Synthetic Lethality

A genetic interaction is inferred when mutations or deletions in separate genes, each of which alone causes a minimal phenotype, result in lethality when combined in the same cell under a given condition.


Swi5 acts in meiotic DNA joint molecule formation in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

Ellermeier C, Schmidt H, Smith GR

Previously isolated Schizosaccharomyces pombe swi5 mutants are defective in mitotic mating-type switching and in repair of meiotic recombination-related DNA double-strand breaks. Here, we identify the swi5 gene, which encodes an 85-amino-acid polypeptide, similar to Sae3 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with an N-terminal predicted coiled-coil domain. A swi5 complete deletion mutant had normal mitotic growth rate but was hypersensitive to DNA-damaging agents ... [more]

Genetics Dec. 01, 2004; 168(4);1891-8 [Pubmed: 15466419]


  • Low Throughput

Ontology Terms

  • phenotype: inviable (APO:0000112)

Related interactions

InteractionExperimental Evidence CodeDatasetThroughputScoreCurated ByNotes
Phenotypic Enhancement
Phenotypic Enhancement

A genetic interaction is inferred when mutation or overexpression of one gene results in enhancement of any phenotype (other than lethality/growth defect) associated with mutation or over expression of another gene.


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