Isolation and characterization of the human MRE11 homologue

Genomics. 1995 Sep 1;29(1):80-6. doi: 10.1006/geno.1995.1217.


Mutation of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae RAD52 epistasis group gene, MRE11, blocks meiotic recombination, confers profound sensitivity to double-strand break damage, and has a hyperrecombinational phenotype in mitotic cells. We isolated a highly conserved human MRE11 homologue using a two-hybrid screen for DNA ligase I-interacting proteins. Human MRE11 shares approximately 50% identity with its yeast counterpart over the N-terminal half of the protein. MRE11 is expressed at the highest levels in proliferating tissues, but is also observed in other tissues. The MRE11 locus maps to human chromosome 11q21 in a region frequently associated with cancer-related chromosomal abnormalities. A MRE11-related locus was found on chromosome 7q11.2-q11.3.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosome Banding
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 11*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 7*
  • DNA Repair
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • Endodeoxyribonucleases*
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases*
  • Fungal Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Library
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Hominidae / genetics*
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Karyotyping
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • RAD52 protein, S cerevisiae
  • RAD52 protein, human
  • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Endodeoxyribonucleases
  • Exodeoxyribonucleases
  • MRE11 protein, S cerevisiae

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U37359