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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Aug 3;96(16):9130-5.

Differential assembly of Cdc45p and DNA polymerases at early and late origins of DNA replication.

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  • 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biology, Room 68-622, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.


Chromosomes are replicated in characteristic, temporal patterns during S phase. We have compared the timing of association of replication proteins at early- and late-replicating origins of replication. Minichromosome maintenance proteins assemble simultaneously at early- and late-replicating origins. In contrast, Cdc45p association with late origins is delayed relative to early origins. DNA polymerase alpha association is similarly delayed at late origins and requires Cdc45p function. Activation of the S phase checkpoint inhibits association of Cdc45p with late-firing origins. These studies suggest that Cdc45p is poised to serve as a key regulatory target for both the temporal and checkpoint-mediated regulation of replication origins.

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