Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 593–601 | Cite as

The dds20+ Gene Controls a Novel Rad51Sp-Dependent Pathway of Recombinational Repair in Schizosaccharomyces pombe

  • A. F. Salakhova
  • G. V. Savchenko
  • F. K. Khasanov
  • O. V. Chepurnaya
  • V. G. Korolev
  • V. I. Bashkirov
Molecular Genetics


Repair of DNA double-strand break (DSB) is an evolutionary conserved Rad51-mediated mechanism. In yeasts, Rad51 paralogs, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rad55-Rad57 and Schizosaccharomyces pombe Rhp55-Rhp57 are mediators of the nucleoprotein Rad51 filament formation. As shown in this work, a novel Rad51Sp-dependent pathway of DSB repair acts in S. pombe parallel to the pathway mediated by Rad51 paralogs. A new gene dds20+ that controls this pathway was identified. The overexpression of dds20+ partially suppresses defects of mutant rhp55Δ in DNA repair. Cells of dds20Δ manifest hypersensitivity to a variety of genotoxins. Epistatic analysis revealed that dds20+ is a gene of the recombinational repair group. The role of Dds20 in repair of spontaneous damages occurring in the process of replication and mating-type switching remains unclear. The results obtained suggest that Dds20 has functions beyond the mitotic S phase. The Dds20 protein physically interacts with Rhp51(Rad51Sp). Dds20 is assumed to operate at early recombinational stages and to play a specific role in the Rad51 protein filament assembly differing from that of Rad51 paralogs.


Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Gene Control Filament Formation Repair Group Recombinational Repair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Salakhova
    • 1
  • G. V. Savchenko
    • 1
  • F. K. Khasanov
    • 1
  • O. V. Chepurnaya
    • 2
  • V. G. Korolev
    • 2
  • V. I. Bashkirov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Gene BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Konstantinov Institute of Nuclear PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesGatchina, Leningrad oblastRussia

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