Chii Mei Lin

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This report investigates the mechanisms by which mammalian cells coordinate DNA replication with transcription and chromatin assembly. In yeast, DNA replication initiates within nucleosome-free regions, but studies in mammalian cells have not revealed a similar relationship. Here, we have used genome-wide massively parallel sequencing to map replication(More)
We have developed a new approach to characterize allele-specific timing of DNA replication genome-wide in human primary basophilic erythroblasts. We show that the two chromosome homologs replicate at the same time in about 88% of the genome and that large structural variants are preferentially associated with asynchronous replication. We identified about(More)
Ligand binding to the periplasmic domain of the transmembrane aspartate receptor generates an intramolecular conformational change which spans the bilayer and ultimately signals the cytoplasmic CheA histidine kinase, thereby triggering chemotaxis. The receptor is a homodimer stabilized by the interface between its two identical subunits: the present study(More)
The human beta globin locus contains two adjacent replicators, each capable of initiating DNA replication when transferred from its native locus to ectopic sites. Here, we report a detailed analysis of the sequence requirements for replication initiation from these replicators. In both replicators, initiation required a combination of an asymmetric(More)
Transcriptional silencing selectively impedes gene expression. Silencing is often accompanied by replication delay and can be prevented by replicator sequences. Here we report a replicator-binding protein complex involved in the prevention of transcriptional silencing. The protein complex interacts with an essential asymmetric region within the human(More)
A recombinant plasmid with the ability to impart melanin synthesis to an Escherichia coli host was isolated from a Shewanella colwelliana genomic library. The genetic determinant of the Mel+ phenotype is carried on a 1.3-kb DNA fragment and sequence analysis of this revealed a single intact open reading frame that was sufficient for melanin synthesis (mel).(More)
Eukaryotic genome duplication starts at discrete sequences (replication origins) that coordinate cell cycle progression, ensure genomic stability and modulate gene expression. Origins share some sequence features, but their activity also responds to changes in transcription and cellular differentiation status. To identify chromatin states and histone(More)
Mammalian chromosome replication starts from distinct sites; however, the principles governing initiation site selection are unclear because proteins essential for DNA replication do not exhibit sequence-specific DNA binding. Here we identify a replication-initiation determinant (RepID) protein that binds a subset of replication-initiation sites. A large(More)
The primary structures of two rainbow trout growth hormone mRNAs (GH1 and GH2) have been deduced by direct sequencing of their respective cDNA clones and portions of the mRNA. Both GH1 and GH2 mRNA contain open reading frames comprised of 630 nucleotides and encode 210 amino acid residues of which 11 are variant. The translated regions of both mRNA are(More)
BACKGROUND The eukaryotic genome is divided into distinct replication timing domains, which are activated during S phase in a strictly conserved order. Cellular differentiation can alter replication timing in some loci, but recent experiments yielded conflicting data regarding the relationship between gene expression and replication timing. The genetic and(More)