Dissecting the resolution reaction of lambda integrase using suicide Holliday junction substrates.

A reciprocal strand exchange between two DNA helices generates the crossed-strand intermediate, or Holliday junction, which is common to many pathways of homologous and site-specific recombination. The Int family of recombinases are unique in their ability to both make and resolve Holliday junctions. Previous experiments utilizing 'synthetic' att site… (More)