Comparative analyses of prophage-like elements present in bifidobacterial genomes

Marco Ventura, Francesca Turroni, Gipsi Lima-Mendez, Elena Foroni, Aldert Zomer, Sabrina Duranti, Vanessa Giubellini, Francesca Bottacini, Philippe Horvath, Rodolphe Barrangou, David A. Sela, David A. Mills, Douwe Van Sinderen

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So far, only scarce and rather diffuse information is available on bacteriophages infecting members of the genus Bifidobacterium. In the current study, we investigated the genetic organization, phylogenetic relationships, and, in some cases, transcription profiles and inducibility of 19 prophage-like elements present on the individual chromosomes of nine bifidobacterial strains, which represent six different species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6929-6936
Number of pages8
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


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