Host life-history traits influence the distribution of prophages and the genes they carry

Tyler Pattenden, Christine Eagles & Lindi Wahl
Bacterial strains with a short minimal doubling time – “fast-growing” hosts – are more likely to contain prophages than their slow-growing counterparts. Pathogenic bacterial species are likewise more likely to carry prophages. We develop a bioinformatics pipeline to examine the distribution of prophages in fast- and slow-growing lysogens, and pathogenic and non-pathogenic lysogens, analysing both prophage length and gene content for each class. By fitting these results to a mathematical model of the evolutionary forces...
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