Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts.

Nicholas Rhind, Zehua Chen, Moran Yassour, Dawn A Thompson, Brian J Haas, Naomi Habib, Ilan Wapinski, Sushmita Roy, Michael F Lin, David I Heiman, Sarah K Young, Kanji Furuya, Yabin Guo, Alison Pidoux, Huei Mei Chen, Barbara Robbertse, Jonathan M Goldberg, Keita Aoki, Elizabeth H Bayne, Aaron M Berlin, Christopher A Desjardins, Edward Dobbs, Livio Dukaj, Lin Fan, Michael G FitzGerald, Courtney French, Sharvari Gujja, Klavs Hansen, Dan Keifenheim, Joshua Z Levin, Rebecca A Mosher, Carolin A Müller, Jenna Pfiffner, Margaret Priest, Carsten Russ, Agata Smialowska, Peter Swoboda, Sean M Sykes, Matthew Vaughn, Sonya Vengrova, Ryan Yoder, Qiandong Zeng, Robin Allshire, David Baulcombe, Bruce W Birren, William Brown, Karl Ekwall, Manolis Kellis, Janet Leatherwood, Henry Levin, Hanah Margalit, Rob Martienssen, Conrad A Nieduszynski, Joseph W Spatafora, Nir Friedman, Jacob Z Dalgaard, Peter Baumann, Hironori Niki, Aviv Regev, Chad Nusbaum

Science (2011), 332(6032):930-6PubMed | PubMed Central | Science

The fission yeast clade--comprising Schizosaccharomyces pombe, S. octosporus, S. cryophilus, and S. japonicus--occupies the basal branch of Ascomycete fungi and is an important model of eukaryote biology. A comparative annotation of these genomes identified a near extinction of transposons and the associated innovation of transposon-free centromeres. Expression analysis established that meiotic genes are subject to antisense transcription during vegetative growth, which suggests a mechanism for their tight regulation. In addition, trans-acting regulators control new genes within the context of expanded functional modules for meiosis and stress response. Differences in gene content and regulation also explain why, unlike the budding yeast of Saccharomycotina, fission yeasts cannot use ethanol as a primary carbon source. These analyses elucidate the genome structure and gene regulation of fission yeast and provide tools for investigation across the Schizosaccharomyces clade.

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DNA replication timing influences gene expression level.
Müller & Nieduszynski (2017)
J. Cell Biol., 216(7):1907-1914

Deep functional analysis of synII, a 770-kilobase synthetic yeast chromosome.
Shen et al. (2017)
Science, 355(6329):


Discovery of an Unconventional Centromere in Budding Yeast Redefines Evolution of Point Centromeres.
Kobayashi et al. (2015)
Curr. Biol., 25(15):2026-33

A global profile of replicative polymerase usage.
Daigaku et al. (2015)
Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol., 22(3):192-8


The dynamics of genome replication using deep sequencing.
Müller et al. (2014)
Nucleic Acids Res., 42(1):e3


High-resolution replication profiles define the stochastic nature of genome replication initiation and termination.
Hawkins et al. (2013)
Cell Rep, 5(4):1132-41

Accelerated growth in the absence of DNA replication origins.
Hawkins et al. (2013)
Nature, 503(7477):544-547

Stochastic association of neighboring replicons creates replication factories in budding yeast.
Saner et al. (2013)
J. Cell Biol., 202(7):1001-1012

A Link between ORC-origin binding mechanisms and origin activation time revealed in budding yeast.
Hoggard et al. (2013)
PLoS Genet., 9(9):e1003798

Replisome stall events have shaped the distribution of replication origins in the genomes of yeasts.
Newman et al. (2013)
Nucleic Acids Res., 41(21):9705-18

Avoiding chromosome pathology when replication forks collide.
Rudolph et al. (2013)
Nature, 500(7464):608-11

Kinetochores coordinate pericentromeric cohesion and early DNA replication by cdc7-dbf4 kinase recruitment.
Natsume et al. (2013)
Mol. Cell, 50(5):661-74

High quality de novo sequencing and assembly of the Saccharomyces arboricolus genome.
Liti et al. (2013)
BMC Genomics, 14():69


Mathematical modeling of genome replication.
Retkute et al. (2012)
Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys, 86(3 Pt 1):031916

Conservation of replication timing reveals global and local regulation of replication origin activity.
Müller & Nieduszynski (2012)
Genome Res., 22(10):1953-62

A putative homologue of CDC20/CDH1 in the malaria parasite is essential for male gamete development.
Guttery et al. (2012)
PLoS Pathog., 8(2):e1002554


OriDB, the DNA replication origin database updated and extended.
Siow et al. (2011)
Nucleic Acids Res., 40(Database issue):D682-6

Dynamics of DNA replication in yeast.
Retkute et al. (2011)
Phys. Rev. Lett., 107(6):068103

Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts.
Rhind et al. (2011)
Science, 332(6032):930-6

From sequence to function: Insights from natural variation in budding yeasts.
Nieduszynski & Liti (2011)
Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 1810(10):959-66


Mathematical modelling of whole chromosome replication.
de Moura et al. (2010)
Nucleic Acids Res., 38(17):5623-33


The origin recognition complex interacts with a subset of metabolic genes tightly linked to origins of replication.
Shor et al. (2009)
PLoS Genet., 5(12):e1000755

Detection of replication origins using comparative genomics and recombinational ARS assay.
Nieduszynski & Donaldson (2009)
Methods Mol. Biol., 521():295-313


Analysis of chromosome III replicators reveals an unusual structure for the ARS318 silencer origin and a conserved WTW sequence within the origin recognition complex binding site.
Chang et al. (2008)
Mol. Cell. Biol., 28(16):5071-81


OriDB: a DNA replication origin database.
Nieduszynski et al. (2006)
Nucleic Acids Res., 35(Database issue):D40-6

Genome-wide identification of replication origins in yeast by comparative genomics.
Nieduszynski et al. (2006)
Genes Dev., 20(14):1874-9


The requirement of yeast replication origins for pre-replication complex proteins is modulated by transcription.
Nieduszynski et al. (2005)
Nucleic Acids Res., 33(8):2410-20


The cyclin A1-CDK2 complex regulates DNA double-strand break repair.
Müller-Tidow et al. (2004)
Mol. Cell. Biol., 24(20):8917-28

Cyclin A1 protein shows haplo-insufficiency for normal fertility in male mice.
van der Meer et al. (2004)
Reproduction, 127(4):503-11


Whole-genome analysis of animal A- and B-type cyclins.
Nieduszynski et al. (2002)
Genome Biol., 3(12):RESEARCH0070

Ku complex controls the replication time of DNA in telomere regions.
Cosgrove et al. (2002)
Genes Dev., 16(19):2485-90

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