Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
Biochemistry | Genetics | Molecular Genetics | Virology
The Red recombination system of bacteriophage lambda is widely used for genetic engineering because of its ability to promote recombination between bacterial chromosomes or plasmids and linear DNA species introduced by electroporation. The process is known to be intimately tied to replication, but the cellular functions which participate with Red in this process are largely unknown. Here two such functions are identified: the GrpE-DnaK-DnaJ chaperone system, and DNA polymerase I. Mutations in either function are found to decrease the efficiency of Red recombination. grpE and dnaJ mutations which greatly decrease Red recombination with electroporated DNA species have only small effects on Red-mediated transduction. This recombination event specificity suggests that the involvement of GrpE-DnaJ-DnaK is not simply an effect on Red structure or stability.
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Copyright 2013 Anthony R. Poteete. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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PLoS One. 2013 Jun 19;8(6):e67440. Print 2013. Link to article on publisher's site
Poteete AR. (2013). Involvement of Escherichia coli DNA Replication Proteins in Phage Lambda Red-Mediated Homologous Recombination. Open Access Articles. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0067440. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/2409