Streptococcus pharyngis sp. nov., a novel streptococcal species isolated from the respiratory tract of wild rabbits

Ana I. Vela, Encarna Casas-Díaz, Santiago Lavín, Lucas Domínguez, Jose F. Fernández-Garayzábal

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© 2015 IUMS. Four isolates of an unknown Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative coccus-shaped organism, isolated from the pharynx of four wild rabbits, were characterized by phenotypic and molecular genetic methods. The micro-organisms were tentatively assigned to the genusStreptococcus based on cellular morphological and biochemical criteria, although the organisms did not appear to correspond to any species with a validly published name. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing confirmed their identification as members of the genus Streptococcus, being most closely related phylogenetically to Streptococcus porcorum682-03T (96.9% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity). Analysis of rpoB and sodA gene sequences showed divergence values between the novel species and S. porcorum 682-03T(the closest phylogenetic relative determined from 16S rRNA gene sequences) of 18.1 and 23.9%, respectively. The novel bacterial isolate could be distinguished from the type strain ofS. porcorum by several biochemical characteristics, such as the production of glycyl-tryptophan arylamidase and α-chymotrypsin, and the non-acidification of different sugars. Based on both phenotypic and phylogenetic findings, it is proposed that the unknown bacterium be assigned to a novel species of the genus Streptococcus, and namedStreptococcus pharyngis sp. nov. The type strain is DICM10-00796BT (=CECT 8754T=CCUG 66496T).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2903-2907
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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