In vitro, anionic phospholipids can reactivate inactivated DnaA protein, which is essential for initiation of DNA replication at the oriC site of Escherichia coli [Sekimizu, K. and Kornberg, A. (1988) J. Biol. Chem. 263, 7131-7135]. Mutations in the pgsA gene (encoding phosphatidylglycero- phosphate synthase) limit the synthesis of the major anionic phospholipids and lead to arrest of cell growth. We report herein that a mutation in the rnhA gene (encoding RNase H) that bypasses the need for the DnaA protein through induction of constitutive stable DNA replication [Kogoma, T. and von Meyenburg, K. (1983) EMBO J. 2, 463-468] also suppressed the growth arrest phenotype of a pgsA mutant. The maintenance of plasmids dependent on an oriC site for replication, and therefore DnaA protein, was also compromised under conditions of limiting anionic phospholipid synthesis. These results provide support for the involvement of anionic phospholipids in normal initiation of DNA replication at oriC in vivo by the DnaA protein.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jan 31 1995|
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