Hyperinitiation of DNA replication in Escherichia coli leads to replication fork collapse and inviability.


Elevated dnaA expression from a multicopy plasmid induces more frequent initiation from the Escherichia coli replication origin, oriC, but viability is maintained. In comparison, chromosomally encoded dnaAcos also stimulates initiation, but this is lethal. By quantitative methods, we show that the level of initiation induced by elevated dnaA expression… (More)