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Abstract

Replication of staphylococcal multiresistance plasmid pSK41 is initiated by binding of the replication initiator protein (Rep) to the Rep boxes, a series of four direct repeats located centrally within the gene. A strain was engineered to provide Rep , allowing localization of the pSK41 origin of replication () to a 185 bp segment, which included the Rep boxes and a series of downstream direct repeats. Deletion analysis of individual Rep boxes revealed that all four Rep boxes are required for maximum origin activity, with the deletion of one or more Rep boxes having a significant effect on the proficiency of replication. However, a hierarchy of importance was identified among the Rep boxes, which appears to be mediated by the minor sequence variations that exist between them. DNA binding studies with truncated Rep proteins have enabled the DNA binding domain to be localized to the N-terminal 134 amino acids of the protein.

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