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Complete genome sequence of Sphingomonas paucimobilis AIMST S2, a xenobiotic-degrading bacterium
journal contributionposted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Suganniiya K Ravintheran, Sumitra Sivaprakasam, Stella LokeStella Loke, Su Yin Lee, Ravichandran Manickam, Adibah Yahya, Larry CroftLarry Croft, Andrew Millard, Sivachandran Parimannan, Heera Rajandas
Complete genomes of xenobiotic-degrading microorganisms provide valuable resources for researchers to understand molecular mechanisms involved in bioremediation. Despite the well-known ability of Sphingomonas paucimobilis to degrade persistent xenobiotic compounds, a complete genome sequencing is lacking for this organism. In line with this, we report the first complete genome sequence of Sphingomonas paucimobilis (strain AIMST S2), an organophosphate and hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium isolated from oil-polluted soil at Kedah, Malaysia. The genome was derived from a hybrid assembly of short and long reads generated by Illumina HiSeq and MinION, respectively. The assembly resulted in a single contig of 4,005,505 bases which consisted of 3,612 CDS and 56 tRNAs. An array of genes involved in xenobiotic degradation and plant-growth promoters were identified, suggesting its’ potential role as an effective microorganism in bioremediation and agriculture. Having reported the first complete genome of the species, this study will serve as a stepping stone for comparative genome analysis of Sphingomonas strains and other xenobiotic-degrading microorganisms as well as gene expression studies in organophosphate biodegradation.