Characterization of an acquired-dps-containing gene island in the lactic acid bacterium Oenococcus oeni

Abstract : Aims: To identify novel actors responsible for the marked adaptation of the Oenococcus oeni species to its environment. Methods and Results: Genomic surveillance of the available genome sequences from O. oeni indicated the presence of a small ORF, encoding a protein named DpsA. The cloned gene complemented the dps) mutant of Escherichia coli and conferred resistance to hydrogen peroxide, wine, and metals. The dpsA gene was flanked by IS-related elements. The entire region was characterized by an anomalously high GC content compared to those reported for oenococcal genomes. The dpsA gene was present in 15 of the 38 tested isolates. Positive strains originated from different geographical areas and sources. No change in tolerance to wine or to oxidative stress was observed between O. oeni strains harbouring dpsA and those not harbouring this gene. Conclusions: Some O. oeni have acquired a functional homologue to the dps gene from E. coli as part of a mobile element. Significance and Impact of the Study: DpsA probably increases the bacterial fitness in response to environmental challenges. However, the physiological condition under which it adds a selective advantage to O. oeni during wine-making remains to be found.
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Axel Athane, Eric Bilhere, Elisabeth Bon, Patrick Lucas, Guillaume Morel, et al.. Characterization of an acquired-dps-containing gene island in the lactic acid bacterium Oenococcus oeni. Journal of Applied Microbiology, Wiley, 2008, 105 (6), pp.1866-75. 〈inria-00340058〉

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