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Abstract

The evolutionary history of the GDP-mannose pathway in was studied via sequencing and genes from 13 representative strains for O antigens containing mannose and/or sugar derivatives of GDP-D-mannose. In addition, colanic acid (CA) and genes were sequenced from selected strains, as the basis for a detailed comparison. Interestingly, including the eight previously characterized O antigen gene clusters, 12 of the 21 strains studied in total (each representing a different O antigen structure) possess a gene which displays DNA identity, ranging from 93 to 99%, to the CA gene of LT2. Furthermore, the CA-like genes (as well as the CA and genes) display subspecies specificity, and the CA and CA-like genes (for individual strains) appear to be evolving in concert via gene conversion events. In comparison, the genes were generally not CA-like, a situation also apparent in ,and therefore most strongly reflected the evolutionary history of the Oantigen GDP-mannose pathway. It appears that, in relatively recent times, gene capture from a distant source has occurred infrequently, and that groups of and genes have been maintained and are continuing to evolve within and more closely related species.

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