maltophilia R551-1 and selleck compound k279a is also low, that is below the ‘cut-off ’ for species delineation (Richter & Rossello-Mora, 2009). While many strains have been isolated and characterized as S. maltophilia, the other species in this genus have been more sparsely represented. In fact, all novel species of Stenotrophomonas described since 2006 have included descriptions only of single strains, which makes it impossible to assess comprehensive intraspecific variations. In this study, additional strains with identical or nearly identical 16S rRNA gene sequences to the respective type strains of four species have been included. The two S. nitritireducens strains included
in this study exhibited genomic DNA similarities of 78% to 85% and have identical 16S rRNA gene sequences (Finkmann et al., 2000). The gyrB Region 1 of these two strains was 99.0% similar. S. acidaminiphila strain CCUG 54933 had the identical 16S rRNA gene sequence as S. acidaminiphila CCUG 46877T. Their gyrB Region 1 sequences were observed to differ by 4.0%. The second strain of S. rhizophila, CCUG 47044, had the FG4592 identical 16S rRNA gene sequence to that of the type strain of the species, CCUG 54934T (Wolf et al., 2002). The gyrB Region 1 sequences
of these two strains were observed to be 98.6% similar. A clinical isolate, CCUG 56889, exhibited 99.9% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to that of the S. chelatiphaga type strain, CCUG 57178T. The gyrB Region 1 of these two strains were 95.4% similar (Fig. 2 and Table S2). In summary, the nucleotide sequences of many gyrB provide much greater resolution between the species in the Stenotrophomonas genus than the sequences of the more conserved 16S rRNA gene. This observation was expected for a protein-coding ‘housekeeping’ gene and is what has been observed for the gyrB gene sequences of other taxa. The sequences of Region 2 of gyrB exhibited greater variation than Region 1, although for the more
closely related species, as well as strains of a given species, the two different gyrB gene regions provided similar levels of separation. Several of the Stenotrophomonas spp. have been previously compared by MLSA including seven partial genes (not gyrB). In that study, interspecies similarities of the concatenated partial gene sequence were approximately 90–95% for the type strains of the validly described species included (Vasileuskaya-Schulz et al., 2011). The resulting clustering was similar to what is shown in this study. The levels of gyrB sequence similarity also correlated well with the genomic DNA similarity levels. All validly published and currently recognized species, except S. maltophilia/S. pavanii, were < 93% similar (for both sequenced regions). Strains of a given species were more than 95% similar. However, several strains within the ‘S. maltophilia complex’ were approaching and even exceeding this border (i.e. S. pavanii and the strain S. maltophilia R551-3).