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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2018 May;68(5):1484-1489. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002694. Epub 2018 Mar 15.

Lactobacillus metriopterae sp. nov., a novel lactic acid bacterium isolated from the gut of grasshopper Metrioptera engelhardti.

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1​Department of Bioscience, Tokyo University of Agriculture, 1-1-1 Sakuragaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8502, Japan.
2​Microbe Division/Japan Collection of Microorganisms, RIKEN BioResource Center, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan.
3​PRIME, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan.
4​NODAI Genome Research Center, Research Institute, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Setagaya-ku, Sakuragaoka 1-1-1, Tokyo 156-8502, Japan.
5​Department of Molecular Microbiology, Tokyo University of Agriculture, 1-1-1 Sakuragaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8502, Japan.


A strain (Hime 5-1T) of lactic acid bacterium was isolated from the gut of the grasshopper Metrioptera engelhardti from a mountainous area of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Strain Hime 5-1T had a low 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to known lactic acid bacteria, with the closest recognized relatives being Lactobacillus tucceti (96.7 %), Lactobacillus furfuricola (96.5 %), Lactobacillus versmoldensis (96.3 %) and Lactobacillus nodensis (96.1 %). Comparative analyses of the rpoA and pheS gene sequences indicated that Hime 5-1T is not closely related to other Lactobacillus species. Strain Hime 5-1T is a Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative and homofermentative bacterium with yellowish colonies, which contrasts with the whitish colonies of its closest recognized relatives. Based on phenotypic and genotypic properties, we conclude that the isolated bacterium represents a novel species of the genus Lactobacillus, for which the name Lactobacillus metriopterae sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is Hime 5-1T (=JCM 31635T=DSM 103730T). 16S rRNA gene based high-throughput sequencing revealed that L. metriopterae is the dominant microbiota in the gut of Metrioptera engelhardti.


anaerobe; grasshopper; insect microbiome; lactic acid bacteria

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