Jon M. Kaguni

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Escherichia coli DnaC protein bound to ATP forms a complex with DnaB protein. To identify the domain of DnaC that interacts with DnaB, a genetic selection was used based on the lethal effect of induced dnaC expression and a model that inviability arises by the binding of DnaC to DnaB to inhibit replication fork movement. The analysis of dnaC alleles that(More)
A crude soluble enzyme system capable of authentic replication of a variety of oriC plasmids has been replaced by purified proteins constituting three functional classes: initiation proteins (RNA polymerase, dnaA protein, gyrase) that recognize the oriC sequence and presumably prime the leading strand of the replication fork; replication proteins (DNA(More)
Loading of the replicative DNA helicase at origins of replication is of central importance in DNA replication. As the first of the replication fork proteins assemble at chromosomal origins of replication, the loaded helicase is required for the recruitment of the rest of the replication machinery. In this work, we review the current knowledge of helicase(More)
The Escherichia coli chromosomal origin contains several bindings sites for factor for inversion stimulation (FIS), a protein originally identified to be required for DNA inversion by the Hin and Gin recombinases. The primary FIS binding site is close to two central DnaA boxes that are bound by DnaA protein to initiate chromosomal replication. Because of(More)
We purified an inhibitor of oriC plasmid replication and determined that it is a truncated form of ribosomal protein L2 evidently lacking 59 amino acid residues from the C-terminal region encoded by rplB. We show that this truncated form of L2 or mature L2 physically interacts with the N-terminal region of DnaA to inhibit initiation from oriC by apparently(More)
Helicase loading at a DNA replication origin often requires the dynamic interactions between the DNA helicase and an accessory protein. In E. coli, the DNA helicase is DnaB and DnaC is its loading partner. We used the method of hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry to address the importance of DnaB-DnaC complex formation as a prerequisite for(More)
A soluble enzyme system has been discovered which specifically recognizes and replicates plasmids containing the Escherichia coli chromosomal origin, oriC. Electron microscopy has shown that plasmid replication begins at or near oriC from which it progresses bidirectionally to completion. Control of initiation of a cycle of chromosomal replication and(More)
DnaA is the initiator of DNA replication in bacteria. A mutant DnaA named DnaAcos is unusual because it is refractory to negative regulation. We developed a genetic method to isolate other mutant DnaAs that circumvent regulation to extend our understanding of mechanisms that control replication initiation. Like DnaAcos, one mutant bearing a tyrosine(More)
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