Lateral gene transfer between obligate intracellular bacteria: evidence from the Rickettsia massiliae genome.

@article{Blanc2007LateralGT,
  title={Lateral gene transfer between obligate intracellular bacteria: evidence from the Rickettsia massiliae genome.},
  author={Guillaume Blanc and Hiroyuki Ogata and Catherine Robert and St{\'e}phane Audic and Jean-Michel Claverie and Didier Raoult},
  journal={Genome research},
  year={2007},
  volume={17 11},
  pages={1657-64}
}
Rickettsia massiliae is a tick-borne obligate intracellular alpha-proteobacteria causing spotted fever in humans. Here, we present the sequence of its genome, comprising a 1.3-Mb circular chromosome and a 15.3-kb plasmid. The chromosome exhibits long-range colinearity with the other Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia genomes, except for a large fragment specific to R. massiliae that contains 14 tra genes presumably involved in pilus formation and conjugal DNA transfer. We demonstrate that the tra… CONTINUE READING

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