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Hatkevich, T., Boudreau, V., Rubin, T., Maddox, P.S., Huynh, J.R., Sekelsky, J. (2019). Centromeric SMC1 promotes centromere clustering and stabilizes meiotic homolog pairing.  PLoS Genet. 15(10): e1008412.
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FBrf0243868
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Research paper
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During meiosis, each chromosome must selectively pair and synapse with its own unique homolog to enable crossover formation and subsequent segregation. How homolog pairing is maintained in early meiosis to ensure synapsis occurs exclusively between homologs is unknown. We aimed to further understand this process by examining the meiotic defects of a unique Drosophila mutant, Mcm5A7. We found that Mcm5A7 mutants are proficient in homolog pairing at meiotic onset yet fail to maintain pairing as meiotic synapsis ensues, causing seemingly normal synapsis between non-homologous loci. This pairing defect corresponds with a reduction of SMC1-dependent centromere clustering at meiotic onset. Overexpressing SMC1 in this mutant significantly restores centromere clustering, homolog pairing, and crossover formation. These data indicate that the initial meiotic pairing of homologs is not sufficient to yield synapsis exclusively between homologs and provide a model in which meiotic homolog pairing must be stabilized by centromeric SMC1 to ensure proper synapsis.

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PMC6812850 (PMC) (EuropePMC)
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    English
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    Abbreviation
    PLoS Genet.
    Title
    PLoS Genetics
    Publication Year
    2005-
    ISBN/ISSN
    1553-7404 1553-7390
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    Alleles (12)
    Genes (10)
    Transgenic Constructs (3)