Complex protein-DNA dynamics at the latent origin of DNA replication of Epstein-Barr virus

Marion Ritzi, Kristina Tillack, Jeannine Gerhardt, Elisabeth Ott, Sibille Humme, Elisabeth Kremmer, Wolfgang Hammerschmidt, Aloys Schepers

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The sequential binding of the origin recognition complex (ORC), Cdc6p and the minichromosome maintenance proteins (MCM2-7) mediates replication competence at eukaryotic origins of DNA replication. The latent origin of Epstein-Barr virus, oriP, is a viral origin known to recruit ORC. OriP also binds EBNA1, a virally encoded protein that lacks any activity predicted to be required for replication initiation. Here, we used chromatin immunoprecipitation and chromatin binding to compare the cell-cycle-dependent binding of pre-RC components and EBNA1 to oriP and to global cellular chromatin. Pre-replicative-complex components such as the Mcm2p-Mcm7p proteins and HsOrc1p are regulated in a cell-cycle-dependent fashion, whereas other HsOrc subunits and EBNA1 remain constantly bound. In addition, HsOrc1p becomes sensitive to the 26S proteasome after release from DNA during S phase. These results show that the complex protein-DNA dynamics at the viral oriP are synchronized with the cell division cycle. Chromatin-binding and chromatin-immunoprecipitation experiments on G0 arrested cells indicated that the ORC core complex (ORC25) and EBNA1 remain bound to chromatin and oriP. HsOrc6p and the MCM2-7 complex are released in resting cells. HsOrc1p is partly liberated from chromatin. Our data suggest that origins remain marked in resting cells by the ORC core complex to ensure a rapid and regulated re-entry into the cell cycle. These findings indicate that HsOrc is a dynamic complex and that its DNA binding activity is regulated differently in the various stages of the cell cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3971-3984
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of cell science
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell cycle
  • EBNA1
  • ORC
  • Replication
  • oriP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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