An evolutionary perspective on plasmid lifestyle modes.

Hülter, Nils, Ilhan, Judith, Wein, Tanita, Kadibalban, A Samer, Hammerschmidt, Katrin and Dagan, Tal (2017) An evolutionary perspective on plasmid lifestyle modes. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 38 . pp. 74-80. DOI 10.1016/j.mib.2017.05.001.

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Plasmids are extra-chromosomal genetic elements whose ecology and evolution depend on their genetic repertoire and interaction with the host. We review the events that lead to transitions between plasmid lifestyle modes - invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adaptation - from a plasmid perspective. Plasmid lifestyle is determined by various traits, including mobility, stability and indispensability that vary in their magnitude. Transitions between the plasmid lifestyles, invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adpatation, are caused by the interplay between plasmid traits and host biology. Mobility and indispensability are important in plasmid ecology, whereas plasmid stability is more relevant for long-term plasmid evolution. In transitioning into additional chromosomes plasmids loose their independence and enter the host lineage. Though plasmids are confined to their hosts, their evolution may be independent of prokaryotic chromosomes.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.05.001
ISSN: 1369-5274
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 19:28

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