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Abstract

The identification of spp. from urogenital sites can be challenging due to the lack of appropriate media for culturing the organisms and the poor resolution of biochemical methods. By incorporating chocolate agar and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis in our protocol to identify spp. from urinary specimens, we isolated and characterized 30 genetically homogeneous strains of a cryptic species that is phylogenetically close to, but distinct from, . Commercial biochemical kits and VITEK 2 could not distinguish between the two species. Over 90 % of the strains were isolated from urine and the urogenital area, made possible with the inclusion of chocolate agar in our urine culture protocol. In contrast, no strains isolated from respiratory specimens were identified as the cryptic genospecies. The cryptic genospecies was associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs) in certain patient populations. Distinct from that also causes urogenital infection, the cryptic genospecies required V factor (NAD) but not X factor (haemin) to grow. The data indicated that 16S rRNA gene sequencing may be necessary in identifying species and that inaccurate categorization of strains isolated from urogenital specimens based on phenotypic characteristics may prevent accurate diagnosis of UTIs.

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