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The bacteriophage carrier state of Campylobacter

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  • UserProfessor Ian Connerton, Northern Foods Chair of Food Safety, Division of Food Sciences, School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • ClockWednesday 18 January 2017, 09:30-10:00
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Campylobacters are a common cause of human diarrhoeal disease worldwide. Amongst campylobacters recovered from biofilms after phage infection we recovered bacteria that had established a relationship with the bacteriophage typical of the carrier state life cycle (CSLC). In CSLC cultures bacteria and bacteriophages remain associated in equilibrium upon serial propagation (Siringan et al., 2014 Open Biology DOI : 10.1098/rsob.130200). The association confers a survival advantage in extra-intestinal environments to the bacteria but a lack of motility results in an inability to colonise chickens. However, CSLC cultures can release phage particles to prospect for new host bacteria.

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