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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Nucleotide sequence and characterization of temperature-sensitive pol1 mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

We have analyzed the effects of temperature-sensitivity (ts)-conferring mutations in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae DNA polymerase I-encoding gene on cell growth, in vivo DNA synthesis, intrachromosomal gene conversion and pop-out recombination. Also, we have identified the molecular defect responsible for the ts phenotype. Two mutant alleles (cdc17-1, cdc17-2) were originally identified as cell-cycle mutations, while a third mutation (hpr3) was found during a genetic screening for mutants with a hyper-recombination phenotype. Both cdc17-2 and hpr3 cells complete one round of cell division and DNA replication after shift to nonpermissive temperature, before being arrested as dumbbell-shaped cells. Conversely, the cdc17-1 mutation immediately blocks growth and DNA synthesis at 37 degrees C. No substantial difference was observed in the frequency of intrachromosomal gene conversion and pop-out recombination events, when hpr3 and cdc17-1 were compared to the previously characterized pol1-1 mutant. These two frequencies were ten- to 30-fold above wild-type level at semipermissive temperature. In each mutant, a single bp substitution, causing the replacement of Gly residues by either Asp (cdc17-1, cdc17-2) or Glu (hpr3) in yeast DNA polymerase I is responsible for the ts phenotype.[1]


  1. Nucleotide sequence and characterization of temperature-sensitive pol1 mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Lucchini, G., Falconi, M.M., Pizzagalli, A., Aguilera, A., Klein, H.L., Plevani, P. Gene (1990) [Pubmed]
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