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Replication origin of bacteriophage f1. Two signals required for its function.
Journal of Molecular Biology
Plus strand synthesis in bacteriophage f1 initiates in a region of dyad symmetry at a specific site (plus origin) recognized and nicked by the viral gene II protein. In this paper we describe several small deletions on the 5′ side of the f1 plus origin which disrupt the region of dyad symmetry and extend up to only four nucleotides from the gene II protein nicking site. These deletions do not impair the ability of gene II protein in vitro to nick this site. However, they do inhibit in vivo plus strand synthesis. We conclude that the nucleotide sequence at the f1 plus origin contains at least two specific signals that are required for efficient plus strand synthesis.
Base Sequence, Coliphages/genetics, DNA Replication, DNA, Single-Stranded, DNA, Viral, Deoxyribonucleotides/analysis, Mutation, Viral Proteins/genetics, Virus Replication
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