### Abstract:

For a graph G, let
(G) denote the domination number of G and let (G) denote
the minimum degree among the vertices of G. A vertex x is called a bad-cut-vertex
of G if G−x contains a component, Cx, which is an induced 4-cycle and x is adjacent
to at least one but at most three vertices on Cx. A cycle C is called a special-cycle
if C is a 5-cycle in G such that if u and v are consecutive vertices on C, then at least
one of u and v has degree 2 in G. We let bc(G) denote the number of bad-cut-vertices
in G, and sc(G) the maximum number of vertex disjoint special-cycles in G that
contain no bad-cut-vertices. We say that a graph is (C4,C5)-free if it has no induced
4-cycle or 5-cycle. Bruce Reed [14] showed that if G is a graph of order n with
(G) ≥ 3, then
(G) ≤ 3n/8. In this paper, we relax the minimum degree condition
from three to two. Let G be a connected graph of order n ≥ 14 with (G) ≥ 2. As an application of Reed’s result, we show that
(G) ≤ 1
8 (3n + sc(G) + bc(G)). As
a consequence of this result, we have that (i)
(G) ≤ 2n/5; (ii) if G contains no
special-cycle and no bad-cut-vertex, then
(G) ≤ 3n/8; (iii) if G is (C4,C5)-free,
then
(G) ≤ 3n/8; (iv) if G is 2-connected and dG(u) + dG(v) ≥ 5 for every two
adjacent vertices u and v, then
(G) ≤ 3n/8. All bounds are sharp.