Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 179–185 | Cite as

Molecular genetic evidence for the transfer of Oerskovia species into the genus Cellulomonas

  • Erko Stackebrandt
  • Mathias Häringer
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer


A close genetic relationship among strains of Oerskovia turbata, O. xanthineolytica and various coryneforms is indicated by DNA-DNA reassociation studies. O. xanthineolytica shares high homology values (over 60%) with Cellulomonas cartae, Nocardia cellulans, Brevibacterium fermentans and Corynebacterium manihot. O. turbata and other cellulomonads show lower DNA homology values (20–25%) which are still high enough, however, to indicate a relationship at the genus level. Based on these data and supported by comparative analysis of the ribosomal 16 S RNA and the similarity of peptidoglycan types, the transfer of Oerskovia species into the genus Cellulomonas is justified.

Key words

Oerskovia Cellulomonas Brevibacterium fermentans Nocardia cellulans Corynebacterium manihot DNA-DNA reassociation studies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 1
  • Mathias Häringer
    • 1
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für MikrobiologieTechnische Universität MünchenMünchen 2Federal Republic of Germany

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