Announcing draft genome of Staphylococcus aureus from India

In collaboration with Dr. Gayathri Arakere from the Indian Institute of Science, we have obtained draft genome sequences of several Indian clinical isolates of the disease-causing Staphylococcus aureus

The work was carried out by Supriya in the lab and Sushma Prabhakara from Dr. Arakere's lab. The sequencing was performed by Ramya and Chandana in the genomics facility, led by Dr. Malali Gowda, at C-CAMP, Bangalore.

A short open-access genome announcement - not peer-reviewed - has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology.

The short abstract reads as follows:

We report the draft genome sequence of an ST772 Staphylococcus aureus disease isolate carrying staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) type V from a pyomyositis patient. Our de novo short read assembly is ∼2.8 Mb and encodes a unique Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) phage with structural genes similar to those of φ7247PVL and novel lysogenic genes at the N termini.                   

We are funded by NCBS (DAE), DST, CSIR, DBT. and UGC