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The occurrence of the different genes encoding ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO), the key enzyme of the Calvin–Benson–Bassham cycle of autotrophic CO fixation, was investigated in the members of the genus and the relative genus , all obligately chemolithoautotrophic sulfur-oxidizing . The gene encoding the ‘green-like’ form I RubisCO large subunit was found in all analysed species, while the gene encoding form II RubisCO was present only in species. Furthermore, species belonging to the 16S rRNA-based phylogenetic cluster also possessed two genes of green-like form I RubisCO, and . Both 16S-rRNA- and -based phylogenies of the group were congruent, thus supporting its monophyletic origin. On the other hand, it also supports the necessity for taxonomy reorganization of this group into a new family with four genera.

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