Rhodococcus equi

Rhodococcus equi is a gram positive bacterium from the actinomycete group that is a cause of bronchopneumonia in horses.

Data Downloads

The Sanger Institute was funded by the The Horserace Betting Levy Board to sequence the genome of Rhodococcus equi strain 103S in collaboration with Prof. Jose Vasquez-Boland, of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Prof. John F. Prescott, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Canada, Dr. Wim Meijer, Department of Industrial Microbiology, University College Dublin, and Dr. Iain Sutcliffe, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Northumbria University.

Published Genome Data

The finished genome of Rhodococcus equi strain 103S is 5,043,170 bp in length and has a G+C content of approximately 68.82%. There is also a plasmid of 80,609 bp.

Both the chromosome and plasmid are available for download from the EMBL/GenBank databases with accession numbers FN563149 and AM947677 respectively.

Shotgun and assembly data from this project are available from our FTP site.


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  • The genome of a pathogenic rhodococcus: cooptive virulence underpinned by key gene acquisitions.

    Letek M, González P, Macarthur I, Rodríguez H, Freeman TC, Valero-Rello A, Blanco M, Buckley T, Cherevach I, Fahey R, Hapeshi A, Holdstock J, Leadon D, Navas J, Ocampo A, Quail MA, Sanders M, Scortti MM, Prescott JF, Fogarty U, Meijer WG, Parkhill J, Bentley SD and Vázquez-Boland JA

    PLoS genetics 2010;6;9;e1001145

  • Evolution of the Rhodococcus equi vap pathogenicity island seen through comparison of host-associated vapA and vapB virulence plasmids.

    Letek M, Ocampo-Sosa AA, Sanders M, Fogarty U, Buckley T, Leadon DP, González P, Scortti M, Meijer WG, Parkhill J, Bentley S and Vázquez-Boland JA

    Journal of bacteriology 2008;190;17;5797-805

Data Use Statement

This sequencing centre plans on publishing the completed and annotated sequences in a peer-reviewed journal as soon as possible. Permission of the principal investigator should be obtained before publishing analyses of the sequence/open reading frames/genes on a chromosome or genome scale. See our data sharing policy.

Sequencing enquiries

Please address all sequencing enquiries to: pathinfo@sanger.ac.uk