Initiation and termination of deoxyribonucleic acid replication in bacteria after a stepwise increase in the velocity of replication. Academic Article uri icon


  • The theoretical relations between replication, initiation, termination, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) accumulation were derived for experiments in which the length of the time required for the replication of the bacterial chromosome (C period) can be varied. This theory enables one to determine absolute values of the C period from kinetics of DNA accumulation after a "stepup" with thymine-requiring bacteria that are subjected to a sudden increase in the exogenous thymine concentration. Application of this method of data evaluation to an observed step-up experiment with a thy-derivative of Escherichia coli B/r (ATCC 12407) indicated that the theory describes the observed post-step accumulation of DNA accurately within experimental errors. It is also concluded that changes in the replication velocity (C) do not measurably affect the timing of initiation events in a culture.

published proceedings

  • J Bacteriol

author list (cited authors)

  • Bremer, H., Young, R., & Churchward, G.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Bremer, H||Young, R||Churchward, G

publication date

  • April 1977