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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1994 Sep 27;91(20):9233-7.

Tethering human immunodeficiency virus 1 integrase to a DNA site directs integration to nearby sequences.

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Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Abstract

Certain retrovirus and retrotransposons display strong biases in the selection of host DNA sites for integration. To probe the possibility that simple tethering of the retroelement integrase protein to a target DNA site is sufficient to direct integration, the activities of a hybrid composed of human immunodeficiency virus 1 integrase and lambda repressor were analyzed. In in vitro reactions containing several target DNAs, the lambda repressor-integrase hybrid was found to direct integration selectively to targets containing lambda operators. Addition of lambda repressor blocked selective integration, indicating that binding to the operators was required. The lambda repressor-integrase hybrid protein directed integration primarily to sites near the operators on the same face of the B-DNA helix, indicating that target DNA was probably captured by looping out the intervening sequences. Such hybrid integrase proteins may be useful for directing retroviral integration to specific sequences in vivo.

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PMC44786
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