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Why can't this be a point mutation?
I don't think that this implies that it can't be point mutation, but rather plasmid loss is more likely. Also, the point mutation Would have to ultimately lead to the plasmid loss.
FA says transposition is responsible for antibiotic resistance and plasmids are for transferring the genes of toxins (though UW says also antibiotic resistance). Make up your minds sheeple
The most common Vancomicin resistant genes, vanA and vanB are found in a transposon. These have been transferred from Enterococcus to a multidrug resistance plasmid in Staph aureus. the super multidrug resistance plasmid now contains resistance genes against lactams, vancomycin, aminoglycosides, trimethoprim, and some desinfectants.
@thrawn I recall that too, but I think it said transposition was antibiotic resistance and UW said transposons was for multi drug resistance
The plasmid is lost during bacteria replication – when DNA is being replicated, the plasmid is not always replicated and passed on to subsequent generations, especially if there are several generations of replication.