Expanded spectrum of Nocardia species causing clinical nocardiosis detected by molecular methods

Int J Med Microbiol. 2002 Sep;292(3-4):277-82. doi: 10.1078/1438-4221-00208.


Nocardia species isolated from seven patients with clinical infection were investigated by conventional biochemical methods and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Three isolates were identified as recently described species (i.e., N. paucivorans, N. abscessus and N. veterana). We provide data on the epidemiology, clinical significance and antimicrobial susceptibility of these newly described Nocardia species.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Nocardia / classification*
  • Nocardia / genetics*
  • Nocardia / metabolism
  • Nocardia Infections / microbiology*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / chemistry
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S