Horizontal Gene Transfer in Thermus spp.

@article{Blesa2018HorizontalGT,
  title={Horizontal Gene Transfer in Thermus spp.},
  author={Alba Blesa and Beate Averhoff and Jos{\'e} Berenguer},
  journal={Current issues in molecular biology},
  year={2018},
  volume={29},
  pages={23-36}
}
The small amount of genetic content in thermophiles generally limits their adaptability to environmental changes. In Thermus spp., very active horizontal gene transfer (HGT) mechanisms allow the rapid spread of strain-specific adaptive gene modules among the entire population. Constitutive expression of a rather particular and highly efficient DNA transport apparatus (DTA) is at the center of this HGT-mediated enhanced adaptability. The function of the DTA is dependent on the integrity and… CONTINUE READING
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