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is a Gram-positive species previously isolated from human urine. Although other species from the same genus have been associated with urinary tract infections, is currently believed to be a non-pathogenic member of the urogenital microbiota. Prior to our study, only two isolates were described in the literature, and very little is known about the species. Here, we describe UFMG-H7, the first strain of this species isolated from the urine of healthy cattle. The genome for this isolate was produced and compared to the two other publicly available as well as other genome assemblies. Our in-depth genomic analysis identified four additional publicly available genome assemblies that are representatives of the species, also isolated from the human urogenital tract. Although none of the strains have been associated with symptoms or disease, numerous genes associated with virulence factors are encoded. In contrast to related species and species from the bovine vaginal tract, all strains examined code for the SpaD-type pili suggesting adherence is essential for its persistence within the urinary tract. As the other strains analysed were isolated from the human urogenital tract, our results suggest that this species may be specific to this niche.

Funding
This study was supported by the:
  • National Science Foundation (Award 1661357)
    • Principle Award Recipient: CatherinePutonti
  • Loyola University Chicago
    • Principle Award Recipient: LauraMaskeri
  • Loyola University Chicago
    • Principle Award Recipient: AdrianaEne
  • CAPES-PROEX
    • Principle Award Recipient: SilviaGiannattasio-Ferraz
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
    • Principle Award Recipient: EdelF Barbosa-Stancioli
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