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The Enterobacteriaceae are a large family of Gram-negative bacteria. This family is the only representative in the order Enterobacteriales of the class Gammaproteobacteria in the phylum .

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Enterobacteriaceae includes, along with many harmless , many of the more familiar pathogens, such as , , , , and . Other disease-causing bacteria in this family include Proteus, , , and . Phylogenetically, in the Enterobacteriales, several -less insect endosymbionts form a to the Enterobacteriaceae, but as they are not validly described, this group is not officially a taxon; examples of these species are , Buchnera, , Baumannia cicadellinicola, and , but not former . Members of the Enterobacteriaceae can be trivially referred to as enterobacteria or "enteric bacteria",http://inst.bact.wisc.edu/inst/index.php?module=book&type=user&func=displayarticle&art_id=268 as several members live in the intestines of animals. In fact, the etymology of the family is enterobacterium with the suffix to designate a family (aceae)—not after the (which would be "Enterobacteraceae")—and the type genus is .


Characteristics
Members of the Enterobacteriaceae are bacilli (rod-shaped), and are typically 1–5 μm in length. They typically appear as medium to large-sized grey colonies on blood agar, although some can express pigments (such as Serratia marcescens). Like other proteobacteria, enterobactericeae have Gram-negative stains, and they are facultative anaerobes, fermenting sugars to produce and various other end products. Most also reduce to , although exceptions exist (e.g. ). Unlike most similar bacteria, enterobacteriaceae generally lack cytochrome C oxidase, although there are exceptions (e.g. Plesiomonas shigelloides). Most have many used to move about, but a few genera are nonmotile. They are not -forming. Catalase reactions vary among Enterobacteriaceae.

Many members of this family are normal members of the in humans and other animals, while others are found in water or soil, or are on a variety of different animals and plants. is one of the most important , and its and have been closely studied.

Most members of Enterobacteriaceae have peritrichous, type I fimbriae involved in the adhesion of the bacterial cells to their hosts. Some enterobacteria produce . Endotoxins reside in the cell wall and are released when the cell dies and the cell wall disintegrates. Some members of the Enterobacteriaceae produce endotoxins that, when released into the bloodstream following cell lysis, cause a systemic inflammatory and vasodilatory response. The most severe form of this is known as endotoxic shock, which can be rapidly fatal.


Genera

Accepted

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  • " Candidatus Annandia"
  • " Candidatus Aschnera"
  • " Candidatus Benitsuchiphilus"
  • " Candidatus Curculioniphilus"
  • " Candidatus Cuticobacterium"
  • " Candidatus Gillettellia"
  • " Candidatus Hamiltonella"
  • " Candidatus Hartigia"
  • " Candidatus Ishikawaella"
  • " Candidatus Kleidoceria"
  • " Candidatus Macropleicola"
  • " Candidatus Moranella"
  • " Candidatus Phlomobacter"
  • " Candidatus Profftia"
  • " Candidatus Purcelliella"
  • " Candidatus Regiella"
  • " Candidatus Riesia"
  • " Candidatus Rohrkolberia"
  • " Candidatus Rosenkranzia"
  • " Candidatus Schneideria"
  • " Candidatus Stammerula"
  • " Candidatus Tachikawaea"


Provisional
  • Aquamonas
  • Aranicola
  • Atlantibacter
  • Chania
  • Grimontella
  • Guhaiyinggella
  • Margalefia
  • Tiedjeia


Identification
To identify different of Enterobacteriaceae, a microbiologist may run a series of tests in the lab. These include:MacFaddin, Jean F. Biochemical Tests for Identification of Medical Bacteria. Williams & Wilkins, 1980, p 441.
  • broth
  • agar for detection of production of , which converts phenylalanine to phenylpyruvic acid
  • or Voges-Proskauer tests depend on the digestion of . The methyl red tests for acid endproducts. The Voges Proskauer tests for the production of acetylmethylcarbinol.
  • test on tests for the production of enzyme catalase, which splits hydrogen peroxide and releases oxygen gas.
  • on tests for the production of the enzyme , which reacts with an aromatic amine to produce a purple color.
  • Nutrient gelatin tests to detect activity of the enzyme .

In a clinical setting, three species make up 80 to 95% of all isolates identified. These are Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Proteus mirabilis.


Antibiotic resistance
Several Enterobacteriaceae strains have been isolated which are resistant to antibiotics including , which are often claimed as "the last line of antibiotic defense" against resistant organisms. For instance, some Klebsiella pneumoniae strains are carbapenem resistant. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Klebsiella Quotation: "Increasingly, Klebsiella bacteria have developed antimicrobial resistance, most recently to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems."


External links
  • Enterobacteriaceae genomes and related information at PATRIC, a Bioinformatics Resource Center funded by NIAID
  • Evaluation of new computer-enhanced identification program for microorganisms: adaptation of BioBASE for identification of members of the family Enterobacteriaceae [8]
  • Brown, A.E. (2009). Benson's microbiological applications: laboratory manual in general microbiology. New York: McGraw- Hill.

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