Ab Resistance Mechanisms Transfer

  1. 7 Ab Resistance Mechanisms
  2. Death Rates from Infectious Disease
    • high death rates starting in 1900s; 1/3 of all deaths were due to ID
    • heigene plans + sanitation → drop in death rate
    • gradually death rate decreased
    • most important discovery: use of antibiotics (eg. penicillin)
    • laer, vaccination also played an important role in reducing death due to infectious disease
    • in 1997, IDs cause only 4.5% of deaths
  3. Factors Contributing to the Decrease of Death Rate for ID
    • discovery of microorganisms as the cause of many serious diseases
    • better hygiene & sanitation
    • discovery of antibiotics
    • implementation of childhood vaccination programs
  4. Antibiotics
    • agents that either kill (bactericidal) or inhibit growth (bacteriostatic) of different species of bacteria
    • can be natural secondary metabolic product from microbes (eg. penicillin)
    • can be semi-synthetic or synthetic (eg. ciprofloxacin)
  5. When was the last time a new class of Antibiotics was discovered/made?
    • early 2000s
    • major issue
    • almost as soon as Abs are put into use, resistance develops

    2 nobel prizes have been awarded to scientists for discovering & applying antibiotics (1 for discovering microorganisms can produce penicillin to inhibit growth of bacteria, the 2nd for discovering that streptomycin can be used to treat TB)
  6. What do antibiotics target to kill or inhibit bacterial growth?
    • 1. cell wall synthesis (penicillin) 
    • 2. DNA Replication (fluoroquinolones)
    • 3. RNA Synthesis (rifampicin)
    • 4. Protein Synthesis (tetracyclines, chloramphenicol) 
    • 5. Folic Acid Synthesis (sulfonamides)
    • 6. Membrane Formation (daptomycin for gram+'s & colistin for gram-'s)

    • most of the time antibiotics act very specifically on microorganisms; usually only 1 pathway is targeted
  7. Gram Positive Bacteria
    • have a bilayer membrane surrounded by a THICK peptidoglycan cell wall
    • there is no additional outer membrane around the peptidoglycan cell wall
    • stains purple b/c crystal violet gets stuck in the cell wall
    • eg. Bacillus, Clostridium, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Listeria
  8. Gram Negative Bacteria
    • have 2 cell membranes, one on each side of a THIN layer of cell wall
    • tend to be more resistant to antibiotics as a result of DOUBLE plasma membrane
    • eg. E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Neisseria, Klebsiella, Vibrio, Pseudomonas
  9. Peptidoglycan Cell Wall
    • both gram+ (thick) & gram- (thin) bacteria have a peptidoglycan cell wall of different thickness but similar chemical composition
    • it contains a polysaccharide backbone (NAM, NAG)
    • a pentapeptide branches off the "NAM" part of the polysaccharide backbone
    • these peptides are cross-linked to each other
  10. What's something found in bacterial cell walls that's very uncommonly found in nature?
    • D-Ala, a D instead of L-amino acid
    • bacterial peptidoglycan cell walls are one of the most abundant sources of D-amino acid
  11. How do bacteria synthesize their complicated peptidoglycan cell walls?
    • Transpeptidase: forms peptide cross-links
    • Transglycosylase: forms polysaccharide polymer backbone
  12. Transpeptidase (Penicillin-Binding Protein)
    • peptidoglycan precursors are added onto an EXISTING cell wall - precursor peptide chains have 5 AAs as opposed to the 4 present in an existing wall
    • the enzyme recognizes a terminal D-Ala, D-ala sequence
    • it remove the terminal D-ala & catalyzes the formation of a cross-link between L-Lys (from another peptide branch) & remaining D-Ala
    • this is how peptidoglycan precursors are incorporated
  13. Beta-lactam Antibiotics
    • Penicillin
    • Cephalosporin
    • Carbapenem
    • these antibiotics have a beta-lactam functional group (square)
  14. Penicillin
    • inhibits Transpeptidase because it is a chemical mimic of D-Ala-D-Ala & competes with it to bind to the active site of the enzyme (competitive inhibitor)
    • a lot of Penicillin outcompetes the AAs & therefore prevents cell wall synthesis 
    • without cross-linking, the cell wall isn't rigid & bacteria lyse
  15. DNA Gyrase (Type II Topoisomerases)
    • modulates bacterial DNA supercoiling
    • the DNA of a bacterium is densely packed inside the cell
  16. Fluoroquinolones
    • inhibits DNA Gyrase activity
    • this only affects bacterial DNA packing b/c human cells don't have DNA Gyrase (they use a different mechanism to pack DNA)
    • eg. Ciprofloxacin
  17. Rifamycins
    • drugs that bind to the β subunit of RNA polymerase & block initiation of bacterial RNA synthesis
    • most common drug of this class: Rifampicin
    • Rifampicin sits & blocks elongation of an RNA transcript
  18. Which antibiotics work by interrupting bacterial protein synthesis?
    • 1. Tetracycline:
    • blocks attachment of charged aminoacyl-tRNA to the A site on the small subunit of the bacterial ribosome; it prevents introduction of new AAs to the nascent peptide chain
    • 2. Chloramphenicol:
    • prevents protein chain elongation by inhibiting peptidyl transferase activity of the bacterial ribosome (preventing peptide bond formation)
    • these work because only bacterial not eukaryotic ribosomes are inhibited
  19. Bacteria & Folic Acid
    • folic acid is a precursor of DNA
    • it cannot diffuse into bacterial cells, they must synthesize it from PABA (p-aminobenzoic acid)
    • PABA → dihydrofolate → THF → purines → DNA
  20. Sulfonamides
    • sulfonamide looks like PABA, the folic acid precursor
    • the antibiotic acts as a competitive inhibitor of folic acid synthesis, preventing its formation
    • without folic acid, the bacteria can’t make DNA
  21. Which antibiotics work by disrupting bacterial cell membrane function?
    • 1. Daptomycin (gram+)
    • inserts into the cell membrane & aggregates which alters the membrane curvature & creates holes that leak ions (this causes rapid depolarization resulting in a loss of membrane potential leading to inhibition of protein, DNA, & RNA synthesis, killing the cell)

    • 2. Colistin (gram-)
    • has hydrophobic/hydrophilic regions that interact with the outer cytoplasmic membrane just like a detergent, solubilizing the membrane
  22. Urgent/Serious Bacterial Threats
    • Clostridium difficile: 250,000 infections/year; 14,000 deaths
    • Neisseria gonorrhoeae: 820,000 infections/year; *30%* of infections are antibiotic resistant
    • Enterobacteriaceae: resistance developed (same with E.coli? K.neumoniae)
  23. How do bacteria resist antibiotics?
    • 1. some don't have the structure that a particular drug targets, or it's not necessary for them to survive
    • 2. inactivate the antibiotic
    • 3. modify or replace the Ab's target
    • 4. remove the Abs from the cell (via Efflux pumps → multi-drug resistance)
    • 5. prevent Ab uptake
    • 6. develop persister popualtions, meaning cells neither grow nor die during Ab exposure
  24. How do bacteria develop resistance to Penicillin?
    • they synthesize Beta-lactamase, an enzyme that cleaves the beta-lactam ring of beta-lactam antibiotics
    • the broken ring no longer looks like D-Ala - D-Ala & therefore won't inhibit Penicillin Binding Protein (Transpeptidase)
    • this enzyme is a secretin protein - it can travel outside & break down antibiotics
    • the gene for this enzyme can be encoded on a plasmid, meaning resistance can be transferred to other bacteria
    • it addition, the gene can be inducible, meaning its not made unless the bacteria sense beta lactam Abs
  25. Vancomycin
    • binds to D-Ala - D-Ala, preventing Transpeptidase from binding & synthesizing a cross-link
    • prevents cell wall synthesis (bug dies)
  26. If a bacteria can’t break a target down, the next best thing is to:
    • MODIFY it
    • with Vancomycin resistance, bacteria change their peptidoglycan wall AA branch sequence from D-Ala - D-Ala to D-Ala - D-Lactate
    • Vancomycin can no longer bind & block Transpeptidase
    • this peptide sequence can still be recognized by Transpeptidase & cross-linking can occur
  27. AcrAB Efflux Pump
    • Abs can enter a cell via Porins
    • this efflux pump uses proton motive force to pump Abs out
    • it's a feutile cycle for Abs because they never see their target (eg. ribosome)
    • some efflux pumps can have broad specificity, leading to multidrug resistance, while some target a single or fewer Ab
  28. How can bacteria prevent Ab update?
    • ↓ outer membrane porin (OMP) gene expression in Gram- species (eg. regulation OprD in Pseudomonas aeruginosa)
    • ↑ thickness/synthesis of the peptidoglycan cell wall (Gram+)
    • form a capsule or biofilm, making it difficult for small chemicals to penetrate
  29. Persistence
    • in a sick patient, there is a population of pathogenic bacteria cells
    • most are metabolically active, however a select few are dormant persister cells
    • antibiotic treatment will only kill the metabolically active bacteria (eg. if dormant bacteria aren't growing & making a peptidoglycan cell wall, Penicillin isn’t going to kill them)
    • persistent bacteria can become metabolically active & colonize the patient upon Ab treatment termination
  30. What is true about persister cells?
    • they're NOT genetic mutants
    • the majority of their offspring are sensitive to Abs
  31. Intrinsic Resistance
    • the organism is innately resistant to the Ab
    • eg. Gram- bacteria are innately resistant to Vancomycin - the drug is too big to pass through outer membrane porins
    • eg. Gram+ bacteria are resistant to Colistin b/c they lack outer membrane LPS
  32. Acquired Resistance
    • the organism develops the ability to resist the Ab by acquiring mutations or new genes via horizontal gene transfer (HGT)
    • eg. if the beta subunit site of RNA pol that rifampicin binds to is mutated, the bacteria is Rif-resistant
  33. 8 Ab Resistance Transfer
  34. What are the 3 mechanisms of HGT (Horizontal Gene Transfer) of DNA into bacterial cells?
    • 1. Transformation
    • 2. Transduction
    • 3. Conjugation
    • such processes are the basis for virulence & drug resistance among bacteria (in addition to erratic mutations)
  35. Competent Bacteria
    • bacteria with the ability to import DNA
    • aka they have the ability to make specific proteins that import DNA into the cell
  36. What can limit the ability of DNA from one species to be acquired by a different species?
    restriction enzymes --> cleave foreign DNA that enters the cell
  37. How may bacteria be induced to take up DNA from the environment?
    by changing their cell envelope structure
  38. Transformation
    • introduction of free DNA from the environment into bacteria
    • confers a special property to transformation: if you add DNAse, DNA will be consumed & no transformation will occur
    • (DNAse = nucelase that destroys DNA)
  39. Transduction (2)
    • the transfer of DNA from one bacterium to another by a bacteriophage vector
    • generalized transduction: when a transducing virus packages random fragments of host DNA
    • specialized transduction: when viruses pick up genes that lie near the site of prophage integration
  40. Stages of Generalized Transduction
    • 1. Adsorption/Attachment
    • 2. Injection of Bacterial DNA
    • 3. Transduction of Bacterial DNA
    • able to interact with new host chromosome via homologous recombination
  41. Conjugation
    • allows the direct transfer of DNA from one bacterium to another
    • two cells, the donor cell and the recipient cell, join via sex pilus, a special attachment structure, & a single strand of DNA moves from the donor to the recipient cell
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  42. What is the one thing that conjugation requires that neither transformation nor transduction require?
    • conjugation requires cell to cell contact
    • donor cells physically attach to recipient cells
  43. Recombination
    • the generation of new versions of DNA from precursor DNA molecules by enzymes that can break and ligate DNA
    • is a COVALENT association (bond-wise)
  44. conjugative plasmids
    • plasmids that carry special conjugation genes
    • donor DNA that's transferred may be plasmid or portions of chromosomal DNA
  45. Steps of Conjugation
    • 1. donor bacterial cell makes sex pilus using genes found on it's chromosome's “transferable element” or a “plasmid” it has
    • 2. donor’s sex pilus attaches to the recipient cell --> brings the donor and recipient cells together
    • 3. a single-stranded copy of the plasmid (transferable element) is transferred into the recipient cell
    • 4. the single-stranded copy of plasmid in the recipient cell circularizes & replication completes the complementary strand --> new sex pilus can be made
  46. Where are the genes that enable a cell to make a special sex pilus?
    the genes may be found on the transferable element in the bacterial chromosome or its extrachromosomal plasmid
  47. What happens if the recipient cell gets only a piece of the chromosome that's transferred?
    • it's integrated into the recipient cell’s chromosome by homologous recombination
    • if the recipient gets the entire plasmid, a new donor cell is created
  48. RecA
    • enzyme that aligns homologous DNA regions & functions in the recombination process
    • cuts & pastes incoming DNA into a bacterial chromosome
    • a gene might be immediately selected for & integrated because it can confer antibiotic resistance or utilize nutrient in environment (i.e. sugar)
  49. What are all the different ways bacteria can undergo genetic changes?
    • 1. mutations
    • 2. acquisition of new DNA (transformation, transduction, conjugation)
  50. What are the DNA elements in bacterial cells?
    • Chromosome
    • Plasmids
    • Transposons
  51. plasmid
    • non-essential, extra-chromosomal, self-replicating DNA (replicon)
    • usually circular
    • non-essential = not required for normal cellular survival
    • can carry genes necessary for pathogenesis (eg. anthrax)
    • can confer drug resistances upon their hosts
    • can be spread among bacteria or other species
  52. replicon
    • any molecule of DNA that can be autonomously replicated (capable of self-replicating)
    • eg. the chromosome, ALL plasmids & some autonomous viruses
  53. origin of replication (oriR)
    • special site in/on plasmids where replication initiates
    • is a specific, short DNA sequence DIFFERENT from the chromosomal origin of replication
  54. rep protein
    encoded by plasmid itself binds to oriR & recruits host DNA pol to initiate replication
  55. Is plasmid segregation highly regulated?
    • YES, plasmid segregation is highly regulated to ensure that each daughter cell receives at least one copy of the plasmid
    • plasmids DO NOT partition randomly to the daughter cells
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  56. What controls the plasmid copy number?
    plasmid genes
  57. incompatible plasmids
    • if you try to introduce into a bacterium a plasmid that has the SAME oriR-rep system as a plasmid that was ALREADY PRESENT in the bacterium, only ONE of the two plasmids will be maintained
    • plasmids of the same family type are incompatible within the same cell
  58. What are 3 intrinsic properties of plasmids?
    • 1. replication: they control their own (oriR & rep)
    • 2. segregation: they themselves make sure one copy is given to a daughter bacterium
    • 3. how many of themselves should be present in each bacterium
  59. transferable/conjugative plasmid
    a plasmid which contains an oriR sequence, a rep gene, & something like the tra operon, a series of genes that code for transfer proteins
  60. tra operon
    a series of genes that code for transfer proteins that allow the host bacterial cell to act as a donor of genetic material by conjugation
  61. oriT (origin of transfer)
    sequence of DNA found in an F plasmid's tra operon where transfer replication initiates
  62. Non-Transferable Plasmids
    • plasmids that aren't self-transferable, aka they do not contain an oriT sequence or encode the tra proteins that mediate conjugation
    • they could also lack both an oriT sequence & the tra operon
  63. Mobilizable Plasmids
    • a plasmid which itself lacks a tra operon BUT has an oriT sequence recognizable by a separate transferable plasmid's Tra proteins
    • if these two exist in the same cell the non-transferable plasmid may be mobilized by the transferable plasmid & passed to a recipient cell
  64. R factors/plasmids
    • plasmids that carry drug resistance genes rendering the host cell resistant to certain antibiotics
    • can be transferable
  65. transposable elements
    • units of DNA that can move, within the cell, from one site to another on the same DNA molecule or from one DNA molecule to another
    • often carry within them drug resistance genes
    • "jumping genes"
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  67. bacterial gene exchange
    • 1. transDUCtion: DNA transfer between donor and recipient is mediated by a virus
    • 2. transFORmation: donor DNA in solution is taken up by recipient cells
    • 3. Conjugation: direct contact between a donor and recipient cell occurs via F plasmid for DNA transfer to occur
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  68. Steps of Conjugation
    • 1. donor cell contain genes for sex pili synthesis encoded in a plasmid (F plasmid) & therefore expresses sex pili on its surface
    • 2. an extended sex pilus makes initial contact with a recipient cell
    • 3. the pilus is retracted bringing the two cells in contact w/ each other
    • 4. a copy of the F plasmid is nicked at oriT
    • 5. F plasmid DNA is transferred as a linear single strand into recipient bacterium
    • 6. the newly transferred F plasmid is circularized & converted to double-stranded DNA in recipient cell while the F plasmid of donor cell is converted back to dsDNA
    • (non-conjugal plasmids WILL NOT transfer)
  69. Will a non-conjugative plasmid with an oriT site in the donor cell transfer if there's a conjugative plasmid being transferred?
    • Yes, it can be transferred individually or by using the proteins made by the conjugative plasmid
    • (if the OriR is the same between 2 plasmids, only ONE will surivive, NOT OriT)
  70. oriT (origin of transfer)
    • sequence on the F plasmid nicked by an endonuclease (encoded in the tra operon)
    • cutting the plasmid DNA at oriT is necessary to initiate transfer of the plasmid to the recipient cell
    • the first segment of DNA to be transferred to a recipient cell is adjacent to the nick
  71. tra operon
    • region of the F plasmid which encodes genes involved in conjugation
    • said genes encode many proteins involved in the synthesis of the sex pili & DNA transfer proteins, including the endonuclease that nicks the DNA at oriT
    • other proteins encoded by the tra operon include pilin, the major component of the pilus, the proteins of the structural base of the pilus, pilus assembly proteins, & proteins that modify the surface of the donor cell
  72. surface exclusion
    • the phenomenon that conjugative plasmids encode proteins which modify the bacterial cell surface of the cell in which they reside
    • these modifications BLOCK the ability of the sex pilus of a second cell carrying a related plasmid to attach to the cell surface
    • this prevents a cell that carries a conjugative plasmid from inheriting additional, related conjugative plasmids [rendering the original one useless]
  73. tra repressor gene
    • inactivates the synthesis of traJ (positive regulator of tra operon)
    • found in the R factor - a drug resistance plasmid similar to the F factor plasmid
    • most conjugative plasmids regulate their fertility
  74. Why are tra repressor genes seen in most conjugative plasmids?
    • because the pili plasmids encode can easily be bound by phages, resulting in the bacterium's death
    • it is advantageous to be able to control pili expression
  75. Why is the tra operon of F expressed constitutively?
    because the repressor is nonfunctional - long ago an insertion mutation occurred in the repressor gene
  76. What are some regions of homology shared between the F factor & the bacterial chromosome (+ other plasmids)?
    • IS3 gene (2 copies)
    • IS2 gene (1 copy)
    • Tn1000 (1 copy of transposon)
    • *in the presence of RecA, these regions of homology can serve as RECOMBINATION SITES
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  77. How can a transferable (conjugative) plasmids mediate the transfer of chromosomal genes?
    • chromosomal genes may only be transferred if the conjugative plasmid becomes INTEGRATED into the bacterial chromosome
    • this is a rare event (occurs in 1 out of every 106 cells) BUT in a culture of a billion cells there would be about 1000 cells in which independent integrations would occur
  78. Where in the bacterial genome can transferable plasmids integrate?
    • transferable plasmids can integrate at a variety of sites (unlike temperate phages like lambda which integrate at a specific site in the chromosome)
    • therefore a population of cells carrying a transferable plasmid is heterogeneous: some cells contain free plasmid DNA, some have a plasmid integrated in their chromosome, and those cells will have the plasmid integrated in different sites of their chromosome
  79. Hfr Strains
    • a new strain of bacteria that have an F factor integrated into a chromosome - it can transfer genes proximal to the integrated conjugative plasmid at high frequency
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  80. F' factor
    • an F factor that has excised itself from a bacterial Hfr chromosome taking with it a piece of bacterial DNA
    • Type I excision: F factor has some bacterial DNA & is itself incompletely excised
    • Type II excision: F factor is completely excised & takes with it some bacterial DNA
    • these excisions are an important mechanism by which plasmids acquire additional genes, notably genes for pathogenesis factors which they can then pass on to future generations and to other cells
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  82. R100
    • an R factor (a plasmid) that conveys drug resistance against antibiotics chloramphenicol, streptomycin, tetracycline, & sulfonamide to bacteria such as Shigella dysenteriae (cause dysentery)
    • contains a tra operon, so is a transfer plasmid
    • fertility is repressed in established cultures but not in cells that have NEWLY acquired R100 because the R100 sex pilus is s receptor for many phages
  83. What happens if a cell contains both R100 (R factor) and an F factor?
    transfer of either plasmid occurs at LOW frequency
  84. R factor
    • plasmids which encode resistance to at least one antibiotic
    • they can be conjugative plasmids or have no conjugative capability at all
    • some R factors have very limited host ranges (can only be maintained in one or few related species), while others have very broad host ranges
  85. Which R factor is the most 'promiscuous'/transferable?
    • RP4
    • not only does it transfer to almost ALL bacterial species, it can even transfer DNA to yeast cells and to plants
  86. Which R factor genes generally contain antibiotic and chemical resistances?
    genes that are parts of transposable elements: DNA sequences that can move as a unit to new sites on the same DNA molecule OR to other DNA molecules within the same cell
  87. What are the 4 classes of transposable elements?
    • 1. Insertion Sequences (IS) [700-1500 bp]
    • 2. Simple or Noncomposite Transposons
    • 3. Composite Transposons
    • 4. Itegrating Conjugal Elements (ICE)
  88. Insertion Sequences (IS)
    • mobile, short (~0.7-1.8 kb) DNA elements that ONLY encode a single protein, transposase, involved in their transposition
    • they are found ubiquitously (in the F factor, bacterial chromosome, R factors, phage genomes…)
    • can transpose between any DNA molecule present in the SAME cell, aka their transposable properties are limited to only functioning intracellularly
  89. What do all IS elements tend to have at their ends?
    short (<100 bp), inverted repeat sequences at their 5' & 3' ends
  90. Why are chromosomes not riddled extensively with transposable elements?
    • despite the fact that an IS can hop randomly, transposable elements have evolved so that the transposase protein both mediates transposition AND represses its own transcription
    • too much transposition would inactivate genes & be deleterious
  91. What happens at the target site of transposition where the transposon or IS element is incorporated into the piece of DNA?
    • after the target site is cut & the transposon or IS element is ligated in, DNA polymerase fills in gaps that resulted from cutting of the target site, effectively DUPLICATING it
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  92. Transposon
    • a mobile genetic element containing additional genes unrelated to transposition (eg. a gene encoding drug resistance, toxins, conjugative properties, etc.)
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  93. Composite Transposons
    • typically consists of a drug resistance gene sandwiched between two matching IS sequences
    • the whole transposon can either "hop" as a unit or the ends can transpose independently
    • two matching IS sequences can transpose themselves & everything in between
  94. composite vs. simple transposon
    • composite: a drug resistance gene between by two matching IS sequences
    • simple: a single drug resistance gene, a transposase gene, & a resolvase gene between short terminal repeats
  95. Simple (Noncomposite) Transposons
    • are structurally similar to IS elements, but carry a SINGLE drug resistance gene, a transposase gene, & a resolvase gene between the short terminal repeats (STRs)
    • simple transposons MUST transpose as a unit
    • unlike how composite transposons, there is no independent IS sequence at either end of a simple transposon that can 'hop'
  96. resolvase
    resolves the cointegrate: a transposition intermediate
  97. Tn3
    • classic examples of a simple transposon
    • contains an It has an AMP resistance gene between the short terminal repeats
    • its transposase functions are provided by two genes
    • doesn't use a cut & paste mechanism like ISs use; instead it inserts itself into new genetic material via replicative transposition
  98. replicative transposition
    • the mechanism by which transposons move between & within genetic material
    • 1. trasposon is copied/duplicated
    • 2. form a cointegrate: intermediate consisting of the donor and receptor DNA sequences in a characteristic configuration ('theta')
    • 3. one copy of transposon remains where it existed originally & the copy is transferred
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  99. What proteins are capable of resolving the cointegrate transposition intermediate resulting in the original genetic material and the new, slightly altered genetic material?
    • resolvase (TnpR in Tn3): resolves quickly because it's dedicated to this specific function
    • RecA: resolves more slowly
  100. What is another way a nonconjugal plasmid can be transferred from a donor to a recipient cell?
    • by forming a cointegrate with a transfer factor & the complex is transferred in it's cointegrate form
    • when resolved in recipient cell, nonconjugal plasmid has now been TRANSFERRED
  101. Integrating Conjugal Elements (ICE)
    combines properties (genes) of transposons, temperate phages, AND conjugal elements all in the same unit
  102. STX element
    an integrating conjugal element from Vibrio cholera that integrates at a specific site in the V.cholerae genome, promotes DNA transfer to recipient cells, & contains a transposon that includes a gene for drug resistance
  103. Conservative (Cut & Paste) Transposition
    • some transposons are transmitted by a cut-and-paste mechanism where the transposon is actually excised from the site at which it resides and is inserted into a new site
    • there is NO duplication of target site
    • NO cointegrate formation
    • the transposon LEAVES the donor site & MOVES to the target site
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Ab Resistance Mechanisms Transfer
Microbiology Exam 4