High quality draft genome sequence of &ITMycoplasma testudineum&IT strain BH29(T), isolated from the respiratory tract of a desert tortoise
AuthorWeitzman, Chava L.
Tillett, Richard L.
Sandmeier, Franziska C.
Tracy, C. Richard
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Mycoplasma testudineum is one of the pathogens that can cause upper respiratory tract disease in desert tortoises, Gopherus agassizii. We sequenced the genome of M. testudineum BH29(T) (ATCC 700618(T) = MCCM 03231(T)), isolated from the upper respiratory tract of a Mojave desert tortoise with upper respiratory tract disease. The sequenced draft genome, organized in 25 scaffolds, has a length of 960,895 bp and a G + C content of 27.54%. A total of 788 protein-coding sequences, six pseudogenes and 35 RNA genes were identified. The potential presence of cytadhesin-encoding genes is investigated. This genome will enable comparative genomic studies to help understand the molecular bases of the pathogenicity of this and other Mycoplasma species.