DNA Polymerase I (or Pol I) is an agitator that participates in the action of DNA archetype in prokaryotes. It is composed of 928 amino acids, and is an archetype of a processive agitator - it can sequentially activate assorted polymerisations. Discovered by Arthur Kornberg in 1956, it was the aboriginal accepted DNA polymerase (and, indeed, the aboriginal accepted of any affectionate of polymerase). It was initially characterized in E. coli, although it is all-over in prokaryotes. In E. coli and abounding added bacteria, the gene which encodes Pol I is accepted as polA.

Pol I possesses three enzymatic activities:

    A 5' -> 3' (forward) DNA polymerase activity, acute a 3' album armpit and a arrangement strand
    A 3' -> 5' (reverse) exonuclease action that mediates proofreading
    A 5' -> 3' (forward) exonuclease action mediating nick adaptation during DNA repair.

In the archetype process, DNA Polymerase I removes the RNA album (created by Primase) from the backward fiber and fills in the all-important nucleotides of the Okazaki bits (see DNA replication) in 5' -> 3' direction, proofreading for mistakes as it goes. It is a template-dependent agitator - it alone adds nucleotides that accurately abject brace with an absolute DNA fiber acting as a template. Ligase again joins the assorted bits calm into a connected fiber of DNA.

Despite its aboriginal characterisation, it bound became credible that Polymerase I was not the agitator amenable for best DNA amalgam — DNA archetype in E. coli gain at about 1,000 nucleotides/second, while the amount of abject brace amalgam by Polymerase I averages alone amid 10 and 20 nucleotides/second. Moreover, its cellular affluence of about 400 molecules per corpuscle did not associate with the actuality that there are about alone two archetype forks in E. coli. Moreover, it is comparatively processive to archetype an absolute genome, as it avalanche off afterwards accumulation alone 25-50 nucleotides. Its role in archetype was accurate when, in 1969, John Cairns abandoned a applicable Polymerase I aberrant that lacked the polymerase activity. Cairns' lab abettor Paula De Lucia created bags of corpuscle chargeless extracts from E.coli colonies and assayed them for DNA-polymerase activity. The 3,478th duplicate independent the polA mutant, which was called by Cairns to acclaim "Paula" [De Lucia].It was not until the analysis of DNA polymerase III that the capital replicative DNA polymerase was assuredly identified.

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