Journal article

Rad18 is required for DNA repair and checkpoint responses in fission yeast

HM Verkade, SJ Bugg, HD Lindsay, AM Carr, MJ O'Connell

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL | AMER SOC CELL BIOLOGY | Published : 1999

Abstract

To survive damage to the genome, cells must respond by activating both DNA repair and checkpoint responses. Using genetic screens in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, we recently isolated new genes required for DNA damage checkpoint control. We show here that one of these strains defines a new allele of the previously described rad18 gene, rad18-74. rad18 is an essential gene, even in the absence of extrinsic DNA damage. It encodes a conserved protein related to the structural maintenance of chromosomes proteins. Point mutations in rad18 lead to defective DNA repair pathways responding to both UV-induced lesions and, as we show here, double-stranded breaks. Furthermore, rad18p is ..

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