CenH3 distribution reveals extended centromeres in the model beetle Tribolium castaneum

Autoři: Tena Gržan aff001;  Evelin Despot-Slade aff001;  Nevenka Meštrović aff001;  Miroslav Plohl aff001;  Brankica Mravinac aff001
Působiště autorů: Division of Molecular Biology, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: CenH3 distribution reveals extended centromeres in the model beetle Tribolium castaneum. PLoS Genet 16(10): e32767. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1009115
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1009115


Centromeres are chromosomal domains essential for kinetochore assembly and correct chromosome segregation. Inconsistent in their underlying DNA sequences, centromeres are defined epigenetically by the presence of the centromere-specific histone H3 variant CenH3. Most of the analyzed eukaryotes have monocentric chromosomes in which CenH3 proteins deposit into a single, primary constriction visible at metaphase chromosomes. Contrary to monocentrics, evolutionary sporadic holocentric chromosomes lack a primary constriction and have kinetochore activity distributed along the entire chromosome length. In this work, we identified cCENH3 protein, the centromeric H3 histone of the coleopteran model beetle Tribolium castaneum. By ChIP-seq analysis we disclosed that cCENH3 chromatin assembles upon a repertoire of repetitive DNAs. cCENH3 in situ mapping revealed unusually elongated T. castaneum centromeres that comprise approximately 40% of the chromosome length. Being the longest insect regional centromeres evidenced so far, T. castaneum centromeres are characterized by metapolycentric structure composed of several individual cCENH3-containing domains. We suggest that the model beetle T. castaneum with its metapolycentromeres could represent an excellent model for further studies of non-canonical centromeres in insects.


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