Caenorhabditis elegans germ cell proliferation and development were severely damaged in second generation dna-2 homozygotes. Even in the first generation, a much higher incidence of aberrant chromosomes in oocytes and resultantly higher embryonic lethality were found vs. wild type, when DNA breaks were induced by γ-rays or camptothecin. The deficiency of dna-2 in combination with RNA interference on mre-11 gene expression synergistically aggravated germ-line development, especially oocyte formation. These results suggest that C. elegans Dna-2 is involved in a DNA repair pathway paralleling homologous recombination or non-homologous end joining with mre-11 participation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology