Isolation and characterization of a virulent bacteriophage from Staphylococcus carnosus

Friedrich Götz, Fritz Popp, Karl Heinz Schleifer

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A virulent bacteriophage, øSK311, was isolated from Staphylococcus carnosus, an organism used as a starter culture for the production of dry sausage. Electron microscopic studies revealed that this bacteriophage showed some morphological similarities with the Escherichia coli phages T4 and λ. The host range of øSK311 extends over 9 different staphylococcal species. A phage-resistant mutant of S. carnosus could be isolated. Cells of this mutant exhibited a capsule-like structure. The DNA of øSK311 possesses a G + C content of 31.4 mol% and appears to be highly modified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • S. carnosus
  • Staphylococci
  • virulent bacteriophage


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