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In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, we have detected prominent DNA breaks that appeared shortly after premeiotic DNA replication. These breaks, like meiotic recombination, required the products of the six rec genes tested. Prominent breaks were detected at widely separated sites, about 100-300 kb apart, equivalent to about 50-150 sites per(More)
The Escherichia coli RecBCD enzyme unwinds DNA from a free double-stranded DNA end to produce single-stranded DNA intermediates of homologous recombination. In the absence of ATP RecBCD binds to a free DNA end to form an initiation complex for DNA unwinding. We studied the structure of these complexes formed with blunt-ended, 5'-extended, and 3'-extended(More)
Meiotic recombination is initiated by DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) made by Spo11 (Rec12 in fission yeast), which becomes covalently linked to the DSB ends. Like recombination events, DSBs occur at hotspots in the genome, but the genetic factors responsible for most hotspots have remained elusive. Here we describe in fission yeast the genome-wide(More)
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) in DNA are lethal unless repaired. Faithful repair requires processing of the DSB ends and interaction with intact homologous DNA, which can produce genetic recombinants. To determine the role of nucleases in DSB end-processing and joint molecule resolution, we studied recombination at the site of a single DSB, generated by(More)
Palindromic sequences can form hairpin and cruciform structures that pose a threat to genome integrity. We found that a 160-bp palindrome (an inverted repeat of 80 bp) conferred a mitotic recombination hotspot relative to a control nonpalindromic sequence when inserted into the ade6 gene of Schizosaccharomyces pombe. The hotspot activity of the palindrome,(More)
DNA palindromes are rare in humans but are associated with meiosis-specific translocations. The conserved Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1 (MRN) complex is likely directly involved in processing palindromes through the homologous recombination pathway of DNA repair. Using the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model system, we show that a 160-bp palindrome(More)
Spo11 or a homologous protein appears to be essential for meiotic DNA double-strand break (DSB) formation and recombination in all organisms tested. We report here the first example of an alternative, mutationally activated pathway for meiotic recombination in the absence of Rec12, the Spo11 homolog of Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Rad2, a FEN-1 flap(More)
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