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Multiple Pathways of Genome Plasticity Leading to Development of Antibiotic Resistance

Author(s): Zeynep Baharoglu | Geneviève Garriss | Didier Mazel

Journal: Antibiotics
ISSN 2079-6382

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 288;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: integron | SOS | sub-MIC | reactive oxygen species | horizontal gene transfer | RpoS | CRP

The emergence of multi-resistant bacterial strains is a major source of concern and has been correlated with the widespread use of antibiotics. The origins of resistance are intensively studied and many mechanisms involved in resistance have been identified, such as exogenous gene acquisition by horizontal gene transfer (HGT), mutations in the targeted functions, and more recently, antibiotic tolerance through persistence. In this review, we focus on factors leading to integron rearrangements and gene capture facilitating antibiotic resistance acquisition, maintenance and spread. The role of stress responses, such as the SOS response, is discussed.
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