Propionibacterium acnes

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Propionibacterium acnes is…

Taxonomic Classification

Higher Order Taxa:

Bacteria; Actinobacteria; Actinobacteridae; Actinomycetales; Propionibacterineae; Propionibacteriaceae; Propionibacterium

Alternative Nomenclature:

  • Corynebacterium acnes
  • Bacillus acnes
  • Corynebacterium acnes (Gilchrist 1900 and Eberson 1918)
  • Bacillus acnes (Gilchrist 1900)



Genomic size is 2.56026 Mbp and has a G-C content of 60%


Cell Structure



Current Research


Allison, Clive et al. 1989. Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction by Propionibacterium acnes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 55 (11): 2899-2903.

Brüggemann, Holger et al. 2004. The Complete Genome Sequence of Propionibacterium Acnes, a Commensal of Human Skin. Science, 305: 671-672.

Higaki, Shuichi et al. 2004. Propionibacterium acnes biotypes and susceptibility to minocycline and Keigai-rengyo-to. International Journal of Dermatology, 43: 103–107.

Liavonchanka, Alena et al. 2006. Structure and mechanism of the Propionibacterium acnes polyunsaturated fatty acid isomerase. PNAS, 103 (8): 2581.

Rosenberg, E. William 1969. Bacteriology of Acne. Annual Reviews, 20: 201-206.