Definitions for lysogenˈlaɪ sə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn
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ly•so•genˈlaɪ sə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn(n.)
a bacterial cell or strain that has been infected with a temperate virus.
Origin of lysogen:
A phage that can exist as a prophage within its host organism.
A lysogen or lysogenic phage is a phage that can exist as a DNA in its dormant state within its host organism. A prophage is either integrated into the host bacteria's chromosome or more rarely exists as a stable plasmid within the host cell. The prophage expresses gene that repress the phage's lytic action, until this suppression is disrupted. Currently a variety of studies are being conducted to see whether other genes are active during lysogeny, examples of which include phage-encoded tRNA and virulence genes. Alternatively, lysogen can refer to a strain of bacterium that carries a prophage.
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