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Non contiguous-finished genome sequence and description of Peptoniphilus obesi sp. nov.
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- Published: 25 February 2013
Peptoniphilus obesi strain ph1T sp. nov., is the type strain of P. obesi sp. nov., a new species within the genus Peptoniphilus. This strain, whose genome is described here, was isolated from the fecal flora of a 26-year-old woman suffering from morbid obesity. P. obesi strain ph1T is a Gram-positive, obligate anaerobic coccus. Here we describe the features of this organism, together with the complete genome sequence and annotation. The 1,774,150 bp long genome (1 chromosome but no plasmid) contains 1,689 protein-coding and 29 RNA genes, including 5 rRNA genes.
- Peptoniphilus obesi
Peptoniphilus obesi strain ph1T (=CSUR=P187, =DSM =25489) is the type strain of P. obesi sp. nov. This bacterium is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, indole-negative coccus that was isolated from the stool of a 26-year-old woman suffering from morbid obesity and is part of a study aiming at cultivating all species within human feces, individually .
Widespread use of gene sequencing, notably 16SrRNA, for the identification of bacteria recovered from clinical specimens, has enabled the description of a great number of bacterial species and genera of clinical importance [2,3]. The recent development of high throughput genome sequencing and mass spectrometric analyses has provided unprecedented access to a wealth of genetic and proteomic information .
The current classification of prokaryotes, known as polyphasic taxonomy, relies on a combination of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics . However, as more than 3,000 bacterial genomes have been sequenced  and the cost of genomic sequencing is decreasing, we recently proposed to integrate genomic information in addition to their main phenotypic characteristics (habitat, Gram-stain reaction, culture and metabolic characteristics, and when applicable, pathogenicity) in the description of new bacterial species [7–18].
The commensal microbiota of humans and animals consists, in part, of many Gram-positive anaerobic cocci. These bacteria are also commonly associated with a variety of human infections . Extensive taxonomic changes have occurred among this group of bacteria, especially in clinically-important genera such as Finegoldia, Parvimonas, and Peptostreptococcus . Members of genus Peptostreptococcus were divided into three new genera, Peptoniphilus, Anaerococcus and Gallicola by Ezaki . The genus Peptoniphilus currently contains eight species that produce butyrate, are non-saccharolytic and use peptone and amino acids as major energy sources: P. asaccharolyticus, P. harei, P. indolicus, P. ivorii, P. lacrimalis , P. gorbachii, P. olsenii, and P. methioninivorax [21,22].
Members of the genus Peptoniphilus have been isolated mainly from various human clinical specimens such as vaginal discharges, ovarian, peritoneal, sacral and lachrymal gland abscesses . In addition, P. indolicus causes summer mastitis in cattle .
Here we present a summary classification and a set of features for P. obesi sp. nov. strain ph1T (CSUR=P187, DSM=25489) together with the description of the complete genomic sequence and its annotation. These characteristics support the circumscription of the species P. obesi.
Classification and general features of Peptoniphilus obesi strain ph1T according to the MIGS recommendations 
Family Clostridiales family XI Incertae sedis
Species Peptoniphilus obesi
Type strain ph1T
Sample collection time
0 m above sea level
Strain ph1T exhibited neither catalase nor oxidase activities. Using the API rapid ID 32A system (BioMérieux), positive reactions were observed for arginine arylamidase and leucine arylamidase. Negative reactions were found for urease, nitrate reduction, arginine dihydrolase, indole production, α-arabinosidase, α-glucosidase, α-fucosidase, β-galactosidase, glutamic acid decarboxylase, 6-phospho-β-galactosidase β-glucosidase, β-glucuronidase, N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase, D-mannose, D-raffinose, alkaline phosphatase, alanine arylamidase, glutamyl glutamic acid arylamidase, glycine arylamidase, histidine arylamidase, leucyl glycine arylamidase, phenylalanine arylamidase, proline arylamidase, pyroglutamic acid arylamidase, serine arylamidase and tyrosine arylamidase. P. obesi is susceptible to penicillin G, amoxicillin, amoxicillin + clavulanic acid, imipenem, nitrofurantoin, erythromycin, doxycyclin, rifampicine, vancomycin, gentamicin 500, metronidazole and resistant to ceftriaxon, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin 10 and trimetoprim + sulfamethoxazole.
Differential characteristics of P. obesi sp. nov strain ph1T, Peptoniphilus grossensis strain ph5 T, Peptoniphilus timonensis strain JC401T and Peptoniphilus gorbachii WAL 10418T.
Cell diameter (µm)
Glutamyl glutamic acid arylamidase
Genome project history
454 GS paired-end 3-kb library
454 GS FLX Titanium
Newbler version 2.5.3
Gene calling method
Genbank Date of Release
May 30, 2012
NCBI project ID
Study of the human gut microbiome
Growth conditions and DNA isolation
P. obesi sp. nov. strain ph1T(CSUR=P187, =DSM=25489), was grown anaerobically on 5% sheep blood-enriched BHI agar at 37°C. Four petri dishes were spread and resuspended in 3x500 µl of TE buffer and stored at 80°C. Then, 500 µl of this suspension were thawed, centrifuged for 3 minutes at 10,000 rpm and resuspended in 3×100µL of G2 buffer (EZ1 DNA Tissue kit, Qiagen). A first mechanical lysis was performed by glass powder on the Fastprep-24 device (Sample Preparation system, MP Biomedicals, USA) using 2×20 seconds cycles. DNA was then treated with 2.5 µg/µL lysozyme (30 minutes at 37°C) and extracted using the BioRobot EZ1 Advanced XL (Qiagen). The DNA was then concentrated and purified using the Qiamp kit (Qiagen). The yield and the concentration was measured by the Quant-it Picogreen kit (Invitrogen) on the Genios Tecan fluorometer at 37.2 ng/µl.
Genome sequencing and assembly
DNA (5 µg) was mechanically fragmented on a Hydroshear device (Digilab, Holliston, MA, USA) with an enrichment size of 3–4kb. DNA fragmentation was visualized through an Agilent 2100 BioAnalyzer on a DNA labchip 7500 with an optimal size of 3.287kb. The library was constructed according to the 454 GS FLX Titanium paired-end protocol. Circularization and nebulization were performed and generated a pattern with an optimum at 665 bp. After PCR amplification through 15 cycles followed by double size selection, the single stranded paired end library was then quantified on the Quant-it Ribogreen kit (Invitrogen) on the Genios Tecan fluorometer at 72 pg/µL. The library concentration equivalence was calculated as 1.99E+08 molecules/µL. The library was stored at −20°C until further use.
The shotgun library was clonally amplified with 0.5 cpb and 1 cpb in 2 SV-emPCR reactions per condition, with the GS Titanium SV emPCR Kit (Lib-L) v2 (Roche). The yield of the emPCR was 9.2% for 0.5 cpb and 12% for 1 cpb in the range of 5 to 20% from the Roche procedure. Approximately 790,000 beads were loaded on 1/4 region of a GS Titanium PicoTiterPlate PTP Kit 70×75 and sequenced with the GS FLX Titanium Sequencing Kit XLR70 (Roche). The run was performed overnight and then analyzed on the cluster through the gsRunBrowser and Newbler assembler (Roche). A total of 228,882 passed filter wells were obtained and generated 76.8Mb of DNA sequence with a average length of 336 bp. The global passed filter sequences were assembled using Newbler with 90% identity and 40 bp as overlap. The final assembly identified 5 scaffolds and 32 large contigs (>1,500 bp) generating a genome size of 1.7 Mb.
Open Reading Frames (ORFs) were predicted using Prodigal  with default parameters but the predicted ORFs were excluded if they spanned a sequencing gap region. The predicted bacterial protein sequences were searched against the GenBank database  and the Clusters of Orthologous Groups (COG) databases using BLASTP. The tRNAScanSE tool  was used to find tRNA genes, whereas ribosomal RNAs were found by using RNAmmer  and BLASTN against the GenBank database. Signal peptides and numbers of transmembrane helices were predicted using SignalP  and TMHMM , respectively. ORFans were identified if their BLASTP E-value was lower than 1e-03 for alignment length greater than 80 amino acids. If alignment lengths were smaller than 80 amino acids, we used an E-value of 1e-05. To estimate the mean level of nucleotide sequence similarity at the genome level between Peptoniphilus obesi and other members of the Peptoniphilus genera, we compared genomes two by two and determined the mean percentage of nucleotide sequence identity among orthologous ORFs using BLASTn Orthologous genes were detected using the Proteinortho software .
Nucleotide content and gene count levels of the genome
% of totala
Genome size (bp)
DNA coding region (bp)
G+C content (bp)
Number of replicons
Genes with function prediction
Genes assigned to COGs
Genes with peptide signals
Genes with transmembrane helices
Number of genes associated with the 25 general COG functional categories
% age a
RNA processing and modification
Replication, recombination and repair
Chromatin structure and dynamics
Cell cycle control, mitosis and meiosis
Signal transduction mechanisms
Cell wall/membrane biogenesis
Intracellular trafficking and secretion
Posttranslational modification, protein turnover, chaperones
Energy production and conversion
Carbohydrate transport and metabolism
Amino acid transport and metabolism
Nucleotide transport and metabolism
Coenzyme transport and metabolism
Lipid transport and metabolism
Inorganic ion transport and metabolism
Secondary metabolites biosynthesis, transport and catabolism
General function prediction only
Not in COGs
Here, we compared the genome sequence of P. obesi strain ph1T with those of P. harei strain ACS-146-V-Sch2b, P. lacrimalis strain 315-B, Peptoniphilus senegalensis JC140T, Peptoniphilus timonensis JC401T, Peptoniphilus grossensis ph5 T and Peptoniphilus indolicus strain ATCC BAA-1640.
Number of orthologous genes (upper right) and average nucleotide identity levels (lower left) between pairs of genomes determined using the Proteinortho software .
On the basis of phenotypic (Table 2), phylogenetic and genomic analyses (Table 6), we formally propose the creation of Peptoniphilus obesi sp. nov. that contains the strain ph1T. This strain has been found in Marseille, France.
Description of Peptoniphilus obesi sp. nov.
Peptoniphilus obesi (o.be.si. L. masc. gen. adj. obesi of an obese, the disease presented by the patient from whom the type strain ph1T was isolated).
Colonies are 0.4 mm in diameter on blood-enriched Columbia agar and stain gray, transparent, opaque, colonies are not bright. Cells are coccoid, diameter range from 0.77µm to 0.93 µm with a mean diameter of 0.87 µm. Optimal growth is achieved anaerobically. No growth is observed in aerobic conditions. Growth occurs between 30–45°C, with optimal growth observed at 37°C, on blood-enriched Columbia agar. Cells stain Gram-positive, are non endospore-forming, and non-motile. Arginine arylamidase and leucine arylamidase activities are present. Cells are negative for the following activities: catalase, oxidase, urease, nitrate reduction, arginine dihydrolase, indole production, α-arabinosidase, α-glucosidase, α-fucosidase, β-galactosidase, glutamic acid decarboxylase, 6-phospho-β-galactosidase β-glucosidase, β-glucuronidase, N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase, D-mannose, D-raffinose, alkaline phosphatase, alanine arylamidase, glutamyl glutamic acid arylamidase, glycine arylamidase, histidine arylamidase, leucyl glycine arylamidase, phenylalanine arylamidase, proline arylamidase, pyroglutamic acid arylamidase, serine arylamidase and tyrosine arylamidase. Cells are susceptible to penicillin G, amoxicillin, amoxicillin + clavulanic acid, imipenem, nitrofurantoin, erythromycin, doxycycline, rifampicine, vancomycin, gentamicin 500, metronidazole and resistant to ceftriaxone, gentamicin 10, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim + sulfamethoxazole.
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