Telomeres in meiotic recombination: the yeast side story

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2007 Jan;64(2):125-30. doi: 10.1007/s00018-006-6464-1.


The aim of this review is threefold. First, we want to report on recent observations on the role of telomeres in the alignment of homolog and non-homologues in the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe and the relationship of early telomere clustering to later recombination events. Second, we compare the similarities and differences between synaptic and asynaptic yeasts. Third, we report on the increasing evidence of the effect of meiosis on telomeric sequences that suggest an induction of a specific form of recombination processes termed telomere rapid deletion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics
  • Heterochromatin / genetics
  • Meiosis / genetics*
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Recombination, Genetic / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics*
  • Species Specificity
  • Telomere / genetics*
  • Telomere / metabolism


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Heterochromatin
  • Ndj1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins