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M Oliva, R Monno, P D'Addabbo, G Pesole, A M Dionisi, M Scrascia, M Chiara, D S Horner, C Manzari, I Luzzi, C Calia, A M D'Erchia, C Pazzani
The IncQ is a group of non-conjugative but mobilisable plasmids that are stably maintained and found in a wide range of bacteria, contributing to the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes and to the insurgence of multidrug resistant bacteria. Here we report the identification, in clinical Salmonella Typhimurium strains, of an IncQ1 plasmid (pNUC) conferring resistance to sulfamethoxazole, streptomycin and tetracycline encoded by sul2, strAB and tetA, respectively. pNUC was detected in five multidrug resistant S...
December 1, 2016: Plasmid
Urska Kamensek, Natasa Tesic, Gregor Sersa, Spela Kos, Maja Cemazar
Electrotransfer mediated delivery of interleukin-12 (IL-12) gene, encoded on a plasmid vector, has already been demonstrated to have a potent antitumor efficacy and great potential for clinical application. In the present study, our aim was to construct an optimized IL-12-encoding plasmid that is safe from the regulatory point of view. In light of previous studies demonstrating that IL-12 should be released in a tumor localized manner for optimal efficacy, the strong ubiquitous promoter was replaced with a weak endogenous promoter of the collagen 2 gene, which is specific for fibroblasts...
November 24, 2016: Plasmid
Tong Qiu, Yan Dong, Yachao Ren, Jinmao Wang, Minsheng Yang, Jun Zhang
This study investigated the effects of the sequence arrangement and orientation of a target gene expression cassette in vectors on expression levels to determine the optimal combination for highly efficient multi-gene expression. Five plant transformation vectors were constructed using dual Bt genes, Cry1Ac and Cry3A, which differed in the sequence arrangement and orientation of the target gene expression cassette. Through an Agrobacterium-mediated method, 5 vectors were used for the genetic transformation of tobacco to obtain transgenic lines...
November 15, 2016: Plasmid
Sravanthi Shastri, Helena L Spiewak, Aderonke Sofoluwe, Vigdis A Eidsvaag, Atif H Asghar, Tyrone Pereira, Edward H Bull, Aaron T Butt, Mark S Thomas
To elucidate the function of a gene in bacteria it is vital that targeted gene inactivation (allelic replacement) can be achieved. Allelic replacement is often carried out by disruption of the gene of interest by insertion of an antibiotic-resistance marker followed by subsequent transfer of the mutant allele to the genome of the host organism in place of the wild-type gene. However, due to their intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics only selected antibiotic-resistance markers can be used in members of the genus Burkholderia, including the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc)...
November 5, 2016: Plasmid
Robert A Moran, Ruth M Hall
The ampicillin resistance plasmid pCERC7, carrying transposon Tn2 with an IS4 insertion, was detected in the draft genome of a commensal Escherichia coli isolate. The genome data also revealed that this isolate belongs to ST131, clade B. pCERC7 is 9712bp comprised of a 3319bp backbone, Tn2::IS4 (6388bp) and 5bp of target site duplication, and was present at a copy number of 40. pCERC7 is related to several plasmids composed of only the backbone, or the backbone with the Tn2 insertion in the same position. These plasmids have been found previously in Escherichia coli or Salmonella enterica recovered in several different countries from as early as the 1970s...
November 4, 2016: Plasmid
E Q Chen, X Q Song, Y L Wang, T Y Zhou, L Bai, L Liu, C Liu, X Cheng, H Tang
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October 26, 2016: Plasmid
Leise Riber, Mette Burmølle, Martin Alm, Stefan M Milani, Peter Thomsen, Lars H Hansen, Søren J Sørensen
The spread of antimicrobial resistance, usually mediated by horizontal transfer of plasmids, limits the options of treating bacterial infections and thereby poses a crucial human health problem. The disturbance of plasmid stability within bacterial species in clinical environments serves as a novel strategy to reduce the development and dissemination of antibiotic resistance. We tested the ability of irgasan to destabilize plasmids from Escherichia coli K-12 cells when added directly into liquid growth medium at concentrations below levels of marked bacterial growth inhibition, or when released into liquid growth medium from irgasan-impregnated Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) silicone hydrogel objects, a novel technology developed as drug-delivery platform...
October 12, 2016: Plasmid
Despoina A I Mavridou, Diego Gonzalez, Abigail Clements, Kevin R Foster
Fluorescent labeling has been an invaluable tool for the study of living organisms and bacterial species are no exception to this. Here we present and characterize the pUltra plasmids which express constitutively a fluorescent protein gene (GFP, RFP, YFP or CFP) from a strong synthetic promoter and are suitable for the fluorescent labeling of a broad range of Enterobacteria. The amount of expressed fluorophore from these genetic constructs is such, that the contours of the cells can be delineated on the basis of the fluorescent signal only...
September 29, 2016: Plasmid
L Thoma, G Muth
Conjugative DNA-transfer in the Gram-positive mycelial soil bacterium Streptomyces, well known for the production of numerous antibiotics, is a unique process involving the transfer of a double-stranded DNA molecule. Apparently it does not depend on a type IV secretion system but resembles the segregation of chromosomes during bacterial cell division. A single plasmid-encoded protein, TraB, directs the transfer from the plasmid-carrying donor to the recipient. TraB is a FtsK-like DNA-translocase, which recognizes a specific plasmid sequence, clt, via interaction with specific 8-bp repeats...
September 28, 2016: Plasmid
Christopher J Harmer, Mohammad Hamidian, Stephanie J Ambrose, Ruth M Hall
Both the Salmonella genomic islands (SGI) and the conjugative IncC plasmids are known to contribute substantially to the acquisition of resistance to multiple antibiotics, and plasmids in the A/C group are known to mobilize the Salmonella genomic island SGI1, which also carries multiple antibiotic resistance genes. Plasmid pRMH760 (IncC; A/C2) was shown to mobilize SGI1 variants SGI1-I, SGI1-F, SGI1-K and SGI2 from Salmonella enterica to Escherichia coli where it was integrated at the preferred location, at the end of the trmE (thdF) gene...
September 13, 2016: Plasmid
Qiang Yang, Mei Deng, Ling-Ling Zhang, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Le-Ning Wang, Hu Chen, Jian Ma, Peng-Fei Qi, Qian-Tao Jiang, Xiu-Jin Lan, Yu-Ming Wei, You-Liang Zheng
In this study, we designed and constructed a super twin T-DNA vector (pTRIDT313-g) containing two independent T-DNA cassettes-one for the selection gene Hyg and the other for the target gene Gus-to produce marker-free transgenic lines. The resulting vector was transformed into tobacco, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis showed four types of gene combinations in the T1 and T2 generations: Gus only, Hyg only, Gus+Hyg, and untransformed lines. The intermediate region from the T-DNA of the right border of Hyg to the left border of Gus in the Hyg and Gus lines was not amplified...
September 8, 2016: Plasmid
Mohammad Hamidian, Stephanie J Ambrose, Ruth M Hall
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important nosocomial pathogen that often complicates treatment because of its high level of resistance to antibiotics. Though plasmids can potentially introduce various genes into bacterial strains, compared to other Gram-negative bacteria, information about the unique A. baumannii plasmid repertoire is limited. Here, whole genome sequence data was used to determine the plasmid content of strain A297 (RUH875), the reference strain for the globally disseminated multiply resistant A...
September 4, 2016: Plasmid
Adam J Kolakowski, Jeffrey F Gardner
DOT Integrase (IntDOT) is a member of the tyrosine recombinase family. It catalyzes the integration and excision reactions of an integrative and conjugative element (ICE) called CTnDOT. Like other tyrosine recombinases, the integration reaction proceeds by two sets of strand exchanges between the attDOT site on CTnDOT and an attB site in the host chromosome. The strand exchanges occur seven bases apart and define an overlap region. After the first strand exchanges a Holliday Junction (HJ) intermediate is formed...
September 2016: Plasmid
Christopher J Harmer, Ruth M Hall
IncC (A/C2) plasmids are known to play an important role in the spread of multiple antibiotic resistance determinants, including extended-spectrum β-lactamases and carbapenamases, amongst Gram negative bacterial populations. The ability to identify and track these plasmids is valuable in epidemiological and clinical studies. A recent comparative analysis of the backbones of sequenced IncC plasmids identified two distinct lineages, type 1 and type 2, with different evolutionary histories. Here, a simple PCR method to rapidly assign plasmids to one of these lineages by detecting variable regions in the backbone was developed...
August 30, 2016: Plasmid
Yuhua Wu, Jun Li, Yulei Wang, Xiaofei Li, Yunjing Li, Li Zhu, Jun Li, Gang Wu
The use of analytical controls is essential when performing GMO detection through screening tests. Additionally, the presence of taxon-specific sequences is analyzed mostly for quality control during GMO detection. In this study, 11 commonly used genetic elements involving three promoters (P-35S, P-FMV35S and P-NOS), four marker genes (Bar, NPTII, HPT and Pmi), and four terminators (T-NOS, T-35S, T-g7 and T-e9), together with the reference gene fragments from six major crops of maize, soybean, rapeseed, rice, cotton and wheat, were co-integrated into the same single plasmid to construct a general reference plasmid pBI121-Screening...
August 4, 2016: Plasmid
Kevin S Lang, Timothy J Johnson
Conjugation plays an important role in the horizontal movement of DNA between bacterial species and even genera. Large conjugative plasmids in Gram-negative bacteria are associated with multi-drug resistance and have been implicated in the spread of these phenotypes to pathogenic organisms. A/C plasmids often carry genes that confer resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. Recently, transcription factors were characterized that regulate A/C conjugation. In this work, we expanded the regulon of the negative regulator Acr2...
August 1, 2016: Plasmid
Elsi Pulkkinen, Saija Haapa-Paananen, Hilkka Turakainen, Harri Savilahti
Mu transposition-based cloning of DNA circles employs in vitro transposition reaction to deliver both the plasmid origin of replication and a selectable marker into the target DNA of interest. We report here the construction of a platform for the purpose that contains ten mini-Mu transposons with five different replication origins, enabling a variety of research approaches for the discovery and study of circular DNA. We also demonstrate that the simultaneous use of two transposons, one with the origin of replication and the other with selectable marker, is beneficial as it improves the cloning efficiency by reducing the fraction of autointegration-derived plasmid clones...
July 2016: Plasmid
Jennifer M Auchtung, Naira Aleksanyan, Artemisa Bulku, Melanie B Berkmen
Horizontal gene transfer plays a profound role in bacterial evolution by propelling the rapid transfer of genes and gene cassettes. Integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) are one important mechanism driving horizontal gene transfer. ICEs, also known as conjugative transposons, reside on the host chromosome but can excise to form a conjugative DNA circle that is capable of transfer to other cells. Analysis of the large number of completed bacterial genome sequences has revealed many previously unrecognized ICEs, including ICEBs1, found in the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis...
July 2016: Plasmid
Christopher J Harmer, Sally R Partridge, Ruth M Hall
Most A/C plasmids sequenced to date were recovered in the last two decades. To gain insight into the evolution of this group, the IncC plasmid pDGO100, found in a multiply antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli strain isolated in 1981, was sequenced. pDGO100 belongs to the type 1 lineage and carries an ARI-A antibiotic resistance island but not an ARI-B island. The A/C2 backbone of pDGO100 has a deletion in the rhs1 gene previously found in pRMH760 and differs by only six single base pair substitutions from pRMH760, recovered at the same hospital 16years later...
July 2016: Plasmid
M D Crespo, E Altermann, J Olson, W G Miller, K Chandrashekhar, S Kathariou
In Campylobacter spp., resistance to the antimicrobials kanamycin and tetracycline is frequently associated with plasmid-borne genes. However, relatively few plasmids of Campylobacter jejuni have been fully characterized to date. A novel plasmid (p11601MD; 44,095nt) harboring tet(O) was identified in C. jejuni strain 11601MD, which was isolated from the jejunum of a turkey produced conventionally in North Carolina. Analysis of the p11601MD sequence revealed the presence of a high-GC content cassette with four genes that included tet(O) and a putative aminoglycoside transferase gene (aphA-3) highly similar to kanamycin resistance determinants...
July 2016: Plasmid
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