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Positive selection on transposase genes of insertion sequences in the Crocosphaera watsonii genome

Mes, T.H.M. and Doeleman, M.W. (2006) Positive selection on transposase genes of insertion sequences in the Crocosphaera watsonii genome. Journal of Bacteriology, 188, 7176-7185. ISSN 0021-9193.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JB.01021-06

Abstract

Insertion sequences (ISs) are mobile elements that are commonly found in bacterial genomes. Here, the structural and functional diversity of these mobile elements in the genome of the cyanobacterium Crocosphaera watsonii WH8501 is analyzed. The number, distribution, and diversity of nucleotide and amino acid stretches with similarity to the transposase gene of this IS family suggested that this genome harbors many functional as well as truncated IS fragments. The selection pressure acting on full-length transposase open reading frames of these ISs suggested (i) the occurrence of positive selection and (ii) the presence of one or more positively selected codons. These results were obtained using three data sets of transposase genes from the same IS family that were collected based on the level of amino acid similarity, the presence of an inverted repeat, and the number of sequences in the data sets. Neither recombination nor ribosomal frameshifting, which may interfere with the selection analyses, appeared to be important forces in the transposase gene family. Some positively selected codons were located in a conserved domain, suggesting that these residues are functionally important. The finding that this type of selection acts on IS-carried genes is intriguing, because although ISs have been associated with the adaptation of the bacterial host to new environments, this has typically been attributed to transposition or transformation, thus involving different genomic locations. Intragenic adaptation of IS-carried genes identified here may constitute a novel mechanism associated with bacterial diversification and adaptation.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:11991
Deposited On:23 Nov 2011 01:00
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