NC_016610:1138995 Tannerella forsythia ATCC 43037 chromosome, complete genome
Host Lineage: Tannerella forsythia; Tannerella; Porphyromonadaceae; Bacteroidales; Bacteroidetes; Bacteria
General Information: This organism is a key agent in the progression of periodontal disease and is involved in bone loss and loss of attachment of teeth. The pathogenic factors involved in this are poorly understood. Unlike other periodontal organism such as Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia, this organism is difficult to culture and the prevalence of the organism in periodontal disease may be underestimated. This organism is synergistic with Porphyromonas gingivalis, and the presence of both accelerates progression of the disease.