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Arch Microbiol. 2001 Feb;175(2):79-85.

The clc element of Pseudomonas sp. strain B13 and other mobile degradative elements employing phage-like integrases.

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Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Ueberlandstrasse 133, Postfach 611, CH 8600, Dübendorf, Switzerland. vdmeer@eawag.ch

Abstract

Genes for metabolic pathways in bacteria that degrade aromatic or aliphatic pollutants have mostly been confined to either plasmid DNAs or to the chromosome. For a few pathways, including classical pathways for chlorocatechol and biphenyl degradation, recent evidence has been obtained for location of the pathway genes on mobile DNA elements which employ phage-like integrases. This enables the DNA elements to integrate into specific sites on the chromosome and yet to excise and transfer to other host bacteria. This mini-review gives an overview of those elements and their relationship to an increasing number of phage-like elements associated with bacterial virulence.

PMID:
11285744
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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