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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Aug 30;296(4):949-53.

Supercomplex formation between Mlh1-Mlh3 and Sgs1-Top3 heterocomplexes in meiotic yeast cells.

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Institute of Biological Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan, ROC.


The genome of Saccharomyces cerevisia encodes four mismatch repair MutL proteins and these proteins form three heterocomplexes: Mlh1-Mlh2, Mlh1-Mlh3, and Mlh1-Pms1. Only, the Mlh1-Mlh3 heterocomplex has been implicated specifically in promotion of meiotic crossing-over. In this report, we show that yeast Mlh3 co-immunoprecipitates with Sgs1 helicase in sporulating cells at late stage of meiotic prophase I. Sgs1, a member of the RecQ DNA helicase family, appears to form a stable complex with topoisomerase III (Top3) during meiosis. We suggest that Mlh1-Mlh3 heterocomplex may act as a molecular matchmaker to coordinate Sgs1-Top3 complex in the resolution of meiotic recombination intermediates.

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