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An intriguing relationship between the cyclic diguanylate signaling system and horizontal gene transfer

Abstract : The second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) is ubiquitously used by bacteria to modulate and shift between different phenotypes including motility, biofilm formation and virulence. Here we show that c-di-GMP-associated genes are widespread on plasmids and that enzymes that synthesize or degrade c-di-GMP are preferentially encoded on transmissible plasmids. Additionally, expression of enzymes that synthesize c-di-GMP was found to increase both biofilm formation and, interestingly, conjugative plasmid transfer rates.
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Jonas S. Madsen, Ole Hylling, Samuel Jacquiod, Sophie Pécastaings, Lars H. Hansen, et al.. An intriguing relationship between the cyclic diguanylate signaling system and horizontal gene transfer. ISME Journal, Nature Publishing Group, 2018, 12 (9), pp.2330-2334. ⟨10.1038/s41396-018-0183-0⟩. ⟨hal-02135635⟩

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