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Open Access item The Smc5–Smc6 Complex Is Required to Remove Chromosome Junctions in Meiosis

Authors:Farmer, Sarah
San Segundo, Pedro
Aragón, Luis
Issue Date:2011
Publisher:Public Library of Science
Citation:PLoS ONE 6(6): e20948 (2011)
Abstract:Meiosis, a specialized cell division with a single cycle of DNA replication round and two consecutive rounds of nuclear segregation, allows for the exchange of genetic material between parental chromosomes and the formation of haploid gametes. The structural maintenance of chromosome (SMC) proteins aid manipulation of chromosome structures inside cells. Eukaryotic SMC complexes include cohesin, condensin and the Smc5-Smc6 complex. Meiotic roles have been discovered for cohesin and condensin. However, although Smc5-Smc6 is known to be required for successful meiotic divisions, the meiotic functions of the complex are not well understood. Here we show that the Smc5-Smc6 complex localizes to specific chromosome regions during meiotic prophase I. We report that meiotic cells lacking Smc5-Smc6 undergo catastrophic meiotic divisions as a consequence of unresolved linkages between chromosomes. Surprisingly, meiotic segregation defects are not rescued by abrogation of Spo11-induced meiotic recombination, indicating that at least some chromosome linkages in smc5-smc6 mutants originate from other cellular processes. These results demonstrate that, as in mitosis, Smc5-Smc6 is required to ensure proper chromosome segregation during meiosis by preventing aberrant recombination intermediates between homologous chromosomes. © 2011 Farmer et al.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/51463
Identifiers:doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020948
issn: 1932-6203
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