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BMC Genomics

, 8:403

First Online: 07 November 2007Received: 24 July 2007Accepted: 07 November 2007


BackgroundIn the genome of Caenorhabditis elegans, homopolymeric poly-G-poly-C tracts G-C tracts exist at high frequency and are maintained by the activity of the DOG-1 protein. The frequency and distribution of G-C tracts in the genomes of C. elegans and the related nematode, C. briggsae were analyzed to investigate possible biological roles for G-C tracts.

ResultsIn C. elegans, G-C tracts are distributed along every chromosome in a non-random pattern. Most G-C tracts are within introns or are close to genes. Analysis of SAGE data showed that G-C tracts correlate with the levels of regional gene expression in C. elegans. G-C tracts are over-represented and dispersed across all chromosomes in another Caenorhabditis species, C. briggsae. However, the positions and distribution of G-C tracts in C. briggsae differ from those in C. elegans. Furthermore, the C. briggsae dog-1 ortholog CBG19723 can rescue the mutator phenotype of C. elegans dog-1 mutants.

ConclusionThe abundance and genomic distribution of G-C tracts in C. elegans, the effect of G-C tracts on regional transcription levels, and the lack of positional conservation of G-C tracts in C. briggsae suggest a role for G-C tracts in chromatin structure but not in the transcriptional regulation of specific genes.

List of abbreviationsCGHcomparative genomic hybridization

DSBdouble-stranded break

ESTexpressed sequence tag

HRRhomolog recognition region

KOGconserved orthologous groups

LGlinkage group or chromosome

SAGEserial analysis of gene expression

SNPsingle nucleotide polymorphisms.

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Autor: Yang Zhao - Nigel J O-Neil - Ann M Rose

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1471-2164-8-403

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