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          Institute: MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik     Collection: MPI-CBG Publications 2013 (arch)     Display Documents



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ID: 688473.0, MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik / MPI-CBG Publications 2013 (arch)
Vika/vox, a novel efficient and specific Cre/loxP-like site-specific recombination system.
Authors:Karimova, Madina; Abi-Ghanem, Josephine; Berger, Nicolas; Surendranath, Vineeth; Pisabarro, Maria Teresa; Buchholz, Frank
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2013
Title of Journal:Nucleic Acids Research
Volume:41
Issue / Number:2
Sequence Number of Article:e37
Copyright:not available
Audience:Experts Only
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Targeted genome engineering has become an important research area for diverse disciplines, with site-specific recombinases (SSRs) being among the most popular genome engineering tools. Their ability to trigger excision, integration, inversion and translocation has made SSRs an invaluable tool to manipulate DNA in vitro and in vivo. However, sophisticated strategies that combine different SSR systems are ever increasing. Hence, the demand for additional precise and efficient recombinases is dictated by the increasing complexity of the genetic studies. Here, we describe a novel site-specific recombination system designated Vika/vox. Vika originates from a degenerate bacteriophage of Vibrio coralliilyticus and shares low sequence similarity to other tyrosine recombinases, but functionally carries out a similar type of reaction. We demonstrate that Vika is highly specific in catalyzing vox recombination without recombining target sites from other SSR systems. We also compare the recombination activity of Vika/vox with other SSR systems, providing a guideline for deciding on the most suitable enzyme for a particular application and demonstrate that Vika expression does not cause cytotoxicity in mammalian cells. Our results show that Vika/vox is a novel powerful and safe instrument in the 'genetic toolbox' that can be used alone or in combination with other SSRs in heterologous hosts.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Version Comment:Automatic journal name synchronization
Communicated by:Lib
Affiliations:MPI für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik
Identifiers:LOCALID:5211
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