Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 246, Issue 6, pp 767–773 | Cite as

Reactivation of the ATCase domain of the URA2 gene complex: a positive selection method for Ty insertions and chromosomal rearrangements in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • F. Roelants
  • S. Potier
  • J. L. Souciet
  • J. de Montigny
Original Paper


Genetic rearrangements such as deletions or duplications of DNA sequences are rarely detected in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We have developed a screening system using the URA2 gene coding for the bi-functional CPSase-ATCase (carbamyl phosphate synthetase — aspartate transcarbamylase) to select positively for these kinds of events. Nonsense mutations in the CPSase region cause a complete loss of the ATCase activity because of their strong polar effect. Thirty-seven ATCase+ revertants were isolated from a strain containing three nonsense mutations in the proximal CPSase region. Genetic and structural analysis of the URA2 locus in these strains allowed us to characterize two major classes of revertants. In the first, an entire copy of a Ty transposon was found to be inserted in the CPSase coding domain. This event, which represents a new form of Ty-mediated gene activation was further analysed by mapping the Ty integration site in 26 strains. In a second class of revertants, we observed chromosomal rearrangements and, in particular, duplication of the ATCase region and its integration in a new chromosomal environment in which this sequence becomes active.

Key words

Ty retrotransposon Duplication Saccharomyces cerevisiae ATCase URA2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Roelants
    • 1
  • S. Potier
    • 1
  • J. L. Souciet
    • 1
  • J. de Montigny
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique URA 1481Université Louis Pasteur/CNRS, Institut de BotaniqueStrasbourg CedexFrance

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