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Mitchell, Robert J.
Applied & Environmental Microbiology Lab (AEML)
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  • Pathogens, bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, patho-biotechnology

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The dual probiotic and antibiotic nature of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus

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Title
The dual probiotic and antibiotic nature of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
Author
Dwidar, MohammedMonnappa, Ajay KalanjanaMitchell, Robert J.
Keywords
Bdellovibrio; Predation; Probiotic
Issue Date
201202
Publisher
KOREAN SOCIETY BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Citation
BMB REPORTS, v.45, no.2, pp.71 - 78
Abstract
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a predatory bacterium which attacks and consumes other bacterial strains, including the well known pathogens E. coli O157 : H7, Salmonella typhimurium and Helicobacter pylon. This remarkable activity has been the focus of research for nearly five decades, with exciting practical applications to medical, agriculture and farming practices recently being published. This article reviews many of the exciting steps research into this bacterium, and similar bacteria, has taken, focusing primarily on their use as both an antibiotic to remove harmful and pathogenic bacteria and as a probiotic to help curb and control the bacterial populations within the intestinal tract. Owing to the unique and dual nature of this bacterium, this review proposes the use of "amphibiotic" to describe these bacteria and their activities.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.5483/BMBRep.2012.45.2.71
ISSN
1976-6696
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