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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339410/maintenance-of-genome-integrity%C3%A2-by-mi2-homologs-chd-3-and-let-418-in%C3%A2-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Carolyn A Turcotte, Solomon A Sloat, Julia A Rigothi, Erika Rosenkranse, Alexandra L Northrup, Nicolas P Andrews, Paula M Checchi
Meiotic recombination depends upon the tightly coordinated regulation of chromosome dynamics and is essential for the production of haploid gametes. Central to this process is the formation and repair of meiotic double-stranded breaks (DSBs), which must take place within the constraints of a specialized chromatin architecture. Here, we demonstrate a role for the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex in orchestrating meiotic chromosome dynamics in Caenorhabditis elegans. Our data reveal that the conserved Mi2 homologs Chromodomain helicase DNA binding protein (CHD-3) and its paralog LET-418 facilitate meiotic progression by ensuring faithful repair of DSBs through homologous recombination...
January 16, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337080/smc1%C3%AE-substitutes-for-many-meiotic-functions-of-smc1%C3%AE-but-cannot-protect-telomeres-from-damage
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Uddipta Biswas, Michelle Stevense, Rolf Jessberger
The cohesin complex is built upon the SMC1/SMC3 heterodimer, and mammalian meiocytes feature two variants of SMC1 named SMC1α and SMC1β. It is unclear why these two SMC1 variants have evolved. To determine unique versus redundant functions of SMC1β, we asked which of the known functions of SMC1β can be fulfilled by SMC1α. Smc1α was expressed under control of the Smc1β promoter in either wild-type or SMC1β-deficient mice. No effect was seen in the former. However, several major phenotypes of SMC1β-deficient spermatocytes were rescued by SMC1α...
January 10, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335376/telomeres-and-genomic-evolution
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REVIEW
Duncan M Baird
The terminal regions of eukaryotic chromosomes, composed of telomere repeat sequences and sub-telomeric sequences, represent some of the most variable and rapidly evolving regions of the genome. The sub-telomeric regions are characterized by segmentally duplicated repetitive DNA elements, interstitial telomere repeat sequences and families of variable genes. Sub-telomeric repeat sequence families are shared among multiple chromosome ends, often rendering detailed sequence characterization difficult. These regions are composed of constitutive heterochromatin and are subjected to high levels of meiotic recombination...
March 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329290/morc2b-is-essential-for-meiotic-progression-and-fertility
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Baolu Shi, Jiangyang Xue, Jian Zhou, Seth D Kasowitz, Yuanwei Zhang, Guanxiang Liang, Yongjuan Guan, Qinghua Shi, Mingxi Liu, Jiahao Sha, Xiaoyan Huang, P Jeremy Wang
The microrchidia (MORC) family proteins are chromatin-remodelling factors and function in diverse biological processes such as DNA damage response and transposon silencing. Here, we report that mouse Morc2b encodes a functional germ cell-specific member of the MORC protein family. Morc2b arose specifically in the rodent lineage through retrotransposition of Morc2a during evolution. Inactivation of Morc2b leads to meiotic arrest and sterility in both sexes. Morc2b-deficient spermatocytes and oocytes exhibit failures in chromosomal synapsis, blockades in meiotic recombination, and increased apoptosis...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327130/main-steps-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair-an-introduction-to-homologous-recombination-and-related-processes
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REVIEW
Lepakshi Ranjha, Sean M Howard, Petr Cejka
DNA double-strand breaks arise accidentally upon exposure of DNA to radiation and chemicals or result from faulty DNA metabolic processes. DNA breaks can also be introduced in a programmed manner, such as during the maturation of the immune system, meiosis, or cancer chemo- or radiotherapy. Cells have developed a variety of repair pathways, which are fine-tuned to the specific needs of a cell. Accordingly, vegetative cells employ mechanisms that restore the integrity of broken DNA with the highest efficiency at the lowest cost of mutagenesis...
January 11, 2018: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315306/modeling-the-genetic-relatedness-of-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-following-meiotic-recombination-and-cotransmission
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Wesley Wong, Edward A Wenger, Daniel L Hartl, Dyann F Wirth
Unlike in most pathogens, multiple-strain (polygenomic) infections of P. falciparum are frequently composed of genetic siblings. These genetic siblings are the result of sexual reproduction and can coinfect the same host when cotransmitted by the same mosquito. The degree with which coinfecting strains are related varies among infections and populations. Because sexual recombination occurs within the mosquito, the relatedness of cotransmitted strains could depend on transmission dynamics, but little is actually known of the factors that influence the relatedness of cotransmitted strains...
January 9, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311622/dual-roles-of-trf1-in-tethering-telomeres-to-the-nuclear-envelope-and-protecting-them-from-fusion-during-meiosis
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Lina Wang, Zhaowei Tu, Chao Liu, Hongbin Liu, Philipp Kaldis, Zijiang Chen, Wei Li
Telomeres integrity is indispensable for chromosomal stability by preventing chromosome erosion and end-to-end fusions. During meiosis, telomeres attach to the inner nuclear envelope and cluster into a highly crowded microenvironment at the bouquet stage, which requires specific mechanisms to protect the telomeres from fusion. Here, we demonstrate that germ cell-specific knockout of a shelterin complex subunit, Trf1, results in arrest of spermatocytes at two different stages. The obliterated telomere-nuclear envelope attachment in Trf1-deficient spermatocytes impairs homologue synapsis and recombination, resulting in a pachytene-like arrest, while the meiotic division arrest might stem from chromosome end-to-end fusion due to the failure of recruiting meiosis specific telomere associated proteins...
January 8, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290403/zipping-and-unzipping-protein-modifications-regulating-synaptonemal-complex-dynamics
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REVIEW
Jinmin Gao, Monica P Colaiácovo
The proteinaceous zipper-like structure known as the synaptonemal complex (SC), which forms between pairs of homologous chromosomes during meiosis from yeast to humans, plays important roles in promoting interhomolog crossover formation, regulating cessation of DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation following crossover designation, and ensuring accurate meiotic chromosome segregation. Recent studies are starting to reveal critical roles for different protein modifications in regulating SC dynamics. Protein SUMOylation, N-terminal acetylation, and phosphorylation have been shown to be essential for the regulated assembly and disassembly of the SC...
December 28, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290392/mlh1-is-required-for-female-fertility-in-drosophila-melanogaster-an-outcome-of-effects-on-meiotic-crossing-over-ovarian-follicles-and-egg-activation
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Divya Vimal, Saurabh Kumar, Ashutosh Pandey, Divya Sharma, Sanjay Saini, Snigdha Gupta, Kristipati Ravi Ram, Debapratim Kar Chowdhuri
Mismatch repair (MMR) system, a conserved DNA repair pathway, plays crucial role in DNA recombination and is involved in gametogenesis. The impact of alterations in MMR family of proteins (bacterial MutS and MutL homologues) on mammalian fertility is well documented. However, an insight to the role of MMR in reproduction of non-mammalian organisms is limited. Hence, in the present study, we analysed the impact of mlh1 (a MutL homologue) on meiotic crossing over/recombination and fertility in a genetically tractable model, Drosophila melanogaster...
December 16, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286440/preparation-of-meiotic-chromosome-spreads-from-mouse-spermatocytes
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Ferdusy Dia, Tierra Strange, Jenny Liang, Jacob Hamilton, Karen M Berkowitz
Mammalian meiosis is a dynamic developmental process that occurs in germ cells and can be studied and characterized. Using a method to spread nuclei on the surface of slides (rather than dropping them from a height), we demonstrate an optimized technique on mouse spermatocytes that was first described in 1997. This method is widely used in laboratories to study mammalian meiosis because it yields a plethora of high quality nuclei undergoing substages of prophase I. Seminiferous tubules are first placed in a hypotonic solution to swell spermatocytes...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282805/when-structure-leads-to-sex-untangling-signals-in-population-genetic-data-sets
#11
Julian Catchen
A robust signal of population structure often provides the first glimpse into the evolutionary history of a species and its populations. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, new work from Louis Bernatchez's group (Benestan et al., ) starts with an investigation of apparent structure in two marine species and concludes with an identification of sex-linked genes, and in the process provides a model for robust analysis. Structure is the genetic signal left by natural selection as well as by neutral processes like migration and gene flow...
December 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259092/effects-of-temperature-on-the-meiotic-recombination-landscape-of-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Ke Zhang, Xue-Chang Wu, Dao-Qiong Zheng, Thomas D Petes
Although meiosis in warm-blooded organisms takes place in a narrow temperature range, meiosis in many organisms occurs over a wide variety of temperatures. We analyzed the properties of meiosis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in cells sporulated at 14°C, 30°C, or 37°C. Using comparative-genomic-hybridization microarrays, we examined the distribution of Spo11-generated meiosis-specific double-stranded DNA breaks throughout the genome. Although there were between 300 and 400 regions of the genome with high levels of recombination (hot spots) observed at each temperature, only about 20% of these hot spots were found to have occurred independently of the temperature...
December 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247012/loss-of-drosophila-mei-41-atr-alters-meiotic-crossover-patterning
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Morgan M Brady, Susan McMahan, Jeff Sekelsky
Meiotic crossovers must be properly patterned to ensure accurate disjunction of homologous chromosomes during meiosis I. Disruption of the spatial distribution of crossovers can lead to nondisjunction, aneuploidy, gamete dysfunction, miscarriage, or birth defects. One of the earliest identified genes involved in proper crossover patterning is Drosophilamei-41, which encodes the ortholog of the checkpoint kinase ATR. Analysis of hypomorphic mutants suggested the existence of crossover patterning defects, but it was not possible to assess this in null mutants because of maternal-effect embryonic lethality...
December 15, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244163/regulation-of-chromosome-segregation-in-oocytes-and-the-cellular-basis-for-female-meiotic-errors
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Jessica Greaney, Zhe Wei, Hayden Homer
BACKGROUND: Meiotic chromosome segregation in human oocytes is notoriously error-prone, especially with ageing. Such errors markedly reduce the reproductive chances of increasing numbers of women embarking on pregnancy later in life. However, understanding the basis for these errors is hampered by limited access to human oocytes. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: Important new discoveries have arisen from molecular analyses of human female recombination and aneuploidy along with high-resolution analyses of human oocyte maturation and mouse models...
December 13, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244155/differential-rpa-1-and-rad-51-recruitment-in-vivo-throughout-the-c-elegans-germline-as-revealed-by-laser-microirradiation
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Emily Koury, Kailey Harrell, Sarit Smolikove
Studies of the repair pathways associated with DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are numerous, and provide evidence for cell-cycle specific regulation of homologous recombination (HR) by the regulation of its associated proteins. Laser microirradiation is a well-established method to examine in vitro kinetics of repair and allows for live-imaging of DSB repair from the moment of induction. Here we apply this method to whole, live organisms, introducing an effective system to analyze exogenous, microirradiation-induced breaks in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline...
December 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240891/primary-ovarian-insufficiency-and-azospermia-in-carriers-of-a-homozygous-psmc3ip-stop-gain-mutation
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Abdulmoein Eid Al-Agha, Ihab Abdulhamed Ahmed, Esther Nuebel, Mika Moriwaki, Barry Moore, Katherine A Peacock, Tim Mosbruger, Deborah W Neklason, Lynn B Jorde, Mark Yandell, Corrine K Welt
Context: The etiology of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) remains unknown in a majority of cases. Objective: We sought to identify genes causing POI. Design: The study was a familial genetic study. Setting: The study was performed in two academic institutions. Patients: We identified a consanguineous Yemeni family in which 4 daughters had POI. A brother had azoospermia. Intervention: DNA was subjected to whole genome sequencing...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232688/genotype-and-cell-specific-dynamics-of-tandem-repeat-patterns-in-aegilops-speltoides-tausch-poaceae-triticeae
#17
Olga Raskina
In wild plant populations, chromosome rearrangements lead to the wide intraspecific polymorphisms in the abundance and patterns of highly repetitive DNA. However, despite the large amount of accumulated data, the impact of the complex repetitive DNA fraction on genome reorganization and functioning and the mechanisms balancing and maintaining the structural integrity of the genome are not fully understood. Homologous recombination is thought to play a key role in both genome reshuffling and stabilization, while the contribution of nonhomologous recombination seems to be undervalued...
December 13, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231814/a-homozygous-fancm-mutation-underlies-a-familial-case-of-non-syndromic-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Baptiste Fouquet, Patrycja Pawlikowska, Sandrine Caburet, Celine Guigon, Marika Mäkinen, Laura Tanner, Marja Hietala, Kaja Urbanska, Laura Bellutti, Bérangère Legois, Bettina Bessieres, Alain Gougeon, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera, Filippo Rosselli, Reiner A Veitia, Micheline Misrahi
Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) affects ~1% of women under forty. Exome sequencing of two Finnish sisters with non-syndromic POI revealed a homozygous mutation in FANCM, leading to a truncated protein (p.Gln1701*). FANCM is a DNA-damage response gene whose heterozygous mutations predispose to breast cancer. Compared to the mother's cells, the patients' lymphocytes displayed higher levels of basal and mitomycin C (MMC)-induced chromosomal abnormalities. Their lymphoblasts were hypersensitive to MMC and MMC-induced monoubiquitination of FANCD2 was impaired...
December 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222342/regulation-of-crossover-frequency-and-distribution-during-meiotic-recombination
#19
Takamune T Saito, Monica P Colaiácovo
Crossover recombination is essential for generating genetic diversity and promoting accurate chromosome segregation during meiosis. The process of crossover recombination is tightly regulated and is initiated by the formation of programmed meiotic DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). The number of DSBs is around 10-fold higher than the number of crossovers in most species, because only a limited number of DSBs are repaired as crossovers during meiosis. Moreover, crossovers are not randomly distributed. Most crossovers are located on chromosomal arm regions and both centromeres and telomeres are usually devoid of crossovers...
December 8, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220506/a-molecular-portrait-of-de-novo-genes-in-yeasts
#20
Nikolaos N Vakirlis, Alex S Hebert, Dana A Opulente, Guillaume Achaz, Chris Todd Hittinger, Gilles Fischer, Joshua J Coon, Ingrid Lafontaine
New genes, with novel protein functions, can evolve "from scratch" out of intergenic sequences. These de novo genes can integrate the cell's genetic network and drive important phenotypic innovations. Therefore, identifying de novo genes and understanding how the transition from noncoding to coding occurs are key problems in evolutionary biology. However, identifying de novo genes is a difficult task, hampered by the presence of remote homologs, fast evolving sequences and erroneously annotated protein coding genes...
December 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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