Genome-wide analysis of re-replication reveals inhibitory controls that target multiple stages of replication initiation

Robyn Elizabeth Tanny, David M. MacAlpine, Hannah G. Blitzblau, Stephen P. Bell*

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DNA replication must be tightly controlled during each cell cycle to prevent unscheduled replication and ensure proper genome maintenance. The currently known controls that prevent re-replication act redundantly to inhibit pre-replicative complex (pre-RC) assembly outside of the G1-phase of the cell cycle. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been a useful model organism to study how eukaryotic cells prevent replication origins from reinitiating during a single cell cycle. Using a re-replication-sensitive strain and DNA microarrays, we map sites across the S. cerevisiae genome that are re-replicated as well as sites of pre-RC formation during re-replication. Only a fraction of the genome is re-replicated by a subset of origins, some of which are capable of multiple reinitiation events. Translocation experiments demonstrate that origin-proximal sequences are sufficient to predispose an origin to re-replication. Origins that reinitiate are largely limited to those that can recruit Mcm2-7 under re-replicating conditions; however, the formation of a pre-RC is not sufficient for reinitiation. Our findings allow us to categorize origins with respect to their propensity to reinitiate and demonstrate that pre-RC formation is not the only target for the mechanisms that prevent genomic re-replication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2415-2423
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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