Origins of the mobile gene cassettes found in integrons

Trends Microbiol. 1997 Oct;5(10):389-94. doi: 10.1016/S0966-842X(97)01123-2.


Many of the acquired antibiotic resistance genes found in enterobacteria and pseudomonads are part of small mobile elements known as gene cassettes, and other genes are also likely to be found in cassettes. The origins of the genes and the recombination sites that make up cassettes are not known, but recent analyses of available data suggest that cassettes may be ancient structures, and some hypotheses for how they are formed can now be examined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial / genetics
  • Genes, Bacterial*


  • DNA Transposable Elements