FEMS Microbiology Reviews

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Regulation of Gene Uptake/CRISPR

  Regulation of Gene Update/CRISPR

Gene uptake and horizontal gene transfer in bacteria create genetic diversity. Genome plasticity and profiling of genome expression are key for quick adaptation to new environmental conditions. In recent years, the study of regulatory RNAs in the control of prokaryotic genomes has become a topic of intense investigation and unveiled several new and important concepts. The bacterial adaptive immunity system CRISPR-CAS is one such example of a novel and fascinating system. It is involved not only in controlling invasion of foreign DNA but more generally in the control of endogenous gene expression. This topic is covered in the session “Regulation of Gene Uptake/CRISPR” at the FEMS Congress in Leipzig. At this occasion FEMS Microbiology Reviews has compiled in a virtual issue a series of 13 reviews published in our journal over the last five years, which nicely covers the field.

Cues and regulatory pathways involved in natural competence and transformation in pathogenic and environmental Gram-negative bacteria
Patrick Seitz, Melanie Blokesch

Salmonella's long-term relationship with its host
Thomas Ruby, Laura McLaughlin, Smita Gopinath, Denise Monack

Identification of bacterial plasmids based on mobility and plasmid population biology
Maria Pilar Garcillán-Barcia, Andrés Alvarado, Fernando de la Cruz

Combinatorial events of insertion sequences and ICE in Gram-negative bacteria
Mark A. Toleman, Timothy R. Walsh

Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal genetic transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches
Jane Wiedenbeck, Frederick M. Cohan

Gene flow, mobile genetic elements and the recruitment of antibiotic resistance genes into Gram-negative pathogens
Hatch W. Stokes, Michael R. Gillings

Multilevel populations and the evolution of antibiotic resistance through horizontal gene transfer
Cheryl P. Andam, Gregory P. Fournier, Johann Peter Gogarten

Pseudomonas genomes: diverse and adaptable
Mark W. Silby, Craig Winstanley, Scott A.C. Godfrey, Stuart B. Levy, Robert W. Jackson

Horizontal gene and chromosome transfer in plant pathogenic fungi affecting host range
Rahim Mehrabi, Ali H. Bahkali, Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam, Mohamed Moslem, Sarrah Ben M'Barek, Amir Mirzadi Gohari, Mansoor Karimi Jashni, Ioannis Stergiopoulos, Gert H.J. Kema, Pierre J.G.M. de Wit

Lateral genetic transfer and the construction of genetic exchange communities
Elizabeth Skippington, Mark A. Ragan

The critical role of RNA processing and degradation in the control of gene expression
Cecília M. Arraiano, José M. Andrade, Susana Domingues, Inês B. Guinote, Michal Malecki, Rute G. Matos, Ricardo N. Moreira, Vânia Pobre, Filipa P. Reis, Margarida Saramago, Inês J. Silva, Sandra C. Viegas

Base pairing small RNAs and their roles in global regulatory networks
Chase L. Beisel, Gisela Storz

The dynamic genetic repertoire of microbial communities
Paul Wilmes, Sheri L. Simmons, Vincent J. Denef, Jillian F. Banfield