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Mol Cell. 1999 Nov;4(5):695-704.

Characterization of in vivo developmental chromosome fragmentation intermediates in E. crassus.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington 06032, USA. butcher@panda.uchc.edu

Abstract

Ligation-mediated PCR was used to characterize intermediates in the fragmentation/de novo telomere addition process that occurs during sexual reproduction in the ciliate E. crassus. Fragmentation generates ends with 6-base, 3' overhangs that have 5'-phosphate and 3'-hydroxyl groups. These intermediates are detected only during the period of chromosome fragmentation. Fragmentation always occurs at a precise distance from a conserved sequence, the E-Cbs, indicating that it is a key cis-acting element in the process. The results also serve to identify the natural substrate for de novo telomere addition and indicate that telomerase recognizes, and compensates for, partial telomeric repeats at the ends of fragmentation intermediates. Similarities of the Euplotes fragmentation/telomere addition process to the movement of some non-long terminal repeat retrotransposons are discussed.

PMID:
10619017
DOI:
10.1016/s1097-2765(00)80380-9
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