Repair characteristics and time-dependent effects in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells after X-ray irradiation

  • Xiaopeng Guo
  • Miaomiao Zhang
  • Ruiyuan Liu
  • Yue Gao
  • Yang Yang
  • Wenjian Li
  • Dong LuEmail author
Original Paper


In this study, we examined the dynamics of phenotypic and transcriptional profiles in Saccharomyces cerevisiae following semi-lethal X-ray irradiation. Post-irradiation, reproductive death was revealed as the predominant form of death in S. cerevisiae and almost all the irradiated cells were physically present and intact. In addition, cell cycle arrest reached its peak and cell division was at its valley at 2 h. Cell cycle arrest, cell division potential, DNA damage, and mitochondrial transmembrane potential (MTP) showed significant recovery at 4 h (P > 0.05 vs. control). The improvements of DNA damage and MTP decrease were evaluated as at least 77% and 84% for the original irradiated cells at 4 h, respectively. In the transcriptional profile, the amount of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and the fold change in the repair-related DEGs were highest at 1 h post-irradiation and then decreased. The DEGs at 1 h (but not 2 h or 3 h) were significantly enriched in gene ontology (GO) categories of detoxification (up) and antioxidant activity (up). Although the transcriptional profile supported the repair time frame observed in the phenotypic profile, the complete repair may take a longer duration as the transcriptional levels of several important repair-related DEGs did not show a decrease and the DNA repair-related pathways (up) were the major enriched pathway in Kyoto Encyclopaedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis throughout the whole course of the study. These results provide an important reference for the selection of key time points in further studies.


Radiation damage Double-strand breaks Cellular recovery dynamics Phenotypic and transcriptional profiles Saccharomyces cerevisiae 



The authors would like to thank the Gansu University Traditional Chinese Medicine for providing high-quality X-ray irradiation.

Author contributions

DL coordinated and supervised the project. XG designed the experiments and wrote the manuscript. XG and MZ analysed the data. XG, MZ, RL, and YG performed experiments. MZ, DL, and WL corrected the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


This work was supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Deployment Project (No. KFZD-SW-109), Joint project of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Industrial Technology Research Institute (CAS-ITRI 201801) and the National Natural Science Fund of China (No. 11575259).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaopeng Guo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Miaomiao Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ruiyuan Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yue Gao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yang Yang
    • 1
  • Wenjian Li
    • 1
    • 3
  • Dong Lu
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Modern PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Life ScienceUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources Exploitation and ApplicationLanzhouChina

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