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

Vartul Sangal, Amanda L. Jones, Michael Goodfellow, Paul A. Hoskisson, Peter Kämpfer, Iain C. Sutcliffe

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Volume197
Issue number1
Early online date20 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • base sequence
  • genes, bacterial
  • genome, bacterial
  • genomics
  • molecular sequence data
  • phylogeny
  • plasmids
  • Rhodococcus
  • Rhodococcus equi
  • virulence

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