Reference: Stoycheva T, et al. (2010) The role of reactive oxygen species in the induction of Ty1 retrotransposition in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast 27(5):259-67

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Here we provide evidence for a dependence between the increased production of reactive oxygen species and the activation of Ty1 retrotransposition. We have found that the strong activator of Ty1 mobility, methylmethane sulphonate, can not induce Ty1 retrotransposition in cells with compromised mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (rho(-); sco1Delta), which is the major source for production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The quantitative estimation of superoxide anions in living cells showed that rho(+) cells exposed to methylmethane sulphonate increase Ty1 retrotransposition and superoxide levels. The increase of superoxide anions by the superoxide generator menadione is accompanied by induction of Ty1 mobility without any treatment with a DNA-damaging agent. Higher frequencies of retrotransposition were found in rho(+) and rho(-) cells treated with exogenously added hydrogen peroxide or in cells with disrupted YAP1 gene characterized by increased intracellular levels of hydrogen peroxide. These data indicate that increased levels of ROS may have an independent and key role in the induction of Ty1 retrotransposition. Copyright (c) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Stoycheva T, Pesheva M, Venkov P
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