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Investigator studying vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis

Plasmid loss

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submitted by match95(7),

Transposition of the vanA gene from vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus is how it transfers resistance. They use transposons which are located on plasmids. If you have plasmid loss, you won't have transposons, and resistance will decrease.