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Kheir, E. and Krude, T. (2017). Non-coding Y RNAs associate with early replicating euchromatin in concordance with the origin recognition complex. J Cell Sci 130, 1239-1250.

Non-coding Y RNAs are essential for the initiation of chromosomal DNA replication in vertebrates, yet their association with chromatin during the cell cycle is not characterised. Here, we quantify human Y RNA levels in soluble and chromatin-associated intracellular fractions and investigate, topographically, their dynamic association with chromatin during the cell cycle. We find that, on average, about a million Y RNA molecules are present in the soluble fraction of a proliferating cell, and 5-10-fold less are in association with chromatin. These levels decrease substantially during quiescence. No significant differences are apparent between cancer and non-cancer cell lines. Y RNAs associate with euchromatin throughout the cell cycle. Their levels are 2-4-fold higher in S phase than in G1 phase or mitosis. Y RNAs are not detectable at active DNA replication foci, and re-associate with replicated euchromatin during mid and late S phase. The dynamics and sites of Y1 RNA association with chromatin are in concordance with those of the origin recognition complex (ORC). Our data therefore suggest a functional role of Y RNAs in a common pathway with ORC.

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Selected recent journal articles:

Langley, A.R., Gräf, S., Smith, J.C. and Krude, T. (2016).
Genome-wide identification and characterisation of human DNA replication origins by initiation site sequencing (ini-seq). Nucleic Acids Res 44, 10230–10247.

Kowalski, M.P., Baylis, H.A., and Krude, T. (2015).
Non-coding stem-bulge RNAs are required for cell proliferation and embryonic development in C. elegans. J Cell Sci 128, 2118-2129.

Kowalski, M.P., and Krude, T. (2015).
Functional roles of non-coding Y RNAs. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 66, 20-29.

Wang, I., Kowalski, M.P., Langley, A.R., Rodriguez, R., Balasubramanian, S., Hsu, S.T., and Krude T. (2014).
Nucleotide contributions to the structural integrity and DNA replication initiation activity of noncoding y RNA. Biochemistry 53, 5848-5863.

Collart, C., Christov, C.P., Smith, J.C., and Krude, T. (2011).
The mid-blastula transition defines the onset of Y RNA-dependent DNA replication in Xenopus laevis. Mol Cell Biol 31, 3857-3870.

Zhang, A.T., Langley, A.R., Christov, C.P., Kheir, E., Shafee, T., Gardiner, T.J., and Krude, T. (2011).
Dynamic interaction of Y RNAs with chromatin and initiation proteins during human DNA replication. J Cell Sci 124, 2058-2069.

Krude, T. (2010).
Non-coding RNAs: New players in the field of eukaryotic DNA replication. Subcell Biochem 50, 105-118.

Langley, A.R., Chambers, H., Christov, C.P., and Krude, T. (2010).
Ribonucleoprotein Particles Containing Non-Coding Y RNAs, Ro60, La and Nucleolin Are Not Required for Y RNA Function in DNA Replication. PLoS ONE 5, e13673.

Gardiner, T.J., Christov, C.P., Langley, A.R., and Krude, T. (2009).
A conserved motif of vertebrate Y RNAs essential for chromosomal DNA replication. RNA 15, 1375-1385.

Krude, T., Christov, C.P., Hyrien, O., and Marheineke, K. (2009).
Y RNA functions at the initiation step of mammalian chromosomal DNA replication. J Cell Sci 122, 2836-2845.

Christov, C.P., Trivier, E., and Krude, T. (2008).
Noncoding human Y RNAs are overexpressed in tumours and required for cell proliferation. Br J Cancer 98, 981-988.

Klinge, S., Hirst, J., Maman, J. D., Krude, T., and Pellegrini, L. (2007).
An iron-sulfur domain of the eukaryotic primase is essential for RNA primer synthesis. Nat Struct Mol Biol 14, 875-877.

Christov, C. P., Gardiner, T. J., Szüts, D., and Krude, T. (2006).
Functional requirement of non-coding Y RNAs for human chromosomal DNA replication. Mol Cell Biol 26, 6993-7004.

Krude, T. (2006).
Initiation of chromosomal DNA replication in mammalian cell-free systems. Cell Cycle 5, 2115-2122.
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Nabatiyan, A., Szüts, D., and Krude, T. (2006).
Induction of CAF-1 expression in response to DNA strand breaks in quiescent human cells. Mol Cell Biol 26, 1839-1849.

Marheineke, K., Hyrien, O., and Krude, T. (2005).
Visualization of bidirectional initiation of chromosomal DNA replication in a human cell free system. Nucleic Acids Res 33, 6931-6941.

Szüts, D., Christov, C., Kitching, L., and Krude, T. (2005).
Distinct populations of human PCNA are required for initiation of chromosomal DNA replication and concurrent DNA repair. Exp Cell Res 311, 240-250.

Szüts, D., and Krude, T. (2004).
Cell cycle arrest at the initiation step of human chromosomal DNA replication causes DNA damage. J Cell Sci 117, 4897-4908.

Nabatiyan, A., and Krude, T. (2004).
Silencing of Chromatin Assembly Factor 1 in human cells leads to cell death and loss of chromatin assembly during DNA synthesis. Mol Cell Biol 24, 2853-2862.

Szüts, D., Kitching, L., Christov, C., Budd, A., Peak-Chew, S., and Krude, T. (2003).
RPA is an initiation factor for human chromosomal DNA replication. Nucleic Acids Res 31, 1725-1734.

Keller, C., Hyrien, O., Knippers, R., and Krude, T. (2002).
Site-specific and temporally controlled initiation of DNA replication in a human cell-free system. Nucleic Acids Res 30, 2114-2123.

Laman, H., Coverley, D., Krude, T., Laskey, R., and Jones, N. (2001).
Viral cyclin-cyclin-dependent kinase 6 complexes initiate nuclear DNA replication. Mol Cell Biol 21, 624-635.

Krude, T. (2000).
Initiation of human DNA replication in vitro using nuclei from cells arrested at an initiation-competent state. J Biol Chem 275, 13699-13707.

Krude, T. (1999).
Mimosine arrests proliferating human cells before onset of DNA replication in a dose-dependent manner. Exp Cell Res 247, 148-159.

Krude, T., Jackman, M., Pines, J., and Laskey, R.A. (1997).
Cyclin/Cdk-dependent initiation of DNA replication in a human cell-free system.
Cell 88, 109-119.



Krude, T., Editor (2003).
DNA: Changing Science and Society
Cambridge University Press,
200 pages,
ISBN 0521823781