The Family Peptostreptococcaceae

  • Alexander SlobodkinEmail author
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Peptostreptococcaceae, a family within the order Clostridiales, includes the genera Peptostreptococcus, Acetoanaerobium, Filifactor, Proteocatella, Sporacetigenium, and Tepidibacter. Genera Acetoanaerobium, Proteocatella, and Sporacetigenium are monospecific. Representatives of the family have different cell morphology which varies among the genera from cocci to rods and filaments. Species of Filifactor, Proteocatella, Sporacetigenium, and Tepidibacter form endospores. All members of the family are anaerobes with fermentative type of metabolism. The genus Tepidibacter contains moderately thermophilic species. Members of Peptostreptococcaceae are found in different habitats including human body, manure, soil, and sediments. Species of Peptostreptococcus and Filifactor are components of the human oral microbiome. Tepidibacter spp. inhabit deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Strains of Filifactor are pathogenic.


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  1. 1.Winogradsky Institute of MicrobiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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