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Genetics. 1993 May;134(1):175-88.

Stimulation of meiotic recombination in yeast by an ARS element.

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  • 1Institute for Cancer Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York 10032.


In a previous study, meiotic recombination events were monitored in the 22-kb LEU2 to CEN3 region of chromosome III of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. One region (the hotspot) was shown to have an enhanced level of both gene conversion events and reciprocal crossovers, whereas a second region (the coldspot) was shown to have a depressed level of both types of recombination events. In this study we have analyzed the effects of a replication origin, ARS307, located about 2 kb centromere proximal to the hotspot region, on the distribution of meiotic recombination events. We find that a deletion of this origin results in a reduction of both gene conversions and reciprocal crossovers in the hotspot region, and that a 200-bp fragment of this ARS element can stimulate both types of recombination events when relocated to the coldspot region. Although the magnitude of stimulation of these events is similar in both orientations, whether the ARS is functional or not, the distribution of events is dependent upon the orientation of the element.

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