Characterization of telomeric repeats in metaphase chromosomes and interphase nuclei of Syrian Hamster Fibroblasts
© Solovjeva et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Received: 26 April 2012
Accepted: 29 June 2012
Published: 3 September 2012
Rodents have been reported to contain large arrays of interstitial telomeric sequences (TTAGGG)n (ITS) located in pericentromeric heterochromatin. The relative sizes of telomeric sequences at the ends of chromosomes (TS) and ITS in Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) cells have not been evaluated yet, as well as their structural organization in interphase nuclei.
FISH signal distribution analysis was performed on DAPI-banded metaphase chromosomes of Syrian hamster fibroblasts, and relative lengths of telomere signals were estimated. Besides well-distinguished FISH signals from ITS located on chromosomes ##2, 4, 14, 20 and X that we reported earlier, low-intensity FISH signals were visualized with different frequency of detection on all other metacentric chromosomes excluding chromosome #21. The analysis of 3D-distribution of TS in interphase nuclei demonstrated that some TS foci formed clearly distinguished associations (2–3 foci in a cluster) in the nuclei of cells subjected to FISH or transfected with the plasmid expressing telomeric protein TRF1 fused with GFP. In G0 and G1/early S-phase, the average total number of GFP-TRF1 foci per nucleus was less than that of PNA FISH foci in the corresponding cell cycle phases suggesting that TRF1 overexpression might contribute to the fusion of neighboring telomeres. The mean total number of GFP-TRF1 and FISH foci per nucleus was increased during the transition from G0 to G1/early S-phase that might be the consequence of duplication of some TS.
The relative lengths of TS in Syrian hamster cells were found to be moderately variable. All but one metacentric chromosomes contain ITS in pericentromeric heterochromatin indicating that significant rearrangements of ancestral genome occurred in evolution. Visualization of GFP-TRF1 fibrils that formed bridges between distinct telomeric foci allowed suggesting that telomere associations observed in interphase cells are reversible. The data obtained in the study provide the further insight in the structure and dynamics of telomeric sequences in somatic mammalian cells.
KeywordsChromosome Telomeric repeats Interstitial telomeric sequences Telomeric associations PNA FISH
Telomeres at the ends of chromosomes are composed of (TTAGGG)n repeats that are organized in complex chromatin structures by a number of specific binding proteins that prevent the fusion of chromosome ends and preclude recognition of the terminal parts of chromosomes as double-strand breaks. The length of telomeric sequences at the ends of chromosomes (TS) in germline stem cells is maintained constant due to specific telomere replication enzyme, telomerase, which elongates the ends of telomeres [1, 2]. Some cancer cell lines also have a stable telomere length . Somatic cells possess a limited concentration of telomerase, and in each round of replication the length of telomeric sequences decreases. The shortening of telomeres in somatic cells is associated with cell aging and is organ- and gender-specific [4, 5]. The mean length of TS varies in different species . Telomeres in humans are of the order of 5–20kb long . There is quite limited data available regarding telomere length in animals. For example, TS in rat are 20–100kb , in ungulates 7–23kb, in dogs 12–23kb  and in mouse inbred strains 5–50kb  long. The average length of Chinese hamster telomeres is 38kb, and it is comparable with the length of inbred mouse telomeres, but it is much larger than that of human telomeres . At present, there are no available data on the length of individual telomeres in Syrian hamster.
In humans and many other vertebrates, telomeric repeats are located not only at the ends of chromosomes, but are also represented in intrachromosomal domains. The size and localization of interstitial telomeric sequences (ITS) within chromosome bodies vary considerably among orders and species. Human genome contains about 50 ITS . More than 50 vertebrate species analyzed (including representatives of classes Mammalia, Reptilia and Amphibia) contained at least one non-telomeric site of (TTAGGG)n sequence . The analysis of human genome allowed to divide ITS into 3 classes: short ITS, consisted from a few number of tandemly oriented TTAGGG repeats, subtelomeric ITS, composed of large arrays of telomeric repeats, and fusion ITS, in which the arrays of repeats are oriented in a head-to-head fashion . Short ITS are represented only by canonical telomeric repeats and are subdivided, in their turn, into 5 classes according to the analysis of flanking sequences. Short ITS were found to be flanked by interspersed repetitive elements (short interspersed nucleotide elements, SINE; long interspersed nucleotide elements, LINE; long terminal repeats, LTR), direct repetitive sequences of a few tens of base pairs, or unique sequences. Subtelomeric ITS, located not far from the chromosome ends, are composed of several hundred base pairs of canonical telomeric repeats or repeats containing base substitutions. Only two examples of fusion ITS in humans are known at present. ITS, that belong to this class, are located in the chromosome regions1q41 and 2q13 [12, 14]. It has been shown that the fourth class of ITS is formed by long arrays of telomeric repeats located in pericentromeric chromosome regions of different animal species. ITS of this type were found in African and Indian elephants, marsupials, moles, fruit bats, hamsters and many other vertebrate species .
It was hypothesized long ago that ITS were derived from ancestral telomere fusion events during karyotype evolution . However, the events of fusion of telomeric sequences are registered rarely , and it was proposed that different mechanisms are responsible for formation of ITS of different classes. The sequences of several human genomic loci containing short ITS were compared with orthologous sequences in 12 primate species . The results of this analysis allowed to consider that short ITS appeared as a result of DNA double-strand break induction in ancestral genomic loci. A fragment of telomeric sequence could be inserted by chance at the site of the break during its repair, or, alternatively, 3’-end of the break could be used by telomerase as a primer for the synthesis of telomeric hexamers.
The four-step mechanism was proposed for organization of ITS in pericentromeric chromosome regions: fusion events, amplification or degeneration of telomeric repeats, subsequent reorganizations and breakage/fission . The first step is characteristic for the species whose evolution included Robertsonian fusion events. The second one could occur during unequal crossing-over or DNA polymerase slippage. Subsequent genome reorganizations include inversions and translocations that could lead to the appearance of a new ITS in other genome domains. And, finally, the breakage/fission events may be associated with the formation of new acrocentric chromosomes.
Not so much is known at present about distribution of ITS in the Syrian hamster. Earlier, high-resolution DAPI-banding of Syrian hamster metaphase chromosomes combined with FISH allowed us to map large pericentromeric ITS to 4 pairs of autosomes (chromosome numbers: 2, 4 14, 20) and X-chromosome . The goal of this study was to determine the distribution of ITS in all other chromosomes of Syrian hamster, estimate the relative lengths of all TS and ITS, and analyze their spatial organization in interphase nuclei.
Relative lengths of TS and ITS estimated by Q-FISH on metaphase chromosome spreads of Syrian hamster fibroblasts
Using the nomenclature of individual chromosomes reported by Li and co-workers , we determined the chromosome numbers of all chromosomes in 22 chromosome spreads after DAPI-staining combined with Q-FISH with PNA telomeric probe. DAPI-banding structure was highly similar to ideograms of G-banded chromosomes described by Li et al. . In our metaphase chromosome preparations, the values of relative intensity of FISH signals from TS in sister chromatids of all chromosomes correlated significantly (correlation coefficient was equal to 0.71) which was in agreement with the data obtained earlier for human and mouse cells [10, 23].
Relative lengths of TS and ITS calculated from fluorescence intensity of FISH signals on metaphase plates
Position on chromosome
Mean relative TS or ITS length
The longest telomeres in Syrian hamster cells were localized in p-arms of chromosomes #1, #2 and #7, the shortest telomeres were localized in p-arms of chromosomes #16 and #19 and q-arm of the Y chromosome (Table 1). The ratio (R) of maximal to minimal mean TS FISH signal intensity for Syrian hamster chromosomes (data taken from Table 1) was found to be equal to 2.84.
No relationship between the relative telomere length and the corresponding telomere disposition in p- or q-arms was observed (Table 1). In acrocentric chromosomes, p-arm telomeres of chromosomes ##16 and 19 were slightly shorter than q-arm telomeres, and p-arm telomeres of chromosomes #17 and #18 were close in size to q-arm telomeres. In most of non-acrocentric chromosomes (##1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21 and Y), p-arm telomeres were longer than q-arm telomeres, p- and q-arm telomeres were almost equal in chromosomes ##5, 6, 10, 20, and only p-arm telomeres of the X chromosome were shorter than their q-arm counterparts.
Estimation of ITS FISH signal detection frequency in Syrian hamster chromosomes
ITS FISH signal detection frequency *
Pericentromeric FISH signals on acrocentric chromosomes could also be detected in some of chromosome spreads. FISH signals at the ends of all types of chromosomes were often seen as numerous spots resulting from the looping of telomeric sequences due to hypotonic treatment during metaphase chromosome preparation. It cannot be excluded that pericentromeric FISH signals on acrocentric chromosomes detected with low frequency represented the signals of loops containing p-arm telomeric sequences that overlapped pericentromeric regions. For this reason, the frequency of ITS detection for acrocentric chromosomes is not shown in Table 2.
Visualization of associations of telomeric repeats in the nuclei of Syrian hamster cells
We expressed GFP-TRF1 protein in Syrian hamster fibroblasts obtained from a newborn animal to mark the location of TS and ITS. The GFP-TRF1 foci of different size representing TS and ITS are distributed in the nuclei of Syrian hamster cells without a preferential shift to the periphery or to the central part of the nuclei.
For all experiments, we used asynchronous culture of fibroblasts (early passages, i.e. the passage number 1 or 2) represented by cells in G0, G1, S and G2 stages of the cell cycle. The counting of the total numbers of GFP-TRF1 and FISH foci in randomly selected nuclei has shown that these numbers differed significantly, and FISH foci are more numerous in comparison with transfected cells containing GFP-TRF1 foci.
Comparison of the numbers of FISH and GFP-TRF1 foci in G0- and G1/early S-phase cells
The mean total numbers of GFP-TRF1 foci per nucleus in G0 and G1/early S-phase were less than those of FISH foci in the corresponding phases (Figure 4). This observation could be interpreted in two ways. Some small GFP-TRF1 foci may be simply unseen due to the limit of GFP brightness, otherwise expression of GFP-TRF1 could lead to the increase in formation of TS fusions registered as single foci.
Mobility of GFP-TRF1 foci in the nuclei of living fibroblasts
Visualization of GFP-TRF1-tagged telomere-telomere bridges
The average Syrian hamster telomere length determined by Southern blot analysis of telomere restriction fragments was 19kb . Using Q-FISH with telomeric PNA probe, we were the first to evaluate the relative lengths of all telomeres of individual Syrian hamster chromosomes. Q-FISH with PNA telomeric probe is an advantageous approach for the quantitative measurement of the length of DNA fragments hybridized with the probe. The resolution of Q-FISH was estimated to be 200 bp , and the mean fluorescence intensity of telomeres measured by Q-FISH correlated with the mean size of telomere restriction fragments .
The R value (the ratio of maximal to minimal mean relative TS length values) for human chromosomes obtained by Q-FISH telomere analysis was 2.1 . The Syrian hamster R value measured in this study was estimated to be 2.84. For comparison, one rodent species, the Iberian shrew, has extremely long telomeres on the short arms of acrocentric chromosomes containing 213kb on average (maximally 300kb) and very short telomeres on the other chromosomal ends containing 3.8kb on average (R is about 56) .
A strong positive correlation between the telomere length and the size of corresponding chromosome arm or the length of the entire chromosome was observed in human cells [37, 39]. It has been suggested previously that telomere length could be affected by centromere position and is regulated proportionally to the distance between telomere and centromere . Telomere length measurements after Q-FISH on mouse acrocentric chromosomes have revealed that p-arm telomeres are shorter than their q-arm counterparts . In all Chinese hamster non-acrocentric chromosomes analyzed, p-arm telomeres are shorter than q-arm telomeres . As we have shown in this study, in the majority of Syrian hamster non-acrocentric chromosomes (in 14 out of 19) p-arm telomeres do not fit this tendency and are longer than q-arm telomeres.
Pericentromeric location of ITS in some Syrian hamster chromosomes was observed previously by several groups of researchers [13, 41, 42]. The relative sizes of all ITS in Syrian hamster species were measured in the present study. FISH signals in the pericentromeric regions of chromosomes 2, 4, 14, 20 and X were observed in every metaphase cell, and the largest signal was located on chromosome #2. All other non-acrocentric chromosomes except #21 also contained short ITS in pericentromeric regions that were detected with a lower frequency.
The similar results were obtained earlier on Chinese hamster primary fibroblast cell line . Pericentromeric regions of all Chinese hamster chromosomes except chromosome #1 and Y hybridized with telomeric probe. Using chromosome-specific painting probes and G-banding, the comparative maps between 20 rodent species have been established [44, 45]. On the base of karyotype homology analysis, the map of ancestral Muroidea karyotype was proposed [45, 46]. 24 fusion/breakage events occurred during evolution of Mesocricetus auratus karyotype . The fine sequence analysis of the species is needed to evaluate if some of fusions resulted in the appearance of ITS in pericentromeric regions. Q-arms of metacentric chromosomes #1 and #12 of Mesocricetus auratus have the high level of homology with the entire ancestral chromosomes #3 and #7 allowing to hypothesize that these chromosomes might originate from Robertsonian fusions of ancestral chromosomes with unidentified yet chromosomal segments, and retain telomeric sequences in the newly formed centromeres. It is more likely that pericentromeric ITS arise in karyotype evolution by different mechanisms including intra-chromosomal translocations and, probably, whole arm pericentic inversions. It is possible that subsequent amplification of telomeric sequences retained in the pericentromeric regions could occur resulting in the appearance of large (TTAGGG)n blocks that could be detected in some of chromosomes. 10 of 11 fragile chromosome sites are localized within pericentromeric bands containing ITS in Chinese hamster [43, 47] indicating that pericentromeric ITS could be a subject of further rearrangement events in evolution.
It has been shown that formation of telomeric aggregates is a regular feature of tumor cells . Fusions of telomeres characterize cells overexpressing c-Myc, a protein that contributes to genomic instability . Some examples of telomere interaction in normal vertebrate cells were reported. Telomere dimers result from specific interactions between the two ends of each chromosome in human sperm cells . Telomere ends of some chromosomes in Chinese hamster embryonic cells were preferentially organized in clusters . Telomeres of NOR-containing acrocentric chromosomes in human lymphocytes usually cluster at the periphery of nucleoli . Telomeric associations were observed in normal human fibroblasts, and the number of associations in non-cycling cells was increased in comparison with replicating cells .
Associations of FISH and GFP-TRF1 telomeric foci (mostly 2–3 foci per cluster), well-distinguished by eye, were observed in interphase Syrian hamster cells. Visualization of telomere-telomere bridges covered by GFP-TRF1 protein in fixed cells allows to suggest that formation of telomere associations could be reversible.
In G0 and G1/early S-phase Syrian hamster cells, the total number of telomeric foci per nucleus in cells expressing GFP-TRF1 was less than that in cells subjected to FISH. TRF1 dimers bind double-stranded regions of telomeric DNA through Myb domains located in C-terminal fragments of each monomer. TRF1 possesses extreme structural flexibility and could pair distinct telomeric tracts in vitro[54–56]. It has been shown using CHIP-Seq analysis that TRF1 and TRF2 could bind some of non-telomeric heterochromatin-like repeats in the chromatin of tumor cell line . However, it is unknown whether such kind of interactions could occur in vivo. Stochastic movement of telomeres is a general feature of chromosomes; when neighboring telomeres come close enough to each other, GFP-TRF1 dimers could mediate their association.
The nature of telomere end-to-end associations and their functional importance remain unknown. Most possibly, they represent temporal fusions being formed by TRF1 and/or other proteins integrated in shelterin complex. Telomere clustering observed in interphase evidently occurs between telomeres located in adjacent chromosome territories and is probably dependent on individual chromosome properties like telomere length and mobility of telomere ends. Further research is needed to confirm the existence of preferential telomere-telomere interactions in Syrian hamster cells.
Characterization of telomeric repeats in Syrian hamster cells was done in this study. It was found that the ratio of maximal relative length of TS to minimal one in Syrian hamster does not differ significantly from that in humans. ITS were found in pericentromeric regions of the majority of metacentric chromosomes, indicating that the extensive chromosome rearrangements that involved telomeric sequences occurred during the karyotype evolution. Some telomeres in interphase cells are juxtaposed to each other and form associations. Usually, clusters of 2–3 TS foci were observed in cells subjected to FISH or expressing GFP-TRF1. Visualization of green bridges that connect two or several telomeres in cells expressing GFP-TRF1 is probably due to separation of fused TS, thus reflecting the dynamic behavior of telomeric ends in interphase.
Isolation of skin fibroblasts
The primary fibroblast culture was obtained from the skin of newborn or adult (1 year old) Syrian hamster using two methodological approaches. In the first one, the so-called “migration method”, small fragments of dissected skin were placed in Petri dishes under pieces of glass microscope slides and kept during a week in MEM culture medium supplemented with 15% foetal calf serum, aminoacids and antibiotics until fibroblasts covered an area of several cm2, then cells were detached by treatment with Trypsin-EDTA solution and plated in Petri dishes. In the second approach, fibroblasts were isolated by enzymatic digestion of skin sections (“enzymatic method”). Pieces of dissected skin were washed twice with PBS by centrifugation for 3min at 120 x g. The pellet was resuspended in 3 volumes of enzyme mixture: 10 mg/ml collagenase IV from Clostridium histoliticum, 2.5 U/ml dispase, 0.0001% Trypsin-EDTA in PBS containing Ca2+ and Mg2+ and incubated for 20min at 37o C with shaking. The pieces were then dissociated into separate cells by pipetting, centrifuged at 550 x g for 10min, washed twice with PBS by centrifugation at 270 x g for 5min. After that, the cells were resuspended in culture medium and placed in CO2-incubator. The density of plating was approximately 2-3x104 cells per 1 cm2 of the tissue culture flask surface.
The morphology and growth rate of fibroblasts isolated by different approaches, “migration” or “enzymatic”, did not differ, and both were used for performing FISH as well as for transient transfection.
Metaphase chromosome spread preparation
Mitotic chromosome spreads were prepared from fibroblasts at passage 3. The cells were treated with colchicine (50μg/ml final concentration) for 4–5h before harvesting. After treatment with hypotonic solution (75 mM KCl: 1% Na citrate, 1:1) for 23min at 37°C, the cells were fixed with a mixture of glacial acetic acid and methanol (1:3), dropped onto the ice-cold glass slides and air-dried. The slides were kept at −80°C until FISH was performed.
FISH and DAPI staining of metaphase chromosomes
Slides were stored at −80°C for 2 months before FISH with FITC-labelled PNA probe (DAKO, Telomere PNA FISH Kit/FITC, Cat. No. K5325) was performed according to manufacturer’s recommendations. The slides were stained with 0.5 μg/ml DAPI (4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole) in PBS solution for 10min, rinsed in water and covered with Citifluor antifade solution (Marivac, Canada).
FISH on interphase nuclei
Fibroblasts were plated on glass microscope slides the day before fixation. Cell fixation and pre-treatments were done as described . Microscope slides were stored in 50% formamide/2x SSC for a week before performing Q-FISH with PNA telomeric probe (DAKO) according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Transfection of fibroblasts, slide fixation and DAPI staining
Fibroblasts were plated on square glass coverslips the day before transfection. The temporal transfection of Syrian hamster fibroblasts was performed using Lipofectamine 2000 transfection reagent (Invitrogen). Construction of the plasmid encoding N-terminally GFP-tagged TRF1/Pin2 was described earlier . The slides were fixed at 20h after transfection in 4% formaldehyde in PBS at +4°C, rinsed in PBS, kept 15min in 70% ethanol, washed in PBS, stained with 0.5 μg/ml DAPI in PBS solution for 10min, washed in water and covered with Citifluor antifade solution (Marivac, Canada).
EdU labeling and Ki-67 staining
For EdU labeling, we used Click-It EdU Alexa Fluor 488 Imaging Kit (Invitrogen, Cat. No C10337) according to manufecturer’s recommendations. Briefly, EdU was added to growth medium (10μM final concentration) for 15min. The cells were fixed as described above, rinsed with 3% BSA solution in PBS and permeabilized with 0.5% Triton X-100 in PBS for 20min at RT, then washed with 3% BSA in PBS and treated for 30min with Click-It coctail containing Alexa Fluor 488 azide as one of the components.
After washing with 3% BSA in PBS, the cells were incubated in 1% Blocking Reagent (Roche) with 0.02% Tween 20 for 30min. Ki-67 was detected with rabbit polyclonal antibodies to Ki-67 (abcam, 1:200) and secondary goat anti- rabbit IgG antibodies conjugated with Alexa Fluor 568 (Invitrogen, 1:400). DNA was counterstained with DAPI and mounted in antifade solution as described above.
Microscopy and image acquisition
For image acquisition, the confocal Leica TCS SP5 system equipped with 100/1.4 oil immersion objective, 488nm argon and 405nm diode lasers and Leica LAS AF software was used. Series of confocal sections were collected with the step size 0.25μm, and maximal projections of the series were obtained. The image size was 1024x1024 pixels. The gain of the signal was adjusted to obtain a linear working range.
Time-lapse live cell imaging
The cells were seeded on Lab-Tek borosilicate coverglass-bottomed chambered slides (NUNC, Cat. No. 155383), and, 20h after transfection with GFP-TRF1 plasmid, the movement of telomeric repeats was analyzed using the confocal system described above. The microscope stage was inside the environmental chamber with temperature control set at 37°C. Z-sections (7–12 sections per nucleus) of the nuclei were collected as described above. The series of images were captured sequentially with 3min-intervals, the total duration of single cell imaging did not exceed 1.5h. 3D Projection tool in the Visualization section of Leica LAS AF software was used for creating 3D projections of the nuclei. Movies of the rotation of 3D projections were obtained using Create Movie box of this tool. For presenting z-axis information, 3D projections were rotated by 45 degrees around x-axis.
Processing of confocal images of metaphase chromosomes with FISH signals
Images of DAPI-banded chromosomes were analyzed after processing in Adobe Photoshop 9.0 program as described previously . Fluorescence intensity of FISH signals of individual TS and ITS was measured on images using ImageJ 1.43 (NIH, USA) program, and the relative fluorescence intensity of individual FISH signal was calculated as the ratio of its intensity and summarized fluorescence intensity of all signals on the metaphase chromosome spread.
Processing of confocal images of interphase nuclei with FISH signals or GFP-TRF1 foci
The number of foci in the nuclei was quantified by direct counting on the images obtained as maximal projections of the series of confocal sections of the nuclei.
3D Projection tool in the Visualization section of Leica LAS AF software was used to create 3D projections of the nuclei for the analysis of mutual spatial arrangement of TS and ITS foci. Movies showing the rotation of 3D projections were created using Create Movie box of 3D Projection tool. For presenting z-axis information, 3D projections were rotated by 22 or 45 degrees around x-axis.
Fluorescence In Situ hybridization
TRF1 fused with Green Fluorescent Protein
Interstitial Telomeric Sequence
Peptide Nucleic Acid
Quantitative Fluorescence In Situ hybridization
The Ratio of maximal to minimal mean relative TS length values
Telomeric Repeat binding Factor 1
Telomeric Sequence at the end of chromosome.
This work was supported by the grant provided in the framework of the “Molecular and Cell Biology” Program of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research 10-04-00807a.
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