Adriana La Volpe

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In most cells, the DNA damage checkpoint delays cell division when replication is stalled by DNA damage. In early Caenorhabditis elegans embryos, however, the checkpoint responds to developmental signals that control the timing of cell division, and checkpoint activation by nondevelopmental inputs disrupts cell cycle timing and causes embryonic lethality.(More)
We describe the distribution along the chromosomes of Caenorhabditis elegans of two repetitive DNA families, RcS5 and Cerep3 and interstitial telomeric sequences. Both families show, among other interesting features, a preferential location in the terminal 30% of the chromosomes. It is known that in these regions of the genome the frequency of recombination(More)
Faithful chromosome segregation during meiosis I depends on the establishment of a crossover between homologous chromosomes. This requires induction of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), alignment of homologs, homolog association by synapsis, and repair of DSBs via homologous recombination. The success of these events requires coordination between chromosomal(More)
Repetitive sequences in Caenorhabditis elegans are interspersed along the holocentric chromosomes. We have physically mapped some of these repetitive families and found that, although the distribution of members of each family is relatively even along the chromosomes, members of more than one family tend to cluster in some locations. We compared the(More)
We have identified a moderately repeated DNA sequence in Caenorhabditis elegans present at least at twenty different locations in the genome. Elements of this intermingled repetitive DNA family are made up of tandem subreapeats whose smaller unit is ten base pairs long. The occurrence of single base changes between units is reminiscent of mammalian(More)
A method for linking genomic sequences cloned in yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) has been tested using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system. Yeast clones carrying YACs with repeated sequences were selected from a C. elegans genomic library, total DNA was digested with restriction enzymes, transferred to nylon membranes and probed with a variety of(More)
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