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Complete genome sequence of Sanguibacter keddieii type strain (ST-74T)


Sanguibacter keddieii is the type species of the genus Sanguibacter, the only genus within the family of Sanguibacteraceae. Phylogenetically, this family is located in the neighborhood of the genus Oerskovia and the family Cellulomonadaceae within the actinobacterial suborder Micrococcineae. The strain described in this report was isolated from blood of apparently healthy cows. Here we describe the features of this organism, together with the complete genome sequence, and annotation. This is the first complete genome sequence of a member of the family Sanguibacteraceae, and the 4,253,413 bp long single replicon genome with its 3735 protein-coding and 70 RNA genes is part of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project.


Strain ST-74T (= DSM 10542 = ATCC 51767 = JCM 11429 = NCIMB 703025) is the type strain of Sanguibacter keddieii, which is the type species of the genus Sanguibacter [1]. S. keddieii strain ST-74T was isolated in 1995 by Fernandez-Garayzabal et al. from the blood of apparently healthy dairy cows in Spain [1] as the first member of the genus Sanguibacter and the family of Sanguibacteraceae [2]. On the basis of 16S rRNA sequence phylogeny, the small (six species, one genus) family Sanguibacteraceae is located in the neighborhood to the genus Oerskovia [3], now part of the Cellulomonadaceae [2], as well as the Promicromonosporaceae. Here we present a summary classification and a set of features for S. keddieii ST-74T together with the description of the complete genomic sequencing and annotation.

Classification and features

Like strain ST-74T, two more type strains from the genus Sanguibacter (S. suarezii ST-26T [1], and S. inulinus [4]) have been isolated from blood of cows. The type strains of the other Sanguibacter species have been isolated from coastal sediment in the Eastern China Sea [5], from surface soil of a ginseng field in South Korea [6], from alpine subnival plants (DQ339590), and from a sea sand sample collected on the Weaver Peninsula on King George Island, Antarctica [7], which may suggest a global ecological versatility of this genus. Only two related but yet uncultivated phylotypes with more than 98.5% 16S rRNA sequence identity were reported from the gastrointestinal tract of pigs (AF371710), and from glacial meltwater at 6,350 m on Mount Everest (EU584523), and no significant matches with any 16S rRNA sequences from environmental genomic samples and surveys are reported at the NCBI BLAST server (March 2009).

Figure 1 shows the phylogenetic neighborhood of S. keddieii strain ST-74T in a 16S rRNA based tree. Analysis of the four 16S rRNA gene sequences in the genome of strain ST-74T indicated that the genes differ by up to two nucleotides from each other, with two of the copies being identical with the previously published 16S rRNA sequence generated from DSM 10542 (X79450).

Figure 1.
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Phylogenetic tree of S. keddieii strain ST-74T with all type strains of the family Sanguibacteraceae, inferred from 1,468 aligned characters [8] of the 16S rRNA sequence under the maximum likelihood criterion [9,10]. The tree was rooted with the type strains from the neighbor genus Oerskovia. The branches are scaled in terms of the expected number of substitutions per site. Numbers above branches are support values from 1,000 bootstrap replicates if larger than 60%. Strains with a genome sequencing project registered in GOLD [11] are printed in blue; published genomes in bold.

S. keddieii ST-74T cells are facultatively anaerobic, Gram-positive, short, irregular shaped motile rods [1] (Table 1 and Figure 2). The colonies on tryptose soy agar (TSA, Difco) are circular, convex, with entire edges and yellow in color. Strain ST-74T is Voges-Proskauer negative and does not reduce nitrate. Casein and gelatin are hydrolyzed. Cellulose and Tween 80 are not hydrolyzed. Acid is produced from a broad range of substrates: α-methyl-D-mannoside, α-methyl-D-glucoside, N-acetylglucosamine, amygdalin, rhamnose, D-rafinose, glycerol, L-arabinose, ribose, D-xylose, β-methyl-xyloside, galactose, glucose, fructose, D-mannose, rhamnose, arbutin, sorbitol, salicin, cellobiose, maltose, lactose, melibiose, sucrose, trehalose, raffinose, glycogen, β-gentibiose, turanose and lyxose [1]. The optimum growth temperature of strain ST-74T is 25–30°C [1]; it grows at 35°C on agar [7] but not at 42°C [1].

Figure 2.
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Scanning electron micrograph of S. keddieii ST-74 T (Manfred Rohde, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Biology, Braunschweig)

Table 1. Classification and general features of S. keddieii ST-74 T according to the MIGS recommendations [12]

Little is known about the chemotaxonomy of strain ST-74T. The major cellular fatty acids are saturated straight chain and branched-chain forms. In strain ST-74T, the straight chain fatty acids 16:0 (53.3%), 18:0 (10.1%), 14:0 (5.8%) predominate over lower amounts of branched chain anteiso-15:0 (11.4%) and iso-16:0 (5.4%) fatty acids. This is in contrast to other species in the genus Sanguibacter and in the neighboring Oerskovia and Cellulomonadaceae, where branched chain fatty acids are predominant [18]. Only traces of unsaturated acids, anteiso-15:1 (1.6%), and no mycolic acids were detected [1], as in the neighboring taxa Oerskovia and other members of Cellulomonadaceae. The murein of S. keddieii contains L-Lys-Ser-D-Glu, variation A4α [1], strikingly different from members of the genus Oerskovia and other members of the family Cellulomonadaceae [1]. Menaquinones are the sole respiratory lipoquinones present, with a partially saturated menaquinone containing nine-isoprene subunits MK-9(H4) predominating [1]. The location of the points of unsaturation are in the second and third isoprene units, adjacent to the napthoquinone nucleus (MK-9 (II, III-H4), in O. turbata. The phospholipid composition has not been reported, but phosphatidylglycerol, diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinositol, together with phosphoglycolipids have been reported in members of the neighboring taxa Oerskovia and other members of the Cellulomonadaceae [18].

Genome sequencing and annotation

Genome project history

This organism was selected for sequencing on the basis of its phylogenetic position, and is part of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project. The genome project is deposited in the Genome OnLine Database [11] and the complete genome sequence in GenBank. Sequencing, finishing and annotation were performed by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI). A summary of the project information is shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Genome sequencing project information

Growth conditions and DNA isolation

S. keddieii ST-74T, DSM10542, was grown in DSMZ medium 92 (3% trypticase soy broth, 0.3% yeast extract) [19] at 30°C. DNA was isolated from 1–1.5 g of cell paste using Qiagen Genomic 500 DNA Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) following the manufacturer’s protocol, but with extended (one hour) incubation at 37°C as described in Wu et al. [20

Genome sequencing and assembly

The genome was sequenced using a combination of Sanger and 454 sequencing platforms. All general aspects of library construction and sequencing can be at found the JGI website ( 454 Pyrosequencing reads were assembled using the Newbler assembler (Version, Roche). Large Newbler contigs were broken into 4,746 overlapping fragments of 1,000 bp and entered into assembly as pseudo-reads. The sequences were assigned quality scores based on Newbler consensus q-scores with modifications to account for overlap redundancy and to adjust inflated q-scores. A hybrid 454/Sanger assembly was made using the parallel phrap assembler (High Performance Software, LLC). Possible mis-assemblies were corrected with Dupfinisher [21] or transposon bombing of bridging clones (Epicentre Biotechnologies, Madison, WI). Gaps between contigs were closed by editing in Consed, custom primer walking, or PCR amplification. A total of 2,397 Sanger finishing reads were produced to close gaps, to resolve repetitive regions, and to raise the quality of the finished sequence. The error rate of the completed genome sequence was less than 1 in 100,000. Together all sequence types provided 30.4× coverage of the genome.

Genome annotation

Genes were identified using GeneMark [22] as part of the genome annotation pipeline in the Integrated Microbial Genomes Expert Review (IMG-ER) system [23], followed by a round of manual curation using the JGI GenePRIMP pipeline ( [24]. The predicted coding sequences (CDS)s were translated and used to search the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) nonredundant database, UniProt, TIGRFam, Pfam, PRIAM, KEGG, COG, and InterPro databases. The tRNAScanSE tool [25] was used to find tRNA genes, whereas ribosomal RNAs were found by using the tool RNAmmer [26]. Other non coding RNAs were identified by searching the genome for the Rfam profiles using INFERNAL (v0.81) [27]. Additional gene prediction analysis and manual functional annotation was performed within the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) platform [28].

Metabolic network analysis

The metabolic Pathway/Genome Database (PGDB) was generated computationally using Pathway Tools software version 12.5 [29] and MetaCyc version 12.5 [30], based on annotated EC numbers and a customized enzyme name mapping file. This metabolic map has undergone no subsequent manual curation and may contain errors, similar to a Tier 3 BioCyc PGDB [31].

Genome properties

The genome is 4,253,413 bp long and comprises one main circular chromosome with a 71.9% GC content (Table 3 and Figure 3). Of the 3,805 genes predicted, 3,735 were protein coding genes, and 70 RNAs. In addition, 25 pseudogenes were identified. The majority of the protein-coding genes (74.4%) were assigned with a putative function, while those remaining were annotated as hypothetical proteins. The properties and the statistics of the genome are summarized in Table 3. The distribution of genes into COGs functional categories is presented in Table 4. A cellular overview diagram is presented in Figure 4, followed by a summary of metabolic network statistics shown in Table 5.

Figure 3.
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Graphical circular map of the genome. From outside to the center: Genes on forward strand (color by COG categories), Genes on reverse strand (color by COG categories), RNA genes (tRNAs green, rRNAs red, other RNAs black), GC content, GC skew

Figure 4.
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Schematic cellular overview diagram of all pathways of the S. keddieii ST-74T metabolism. Nodes represent metabolites, with shape indicating class of metabolite (see key to right). Lines represent reactions.

Table 3. Genome Statistics
Table 4. Number of genes associated with the general COG functional categories
Table 5. Metabolic Network Statistics


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We would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of Katja Steenblock for growing S. keddieii ST-74T cultures, Susanne Schneider for DNA extraction, and Brian J. Tindall for chemotaxonomic advice (all at DSMZ). This work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research Program, and by the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344, and Los Alamos National Laboratory under contract No. DE-AC02-06NA25396 as well as German Research Foundation (DFG) INST 599/1-1.

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Ivanova, N., Sikorski, J., Sims, D. et al. Complete genome sequence of Sanguibacter keddieii type strain (ST-74T). Stand in Genomic Sci 1, 110–118 (2009).

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