The Human Gut Virome Is Highly Diverse, Stable, and Individual Specific

Andrey N. Shkoporov, Adam G. Clooney, Thomas D.S. Sutton, Feargal Ryan, Karen M. Daly, James A. Nolan, Siobhan A. McDonnell, Ekaterina V. Khokhlova, Lorraine A. Draper, Amanda Forde, Emma Guerin, Vimalkumar Velayudhan, R. Paul Ross, Colin Hill

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Shkoporov et al. demonstrate high individual specificity and temporal stability of the human gut virome. They describe a numerically prevalent and persisting fraction of the viral community, termed persistent personal virome (PPV). The PPV consists mainly of virulent bacteriophages predicted to target major taxonomic groups of gut bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-541.e5
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019


  • Microviridae
  • bacteriophages
  • crAss-like phages
  • crAssphage
  • human microbiome
  • longitudinal study
  • persistent personal virome
  • phageome
  • virome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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