- Institution: The Dairy Research Institute of Asturias (IPLA)- Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
- Department/Service: Department of Technology and Biotechnology of Dairy Products
Paseo Río Linares s/n
33300 Villaviciosa (Asturias)
- Web: http://www.ipla.csic.es
Pilar García Suárez
Phone number.: (+34) 985893420
Microbial group/s: Bacteriophages
Total number of strains: 9
Taxa (number of strains):
Staphylococcus aureus bacteriophages (5)
Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteriophages (4)
Isolation source/Origin: Dairy products, sewage waters.
Preservation method: Glycerol -80 °C
Information management: Excel
Complete genome sequence
Infection capacity, development cycle, host rank
Key words: Phage therapy, biocontrol, biofilm, endolysin, Staphylococcus
Summary: In this line of work we address the study of bacteriophages and phage enzymes as new biocontrol agents for pathogenic bacteria in the food chain and in the clinical setting. The works carried out range from the control of S. aureus in milk and cheese by bacteriophages and their lytic enzymes, to the combined use with bacteriocins (barrier technology). Furthermore, this biocontrol strategy can be implemented in the elimination of biofilms, in which the exopolysaccharide depolymerases produced by some phages can also play an important role in eliminating S. aureus and S. epidermidis, mainly strains with resistance to antibiotics.
Brief historical review
The collection began in 2005 and contains bacteriophages belonging to the Siphoviridae and Myoviridae families, with high lytic capacity against planktonic cultures and biofilms of various Staphylococcus species, including strains of food and clinical importance resistant to methicillin MRSA.