Detection of Catabacter hongkongensis in polluted European water samples

  • Francesc Codony
  • Bárbara Adrados
  • Leonardo Martín Pérez
  • Mariana Fittipaldi
  • Jordi Morató
Science Letters

Abstract

The Catabacteriaceae is a new bacterial family with a unique member: Catabacter hongkongensis is a strictly anaerobic, non-sporulating, Gram-positive coccobacillus that is phylogenetically related to some clostridial clusters. Little is known of its epidemiology and environmental distribution, but the inclusion of its 16S rRNA gene sequence in GenBank has allowed it to be detected qualitatively. As a first approach for prospective surveys, a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) procedure to identify C. hongkongensis has been developed. The presence of Catabacteriaceae in 29 water bodies subjected to possible human or animal impact has been investigated. Four of them were positive. The results confirm that highly polluted water can contain C. hongkongensis.

Key words

Catabacter hongkongensis Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Environmental water samples 

CLC number

Q93 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesc Codony
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bárbara Adrados
    • 1
  • Leonardo Martín Pérez
    • 1
  • Mariana Fittipaldi
    • 1
  • Jordi Morató
    • 1
  1. 1.Health and Environmental Laboratory (MSMLab)Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaTerrassa, BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Mataró Waters-Municipal LaboratoryMataró, BarcelonaSpain

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