A cross-species genome-wide analysis of sequences similar to those involved in DNA uptake bias in the Pastuerellaceae and Neisseriaceae families of pathogenic bacteria
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M. Bakkali, A cross-species genome-wide analysis of sequences similar to those involved in DNA uptake bias in the Pastuerellaceae and Neisseriaceae families of pathogenic bacteria, Genomics, Volume 113, Issue 4, 2021, Pages 2800-2811, ISSN 0888-7543, [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygeno.2021.06.020]
Acquiring new DNA allows the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria. Some Pasteurellaceae and Neisseriaceae species preferentially take up specific sequence tags. The study of such sequences is therefore relevant. They are over-represented in the genomes of the corresponding species. I found similar sequences to be present only in, but not in all, the genomes of the Pasteurellaceae and Neisseriaceae families. The genomic densities of these sequences are different both between species and between families. Interestingly, the family whose genomes harbor more of such sequences also shows more sequence types. A phylogenetic analysis allowed inferring the possible ancestral Neisseriacean sequence and a nucleotide-by-nucleotide analysis allowed inferring the potential ancestral Pasteurellacean sequence based on its genomic footprint. The method used for this work could be applied to other sequences, including transcription factor binding and repeated DNAs.