Minisatellite variants generated in yeast meiosis involve DNA removal during gene conversion

A. J.R. Bishop, E. J. Louis, R. H. Borts

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Two yeast minisatellite alleles were cloned and inserted into a genetically defined interval in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Analysis of flanking markers in combination with sequencing allowed the determination of the meiotic events that produced minisatellites with altered lengths. Tetrad analysis revealed that gene conversions, deletions, or complex combinations of both were involved in producing minisatellite variants. Similar changes were obtained following selection for nearby gene conversions or crossovers among random spores. The largest class of events involving the minisatellite was a 3:1 segregation of parental-size alleles, a class that would have been missed in all previous studies of minisatellites. Comparison of the sequences of the parental and novel alleles revealed that DNA must have been removed from the recipient array while a newly synthesized copy of donor array sequences was inserted. The length of inserted sequences did not appear to be constrained by the length of DNA that was removed. In cases where one or both sides of the insertion could be determined, the insertion endpoints were consistent with the suggestion that the event was mediated by alignment of homologous stretches of donor/recipient DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 3 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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