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Abstract

is a large and diverse phylum of bacteria that contains medically and ecologically relevant organisms. Many members are valuable sources of bioactive natural products and chemical precursors that are exploited in the clinic and made using the enzyme pathways encoded in their complex genomes. Whilst the number of sequenced genomes has increased rapidly in the last 20 years, the large size, complexity and high G+C content of many actinobacterial genomes means that the sequences remain incomplete and consist of large numbers of contigs with poor annotation, which hinders large-scale comparative genomic and evolutionary studies. To enable greater understanding and exploitation of actinobacterial genomes, specialized genomic databases must be linked to high-quality genome sequences. Here, we provide a curated database of 612 high-quality actinobacterial genomes from 80 genera, chosen to represent a broad phylogenetic group with equivalent genome re-annotation. Utilizing this database will provide researchers with a framework for evolutionary and metabolic studies, to enable a foundation for genome and metabolic engineering, to facilitate discovery of novel bioactive therapeutics and studies on gene family evolution. This article contains data hosted by Microreact.

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • GSK
    • Principle Award Recipient: AnnaS Birke
  • Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) Studentship
    • Principle Award Recipient: AnnaS Birke
  • Mac Robertson Travelling Scholarship
    • Principle Award Recipient: JanaK Schniete
  • Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) (Award BioSkape Studentship)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • CONACyT (Award Metabolic Robustness in Streptomyces)
    • Principle Award Recipient: FranciscoBarona-Gomez
  • Royal Society (Award NAF\R2\18063)
    • Principle Award Recipient: FranciscoBarona-Gomez
  • Royal Academy of Engineering (Award Research Chair)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • Natural Environment Research Council (Award NE/M001415/1)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Award NPRONET POC045)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Award BB/T001038/1)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Award BB/N023544/1)
    • Principle Award Recipient: PaulA Hoskisson
  • This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This article was made open access via a Publish and Read agreement between the Microbiology Society and the corresponding author’s institution.
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