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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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

Braz. J. Microbiol. vol.49 no.1 São Paulo Jan./Mar. 2018 

Genome Announcements

Complete genome sequence of human pathogen Kosakonia cowanii type strain 888-76T

Xue-Jing Yanga  1

Sai Wangb  1

Jun-Min Caoa  c  * 

Jia-Hui Houa 

aThe First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Department of Clinical Laboratory, Hangzhou, PR China

bZhejiang Sci-Tech University, College of Life Science, Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Plant Secondary Metabolism and Regulation, Hangzhou, PR China

cThe First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Department of Hospital Infection Control, Hangzhou, PR China


Kosakonia cowanii type strain 888-76T is a human pathogen which was originally isolated from blood as NIH group 42. In this study, we report the complete genome sequence of K. cowanii 888-76T. 888-76T has 1 chromosome and 2 plasmids with a total genome size of 4,857,567 bp and C+G 56.15%. This genome sequence will not only help us to understand the virulence features of K. cowanii 888-76T but also provide us the useful information for the study of evolution of Kosakonia genus.

Keywords: Kosakonia cowanii; Genome sequence; Antibiotic resistance

Kosakonia cowanii (formally Enterobacter cowanii) is a Gram-negative, motile, rod-shaped pathogen, which was originally isolated from blood as NIH group 42.1,2 Although the type strain was first isolated from patient, this species were also frequently isolated from plant, soil and infant formula.3,4 These results suggest the diversity of this species. Although K. cowanii becomes more and more important, the complete genome sequence of this species has still not been reported. In this case, the type strain of this species, K. cowanii 888-76T was completely sequenced in this study. This genome sequence will not only help us to understand the virulence features of this species but also provide useful information for understanding the evolution of Kosakonia genus.

The culture of strain 888-76T used to prepare genomic DNA for sequencing was a laboratory stock and grown on LB (Lysogeny Broth, BD, USA) at 37 °C with vigorous shaking. 2.5 mL of culture broth was used to isolate the genomic DNA by using Wizard Genomic DNA Purification Kit (Promega, Madison, WI, USA). The quality of purified genomic DNA was tested by using NanoDrop 2000 UV-vis spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, MA, USA). Sequencing was performed on the PacBio RS II sequencer. After read filtering and adapter trimming, the genome was first de novo assembled using HGAP assembly protocol. After this first round, PBJelly V14.1.14 was used to fill and reduce as many captured gaps as possible to produce upgraded draft genomes.5

Protein coding genes, tRNA and rRNA annotations was done by NCBI Prokaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline.6 In addition, GO and COG programs were used to further functional analysis of all annotated ORFs.7,8 Specifically, the virulence genes and MDR genes were searched based on VFDB and ARGannot.9,10

The genome of K. cowanii 888-76T consists of one circular chromosome (4,647,241 bp, 56.2% G+C), and two circular plasmid, named as p888-76-1 (113,443 bp, 53.5% G+C) and p888-76-2 (96,883 bp, 56.2% G+C) respectively. A total of 4448 CDSs were predicted. Of these, 3347 could be assigned to a COG number. In addition, 107 RNAs including rRNA and tRNA were identified. Strikingly, after searching at ARGannot database, we found 23 genes were responsible for antibiotic resistance. Of these, 6 genes encode β-lactamase, which is a typical features in Enterobacteriaceae strains.11 262 genes were predicted to be virulence genes, suggesting the pathogenesis of this strain. In these, 9 genes are encoded for type III secretion system, 5 genes are related to type IV pilus biogenesis and 41 genes are flagellar associated genes. The genomic information of K. cowanii 888-76T will be important to clarify the virulence and MDR mechanisms as well as for understanding the evolution history of Kosakonia genus.

The assembled contigs were deposited in DDBJ/ENA/GenBank and published in the accession number CP019445 (chromosome), CP019446 and CP019447 (Plasmid). The version described in this paper is the first version.


The authors would like to thank Bo-Zhu and Wei-Jie Song for his critical discussion and editing of the manuscript. This work was funded by Science and Technology Program of Zhejiang Province (No. 2013C33181) and Zhejiang Provincial Medical and Health Science and Technology project (No. 2016KYB216).


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Received: February 3, 2017; Accepted: March 3, 2017

*Corresponding author at: Department of Clinical Laboratory, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, 54 Youdian Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310006, PR China. E-mail: (J. Cao).

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Associate Editor: John McCulloch


Contributed equally.

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