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Memory of viral infections by CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune systems: acquisition of new information
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
2012 (English)In: Virology, ISSN 0042-6822, E-ISSN 1096-0341, Vol. 434, no 2, 202-209 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Multiple organisms face the threat of viral infections. To combat phage invasion, bacteria and archaea have evolved an adaptive mechanism of protection against exogenic mobile genetic elements, called CRISPR-Cas. In this defense strategy, phage infection is memorized via acquisition of a short invader sequence, called a spacer, into the CRISPR locus of the host genome. Upon repeated infection, the 'vaccinated' host expresses the spacer as a precursor RNA, which is processed into a mature CRISPR RNA (crRNA) that guides an endonuclease to the matching invader for its ultimate destruction. Recent efforts have uncovered molecular details underlying the crRNA biogenesis and interference steps. However, until recently the step of adaptation had remained largely uninvestigated. In this minireview, we focus on recent publications that have begun to reveal molecular insights into the adaptive step of CRISPR-Cas immunity, which is required for the development of the heritable memory of the host against viruses. 

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2012. Vol. 434, no 2, 202-209 p.
Keyword [en]
CRISPR-Cas, Cas1, Cas2, Bacteria, Archaea, Viruses, Mobile genetic elements, Horizontal gene transfer, Adaptive immunity, Spacer acquisition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64955DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2012.10.003ISI: 000312509300009OAI: diva2:609766
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-02-04 Last updated: 2013-03-07Bibliographically approved

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