Pontibacter amylolyticus sp. Nov., isolated from a deep-sea sediment hydrothermal vent field

Yue Hong Wu, Peng Zhou, Shu Ling Jian, Zhen Sheng Liu, Chun Sheng Wang, Aharon Oren, Xue Wei Xu*

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A Gram-stain-negative, short rod-shaped bacterium, designated 9-2T, was isolated from a sediment sample collected from a hydrothermal vent field on the south-west Indian Ridge. It formed red colonies, produced carotenoid-like pigments and did not produce bacteriochlorophyll a. Strain 9-2T was positive for hydrolysis of DNA, gelatin and starch, but negative for hydrolysis of aesculin and Tween 60. The sole respiratory quinone was menaquinone-7 (MK-7). The main polar lipids consisted of phosphatidylethanolamine, one unidentified phospholipid and two unidentified polar lipids. The principal fatty acids (>5%) were summed feature 4 (iso-C17: 1 I and/or anteiso-C17: 1 B), iso-C15: 0 and iso-C17: 0 3-OH. The genomic DNA G+C content was 49.2 mol%. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that strain 9-2T should be assigned to the genus Pontibacter. Levels of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity between the new isolate and the type strains of Pontibacter species with validly published names were in the range 94.0-96.5 %. On the basis of phenotypic and genotypic data, strain 9-2T represents a novel species of the genus Pontibacter, for which the name Pontibacter amylolyticus sp. Nov. Is proposed. The type strain is 9-2T (=CGMCC 1.12749T=JCM 19653T=MCCC 1K00278T).

Original languageAmerican English
Article number000944
Pages (from-to)1760-1767
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2016

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