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Properties of the relaxation complex of supercoiled deoxyribonucleic acid and protein of R plasmid NR1 in Escherichia coli.

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Some properties of the supercoiled deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-protein relaxation complex of the R plasmid NR1, which contains more than one origin for DNA replication, were examined. The percentage of complexed NR1 molecules that can be converted to the relaxed (nicked) form appeared to be unaffected by the conditions under which the host cells were cultured. However, the percentage of supercoiled NR1 DNA that can be relaxed was highly dependent on the method used to prepare the DNA and the agents used to induce relaxation. Our data suggest that 100% of NR1 molecules may exist in situ as DNA-protein relaxation complexes. An RTF-Tc segregant of NR1, which has deleted the r-determinants component of the NR1 and therefore does not contain the two origins of replication located in the r-determinants, has indistinguishable relaxation properties in comparison with NR1 itself.

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