Identification of a Genomic Island of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is a process by which bacteria acquire genes from organisms of distant taxa. HGT is now recognized as a major driving force in the evolution of bacterial pathogens. Through this process, bacteria may accumulate blocks of DNA such as genomic islands (GEIs) that encode fitness or virulence factors. The periodontal… (More)
DOI: 10.1902/jop.2005.76.11-S.2052

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