Meiosis pp 143-164 | Cite as

Genome-Wide Mapping of Meiotic DNA Double-Strand Breaks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Cyril Buhler
  • Robert Shroff
  • Michael Lichten
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 557)


DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) initiate meiotic recombination in eukaryotes. We describe two strategies that use microarrays to determine the genome-wide distribution of meiotic DSBs in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The first is a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) approach that targets the Spo11 protein, which remains covalently attached to DSB ends in certain mutant backgrounds. The second approach involves BND cellulose enrichment of the single-strand DNA (ssDNA) recombination intermediate formed by end-resection at DSB sites following Spo11 removal.

Key words

Double-strand break Spo11 DMC1 rad50S chromatin immunoprecipitation single-strand DNA BND cellulose microarray background normalization quantitative PCR 



We thank Jennifer Gerton, Hugh Cam and Shiv Grewal for technical advice, Dhruba Chattoraj and Yikang Rong for advice regarding the manuscript, and David Kaback and Jennifer Fung for communicating data in advance of publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyril Buhler
    • 1
  • Robert Shroff
    • 1
  • Michael Lichten
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer InstituteBethesdaUSA

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