Vibrio alginolyticus

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Vibrio alginolyticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Vibrionales
Family: Vibrionaceae
Genus: Vibrio
Binomial name
Vibrio alginolyticus
(Miyamoto et al. 1961)
Sakazaki 1968
Type strain
ATCC 17749
CAIM 516
CCUG 4989 and 13445 and 16315
CIP 103336 and 75.3
DSM 2171
LMG 4409
NBRC 15630
NCCB 71013 and 77003
NCTC 12160

Oceanomonas alginolyticaMiyamoto et al. 1961
Beneckea alginolytica(Miyamoto et al. 1961) Baumann et al. 1971
Pseudomonas creosotensisO'Neill et al. 1961

Vibrio alginolyticus is a Gram-negative marine bacterium. It is medically important since it causes otitis and wound infection. [1] It is also present in the bodies of animals such as pufferfish, where it is responsible for the production of the potent neurotoxin, tetrodotoxin. [2]

Otitis general term for inflammation or infection of the ear

Otitis is a general term for inflammation or infection of the ear, in both humans and other animals.

Tetraodontidae family of fishes

The Tetraodontidae are a family of primarily marine and estuarine fish of the order Tetraodontiformes. The family includes many familiar species which are variously called pufferfish, puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, blowies, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, toadies, honey toads, sugar toads, and sea squab. They are morphologically similar to the closely related porcupinefish, which have large external spines. The scientific name refers to the four large teeth, fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for crushing the hard shells of crustaceans and mollusks, their natural prey.

Tetrodotoxin chemical compound

Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a potent neurotoxin. Its name derives from Tetraodontiformes, an order that includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, ocean sunfish, and triggerfish; several of these species carry the toxin. Although tetrodotoxin was discovered in these fish and found in several other aquatic animals, it is actually produced by certain infecting or symbiotic bacteria like Pseudoalteromonas, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio as well as other species found in animals.

V. alginolyticus was first identified as a pathogen of humans in 1973. [3] It occasionally causes eye, ear, and wound infections. [3] It is a highly salt-tolerant species and can grow in salt concentrations of 10%. [3] Most clinical isolates come from superinfected wounds that become contaminated at the beach. [3] Tetracycline usually results in cure. [3] V. alginolyticus is rare cause of bacteremia in immunocompromised hosts. [3]

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