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Bacteriophages are composed of proteins that encapsulate a DNA or RNA genomeand may have relatively simple or elaborate structures. Their genomes may encode as few as four genes and as many as hundreds of genes. Phages replicate within the bacterium following the injection of their genome into its cytoplasm. Bacteriophages are among the most common and diverse entities in the biosphere. It is estimated there are more than 10 31 bacteriophages on the planet, more than every other organism on Earth, including bacteria, combined.
Phages are widely distributed in locations populated by bacterial hosts, such as soil or the intestines of animals. Bacteriophages occur abundantly in the biosphere, with different genomes, and lifestyles.
Nineteen families are currently recognized by the ICTV that infect bacteria and archaea. Of these, only two families have RNA genomes, and only five families are surrounded by an envelope.
Of the viral families with DNA genomes, only two have single-stranded genomes. Eight of the viral families with DNA genomes have circular genomes while nine have linear genomes. Nine families infect bacteria only, nine infect archaea only, and one Tectiviridae infects both bacteria and archaea. InErnest Hanbury Hankin reported that something in the waters of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India had marked antibacterial action against cholera and could pass through a very fine porcelain filter.
He believed the agent must be one of the following:. Twort’s work was interrupted by the onset of World War I and shortage of funding. He also recorded a dramatic account of a man suffering from dysentery who was restored to good health by the bacteriophages.
They had widespread use, including treatment of soldiers in the Red Army. However, they were abandoned for general use in the West for several reasons:. The first regulated, randomized, double-blind clinical trial was reported in the Journal of Wound Care in Junewhich evaluated the safety and efficacy of a bacteriophage cocktail to treat infected venous ulcers of the leg in human patients.
The study’s results demonstrated the safety of therapeutic application of bacteriophages but did not show efficacy. The authors explain that the use of certain chemicals that are part of standard wound care e.
Additionally, there have been numerous animal and other experimental clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of bacteriophages for various diseases, such as infected burns and wounds, and cystic fibrosis associated lung infections, among others.
D’Herelle “quickly learned that bacteriophages are found wherever bacteria thrive: Ina psychology professor whose wife is a professor of public health at University of California, San Diego, became ill with a resistant strain of Acinetobacter baumanii, a deadly strain of bacteria especially prevalent in the Middle East.
The psychology professor, Tom Patterson, became ill while traveling in Egypt, and eventually fell into a coma. In her search for alternatives to antibiotics, Strathdee had discovered bacteriophages, and concentrated on reaching out to various institutions to find an appropriate treatment for her husband’s infection. Bacteriophages present in the environment can cause fermentation failures of cheese starter cultures.
In order to avoid this, mixed-strain starter cultures and culture rotation regimes can be used. Inthe FDA cleared the first bacteriophage-based product for in vitro diagnostic use. The test returns results in about 5 hours, compared to 2—3 days for standard microbial identification and susceptibility test methods. It was the first accelerated antibiotic susceptibility test approved by the FDA. Counteracting bioweapons and toxins.
Government agencies in the West have for several years been looking to Georgia and the former Soviet Union for help with exploiting phages for counteracting bioweapons and toxins, such as anthrax and botulism. Other uses include spray application in horticulture for protecting plants and vegetable produce from decay and the spread of bacterial disease. Other applications for bacteriophages are as biocides for environmental surfaces, e. The technology for phages to be applied to dry surfaces, e.
Clinical trials reported in Clinical Otolaryngology  show success in veterinary treatment of pet dogs with otitis. The SEPTIC bacterium sensing and identification method uses the ion emission and its dynamics during phage infection and offers high specificity and speed for detection. Phage display is a different use of phages involving a library of phages with a variable peptide linked to a surface protein.
Each phage’s genome encodes the variant of the protein displayed on its surface hence the nameproviding a link between the peptide variant and its encoding gene.
Variant phages from the library can be selected through their binding affinity to an immobilized molecule e.
The bound, selected phages can be multiplied by reinfecting a susceptible bacterial strain, thus allowing them to retrieve the peptides encoded in them for further study. Phage proteins often have antimicrobial activity and may serve as leads for peptidomimeticsi.
Bacteriophages are also important model organisms for studying principles of evolution and ecology. Bacteriophages may have a lytic cycle or a lysogenic cycleand a few viruses are capable of carrying out both.
With lytic phages such as the T4 phagebacterial cells are broken open lysed and destroyed after immediate replication of the virion.
As soon as the cell is destroyed, the phage progeny can find new hosts to infect. Lytic phages are more suitable for phage therapy. Some lytic phages undergo a phenomenon known as lysis inhibition, where completed phage progeny will not immediately lyse out of the cell if extracellular phage concentrations are high.
This mechanism is not identical to that of temperate phage going dormant and is usually temporary. In contrast, the lysogenic cycle does not result in immediate lysing of the host cell.
Those phages able to undergo lysogeny are known as temperate phages.
Their viral genome will integrate with host DNA and replicate along with it relatively harmlessly, or may even become established as a plasmid. The virus remains dormant until host conditions deteriorate, perhaps due to depletion of nutrients; then, the endogenous phages known as bactreiofagos become active.
At this point they initiate the reproductive cycle, resulting in lysis of the host cell. An example of a bacteriophage known to follow the lysogenic cycle and the lytic cycle is the phage lambda of E. bacterriofagos
Sometimes prophages may provide benefits to the host bacterium while they are dormant by adding new functions to the bacterial genome in a phenomenon called lysogenic conversion. Examples are the conversion of harmless strains of Corynebacterium diphtheriae or Vibrio cholerae by bacteriophages to highly virulent ones, which cause diphtheria or cholerarespectively. To enter a host cell, bacteriophages attach to specific receptors on the surface of bacteria, including lipopolysaccharidesteichoic acidsproteinsor even flagella.
This specificity means a bacteriophage can infect only certain bacteria bearing receptors to which they can bind, which in turn determines the phage’s host range. Host growth conditions also influence the ability of the phage to attach and invade them. Myovirus bacteriophages use a hypodermic syringe -like motion to inject their genetic material into the cell. After making contact with the appropriate receptor, the tail fibers flex to bring the base plate closer to the surface of the cell; this is known as reversible binding.
Once attached completely, irreversible binding is initiated and the tail contracts, possibly with the help of ATP present in the tail,  injecting genetic material through the bacterial membrane.
The injection is done through a sort of bending motion in the shaft by going to the side, contracting closer to the cell and pushing back up. Podoviruses lack an elongated tail sheath similar to that of a myovirus, so they instead use their small, tooth-like tail fibers enzymatically to degrade a portion of the cell membrane before inserting their genetic material.
Within minutes, bacterial ribosomes start translating viral mRNA into protein. These products go on to become part of new virions within the cell, helper proteins that help assemble the new virions, or proteins involved in cell lysis. Walter Fiers University of GhentBelgium was the first to establish the complete nucleotide sequence of a gene and of the viral genome of bacteriophage MS2 In the case of the T4 phagethe construction of new virus particles involves the assistance of helper proteins.
The base plates are assembled first, with the tails being built upon them afterward. The head capsids, constructed separately, will spontaneously assemble with the tails. The DNA is packed efficiently within the heads. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. Phages may be released via cell lysis, by extrusion, or, in a few cases, by budding. Lysis, by tailed phages, is achieved by an enzyme called endolysinwhich attacks and breaks down the cell wall peptidoglycan.
BACTERIÓFAGOS – BACTERIOLOGÍA – CAPÍTULO SIETE
An altogether different phage type, the filamentous phagesmake the host cell continually secrete new virus particles. Released virions are described as free, and, unless defective, are capable of infecting a new bacterium.
Budding is associated with certain Mycoplasma phages. In contrast to virion release, phages displaying a lysogenic cycle do not kill the host but, rather, become long-term residents as prophage.
Given the millions of different phages in the environment, phages’ genomes come in a variety of forms and sizes. RNA phage such as MS2 have the smallest genomes of bacteriofagod a few kilobases. However, some DNA phages such as T4 may have large genomes baacteriofagos hundreds of genes; the size and shape of the capsid varies along with the size of the genome. Bacteriophage genomes can be highly mosaici.
These modules may be found in other phage species in different arrangements. Mycobacteriophages — bacteriophages with mycobacterial hosts — have provided excellent examples of this mosaicism. In these mycobacteriophages, genetic assortment may be the result of repeated instances of site-specific recombination and illegitimate recombination the result of phage genome acquisition of bacterial host genetic sequences.
Phages often have dramatic effects on their hosts. As a consequence, the transcription pattern of the infected bacterium may change considerably. Many of these effects are probably indirect, hence the challenge becomes to identify the direct interactions among bacteria and phage.
Several attempts have been made to map Protein—protein interactions among bactreiofagos and their host. For instance, bacteriophage lambda was found to interact with its host E. However, a large-scale study revealed 62 interactions, most of lambsa were new. Again, the significance of many of these interactions remains unclear, but these studies suggest that there are most likely several key interactions and many indirect interactions whose role remains uncharacterized.
Metagenomics has allowed the in-water detection of bacteriophages that was not possible previously. Bacteriophages have also been used in hydrological tracing and modelling in river systems, especially where surface water laambda groundwater interactions occur. The use of phages is preferred to the more conventional dye marker because they are significantly less absorbed when passing through ground waters and they are readily detected at very low concentrations.
Bacteriophages are thought to extensively contribute to horizontal gene transfer in natural environments, principally via transduction but also via transformation.
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