The nucleotide sequence of pUB110: some salient features in relation to replication and its regulation

Plasmid. 1986 Mar;15(2):93-103. doi: 10.1016/0147-619x(86)90046-6.


For the study of DNA-membrane interaction and the regulation of replication initiation we have determined the total nucleotide sequence of pUB110. As previously reported, this plasmid replicates in B. subtilis at a copy number of 30-50 per cell, with a majority of plasmids (60-80%) bound to the membrane (type-I binding). The type-I membrane binding is apparently necessary for pUB110 initiation of replication in vivo, but the membrane binding site is not known. Furthermore, four areas of the plasmid specifically bind to Bacillus subtilis membrane in an in vitro binding reaction (type II binding). These two types of membrane binding of pUB110 are different in that the in vivo binding (type-I) requires one (dnaBI) of the host initiation genes and is high-salt resistant, whereas the in vitro binding (type-II) does not require the dnaBI gene product and is high-salt sensitive. 7-mer double-strand sequence, TCAGCAA/AGTCGTT, or one-base derivatives of this sequence are frequently (17 of 23 of the 7-mer sequences) found in or close to the type-II binding areas. One of them is found at a restriction enzyme recognition site of a binding area that destroys the type-II membrane binding. These sequences may or may not have significance in type-II membrane binding. In addition to the neomycin resistance gene, the sequence data indicate two sizable open reading frames, ORF alpha and ORF beta, and two small ORF, gamma, and delta. All of these reading frames are in the same direction, which coincides with the direction of the replication. The open reading frame alpha (ORF alpha) corresponding to 334 amino acids close to the replication origin may be essential for the initiation of replication of PUB110. The putative protein alpha corresponding to this open reading frame contains a consensus sequence of the DNA binding sites which are found in a number of known DNA-binding proteins. The consensus DNA binding site of protein alpha is flanked by two hydrophobic areas. These two observations suggest that the corresponding protein may have both an affinity to a specific site in pUB110, and an affinity to the membrane.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacillus subtilis / genetics*
  • Bacillus subtilis / metabolism
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • DNA Replication
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics*
  • DNA, Bacterial / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Membranes / metabolism
  • Plasmids*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M19465