Visualizing the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of DNA Damage in Budding Yeast

  • Chihiro Horigome
  • Vincent Dion
  • Andrew Seeber
  • Lutz R. Gehlen
  • Susan M. GasserEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1292)


Fluorescence microscopy has enabled the analysis of both the spatial distribution of DNA damage and its dynamics during the DNA damage response (DDR). Three microscopic techniques can be used to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of DNA damage. In the first part we describe how we determine the position of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) relative to the nuclear envelope. The second part describes how to quantify the co-localization of DNA DSBs with nuclear pore clusters, or other nuclear subcompartments. The final protocols describe methods for the quantification of locus mobility over time.

Key words

DNA damage Double-strand breaks Chromatin mobility Nuclear pore clustering Mean-square displacement analysis Fluorescence microscopy 



We thank J. E. Haber for yeast strains and the Friedrich Miescher Institute Microscopy Facility for technical help. C.H. thanks the Marie Curie International program and JSPS Research Abroad program for fellowships. The Gasser laboratory thanks the Novartis Research Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation “Sinergia grant,” NCCR “Frontiers in Genetics,” and the Human Frontier Science Program (RGP0017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chihiro Horigome
    • 1
  • Vincent Dion
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew Seeber
    • 1
    • 3
  • Lutz R. Gehlen
    • 1
  • Susan M. Gasser
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical ResearchBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Center for Integrative GenomicsUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Faculty of Natural SciencesUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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