Query: NC_016887:3255500 Nocardia cyriacigeorgica GUH-2, complete genome Lineage: Nocardia cyriacigeorgica; Nocardia; Nocardiaceae; Actinomycetales; Actinobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Isolated from a fatal human nocardiosis case at Washington DC, USA in the 1970s. Human pathogen. Nocardia cyriacigeorgica is a filamentous actinobacteria, frequently isolated from diseased human and animal tissues. N. cyriacigeorgica is the most prevalent species responsible for nocardiosis in North America, while placing fourth in France.
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General Information: Bacteria belonging to the Pseudomonas group are common inhabitants of soil and water and can also be found on the surfaces of plants and animals. Pseudomonas bacteria are found in nature in a biofilm or in planktonic form. Pseudomonas bacteria are renowned for their metabolic versatility as they can grow under a variety of growth conditions and do not need any organic growth factors. This organism is an opportunistic human pathogen. While it rarely infects healthy individuals, immunocompromised patients, like burn victims, AIDS-, cancer- or cystic fibrosis-patients are at increased risk for infection with this environmentally versatile bacteria. It is an important soil bacterium with a complex metabolism capable of degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and producing interesting, biologically active secondary metabolites including quinolones, rhamnolipids, lectins, hydrogen cyanide, and phenazines. Production of these products is likely controlled by complex regulatory networks making Pseudomonas aeruginosa adaptable both to free-living and pathogenic lifestyles. The bacterium is naturally resistant to many antibiotics and disinfectants, which makes it a difficult pathogen to treat.