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Bringing them together: plasmid pMV158 rolling circle replication and conjugation under an evolutionary perspective

Abstract: Rolling circle-replicating plasmids constitute a vast family that is particularly abundant in, but not exclusive of, Gram-positive bacteria. These plasmids are constructed as cassettes that harbor genes involved in replication and its control, mobilization, resistance determinants and one or two origins of lagging strand synthesis. Any given plasmid may contain all, some, or just only the replication cassette. We discuss here the family of the promiscuous streptococcal plasmid pMV158, with emphasis on its mobilization functions: the product of the mobM gene, prototype of the MOBV relaxase family, and its cognate origin of transfer, oriT. Amongst the subfamily of MOBV1 plasmids, three groups of oriT sequences, represented by plasmids pMV158, pT181, and p1414 were identified. In the same subfamily, we found four types of single-strand origins, namely ssoA, ssoU, ssoW, and ssoT. We found that plasmids of the rolling-circle Rep_2 family (to which pMV158 belongs) are more frequently found in Lactobacillales than in any other bacterial order, whereas Rep_1 initiators seemed to prefer hosts included in the Bacillales order. In parallel, MOBV1 relaxases associated with Rep_2 initiators tended to cluster separately from those linked to Rep_1 plasmids. The updated inventory of MOBV1 plasmids still contains exclusively mobilizable elements, since no genes associated with conjugative transfer (other than the relaxase) were detected. These plasmids proved to have a great plasticity at using a wide variety of conjugative apparatuses. The promiscuous recognition of non-cognate oriT sequences and the role of replication origins for lagging-strand origin in the host range of these plasmids are also discussed.

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 Fuente: Plasmid. 2014 Jul;74:15-31

Editorial: Academic Press Inc.

 Fecha de publicación: 02/06/2014

Nº de páginas: 17

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.plasmid.2014.05.004

ISSN: 0147-619X,1095-9890

Proyecto español: CSD- 2008-00013-INTERMODS ; CD13/ 00304 ; BFU2011-26608

Proyecto europeo: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/282004/EU/Evolution and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance/EVOTAR/