Allochromatium humboldtianum sp. nov., isolated from soft coastal sediments

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2015 Sep;65(9):2980-2985. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.000364. Epub 2015 May 29.


A novel purple sulfur bacterium, strain AX1YPE(T), was isolated from marine sediments sampled at 47 m depth in Callao Bay, Perú. Strain AX1YPE grew anaerobically, synthesizing bacteriochlorophyll a and carotenoid pigments of the spirilloxanthin series. Cells were Gram-stain-negative rods and actively motile by a polar flagellum. Strain AX1YPE was able to grow photolithoautotrophically with sulfide and thiosulfate as electron donors. This new phototrophic organism utilized ammonium salt, N2, urea and glutamate as nitrogen sources. Strain AX1YPE had a DNA base composition of 63.9 mol% G+C. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence indicated that strain AX1YPE clusters in a separate branch within the genus Allochromatium of the family Chromatiaceae. Strain AX1YPE showed 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities of 98.2% with Allochromatium vinosum DSM 180(T) and Allochromatium minutissimum DSM 1376(T), 98.1% with Allochromatium phaeobacterium JA144(T), 97.3% with Allochromatium renukae DSM 18713(T) and 96.8% with Allochromatium warmingiiDSM 173(T). DNA-DNA hybridization values to the type strains of its closest relatives, A. vinosum and A. minutissimum, were 59 and 64%, respectively. The predominant fatty acid of strain AX1YPE(T) was C18 : 1ω;7c and it notably possessed C20 : 1 as a minor component. PCR-based molecular typing (Box A1R and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA) produced a unique banding pattern for strain AX1YPE(T) in comparison with the type strains of A. vinosum and A. minutissimum. Based on data from this polyphasic taxonomic study, which also includes average nucleotide identity comparison of five concatenated housekeeping genes, strain AX1YPE(T) is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Allochromatium for which the name Allochromatiumhumboldtianum sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is AX1YPE(T) ( = DSM 21881(T) = KCTC 15448(T)).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Bacteriochlorophyll A / metabolism
  • Base Composition
  • Carotenoids / metabolism
  • Chromatiaceae / classification*
  • Chromatiaceae / genetics
  • Chromatiaceae / isolation & purification
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids / chemistry
  • Geologic Sediments / microbiology*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Peru
  • Phylogeny*
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Seawater / microbiology
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Bacteriochlorophyll A
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Fatty Acids
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Carotenoids

Associated data

  • GENBANK/EU442182