To understand the role of the Rhp51 protein in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, we examined the phenotypes of the null mutant for the rhp51+ gene. Unlike Saccharomyces cerevisiae rad51 mutants, S. pombe rhp51 mutants (rhp51Δ cells) displayed slow growth and heterogeneity in cell size, indicating perturbation of the cell cycle. Furthermore, many aberrant nuclear structures found in 4',6'-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI)-stained rhp51Δ cells and the caffeine hypersensitivity of the mutant cells suggested an involvement of the Rhp51 protein in normal chromosome segregation. These data suggested that the Rhp51 proteins were required for normal cell growth as well as a DNA repair pathway. Moreover, rhp51Δ mutants showed a considerable sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light-irradiation as well as methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) treatment, indicating that the Rhp51 proteins are involved in both the active excision mechanism of UV-induced DNA damage and recombinational repair in S. pombe. Taken together, we suggest that the role(s) of the Rhp51 protein in S. pombe may be different from those of Rad51 in S. cerevisiae.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology