The role of prophage in plant-pathogenic bacteria.

  title={The role of prophage in plant-pathogenic bacteria.},
  author={Alessandro de Mello Varani and Claudia Barros Monteiro-Vitorello and Helder Takashi Imoto Nakaya and Marie-Anne Van Sluys},
  journal={Annual review of phytopathology},
A diverse set of phage lineages is associated with the bacterial plant-pathogen genomes sequenced to date. Analysis of 37 genomes revealed 5,169 potential genes (approximately 4.3 Mbp) of phage origin, and at least 50% had no function assigned or are nonessential to phage biology. Some phytopathogens have transcriptionally active prophage genes under conditions that mimic plant infection, suggesting an association between plant disease and prophage transcriptional modulation. The role of… 

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