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Genome Announc. 2017 August; 5(31): e00751-17.
Published online 2017 August 3. doi:  10.1128/genomeA.00751-17
PMCID: PMC5543648

Draft Genome Sequences of the Multiresistant Escherichia coli C20 Strain, Isolated from Domestic Chicken Gut Microbiota


Escherichia coli C20, isolated from domestic chicken gut microbiota, demonstrated multidrug resistance to the tested antibiotics. Here, we present the draft genomic sequences of E. coli C20, along with that of its plasmid. The final assembly yielded a chromosome of 4,640,940 bp and plasmid of 277,380 bp, with average coverages of 146.95-fold and 35.63-fold, respectively.


Escherichia coli is frequently used as a representative commensal or pathogenic bacterium, being widely distributed among different ecological niches (1). When studying antimicrobial resistance in farm animals, E. coli isolates are of special concern because of their putative role as a source of antimicrobial resistance determinants that could spread on land and in water, thereby reaching humans indirectly (2,5).

Escherichia coli strain C20, isolated from domestic chicken gut microbiota, demonstrated resistance to 7 of 10 tested antibiotics (6). The nucleotide sequence of the E. coli C20 genome was sequenced from a paired-end library, with an average insert size of 500 bp using the Illumina HiSeq 2000. The trimmed reads were de novo assembled using CLC Genomic Workbench 9.5.2, with default parameters, yielding 386 and 27 contigs with average coverages of 146.95-fold and 35.63-fold, respectively. The contigs were then divided into chromosome and plasmid parts, according to coverage. The chromosome and plasmid contigs were separately aligned with the complete genome of E. coli K-12 substrain MG1655 (GenBank accession no. CP014225) and Salmonella enterica plasmid pHK0653 (GenBank accession no. KT334335) as references for manual scaffolding in Mauve (7). The gaps within these scaffolds were then filled using GapFiller (8). Functional annotation of final genomic sequences was carried out using RAST (9), and phylogenomic analyses were carried out using the core genomic data from 39 E. coli-related genomes produced in MicroScope, according to the methods described by Ma et al. (10). The resistance genes were annotated in the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD) online server to predict the potential antibiotic resistance determinants in E. coli C20 (11).

The final assembly of C20 genomic DNA sequences yielded a chromosome of 4,640,940 bp and plasmid of 277,380 bp, with 45 and 4 superscaffolds and average GC contents of 50.8% and 46.4%, respectively. The C20 chromosome contained 4,389 protein-coding sequences, 87 tRNA genes, and 7 complete rRNA loci. The C20 plasmid harbored 350 coding sequences. Altogether, 154 antibiotic resistance determinants, belonging to 9 different resistance gene families, were annotated for the E. coli C20 genome in the CARD website, including 7 resistance genes in the chromosome and 147 in C20 plasmid. Among the previously identified 7 antibiotic resistance genes in the multidrug-resistant strain E. coli C20, only the genes conferring resistance to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including nalidixic acid and ciprofloxacin, were identified in the chromosome; the other 5 resistance genes were found to be expressed in the plasmid (6, 12). Phylogenomic analysis of E. coli C20 and 39 other E. coli-related genomes based on 2,055 core genes clustered multidrug-resistant strain E. coli C20 into the E. coli K-12 group, which also includes substrains DH1 (ME8569), BW2952 (MC4100), and MG1655. The nucleotide sequences of the four E. coli K-12 genomes shared up to 99 to 100% identity. However, no plasmid sequence was reported and published for K-12 substrains DH1, BW2952, and MG1655. The E. coli C20 plasmid showed 97% sequence identity with the plasmid pHK0653 from S. enterica strain ST06-53. The results demonstrate that the chicken gut bacterial strain E. coli C20 mainly acquired resistance by transfer of the plasmid from the environmental microbiome.

Accession number(s).

This E. coli C20 whole-genome shotgun project has been deposited at GenBank under the accession number NGBR00000000 and consists of sequences NGBR01000001 to NGBR01000048.


We thank Yong-Xu Lin from the Affiliated High School of Fujian Normal University for his kind help and suggestions in this study.

This work was supported by grants from the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province (grants 2017J01625 and 2014J01111), and the Innovation Program of the Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (grant 2016PI-18).


Citation Tian R-C, Huang W. 2017. Draft genome sequences of the multiresistant Escherichia coli C20 strain, isolated from domestic chicken gut microbiota. Genome Announc 5:e00751-17.


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