Type

Journal Article

Authors

Douwe van Sinderen
Jennifer Mahony
Francesca Bottacini
Stephen Stockdale
Stuart Ainsworth

Subjects

Microbiology

Topics
dna replication genetics food microbiology physiology virology plasmids evolution molecular bacteriophages lactococcus lactis

The Lactococcus lactis plasmidome: much learnt, yet still lots to discover. (2014)

Abstract Lactococcus lactis is used extensively worldwide for the production of a variety of fermented dairy products. The ability of L. lactis to successfully grow and acidify milk has long been known to be reliant on a number of plasmid-encoded traits. The recent availability of low-cost, high-quality genome sequencing, and the quest for novel, technologically desirable characteristics, such as novel flavour development and increased stress tolerance, has led to a steady increase in the number of available lactococcal plasmid sequences. We will review both well-known and very recent discoveries regarding plasmid-encoded traits of biotechnological significance. The acquired lactococcal plasmid sequence information has in recent years progressed our understanding of the origin of lactococcal dairy starter cultures. Salient points on the acquisition and evolution of lactococcal plasmids will be discussed in this review, as well as prospects of finding novel plasmid-encoded functions.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Douwe van Sinderen, Jennifer Mahony, Francesca Bottacini, Stephen Stockdale, Stuart Ainsworth

Experts in our system

1
Jennifer Mahony
University College Cork
Total Publications: 87
 
2
Francesca Bottacini
University College Cork
Total Publications: 32
 
3
Stephen R. Stockdale
University College Cork
Total Publications: 15
 
4
Stuart Ainsworth
University College Cork