Methanospirillum hungatei

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Archaea; Euryarchaeota; Methanomicrobia; Methanomicrobiales; Methanospirillaceae


NCBI: Taxonomy

Methanospirillum hungatei

Description and Significance

Describe the appearance, habitat, etc. of the organism, and why you think it is important.

Methanospirillum hungatei was first found in sewage sludge and was named in honor of R.E. Hungate. The cultures are usually yellow in color. The cells are spiral shaped and range from 0.5-7.4 microns in diameter and 15 to several hundred microns long.

Genome Structure

Methanospirillum hungatei has circular chromosomes of length 3544738. It has 3139 gene proteins and 66 RNA genes. The guanine and cytosine content is 45% for this organism.

Cell Structure, Metabolism and Life Cycle

Interesting features of cell structure; how it gains energy; what important molecules it produces.

Ecology and Pathogenesis

Habitat; symbiosis; biogeochemical significance; contributions to environment.
If relevant, how does this organism cause disease? Human, animal, plant hosts? Virulence factors, as well as patient symptoms.


1: NCBI. “Methanospirillum hungatei.” Taxonomy Browser.

2: Ferry, J.G., Smith, P.H., and Wolfe, R.S. “Methanospirillurn, a New Genus of Methanogenic Bacteria,and Characterization of Methanospirillurn hungatii sp.nov.” International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. 1974. Volume 24. p. 465-469.

3: Migas, J., Anderson, K.L., Cruden, D.L., and Markovetz, J. “Chemotaxis in Methanospirillum hungatei.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 1989. Volume 55. p. 264-265.

4: Kanehisa Laboratories in the Bioinformatics Center of Kyoto University and the Human Genome Center of the University of Tokyo. “Methanospirillum hungatei.” Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes.


Page authored by Shannon Henderson and David Hall, students of Prof. Jay Lennon at Michigan State University.

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