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Repair capacity and genome diversity in mammals

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address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Total cost 1˙997˙592 €
 EC max contribution 1˙997˙592 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2022-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 1˙997˙592.00


 Project objective

Genome evolution is driven by the generation of diversity. In mammals, genome diversification occurs in germline during the specialised division (meiosis) in gametes, when chromosomes recombine and assort into new haploid sets as they are passed from parent to offspring. Recently, the traditional view that genome diversification occurs exclusively in the germline has been challenged by findings that mutations in early embryos may cause predisposition to childhood cancers. We are uniquely placed to explore genome diversification in the germline and early embryos due to our breakthroughs in developing single-cell genomics and reproductive technologies.

Our strategic aim is to uncover the capacity for genetic diversity in the human genome and investigate how DNA repair capacity in adult oocytes and early embryos facilitates genome stability. This will allow us to identify the selective forces that shape the genomic landscape in humans. Based on preliminary data, we hypothesize that repair capacity determines reproductive fitness of mammalian females, and that impaired repair capacity may underlie infertility, miscarriage, and congenital disorders. In Objective 1 we focus on adult oocytes, their survival in the adult ovary and the maintenance of genetic quality as women age. Objective 2 investigates genome diversification and stability in early embryos and putative ‘self-corrective’ mechanisms that restore the genetic quality of embryos. This proposal will shed light on a poorly understood area of enormous socioeconomic and medical importance.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jennifer R. Gruhn, Agata P. Zielinska, Vallari Shukla, Robert Blanshard, Antonio Capalbo, Danilo Cimadomo, Dmitry Nikiforov, Andrew Chi-Ho Chan, Louise J. Newnham, Ivan Vogel, Catello Scarica, Marta Krapchev, Deborah Taylor, Stine Gry Kristensen, Junping Cheng, Erik Ernst, Anne-Mette Bay Bjørn, Lotte Berdiin Colmorn, Martyn Blayney, Kay Elder, Joanna Liss, Geraldine Hartshorne, Marie Louise Grøn
Chromosome errors in human eggs shape natural fertility over reproductive life span
published pages: 1466-1469, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aav7321
Science 365/6460 2020-02-06
2019 Agata P. Zielinska, Eirini Bellou, Ninadini Sharma, Ann-Sophie Frombach, K. Bianka Seres, Jennifer R. Gruhn, Martyn Blayney, Heike Eckel, Rüdiger Moltrecht, Kay Elder, Eva R. Hoffmann, Melina Schuh
Meiotic Kinetochores Fragment into Multiple Lobes upon Cohesin Loss in Aging Eggs
published pages: 3749-3765.e7, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.09.006
Current Biology 29/22 2020-02-06

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