New Applications for Phage Integrases

Paul C M Fogg, Sean Colloms, Susan Rosser, Marshall Stark, Margaret C M Smith

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Within the last twenty-five years bacteriophage integrases have rapidly risen to prominence as genetic tools for a wide range of applications from basic cloning to genome engineering. Serine integrases such as that from ϕC31 and its relatives have found an especially wide-range of applications within diverse micro-organisms right through to multi-cellular eukaryotes. Here we review the mechanisms of the two major families of integrases, the tyrosine and serine integrases, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type as they are applied in genome engineering and synthetic biology. In particular, we focus on the new areas of metabolic pathway construction and optimisation, bio-computing, heterologous expression and multiplexed assembly techniques. Integrases are versatile and efficient tools that can be used in conjunction with the various extant molecular biology tools to streamline the synthetic biology production line.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2703-2716
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number15
Early online date22 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2014

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