Paper is available here. According to the significance statement, which we recently wrote:  In metazoans, topological domains are regions in the genome that more frequently associate with themselves than with neighboring regions. These domains are important for regulating transcription and replication. However, topological domains were thought to be absent in budding yeast. Thus, we did not know the degree of conservation of topological organization and its associated functions. Herein, we describe the existence of topologically associating domains in budding yeast and show that these domains regulate replication timing so that origins within a domain fire synchronously. Our work showing conservation in budding yeast sets the stage to use yeast genetics to interrogate the molecular basis of the topological domains defining genome architecture.

AuthorJan Skotheim