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Cohesin regulation: Fashionable ways to wear a ring

Spanish National Cancer Research Center, Melchor Fernández Almagro 3, Madrid, 28029, Spain.
Chromosoma (Impact Factor: 3.26). 09/2007; 116(4):321-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00412-007-0104-x
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ABSTRACT Cohesin is a multiprotein complex, conserved from yeast to humans, that mediates sister chromatid cohesion. Its ring-shaped structure first suggested that it may perform its task by embracing the sister chromatids. The interaction of cohesin with chromatin is tightly regulated throughout the cell cycle, and several proteins contribute to cohesin loading and mobilization along DNA, establishment of cohesin-mediated cohesion, and removal of cohesin during mitosis. Recent studies suggest that distinct cohesin populations exist in different chromosomal regions and have particular requirements in their dynamic interaction with chromatin. In this review, I briefly summarize these studies and discuss their implications for current and future models of cohesin behavior.

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    • "Although the exact mechanism (i.e. structure) by which cohesin tethers the sister chromatids is unclear, it is believed to form a ‘ring-like’ structure that encircles the two DNA strands [17]. During the initial stages of mitosis (prophase to metaphase), cohesion is first lost along the length of the chromosome arms but is maintained/protected at the centromeres through a Shugoshin-dependent mechanism [18]. "
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    • "Several topological models of sister chromatid cohesion have been proposed (for review: [9]). The most popular one-ring model assumes that the complex surrounds the replicated sister chromatids, with SMC1 and SMC3 creating a V-shaped heterodimer bridged by SCC1 [10]; [11]. "
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    • "Mutations in the SMC3 gene on chromosome 10 have also been reported to cause CdLS [9]. The SMC1A and SMC3 genes encode the two mitotic cohesion subunits [10]. Cohesin plays a role in sister chromatid cohesion during mitosis and meiosis, in DNA repair and in gene expression [11]. "
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