Burkholderia anthina sp. nov. and Burkholderia pyrrocinia, two additional Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria, may confound results of new molecular diagnostic tools

FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2002 Jun 3;33(2):143-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.2002.tb00584.x.


Nineteen Burkholderia cepacia-like isolates of human and environmental origin could not be assigned to one of the seven currently established genomovars using recently developed molecular diagnostic tools for B. cepacia complex bacteria. Various genotypic and phenotypic characteristics were examined. The results of this polyphasic study allowed classification of the 19 isolates as an eighth B. cepacia complex genomovar (Burkholderia anthina sp. nov.) and to design tools for its identification in the diagnostic laboratory. In addition, new and published data for Burkholderia pyrrocinia indicated that this soil bacterium is also a member of the B. cepacia complex. This highlights another potential source for diagnostic problems with B. cepacia-like bacteria.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / analysis
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques*
  • Burkholderia Infections / microbiology
  • Burkholderia cepacia / chemistry
  • Burkholderia cepacia / classification*
  • Burkholderia cepacia / genetics*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / microbiology
  • DNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Phylogeny
  • Plant Roots / microbiology
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Rec A Recombinases
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Soil Microbiology


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • Fatty Acids
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Rec A Recombinases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF456034
  • GENBANK/AF456051
  • GENBANK/AF456058
  • GENBANK/AF456059
  • GENBANK/AF456060
  • GENBANK/AF456061