Legionella tucsonensis sp. nov. isolated from a renal transplant recipient

J Clin Microbiol. 1989 Aug;27(8):1831-4. doi: 10.1128/jcm.27.8.1831-1834.1989.


A Legionella-like organism (strain 1087-AZ-H) was isolated from a pleural-fluid specimen from a renal transplant patient undergoing immunosuppressive therapy. Growth characteristics and gas-liquid chromatography profiles of the isolate were consistent with those for Legionella spp. The isolate fluoresced blue-white under long-wave UV light. Strain 1087-AZ-H was serologically distinct in the slide agglutination test with absorbed antisera. DNA hybridization studies placed it in a new Legionella species, Legionella tucsonensis (ATCC 49180).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Agglutination Tests
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression Therapy
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Legionella / analysis
  • Legionella / classification
  • Legionella / growth & development
  • Legionella / isolation & purification*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Pleural Effusion / microbiology*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Fatty Acids