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UV-Sensitivity of Shiga Toxin-Converting Bacteriophage Virions Φ24B, 933W, P22, P27 and P32

Bloch, Sylwia and Nejman-Faleńczyk, Bożena and Topka, Gracja and Dydecka, Aleksandra and Licznerska, Katarzyna and Narajczyk, Magdalena and Necel, Agnieszka and Węgrzyn, Grzegorz and Węgrzyn, Alicja (2015) UV-Sensitivity of Shiga Toxin-Converting Bacteriophage Virions Φ24B, 933W, P22, P27 and P32. Toxins, 7 . pp. 3727-3739.

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC459164...


Shiga toxin-converting bacteriophages (Stx phages) are present as prophages in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. Theses phages can be transmitted to previously non-pathogenic E. coli cells making them potential producers of Shiga toxins, as they bear genes for these toxins in their genomes. Therefore, sensitivity of Stx phage virions to various conditions is important in both natural processes of spreading of these viruses and potential prophylactic control of appearance of novel pathogenic E. coli strains. In this report we provide evidence that virions of Stx phages are significantly more sensitive to UV irradiation than bacteriophage λ. Following UV irradiation of Stx virions at the dose of 50 J/m2, their infectivity dropped by 1–3 log10, depending on the kind of phage. Under these conditions, a considerable release of phage DNA from virions was observed, and electron microscopy analyses indicated a large proportion of partially damaged virions. Infection of E. coli cells with UV-irradiated Stx phages resulted in significantly decreased levels of expression of N and cro genes, crucial for lytic development. We conclude that inactivation of Stx virions caused by relatively low dose of UV light is due to damage of capsids that prevents effective infection of the host cells.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Laboratory of Molecular Biology (in Gdansk)
ID Code:1163
Deposited By: Prof. Magdalena Gabig-Cimińska
Deposited On:15 Apr 2016 10:11
Last Modified:15 Apr 2016 10:11

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