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Int J Med Microbiol. 2000 Oct;290(6):519-27.

Pathogenicity islands and phage conversion: evolutionary aspects of bacterial pathogenesis.

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Institut für Molekulare Infektionsbiologie, Universität Würzburg, Germany.

Abstract

Horizontal gene transfer plays a key role in the generation of novel bacterial pathogens. Besides plasmids and bacteriophages, large genomic regions termed pathogenicity islands (PAIs) can be transferred horizontally. All three mechanisms for DNA exchange or transfer may be important for the evolution of bacterial pathogens.

PMID:
11100826
DOI:
10.1016/S1438-4221(00)80017-X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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