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Characterization of sixteen Achromobacter xylosoxidans phages from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, isolated on a single clinical strain


Sixteen bacteriophages of Achromobacter xylosoxidans distributed into four genera have been isolated from sewage water in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, using a single clinical strain, and their genomes have been sequenced. Three podoviruses belonged to the genus Phikmvvirus, and these represent the first A. xylosoxidans phages of this genus. Seven podoviruses, distributed into three groups, belonged to the genus Jwalphavirus. Among the siphoviruses, three revealed similarities to Pseudomonas phage 73 and members of the genus Septimatrevirus, and three were YuA-like phages. The virulence of these phages toward a panel of 10 genetically diverse strains was tested, with the phiKMV-like phages showing the broadest host range.

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Data availability

The genome sequences of the sixteen phages are available at GenBank under the following accession numbers: Axy04 (MK962626), Axy06 (MK962627), Axy09 (MK962628), Axy10 (MK962629), Axy11 (MK962630), Axy12 (MK962631), Axy13 (MK962632), Axy14 (MK962633), Axy16 (MK962634), Axy18 (MK962635), Axy19 (MK962636), Axy20 (MK962637), Axy21 (MK962638), Axy22 (MK962639), Axy23 (MK962640), Axy24 (MK962641). The raw read archives were deposited in bioproject PRJEB33638 together with raw sequencing data from A. xylosoxidans strain 19-32. The project can be accessed at https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/data/view/PRJEB33638.


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We thank Pr. Sylvain Godreuil from the CHU de Montpellier, France, for providing the Achromobacter xylosoxidans isolates. This research was funded by a grant from Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) and Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France) “Resisphage” ANR-13-ASTRID-0011-01. This work was also supported by Programme d’Appui Statégique à la Recherche Scientifique (PASRES) of Côte d’Ivoire. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication. This work has benefited from facilities and expertise of the high-throughput sequencing core facility of I2BC (Centre de Recherche de Gif—http://www.i2bc.paris-saclay.fr/) and of Imagerie‐Gif core facility supported by l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-11-EQPX-0029/Morphoscope, ANR-10-INBS-04/FranceBioImaging; ANR‐11‐IDEX‐0003‐02/ Saclay Plant Sciences. This publication made use of the PubMLST website (https://pubmlst.org/) developed by Keith Jolley (Jolley et al. Wellcome Open Res 2018, 3:124), funded by the Wellcome Trust and located at the University of Oxford.

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Essoh, C., Vernadet, J., Vergnaud, G. et al. Characterization of sixteen Achromobacter xylosoxidans phages from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, isolated on a single clinical strain. Arch Virol 165, 725–730 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-019-04511-7

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