Shigella boydii

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A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Shigella boydii


Higher order taxa

Bacteria;Proteobacteria;Gamma Proteobacteria;Enterobacteriales;Enterobacteriaceae;Shigella


Shigella boydii

NCBI: Taxonomy

Description and significance

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Genome structure

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Cell structure and metabolism

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Known to cause diarrhea and Shigellosis (bacillary dysentery) through oral-fecal transmission. Less than 10% of foodborne illnesses are attributed to Shigella bacteria in the United States.2

Application to Biotechnology

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Current Research

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1. Feng, Lu, Sof'ya N. Senchenkova, Jinghua Yang, Alexander S. Shashkov, Jiang Tao, Hongjie Guo, Guang Zhao, Yuriy A. Knirel, Peter Reeves, and Lei Wang. "Structural and Genetic Characterization of the Shigella Boydii Type 13 O Antigen." J Bacteriol 186(2) (2004): 383-392. PMID 14702307

2. "Shigella." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 14 June 2006. Department of Health and Human Services. 30 Apr. 2007 <>.

Edited by student of Rachel Larsen and Kit Pogliano