Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 417–422 | Cite as

Inference of the phylogenetic position of the phylum Deferribacteres from gene order comparison

  • Takashi KunisawaEmail author
Short Communication


The phylogenetic placement of the phylum Deferribacteres was investigated on the basis of gene order comparisons of completely sequenced bacterial genomes. Two completely sequenced Deferribacteres species share five sets of gene arrangements with a group of phyla, Proteobacteria, Aquificae, Planctomycetes, Spirochaetes, Bacteroidetes, Chlorobi, Acidobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, Elusimicrobia and Nitrospirae, while the other group of phyla, Synergistetes, Firmicutes, Actinobacteria, Thermotogae, Chloroflexi and Deinococcus-Thermus, Fusobacteria, shares alternative sets of gene arrangements, suggesting that the Deferribacteres is classified in the former group of phyla. Gene transfers that are thought to have occurred in a common ancestor of the Deferribacteres, Deltaproteobacteria and Nitrospirae exclusive of virtually all other phyla were identified, which suggests that the Deferribacteres is phylogenetically proximal to the Proteobacteria and Nitrospirae.


Phylogeny Deferribacteres Genome Gene order Gene transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Biological SciencesScience University of TokyoNodaJapan

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