Role of Schizosaccharomyces pombe RecQ homolog recombination and checkpoint genes in UV Damage tolerance

Murray, J M, Lindsay, H D, Munday, C A and Carr, A M (1997) Role of Schizosaccharomyces pombe RecQ homolog recombination and checkpoint genes in UV Damage tolerance. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 17 (12). pp. 6868-6875. ISSN 0270-7306

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Abstract

The cellular responses to DNA damage are complex and include direct DNA repair pathways that remove the damage and indirect damage responses which allow cells to survive DNA damage that has not been, or cannot be, removed. We have identified the gene mutated in the rad12.502 strain as a Schizosaccharomyces pombe recQ homolog. The same gene (designated rqh1) is also mutated in the hus2.22 mutant. We show that Rqh1 is involved in a DNA damage survival mechanism which prevents cell death when UV-induced DNA damage cannot be removed. This pathway also requires the correct functioning of the recombination machinery and the six checkpoint tad gene products plus the Cds1 kinase. Our data suggest that Rqh1 operates during S phase as part of a mechanism which prevents DNA damage causing cell lethality. This process may involve the bypass of DNA damage sites by the replication fork. Finally, in contrast with the reported literature, we do not find that rqh1 (rad12) mutant cells are defective in UV dimer endonuclease activity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Sussex Centre for Genome Damage and Stability
Depositing User: Johanne Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:47
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 00:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28098

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