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Title: Phoenicibacter congonensis gen. nov., sp. nov., a new genus isolated from the human gut and its description using a taxonogenomic approach.
Authors: Bilen, Melhem
Fonkou, Maxime Descartes Mbogning
Caputo, Aurélia
Nguyen, Thi-Thien
Di Pinto, Fabrizio
Bittar, Fadi Al
Daoud, Ziad
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Culturomics
Phoenicibacter congonensis
Gut microbiota
Issue Date: 2019
Part of: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek journal of microbiology
Volume: 112
Start page: 775
End page: 784
Culturomics has recently allowed the isolation and description of previously uncultured bacteria from the human microbiome at different body sites. As part of a project aiming to describe the human gut microbiota by culturomics, Phoenicibacter congonensis strain Marseille-P3241T was isolated from the gut of a 45 years old Pygmy female. In the present work, we aim to describe this strain via the taxonogenomics approach. The major phenotypic, genomic and biochemical characteristics of this strain were analysed. Strain Marseille-P3241T is an anaerobic, Gram-positive and motile coccobacillus that grows optimally at 37 °C. The genome of strain Marseille-P3241T is 1,447,956 bp long with 43.44% GC content and its 16S rRNA gene sequence exhibited 89% sequence similarity with that of Denitrobacterium detoxificans strain NPOH1T, the phylogenetically closest related species with current standing in nomenclature. After performing a phylogenetic and genomic analysis, we conclude that strain Marseille-P3241T (= CCUG 70681T = CSUR P3241T) represents the type species of a new genus, for which we propose the name Phoenicibacter congonensis gen. nov., sp. nov.
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Type: Journal Article
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