ParA’s Impact beyond Chromosome Segregation in Caulobacter crescentus

Inoka P. Menikpurage, Stephanie G. Puentes-Rodriguez, Rawan A. Elaksher, Paola E. Mera

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Maintaining proper chromosome inheritance after the completion of each cell cycle is paramount for bacterial survival. Mechanistic details remain incomplete for how bacteria manage to retain complete chromosomes after each cell cycle. In this study, we examined the potential roles of the partitioning protein ParA on chromosomal maintenance that go beyond triggering the onset of chromosome segregation in Caulobacter crescentus. Our data revealed that increasing the levels of ParA result in cells with multiple origins of replication in a DnaA-ATP-dependent manner. This ori supernumerary is retained even when expressing variants of ParA that are deficient in promoting chromosome segregation. Our data suggest that in Caulobacter ParA’s impact on replication initiation is likely indirect, possibly through the effect of other cell cycle events. Overall, our data provide new insights into the highly interconnected network that drives the forward progression of the bacterial cell cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of bacteriology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Caulobacter
  • DnaA
  • ParA
  • cell cycle
  • cell length
  • chromosome replication
  • chromosome segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology


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