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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2009 Mar;59(Pt 3):615-21. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.65779-0.

Reclassification of Pediococcus dextrinicus (Coster and White 1964) back 1978 (Approved Lists 1980) as Lactobacillus dextrinicus comb. nov., and emended description of the genus Lactobacillus.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 2841 Royal University Hospital, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8, Canada.


The taxonomic status of Pediococcus dextrinicus is described and transfer of the species to the genus Lactobacillus, with the name Lactobacillus dextrinicus comb. nov., is proposed. This reclassification is supported by multilocus sequence analysis of the 16S rRNA gene and Cpn60, PheS, RecA and RpoA proteins. The mode of cell division and existing phenotypic information also show that P. dextrinicus does not belong to the genus Pediococcus, but rather to the genus Lactobacillus. As such, we propose that Pediococcus dextrinicus is reclassified as Lactobacillus dextrinicus comb. nov. (type strain ATCC 33087(T)=DSM 20335(T)=JCM 5887(T)=LMG 11485(T)=NCDO 1561(T)).

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