Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology MRC LMB

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology MRC LMB

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Clift D.,Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology MRC LMB | Schuh M.,Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology MRC LMB
Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology | Year: 2013

Fertilization triggers a complex cellular programme that transforms two highly specialized meiotic germ cells, the oocyte and the sperm, into a totipotent mitotic embryo. Linkages between sister chromatids are remodelled to support the switch from reductional meiotic to equational mitotic divisions; the centrosome, which is absent from the egg, is reintroduced; cell division shifts from being extremely asymmetric to symmetric; genomic imprinting is selectively erased and re-established; and protein expression shifts from translational control to transcriptional control. Recent work has started to reveal how this remarkable transition from meiosis to mitosis is achieved. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology MRC LMB
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Science (New York, N.Y.) | Year: 2011

Centrioles are cylindrical, ninefold symmetrical structures with peripheral triplet microtubules strictly required to template cilia and flagella. The highly conserved protein SAS-6 constitutes the center of the cartwheel assembly that scaffolds centrioles early in their biogenesis. We determined the x-ray structure of the amino-terminal domain of SAS-6 from zebrafish, and we show that recombinant SAS-6 self-associates in vitro into assemblies that resemble cartwheel centers. Point mutations are consistent with the notion that centriole formation in vivo depends on the interactions that define the self-assemblies observed here. Thus, these interactions are probably essential to the structural organization of cartwheel centers.

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