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Cell. 1991 Mar 22;64(6):1145-53.

The E. coli cell cycle and the plasmid R1 replication cycle in the absence of the DnaA protein.

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Department of Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden.


In E. coli strain EC::71CW chromosome replication is under the control of the R1 miniplasmid pOU71. A dnaA850::Tn10 derivative of EC::71CW was viable, which confirmed that R1 can replicate in the absence of the DnaA protein. The frequency of initiation of replication was, however, lowered and cell division was severely disturbed due to underreplication of the chromosome. Both replication and cell division could be restored to normal by increasing the production of RepA, the rate-limiting protein for initiation of replication from the integrated R1 origin. Therefore, the RepA protein seems to compensate for the absence of DnaA in the initiation of replication and assembly of replisomes. The role of the DnaA protein in the initiation of DNA replication, and as an overall regulator of the chromosome replication and cell division cycles of E. coli, is discussed in view of these results.

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