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Genome sequencing and analysis of the paclitaxel-producing endophytic fungus Penicillium aurantiogriseum NRRL 62431

Yanfang Yang, Hainan Zhao, Roberto A Barrero, Baohong Zhang, Guiling Sun, Iain W Wilson, Fuliang Xie, Kevin D Walker, Joshua W Parks, Robert Bruce, Guangwu Guo, Li Chen, Yong Zhang, Xin Huang, Qi Tang, Hongwei Liu, Matthew I Bellgard, Deyou Qiu*, Jinsheng Lai* and Angela Hoffman*

BMC Genomics 2014, 15:69  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-69

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NRRL 62431 misidentification

Toni Gabaldon   (2014-11-27 12:12)  Centre for Genomics Regulation (CRG)

We want to note that the reported sequence of NRRL 62431 described here as P. auranteogriseum seems to correspond to a case of species misassignment, as the genome seems to correspond to Penicillium expansum instead.


This evidence is presented in a paper where we report the sequence of P. expansum, (see below) when comparing with the sequence reported here, we noticed NRRL 62431 genome is another P. expansum strain, as it is evident from the comparison of the whole genomes and the phylogenetic markers sequences present in genbank.


I suggest this is corrected as soon as possible in genbank files to avoid propagation of the misidentification


Genome, transcriptome, and functional analyses of Penicillium expansum provide new insights into secondary metabolism and pathogenicity.


Ballester AR, Marcet-Houben M, Levin E, Sela N, Selma-Lázaro C, Carmona L, Wisniewski M, Droby S, González-Candelas L, Gabaldón T.


Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014 Oct 22.




Competing interests

I am author of the P. expansum genome paper


Correction for paclitaxel extraction

Deyou Qiu   (2014-03-24 14:03)  The Research Institute of Forestry,Chinese Academy of Forestry

Culture broth was extracted with dichloromethane and mycelia was freeze-dried, pulverized and extracted with dichloromethane. Solvent was removed by reduced pressure at 36°C and the extracts were pooled. To the final crude extract, 0.344 g, 50 mL of water was added, and the mixture separated on C-18 cartridge (Fisher) with vacuum. Methanol was used to rinse the C-18 cartridge and elute the solution that contains paclitaxel. The methanol solution was dried (0.256 g) and dissolved in methanol or acetonitrile to 200 μg/μL after which it was filtered through a 0.45 nm filter.

Competing interests

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