Genetic and Molecular Studies of a Composite Chromosomal Element (Tn3705) Containing a Tn916-modified Structure (Tn3704) in Streptococcus Anginosus F22

Plasmid. 1994 Jan;31(1):40-8. doi: 10.1006/plas.1994.1005.


The plasmid-free Streptococcus anginosus F22 contained a conjugative element, Tn3705, encoding resistance to erythromycin (Emr) and tetracycline-minocycline (Tcr-Mnr). We mapped a chromosomal region (> 52 kb) of F22, corresponding to the internal part of Tn3705. Molecular analysis of Tn3705 revealed it to be a composite structure: it included in its central part a transposon designated Tn3704 (20.3 kb +/- 0.5 kb), which had a modified structure in comparison with that of Tn916 and on which the Emr Tcr-Mn4 markers were localized. Tn3705 inserted from F22 into the chromosome of various streptococcal transconjugants as well as that of Enterococcus faecalis transconjugants without changing its structure. In contrast, from the chromosome of an E. faecalis::Tn3705 transconjugant only Tn3704 inserted, at various sites, into another E. faecalis chromosome. Sugar fermentations occurred after the insertion of Tn3704 into the chromosome of an asaccharolytic E. faecalis strain. Transposition of only Tn3704 from the chromosome of E. faecalis::Tn3705 onto pIP964, an E. faecalis hemolysin plasmid, yielded two different pIP964 derivatives. The size of the entire element Tn3705 was estimated to be about 70.0 kb by pulsed-field electrophoresis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Bacterial*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Conjugation, Genetic
  • DNA Transposable Elements*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial / genetics
  • Enterococcus faecalis / genetics
  • Enterococcus faecalis / physiology
  • Fermentation
  • Mutagenesis, Insertional
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Streptococcus / genetics*


  • DNA Transposable Elements