Regulation of RAG Transposition

  • Adam G. W. MatthewsEmail author
  • Marjorie A. Oettinger
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (volume 650)


V(D)J recombination is initiated by the lymphoid specific proteins RAG1 and RAG2, which together constitute the V(D)J recombinase. However, the RAG1/2 complex can also act as a transposase, inserting the broken DNA molecules generated during V(D)J recombination into an unrelated piece of DNA. This process, termed RAG transposition, can potentially cause insertional mutagenesis, chromosomal translocations and genomic instability. This review focuses on the mechanism and regulation of RAG transposition. We first provide a brief overview of the biochemistry of V(D)J recombination. We then discuss the discovery of RAG transposition and present an overview of the RAG transposition pathway. Using this pathway as a framework, we discuss the factors and forces that regulate RAG transposition.


Transposition Event Recombination Signal Sequence Plant Homeodomain Finger Transposition Intermediate Target Site Selectivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam G. W. Matthews
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marjorie A. Oettinger
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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