Tsukamurella strandjordae sp. nov., a proposed new species causing sepsis

J Clin Microbiol. 2001 Apr;39(4):1467-76. doi: 10.1128/JCM.39.4.1467-1476.2001.


We have isolated a gram-positive, weakly acid-alcohol-fast, irregular rod-shaped bacterium from cultures of blood from a 5-year-old girl with acute myelogenous leukemia. This isolate was compared with 14 other strains including reference strains of Tsukamurella species by a polyphasic approach based on physiological and biochemical properties, whole-cell short-chain fatty acid and mycolic acid analyses, DNA-DNA hybridization, and sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene. This isolate represents a new taxon within the genus Tsukamurella for which we propose the name Tsukamurella strandjordae sp. nov. Our study also revealed that Tsukamurella paurometabola ATCC 25938 represents a misnamed Tsukamurella inchonensis isolate and confirms that Tsukamurella wratislaviensis belongs to the genus Rhodococcus.

MeSH terms

  • Actinomycetales / chemistry
  • Actinomycetales / classification*
  • Actinomycetales / cytology
  • Actinomycetales / isolation & purification
  • Actinomycetales / physiology
  • Actinomycetales Infections / microbiology*
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Child, Preschool
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Female
  • Genes, rRNA
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mycolic Acids / analysis
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Reference Standards
  • Sepsis / microbiology*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Fatty Acids
  • Mycolic Acids
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF283283