Multiple origin usage for DNA replication in sdrA(rnh) mutants of Escherichia coli K-12. Initiation in the absence of oriC

J Mol Biol. 1984 Sep 15;178(2):227-36. doi: 10.1016/0022-2836(84)90141-4.


In stable DNA replication (sdrA/rnh) mutants of Escherichia coli, initiation of rounds of DNA replication occurs in the absence of the normal origin of replication, oriC. To determine whether or not the initiation occurs at a fixed site(s) on the chromosome in sdrA mutants, the DNA from exponentially growing sdrA mutant cells with or without the oriC site (delta oriC) was analyzed for the relative copy numbers of various genes along the chromosome. The results suggest that there are at least four fixed sites or regions of the sdrA delta oriC chromosome from which DNA replication can be initiated in the absence of the oriC sequence.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Bacterial
  • DNA Replication*
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Escherichia coli / genetics*
  • Escherichia coli / ultrastructure
  • Genetic Markers
  • Mutation*
  • Plasmids


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Genetic Markers