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Antibiotic resistance plasmids spread among natural isolates of Escherichia coli in spite of CRISPR elements.
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PMID:  23059972     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs) are implicated in the defence against foreign DNA in various archaea and bacterial species. They have also been associated with slower spread of antibiotic resistance. However, experimental and evolutionary studies raise doubts about the role of CRISPRs as a sort of immune system in Escherichia coli. We studied a collection of 263 natural E. coli isolates from human and animal hosts, representative of the phylogenetic and lifestyle diversity of the species and exhibiting various levels of plasmid-encoded antibiotic resistance. We characterised the strains in terms of CRISPRs, performed replicon typing of the plasmids and tested for class 1 integrons to explore the possible association between CRISPRs and the absence of plasmids and mobile antibiotic resistance determinants. We found no meaningful association between the presence/absence of the cas genes, reflecting the activity of the CRISPRs, and the presence of plasmids, integrons or antibiotic resistance. No CRISPR in the collection contained a spacer matching antibiotic resistance gene nor element involved in antibiotic resistance gene mobilisation and 79.8% (210/263) of the strains lacked spacers matching sequences in the 2282 plasmid genomes available. Hence, E. coli CRISPRs do not seem to be efficient barriers to the spread of plasmids and antibiotic resistance, consistent with what has been reported for phages, and contrary to reports concerning other species.
Marie Touchon; Sophie Charpentier; Dominique Pognard; Bertrand Picard; Guillaume Arlet; Eduardo Rocha; Erick Denamur; Catherine Branger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-11
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Title:  Microbiology (Reading, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1465-2080     ISO Abbreviation:  Microbiology (Reading, Engl.)     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9430468     Medline TA:  Microbiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institut Pasteur;
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