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Local chromosome context is a major determinant of crossover pathway biochemistry during budding yeast meiosis

  1. Darpan Medhi
  2. Alastair SH Goldman
  3. Michael Lichten  Is a corresponding author
  1. National Cancer Institute, United States
  2. The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2016;5:e19669 doi: 10.7554/eLife.19669

Abstract

The budding yeast genome contains regions where meiotic recombination initiates more frequently than in others. This pattern parallels enrichment for the meiotic chromosome axis proteins Hop1 and Red1. These proteins are important for Spo11-catalyzed double strand break formation; their contribution to crossover recombination remains undefined. Using the sequence-specific VMA1-derived endonuclease (VDE) to initiate recombination in meiosis, we show that chromosome structure influences the choice of proteins that resolve recombination intermediates to form crossovers. At a Hop1-enriched locus, most VDE-initiated crossovers, like most Spo11-initiated crossovers, required the meiosis-specific MutLγ resolvase. In contrast, at a locus with lower Hop1 occupancy, most VDE-initiated crossovers were MutLγ-independent. In pch2 mutants, the two loci displayed similar Hop1 occupancy levels, and VDE-induced crossovers were similarly MutLγ-dependent. We suggest that meiotic and mitotic recombination pathways coexist within meiotic cells, and that features of meiotic chromosome structure determine whether one or the other predominates in different regions.

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  1. Darpan Medhi

    Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, United States
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  2. Alastair SH Goldman

    Sheffield Institute for Nucleic Acids, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
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  3. Michael Lichten

    Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, United States
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Funding

Intramural Research Program of the NIH through the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (Intramural research award)

  • Michael Lichten

University of Sheffield (Graduate tuition grant)

  • Darpan Medhi

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Bernard de Massy, Institute of Human Genetics, CNRS UPR 1142, France

Publication history

  1. Received: July 14, 2016
  2. Accepted: November 17, 2016
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: November 18, 2016 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 9, 2017 (version 2)

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