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Protein-DNA Complexes in Mycobacteriophage L5 Integrative Recombination

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American Society for Microbiology
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Abstract

The temperate mycobacteriophage L5 integrates site specifically into the genomes of Mycobacterium smegmatis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin. This integrative recombination event occurs between the phage L5 attP site and the mycobacterial attB site and requires the phage-encoded integrase and mycobacterial-encoded integration host factor mIHF. Here we show that attP, Int-L5, and mIHF assemble into a recombinationally active complex, the intasome, which is capable of attB capture and formation of products. The arm-type integrase binding sites within attP play specialized roles in the formation of specific protein-DNA architectures; the intasome is constructed by the formation of intramolecular integrase bridges between one pair of sites, P4-P5, and the attP core, while an additional pair of sites, P1-P2, is required for interaction with attB.

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