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Genes Dev. 2002 Oct 1;16(19):2479-84.

Single-molecule analysis reveals clustering and epigenetic regulation of replication origins at the yeast rDNA locus.

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Institute of Molecular Genetics, CNRS UMR 5535 and Université Montpellier II, 34293 Montpellier cedex 5, France.

Abstract

How eukaryotes specify their replication origins is an important unanswered question. Here, we analyze the replicative organization of yeast rDNA, which consists of approximately 150 identical repeats, each containing a potential origin. Using DNA combing and single-molecule imaging, we show that functional rDNA origins are clustered and interspersed with large domains where initiation is silenced. This repression is largely mediated by the Sir2p histone-deacetylase. Increased origin firing in sir2 Delta mutants leads to the accumulation of circular rDNA species, a major determinant of yeast aging. We conclude that rDNA replication is regulated epigenetically and that Sir2p may promote genome stability and longevity by suppressing replication-dependent rDNA recombination.

PMID:
12368258
PMCID:
PMC187456
DOI:
10.1101/gad.232902
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