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Isolation of Streptomyces rimosus Mutants with Reduced Actinophage Susceptibility

By Margareta Vešligaj, Mirjana Filipović, Jasenka Pigac and Daslav Hranueli


The infection of Streptomyces rimosus by the virulent actinophage RP1 was partially characterized. RP1 infection of the host cells results in a dramatic decrease in viable cell count, followed by reduced antibiotic production. Phage-resistant mutants were isolated after mutagenic treatment and RP1 selective pressure. Characterization of the isolated mutants has revealed that RP1 infection had no influence on their growth and antibiotic production. However, multiplication of the phage particles in the lawns of resistant mutants was detected. Since these strains differ from the wild type in RP1 relative efficiency of plating, plaque morphology, and the time necessary for plaque appearance, they are considered to be semiresistant mutants. The propagation of RP1 on semiresistant strains is characterized by lower adsorption of phage particles and longer latent and rise periods. As a consequence, the multiplication of the phage is slower than that of their host, which consequently reduces the ratio of phage to its host, thus diluting out the phage

Topics: Metabolism, Growth, and Industrial Microbiology
Year: 1981
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