Integrative Conjugative Elements Are Widespread in Field Isolates of Mycoplasma Species Pathogenic for Ruminants
Florence Tardy, Virginie Mick, Emilie Dordet-Frisoni, Marc Serge Marenda, Pascal Sirand-Pugnet, Alain Blanchard, Christine Citti
Applied and Environmental Microbiology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2015
Comparative genomics have revealed massive horizontal gene transfer (HGT) between Mycoplasma species sharing common ruminant hosts. Further results pointed toward an integrative conjugative element (ICE) as an important contributor of HGT in the small-ruminant-pathogen Mycoplasma agalactiae. To estimate the prevalence of ICEs in ruminant mycoplasmas, we surveyed their occurrence in a collection of 166 field strains representing 4 (sub)species that are recognized as major pathogens. Based on available sequenced genomes, we first defined the conserved, minimal ICE backbone as composed of 4 coding sequences (CDSs) that are evenly distributed and predicted to be essential for ICE chromosomal int..View full abstract
Awarded by French national funding research agency (ANR)
This work was supported by grant ANR09-MIE016 (MycXgene) from the French national funding research agency (ANR).