The SMC family: from chromosome condensation to dosage compensation

Tatsuya Hirano, Timothy J Mitchison, Jason R Swedlow

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    Recent genetic analyses in yeasts and biochemical studies in vertebrate cells have led to the discovery of a family of putative ATPases that play a fundamental role in chromosome condensation and segregation in mitosis. One of the members was also found to be involved in dosage compensation in Caenorhabditis elegans, providing a new link between global regulation of gene expression and chromosome structure. This unique family of proteins may control higher-order chromosome dynamics by regulated self-assembly or mechanochemical activity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-336
    Number of pages8
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cell Biology


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