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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1978 Jul;75(7):3351-4.

Time of recombination in the Drosophila melanogaster oocyte: evidence from a temperature-sensitive recombination-deficient mutant.


A temperature-sensitive recombination-deficient mutant, rec-126, has been isolated that permits high frequencies of recombination at the permissive temperature (25 degrees) but greatly decreases recombination at the restrictive temperature (31 degrees). The sensitive period for response of female germ cells carrying this mutant to the restrictive temperature has been defined. Sensitivity begins very close to the time the oocyte enters premeiotic interphase and initiates DNA synthesis; it continues for the duration of premeiotic-S; and it terminates with the completion of S. This time span precisely coincides with the sensitive period for enhancement of recombination by heat in the normal genome and is further characterized by the presence of the synaptonemal complex. These results provide compelling evidence for identifying premeiotic-S as the time of meiotic recombination.

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