Mycobacterium minnesotense sp. nov., a photochromogenic bacterium isolated from sphagnum peat bogs

Geoffrey D. Hannigan, Bogdana Krivogorsky, Daniel Fordice, Jacqueline B. Welch, John L Dahl

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Several intermediate-growing, photochromogenic bacteria were isolated from sphagnum peat bogs in northern Minnesota, USA. Acid-fast staining and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis placed these environmental isolates in the genus Mycobacterium, and colony morphologies and PCR restriction analysis patterns of the isolates were similar. Partial sequences of hsp65 and dnaJ1 from these isolates showed that Mycobacterium arupense ATCC BAA-1242T was the closest mycobacterial relative, and common biochemical characteristics and antibiotic susceptibilities existed between the isolates and M. arupense ATCC BAA-1242T. However, compared to nonchromogenic M. arupense ATCC BAA-1242T, the environmental isolates were photochromogenic, had a different mycolic acid profile and had reduced cell-surface hydrophobicity in liquid culture. The data reported here support the conclusion that the isolates are representatives of a novel mycobacterial species, for which the name Mycobacterium minnesotense sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is DL49T (5DSM 45633T5JCM 17932T 5NCCB 100399T).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


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