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Volume 554 Number 7690 pp5-132

1 February 2018

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In this issue, Elly Tanaka, Eugene Myers and their colleagues report the 32-billion-base genome of the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), a model organism for developmental, regeneration and evolutionary studies. The team overcame the challenges of sequencing and assembling this large and complex genome, which features many lengthy repetitive regions, by using long-read sequencing, optical mapping and a new computer algorithm known as MARVEL. The researchers estimate that the genome contains around 23,000 protein-coding genes and note that the gene Pax3, which is essential in many animals for development, is absent. Gene editing of the related gene, Pax7, showed that it steps into the breach for some functions. The assembled genome should offer fresh opportunities for the study of evolution, development and regeneration. Cover image: Avalon/Photoshot/Alamy

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  • The axolotl genome and the evolution of key tissue formation regulatorsOpen

    • Sergej Nowoshilow
    • Siegfried Schloissnig
    • Ji-Feng Fei
    • Andreas Dahl
    • Andy W. C. Pang
    • Martin Pippel
    • Sylke Winkler
    • Alex R. Hastie
    • George Young
    • Juliana G. Roscito
    • Francisco Falcon
    • Dunja Knapp
    • Sean Powell
    • Alfredo Cruz
    • Han Cao
    • Bianca Habermann
    • Michael Hiller
    • Elly M. Tanaka
    • Eugene W. Myers

    Sequencing and assembly of the 32-Gb genome of the Mexican axolotl reveals that it lacks the developmental gene Pax3, which is essential in other vertebrates; the genome sequence could improve our understanding of the evolution of the axolotl’s remarkable regenerative capabilities.

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  • The genome of Schmidtea mediterranea and the evolution of core cellular mechanismsOpen

    • Markus Alexander Grohme
    • Siegfried Schloissnig
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    • George Robert Young
    • Sylke Winkler
    • Holger Brandl
    • Ian Henry
    • Andreas Dahl
    • Sean Powell
    • Michael Hiller
    • Eugene Myers
    • Jochen Christian Rink

    An improved genome assembly for Schmidtea mediterranea shows that the genome is highly polymorphic and repetitive, and lacks multiple genes encoding core components of cell biological mechanisms.

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    • Alex Strong
    • Hsi-Yu Yen
    • Ruby Banerjee
    • Sandra Louzada
    • Beiyuan Fu
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    • Juliana Götzfried
    • Kathleen Schuck
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    • Andreas Arbeiter
    • Nina Schönhuber
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    • Mathias Friedrich
    • Lena Rad
    • Maxim Barenboim
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    • Julia Hess
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    • Swati Parekh
    • Fernando Constantino-Casas
    • Jorge de la Rosa
    • Marta I. Sierra
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    Oncogenic dosage variation along distinct evolutionary routes defines fundamental aspects of pancreatic cancer biology and phenotypic diversification.


  • Generating carbyne equivalents with photoredox catalysis

    • Zhaofeng Wang
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    • Ana M. del Hoyo
    • Marcos G. Suero

    A photocatalytic strategy is described that generates diazomethyl radicals as direct equivalents of carbynes, which are often too reactive to use, enabling the functionalization of a range of medically useful compounds.

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  • Hierarchically related lineage-restricted fates of multipotent haematopoietic stem cells

    • Joana Carrelha
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    • Hanane Boukarabila
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    Analysis of transplantation of single haematopoietic stem cells in mice defines stable lineage-restricted fates in long-term self-renewing multipotent stem cells, including a class of multipotent stem cells that exclusively replenishes the megakaryocyte/platelet lineage.

  • Tissue-selective effects of nucleolar stress and rDNA damage in developmental disorders

    • Eliezer Calo
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    • Ryan A. Flynn
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    • Howard Y. Chang
    • Laura D. Attardi
    • Joanna Wysocka

    Mutations associated with Treacher Collins syndrome perturb the subnuclear localization of an RNA helicase involved in ribosome biogenesis through activation of p53 protein, illustrating how disruption in general regulators that compromise nucleolar homeostasis can result in tissue-selective malformations.

  • A major lineage of non-tailed dsDNA viruses as unrecognized killers of marine bacteria

    • Kathryn M. Kauffman
    • Fatima A. Hussain
    • Joy Yang
    • Philip Arevalo
    • Julia M. Brown
    • William K. Chang
    • David VanInsberghe
    • Joseph Elsherbini
    • Radhey S. Sharma
    • Michael B. Cutler
    • Libusha Kelly
    • Martin F. Polz

    Members of a family of marine dsDNA non-tailed bacterial viruses have short, 10-kb genomes, infect a broader range of hosts than tailed viruses and belong to the double jelly roll capsid lineage of viruses, which are associated with diverse bacterial and archaeal hosts.

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  • Tet2 promotes pathogen infection-induced myelopoiesis through mRNA oxidation

    • Qicong Shen
    • Qian Zhang
    • Yang Shi
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    • Yan Gu
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    • Xia Li
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    • Chunmei Wang
    • Nan Li
    • Xuetao Cao

    A report of RNA 5-methylcytosine oxidation by mammalian Tet2, showing that Tet2 promotes infection-induced myelopoiesis in mice via a mechanism involving the repression of Socs3 mRNA, a previously unknown regulatory role of Tet2 at the epitranscriptomic level.

  • Mitochondrial translation requires folate-dependent tRNA methylation

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    • Sophia Hsin-Jung Li
    • Johannes A. Mayer
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    Mammalian mitochondria use folate-bound one-carbon units generated by the enzyme SHMT2 to methylate tRNA, and this modification is required for mitochondrial translation and thus oxidative phosphorylation.