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Vibrio campbellii (Baumann et al.) Baumann et al.


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Vibrio campbellii strain BB886 is a whole-genome sequenced bacterium that was derived from Vibrio campbellii strain BB120 (ATCC BAA-1116). This culture is one of several strains included in a “quorum sensing kit” (ATCC MP-6) developed by the depositor. This strain has the genotype luxPQ::tn5kAN. It is a mutant sensor strain that responds only to the AI-1 autoinducer. 
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Strain designation
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
Isolation source
Sensor mutant derived from Vibrio campbellii strain BB120 (ATCC BAA-1116)
Geographical isolation
United States; New Jersey
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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Specific applications
Quorum sensing bacterium


This is one of several strains (ATCC BAA-1116 through ATCC BAA-1121) included in a "quorum sensing reporter kit" developed by the depositor.

Mutant sensor strain that responds only to AI-1 autoinducer

Vibrio harveyi BAA-1116 (and its derived mutants in panel MP-6) has been reclassified as Vibrio campbellii based on microarray comparative genome hybridization and multilocus sequence analysis.RefLin B, et al. Comparative genomic analyses identify the Vibrio harveyi genome sequenced strains BAA-1116 and HY01 as Vibrio campbellii. Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 2(1): 81-89, 2010. PubMed: 20686623

Handling information

Handling procedure
  1. Open vial according to enclosed instructions.
  2. Using a single tube of #2 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 #2 agar slant, and/or plate.
  5. Incubate all tubes and plate at 30°C for 24-48 hours.
Handling notes
When using this strain as part of the “quorum sensing kit” or in any other bioluminescent assays, #2746 media should be used.  Marine media contains boric acid and may cause otherwise bioluminescent-negative strains to luminesce, as boron is a key element in autoinducer-2.

Colonies on #2 agar plates are small, entire, glistening, circular, smooth, opaque, and low convex.  This strain exhibits bioluminescence in #2746 media.

BAA-1118™. has the following genotype: luxPQ::Tn5 Kan.

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

Quality control specifications

Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Vibrio harveyi (Johnson and Shunk) Baumann et al.
BL Bassler
Type of isolate
Year of origin
Special collection
NSF - Bacteriology

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Curated Citations

Bassler BL, et al. Multiple signalling systems controlling expression of luminescence in Vibrio harveyi: Sequence and function of genes encoding a second sensory pathway. Mol Microbiol 13: 273-286, 1994. PubMed: 7984107

Bassler BL, et al. Cross-species induction of luminescence in the quorum-sensing bacterium Vibrio harveyi. J. Bacteriol. 179: 4043-4045, 1997. PubMed: 9190823

Lin B, et al. Comparative genomic analyses identify the Vibrio harveyi genome sequenced strains BAA-1116 and HY01 as Vibrio campbellii. Environ. Microbiol. Rep. 2(1): 81-89, 2010. PubMed: 20686623

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