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Natural transfer of conjugative transposon Tn916 between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
J Bacteriol 1991; 173(2):443-8JB

Abstract

The conjugative streptococcal transposon Tn916 was found to transfer naturally between a variety of gram-positive and gram-negative eubacteria. Enterococcus faecalis hosting the transposon could serve as a donor for Alcaligenes eutrophus, Citrobacter freundii, and Escherichia coli at frequencies of 10(-6) to 10(-8). No transfer was observed with several phototrophic species. Mating of an E. coli strain carrying Tn916 yielded transconjugants with Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium acetobutylicum, Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis at frequencies of 10(-4) to 10(-6). Acetobacterium woodii was the only gram-positive organism tested that did not accept the transposon from a gram-negative donor. The results prove the ability of conjugative transposable elements such as Tn916 for natural cross-species gene transfer, thus potentially contributing to bacterial evolution.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institut für Mikrobiologie, Universität Göttingen, Federal Republic of Germany.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

1846142

Citation

Bertram, J, et al. "Natural Transfer of Conjugative Transposon Tn916 Between Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria." Journal of Bacteriology, vol. 173, no. 2, 1991, pp. 443-8.
Bertram J, Strätz M, Dürre P. Natural transfer of conjugative transposon Tn916 between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. J Bacteriol. 1991;173(2):443-8.
Bertram, J., Strätz, M., & Dürre, P. (1991). Natural transfer of conjugative transposon Tn916 between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Journal of Bacteriology, 173(2), pp. 443-8.
Bertram J, Strätz M, Dürre P. Natural Transfer of Conjugative Transposon Tn916 Between Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria. J Bacteriol. 1991;173(2):443-8. PubMed PMID: 1846142.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Natural transfer of conjugative transposon Tn916 between gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. AU - Bertram,J, AU - Strätz,M, AU - Dürre,P, PY - 1991/1/1/pubmed PY - 1991/1/1/medline PY - 1991/1/1/entrez SP - 443 EP - 8 JF - Journal of bacteriology JO - J. Bacteriol. VL - 173 IS - 2 N2 - The conjugative streptococcal transposon Tn916 was found to transfer naturally between a variety of gram-positive and gram-negative eubacteria. Enterococcus faecalis hosting the transposon could serve as a donor for Alcaligenes eutrophus, Citrobacter freundii, and Escherichia coli at frequencies of 10(-6) to 10(-8). No transfer was observed with several phototrophic species. Mating of an E. coli strain carrying Tn916 yielded transconjugants with Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium acetobutylicum, Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis at frequencies of 10(-4) to 10(-6). Acetobacterium woodii was the only gram-positive organism tested that did not accept the transposon from a gram-negative donor. The results prove the ability of conjugative transposable elements such as Tn916 for natural cross-species gene transfer, thus potentially contributing to bacterial evolution. SN - 0021-9193 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/1846142/Natural_transfer_of_conjugative_transposon_Tn916_between_gram_positive_and_gram_negative_bacteria_ L2 - http://jb.asm.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=1846142 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -