Arrest of Viral Proliferation by Ectopic Copies of Its Cognate Replication Origin
AbstractThe initiation step of DNA replication is the crucial determinant of proliferation in all organisms. This step depends on the specific interaction of DNA sequences present at origins of DNA replication and their cognate activators. We wished to explore the hypothesis that the presence of ectopic origin copies may interfere with proper genome duplication. Bacteriophage λ was used as a model system. To this end, the outcome of an infection of an E. coli strain harboring ectopic copies of the λ origin region was analyzed. By measuring the effect on the host growth, viral production, and electro-microscopic visualization of the resulting λ replicative intermediates, we concluded that the ectopic copies had prevented the normal initiation step of λ DNA replication. These results suggest that DNA decoys encoding viral origins could constitute effective tools to specifically arrest viral proliferation. View Full-Text
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Valenzuela, M.S.; Sharan, C. Arrest of Viral Proliferation by Ectopic Copies of Its Cognate Replication Origin. Genes 2015, 6, 436-450.
Valenzuela MS, Sharan C. Arrest of Viral Proliferation by Ectopic Copies of Its Cognate Replication Origin. Genes. 2015; 6(2):436-450.Chicago/Turabian Style
Valenzuela, Manuel S.; Sharan, Chakradhari. 2015. "Arrest of Viral Proliferation by Ectopic Copies of Its Cognate Replication Origin." Genes 6, no. 2: 436-450.