Coral-mucus-associated Vibrio integrons in the Great Barrier Reef: genomic hotspots for environmental adaptation

Koenig, Jeremy E., Bourne, David G., Curtis, Bruce, Dlutek, Marlena, Stokes, H.W., Doolittle, W. Ford, and Boucher, Yan (2011) Coral-mucus-associated Vibrio integrons in the Great Barrier Reef: genomic hotspots for environmental adaptation. ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, 5 (6). pp. 962-972.

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Abstract

Integron cassette arrays in a dozen cultivars of the most prevalent group of Vibrio isolates obtained from mucus expelled by a scleractinian coral (Pocillopora damicornis) colony living on the Great Barrier Reef were sequenced and compared. Although all cultivars showed > 99% identity across recA, pyrH and rpoB genes, no two had more than 10% of their integron-associated gene cassettes in common, and some individuals shared cassettes exclusively with distantly-related members of the genus. Of cassettes shared within the population, a number appear to have been transferred between Vibrio isolates, as assessed by phylogenetic analysis. Prominent among the mucus Vibrio cassettes with potentially inferable functions are acetyltransferases, some with close similarity to known antibiotic-resistance determinants. A subset of these potential resistance cassettes were shared exclusively between the mucus Vibrio cultivars, Vibrio coral pathogens and human pathogens, thus illustrating a direct link between these microbial niches through exchange of integron-associated gene cassettes. The ISME Journal (2011) 5, 962-972; doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.193; published online 27 January 2011 Subject Category: microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions.

Item ID: 51140
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1751-7370
Keywords: integrons, coral, Vibrio, gene cassettes, microbial defense
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 07:43
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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