DOI: 10.1101/524413Jan 18, 2019Paper

S. cerevisiae Srs2 helicase ensures normal recombination intermediate metabolism during meiosis and prevents accumulation of Rad51 aggregates

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Laura J HuntAlastair S H Goldman

Abstract

We investigated the meiotic role of Srs2, a multi-functional DNA helicase/translocase that destabilizes Rad51-DNA filaments, and is thought to regulate strand invasion and prevent hyper-recombination during the mitotic cell cycle. We find that Srs2 activity is required for normal meiotic progression and spore viability. A significant fraction of srs2 mutant cells progress through both meiotic divisions without separating the bulk of their chromatin, although sister centromeres often separate. Undivided nuclei contain aggregates of Rad51 colocalized with the ssDNA-binding protein RPA, suggesting the presence of persistent single-strand DNA. Rad51 aggregate formation requires Spo11-induced DSBs, Rad51 strand-invasion activity, and progression past the pachytene stage of meiosis, but not the DSB end-resection or the bias towards inter-homologue strand invasion characteristic of normal meiosis. srs2 mutants also display altered meiotic recombination intermediate metabolism, revealed by defects in the formation of stable joint molecules. We suggest that Srs2, by limiting Rad51 accumulation on DNA, prevents the formation of aberrant recombination intermediates that otherwise would persist and interfere with normal chromosome segregat...Continue Reading

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