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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2017 Nov;67(11):4323-4327. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002195. Epub 2017 Oct 6.

Chitinimonas lacunae sp. nov., isolated from artificial pond in Korea.

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Department of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yong-In, Republic of Korea.


A gram-negative, rod shaped bacterium designated as strain H2T was isolated from an artificial pond in Korea. The strain H2T was able to grow aerobically and anaerobically with optimal growth occurring at 30 °C and pH 7.0 under aerobic conditions. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the strain H2T belonged to the genus Chitinimonas of the family Burkholderiaceae. Phylogenetic similarity calculated from 16S rRNA gene sequences of strain H2T and valid species belongs to the genus Chitinimonas ranged from 93.2 % (for Chitinimonas taiwanensis cfT) to 94.4 % (for Chitinimonas prasina LY03T), and strain H2T formed a tight monophyletic group with them. Predominant fatty acids were C16 : 0 and summed feature 3, which consisted of C16 : 1ω6c and/or C16 : 1ω7c. The major respiratory quinone of the strain H2T was ubiquinone-8, and DNA G+C content was 60.2 %. The polar lipids consisted of phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol, unidentified aminolipid, and unidentified phospholipid. The biochemical characteristics that distinguished strain H2T from other Chitinimonas species included positive cystine arylamidase activity and lacked α-chymotrypsin and β-glucosidase (aesculin hydrolysis) activity. In addition, reciprocal DNA-DNA relatedness between H2T and three Chitinimonas strains ranged from 32.0 to 43.7 %. On the basis of its phylogenetic, chemotaxonomic, and genotypic characteristics, strain H2T represents a novel species of the genus Chitinimonas. Chitinimonas lacunae sp. nov. is proposed with the type strain H2T (=KCTC 52574T=LMG 29894T).


Chitinimonas; artificial pond; novel species

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