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Actinophytocola algeriensis sp. nov., an actinobacterium isolated from Saharan soil

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Hans-Peter Klenk


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During our investigations of new actinobacterial taxa, a novel actinobacterial strain, designated MB20(T), was isolated from a Saharan soil sample, collected in the Mzab region (Ghardaia province, southern Algeria). In order to reveal its taxonomic position, the novel strain was characterized following a polyphasic taxonomic approach. It was noticed that strain MB2O(T) produced white, branched and fragmented substrate mycelium with no aerial mycelium on most of the media tested. Chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic studies clearly demonstrated that strain MB2O(T) belonged to the family Pseudonocardiaceae and was closely related to the genus Actinophytocola. Cell-wall hydrolysates contained meso-diaminopimelic acid but not glycine, and whole-cell hydrolysates contained galactose, glucose and ribose. The diagnostic phospholipid was phosphatidylethanolamine. Mycolic acids were not detected while the predominant fatty acid was found to be iso-branched hexadecanoate (iso-C-16:0). The major menaquinone was MK-9 (H-4). Results of the 16S rRNA gene sequence comparison revealed that strain MB20(T) shared the highest degree of similarity with Actinophytocola gilvus DSM 45828(T) (98.5%), Actinophytocola corallina DSM 45659(T) (98.0%) and Actinophytocola timorensis DSM 45660(T) (97.5%). However, DNA-DNA hybridization studies showed only 32.9% similarity with A. timorensis, 23.7 % similarity with A. gilvus and 17.9 To similarity with A. corallina. On the basis of phenotypic characteristics, 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons and DNA DNA hybridization, strain MB2O(T) was revealed to be a representative of a novel species of the genus Actinophytocola, for which the name Actinophytocola algeriensis sp. nov. (type strain MB2O(T) =DSM 46746(T) =CECT 8960(T)) is proposed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bouznada K, Bouras N, Schumann P, Spröer C, Sabaou N, Klenk HP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Year: 2016

Volume: 66

Pages: 2760-2765

Online publication date: 07/07/2016

Acceptance date: 29/04/2016

ISSN (print): 1466-5026

ISSN (electronic): 1466-5034

Publisher: The Microbiology Society


DOI: 10.1099/ijsem.0.001136


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