Making serine integrases work for us

Stark, W. M. (2017) Making serine integrases work for us. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 38, pp. 130-136. (doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.04.006) (PMID:28599144)

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DNA site-specific recombinases are enzymes (often associated with mobile DNA elements) that catalyse breaking and rejoining of DNA strands at specific points, thereby bringing about precise genetic rearrangements. Serine integrases are a group of recombinases derived from bacteriophages. Their unusual properties, including directionality of recombination and simple site requirements, are leading to their development as efficient, versatile tools for applications in experimental biology, biotechnology, synthetic biology and gene therapy. This article summarizes our current knowledge of serine integrase structure and mechanism, then outlines key factors that affect the performance of these phage recombination systems. Recently published studies, that have expanded the repertoire of available systems and reveal system-specific characteristics, will help us to choose the best integrases for envisaged applications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stark, Professor Marshall
Authors: Stark, W. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Microbiology
ISSN (Online):1879-0364
Published Online:06 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Crown Copyright
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Microbiology 38: 130-136
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
589141A platform for rapid and precise DNA module rearrangements in Synthetic BiologyWilliam StarkBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/K003356/1RI MOLECULAR CELL & SYSTEMS BIOLOGY