Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron

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This is a gram‐negative anaerobic bacterium with a 6.26 Mb sequenced genome. It is a predominant member of the human and mouse small intestinal and colon microbiome. It plays an important role in the metabolism of dietary polysaccharides, which are not digestible by human enzymes. ( microbiome; Kuwahara T et al 2004 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 101:14919).

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