The global role for Cdc13 and Yku70 in preventing telomere resection across the genome

DNA Repair (Amst). 2018 Feb:62:8-17. doi: 10.1016/j.dnarep.2017.11.010. Epub 2017 Nov 29.


Yeast Cdc13 protein (related to human CTC1) maintains telomere stability by preventing 5'-3' end resection. While Cdc13 and Yku70/Yku80 proteins appear to prevent excessive resection, their combined contribution to maintenance of telomere ends across the genome and their relative roles at specific ends of different chromosomes have not been addressable because Cdc13 and Yku70/Yku80 double mutants are sickly. Using our PFGE-shift approach where large resected molecules have slower pulse field gel electrophoresis mobilities, along with methods for maintaining viable double mutants, we address end-resection on most chromosomes as well as telomere end differences. In this global approach to looking at ends of most chromosomes, we identify chromosomes with 1-end resections and end-preferences. We also identify chromosomes with resection at both ends, previously not possible. 10-20% of chromosomes exhibit PFGE-shift when cdc13-1 cells are switched to restrictive temperature (37 °C). In yku70Δ cdc13-1 mutants, there is a telomere resection "storm" with approximately half the chromosomes experiencing at least 1-end resection, ∼10 kb/telomere, due to exonuclease1 and many exhibiting 2-end resection. Unlike for random internal chromosome breaks, resection of telomere ends is not coordinated. Telomere restitution at permissive temperature is rapid (<1 h) in yku70Δ cdc13-1 cells. Surprisingly, survival can be high although strain background dependent. Given large amount of resected telomeres, we examined associated proteins. Up to 90% of cells have ≥1 Rfa1 (RPA) focus and 60% have multiple foci when ∼30-40 telomeres/cell are resected. The ends are dispersed in the nucleus suggesting wide distribution of resected telomeres across nuclear space. The previously reported Rad52 nuclear centers of repair for random DSBs also appear in cells with many resected telomere ends, suggesting a Rad52 commonality to the organization of single strand ends and/or limitation on interactions of single-strand ends with Rad52.

Keywords: Foci; Rad52; Resection; Telomere; Yeast; Yku.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Fungal / metabolism
  • Cyclins / metabolism*
  • Fungal Proteins / metabolism
  • Ku Autoantigen / metabolism*
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein / metabolism*
  • Telomere / metabolism*
  • Yeasts


  • Cyclins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
  • Ku Autoantigen