A revised chromosome map of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe
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The genetic map of the nuclear genome of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe has been extended by mitotic and meiotic mapping data. A total of 158 markers are now assigned to the three linkage groups known in this organism, and 118 of them have been located on the corresponding chromosome map. Chromosome II and III each consist of one linkage group. There is some indication that the two large fragments which define chromosome I are meiotically linked, but the linkage observed is significant at the P = 0.05 level only. The length of the map is at least 1,700 map units, corresponding to an average of about 8 kilobases per map unit. The latter figure is comparable to the one obtained for intragenic recombination in the sup3 gene (Hofer et al. 1979). The basic frequency of gene conversion as measured for 21 genes varies according to a distribution of Poisson (with a modal value of 0.6% conversion per meiosis and per gene), in sharp contrast with Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Fogel et al. 1980) and Ascobolus immersus (Nicolas 1979). This may reflect the rarity of gene or region-specific rec alleles in S. pombe and may be related to the homothallism of this organism.
Key wordsChromosome map Yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Gene conversion
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