Mobile Genetic Elements (MGEs) are intrinsically related to pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and one of the main factors in bacterial evolution. Thus understanding how MGEs express their genes and replicate their DNA is critical for our success combating bacterial infections. We study three important MGE in Staphylococcus aureus
: i) Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome (SCC elements), responsible for Methicillin Resistance S. aureus
or MRSA; ii) staphylococcal bacteriophages and iii) Staphylococcus aureus
Pathogenicity Islands (SaPIs), both phages and SaPIs have fundamental roles in bacterial plasticity and pathogenesis.
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