Enhancement of ColE1-type replication promoted by the Gp alpha initiator protein of bacteriophage P4.FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1997 Oct 01; 155(1):11-5.FM
Gp alpha, the phage P4 specific replication protein, increases in vitro replication of pCN51, a pBR322 based replicon, by a factor of two. This effect is dependent on DNA polymerase I and requires transcription by host RNA polymerase. Electron microscopic analysis of replicating intermediates indicates that pCN51 replication occurred from the same origin and with the same directionality in the presence and in the absence of Gp alpha. These results reveal that Gp alpha can influence the replication of an heterologous replicon and show that this effect occurs in ColE1-type replicons without altering the normal pattern of initiation. Further analysis of replicating intermediates shows an increase in the average size of the ColE1-type replication 'bubble' obtained in the presence of Gp alpha. It is proposed that Gp alpha interacts with the ColE1 replisome complex at an early replication stage.