About the Authors
- Hiroyuki Ogata, Stéphane Audic, Guillaume Blanc, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Jean-Michel Claverie
- Structural and Genomic Information Laboratory, UPR 2589, IBSM, CNRS, Marseille Cedex, France
- Patricia Renesto, Catherine Robert, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Hugues Parinello, Didier Raoult
- Unité des Rickettsies, UMR 6020, IFR 48, CNRS, Faculté de Médecine, Marseille Cedex, France
The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
HO performed genome annotation and coordinated the bioinformatics analyses. PR performed electron microscopic analysis of pili, immunofluorescence assay of actin-based motility, and hemolytic activity assay. SA and CR assembled genome sequences, performed sequence finishing, and carried out experiments to characterize the plasmids. CR constructed genomic libraries. GB performed most phylogenetic analyses. PEF performed β-lactamase activity assay and contributed to the bioinformatics analyses. HP contributed to the sequencing. JMC provided laboratory (computing) support and supplied ideas. DR provided laboratory (experimental) support, supplied ideas, and coordinated the experimental aspects of the work. All authors contributed in drafting the manuscript.