Meiotic recombination was studied in DNA mismatch repair (MMR)-deficient mice using a strain carrying a Pms2 knockout mutation. Using single-sperm typing, recombination was analyzed over five intervals on four chromosomes in four Pms2 -/- animals. A total of 1936 meioses were studied and compared to 1848 meioses from three Pms2 +/+ controls. A smaller study was carried out on a single interval in each of two chromosomes in an MMR-deficient mouse homozygous for the Msh2 knockout mutation. A total of 792 meioses were examined in the Msh2 -/- and 880 meioses in the Msh2 +/+ animal. Recombination fractions were not significantly different in either of the MMR-deficient mouse strains when compared to MMR-proficient controls. Our results appear to conflict with mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell gene-targeting experiments where MMR plays a major role in determining the efficiency of homologous recombination between nonidentical sequences. A number of possibilities could explain the apparent lack of a significant effect on meiosis.
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