Replication of ColE2 and ColE3 plasmids: in vitro replication dependent on plasmid-coded proteins.Mol Gen Genet. 1989 Oct; 219(1-2):249-55.MG
We developed an in vitro replication system for ColE2 and ColE3 plasmids using cell extracts prepared from bacteria with or without these plasmids. DNA synthesis depended on host DNA polymerase I and was sensitive to rifampicin and chloramphenicol. Preincubation of the extracts with plasmid DNA, however, allowed replication of template DNA added subsequently in a plasmid-specific manner in the presence of rifampicin and chloramphenicol. The plasmid-specified trans-acting factor(s) was detected in cell extracts from bacteria carrying a recombinant plasmid with the region of ColE2 or ColE3 encoding the Rep protein. The plasmid-specified factor(s) consisted at least in part of protein, probably the Rep protein. In vitro replication started within a region of ColE2 or ColE3 containing the smallest cis-acting segment essential for in vivo replication and proceeded in a fixed direction.