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Serine Integrases: Advancing Synthetic Biology

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Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Synthetic Biology
Early online date9 Jan 2018
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2018

Abstract

Serine integrases catalyze precise rearrangement of DNA through site-specific recombination of small sequences of DNA called attachment (att) sites. Unlike other site-specific recombinases, the recombination reaction driven by serine integrases is highly directional and can only be reversed in the presence of an accessory protein called a recombination directionality factor (RDF). The ability to control reaction directionality has led to the development of serine integrases as tools for controlled rearrangement and modification of DNA in synthetic biology, gene therapy, and biotechnology. This review discusses recent advances in serine integrase technologies focusing on their applications in genome engineering, DNA assembly, and logic and data storage devices.

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