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Genomic analyses confirm close relatedness between Rhodococcus defluvii and Rhodococcus equi (Rhodococcus hoagii)

Lookup NU author(s): Amanda Jones, Professor Michael Goodfellow


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Rhodococcus defluvii strain Ca11(T) was isolated from a bioreactor involved in extensive phosphorus removal. We have sequenced the whole genome of this strain, and our comparative genomic and phylogenetic analyses confirm its close relatedness with Rhodococcus equi (Rhodococcus hoagii) strains, which share > 80 % of the gene content. The R. equi virulence plasmid is absent though most of the chromosomal R. equi virulence-associated genes are present in R. defluvii Ca11(T). These data suggest that although R. defluvii is an environmental organism, it has the potential to colonize animal hosts.

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Author(s): Sangal V, Jones AL, Goodfellow M, Hoskisson PA, Kampfer P, Sutcliffe IC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Microbiology

Year: 2015

Volume: 197

Issue: 1

Pages: 113-116

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 20/11/2014

Acceptance date: 10/11/2014

ISSN (print): 0302-8933

ISSN (electronic): 1432-072X

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00203-014-1060-5


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