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Retrotransposition strategies of the Lactococcus lactis Ll.LtrB group II intron are dictated by host identity and cellular environment

Item Type:Article
Title:Retrotransposition strategies of the Lactococcus lactis Ll.LtrB group II intron are dictated by host identity and cellular environment
Creators Name:Coros, C.J. and Landthaler, M. and Piazza, C.L. and Beauregard, A. and Esposito, D. and Perutka, J. and Lambowitz, A.M. and Belfort, M.
Abstract:Group II introns are mobile retroelements that invade their cognate intron-minus gene in a process known as retrohoming. They can also retrotranspose to ectopic sites at low frequency. Previous studies of the Lactococcus lactis intron Ll.LtrB indicated that in its native host, as in Escherichia coli, retrohoming occurs by the intron RNA reverse splicing into double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) through an endonuclease-dependent pathway. However, in retrotransposition in L. lactis, the intron inserts predominantly into single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), in an endonuclease-independent manner. This work describes the retrotransposition of the Ll.LtrB intron in E. coli, using a retrotransposition indicator gene previously employed in our L. lactis studies. Unlike in L. lactis, in E. coli, Ll.LtrB retrotransposed frequently into dsDNA, and the process was dependent on the endonuclease activity of the intron-encoded protein. Further, the endonuclease-dependent insertions preferentially occurred around the origin and terminus of chromosomal DNA replication. Insertions in E. coli can also occur through an endonuclease-independent pathway, and, as in L. lactis, such events have a more random integration pattern. Together these findings show that Ll.LtrB can retrotranspose through at least two distinct mechanisms and that the host environment influences the choice of integration pathway. Additionally, growth conditions affect the insertion pattern. We propose a model in which DNA replication, compactness of the nucleoid and chromosomal localization influence target site preference.
Keywords:Bacterial Proteins, DNA Replication, DNA Transposable Elements, DNA, Bacterial, Single-Stranded DNA, Escherichia coli Proteins, Introns, Lactococcus lactis, Biological Models, Genetic Models, Retroelements
Source:Molecular Microbiology
ISSN:0950-382X
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing (U.K.)
Volume:56
Number:2
Page Range:509-524
Date:April 2005
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2958.2005.04554.x
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