Vibrio-infecting bacteriophages and their potential to control biofilm

Ana Cevallos-Urena, Jeong Yeon Kim, Byoung Sik Kim

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Abstract

The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria have necessitated finding new control alternatives. Under these circumstances, lytic bacteriophages offer a viable and promising option. This review focuses on Vibrio-infecting bacteriophages and the characteristics that make them suitable for application in the food and aquaculture industries. Bacteria, particularly Vibrio spp., can produce biofilms under stress conditions. Therefore, this review summarizes several anti-biofilm mechanisms that phages have, such as stimulating the host bacteria to produce biofilm-degrading enzymes, utilizing tail depolymerases, and penetrating matured biofilms through water channels. Additionally, the advantages of bacteriophages over antibiotics, such as a lower probability of developing resistance and the ability to infect dormant cells, are discussed. Finally, this review presents future research prospects related to further utilization of phages in diverse fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1719-1727
Number of pages9
JournalFood Science and Biotechnology
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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© 2023, The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology.

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Aquaculture
  • Bacteriophage
  • Biofilm
  • Vibrio spp

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