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Polymer Modelling Predicts Chromosome Reorganisation in Senescence


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PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Date made available26 Jul 2019


This dataset contains the data related to the figures and supplemental figures in the manuscript "Polymer Modelling Predicts Chromosome Reorganisation in Senescence". Lamina-associated domains (LADs) cover a large part of the human genome and are thought to play a major role in shaping the nuclear architectural landscape. Here, we perform polymer simulations, microscopy and mass spectrometry to dissect the roles played by heterochromatin- and lamina-mediated interactions in nuclear organisation. Our model explains the conventional organisation of heterochromatin and euchromatin in growing cells and the pathological organisation found in oncogene-induced senescence and progeria. We show that the experimentally observed changes in the locality of contacts in senescent and progeroid cells can be explained as arising due to phase transitions in the system. Within our simulations LADs are highly stochastic, as in experiments. Our model suggests that, once established, the senescent phenotype should be metastable even if lamina-mediated interactions were reinstated. Overall, our simulations uncover a generic physical mechanism that can regulate heterochromatin segregation and LAD formation in a wide range of mammalian nuclei.

Data Citation

Chiang, Michael; Michieletto, Davide; Brackley, CA; Rattanavirotkul, Nattaphong; Mohammed, Hisham; Marenduzzo, Davide; Chandra, Tamir. (2019). Polymer Modelling Predicts Chromosome Reorganisation in Senescence, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/2593.

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