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Genetics. 2004 Sep;168(1):49-63.

Gene conversion and crossing over along the 405-kb left arm of Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromosome VII.

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  • 1Department of Biology and Rosenstiel Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110, USA.


Gene conversions and crossing over were analyzed along 10 intervals in a 405-kb region comprising nearly all of the left arm of chromosome VII in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Crossover interference was detected in all intervals as measured by a reduced number of nonparental ditypes. We have evaluated interference between crossovers in adjacent intervals by methods that retain the information contained in tetrads as opposed to single segregants. Interference was seen between intervals when the distance in the region adjacent to a crossover was < approximately 35 cM (90 kb). At the met13 locus, which exhibits approximately 9% gene conversions, those gene conversions accompanied by crossing over exerted interference in exchanges in an adjacent interval, whereas met13 gene conversions without an accompanying exchange did not show interference. The pattern of exchanges along this chromosome arm can be represented by a counting model in which there are three nonexchange events between adjacent exchanges; however, maximum-likelihood analysis suggests that approximately 8-12% of the crossovers on chromosome VII arise by a separate, noninterfering mechanism.

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