Activities of the RNAI and RNAII promoters of plasmid pBR322.J Bacteriol. 1987 Mar; 169(3):1217-22.JB
The synthesis rates of the replication control RNAs of plasmid pBR322, RNAI, an inhibitor of replication, and RNAII, the preprimer, have been determined by hybridizing in vivo pulse-labeled RNA to specific, single-stranded DNA probes for RNAI and RNAII. In Escherichia coli growing in glycerol minimal medium, RNAI transcripts were made at a rate of one molecule per 30 s per plasmid; RNAII was transcribed fivefold less, at a rate of one molecule per 3 min per plasmid. It is estimated that only 1 in 20 prepriming events leads to replication.