Authors:
BD Pope, T Chandra, Q Buckley, M Hoare, T Ryba, FK Wiseman, A Kuta, MD Wilson, DT Odom, DM Gilbert
Journal name: 
Hum Mol Genet
Citation info: 
21(19):4162-4170
Abstract: 
In multicellular organisms, developmental changes to replication timing occur in 400-800 kb domains across half the genome. While examples of epigenetic control of replication timing have been described, a role for DNA sequence in mammalian replication-timing regulation has not been substantiated. To assess the role of DNA sequences in directing developmental changes to replication timing, we profiled replication timing in mice carrying a genetically rearranged Human Chromosome 21 (Hsa21). In two distinct mouse cell types, Hsa21 sequences maintained human-specific replication timing, except at points of Hsa21 rearrangement. Changes in replication timing at rearrangements extended up to 900 kb and consistently reconciled with the wild-type replication pattern at developmental boundaries of replication-timing domains. Our results are consistent with DNA sequence-driven regulation of Hsa21 replication timing during development and provide evidence that mammalian chromosomes consist of multiple independent units of replication-timing regulation.
DOI: 
http://doi.org/10.1093/hmg/dds232
Research group: 
Odom Group
E-pub date: 
01 Oct 2012