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The B73 Maize Genome: Complexity, Diversity, and Dynamics
A-Maize-ing Maize is one of our oldest and most important crops, having been domesticated approximately 9000 years ago in central Mexico. Schnable et al. (p. 1112; see the cover) present the resultsExpand
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Improved maize reference genome with single-molecule technologies
We report the assembly and annotation of a reference genome of maize, a genetic and agricultural model species, using single-molecule real-time sequencing and high-resolution optical mapping. Expand
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Centromeric Retroelements and Satellites Interact with Maize Kinetochore Protein CENH3
Maize centromeres are composed of CentC tandem repeat arrays, centromeric retrotransposons (CRs), and a variety of other repeats. One particularly well-conserved CR element, CRM, occurs primarily asExpand
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A standardized kinesin nomenclature
In recent years the kinesin superfamily has become so large that several different naming schemes have emerged, leading to confusion and miscommunication. Here, we set forth a standardized kinesinExpand
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A molecular view of plant centromeres.
Although plants were the organisms of choice in several classical centromere studies, molecular and biochemical studies of plant centromeres have lagged behind those in model animal species. However,Expand
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Centromere-encoded RNAs are integral components of the maize kinetochore.
RNA is involved in a variety of chromatin modification events, ranging from large-scale structural rearrangements to subtle local affects. Here, we extend the evidence for RNA-chromatin interactionsExpand
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DNA Binding of Centromere Protein C (CENPC) Is Stabilized by Single-Stranded RNA
Centromeres are the attachment points between the genome and the cytoskeleton: centromeres bind to kinetochores, which in turn bind to spindles and move chromosomes. Paradoxically, the DNA sequenceExpand
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CHH islands: de novo DNA methylation in near-gene chromatin regulation in maize.
Small RNA-mediated regulation of chromatin structure is an important means of suppressing unwanted genetic activity in diverse plants, fungi, and animals. In plants specifically, 24-nt siRNAs directExpand
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Molecular and cytological analyses of large tracks of centromeric DNA reveal the structure and evolutionary dynamics of maize centromeres.
We sequenced two maize bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clones anchored by the centromere-specific satellite repeat CentC. The two BACs, consisting of approximately 200 kb of cytologicallyExpand
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A Maize Homolog of Mammalian CENPC Is a Constitutive Component of the Inner Kinetochore
Genes for three maize homologs (CenpcA, CenpcB, and CenpcC) of the conserved kinetochore assembly protein known as centromere protein C (CENPC) have been identified. The C-terminal portion of maizeExpand
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