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Cell. 1994 Jan 14;76(1):65-75.

Meiosis-specific formation of joint DNA molecules containing sequences from homologous chromosomes.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, Newark.


All recombination models postulate one or more recombination intermediates that are joint molecules containing two homologous parental molecules. A spike of branched DNA molecules not seen in DNA from mitotic cells was found in the two-dimensional gel analysis of meiotic DNA from S. cerevisiae. The mass of molecules in the spike, the timing of its appearance and disappearance, and its absence from a recombination-defective spo11 mutant are consistent with the hypothesis that it contains recombination intermediates. The spike changes in mass as predicted for joint molecules containing DNA from homologous chromosomes rather than sister chromatids in a strain heterozygous for an RFLP. Finally, joint molecules containing DNA from homologous chromosomes were not found, suggesting that the block to recombination between homologous sequences occurs prior to the formation of joint molecules.

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