Sphingomonas paucimobilis
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Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Gammaproteobacteria, Order Pseudomonadales, Family Pseudomonadaceae, Genus Pseudomonas,
Pseudomonas paucimobilis
Holmes et al. 1977. Moved to Sphingomonas paucimobilis Yabuuchi et al. 1990
Possible synonym :
Flavobacterium devorans.
Gram negative rods, 0.3-0.8 / 1.0-1.9 µm. Motile by means of polar monotrichous
flagellum, only when rhamnose was added as a carbon source in the liquid medium.
Yellow-pigmented colonies. Strictly aerobic, optimal growth temperature 30 ºC. Can
grow on: Trypticase Soy Agar  ± 5% sheep blood, Nutrient agar,Mueller-Hinton agar.
Isolated from soil, water, plants & clinical specimens.
Nosocomial infections in humans and animals (bacteremia, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, endophtalmitis & wound infections).
  1. Holmes B., Owen R.J., Evans A., Malnick H. & Willcox W.R.: Pseudomonas paucimobilis, a new species isolated from human
    clinical specimens, the hospital environment, and other sources. International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 1977, 27,
    133-146.
  2. Yabuuchi E., Yano I., Oyaizu H., Hashimoto Y., EzakiI T. & Yamamoto H.: Proposals of Sphingomonas paucimobilis gen. nov.
    and comb. nov., Sphingomonas parapaucimobilis sp. nov., Sphingomonas yanoikuyae sp. nov., Sphingomonas adhaesiva
    sp. nov., Sphingomonas capsulata comb. nov., and two genospecies of the genus Sphingomonas. Microbiol. Immunol. 1990,
    34, 99-119.
  3. R. A. Swann, S J Foulkes, B Holmes, J B Young, R G Mitchell, and S T Reeders: “Agrobacterium yellow group" and
    Pseudomonas paucimobilis causing peritonitis in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. J.Clin Pathol.
    1985 November; 38(11): 1293–129.
  4. E Pegoraro, C Borsato, F Dal Bello, R Stramare, M Fanin, G Palu, C Angelini: Sphingomonas paucimobilis associated with
    localised calf myositis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 2008;79:1194-1195.
Can degrade hexachlorocyclohexane.

Positive results for  oxidase, esculin hydrolysis, beta-galactosidase (ONPG), utilization of: L-arabinose, mannose, fructose, glucose,
sucrose, trehalose & xylose.

Negative results for arginine dihydrolase, denitrification, gelatin hydrolysis,  lecithinase, urease, utilization of: citrate, meso-inositol,
mannitol, sorbitol,

Variable results for starch hydrolysis.
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