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Integron diversity in marine environments

Abstract : Integrons are bacterial genetic elements known to be active vectors of antibiotic resistance among clinical bacteria. They are also found in bacterial communities from natural environments. Although integrons have become especially efficient for bacterial adaptation in the particular context of antibiotic usage, their role in natural environments in other contexts is still unknown. Indeed, most studies have focused on integrons and the spread of antibiotic resistance in freshwater or soil impacted by anthropogenic activities, with only few on marine environments. Notably, integrons show a wider diversity of both gene cassettes and integrase gene in natural environments than in clinical environments, suggesting a general role of integrons in bacterial adaptation. This article reviews the current knowledge on integrons in marine environments. We also present conclusions of our studies on polluted and nonpolluted backgrounds. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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J. Abella, A. Bielen, L. Huang, T.O. Delmont, D. Vujaklija, et al.. Integron diversity in marine environments. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Verlag, 2015, 22 (20), pp.15360-15369. ⟨10.1007/s11356-015-5085-3⟩. ⟨hal-01631804⟩



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