Neisseria elongata

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A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Neisseria elongata


Higher order taxa

root; cellular organisms; Bacteria; Proteobacteria; Betaproteobacteria; Neisseriales; Neisseriaceae; Neisseria


NCBI: Taxonomy

Neisseria elongata

Description and significance

“Neisseria elongata”, formerly known as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) group M6, was described by Bovre and Holten in 1970 as a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium of the family Neisseriaceae. It is found the oral bacterial flora of the human pharynx and throat (2). “N. elongata” consists of three subspecies, “N. elongata” subsp. “elongata,” “N. elongata” subsp. “glycolytica,” and “N. elongata” subsp. “nitroreducens,” in which are separated based on their biochemical differences (3). Although these subspecies of “N. elongata” were previously believed to be nonpathogenic to humans, recent case studies have indicated that all three “N. elongata” subspecies are associated with human disease, typically endocarditis and osteomyelitis (2).

Although the “N. elongata” genome has not yet been sequenced, the importance of sequencing its genome will provide information on the three “N. elongata” subspecies and will help distinguish their pathogenic roles in endocarditis and osteomyelitis. Before their pathogenic roles were discovered, “N. elongata” subsp. “elongata” and “N. elongata” subsp. “glycolytica” were considered to be transient colonizers of the human upper respiratory tract and urogentical tract (3). Thus, the sequencing of their genomes could possibly provide further insight into the difference and similarities in the factors behind their metabolism and virulent features.

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Application to Biotechnology

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Current Research

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[Sample reference] Takai, K., Sugai, A., Itoh, T., and Horikoshi, K. "Palaeococcus ferrophilus gen. nov., sp. nov., a barophilic, hyperthermophilic archaeon from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent chimney". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 2000. Volume 50. p. 489-500.

Edited by student of Rachel Larsen