of-saccharomyces-kudriavzevii-x-saccharomyces-uvarum-hybrids
#12
Edina Karanyicz, Zsuzsa Antunovics, Z Kallai, M Sipiczki
Saccharomyces strains with chimerical genomes consisting of mosaics of the genomes of different species ("natural hybrids") occur quite frequently among industrial and wine strains. The most widely endorsed hypothesis is that the mosaics are introgressions acquired via hybridisation and repeated backcrosses of the hybrids with one of the parental species. However, the interspecies hybrids are sterile, unable to mate with their parents. Here, we show by analysing synthetic Saccharomyces kudriavzevii x Saccharomyces uvarum hybrids that mosaic (chimeric) genomes can arise without introgressive backcrosses...
April 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349406/a-computational-approach-to-study-gene-expression-networks
#13
Amir Rubinstein, Yona Kassir
We describe a simple computational approach that can be used for the study and simulation of regulatory networks. The advantage of this approach is that it requires neither computational background nor exact quantitative data about the biological system under study. Moreover, it is suitable for examining alternative hypotheses about the structure of a biological network. We used a tool called BioNSi (Biological Network Simulator) that is based on a simple computational model, which can be easily integrated as part of the lab routine, in parallel to experimental work...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349396/in-vivo-imaging-of-budding-yeast-meiosis
#14
Michael G Pollard, Jennifer C Fung
Tracking biological events in living cells provides kinetic information about biological processes that can be missed in more traditional methods using fixed samples at designated time intervals. Here we describe a methodology for in vivo fluorescence microscopy of yeast cells undergoing meiosis. This method allows tracking of individual cells over extended periods of time through every stage of the meiotic transformation while minimizing phototoxicity and sustaining conditions that support meiotic growth.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349395/analysis-of-meiotic-chromosome-associated-protein-dynamics-using-conditional-expression-in-budding-yeast
#15
Amy J MacQueen, Beth Rockmill
The visualization of meiotic chromosomes and their associated protein structures in both wild-type and mutant cells adds valuable insight into the molecular pathways that underlie reproductive cell formation. Here we describe basic methodology for visualizing meiotic chromosomes in a long-standing model organism for investigating the molecular and cell biology of meiosis, the budding yeast, S. cerevisiae. This chapter furthermore highlights a variety of conditional expression regimes that can be used to understand the dynamics and/or developmental constraints of chromosomal protein structures; such dynamic aspects of the macromolecular structures that mediate meiotic chromosome biology are typically not obvious from standard protein visualization experiments...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349394/high-throughput-screening-to-identify-regulators-of-meiosis-specific-gene-expression-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Yona Kassir
Meiosis and gamete formation are processes that are essential for sexual reproduction in all eukaryotic organisms. Multiple intracellular and extracellular signals feed into pathways that converge on transcription factors that induce the expression of meiosis-specific genes. Once triggered the meiosis-specific gene expression program proceeds in a cascade that drives progress through the events of meiosis and gamete formation. Meiosis-specific gene expression is tightly controlled by a balance of positive and negative regulatory factors that respond to a plethora of signaling pathways...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349392/selection-of-g1-phase-yeast-cells-for-synchronous-meiosis-and-sporulation
#17
David T Stuart
Centrifugal elutriation is a procedure that allows the fractionation of cell populations based upon their size and shape. This allows cells in distinct cell cycle stages can be captured from an asynchronous population. The technique is particularly helpful when performing an experiment to monitor the progression of cells through the cell cycle or meiosis. Yeast sporulation like gametogenesis in other eukaryotes initiates from the G1 phase of the cell cycle. Conveniently, S. cerevisiae arrest in G1 phase when starved for nutrients and so withdrawal of nitrogen and glucose allows cells to abandon vegetative growth in G1 phase before initiating the sporulation program...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349391/ribosome-profiling-for-the-analysis-of-translation-during-yeast-meiosis
#18
Caia Duncan, Juan Mata
Ribosome profiling provides a genome-wide view of translation with unprecedented resolution. Application of this approach to fission and budding yeast revealed widespread regulation of translational efficiency, translation of short open reading frames on unannotated transcripts, and frequent translation of open reading frames in 5' leader sequences. We present here a detailed protocol for the application of ribosome profiling to meiotic fission yeast cells, although the approach should be easily adapted to budding yeast...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349390/sequencing-spo11-oligonucleotides-for-mapping-meiotic-dna-double-strand-breaks-in-yeast
#19
Isabel Lam, Neeman Mohibullah, Scott Keeney
Meiosis is a specialized form of cell division resulting in reproductive cells with a reduced, usually haploid, genome complement. A key step after premeiotic DNA replication is the occurrence of homologous recombination at multiple places throughout the genome, initiated with the formation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) catalyzed by the topoisomerase-like protein Spo11. DSBs are distributed non-randomly in genomes, and understanding the mechanisms that shape this distribution is important for understanding how meiotic recombination influences heredity and genome evolution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349389/quantitative-genome-wide-measurements-of-meiotic-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-protein-binding-in-s-pombe
#20
Randy W Hyppa, Kyle R Fowler, Gerald R Smith
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is especially well suited for studying meiosis in molecular detail. Experiments with S. pombe strains that undergo a nearly synchronous meiosis-at variable temperatures-have elucidated the mechanisms of meiotic progression and the proteins that are involved. For example, studies focused on the initiation of meiotic recombination by programmed DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) have proven exceptionally informative. In meiosis, some regions of DNA have more frequent DSBs than the surrounding regions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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