The connection between transcription and genomic instability

EMBO J. 2002 Feb 1;21(3):195-201. doi: 10.1093/emboj/21.3.195.


Transcription is a central aspect of DNA metabolism that takes place on the same substrate as replication, repair and recombination. Not surprisingly, therefore, there is a physical and functional connection between these processes. In recent years, transcription has proven to be a relevant player in the maintenance of genome integrity and in the induction of genetic instability and diversity. The aim of this review is to provide an integrative view on how transcription can control different aspects of genomic integrity, by exploring different mechanisms that might be responsible for transcription-associated mutation (TAM) and transcription-associated recombination (TAR).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Genome*
  • Humans
  • Mutation*
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Transcription, Genetic*