Replication of the B. burgdorferi Genome and Scrambling of the Linear Replicons Through Reverse Telomere Resolution
from: Borrelia: Molecular Biology, Host Interaction and Pathogenesis (Edited by: D. Scott Samuels and Justin D. Radolf). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2010)
The highly unusual segmented genomes of Borrelia species can contain over 20 autonomously replicating DNA molecules. Many of the molecules, including the chromosome, are linear with covalently closed hairpin ends. Current knowledge of the replication and maintenance of DNA molecules will be reviewed, including the process of telomere resolution, whereby the covalently closed hairpin ends are generated from replicative intermediates. Finally, the proposal that reverse telomere resolution is the driving force shaping the ongoing rearrangements and telomere exchanges in the linear replicons of Borrelia species will be discussed read more ...