Query: NC_014318:5586287 Amycolatopsis mediterranei U32 chromosome, complete genome Lineage: Amycolatopsis mediterranei; Amycolatopsis; Pseudonocardiaceae; Actinomycetales; Actinobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Amycolatopsis mediterranei (strain U-32) is a Gram-positive bacterium used for industry-scale production of rifamycin, which plays a vital role in antimycobacterial therapy.
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General Information: Source of the antibiotic erythromycin. Saccharopolyspora erythraea is the soil bacterium that produces the industrially important antibiotic erythromycin A. Erythromycin is a clinically important and potent macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat infections caused by several prokaryotic pathogens such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Chlamydia and Legionella. Production of this antibiotic is lower than others in the same class, such as penicillin or cephalosporin, which has led to the development of a genetic system to attempt to enhance the production of erythromycin.