Serratia marcescens

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Description Serratia marcescens is short,rod-shaped Gram negative bacteria. It is a facultative anaerobe and motile bacterium. This organism was discovered in 1819 by Bizio who named the organism after the Italian physicist Serrati. Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic human pathogen that is increasingly associated with life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. It is an environmental organism that has a broad host range,and is capable of infecting vertebrates and invertebrates.
Synonyms Bacillus marcescens
Habitat/Source Serratia marcescens is ubiquitous. It is commonly found in soil, water, plants and animals. It is a human pathogen, Serratia marcescens is involved in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), particularly catheter-associated bacteremia. It is commonly found in the respiratory and urinary tracts of hospitalized adults and in the gastrointestinal system of children.
Pathogenicity Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic pathogen that cause nosocomial infections. Serratia marcescens can cause meningitis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord), endocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle) and pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys).
GenBank Accession View Genome [NZ_HG326223.1 ]
Size(Mb) 5.11
GC% 59.5
Genes 4,743
CDS 4607

(1) Grimont, P. A. D., Grimont, F., Dulong de Rosnay, H. L. C., Sneath, P. H. A. (1977). Taxonomy of the genus Serratia. J.Gen.Microbiol. 98 : 39-66 .

(2) Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology (9th Edition,p.217,Table 5.2).Edited by John G. Holt,The Williams & Wilkins Co..