DNA sequence context controls the binding and processivity of T7 DNA primase Academic Article uri icon


  • Primases are key enzymes involved in DNA replication. They act on single-stranded DNA, and catalyze the synthesis of short RNA primers used by DNA polymerases. Here, we investigate the DNA-binding and activity of the bacteriophage T7 primase using a new workflow called High-Throughput Primase Profiling (HTPP). Using a unique combination of high-throughput binding assays and biochemical analyses, HTPP reveals a complex landscape of binding specificity and functional activity for the T7 primase, determined by sequences flanking the primase recognition site. We identified specific features, such as G/T- rich flanks, which increase primase-DNA binding up to 10-fold and, surprisingly, also increase the length of newly formed RNA (up to 3-fold). To our knowledge, variability in primer length has not been reported for this primase. We expect that applying HTPP to …

publication date

  • January 1, 2018