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AbstractThe bacteriophage T4 utilizes at least three modes of initiation of replication, termed primary, secondary and tertiary (Mosig, 1983; Kreuzer and Alberts, 1985). Two origins of replication have been isolated that utilize the tertiary mode of initiation. The DNA sequence requirements of the two tertiary origins have been characterized at the nucleotide level. Maximal replication of each origin-containing plasmid required both an intact gpmotA-dependent middle-mode promoter sequence and approximately 50 basepairs of the downstream region. In contrast, gpmotA-dependent transcription from the origin promoter was found to be independent of the downstream region. The requirement for a promoter element within the tertiary origins is striking, particularly since the replication of tertiary origin-containing plasmids is resistant to the RNA polymerase inhibitor rifampicin.
Degree ProgramGraduate College