RNA polymerase β-subunit gene (rpoB) sequence analysis for the identification of Bacteroides spp

K. S. Ko, T. Kuwahara, L. Haehwa, Y. J. Yoon, B. J. Kim, K. H. Lee, Y. Ohnishi, Y. H. Kook

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Partial rpoB sequences (317bp) of 11 species of Bacteroides, two Porphyromonas spp. and two Prevotella spp. were compared to delineate the genetic relationships among Bacteroides and closely related anaerobic species. The high level of inter-species sequence dissimilarities (7.6-20.8%) allowed the various Bacteroides spp. to be distinguished. The position of the Bacteroides distasonis and Bacteriodes merdae cluster in the rpoB tree was different from the position in the 16S rRNA gene tree. Based on rpoB sequence similarity and clustering in the rpoB tree, it was possible to correctly re-identify 80 clinical isolates of Bacteroides. In addition to two subgroups, cfiA -negative (division I) and cfiA-positive (division II), of Bacteroides fragilis isolates, two distinct subgroups were also found among Bacteroides ovatus and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron isolates. Bacteroides genus-specific rpoB PCR and B. fragilis species-specific rpoB PCR allowed Bacteroides spp. to be differentiated from Porphyromonas and Prevotella spp., and also allowed B. fragilis to be differentiated from other non-fragilis Bacteroides spp. included in the present study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grant no. 03-2004-019-0 from the SNUH Research Fund and the BK21 Project for Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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