Bacterial transformation: distribution, shared mechanisms and divergent control

@article{Johnston2014BacterialTD,
  title={Bacterial transformation: distribution, shared mechanisms and divergent control},
  author={Calum Johnston and Bernard Martin and Gwennaele Fichant and Patrice Polard and Jean-Pierre Claverys},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={12},
  pages={181-196}
}
Natural bacterial transformation involves the internalization and chromosomal integration of DNA and has now been documented in ∼80 species. Recent advances have established that phylogenetically distant species share conserved uptake and processing proteins but differ in the inducing cues and regulatory mechanisms that are involved. In this Review, we highlight divergent and common principles that govern the transformation process in different bacteria. We discuss how this cumulative knowledge… 

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