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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1971 Jul; 68(7): 1639–1643.
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Role of Exonuclease and β Protein of Phage λ in Genetic Recombination, V. Recombination of λ DNA in Vitro


The sequential action of λ exonuclease and polynucleotide ligase upon redundant joint molecules is sufficient to produce intact polynucleotide chains and heat-stable, biologically active molecules of λ DNA, whereas the action of ligase alone is insufficient. These results (a) confirm the previously described mechanism of single-strand assimilation, including a subsidiary mechanism by which the further action of λ exonuclease is arrested when a redundant strand is completely assimilated, and (b) represent a simulation of the steps in genetic recombination that follow the formation of biparental complexes (synapsis). λ exonuclease is postulated to catalyze a concerted reaction that includes exposure of complementary sequences, formation of heteroduplex regions, and elimination of redundant branches.

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