Psyllids, it's what's on the inside that counts: Community cross talk facilitates prophage interactions

Allison K. Hansen, Isabel H. Skidmore

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Abstract

Despite the availability of massive microbial community data sets (e.g., metagenomes), there is still a lack of knowledge on what molecular mechanisms facilitate cross talk between microbes and prophage within a community context. A study published in mSphere by Jain and colleagues (M. Jain, L. A. Fleites, and D. W. Gabriel, mSphere 2:e00171-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphereDirect.00171-17) reports on an intriguing new twist of how a prophage of the bacterium "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" may have its lytic cycle suppressed partly because of a protein that is expressed by a cooccurring bacterium, Wolbachia. Both of these microbes coexist along with other microbial tenants inside their sap-feeding insect host, a psyllid. Although these results are still preliminary and alternative hypotheses need to be tested, these results suggest an interesting new dimension on how regulation of microbial genomes occurs in a community context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00227-17
JournalmSphere
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Community cross talk
  • Endosymbiont
  • Liberibacter
  • Prophage
  • Psyllid
  • SC-1
  • Symbiosis
  • Wolbachia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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