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The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases: Pathogenicity Islands and Other Mobile Genetic Elements

Hacker, J. and Blum-Oehler, Gabriele and Hochhut, Bianca and Dobrindt, U. (2003) The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases: Pathogenicity Islands and Other Mobile Genetic Elements. Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica, 50 (4). pp. 321-330. ISSN 1217-8950

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Abstract

Bacterial genomes generally consist of stable regions termed core genome, and variable regions that form the so-called flexible gene pool. The flexible part is composed of bacteriophages, plasmids, transposons as well as unstable large regions that have been termed genomic islands. Genomic islands encoding virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria  have been designated “pathogenicity islands”. Pathogenicity islands were first discovered in uropathogenic Escherichia coli and presently more than 30 bacterial species carrying pathogenicity islands have been described. This review summarises the current knowledge on bacterial genomic islands and their general features, and discusses their putative role in the evolution of microbes in the light of genomics of pathogenic bacteria.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia
Depositing User: xFruzsina xPataki
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 18:26
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 18:26
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/62223

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