On the Role of Escherichia coli DNA Polymerase I and of T4 Gene 32 Protein in Recombination of Phage T4

  • Gisela Mosig


As discussed repeatedly during this symposium, recombination between DNA molecules proceeds in several steps (see Fig. 1): (A) Breakage or nicking of parental molecules (Meselson and Weigle, 1961), (B) formation of “joint” intermediates (Anraku and Tomizawa, 1965), some of them branched (Broker and Lehman, 1971; Benbow et al., this symposium), (C) conversion of “joint” into covalently linked “recombinant” molecules, which may still contain mismatched base pairs in the heteroduplex regions (Tomizawa, 1967; Kozinski et al., 1967), (D) repair of mismatches in heteroduplex regions (Spatz and Trautner, 1970; Fox, Meselson, this symposium), and (E) replication of “recombinant” DNA molecules, which resolves unrepaired mismatches in heteroduplex regions. The temporal sequence of some of these steps is not well defined; i.e., breakage may precede or follow the formation of “joint” molecules and repair may precede or follow the conversion of “joint” into “recombinant” molecules.


Genetic Recombination Covalent Linkage Negative Interference Positive Interference Nucleolytic Activity 
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  • Gisela Mosig
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  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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