Sneathiella chinensis gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel marine alphaproteobacterium isolated from coastal sediment in Qingdao, China

Elizabeth Mary Jordan, Fabiano L. Thompson, Xiao H. Zhang, Yun Li, Marc Vancanneyt, Reiner M. Kroppenstedt, Fergus G. Priest, Brian Austin

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    The taxonomic position of strain LMG 23452T, which was isolated from coastal sedinient from an tquaculture site near Qingdao, China, in 2000, was determined. Strain LMG 23452T comprised Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, motile rods and was found to be a halotolerant, aerobic, chemoheterotroph that produces catalase and oxidase. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed that strain LMG 23452T shared approximately 89% sequence similarity with members of the genera Devosia, Hyphomonas, Ensifer and Chelatococcus, which belong to two different orders within the Alphaproteobacteria. Further phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that strain LMG 23452T formed a separate branch within the order Rhizobiales, falling between the genera Devosia and Ensifer of the families Hyphomicrobiaceae and Rhizobiaceae, respectively. Strain LMG 23452T could be differentiated from its closest phylogenetic neighbours on the basis of several phenotypic features, including hydrolysis of the substrates starch and casein and assimilation of the carbohydrates D-glucose, D-mannose, mannitol, maltose and L-arabinose, and chemotaxonomically by the presence of the fatty acids C14:0 3-OH, C16: 1w7C, C16:1?5c and C18:1?5c. The major fatty acids detected in strain LMG 23452T were C,18:l?7c, C16:0, C19:0 cyclo ?8C, C16:1?7c and C17:1?6c and the G+C content of the genomic DNA was 57.1 mol%. Therefore, the polyphasic data support the placement of strain LMG 23452T within a novel genus and species, for which the name Sneathiella chinensis gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is LMG 23452T (=CBMAI 737T): © 2007 IUMS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)114-121
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


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