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Structure and Evolution

  • Durdica Ugarkovic

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tanya Panchenko, Ben E. Black
    Pages 1-32
  3. Đurd¯ica Ugarković
    Pages 53-76
  4. Rachel J. O’Neill, Dawn M. Carone
    Pages 77-101
  5. Mariano Rocchi, Roscoe Stanyon, Nicoletta Archidiacono
    Pages 103-152
  6. Kiyotaka Nagaki, Jason Walling, Cory Hirsch, Jiming Jiang, Minoru Murata
    Pages 153-179
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-183

About this book


The centromere is a chromosomal locus that regulates the proper pairing and segregation of the chromosomes during cell division. Despite their conserved, essential function, centromeres are characterized by the rapid evolution of both centromeric DNA and proteins.

This book presents current views on centromere structure and identity. It deals with the epigenetic concept of centromere establishment and maintenance as well as with the role of DNA and centromeric transcripts in centromere formation and function. Special emphasis is placed on centromere evolution: different evolutionary models are discussed in detail and the latest research on the evolution of new centromeres and neocentromeres is presented.


Centromere Chromosom DNA Epigenetics cell cell division chromosome evolution genetics protein proteins

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