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Genetics. 1996 Sep;144(1):27-41.

A test of the double-strand break repair model for meiotic recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene 97403, USA. lagilb@ccmail.monsanto.com

Abstract

We tested predictions of the double-strand break repair (DSBR) model for meiotic recombination by examining the segregation patterns of small palindromic insertions, which frequently escape mismatch repair when in heteroduplex DNA. The palindromes flanked a well characterized DSB site at the ARG4 locus. The "canonical" DSBR model, in which only 5' ends are degraded and resolution of the four-stranded intermediate is by Holliday junction resolvase, predicts that hDNA will frequently occur on both participating chromatids in a single event. Tetrads reflecting this configuration of hDNA were rare. In addition, a class of tetrads not predicted by the canonical DSBR model was identified. This class represented events that produced hDNA in a "trans" configuration, on opposite strands of the same duplex on the two sides of the DSB site. Whereas most classes of convertant tetrads had typical frequencies of associated crossovers, tetrads with trans hDNA were parental for flanking markers. Modified versions of the DSBR model, including one that uses a topoisomerase to resolve the canonical DSBR intermediate, are supported by these data.

PMID:
8878671
PMCID:
PMC1207501
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