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SeqA: a negative modulator of replication initiation in E. coli.

In E. coli, replication initiates at a genetically unique origin, oriC. Rapidly growing cells contain multiple oriC copies. Initiation occurs synchronously, once and only once per cell cycle at all origins present. Secondary initiations are prevented by a sequestration process that acts uniquely on newly replicated origins, which are marked because they are hemimethylated at GATC sites. We report the identification of a gene required for sequestration and demonstrate that this gene, seqA, also serves as a negative modulator of the primary initiation process. All previously identified in vivo initiation factors play positive roles. Thus, precise control of replication initiation may involve a balance between positive and negative elements. We suggest that SeqA might be a cooperativity factor, acting to make the replication initiation process dependent upon cooperative interactions among components.[1]


  1. SeqA: a negative modulator of replication initiation in E. coli. Lu, M., Campbell, J.L., Boye, E., Kleckner, N. Cell (1994) [Pubmed]
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