Genes Important for Schizosaccharomyces pombe Meiosis Identified Through a Functional Genomics Screen

Julie Blyth, Vasso Makrantoni, Rachael E Barton, Christos Spanos, Juri Rappsilber, Adele L Marston

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Meiosis is a specialized cell division that generates gametes, such as eggs and sperm. Errors in meiosis result in miscarriages and are the leading cause of birth defects, however the molecular origins of these defects remain unknown. Studies in model organisms are beginning to identify the genes and pathways important for meiosis, but the parts list is still poorly defined. Here we present a comprehensive catalog of genes important for meiosis in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe Our genome-wide functional screen surveyed all non-essential genes for roles in chromosome segregation and spore formation. Novel genes important at distinct stages of the meiotic chromosome segregation and differentiation programme were identified. Preliminary characterization implicated three of these genes in centrosome/spindle pole body function, centromere and cohesion function. Our findings represent a near-complete parts list of genes important for meiosis in fission yeast, providing a valuable resource to advance our molecular understanding of meiosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-603
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Early online date19 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • meiosis
  • Schizosaccharomyces pombe
  • sporulation
  • chromosome segregation


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