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Commentary - (2022) Volume 13, Issue 6

Bacteriophage: The Invaders of Bacteria.

Susana Aaron*
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Center-Dartmouth Medical School, NH, United States
*Correspondence: Susana Aaron, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Center-Dartmouth Medical School, NH, United States, Email:

Received: 01-Jun-2022, Manuscript No. ipacm-22-11846; Editor assigned: 03-Jun-2022, Pre QC No. ipacm-22-11846 (PQ); Reviewed: 18-Jun-2022, QC No. ipacm-22-11846; Revised: 23-Jun-2022, Manuscript No. ipacm-22-11846 (R); Published: 30-Jun-2022, DOI: 10.36648/1989-8436X.


Bacteriophage, also called phage or bacterial infection, is a group of viruses that taint microbes. Bacteriophages were found by Frederick W. Twort and Félix d'Hérelle in France (1917). D'Hérelle coined the term bacteriophage, signifying "microscopic bacteria eater," to portray its bacteriocidal capacity. Bacteriophages also infect the single-celled prokaryotic life forms known as archaea.

Different kinds of phages exist, each of which might contaminate just one or a different kinds of microscopic organisms or archaea. Phages are grouped in various infection families; a few models incorporate Inoviridae, Microviridae, Rudiviridae, and Tectiviridae. Like all viruses, phages are basic life forms that comprise of a center of hereditary material (nucleic corrosive) encompassed by a protein capsid. The nucleic corrosive might be either DNA or RNA and might be twofold abandoned or singleabandoned [1]. There are three fundamental underlying types of phage: an icosahedral head with a tail, an icosahedral head without a tail, and a filamentous structure [2].

During disease a phage connects to a bacterium and supplements its hereditary material into the cell. After that, a phage generally follows one of two life cycles, lytic (harmful) or lysogenic (mild). Lytic phage assumes control over the hardware of the cell to make phage parts [3]. They then, at that point, destroy, or lyse, the cell, delivering new phage particles. Lysogenic phages fuse their nucleic corrosive into the chromosome of the host cell and reproduce with it as a unit without obliterating the cell. Under specific conditions lysogenic phages can be initiated to follow a lytic cycle [4].

Other life cycles, including pseudolysogeny and constant disease, additionally exist. In pseudolysogeny a bacteriophage enters a cell yet neither co-selects cell-replication apparatus nor coordinates steadily into the host genome [5]. Pseudolysogeny happens when a host cell experiences troublesome development conditions and seems to assume a significant part in phage endurance by enabling the preservation of the phage genome until the development conditions have become favourable once more. In persistent disease new phage particles are created consistently throughout extensive stretches of time however without evident cell killing.


Phages have played a significant part in lab research. The primary phages considered were those assigned type 1 (T1) to type 7 (T7). The T-even phages, T2, T4, and T6, were utilized as model frameworks for the investigation of infection augmentation. In 1952 Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase utilized the T2 bacteriophage in a renowned test in which they exhibited that just the nucleic acids of phage atoms were needed for their replication inside microbes. The consequences of the examination upheld the hypothesis that DNA is the hereditary material. For his work with bacteriophages, Hershey was granted the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1969. Certain phages, like lambda, Mu, and M13, are utilized in recombinant DNA innovation. The phage ϕX174 was the primary life form to have its entire nucleotide sequence determined.

Phages are used in treating human bacterial illnesses like bubonic plague and cholera. Phage treatment was not effective, and after the revelation of anti-toxins during the 1940s, it was essentially abandoned. With the rise of anti-infection safe microscopic organisms, the therapeutic capability of phages has gotten renewed consideration.


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