Yukari Sakiyama

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In Escherichia coli, bidirectional chromosomal replication is accompanied by the colocalization of sister replication forks. However, the biological significance of this mechanism and the key factors involved are still largely unknown. In this study, we found that a protein, termed CrfC, helps sustain the colocalization of nascent DNA regions of sister(More)
ATP-DnaA binds to multiple DnaA boxes in the Escherichia coli replication origin (oriC) and forms left-half and right-half subcomplexes that promote DNA unwinding and DnaB helicase loading. DnaA forms homo-oligomers in a head-to-tail manner via interactions between the bound ATP and Arg-285 of the adjacent protomer. DnaA boxes R1 and R4 reside at the outer(More)
Upon DNA replication initiation in Escherichia coli, the initiator protein DnaA forms higher-order complexes with the chromosomal origin oriC and a DNA-bending protein IHF. Although tertiary structures of DnaA and IHF have previously been elucidated, dynamic structures of oriC-DnaA-IHF complexes remain unknown. Here, combining computer simulations with(More)
In Escherichia coli, the level of the ATP-DnaA initiator is increased temporarily at the time of replication initiation. The replication origin, oriC, contains a duplex-unwinding element (DUE) flanking a DnaA-oligomerization region (DOR), which includes twelve DnaA-binding sites (DnaA boxes) and the DNA-bending protein IHF-binding site (IBS). Although(More)
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