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Legionella longbeachae McKinney et al.


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Legionella longbeachae strain Long Beach 4 [NCTC 11477] is a whole-genome sequenced bacterial type strain that was isolated from a human lung. This bacterial culture can be used in bioinformatics.
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Product type
Preceptrol culture
Strain designation
Long Beach 4 [NCTC 11477]
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
Isolation source
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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Handling information

95% Air, 5% CO2
Handling procedure
  1. Open vial according to enclosed instructions.
  2. Using a single tube of #1099 broth (5 to 6 mL), withdraw approximately 0.5 to 1.0 mL with a Pasteur or 1.0 mL pipette. Rehydrate the entire pellet.
  3. Aseptically transfer this aliquot back into the broth tube. Mix well.
  4. Use several drops of the suspension to inoculate a #1099 agar slant and/or plate.
  5. Incubate the tubes and plate at 37°C for 2 to 4 days in an atmosphere of 5% CO2. Loosen the screw caps during the incubation.
Handling notes
Legionella species are nutritionally fastidious and are inhibited by media of poor caliber, so strict attention should be paid to the quality of the ingredients. The pH of the medium should be checked when cool, and is most critical. Unbuffered medium should not be used. Exposure of medium to light, particularly when hot, may also result in the accumulation of peroxides which can be inhibitory to the bacteria.

Before rehydration, vials may be stored at 2°C to 8°C for extended periods with minimal loss of viability. Subculturing to maintain culture is discouraged because of the possibility of mutation, selection of variants, or contamination. To minimize changes, it is recommended that cells be harvested and stored at -70°C or below.

Additional information on this culture is available on the ATCC® web site at

Quality control specifications

Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Legionella longbeachae McKinney et al.
RM McKinney
Type of isolate
Cross references
GenBank X66992 L.longbeachae group 1 (ATCC 33462) 5S rRNA gene.
GenBank Z24691 L.longbeachae 23S and 5S rRNA genes, partial CDS's.
GenBank Z30456 L.longbeachae Serogroup 1 Long Beach-4 genes for 23S ribosomal RNA and 5S ribosomal RNA.

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Curated Citations

Doyle RM, et al. Sequence analysis of the mip gene of the soilborne pathogen Legionella longbeachae. Infect. Immun. 66: 1492-1499, 1998. PubMed: 9529072

Hickey EK, Cianciotto NP. An iron- and fur-repressed Legionella pneumophila gene that promotes intracellular infection and encodes a protein with similarity to the Escherichia coli aerobactin synthetases. Infect. Immun. 65: 133-143, 1997. PubMed: 8975903

Liles MR, et al. Identification and temperature regulation of Legionella pneumophila genes involved in type IV pilus biogenesis and type II protein secretion. Infect. Immun. 66: 1776-1782, 1998. PubMed: 9529113

McKinney RM, et al. Legionella longbeachae species nova, another etiologic agent of human pneumonia. Ann. Intern. Med. 94: 739-743, 1981. PubMed: 7235414

Neumeister B, et al. Multiplication of different Legionella species in mono mac 6 cells and in Acanthamoeba castellanii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 63: 1219-1224, 1997. PubMed: 9097418

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