DNA bending near the replication origin of IncFII plasmid NR1.


Journal Article

The DNA replication origin of plasmid NR1 is located approximately 190 base pairs downstream from the 3' end of the repA1 gene, which encodes the essential initiation protein for replication of the plasmid. Restriction endonuclease fragments that contain the NR1 replication origin and its flanking sequences at circularly permuted positions were obtained by digesting oligomers of ori-containing DNA fragments with sets of enzymes that each cut only once in every ori fragment. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of these permuted restriction fragments showed anomalous mobilities, indicating the presence of a DNA bending locus. Through analysis of the relative mobility plots of these permuted fragments, we found one or two possible DNA bending sites located in the intervening region between the repA1 gene and the replication origin of NR1. It seems possible that DNA bending in this region might help to orient the replication origin alongside the repA1 gene, which could contribute to the cis-acting character of the RepA1 initiation protein.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dong, XN; Rouillard, KP; Womble, DD; Rownd, RH

Published Date

  • February 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 171 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 703 - 707

PubMed ID

  • 2644234

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2644234

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5530

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9193

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/jb.171.2.703-707.1989


  • eng