Detection and Characterization of Transposons in Bacteria

  • Catherine GuynetEmail author
  • Phan Thai Nguyen Le
  • Michael Chandler
  • Bao Ton-HoangEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2075)


Bacterial transposons, through their ability to transfer DNA sequences from one position in the genome to another, play a central role in the shape and the evolution of genomes. Extensive studies have been performed during the last five decades to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the transposition of a variety of elements. Among the methods used, the papillation and the mating out coupled to arbitrary primed PCR assays described in this chapter are widely used as very powerful approaches to detect and characterize transposition events in vivo.

Key words

Transposition Transposon Mating out Arbitrary primed PCR Papillation 



We thank Catherine Turlan for careful reading and suggestions and François Cornet, Jean-Yves Bouet, and Roxanne Diaz for discussions concerning this manuscript. This work was supported by the Agence National pour la Recherche (ANR-12-BSV8-0009-01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaires, Centre de Biologie Intégrative (CBI)Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)¸ Université de Toulouse, UPSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular BiologyGeorgetown University Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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