Static and initiator protein-enhanced bending of DNA at a replication origin

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Science  19 Sep 1986:
Vol. 233, Issue 4770, pp. 1316-1318
DOI: 10.1126/science.3749879


DNA bending has been suggested to play a role in the regulation of gene expression, initiation of DNA replication, DNA packaging, and the recognition of specific DNA sequences by proteins. It has recently been demonstrated that DNA bending can be sequence-directed. Bent DNA has also been observed as a consequence of sequence-specific binding of proteins to DNA. In this report DNA of plasmid pT181 is shown to contain a bend at the replication origin. Furthermore, this bend is enhanced by the binding of the pT181 replication initiator protein, RepC, to the origin.

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