Description of Sulfurospirillum halorespirans sp. nov., an anaerobic, tetrachloroethene-respiring bacterium, and transfer of Dehalospirillum multivorans to the genus Sulfurospirillum as Sulfurospirillum multivorans comb. nov

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2003 May;53(Pt 3):787-793. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.02417-0.


An anaerobic, halorespiring bacterium (strain PCE-M2(T) = DSM 13726(T) = ATCC BAA-583(T)) able to reduce tetrachloroethene to cis-dichloroethene was isolated from an anaerobic soil polluted with chlorinated aliphatic compounds. The isolate is assigned to the genus Sulfurospirillum as a novel species, Sulfurospirillum halorespirans sp. nov. Furthermore, on the basis of all available data, a related organism, Dehalospirillum multivorans DSM 12446(T), is reclassified to the genus Sulfurospirillum as Sulfurospirillum multivorans comb. nov.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anaerobiosis
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • DNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • Environmental Pollutants / metabolism*
  • Epsilonproteobacteria / classification*
  • Epsilonproteobacteria / genetics*
  • Epsilonproteobacteria / growth & development
  • Epsilonproteobacteria / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Tetrachloroethylene / metabolism*


  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • Environmental Pollutants
  • Fatty Acids
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Tetrachloroethylene

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF218076