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Bacillus subtilis dnaE encodes a protein homologous to DNA primase of Escherichia coli.

Bacillus subtilis dnaE encodes a protein essential for DNA replication and is tightly linked to rpoD, the gene for the major sigma factor of RNA polymerase. We have now determined the 1809-base pair sequence of the dnaE coding region, which precedes rpoD and is transcribed in the same counterclockwise direction on the chromosome. From the DNA sequence, we found that the dnaE protein comprised 603 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 68,428 daltons. This protein had significant and extensive regions of homology with Escherichia coli DNA primase, the polymerase that synthesizes short RNA primers during discontinuous DNA replication. Features of the coding and flanking regions that may modulate dnaE expression include a relatively weak ribosomal binding site (delta G' = -13.8 kcal), the use of uncommon codons in the reading frame, and no obvious promoter sequence for either dnaE or rpoD. Together, these results suggest that dnaE codes for B. subtilis DNA primase and, in light of the similarities to the organization of the E. coli sigma operon, that expression of dnaE may be coregulated with rpoD in B. subtilis.[1]


  1. Bacillus subtilis dnaE encodes a protein homologous to DNA primase of Escherichia coli. Wang, L.F., Price, C.W., Doi, R.H. J. Biol. Chem. (1985) [Pubmed]
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