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pathogenicity island

Line breaks: patho|gen¦icity is¦land

Definition of pathogenicity island in English:

noun

Genetics
A series of contiguous genes in a pathogenic microorganism including one or more that determines virulence, acquired by horizontal gene transfer.
Example sentences
  • The ability of EPEC to adhere to the cells and produce A / E lesions has been attributed to the genes encoded on the pathogenicity island.
  • Salmonella can sense bile in the intestine and use it as a signal to downregulate secretion and invasion genes of pathogenicity island.
  • Its genetic code is embedded in a complex DNA structure called the TCP pathogenicity island.

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