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Regulation of transcription of the chromosomal dnaA gene of Escherichia coli



Regulation of transcription of the chromosomal dnaA gene of Escherichia coli



Molecular and General Genetics 205(1): 115-121



By comparative S1 analysis we investigated the in vivo regulation of transcription of the chromosomal dnaA gene coding for a protein essential for the initiation of replication at the chromosomal origin. Inactivation of the protein in dnaA mutants results in derepression, whereas excess DnaA protein (presence of a DnaA overproducing plasmid) leads to repression of dnaA transcription. Both dnaA promoters are subject to autoregulation allowing modulation of transcriptional efficiency by at least 20-fold. Increasing the number of oriC sequences (number of DnaA binding sites) in the cell by introducing oriC plasmids leads to a derepression of transcription. Autoregulation and binding to oriC suggest that the DnaA protein exerts a major role in the regulation of the frequency of initiation at oriC. The efficiency of transcription of the dnaA2 promoter is reduced in the absence of dam methylation, which is involved in the regulation of oriC replication.

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