Recombination factors of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Mutat Res. 2000 Jun 30;451(1-2):257-75. doi: 10.1016/s0027-5107(00)00054-3.


The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been an excellent genetic and biochemical model for our understanding of homologous recombination. Central to the process of homologous recombination are the products of the RAD52 epistasis group of genes, whose functions we now know include the nucleolytic processing of DNA double-stand breaks, the ability to conduct a DNA homology search, and the capacity to promote the exchange of genetic information between homologous regions on recombining chromosomes. It is also clear that the basic functions of the RAD52 group of genes have been highly conserved among eukaryotes. Disruption of this important process causes genomic instability, which can result in a number of unsavory consequences, including tumorigenesis and cell death.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatin / ultrastructure
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • Endodeoxyribonucleases*
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases*
  • Fungal Proteins / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Nucleic Acid Heteroduplexes
  • Rad51 Recombinase
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Replication Protein A
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*


  • Chromatin
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Nucleic Acid Heteroduplexes
  • RAD50 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RAD52 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RPA1 protein, human
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
  • Replication Protein A
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • XRS2 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RAD51 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RAD51 protein, human
  • Rad51 Recombinase
  • Endodeoxyribonucleases
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases
  • MRE11 protein, S cerevisiae