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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2003 Jan;53(Pt 1):211-5.

Victivallis vadensis gen. nov., sp. nov., a sugar-fermenting anaerobe from human faeces.

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  • 1Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, Hesselink van Suchtelenweg 4, 6703 CT Wageningen, The Netherlands.


A novel strictly anaerobic, cellobiose-degrading bacterium, strain CelloT, was isolated from a human faecal sample by combining enrichments in liquid and soft-agar basal media. A noteworthy characteristic was its inability to grow on normal agar plates and in roll tubes. The cells were coccus shaped and non-motile, with an extracellular slime layer. Growth of strain CelloT occurred between 20 and 40degrees C, with optimal growth at 37 degrees C. The pH range for growth was 5-7.5 with an optimum at 6.5. In pure culture, strain CelloT could only grow on a variety of sugars. Glucose was converted to acetate, ethanol and H2. The doubling time on glucose was 0.5 h. In a syntrophic co-culture with Methanospirillum hungatei strain JF-1T, strain CelloT converted glucose to acetate and H2. The G+C content was 59.2 mol%. 16S rDNA analysis revealed that the closest relatives of strain CelloT were two uncultured bacteria from anaerobic digesters, both with 94% 16S rDNA sequence similarity. The closest cultured representatives belong to genera of the bacterial division 'Verrucomicrobia'. The name Victivallis vadensis gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed for strain CelloT (=DSM 14823T =ATCC BAA-548T).

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