Prophage Induction by Ultraviolet Light in Acinetobacter calcoaceticus

D. Berenstein

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    UV-induction of prophage P78 of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus increased with the UV-dose given to the lysogenic strain from the spontaneous induction frequency of about 0.8% to a maximal frequency of 10%. This 10- to 20-fold increase of induction frequency, as measured by the number of infective centres, was accompanied by a 1000-fold increase in the yield of free phage. This effect was probably due to an increase in burst size under the conditions of lysogenic induction. Unusually, the lysogen was more resistant to UV-irradiation than the corresponding non-lysogenic strain.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of General Microbiology
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)2633-2636
    Publication statusPublished - 1986


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