Maximal stimulation of meiotic recombination by a yeast transcription factor requires the transcription activation domain and a DNA-binding domain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The DNA sequences located upstream of the yeast HIS4 represent a very strong meiotic recombination hotspot. Although the activity of this hotspot requires the transcription activator Rap1p, the level of HIS4 transcription is not directly related to the level of recombination. We find that the recombination-stimulating activity of Rap1p requires the transcription activation domain of the protein. We show that a hybrid protein with the Gal4p DNA-binding domain and the Rap1p activation domain can stimulate recombination in a strain in which Gal4p-binding sites are inserted upstream of HIS4. In addition, we find recombination hotspot activity associated with the Gal4p DNA-binding sites that is independent of known transcription factors. We suggest that yeast cells have two types of recombination hotspots, alpha (transcription factor dependent) and beta (transcription factor independent).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kirkpatrick, DT; Fan, Q; Petes, TD

Published Date

  • May 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 115

PubMed ID

  • 10224246

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1460609

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0016-6731

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/genetics/152.1.101


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States