The full-text of this article is not available on the LRA. The original published version is available on the publisher's website at: http://www.genetics.org/We have developed a method by which the extent of physical exchange of DNA molecules can be determined throughout meiosis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We have used this technique to analyze the effect of five meiosis-defective mutations (rad6, rad50, rad52, rad57 and spo11 ) on the physical exchange of DNA molecules. In the same experiments, we have also measured other meiotic parameters, such as premeiotic DNA synthesis, commitment to intragenic recombination, haploidization, ascus formation, and viability. rad50 and spo11 diploids make an undetectable amount of physically recombined DNA and <1% of wild-type levels of viable intragenic recombinants. In contrast, diploids homozygous for rad52, rad6 or rad57 all yield significant amounts of novel restriction fragments which arise by recombination. rad57 diploids make nearly wild-type levels of the recombined restriction fragments, although they produce <10% of the wild-type levels of viable intragenic recombinants. rad52 strains are also capable of a significant (33%) amount of exchange of DNA molecules, but make <1% of wild-type levels of viable intragenic recombinants. rad6 diploids are also capable of undergoing a high level of exchange, as measured by the appearance of the recombined restriction fragment. In addition, rad6 diploids show an unusual allele- or locus-specific variability in the level of viable intragenic recombinants produced. Although rad6 diploids produce no viable spores, they are able to complete a significant amount of haploidization upon return to vegetative growth conditions
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