Uracil in deoxyribonucleotide polymers reduces their template-primer activity for E. coli DNA polymerase I.


The physical and biochemical properties of two pairs of synthetic DNA ...
The physical and biochemical properties of two pairs of synthetic DNA template-primers were investigated. The copolymer poly(dA-dU) . poly(dA-dU) and the homopolymer duplex poly(dA). poly(dU) were characterized by a lower Tm and by a higher buoyant density value than the respective thymine polynucleotides poly(dA-dT) . poly(dA-dT) and poly(dA) . poly(dT). The polymerizing and the primer terminus adding reactions of a homogenous E. coli DNA polymerase I preparation, as measured by incorporation of [3H]dAMP into the acid-insoluble fraction, were significantly poorer with uracil-containing template-primers than with thymine templates. Moreover, the uracil-containing polynucleotides inhibited the polymerizing activity of DNA polymerase I to a greater extent than the thymine polynucleotides, when the enzymatic activity was investigated with a dATP/dTTP/dUTP-free incorporation system making use of poly(dI-dC) . poly(dI-dC) as the template-primer.




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