A case of convergent-gene interference in the budding yeast knockout library causing chromosome instability

G3 (Bethesda). 2021 May 7;11(5):jkab084. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkab084.


To maintain genome stability, organisms depend on faithful chromosome segregation, a process affected by diverse genetic pathways, some of which are not directly linked to mitosis. In this study, we set out to explore one such pathway represented by an undercharacterized gene, SNO1, identified previously in screens of the yeast knockout (YKO) library for mitotic fidelity genes. We found that the causative factor increasing mitotic error rate in the sno1Δ mutant is not loss of the Sno1 protein, but rather perturbation to the mRNA of the neighboring convergent gene, CTF13, encoding an essential component for forming the yeast kinetochore. This is caused by a combination of the Kanamycin resistance gene and the transcriptional terminator used in the YKO library affecting the CTF13 mRNA level and quality . We further provide a list of gene pairs potentially subjected to this artifact, which may be useful for accurate phenotypic interpretation of YKO mutants.

Keywords: CTF13; SNO1; YKO collection; chromosome instability; convergent gene pairs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomal Instability
  • Chromosome Segregation / genetics
  • Humans
  • Kinetochores
  • Mitosis
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomycetales* / genetics