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Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Klebsiella pneumoniae N4-like Bacteriophage KP8

Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
International Tomography Center Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
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Viruses 2019, 11(12), 1115;
Received: 1 November 2019 / Revised: 29 November 2019 / Accepted: 29 November 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Bacterial Viruses)
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a common pathogen, associated with a wide spectrum of infections, and clinical isolates of K. pneumoniae often possess multiple antibiotic resistances. Here, we describe a novel lytic N4-like bacteriophage KP8, specific to K. pneumoniae, including its genome, partial structural proteome, biological properties, and proposed taxonomy. Electron microscopy revealed that KP8 belongs to the Podoviridae family. The size of the KP8 genome was 73,679 bp, and it comprised 97 putative open reading frames. Comparative genome analysis revealed that the KP8 genome possessed the highest similarity to the genomes of Enquatrovirus and Gamaleyavirus phages, which are N4-like podoviruses. In addition, the KP8 genome showed gene synteny typical of the N4-like podoviruses and contained the gene encoding a large virion-encapsulated RNA polymerase. Phylogenetic analysis of the KP8 genome revealed that the KP8 genome formed a distinct branch within the clade, which included the members of Enquatrovirus and Gamaleyavirus genera besides KP8. The average evolutionary divergences KP8/Enquatrovirus and KP8/Gamaleyavirus were 0.466 and 0.447 substitutions per site (substitutes/site), respectively, similar to that between Enquatrovirus and Gamaleyavirus genera (0.468 substitutes/site). The obtained data suggested that Klebsiella phage KP8 differs from other similar phages and may represent a new genus within the N4-like phages. View Full-Text
Keywords: bacteriophage; Klebsiella pneumoniae; N4-like podovirus; Enquatrovirus; Gamaleyavirus bacteriophage; Klebsiella pneumoniae; N4-like podovirus; Enquatrovirus; Gamaleyavirus
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Morozova, V.; Babkin, I.; Kozlova, Y.; Baykov, I.; Bokovaya, O.; Tikunov, A.; Ushakova, T.; Bardasheva, A.; Ryabchikova, E.; Zelentsova, E.; Tikunova, N. Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Klebsiella pneumoniae N4-like Bacteriophage KP8. Viruses 2019, 11, 1115.

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