DNA polymerase I and recBC enzyme support the covalent closing of hydrogen-bonded lambda DNA circles in extracts of Escherichia coli cells.


The covalent closing of hydrogen-bonded lambda DNA circles in Escherichia coli extract was observed to require DNA polymerase I, recBC enzyme and ATP. This covalent closing activity was lost in strains harbouring a mutation in one of the genes responsible for production of the enzymes mentioned above, and was recovered by combining these mutant extracts. ATP could be replaced with dATP, but not appreciably with any of the other nucleoside triphosphates. High concentrations of ATP inhibited the closure. K+ or NH4+ (0.2M) was required for optimal activity and NMN was a strong inhibitor.




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