Multiple mutant analysis of recombination in yeast

Mol Gen Genet. 1983;189(3):405-12. doi: 10.1007/BF00325902.


Summary. The RAD6, RAD50, and RAD52 loci have been identified as genes which code for functions which may act during meiotic recombination in yeast (Game et al.1980; Prakash et al. 1980). By use of the spol3-1 mutation,which allows sporulating cells to bypass the first meiotic division, the rad50-1 mutation has been directly implicated as a general meiotic Rec- mutation by examination of viable ascospores (Malone and Esposito 1981). Since the rad6-1 and rad52-1 mutations do not yield viable ascospores in the presence of spol3-1, multiple rad mutants have been constructed and analyzed. This analysis has demonstrated that in meiosis tad50-1 is epistatic to rad52-1, and rad6-1 is epistatic to rad50-1. This suggests that the order of action of these genes during meiosis is RAD6, RAD50, and then RAD52. The data for rad6-1 can be interpreted to suggest that RAD6 may not code for a recombination function,per se, although it may be required for recombination to occur. Analysis of mitotic recombination indicates that rad52-1 is epistatic to rad50-1 ; in mitosis; this is consistent with the hypothesis that the RAD50 gene codes for a recombination function required in meiosis but not in mitosis.

MeSH terms

  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Diploidy
  • Genotype
  • Mitosis / genetics*
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Phenotype
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics


  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins