Bacteria Set Off Viral “Bombs” Inside Neighbors
A study finds some E. coli can deploy a chemical called colibactin to reawaken long-dormant viruses inside bacteria, causing destruction.
Certain E. coli strains can engage in a form of bacterial warfare by producing colibactin, a chemical that can awaken long-dormant viruses inside neighboring cells’ DNA, sometimes resulting in their destruction, according to a new study published February 23 in Nature.
“It’s an interesting strategy, and it’s also a dangerous strategy,” Heather Hendrickson, an evolutionary microbiologist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, who was not involved in the work, tells Science News.
Throughout a bacterium’s life, bacteriophages—viruses that infect bacteria—insert their DNA into its genome. Typically, these embedded viruses, known as prophages, are harmless and lie dormant unless something triggers their escape. The study reports that E. coli can release colibactin, which damages neighbors’ DNA, triggering the bacteria’s DNA repair system, known as an SOS response. This releases prophage DNA from the bacteria’s genome, causing the virus to regain its virulence. Once these viruses are released from the bacterial genomes, they replicate and burst out of the host microbe, destroying it. They can also begin to infect other, neighboring bacteria—including the bacteria that released the colibactin. (See link for article)
This article leaves us with more questions than answers.
- Does Lyme/MSIDS act as a trigger to embedded viruses (prophages)? The answer appears to be yes:
- There is also a connection between Lyme and GBS, a condition (not a virus) where the body’s immune system damages nerves. The damage to the nerves causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/07/14/clinical-association-lyme-disease-and-guillain-barre/
- Do vaccines act as a trigger to embedded viruses (prophages)? The answer also appears to be yes:
- Autoimmunity, neuroinflammation, and small fiber neuropathy which can occur after vaccination, are shown to be closely interlinked (also on a molecular level), and are also symptoms of Lyme/MSIDS.
- If E. coli strains can produce colibactin, a chemical that can awaken long-dormant viruses inside neighboring cells’ DNA, what do you suppose a COVID injection toxic spike protein, which has been shown to reverse transcribe and integrate within 6 hours into the genome (DNA) of human cells as well as enter into the cell nuclei to suppress DNA repair, do?