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A collection of 17 atrazine-degrading bacteria isolated from soils was studied to determine the composition of the atrazine-degrading genetic potential (i.e. trzN, trzD and atz) and the presence of IS1071. The characterization of seven new atrazine-degrading bacteria revealed for the first time the trzN-atzBC gene composition in Gram-negative bacteria such as Sinorhizobium sp. or Polaromonas sp. Three main atrazine-degrading gene combinations (i) trzN–atzBC, (ii) atzABC–trzD and (iii) atzABCDEF were observed. The atz and trz genes were often located on plasmids, suggesting that plasmid conjugation could play an important role in their dispersion. In addition, the observation of these genes (i) on the chromosome, (ii) on the same DNA fragment but on different plasmids and (iii) on DNA fragments also hybridizing with IS1071 suggests that transposition may also contribute to disperse the atrazine-degrading genes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalF E M S Microbiology Letters
Publication date2007
Volume273
Issue1
Pages78-86
ISSN0378-1097
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StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 39

Keywords

  • biodegradation, insertion sequences, atrazine, atz genes, trz genes
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