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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820351/genomic-and-chromatin-features-shaping-meiotic-double-strand-break-formation-and-repair-in-mice
#1
Shintaro Yamada, Seoyoung Kim, Sam E Tischfield, Maria Jasin, Julian Lange, Scott Keeney
The SPO11-generated DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that initiate meiotic recombination occur non-randomly across genomes, but mechanisms shaping their distribution and repair remain incompletely understood. Here, we expand on recent studies of nucleotide-resolution DSB maps in mouse spermatocytes. We find that trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 36 around DSB hotspots is highly correlated, both spatially and quantitatively, with trimethylation of H3 lysine 4, consistent with coordinated formation and action of both PRDM9-dependent histone modifications...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803330/bime2-a-novel-gene-required-for-interhomolog-meiotic-recombination-in-the-protist-model-organism-tetrahymena
#2
Anura Shodhan, Maria Novatchkova, Josef Loidl
Meiotic recombination is initiated by DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Most DSBs are converted into nonreciprocal exchanges (gene conversions) or crossovers (COs) between sister chromatids. Only a minority of DSBs are processed toward interhomolog COs, the precursors of the chiasmata that connect homologous chromosomes. Dmc1, the meiosis-specific paralog of the universal recombination protein Rad51, is required for interhomolog COs; in its absence, univalents are primarily formed. Here, we report a ciliate-specific novel meiotic gene, BIME2, which also promotes interhomolog crossing over...
August 12, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801461/structural-basis-of-human-prdm9-allele-c-specific-recognition-of-its-cognate-dna-sequence
#3
Anamika Patel, Xing Zhang, Robert M Blumenthal, Xiaodong Cheng
PRDM9 is the only mammalian gene that has been associated with speciation. The PR/SET domain 9 (PRDM9) protein is a major determinant of meiotic recombination hotspots, and acts through sequence-specific DNA binding via its C2H2 zinc finger (ZF) tandem array, which is highly polymorphic within and between species. The most common human variant, PRDM9 allele A (PRDM9a), contains 13 fingers (ZF1-13). Allele C (PRDM9c) is the second-most common among African populations, and differs from PRDM9a by an arginine-to-serine change (R764S) in ZF9, and by replacement of ZF11 with two other fingers, yielding 14 fingers in PRDM9c...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797117/analysis-of-the-impact-of-the-absence-of-rad51-strand-exchange-activity-in-arabidopsis-meiosis
#4
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/28794107/variation-in-recombination-rate-and-its-genetic-determinism-in-sheep-populations
#5
Morgane Petit, Jean-Michel Astruc, Julien Sarry, Laurence Drouilhet, Stéphane Fabre, Carole Moreno, Bertrand Servin
Recombination is a complex biological process that results from a cascade of multiple events during meiosis. Understanding the genetic determinism of recombination can help to understand if and how these events are interacting. To tackle this question, we studied the patterns of recombination in sheep, using multiple approaches and datasets. We constructed male recombination maps in a dairy breed from the south of France (the Lacaune breed) at a fine scale by combining meiotic recombination rates from a large pedigree genotyped with a 50K SNP array and historical recombination rates from a sample of unrelated individuals genotyped with a 600K SNP array...
August 9, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792069/bloom-syndrome-helicase-in-meiosis-pro-crossover-functions-of-an-anti-crossover-protein
#6
REVIEW
Talia Hatkevich, Jeff Sekelsky
The functions of the Bloom syndrome helicase (BLM) and its orthologs are well characterized in mitotic DNA damage repair, but their roles within the context of meiotic recombination are less clear. In meiotic recombination, multiple repair pathways are used to repair meiotic DSBs, and current studies suggest that BLM may regulate the use of these pathways. Based on literature from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Arabidopsis thaliana, Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, and Caenorhabditis elegans, we present a unified model for a critical meiotic role of BLM and its orthologs...
August 9, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771232/di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-exposure-impairs-meiotic-progression-and-dna-damage-repair-in-fetal-mouse-oocytes-in-vitro
#7
Jing-Cai Liu, Fang-Nong Lai, Ling Li, Xiao-Feng Sun, Shun-Feng Cheng, Wei Ge, Yu-Feng Wang, Lan Li, Xi-Feng Zhang, Massimo De Felici, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), is the most common member of the class of phthalates that are used as plasticizers and have become common environmental contaminants. A number of studies have shown that DEHP exposure impacts reproductive health in both male and female mammals by acting as an estrogen analog. Here, we investigated the effects of DEHP on meiotic progression of fetal mouse oocytes by using an in vitro model of ovarian tissue culture. The results showed that 10 or 100 μM DEHP exposure inhibited the progression of oocytes throughout meiotic prophase I, specifically from the pachytene to diplotene stages...
August 3, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763437/variation-of-the-meiotic-recombination-landscape-and-properties-over-a-broad-evolutionary-distance-in-yeasts
#8
Christian Brion, Sylvain Legrand, Jackson Peter, Claudia Caradec, David Pflieger, Jing Hou, Anne Friedrich, Bertrand Llorente, Joseph Schacherer
Meiotic recombination is a major factor of genome evolution, deeply characterized in only a few model species, notably the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Consequently, little is known about variations of its properties across species. In this respect, we explored the recombination landscape of Lachancea kluyveri, a protoploid yeast species that diverged from the Saccharomyces genus more than 100 million years ago and we found striking differences with S. cerevisiae. These variations include a lower recombination rate, a higher frequency of chromosomes segregating without any crossover and the absence of recombination on the chromosome arm containing the sex locus...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755295/centromere-pairing-precedes-meiotic-chromosome-pairing-in-plants
#9
REVIEW
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/28751906/observation-of-extensive-chromosome-axis-remodeling-during-the-diffuse-phase-of-meiosis-in-large-genome-cereals
#10
Isabelle Colas, Benoit Darrier, Mikel Arrieta, Sybille U Mittmann, Luke Ramsay, Pierre Sourdille, Robbie Waugh
The production of balanced fertile haploid gametes requires the faithful separation of paired (synapsed) chromosomes toward the end of meiotic prophase I (desynapsis). This involves the timely dissolution of the synaptonemal complex during the pachytene-diplotene transition, a stage traditionally referred to as the "diffuse stage." In species with large genomes such as, barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) we know most about the early stages of meiotic prophase I. There, synapsis initiates at the telomeric ends of chromosomes and progresses toward the centromeric regions through the ordered assembly of the synaptonemal complex (SC)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747921/unreduced-megagametophyte-production-in-lemon-occurs-via-three-meiotic-mechanisms-predominantly-second-division-restitution
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Houssem Rouiss, José Cuenca, Luis Navarro, Patrick Ollitrault, Pablo Aleza
Unreduced (2n) gametes have played a pivotal role in polyploid plant evolution and are useful for sexual polyploid breeding in various species, particularly for developing new seedless citrus varieties. The underlying mechanisms of 2n gamete formation were recently revealed for Citrus reticulata but remain poorly understood for other citrus species, including lemon (C. limon [L.] Burm. f.). Here, we investigated the frequency and causal meiotic mechanisms of 2n megagametophyte production in lemon. We genotyped 48progeny plants of two lemon genotypes, "Eureka Frost" and "Fino", using 16 Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) and 18 Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) markers to determine the genetic origin of the progenies and the underlying mechanisms for 2n gamete formation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746375/reduced-dosage-of-the-chromosome-axis-factor-red1-selectively-disrupts-the-meiotic-recombination-checkpoint-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Tovah E Markowitz, Daniel Suarez, Hannah G Blitzblau, Neem J Patel, Andrew L Markhard, Amy J MacQueen, Andreas Hochwagen
Meiotic chromosomes assemble characteristic "axial element" structures that are essential for fertility and provide the chromosomal context for meiotic recombination, synapsis and checkpoint signaling. Whether these meiotic processes are equally dependent on axial element integrity has remained unclear. Here, we investigated this question in S. cerevisiae using the putative condensin allele ycs4S. We show that the severe axial element assembly defects of this allele are explained by a linked mutation in the promoter of the major axial element gene RED1 that reduces Red1 protein levels to 20-25% of wild type...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745000/sycp3-regulates-strand-invasion-activities-of-rad51-and-dmc1
#13
Wataru Kobayashi, Noriko Hosoya, Shinichi Machida, Kiyoshi Miyagawa, Hitoshi Kurumizaka
The synaptonemal complex is a higher-ordered proteinaceous architecture formed between homologous chromosomes. SYCP3 is a major component of the lateral/axial elements in the synaptonemal complex and is essential for meiotic recombination. Previous genetic studies showed that SYCP3 functions in meiotic homologous recombination biased to interhomologous chromosomes, by regulating the strand invasion activities of the RAD51 and DMC1 recombinases. However, the mechanism by which SYCP3 regulates RAD51- and DMC1-mediated strand invasion remains elusive...
July 26, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727826/germline-and-reproductive-tract-effects-intensify-in-male-mice-with-successive-generations-of-estrogenic-exposure
#14
Tegan S Horan, Alyssa Marre, Terry Hassold, Crystal Lawson, Patricia A Hunt
The hypothesis that developmental estrogenic exposure induces a constellation of male reproductive tract abnormalities is supported by experimental and human evidence. Experimental data also suggest that some induced effects persist in descendants of exposed males. These multi- and transgenerational effects are assumed to result from epigenetic changes to the germline, but few studies have directly analyzed germ cells. Typically, studies of transgenerational effects have involved exposing one generation and monitoring effects in subsequent unexposed generations...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723680/meiotic-recombination-in-the-giraffe-g-reticulata
#15
Miluse Vozdova, Jan Fröhlich, Svatava Kubickova, Hana Sebestova, Jiri Rubes
Recently, the reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata) was identified as a distinct species, which emphasized the need for intensive research in this interesting animal. To shed light on the meiotic process as a source of biodiversity, we analysed the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination in 2 reticulated giraffe males. We used immunofluorescence detection of synaptonemal complex protein (SYCP3), meiotic double strand breaks (DSB, marked as RAD51 foci) in leptonema, and crossovers (COs, as MLH1 foci) in pachynema...
July 20, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708824/tex19-1-promotes-spo11-dependent-meiotic-recombination-in-mouse-spermatocytes
#16
James H Crichton, Christopher J Playfoot, Marie MacLennan, David Read, Howard J Cooke, Ian R Adams
Meiosis relies on the SPO11 endonuclease to generate the recombinogenic DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) required for homologous chromosome synapsis and segregation. The number of meiotic DSBs needs to be sufficient to allow chromosomes to search for and find their homologs, but not excessive to the point of causing genome instability. Here we report that the mammal-specific gene Tex19.1 promotes Spo11-dependent recombination in mouse spermatocytes. We show that the chromosome asynapsis previously reported in Tex19...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696245/the-histone-codes-for-meiosis
#17
REVIEW
Lina Wang, Zhiliang Xu, Muhammad Babar Khawar, Chao Liu, Wei Li
Meiosis is a specialized process that produces haploid gametes from diploid cells by a single round of DNA replication followed by two successive cell divisions. It contains many special events, such as programmed DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation, homologous recombination, crossover formation and resolution. These events are associated with dynamically regulated chromosomal structures, the dynamic transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling are mainly modulated by histone modifications, termed 'histone codes'...
September 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696221/meiotic-chromosome-association-1-interacts-with-top3%C3%AE-and-regulates-meiotic-recombination-in-rice
#18
Qing Hu, Yafei Li, Hongjun Wang, Yi Shen, Chao Zhang, Guijie Du, Ding Tang, Zhukuan Cheng
Homologous recombination plays a central role in guaranteeing chromosome segregation during meiosis. The precise regulation of the resolution of recombination intermediates is critical for the success of meiosis. Many proteins, including the RECQ DNA helicases (Sgs1/BLM) and Topoisomerase 3α (TOP3α), have essential functions in managing recombination intermediates. However, many other factors involved in this process remain to be defined. Here, we report the isolation of meiotic chromosome association 1 (MEICA1), a novel protein participating in meiotic recombination in rice (Oryza sativa)...
July 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696215/a-model-for-epigenetic-inhibition-via-transvection-in-the-mouse
#19
Juan D Rodriguez, Dexter A Myrick, Ilaria Falciatori, Michael A Christopher, Teresa W Lee, Gregory J Hannon, David J Katz
Transvection is broadly defined as the ability of one locus to affect its homologous locus in trans Although it was first discovered in the 1950s, there are only two known cases in mammals. Here, we report another instance of mammalian transvection induced by the Cre/LoxP system, which is widely used for conditional gene targeting in the mouse. We attempted to use the germline expressed Vasa-Cre transgene to engineer a mouse mutation, but observe a dramatic reduction of LoxP recombination in mice that inherit an already deleted LoxP allele in trans A similar phenomenon has previously been observed with another Cre that is expressed during meiosis, Sycp-1-Cre This second example of LoxP inhibition in trans reinforces the conclusion that certain meiotically expressed Cre alleles can initiate transvection in mammals...
July 10, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694245/fundamental-cell-cycle-kinases-collaborate-to-ensure-timely-destruction-of-the-synaptonemal-complex-during-meiosis
#20
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
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