Providencia (bacterium)

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Providencia alcalifaciens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Enterobacteriales
Family: Enterobacteriaceae
Genus: Providencia
Ewing 1962

P. stuartii
P. sneebia
P. rettgeri
P. rustigianii
P. heimbachae
P. burhodogranariea
P. alcalifaciens

Providencia is a Gram negative, motile bacterium of the family Enterobacteriaceae. Some strains (P. stuartii, for example) are opportunistic pathogens in humans and can cause urinary tract infections, particularly in patients with long-term indwelling urinary catheters or extensive severe burns. Other strains (for example P. burhodogranariea and P. sneebia) are found in the haemolymph of Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies.[1]

Some strains are sensitive to ampicillin.


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  1. ^ Juneja, P.; Lazzaro, B. P. (2009). "Providencia sneebia sp. Nov. And Providencia burhodogranariea sp. Nov., isolated from wild Drosophila melanogaster". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 59 (Pt 5): 1108–11. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.000117-0. PMID 19406801.  edit