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Comparative analyses of prophage-like elements present in bifidobacterial genomes.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Nov;75(21):6929-36. Epub 2009 Sep 4.

Comparative analyses of prophage-like elements present in bifidobacterial genomes.

Ventura M*, Turroni F, Lima-Mendez G, Foroni E, Zomer A, Duranti S, Giubellini V, Bottacini F, Horvath P, Barrangou R, Sela DA, Mills DA, van Sinderen D.

Department of Genetics, Anthropology and Evolution, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 11a, 43100 Parma, Italy.

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.

PMID:19734330

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