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Casposons: mobile genetic elements that gave rise to the CRISPR-Cas adaptation machinery

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A casposon, a member of a distinct superfamily of archaeal and bacterial self-synthesizing transposons that employ a recombinase (casposase) homologous to the Cas1 endonuclease, appears to have given rise to the adaptation module of CRISPR-Cas systems as well as the CRISPR repeats themselves. Comparison of the mechanistic features of the reactions catalyzed by the casposase and the Cas1-Cas2 heterohexamer, the CRISPR integrase, reveals close similarity but also important differences that explain the requirement of Cas2 for integration of short DNA fragments, the CRISPR spacers.

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pasteur-01977358 , version 1 (10-01-2019)

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Mart Krupovic, Pierre Béguin, Eugene Koonin. Casposons: mobile genetic elements that gave rise to the CRISPR-Cas adaptation machinery. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 2017, 38, pp.36-43. ⟨10.1016/j.mib.2017.04.004⟩. ⟨pasteur-01977358⟩

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