Centromeres are the regions of the chromosome necessary for accurate segregation at cell division. They bind a complex set of proteins called the kinetochore which in turn tethers the chromosome to the microtubules of the spindle at cell division. We have recently defined the sequence requirements for native centromere function and kinetochore binding in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. When centromeric DNA is deleted however the kinetochore complex will bind at low frequency to other regions of the chromosome that are not related in sequence to the native centromeric DNA. This poses the question of how are conserved set of proteins can bind to two different type of DNA sequences. The student will use genetics, genomics and molecular biology to address this question.
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