Conversion of phiX174 and fd single-stranded DNA to replicative forms in extracts of Escherichia coli

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1972 Nov;69(11):3233-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.69.11.3233.


varphiX174 and M13 (fd) single-stranded circular DNAs are converted to their replicative forms by extracts of E. coli pol A1 cells. We find that the varphiX174 DNA-dependent reaction requires Mg(++), ATP, and all four deoxynucleoside triphosphates, but not CTP, UTP, or GTP. This reaction also involves the products of the dnaC, dnaD, dnaE (DNA polymerase III), and dnaG genes, but not that of dnaF (ribonucleotide reductase). The in vitro conversion of fd single-stranded DNA to the replicative form requires all four ribonucleoside triphosphates, Mg(++), and all four deoxynucleoside triphosphates. The reaction involves the product of gene dnaE but not those of genes dnaC, dnaD, dnaF, or dnaG. The reaction with fd DNA is inhibited by rifampicin or antibody to RNA polymerase, while the reaction with varphiX174 DNA is not affected by either. With the varphiX174 DNA-dependent reaction, activities have been detected that specifically complement extracts of dnaA, dnaB, dnaC, dnaD, or dnaG mutants.

MeSH terms

  • Adenine Nucleotides / metabolism
  • Coliphages*
  • Cytosine Nucleotides / metabolism
  • DNA Replication*
  • DNA, Circular / metabolism
  • DNA, Single-Stranded / metabolism
  • DNA, Viral / metabolism*
  • Deoxyribonucleotides / metabolism
  • Escherichia coli / analysis
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism*
  • Guanine Nucleotides / metabolism
  • Hot Temperature
  • Immune Sera / pharmacology
  • Magnesium / metabolism
  • RNA Nucleotidyltransferases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Rifampin / pharmacology
  • Uracil Nucleotides / metabolism


  • Adenine Nucleotides
  • Cytosine Nucleotides
  • DNA, Circular
  • DNA, Single-Stranded
  • DNA, Viral
  • Deoxyribonucleotides
  • Guanine Nucleotides
  • Immune Sera
  • Uracil Nucleotides
  • RNA Nucleotidyltransferases
  • Magnesium
  • Rifampin