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Unscheduled DNA replication in G1 causes genome instability through head-to-tail replication fork collisions

By Karl-Uwe Reusswig, Julia Bittmann, Martina Peritore, Michael Wierer, Matthias Mann, Boris Pfander

Posted 06 Sep 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.09.06.459115

DNA replicates once per cell cycle. Interfering with the regulation of DNA replication initiation generates genome instability through over-replication and has been linked to early stages of cancer development. Here, we engineered genetic systems in budding yeast to induce unscheduled replication in the G1-phase of the cell cycle. Unscheduled G1 replication initiated at canonical S-phase origins across the genome. We quantified differences in replisomes in G1- and S-phase and identified firing factors, polymerase , and histone supply as factors that limit replication outside S-phase. G1 replication per se did not trigger cellular checkpoints. Subsequent replication during S-phase, however, resulted in over-replication and led to chromosome breaks via head-to-tail replication fork collisions that are marked by chromosome-wide, strand-biased occurrence of RPA-bound single-stranded DNA. Low-level, sporadic induction of G1 replication induced an identical response, indicating findings from synthetic systems are applicable to naturally occurring scenarios of unscheduled replication initiation by G1/S deregulation.

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