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The golden death bacillus Chryseobacterium nematophagum is a novel matrix digesting pathogen of nematodes
© The Author(s). 2019
- Received: 22 October 2018
- Accepted: 22 January 2019
- Published: 28 February 2019
Nematodes represent important pathogens of humans and farmed animals and cause significant health and economic impacts. The control of nematodes is primarily carried out by applying a limited number of anthelmintic compounds, for which there is now widespread resistance being reported. There is a current unmet need to develop novel control measures including the identification and characterisation of natural pathogens of nematodes.
Nematode killing bacilli were isolated from a rotten fruit in association with wild free-living nematodes. These bacteria belong to the Chryseobacterium genus (golden bacteria) and represent a new species named Chryseobacterium nematophagum. These bacilli are oxidase-positive, flexirubin-pigmented, gram-negative rods that exhibit gelatinase activity. Caenorhabditis elegans are attracted to and eat these bacteria. Within 3 h of ingestion, however, the bacilli have degraded the anterior pharyngeal chitinous lining and entered the body cavity, ultimately killing the host. Within 24 h, the internal contents of the worms are digested followed by the final digestion of the remaining cuticle over a 2–3-day period. These bacteria will also infect and kill bacterivorous free-living (L1-L3) stages of all tested parasitic nematodes including the important veterinary Trichostrongylids such as Haemonchus contortus and Ostertagia ostertagi. The bacteria exhibit potent collagen-digesting properties, and genome sequencing has identified novel metalloprotease, collagenase and chitinase enzymes representing potential virulence factors.
Chryseobacterium nematophagum is a newly discovered pathogen of nematodes that rapidly kills environmental stages of a wide range of key nematode parasites. These bacilli exhibit a unique invasion process, entering the body via the anterior pharynx through the specific degradation of extracellular matrices. This bacterial pathogen represents a prospective biological control agent for important nematode parasites.
- Nematode parasites
- Matrix digesting
- Biological control agent
Parasitic nematodes inflict a major burden on public health and on the farming industry worldwide. It is estimated that more than one billion people are suffering from soil-transmitted nematode infestations, such as hookworm infection, Ascariasis and Trichuriasis. These parasites cause significant lifelong morbidity . The veterinary impact of disease caused by nematodes is enormous, with an estimated annual economic loss of $2 billion to livestock production in North America alone . Moreover, the losses in crop yields caused by plant-parasitic nematodes are estimated to be as much as $125 billion per year .
Several classes of highly effective anthelmintic molecules were introduced, first for veterinary purposes, such as the benzimidazoles (e.g. albendazole) and the imidazothiazoles (e.g. levamisole) in the 1960s, the macrocyclic lactones (e.g. ivermectin and moxidectin) in the 1980s and the novel amino-acetonitrile derivative monepantel in 2009 . However, drug resistance has arisen unexpectedly rapidly, mainly in South Africa, USA and Australia with for example, the first cases of resistance to benzimidazoles reported within 5 years of drug release . Resistance to ivermectin and other macrocyclic lactones has now also been reported in numerous countries with intensive farming activities. The problem of drug resistance strikes the global sheep industry particularly hard, with resistance prevalence often exceeding 50% of all infections . Moreover, anthelmintic resistance is irreversible . It is predicted that the high levels of resistance currently observed in veterinary parasites will ultimately develop in the soil-transmitted nematodes of humans . Despite decades of research, only two species-specific vaccines with limited application are currently available . With the above control limitations, there is a pressing need to develop new methods of nematode control, particularly for the ubiquitous Trichostrongylid parasites of livestock.
The Trichostrongyles have obligate environmental developmental stages (egg-L3), and while grazing management methods can to some extent limit parasite exposure, an important unexploited means of control is the application of natural predators of these free-living stages. One such method is the nematode-trapping fungus Duddington flagrans that has been shown to reduce the pasture levels of infective larvae . In the case of plant parasitic nematodes, biocontrol through the application of species-specific bacterial pathogens, such as Pasteuria penetrans, is well established  and is now commercially available. A current unmet need is to discover and develop new biocontrol measures that will reduce the larval infection of pasture with Trichostrongyles to a level that avoids both clinical and sub-clinical disease in grazing livestock. Such control measures will help curtail resistance, thereby preserving the available anthelmintics for the treatment of diseased animals.
The free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is an excellent genetically tractable model that has been used extensively to study nematode pathogens, the majority of which are, however, only effective against Caenorhabditis species and not against parasitic species . In this study, we describe the isolation and characterisation of a novel Chryseobacterium pathogen with great potential for controlling key nematode infections of veterinary importance. Chryseobacterium spp. are gram-negative rods found ubiquitously in the environment with certain species being reported as having unusual matrix digesting properties .
Source of Chryseobacterium and ability to kill C. elegans
Orsay France, rotten apple
Bangalore, India, rotten fig
Plurien, France, plums
Orsay, France, apple
Orsay, France, apple
Santeuil, France, compost
Santeuil, France, apple
Paris, France, flower stem
Le Perreux, France, compost
Le Perreux, France, compost
Saxony, Germany, chicken
Alabama USA, rhizosphere soil
Glasgow, UK, toad
Our bacteriological characterisation indicated that JUb129 and JUb275 belong to the Chryseobacterium genus. In common with other Chryseobacterium, both strains are catalase and oxidase-positive, aerobic gram-negative rods that grow on solid media to produce golden, mucoid colonies that have a pungent odour. The golden colour was shown to be due to the production of a flexirubin-type pigment (Additional file 1). Both JUb129 and JUb275 were found to grow optimally at 30 °C (neither grows at 37 °C) on agar plus 5% sheep blood, or tryptone soy agar plus 5% sheep blood, and also grew well but less optimally on LB agar. In liquid media, growth was more efficient in SOB media than LB media. In API 20E and API 20NE strips, the strains gave positive results for gelatin, esculin and N-acetylglucosamine (Additional files 1 and 2). The API 20E test result gave the closest identification to Chryseobacterium indologenes (86.3%).
Infection and killing of Caenorhabditis elegans
A common feature associated with many of the previously described C. elegans bacterial pathogens is the fact that the nematodes sense and are repelled from the bacterial lawns, as in the case of Pseudomonas fluorescens  and Serratia marcescens . It is significant to note that C. elegans are not repelled by C. nematophagum, but are attracted to, and remain on the bacterial lawns where they actively ingest the bacteria (Additional file 5).
A wide range of stock and environmentally derived isolates of Chryseobacterium were tested for activity against C. elegans (Table 1), all of which lacked the unique C. elegans killing properties of JUb129 and JUb275. An example of this is C. gallinarum (Fig. 2b), isolated from a chicken, which instead provides a nutritional food source that allows full development of C. elegans.
Pharyngeal invasion by C. nematophagum
To investigate the breakdown of the chitinous lining of the pharynx, the chitosan-specific stain eosin Y  was used to highlight this structure in C. elegans L1 larvae prior to exposure to C. nematophagum. Prior to bacterial exposure and 1 h after exposure, eosin Y delineates the entire pharyngeal and buccal cavity linings (Fig. 3g and h). The pharyngeal staining and hence the chitosan structures are lost following a 3-h exposure to C. nematophagum; however, the buccal cavity lining remains intact (Fig. 3i, j, k and l). This ability to breakdown the pharyngeal structure is an unusual attribute, most likely occurring through the action of specific chitinases and collagenase-like metalloproteases.
Cuticle collagen degradation
Parasitic nematode killing
Nematode species killed by Chryseobacterium nematophagum
Nematode species (host)
% L1 killed in 24 h (number counted)*
Caenorhabditis elegans (free-living)
Caenorhabditis briggsae (free-living)
Globodera pallida (potato) J2 and J3
Haemonchus contortus ISE and IRE strains (sheep and goats)
L1, L2 and L3
100% (IRE 0/215)
Trichostrongylus vitrinus (sheep and goats)
L1, L2 and L3
Teladorsagia circumcincta (sheep and goats)
L1, L2 and L3
Cyathastomin sp. (horses)
L1, L2 and L3
Ostertagia ostertagi (cattle)
L1, L2 and L3
Parastrongyloides trichosura (opossum)
All free-living stages
Cooperia curtecei (sheep and goats)
L1, L2 and L3
Cooperia oncophera (cattle)
L1, L2 and L3
Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (rats and mice)
L1, L2 and L3
Ancylostoma caninum (dogs, wolves and foxes)
L1, L2 and L3
Nematode-killing candidate genes
Hierarchical orthologous group (HOG)
Number of copies
Flavastacin precursor, Astacin
Pertussis toxin subunit S1
Pertussis toxin subunit S1
Thiol-activated cytolysin (pfo)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo1)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo2)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo3)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo4)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo5)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo6)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo7)
Thiol-activated cytolysin (slo8)
Cysteine protease, C1A familya
Retroviral aspartyl protease
d-alanyl-d-alanine carboxypeptidase precursor
nlpD Murein hydrolase activator
CAAX amino terminal protease
ATP-dependent Clp protease
24 × HOGs
PF00041; PF07593; PF11958; PF04231; PF01421;PF02128
Interestingly, the C. nematophagum genome contains two Pertussis toxin S1 subunit-encoding genes, one of which has expanded to three paralogues in JUb129. The presence of these toxin-encoding genes was assessed across all 120 Chryseobacterium spp. genomes currently available in the NCBI database, and these were found to be absent, indicating they are likely the result of a lateral gene transfer event in the recent evolutionary history of this species. Strikingly, and also specific to the C. nematophagum genome, nine members of a thiol-activated cytolysin family, the slo genes, were identified.
Analysis of the genome of C. nematophagum has allowed us to identify all the major components of the gliding and PorS/Type IX secretion system genes; with orthologues of GldA, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N and SprT and SprA all being present. Interestingly, the PorS genes GldK, GldL, GldM and GldN are found clustered in a single region in the genome (Additional file 12), perhaps representing an operon. This secretion system is known to be associated with virulence and gliding motility in the phylum Bacteroidetes, of which Chryseobacterium is a member.
In this study, we have identified and characterised a novel environmental Chryseobacterium species with potent nematocidal properties that we have named Chryseobacterium nematophagum. Two separate, but very closely related isolates, were isolated from Europe (Paris) and Asia (Bangalore), both were found associated with and colonising the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis briggsae, and both isolates of infected nematodes were found associated with rotting fruit and the accompanying bacterial flora. Chryseobacterium nematophagum rapidly kills both C. briggsae and the sister species C. elegans, but more significantly, this Chryseobacterium infects and kills all bacterivorous stages of all the parasitic nematodes tested to date, indicating that if ingested, these bacteria will kill and colonise many nematode species. Nematode killing was rapid, occurring within 3 h of ingestion and involved the digestion of the anterior pharyngeal lining followed by bacteria invasion and colonisation of the body cavity. All nematode tissues were ultimately consumed, including the normally highly insoluble cuticular exoskeleton. Both the pharynx and the cuticle are composed of large highly crosslink non-reducible collagens [21, 22] and complex carbohydrate macromolecules such as chitin .
Digestion of these matrix materials requires the action of active collagenase and chitinase enzymes, members of which are uniquely encoded in the genome of the pathogenic bacteria analysed in this study. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that chitinase, gelatinase and collagenase metalloprotease activities have all been described in related Chryseobacterium species and have been linked with gliding motility, PorS type IX secretory systems and virulence characteristics . It is also significant to note that these bacteria have neither collagen nor chitin proteins or structures. Chryseobacterium species belong to the Bacteriodetes phylum, members of which are being increasingly describes as having unusually linked motility (gliding, Gld) and secretory system (PorS, Spr) [25, 26]. It is also significant to note that one of the two chitinases also possess a C-terminal PorS domain, indicating that this enzyme should be secreted from this bacterium. This PorS type IX secretory system differs from the well-defined type I–VI bacterial secretory systems and differs from the mycobacterial type VII system and the type VIII systems . The C. nematophagum gliding and PorS components are very similar to those of other Bacteroidetes such as Flavobacterium johnsoniae . The importance of these PorS-secreted digesting enzymes is clearly demonstrated in Chryseobacterium sp. strain kr6, which was isolated from poultry industry waste and found to degrade chicken feathers via the action of a specific keratinase enzyme .
Analysis of the C. nematophagum genome has identified genes that encode additional PorS-secreted proteins that may be involved in matrix digestion and virulence, with the secreted astacin metalloproteases, chitinases and collagenases being particularly good candidates for future characterisation with respect to virulence.
By applying a C. elegans transgenic collagen reporter strain, we have also demonstrated by Western blotting that this bacterium can digest the highly insoluble cross-linked cuticle collagens (Fig. 4). Additionally, by analysing an mCherry pharyngeal transgenic marker strain and a chitosan-specific stain, we can observe the physical destruction of this collagen and chitin-lined structure which occurs in less than 3 h (Fig. 3).
We have investigated the ability of C. nematophagum to kill and digest the environmental stages of field isolates of important Trichostrongyle and Strongyle nematodes of livestock and domesticated animals. Invasion and digestion proceeds in a similar fashion to that described for the model nematode C. elegans. Most notably, C. nematophagum kills the environmental L1–L3 stages of an anthelmintic resistant strain (IRE) of the sheep parasite Haemonchus contortus. This bacterium is also highly effective against the L1–L3 stages of the horse Cyathostomins, a group of Strongyle nematodes that are becoming increasingly resistant to all the available anthelmintic classes. This pathogenicity raises the possibility that C. nematophagum, or indeed its isolated virulence factors, could provide a future novel means of controlling these increasingly problematic parasites of grazing livestock. Ultimately, it may also provide an alternative control measure to fight the pathogenic soil-transmitted helminths of humans, including, for example, the important hookworm parasites, Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, both of which are related to the wolf hookworm Ancylostoma caninum and rat hookworm N. brasilliensis, which are both highly susceptible to killing by this bacterium. We find that C. nematophagum grows efficiently in the presence of nematodes and that C. elegans are attracted to and not repelled by this bacterium, suggesting that this represents a true host/pathogen interaction.
Nematode strains, culture and killing assays
C. elegans N2, VS21 [myo-2p::mCherry] and C. briggsae (AF16) strains were supplied by the C. elegans Genetics Centre (CGC). The TY-tagged col-12 strain IA132 was provided by Iain Johnstone (University of Glasgow). All Caenorhabditis strains were maintained on NGM agar plates supplemented with E. coli bacteria OP50-1 following standard techniques http://www.wormbook.org/toc_wormmethods.html.
The lab-derived drug sensitive Haemonchus contortus strain MHco3(ISE) and drug-resistant MHco18(IRE), and field isolates of the following Trichostrongylids: H. contortus, Trichostrongylus vitrinus, Teladorsagia circumcincta, Ostertagia ostertagi, Cooperia curticei and Cooperia oncophera were all kindly provided by Dave Bartley and Alison Morrison from the Moredun Research Institute. Additional field isolates of T. circumcincta were provided by George King (University of Glasgow), and the Cyathastomin parasites were provided by Ronnie Barron (University of Glasgow). Globodera pallida J2 larvae were provided by Aaron Maule (Queens University), Nippostrongylus brasilliensis was proved by Rick Maizels (University of Glasgow), Ancylostoma caninum was provided by Elizabeth Schmidt (Botucatu, Brazil) and Parastrongyloides trichosura was provided by Adrian Streit (Max-Planck, Tuebingen). For the Trichostrongylids and Strongylids, embryos were purified from faecal samples derived from either mono-specifically infected donor lambs or naturally infected ruminants, via saturated salt flotation. The eggs were hatched to L1 and developed to L2 and L3 by culturing on NGM agar OP50-1 as per C. elegans. Free-living P. trichosura and Globodera pallida J2 larvae were cultured on NGM plates as per C. elegans.
Nematode killing assays
All nematode stages and species were tested by placing either 100 freshly prepared eggs or 50–100 L1 larvae on fresh bacterial lawns (200 μl of overnight culture in SOB media) of C. nematophagum on 5 cm NGM plates, and survival and morphology was observed over 2 to 3 days and compared to those placed on OP50-1. Time-course experiments were carried out on L1 larvae derived from bleach-treated hermaphrodite egg preparation (10 min, 250 mM KOH/1% bleach). Eggs were washed and allowed to hatch overnight in the absence of bacteria, then L1s were added to bacterial lawns on NGM plates. To obtain synchronised L2, L3 and L4s, the larvae were collected at various time-points from OP50-1 fed L1s. Likewise, the pharyngeal labelled strain, VS21, was bleach treated to derive eggs then L1s that were observed for pharyngeal damage via U.V. microscopic analysis.
The chitosan staining protocol followed a modified version of a previously published method . Briefly, freshly prepared L1s of C. elegans were washed and then suspended in 500 μl citrate-phosphate buffer, pH 6 (0.2M NaH2PO4 and 0.1M K citrate) prior to adding 15 μl eosin Y stock (5 mg/ml in 70% ethanol). Tubes were incubated in the dark for 10 min, then washed extensively in citrate phosphate buffer before adding to C. nematophagum-inoculated NGM plates. Samples were observed, and images collected over a 6-h period.
Imaging and microscopy
All nematodes were either viewed on plates using a Zeiss bench-top microscope fitted with a Canon Sureshot camera or were mounted on 2% agar pads on slides and viewed under Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) or fluorescence optics on a Zeiss Axioscop2 and imaged with a Zeiss AxioCam camera and Axiovision software.
DNA extraction and whole-genome sequencing
Overnight cultures of JUb129 and JUb275 each in 10 ml SOB were re-suspended in 2 ml 25% sucrose in TE, digested in 100 mg/ml Roche lysozyme followed by 20 mg/ml proteinase K digestion. Ten milligrams per milliliter of RNAse was added prior to adding 400 μl 0.5M EDTA and 30 μl of 10% sarcosyl and leaving at 50 °C overnight. Samples were made up to 12 ml with TE prior to phenol/chloroform extraction and ethanol precipitation. Samples were then sent to Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for whole genome sequencing using the PacBio platform.
For JUb129, PacBio RS sequence reads were assembled using HGAP v3  of the SMRT analysis software package v2.3.0. The fold coverage was set to 30, and the approximate genome size was set to 3 Mb. The assembly was circularised using Circlator v1.1.3  and polished using the PacBio RS resequencing protocol and Quiver v1  of the SMRT analysis software package v2.3.0. For JUb275, PacBio RSII reads were converted to BAM format using the SMRTlink pipeline v18.104.22.16885 and then to FASTQ format using Samtools v1.6 , excluding reads which failed quality control. Reads were assembled using CANU v1.6 . The assembly was circularised using Circlator v1.5.3 . The PacBio SMRTlink resequencing pipeline was run utilising Quiver , and the corrected reads mapped back to the final assembly using minimap2 v2.6 . For both genomes, automated annotation was undertaken using PROKKA v1.11  based on a genus-specific NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) database. Protein motifs were identified on the basis of matching domains in the UniProtKB , TIGRFAM , PFAM  and NCBI protein cluster  databases. Genomic sequence data has been deposited in the NCBI database under BioProject number PRJNA487926 and BioSamples numbered SAMN09925763 (JUb129) and SAMN09925764 (JUb275). Annotated genomic sequence data is available in Additional file 8 (JUb129) and Additional file 9 (JUb275).
A maximum likelihood tree, based on the 16S SSU rRNA gene, was generated using RAXML  using a generalised time-reversible model of sequence evolution. The tree was constructed using the JUb129 and JUb275 sequences together with a representative collection of Chryseobacterium spp. sequences downloaded from the NCBI database, including that of C. lactis (LN995695.1), C. indologenes (JX515610.1), C. jejuense (JX035956.1), C. shigense (NR_041252.1), C. oleae (NR_134002.1), C. contaminans (NR_133725.1), C. gallinarum (CP009928.1), C. gleum (FJ887959.1), C. joostei (KU058436.1), C. shandongense (NR_135879.1), C. daecheongense (KJ147083.1), C. hispalense (NR_116277.1), C. daeguense (NR_044069.1), C. polytrichastri (NR_134710.1), C. indoltheticum (NR_042926.1), C. pallidum (NR_042504.1) and C. taichungense (JX042458.1). The 16S sequence of another member of the Flavobacteriaceae family, Riemerella anatipestifer (CP006649.1_2), was used as an out-species to root the tree. Stability was assessed using 100 bootstrap pseudo-replicates, and the tree was visualised using FigTree 1.4 (http://tree.bio.ed.ac.uk).
Orthologous genes were defined across the genomes of JUb129, JUb275 along with five Chryseobacterium spp. known to not possess the nematode-killing phenotype, namely C. contaminans (GCA_001684955.1), C. gallinarum (GCA_001021975.1), C. indologenes (GCF_001295265.1), C. indoltheticum (GCA_900156145.1) and C. shigense (GCA_900156575.1). Annotated genomic sequence data for these species was downloaded from the NCBI Genome database. Pairs of orthologous sequences were identified using a stand-alone version of the Orthologous Matrix (OMA) algorithm v2 , following which hierarchical orthologous groups were inferred  (Additional file 11). Top-ranking ‘nematode-killing’ candidate genes were analysed for known amino acid motifs using InterProScan . These sequences were then compared to the 120 Chryseobacterium spp. genomes currently available in the NCBI Genome database (Additional file 13) using the BLASTP 2.2.26+ .
Analysis of collagenase activity of C. nematophagum
Twenty young adults of the COL-12 TY tagged C. elegans strain (IA132) were picked from OP50-1 NGM plates and incubated in microtitre wells containing 100 μl M9 buffer and 10 μl C. nematophagum broth for 24–48 h with controls being identically treated IA132 with OP50-1 or Chryseobacterium indologenes for 48 h. To exclude the involvement of OP50-1 in collagen digestion, a set of experiments included adult IA132 worms grown on OP50-1 which were washed three times in M9 and cultured for 4 h on unseeded NGM plates prior to culturing with JUb129 and JUb275 for 48 h. All wells were setup in triplicate and well contents were transferred to Eppendorfs and centrifuged 1000 rcf for 2 min and the pellets frozen at − 20 °C. Pelleted worms were resuspended in 1× SDS PAGE sample buffer with 5% mercaptoethanol and boiled for 10 min, centrifuged and supernatant added to wells of 4–20% mini-protean Bio-Rad SDS PAGE gels and run at 200 v for 30 min. Western blotting was carried out on a Bio-Rad Mini Transfer Cell following the manufacturer’s recommendations. The PVDF membrane (GE Healthcare) was removed, blocked in 5% marvel PBS 0.1% tween, probed with anti-TY tag and then goat anti-mouse HRP, and this was followed by detection with Pierce ECL plus substrate. Blots were then stripped and re-probed with anti-actin antibody.
Analytical Profile Index (API) strips (20E and 29NE) were analysed following the manufacturer’s instruction (Biomerieux) by incubating at 30 °C for 24 and 48 h. Oxidase tests were carried out by selecting a colony of C. nematophagum on a cotton bud and adding drops of tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine dihyrochloride. Gram staining was performed on a slide spread of C. nematophagum following conventional methods . Flexirubin tests were performed on C. nematophagum colonies using 20% KOH as described .
We would like to thank the following University of Glasgow undergraduate students who were involved in parts of the initial characterisation and nematode testing of C. nematophagum: Alexandra Sinclair, Rebecca McGowan, Andrew Lee, Katherine de Burgh and Daniel Gingell. We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for providing parasitic nematodes samples for testing: Rick Maizels, George King and Ronnie Barron, (University of Glasgow); Aaron Maule (Queens University, Belfast); Dave Bartley and Allison Morrison (Moredun Research Institute); Elizabeth Schmidt (UNESP, Botucatu, Brazil) and Adrian Streit (MPI, Tübingen).
DP and AP are funded by Wellcome Trust and thank the Sanger Institute DNA pipeline team for excellent help sequencing and assembling the genomes of JUb129 and JUb275. Funding to APP, for this study was obtained through the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council UK: BB/R00711X/1.
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Genomic sequence data has been deposited in the NCBI database under BioProject number PRJNA487926 and BioSamples numbered SAMN09925763 (JUb129)  and SAMN09925764 (JUb275) . Annotated genomic sequence has been made available in Additional files 8 and 9. All C. elegans strains used are available from the C. elegans Genetics Center (CGC, University of Minnesota, USA).
APP designed and carried out the experiments and wrote the manuscript. MR performed some of the microbiological characterisation and contributed to the writing. M-AF supplied many of the bacterial isolates and contributed to the writing. DP and AP performed the genome sequencing and assembly. WW carried out the bioinformatic analysis and contributed to the writing. All authors approved the manuscript.
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