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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Print version ISSN 1517-8382On-line version ISSN 1678-4405

Braz. J. Microbiol. vol.48 no.2 São Paulo April./June 2017 

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Draft genome sequence of a caprolactam degrader bacterium: Pseudomonas taiwanensis strain SJ9

Sung-Jun Hong1 

Gun-Seok Park1 

Abdur Rahim Khan1 

Byung Kwon Jung1 

Jae-Ho Shin*  1 

1School of Applied Biosciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea


Pseudomonas taiwanensis strain SJ9 is a caprolactam degrader, isolated from industrial wastewater in South Korea and considered to have the potential for caprolactam bioremediation. The genome of this strain is approximately 6.2 Mb (G + C content, 61.75%) with 6,010 protein-coding sequences (CDS), of which 46% are assigned to recognized functional genes. This draft genome of strain SJ9 will provide insights into the genetic basis of its caprolactam-degradation ability.

Keywords: Pseudomonas taiwanensis; Bioremediation; Biodegradation; Caprolactam; Nylon


Members of the genus Pseudomonas that have been isolated and characterized so far have mostly been found as innocuous environmental microorganisms. They have great potential for biotechnological applications owing to their metabolic versatility and adaptability.1,2Pseudomonas spp. can thrive in diverse habitats and are known for their ability to colonize soil and participate in soil biochemical processes.3,4 The potential of Pseudomonas spp. for the degradation and bioremediation of a wide variety of chemicals, including natural and synthetic compounds such as caprolactam,5 naphthalene,6 and toluene,7 has attracted a great research interest. P. taiwanensis strain SJ9 was isolated from a wastewater sample collected from a sewage treatment plant in Daegu, South Korea. This work reports the draft genome of P. taiwanensis strain SJ9.

The genome of the strain SJ9 was sequenced using an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) sequencer system.8 The sequence reads were assembled using Mimicking Intelligent Read Assembly (MIRA) 3.4.0 and CLC Genomics Workbench (version 6.0), with manual processing using SeqMan software to reduce the contig number. The best assembly results comprised 736 contigs (>400 bp). The draft genome consists of 6,253,055 bp covering almost whole of the predicted average genome, with a G + C content of 61.75%. The assembled contigs were submitted to the RAST annotation server ( for subsystem classification and functional annotation.9 This analysis predicted 6,010 protein-coding sequences (CDS), of which 46% were assigned to recognized functional genes. Furthermore, 71 tRNA and 12 rRNA genes were also predicted.

The genome also harbored a complete gene cluster coding for caprolactam degrading enzymes such as 2,3-dehydroadipyl-CoA hydratase, acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, aldehyde dehydrogenase, and enoyl-CoA hydratase.10,11 This draft genome sequence of P. taiwanensis strain SJ9 will help improve the general understanding of the genetic basis of caprolactam degradation by Pseudomonas spp.

Nucleotide sequence accession numbers

The draft sequence of P. taiwanensis strain SJ9 obtained in this Whole Genome Shotgun project has been deposited at GenBank under the accession no. AXUP00000000. The version described in this paper is the first version, with accession no. AXUP01000000.


This study was sponsored by Agricultural Biotechnology Development Program, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


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Received: July 22, 2015; Accepted: September 15, 2015

*Corresponding author. E-mail: (J.-H. Shin).

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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