We provide evidence that a mutation which derepresses an autoregulated system that is located in the vicinity of the basic replicon of R1, stabilizes the ParA- and ParB- miniplasmid of R1 pKN1562, without increasing its copy number. The system, which we have called ParD, maps inside the 1.45-kb PstI-EcoRI fragment that is adjacent to the origin of replication of the plasmid. Two proteins whose expression is coordinated are components of the system. The sequence of the PstI-EcoRI fragment was obtained. The wild-type ParD system determines in cis a basal but detectable stability.