Role of Bacteriophages in the Evolution of Pathogenic Vibrios and Lessons for Phage Therapy
Roberto C Molina-Quiroz, Andrew Camilli, Cecilia A Silva-Valenzuela
Adv Exp Med Biol. 2023;1404:149-173.
PMID: 36792875 | DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-22997-8_8
Viruses of bacteria, i.e., bacteriophages (or phages for short), were discovered over a century ago and have played a major role as a model system for the establishment of the fields of microbial genetics and molecular biology. Despite the relative simplicity of phages, microbiologists are continually discovering new aspects of their biology including mechanisms for battling host defenses. In turn, novel mechanisms of host defense against phages are being discovered at a rapid clip. A deeper understanding of the arms race between bacteria and phages will continue to reveal novel molecular mechanisms and will be important for the rational design of phage-based prophylaxis and therapies to prevent and treat bacterial infections, respectively. Here we delve into the molecular interactions of Vibrio species and phages.