Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis is the causative agent of several veterinary diseases in a broad range of economically important hosts, which can vary from caseous lymphadenitis in sheep and goats (biovar ovis) to ulcerative lymphangitis in cattle and horses (biovar equi). Existing vaccines against C. pseudotuberculosis are mainly intended for small ruminants and, even in these hosts, they still present remarkable limitations. In this study, we present the complete genome sequence of C. pseudotuberculosis biovar equi strain 258, isolated from a horse with ulcerative lymphangitis. The genome has a total size of 2,314,404 bp and contains 2088 predicted protein-coding regions. Using in silico analysis, eleven pathogenicity islands were detected in the genome sequence of C. pseudotuberculosis 258. The application of a reverse vaccinology strategy identified 49 putative antigenic proteins, which can be used as candidate vaccine targets in future works.
Philippine Journal of Biotechnology, 2013, Vol 167, Issue 2, p. 135-141