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Int J Syst Bacteriol. 1990 Apr;40(2):126-37.

Inter- and intrafamilial similarities of rRNA cistrons of the Pasteurellaceae.

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Laboratorium voor Microbiologie en Microbiële Genetica, Gent, Belgium.


We performed hybridizations between labeled rRNAs from seven representative members of the family Pasteurellaceae and from three other taxa on the one hand and DNAs from 53 strains known or presumed to belong to the Pasteurellaceae on the other hand. The members of the Pasteurellaceae are most closely related to members of the Enterobacteriaceae, the Vibrionaceae, the Aeromonadaceae, and the genus Alteromonas. The family Pasteurellaceae is very heterogeneous. There are at least seven rRNA branches. Several organisms with the same genus name are dispersed over the entire dendrogram. The "Histophilus ovis," [Haemophilus] ducreyi, [Actinobacillus] actinomycetemcomitans, and [Haemophilus] aphrophilus rRNA branches are separate and quite remote from the three authentic genera in this family; this might justify eventual later separate generic status. DNA-rRNA hybridization with suitable, labeled rRNA probes is an excellent method to establish whether an organism belongs in the Pasteurellaceae; e.g., some strains of Bisgaard's taxa 7, 13, and 16 and of the gas-producing "SP" group certainly belong in this family, whereas three bovine lymphangitis organisms (strains NCTC 10547, NCTC 10549, and NCTC 10553), [Haemophilus] piscium ATCC 10801T (T = type strain), and [Pasteurella] piscicida ATCC 17911 belong in the Enterobacteriaceae, the Aeromonadaceae, and the Vibrionaceae, respectively.

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