Genomic and Functional Variation at a Normal Human Centromere
Centromeres are chromosomal loci essential for genome stability. Their malfunction can cause chromosome instability associated with cancer, infertility, and birth defects. This study focused on an intriguing centromere on human chromosome 17, which displays normal functional variation. Centromere identity can be found on either of two large arrays of repetitive DNA. We investigated inter-individual sequence variation on these two arrays and found association between array size, array variation, and centromere function. Our data suggest a functional influence of DNA sequence at this critical epigenetic locus.
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