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The genus Serratia revisited by genomics

Williams, David J., Grimont, Patrick A. D., Cazares, Adrián, Grimont, Francine, Ageron, Elisabeth, Pettigrew, Kerry A., Cazares, Daniel, Njamkepo, Elisabeth, Weill, François-Xavier, Heinz, Eva ORCID:, Holden, Matthew T. G., Thomson, Nicholas R. and Coulthurst, Sarah J. (2022) 'The genus Serratia revisited by genomics'. Nature Communications, Vol 13, e5195.

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The genus Serratia has been studied for over a century and includes clinically-important and diverse environmental members. Despite this, there is a paucity of genomic information across the genus and a robust whole genome-based phylogenetic framework is lacking. Here, we have assembled and analysed a representative set of 664 genomes from across the genus, including 215 historic isolates originally used in defining the genus. Phylogenomic analysis of the genus reveals a clearly-defined population structure which displays deep divisions and aligns with ecological niche, as well as striking congruence between historical biochemical phenotyping data and contemporary genomics data. We highlight the genomic, phenotypic and plasmid diversity of Serratia, and provide evidence of different patterns of gene flow across the genus. Our work provides a framework for understanding the emergence of clinical and other lineages of Serratia.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QU Biochemistry > Genetics > QU 460 Genomics. Proteomics
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Bacteria > QW 131 Gram-negative bacteria.
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Bacteria > QW 138 Enterobacteriaceae
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Georgia Harrison
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 12:11
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 12:11


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