Uniform contraction-expansion description of relative centromere and telomere motion

Eldad Kepten, Aleksander Weron, Irena Bronstein, Krzysztof Burnecki, Yuval Garini

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Internal organization and dynamics of the eukaryotic nucleus have been at the front of biophysical research in recent years. It is believed that both dynamics and location of chromatin segments are crucial for genetic regulation. Here we study the relative motion between centromeres and telomeres at various distances and at times relevant for genetic activity. Using live-imaging fluorescent microscopy coupled to stochastic analysis of relative trajectories, we find that the interlocus motion is distance-dependent with a varying fractional memory. In addition to short-range constraining, we also observe long-range anisotropic-enhanced parallel diffusion, which contradicts the expectation for classic viscoelastic systems. This motion is linked to uniform expansion and contraction of chromatin in the nucleus, and leads us to define and measure a new (to our knowledge) uniform contraction-expansion diffusion coefficient that enriches the contemporary picture of nuclear behavior. Finally, differences between loci types suggest that different sites along the genome experience distinctive coupling to the nucleoplasm environment at all scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1454-1462
Number of pages9
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 6 Oct 2015

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