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Moraxella catarrhalis (Frosch and Kolle) Bovre


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Moraxella catarrhalis strain Ne 11 is a whole-genome sequenced type strain. This bacterial culture is a quality control strain for BBL products and was formally a quality control strain for bioMerieux Vitek products.
Product category
Product type
Preceptrol culture
Strain designation
Ne 11 [CCUG 353, LMG 11192, NCTC 11020]
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
Quality control
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C


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Detailed product information


Specific applications
Quality control strain for BBL products. Formally quality control strain for bioMerieux Vitek products

Handling information

95% Air, 5% CO2
Handling procedure
  1. Open vial according to enclosed instructions or visit for instructions.
  2. Rehydrate the entire pellet with approximately 0.5 mL of #44 broth. Aseptically transfer the entire contents to a 5-6 mL tube of #44 broth. Additional test tubes can be inoculated by transferring 0.5 mL of the primary broth tube to these secondary broth tubes.
  3. Use several drops of the primary broth tube to inoculate a #44 plate and/or #44 agar slant.
  4. Incubate at 37°C for 24-48 hours in an atmosphere of 5% CO2.
Handling notes
Additional information on this culture is available on the ATCC® web site at

Quality control specifications

Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Branhamella catarrhalis (Frosch and Kolle) Catlin
BW Catlin
Chain of custody
ATCC <-- BW Catlin <-- Univ. Rochester
Cross references
GenBank AJ247218 Moraxella catarrhalis 16S rRNA gene, partial.
GenBank U10876 Moraxella catarrhalis ATCC 25238 16S rRNA gene.
GenBank AJ228758 Moraxella (Branhamella) catarrhalis 23S rRNA gene, partial.
GenBank AF005185 Moraxella catarrhalis 16S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence.
GenBank AF248584 Moraxella catarrhalis UDP-glucose dehydrogenase gene, partial cds; and UDP-glucose 4-epimerase (galE) and L-glutamine:D-fructose-6-phosphate aminotransferase (glmS) genes, complete cds.
GenBank U73324 Moraxella catarrhalis glycyl-tRNA synthetase beta subunit (GlyRS) and NAD repressor/NMN transporter NadRp (NadR) genes, partial cds, and glycyl-tRNA synthetase alpha subunit (GlyRS) gene, complete cds.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Baumann P, et al. Study of the Moraxella group. I. Genus Moraxella and the Neisseria catarrhalis group. J. Bacteriol. 95: 58-73, 1968. PubMed: 4866103

. . J. Gen. Microbiol. 37: 341-352, 1964.

Catlin BW. Transfer of the organism named Neisseria catarrhalis to Branhamella gen. nov.. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 20: 155-159, 1970.

Bovre K. Proposal to divide the genus Moraxella Lwoff 1939 emend. Henriksen and Bovre 1968 into two subgenera, subgenus Moraxella (Lwoff 1939) Bovre 1979 and subgenus Branhamella (Catlin 1970) Bovre 1979. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 29: 403-406, 1979.

Skerman VB, et al. Approved lists of bacterial names. Int J Syst Bacteriol 30: 225-420, 1980.

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