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J Microbiol Methods. 2004 Sep;58(3):297-302.

First use of two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to determine phylogenetic relationships.

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  • 1School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.


Methods for microbial classification are not always capable of distinguishing between isolates at the species level. We have previously characterised four Ferroplasma isolates that were >98.9% similar at the 16S rDNA level, the isolates showed marked phenotypic differences, and one isolate was borderline on the 70% species boundary from DNA-DNA similarity data. In this study we have used statistical comparisons of two-dimensional polyacylamide gel electrophoresis gels for classification of closely related isolates. From the protein profile similarities an un-rooted tree was constructed that was congruent with a tree derived from DNA-DNA similarities.

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