Phage Mu transposition immunity: protein pattern formation along DNA by a diffusion-ratchet mechanism.

DNA transposons integrate into host chromosomes with limited target sequence specificity. Without mechanisms to avoid insertion into themselves, transposons risk self-destruction. Phage Mu avoids this problem by transposition immunity, involving MuA-transposase and MuB ATP-dependent DNA-binding protein. MuB-bound DNA acts as an efficient transposition… CONTINUE READING