Igor Makunin

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Igor has completed his PhD in 1996 at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Division of Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk, Russia) and joined the Mattick group in 2003. His research focuses on genome-wide analysis of regulatory elements in mammals and insects.

Publications (peer reviewed, 2003-2008)

1. Stephen S, Pheasant M, Makunin IV, Mattick JS. Large-scale appearance of ultraconserved elements in tetrapod genomes and slowdown of the molecular clock. 2008, Mol Biol Evol. 25(2):402-408.

2. Simons C, Makunin IV, Pheasant M, Mattick JS. Maintenance of transposon-free regions throughout vertebrate evolution. 2007, BMC Genomics. 8:470.

3. Makunin IV, Pheasant M, Simons C, Mattick JS. Orthologous microRNA genes are located in cancer-associated genomic regions in human and mouse. 2007, PLoS ONE. 2(11): e1133.

4. Kolesnikova TD, Andreeva EN, Pindyurin AV, Ananko NG, Belyakin SN, Shloma VV, Yurlova AA, Makunin IV, Pokholkova GV, Volkova EI, Zarutskaya EA, Kokoza EB, Semeshin VF, Belyaeva ES, Zhimulev IF. Contribution of the SuUR gene to the organization of epigenetically repressed regions of Drosophila melanogaster chromosomes. 2006, Russian Journal of Genetics. 42(8): 831-844. Review.

5. Mattick JS, Makunin IV. Non-coding RNA. 2006, Hum Mol Genet. 15: R17-R29. Review.

6. Simons C, Pheasant M, Makunin IV, Mattick JS. Transposon-free regions in mammalian genomes. 2006, Genome Res. 16: 164-172.

7. Kolesnikova TD, Makunin IV, Volkova EI, Pirrotta V, Belyaeva ES, Zhimulev IF. Functional dissection of the Suppressor of UnderReplication protein of Drosophila melanogaster: identification of domains influencing chromosome binding and DNA replication. 2005, Genetica. 124(2):187-200.

8. Belyakin SN, Christophides GK, Alekseyenko AA, Kriventseva EV, Belyaeva ES, Nanayev RA, Makunin IV, Kafatos FC, Zhimulev IF. Genomic analysis of Drosophila chromosome underreplication reveals a link between replication control and transcriptional territories. 2005, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 102(23):8269-8274.

9. Mattick JS, Makunin IV. Small regulatory RNAs in mammals. 2005, Hum Mol Genet. 14 Suppl 1:R121-32. Review.

10. Bejerano G, Pheasant M, Makunin I, Stephen S, Kent WJ, Mattick JS, Haussler D. Ultraconserved elements in the human genome. Science. 2004, 304(5675):1321-1325.

11. Volkova EI, Yurlova AA, Kolesnikova TD, Makunin IV, Zhimulev IF. Ectopic expression of the Suppressor of Underreplication gene inhibits endocycles but not the mitotic cell cycle in Drosophila melanogaster. Mol Genet Genomics. 2003, 270(5):387-393.

12. Zhimulev IF, Belyaeva ES, Makunin IV, Pirrotta V., Semeshin VF, Alekseyenko AA, Belyakin SN, Volkova EI, Koryakov DE, Andreyeva EN, Demakova OV, Kotlikova IV, Kolesnikova TD, Boldyreva LV, Nanayev RA. Intercalary heterochromatin in Drosophila melanogaster polytene chromosomes and the problem of genetic silencing. Genetica. 2003, 117:259–270.

13. Zhimulev IF, Belyaeva ES, Makunin IV, Pirrotta V, Volkova EI, Alekseyenko AA, Andreyeva EN, Makarevich GF, Boldyreva LV, Nanayev RA, Demakova OV. Influence of the SuUR gene on intercalary heterochromatin in Drosophila melanogaster polytene chromosomes. Chromosoma. 2003, 111(6):377-98.

14. Zhimulev IF, Belyaeva ES, Semeshin VF, Shloma VV, Makunin IV, Volkova EI. Overexpression of the SuUR gene induces reversible modifications at pericentric, telomeric and intercalary heterochromatin of Drosophila melanogaster polytene chromosomes. J. Cell Sci. 2003, 116(1):169-176.

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