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Note: Extensive 16S rRNA gene sequence diversity in Campylobacter hyointestinalis strains: Taxonomic and applied implications

Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, UK.
International journal of systematic bacteriology (Impact Factor: 2.27). 08/1999; 49 Pt 3(3):1171-5. DOI: 10.1099/00207713-49-3-1171
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ABSTRACT Phylogenetic relationships of Campylobacter hyointestinalis subspecies were examined by means of 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Sequence similarities among C. hyointestinalis subsp. lawsonii strains exceeded 99.0%, but values among C. hyointestinalis subsp. hyointestinalis strains ranged from 96.4 to 100%. Sequence similarities between strains representing the two different subspecies ranged from 95.7 to 99.0%. An intervening sequence was identified in certain of the C. hyointestinalis subsp. lawsonii strains. C. hyointestinalis strains occupied two distinct branches in a phylogenetic analysis of the genus Campylobacter, emphasizing the need for multiple strain analysis when using 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons for taxonomic investigations.

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