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Mitotic disjunction of the repetitive ribosomal DNA (rDNA) involves specialized segregation mechanisms dependent on the conserved phosphatase Cdc14. The reason behind this requirement is unknown. We show that rDNA segregation requires Cdc14 partly because of its physical length but most importantly because a fraction of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes are(More)
The tandem array of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is subjected to transcriptional silencing of RNA polymerase II-transcribed genes. This form of silencing depends on SIR2 and has been tightly linked to the suppression of rDNA recombination and the control of cellular lifespan. Paradoxically, rDNA silencing takes place in the context of an(More)
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