Characterization of an insertion sequence-like element identified in plasmid pCIT264 from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis

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Abstract

Plasmid pCIT264 from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis (L. diacetylactis) contains an insertion sequence (IS)-like element located in the citrate utilization (citQRP) cluster. This 967-nucleotide long element is bounded by 17 bp perfect inverted repeats and contains an open reading frame (ORF1) composed of 296 codons, which could encode a transposase, Expression of the IS from pCIT264 generates two mRNAs of 2900 and 1900 nucleotides. The transcription is driven by the P3 promoter, composed of a - 10 region located at the right end of the IS and of a - 35 region positioned downstream of this element. The IS-like element (IS982) is present in seven copies in the L. diacetylactis genome. The copy present in pCIT264 is highly stable and does not promote rearrangements of the cit cluster. We suggest that the stable maintenance of the IS-like element in pCIT264 could be due to a translational control of the putative transposase by an antisense RNA.

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Magni, C., López De Felipe, F., López, P., & De Mendoza, D. (1996). Characterization of an insertion sequence-like element identified in plasmid pCIT264 from Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 136(3), 289–295. https://doi.org/10.1016/0378-1097(96)00023-7

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