Tn5: A molecular window on transposition. Academic Article uri icon


  • DNA transposition is an underlying process involved in the remodeling of genomes in all types of organisms. We analyze the multiple steps in cut-and-paste transposition using the bacterial transposon Tn5 as a model. This system is particularly illuminating because of the existence of structural, genetic, and biochemical information regarding the two participating specific macromolecules: the transposase and the 19-bp sequences that define the ends of the transposon. However, most of the insights should be of general interest because of similarities to other transposition-like systems such as HIV-1 DNA integration into the host genome.

publication date

  • December 29, 1999