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Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

2003

Genetics (Computational molecular biology)

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The Mechanism Of Integration Preference To Heterochromatin Of Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 , Weiwu Xie Jan 2003

The Mechanism Of Integration Preference To Heterochromatin Of Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 , Weiwu Xie

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Ty5 is a retrotransposon in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In wild type yeast strains, over 90% of Ty5 insertions occur at the telomeres or HM loci. These regions are bound in silent chromatin, which is analogous to heterochromatin of higher eukaryotes. Our laboratory previously described a targeting mutant of Ty5 that has an amino acid substitution near the C-terminus of integrase. Targeting to silent chromatin is reduced more than 20-fold in the mutant. We further defined the Ty5 targeting domain (TD) by saturation mutagenesis. All of the targeting mutations mapped to a stretch of six amino acids (LDSSPP). We tethered TD to ...