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Genome Announc. 2017 March; 5(11): e00031-17.
Published online 2017 March 16. doi:  10.1128/genomeA.00031-17
PMCID: PMC5356055

Complete Genome and Methylome Sequences of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Serovars Typhimurium, Saintpaul, and Stanleyville from the SARA/SARB Collection


In this announcement, we report the complete genome and methylome sequences of three Salmonella enterica strains from the SARA and SARB collection: S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium (SARA13), S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Saintpaul (SARA26), and S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Stanleyville (SARB61).


The three Salmonella strains included in this study—S. enterica subsp. enterica serovars Typhimurium, Saintpaul, and Stanleyville—belong to the Salmonella Reference Collection SARA/SARB (1, 2). The reference collection was established based on the genetic structure of S. enterica characterized by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis (MEE) (3). S. Typhimurium is the most common cause of food poisoning in the United States, and outbreaks have been linked to poultry, beef products, and rodents. The prevalence of this serotype has increased from 9% to 33% since 1990 (4). S. Saintpaul is closely related to S. Typhimurium (5), with infections having resulted from consumption of several fresh produce commodities such as cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, and tomatoes (6). S. Stanleyville (SARB61) belongs to the SARB collection, which encompasses a more genetically diverse group of S. enterica that are commonly found in the environment, animals, and humans (3). Multiple cases of S. Stanleyville were reported in Cameroon, Mali, and Uganda (7, 8). Between 2003 and 2013, there were 65 cases of multistate S. Stanleyville infections reported in the United States (9).

S. Typhimurium, Saintpaul, and Stanleyville isolates were sequenced based on previously published procedures (10, 11). The continuous long-read data were de novo assembled using the PacBio Hierarchical Genome Assembly Process (HGAP) version 3.0 (12). The assembled sequences were annotated using the NCBI Prokaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline (PGAP) and deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank.

The complete S. Saintpaul (SARA26) genome was sequenced with 125× coverage. The complete genome size was 4,686,793 bp with a G/C content of 52.02%. S. Saintpaul consisted of 4,491 genes. The PHAge Search Tool (PHAST) analysis for prophage sequence detection did not identify any intact phages (13). The S. Typhimurium genome was sequenced with 171× coverage. The closed genome for the chromosome was 4,819,807 bp and 93,826 bp for the plasmid. The genome consisted of 4,770 genes with a G+C content of 52.21% for the chromosome and 53.1% for the plasmid. Using PHAST analysis, prophages Gifsy-1, Gifsy-2, and Salmon-ST64B were identified. The S. Stanleyville genome was sequenced with 144× coverage. The genome consisted of 4,888,463 bp for the chromosome and three plasmids with sizes of 106,449 bp, 58,302 bp, and 49,762 bp. The complete genome contained 4,991 genes. The G+C content for the chromosome was 52.13%; the G+C content ranging from the largest to the smallest plasmid was 51.0%, 52.1%, and 52.0%, respectively. PHAGE analysis indicated the presence of prophage Salmon-SPN1S.

The DNA methyltransferase activities were analyzed based on the kinetic variations of the nucleotide incorporation rate of the PacBio RSII sequencing platform (14). The single-molecule real-time data of the methylomes are summarized in Table 1. They are also deposited in REBASE (15) as follows: S. Saintpaul,; S. Typhimurium,; and S. Stanleyville, While most of the motifs have been found in other Salmonella strains, the motif ACRCAG found as the recognition sequence of a type IIG restriction/modification enzyme is new and unique.

Summary of active methylases and their recognition sequences

Accession number(s).

Sequences have been deposited in GenBank under the following accession numbers: S. Saintpaul, CP017727; S. Typhimurium, CP017728 and CP017729; and S. Stanleyville, CP017723, CP017724, CP017725, and CP017726.


This project was supported by the U.S. FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulatory Science, and by the Small Business Innovation Research Program (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health under award number R44GM105125 to R.J.R.


Citation Yao K, Roberts RJ, Allard MW, Hoffmann M. 2017. Complete genome and methylome sequences of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovars Typhimurium, Saintpaul, and Stanleyville from the SARA/SARB collection. Genome Announc 5:e00031-17.


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