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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 Jan 15;135(2-3):179-85.

Transposons Tn916 and Tn925 can transfer from Enterococcus faecalis to Leuconostoc oenos.

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Departament de Microbiologia, Universitat de València, Facultat de Biologia, Burjassot-València, Spain.


The streptococcal transposons Tn916 and Tn925 were transferred to several strains of Leuconostoc (Ln.) oenos using the filter mating method. The insertion of both transposons into the chromosome occurred at different sites. Transconjugants of Ln. oenos carrying Tn916 could serve as donors in mating experiments with Lactococcus lactis LM2301. Further analysis of L. lactis LM2301 transconjugants showed that the insertion of the transposon Tn916 into the chromosome was site-specific. These studies establish a basis for the initiation of genetic studies in this Leuconostoc species since there are no efficient conjugal or transformation systems previously described for this microorganism.

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