Current Microbiology

, Volume 75, Issue 11, pp 1419–1428 | Cite as

Anaerococcus jeddahensis sp. nov., a New Bacterial Species Isolated From Healthy Nomadic Bedouin Woman From Saudi Arabia

  • Niokhor Dione
  • Sara Bellali
  • Muhammad Yasir
  • Esam I. Azhar
  • Fehmida Bibi
  • Mamadou Beye
  • Nicholas Armstrong
  • Frédéric Cadoret
  • Asif A. Jiman-Fatani
  • Nayel Helmy
  • Jaishriram Rathored
  • Noémie Labas
  • Pierre-Edouard Fournier
  • Didier Raoult
  • Jean-Christophe LagierEmail author


An understanding of the microbial diversity of the human body has generated significant interest in recent years. With the advent of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, high-speed sequencing, and the rebirth of microbial culture, knowledge of human microbiota is growing. Using culturomics, a strategy to explore the microbial diversity of samples, coupled with a taxono-genomic strategy, we isolated a new bacterium named Anaerococcus jeddahensis sp. nov. strain SB3T. This strain was isolated from the stool sample of a healthy nomadic Bedouin woman from Saudi Arabia. Here, we describe the characteristics of this organism, and the complete genome sequence and annotation. Strain SB3T is a Gram-positive obligate anaerobic coccus which is non-motile and non-spore forming. Fatty acid analysis shows that the major fatty acid is by far hexadecanoic acid (C16:0; 52%). Its genome is 1,903,534 bp long and has 29.70 mol% of G+C content. It contains 1756 protein-coding genes and 53 RNA genes. These results show that strategy provides a better understanding of the microorganism and that is a good methodology for microbial identification and characterization.



Collection de souches de l’Unité des Rickettsies


Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen


Fatty acid methyl ester


Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


Matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry

TE buffer

Tris–EDTA buffer


Sodium dodecyl sulfate


Microbes evolution phylogeny and infections MEPHI


Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille


Digital protologue database


European Molecular Biology Laboratory–European Bioinformatics Institute



The authors thank the Xegen Company ( for automating the genomic annotation process. This work has benefited from the French State support, managed by the ‘Agence Nationale pour la Recherche’ including the “Programme d’Investissement d’avenir” under the reference Méditerranée Infection 10-IAHU-03. This work was supported by Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and European funding FEDER PRIMI. We thank Claudia Andrieu for her administrative assistance.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niokhor Dione
    • 1
  • Sara Bellali
    • 1
  • Muhammad Yasir
    • 2
  • Esam I. Azhar
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fehmida Bibi
    • 2
  • Mamadou Beye
    • 1
  • Nicholas Armstrong
    • 1
  • Frédéric Cadoret
    • 1
  • Asif A. Jiman-Fatani
    • 3
  • Nayel Helmy
    • 4
  • Jaishriram Rathored
    • 1
  • Noémie Labas
    • 1
  • Pierre-Edouard Fournier
    • 1
  • Didier Raoult
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Christophe Lagier
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Aix Marseille Univ, IRD, AP-HM, MEPHI, IHU Méditerranée InfectionMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Special Infectious Agents Unit, King Fahd Medical Research CenterKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Departments of Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Microbiology and ParasitologyKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySuliman Fageeh HospitalJeddahSaudi Arabia

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