The dual nature of homologous recombination in plants. Trends Genet

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Trends in Genetics (Impact Factor: 9.92). 04/2005; 21(3):172-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2005.01.002
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Homologous recombination creates covalent linkages between DNA in regions of highly similar or identical sequence. Recent results from several laboratories, many of them based on forward and reverse genetics in Arabidopsis, give insights into the mechanisms of the enzymatic machinery and the involvement of chromatin in somatic and meiotic DNA recombination. Also, signaling pathways and interconnections between repair pathways are being discovered. In addition, recent work shows that biotic and abiotic influences from the environment can dramatically affect plant genomes. The resulting changes in the DNA sequence, exerted at the level of somatic or meiotic tissue, might contribute to evolution.

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    • "To test this, we introduced two different HR substrates, 651 and IC9C, into the rtel1-1 background. Both substrate lines harbor two nonfunctional parts of the b-glucuronidase (GUS) gene (uidA) in a spatial orientation that can be restored into a functional uidA gene either by intra-and interchromosomal recombination in the 651 line or by only interchromosomal recombination in the IC9C line (Swoboda et al., 1994;Molinier et al., 2004;Schuermann et al., 2005). Both reporters revealed a significant increase in the level of spontaneous HR events in rtel1-1, compared with wild-type plants (Figure 4). "
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