Meiotic segregation of circular plasmid-minichromosomes from intact chromosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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Distributive disjunction is defined by first meiotic division segregation of either two nonhomologous chromosomes that lack homologous pairing partners, or of two homologous chromosomes that have failed to undergo crossing-over. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, plasmid minichromosomes, synthetic linear chromosomes and a fragment of a real chromosome have been observed to segregate from nonhomologous DNA species at the first meiotic divisions. Suggesting that this organism may have a distributive mechanism for chromosome segregation. However, it is not known whether intact chromosomes also participate in a distributive process. To determine whether intact, full length, S. cerevisiae chromosomes could segregate from nonhomologous chromosomal species, the meiotic behavior of an unpaired intact copy of chromosome I has been analyzed with respect to several centromere-containing circular plasmid minichromosomes. Strains monosomic or trisomic for chromosome I were transformed with centromere plasmids containing either homologous or nonhomologous inserts, sporulated, and analyzed genetically both for the presence of plasmid and for the number of copies of chromosome 1. Each plasmid segregated from an intact unpaired copy of chromosome I at the first meiotic division in a significant majority (63-93%) of the asci examined. These results suggest that intact chromosomes from S. cerevisiae are capable of distributive disjunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-392
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Genetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics


  • Distributive disjunction
  • Meiosis
  • Yeast


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