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Authors: Biddle, Amy S and Leschine, Susan and Huntemann, Marcel and Han, James and Chen, Amy and Kyrpides, Nikos and Markowitz, Victor and Palaniappan, Krishna and Ivanova, Natalia and Mikhailova, Natalia and Ovchinnikova, Galina and Schaumberg, Andrew and Pati, Amrita and Stamatis, Dimitrios and Reddy, Tatiparthi and Lobos, Elizabeth and Goodwin, Lynne and Nordberg, Henrik P and Cantor, Michael N and Hua, Susan X and Woyke, Tanja and Blanchard, Jeffrey L

Clostridium indolis DSM 755(T) is a bacterium commonly found in soils and the feces of birds and mammals. Despite its prevalence, little is known about the ecology or physiology of this species. However, close relatives, C. saccharolyticum and C. hathewayi, have demonstrated interesting metabolic potentials related to plant degradation and human health. The genome of C. indolis DSM 755(T) reveals an abundance of genes in functional groups associated with the transport and utilization of carbohydrates, as well as citrate, lactate, and aromatics. Ecologically relevant gene clusters related to nitrogen fixation and a unique type of bacterial microcompartment, the CoAT BMC, are also detected. Our genome analysis suggests hypotheses to be tested in future culture based work to better understand the physiology of this poorly described species.

Journal: Standards in genomic sciences
DOI: 10.4056/sigs.5281010
Year: 2014

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