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Genes 2010, 1(3), 484-494; doi:10.3390/genes1030484

The Mouse Cohesin-Associated Protein PDS5B Is Expressed in Testicular Cells and Is Associated with the Meiotic Chromosome Axes

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institute/Berzelius vag 35, 171-77 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received: 2 October 2010 / Revised: 18 November 2010 / Accepted: 1 December 2010 / Published: 13 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genetics of Mammalian Meiosis)
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During the first meiotic prophase, the cohesin complex is localized to the chromosome axis and contributes to chromosome organization, pairing, synapsis, and recombination. The PDS5 protein, an accessory factor of the cohesin complex, is known to be a component of meiotic chromosome cores in fungi and to be implicated in meiotic chromosome structure and function. We found by immunoblotting experiments that a mammalian PDS5 protein, PDS5B, is abundantly expressed in mouse testis compared to other tissues. Immunofluorescence labeling experiments revealed that PDS5B is highly expressed in spermatogonia and that most PDS5B is depleted from chromatin as cells enter meiosis. During the first meiotic prophase, PDS5B associates with the axial cores of chromosomes. The axial association of PDS5B was observed also in the absence of synaptonemal complex proteins, such as SYCP1 and SYCP3, suggesting that PDS5B is an integral part of the chromosome axis as defined by the cohesin complex. These results suggest that PDS5B modulates cohesin functions in spermatocytes as well as in spermatogonia, contributing to meiotic chromosome structure and function. View Full-Text
Keywords: meiosis; chromosome; cohesin; PDS5; synaptonemal complex meiosis; chromosome; cohesin; PDS5; synaptonemal complex
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Fukuda, T.; Hoog, C. The Mouse Cohesin-Associated Protein PDS5B Is Expressed in Testicular Cells and Is Associated with the Meiotic Chromosome Axes. Genes 2010, 1, 484-494.

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