Query: NC_017075:2689014 Rubrivivax gelatinosus IL144, complete genome Lineage: Rubrivivax gelatinosus; Rubrivivax; ; Burkholderiales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Rubrivivax gelatinosus is the purple bacterium belonging to beta-proteobacteria, isolated from Japanese pond. Nitrogen fixation. Purple nonsulfur bacterium. Facultative photoheterotrophic betaproteobacterium. Aerobic growth and fermentative growth are also possible. Utilizes a diverse array of different carbon sources, including hydrolyzed starch and gelatin. Capable of fixing carbon and nitrogen. Isolated from food wastewater in Nagano, Japan.
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General Information: This organism was discovered in 1819 by Bizio who named the organism after the Italian physicist Serrati. It was considered a nonpathogenic organism until late in the 20th century, although pathogenicity was noted as early as 1913. Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic human pathogen that is increasingly associated with life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. It is an environmental organism that has a broad host range, and is capable of infecting vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as plants. In humans, Serratia marcescens can cause meningitis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord), endocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle) and pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys). Many strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. Environmental isolates are noted by production of the red pigment prodigiosin.