• Open Access

Genome sequence of Staphylococcus lugdunensis N920143 allows identification of putative colonization and virulence factors


  • Editor: Mark Enright

Correspondence: Timothy J. Foster, Microbiology Department, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel.: +35 318 962 014; fax: +35 316 799 294; e-mail: tfoster@tcd.ie


Staphylococcus lugdunensis is an opportunistic pathogen related to Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The genome sequence of S. lugdunensis strain N920143 has been compared with other staphylococci, and genes were identified that could promote survival of S. lugdunensis on human skin and pathogenesis of infections. Staphylococcus lugdunensis lacks virulence factors that characterize S. aureus and harbours a smaller number of genes encoding surface proteins. It is the only staphylococcal species other than S. aureus that possesses a locus encoding iron-regulated surface determinant (Isd) proteins involved in iron acquisition from haemoglobin.