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Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 59, Issue 12, pp 2017–2022 | Cite as

Mechanism of integration and excision in conjugative transposons

  • P. Mullany
  • A. P. Roberts
  • H. Wang
Multi-author Review

Abstract.

Translocation of conjugative transposons proceeds via excision of the element to generate a circular molecule that can then integrate into a new site, which can be in the same or a different cell. This review summarises some of the different mechanisms used for excision and integration of conjugative transposons.

Key words. Tyrosine recombinase; serine recombinase; Tn916; Tn5397; CTnDOT. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Mullany
    • 1
  • A. P. Roberts
    • 1
  • H. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, University of London, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD (United Kingdom), e-mail: p.Mullany@eastman.ucl.ac.ukGB

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