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Stephanie J Ambrose, Christopher J Harmer, Ruth M Hall
In an early study, IncA and IncC plasmids that were reported to be compatible were grouped as the "A-C complex" based on similarities and on strong entry exclusion. However, recently, the term IncA/C has been used frequently to describe plasmids belonging to both of these two groups. Granted that the supporting data was not included in the original reports and that the consensus iteron sequences have since been shown to be essentially identical, we have addressed the question again. The original IncA plasmid, RA1, and the IncC plasmid pRMH760, were introduced into the same cell by transformation, and were found to be maintained stably for over 100 generations in the absence of selection for either plasmid, i...
February 24, 2018: Plasmid
Shuai Shao, Xiaorong Zhang, G Paul H van Heusden, Paul J J Hooykaas
Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain Chry5 is hypervirulent on many plants including soybean that are poorly transformed by other A. tumefaciens strains. Therefore, it is considered as a preferred vector for genetic transformation of plants. Here we report the complete nucleotide sequence of its chrysopine-type Ti-plasmid pTiChry5. It is comprised of 197,268 bp with an overall GC content of 54.5%. Two T-DNA regions are present and 219 putative protein-coding sequences could be identified in pTiChry5. Roughly one half of the plasmid is highly similar to the agropine-type Ti plasmid pTiBo542, including the virulence genes with an identical virG gene, which is responsible for the supervirulence caused by pTiBo542...
February 7, 2018: Plasmid
Atsushi Tabata, Douglas Deutsch, Seiya Otsuka, Kathleen Verratti, Toshifumi Tomoyasu, Hideaki Nagamune, Vincent A Fischetti
Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) are the genetic material often involved in the interspecies and intraspecies genetic transduction in bacteria. However, little is known about MGEs in the Anginosus group of streptococci (AGS), one of the streptococcal groups found in the oral cavity of humans. We looked for the presence of MGEs in Streptococcus anginosus subsp. anginosus (SAA), a representative species belonging to AGS, and found a novel plasmid from SAA strain 0430-08. This plasmid was 7038bp and ~31% G/C content which we named pSAA0430-08, and examined its genetic structure and characteristics...
January 17, 2018: Plasmid
Salma A Shoulah, Anna M Oschmann, Abdelfattah Selim, Torsten Semmler, Carsten Schwarz, Elisabeth Kamal, Faysal Hamouda, Elsayed Galila, Wilbert Bitter, Astrid Lewin
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) is a widespread opportunistic pathogen that can be isolated from environment (dust, soil and water) and patients with lung or lymphnode infection. In our previous research we revealed the pronounced genetic diversity in MAH by identifying eight different types of a newly described genomic island. In order to identify mechanisms of such horizontal gene transfer we now analyzed the ability of 47 MAH isolates to inherit the conjugative plasmid pRAW from M. marinum. A higher percentage of environmental isolates (22...
January 14, 2018: Plasmid
Oliver Goldbeck, Gerd M Seibold
The Gram-positive Corynebacterium glutamicum is widely known for its application in the industrial production of amino acids and as a non-pathogenic model organism for cell wall biosynthesis in the group of CMN bacteria. For biotechnological and physiological studies often co-expression of recombinant genes is required, however for C. glutamicum no vector for the independent co-expression of two genes was described. We here created the novel expression vector pOGOduet for C. glutamicum, which carries the ColE1 replicon of E...
January 10, 2018: Plasmid
Stefan Hennig, Nadine Hornauer, Gerhard Rödel, Kai Ostermann
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is an attractive host for heterologous gene expression. However, expression systems for industrially viable large-scale fermentations are scarce. Several inducible expression vectors for S. pombe have been reported, with the strong thiamine-repressible nmt1+ promoter or derivatives thereof most commonly employed. Previously, the promoter regions of the genes sxa2+ and rep1+ were utilized to couple pheromone signaling to the expression of reporter genes for quantitative assessment of the cellular response to mating pheromones...
January 2018: Plasmid
Tatiana A Defosse, Yohann Le Govic, Patrick Vandeputte, Vincent Courdavault, Marc Clastre, Jean-Philippe Bouchara, Anuradha Chowdhary, Nathalie Giglioli-Guivarc'h, Nicolas Papon
Candida auris has recently emerged as a global cause of severe hospital-acquired fungal infections. To enable functional genomic approaches for this prominent pathogen, we designed a synthetic construct that can be used to genetically transform the genome-sequenced strain VPCI 479/P/13 of C. auris following an efficient electroporation procedure.
January 2018: Plasmid
Christopher J Harmer, Ruth M Hall
The IncC plasmid pB2-1, from a Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate recovered in Brisbane prior to 1995, belongs to a subtype of type 1 IncC plasmids, here designated type 1a, that includes those carrying carbapenem resistance genes such as blaNDM and blaKPC. pB2-1 carries a 2358bp deletion in the rhs1 gene found in four other type 1a IncC plasmids. pB2-1 confers resistance to ampicillin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, tobramycin, sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline and trimethoprim. It transferred at a frequency of 4...
October 16, 2017: Plasmid
Wei Zhang, Zihao Zhao, Yankun Yang, Xiuxia Liu, Zhonghu Bai
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an attractive host for the production of heterologous proteins despite its traditional use in fermentative production of amino acids. To enhance the expression levels of target genes, the development of useful promoters is required in the construction of expression systems. Here, we developed a new promoter, the aph promoter from aminoglycoside-3'-phosphotransferase gene, and used it to construct monocistronic and bicistronic expression systems that host different ribosome binding site (RBS) sequences...
October 3, 2017: Plasmid
Dukas Jurėnas, Abel Garcia-Pino, Laurence Van Melderen
Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are widespread in bacterial and archeal genomes. These modules are very dynamic and participate in bacterial genome evolution through horizontal gene transfer. TA systems are commonly composed of a labile antitoxin and a stable toxin. Toxins appear to preferentially inhibit the protein synthesis process. Toxins use a variety of molecular mechanisms and target nearly every step of translation to achieve their inhibitory function. This review focuses on a recently identified TA family that includes acetyltransferase toxins...
September 20, 2017: Plasmid
João Alves Gama, Rita Zilhão, Francisco Dionisio
As shown in the previous article, two distinct conjugative plasmids sometimes interact within bacterial cells, implicating changes of transfer rates. In most cases of interactions within bacteria, the transfer of one of the plasmids decreases. Less frequently, the transfer rate of one of the plasmids increases. Here we analyse what happens if three distinct conjugative plasmids colonize the same bacterial cell. Our aim is to understand how interactions between two plasmids affect the transfer rate of the third plasmid...
August 24, 2017: Plasmid
João Alves Gama, Rita Zilhão, Francisco Dionisio
Conjugative plasmids encode the genes responsible for the synthesis of conjugative pili and plasmid transfer. Expression of the conjugative machinery (including conjugative pili) may be costly to bacteria, not only due to the energetic/metabolic cost associated with their expression but also because they serve as receptors for certain viruses. Consequently, the presence of two plasmids in the same cell may be disadvantageous to each plasmid, because they may impose a higher fitness cost on the host. Therefore, plasmids may encode mechanisms to cope with co-resident plasmids...
August 24, 2017: Plasmid
João Alves Gama, Rita Zilhão, Francisco Dionisio
Conjugative plasmids encode genes that enable them to transfer, by conjugation, from a given host cell to another cell. Conjugative transfer, despite being an important feature of conjugative plasmids, is not constitutive for most plasmids, the reason being that genes involved in horizontal transfer are mostly repressed. Only upon their transient de-repression are plasmids able to transfer horizontally. If host cells harbour multiple plasmids, their simultaneous transfer depends on simultaneous transient de-repression of all plasmids...
August 24, 2017: Plasmid
Krzysztof Romaniuk, Tomasz Krucon, Przemyslaw Decewicz, Adrian Gorecki, Lukasz Dziewit
The knowledge on plasmids of cold-active bacteria is highly limited. In this study, the molecular characterization of the pA3J1 plasmid of Antarctic psychrotolerant bacterium Pseudomonas sp. ANT_J3 was performed. Within this plasmid, thirteen putative open reading frames were identified. Nine of them encoded proteins involved in replication, partitioning, postsegregational elimination of plasmid-less cells (via a toxin-antitoxin system activity), multimer resolution and mobilization by conjugal transfer. These genes constitute the plasmid backbone...
August 9, 2017: Plasmid
Chang-Wei Lei, Ling-Han Kong, Su-Zhen Ma, Bi-Hui Liu, Yan-Peng Chen, An-Yun Zhang, Hong-Ning Wang
IncC plasmids are of great concern as vehicles of broad-spectrum cephalosporins and carbapenems resistance genes blaCMY and blaNDM. The aim of this study was to sequence and characterize a multidrug resistance (MDR) IncC plasmid (pPm14C18) recovered from Proteus mirabilis. pPm14C18 was identified in a CMY-2-producing P. mirabilis isolate from chicken in China in 2014, and could be transferred to Escherichia coli conferring an MDR phenotype. Whole genome sequencing confirmed pPm14C18 was a novel type 1/2 hybrid IncC plasmid 165,992bp in size, containing fifteen antimicrobial resistance genes...
July 27, 2017: Plasmid
Marc J A Stevens, Adriano Venturini, Christophe Lacroix, Leo Meile
Bifidobacterium thermophilum is encountered in the GI-tract of pigs and infants. Here we provide a transformation protocol for B. thermophilum and a novel expression vector for this species. The protocol resulted in transformation rates of 1×10(3) transformed cells per μg DNA. Transformation was shown to be dependent on the presence of fructo-oligosaccharides during growth, polyethylene glycol in the electroporation buffer, and on methylation of the vector. The Escherichia coli - B. thermophilum shuttle vector pLFB1012 for heterologous gene expression was constructed harbouring the glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter from Bifidobacterium longum (Pgap)...
July 14, 2017: Plasmid
Yan-Xian Yang, Yong-Qiang Yang, Chang-Wei Lei, Bi-Hui Liu, Wei Jiang, Hong-Ning Wang, Maria Consuelo Gazitúa, An-Yun Zhang
Recently, a novel variant of the CTX-M enzyme, CTX-M-98, was detected in Escherichia coli isolates from food animals. However, few plasmids carrying blaCTX-M-98 have been fully characterized. In this study, we sequenced the complete pHeBE7 plasmid, an 86,015-bp plasmid that contains the blaCTX-M-98b, blaTEM-1, rmtB, and traT genes, using whole-genome sequencing. The backbone of pHeBE7 shows a high similarity (>99%) to pMC-NDM, which carries the blaNDM-1 gene, however its mosaic regions remain relatively unique among sequenced plasmids...
July 6, 2017: Plasmid
Longhua Hu, Anthony G Vecchiarelli, Kiyoshi Mizuuchi, Keir C Neuman, Jian Liu
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July 2017: Plasmid
Timothy L Haskett, Joshua P Ramsay, Amanuel A Bekuma, John T Sullivan, Graham W O'Hara, Jason J Terpolilli
Integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) are generally regarded as regions of contiguous DNA integrated within a bacterial genome that are capable of excision and horizontal transfer via conjugation. We recently characterized a unique group of ICEs present in Mesorhizobium spp., which exist as three entirely separate but inextricably linked chromosomal regions termed α, β and γ. These regions occupy three different recombinase attachment (att) sites; however, they do not excise independently. Rather, they recombine the host chromosome to form a single contiguous region prior to excision and conjugative transfer...
June 29, 2017: Plasmid
Christopher J Harmer, Mohammad Hamidian, Ruth M Hall
The 167.5kb sequence of the conjugative IncC plasmid pIP40a, isolated from a Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 1969, was analysed. pIP40a confers resistance to kanamycin, neomycin, ampicillin, sulphonamides and mercuric ions, and several insertions in a type 1 IncC backbone were found, including copies of IS3, Tn1000 and a novel mercury resistance transposon, Tn6182. The antibiotic resistance genes were in two locations. Tn6023, containing the aphA1 kanamycin and neomycin resistance gene, is in a partial copy of Tn1/Tn2/Tn3 (blaTEM, ampicillin resistance) in the kfrA gene, and the sul2 sulphonamide resistance gene is in the integrative element GIsul2 in the position of ARI-B islands...
May 31, 2017: Plasmid
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