How are Holliday junctions formed?
Likewise, how are Holliday junctions resolved?
Cleavage, or resolution, of the Holliday junction can occur in two ways. Cleavage of the original set of strands leads to two molecules that may show gene conversion but not chromosomal crossover, while cleavage of the other set of two strands causes the resulting recombinant molecules to show crossover.
Herein, what is the Holliday model?
In 1964, Robin Holliday proposed a model that accounted for heteroduplex formation and gene conversion during recombination. It illustrates the critical steps of pairing of homologous duplexes, formation of a heteroduplex, formation of the recombination joint, branch migration and resolution.
heteroduplex DNA Double-stranded DNA in which the two strands are derived from different DNA molecules. Heteroduplex DNA is formed during genetic recombination (see Holliday intermediate) and can be produced in vitro in DNA hybridization.