Genetic recombination in bacteriophage lambda
Christopher R. T. Hillyar
Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
30 Sept 2011
1 Jan 2012
7 Mar 2012
recombination, lambda, orf, Exo, beta, Rap
Bacteriophage λ (lambda) infects Escherichia coli and induces a dramatically increased rate and altered profile of genetic recombination as part of the cycle of infection. The genetic recombination processes augment the host-encoded recombination proteins with phage-encoded recombination proteins, promoting particular recombination pathways. This review characterizes the protein machinery involved in the most important processes underlying λ-mediated genetic recombination.