R18C is a new viable P2-like bacteriophage of rabbit origin infecting Citrobacter rodentium and Shigella sonnei strains

Domonkos Sváb, Balázs Horváth, Manfred Rohde, Gergely Maróti, István Tóth

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Here, we report a novel virulent P2-like bacteriophage, R18C, isolated from rabbit faeces, which, in addition to Escherichia coli K-12 strains, was able to be propagated on Citrobacter rodentium strain ICC169 and a range of Shigella sonnei strains with high efficiency of plating (EOP). It represents the first lytic bacteriophage originating from rabbit and the first infectious P2-like phage of animal origin. In the three characteristic moron-containing regions of P2-like phages, R18C contains genes with unknown function that have so far only been found in cryptic P2-like prophages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3157-3160
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of virology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019


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  • Virology

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