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Sequencing of a tet(Q) gene isolated from Bacteroides fragilis 1126.


ABSTRACT: Recently, Tet Q, a tetracycline resistance determinant that confers resistance by a ribosome protection mechanism, was described and added to the two previously described classes, Tet M and Tet O. The first representative of this class, tetA(Q)1, was isolated from Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron DOT. We report the sequencing of a gene isolated from B. fragilis 1126 which also confers tetracycline resistance. Because of its high degree of identity (97%) with the tetA(Q)1 gene, we defined it as tetA(Q)2. MIC studies revealed that tetA(Q)2 provides a low level of resistance to tetracycline when cloned into Escherichia coli. The extensive homology between tetA(Q)1 and tetA(Q)2 supports the idea of a recent horizontal transfer of tet(Q) genes among Bacteroides spp.

SUBMITTER: Lepine G 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC188119 | BioStudies | 1993-01-01T00:00:00Z

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): Z21523

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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