16S rRNA Refseq V15.22 Genomic RefSeq V9.15
Human Oral Microbiome Taxon Description
Veillonella parvula
Human Microbial Taxon ID:161Body Site:Oral
Named - Cultured
Staphylococcus parvulus
Veillonella alcalescens
Strain Information:
ATCC 10790
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NCBI Taxonomy ID:
16S rRNA Reference Sequences:
HOMD RefSeq ID: 161AA050,161BU083,161Vparv,161_X002,161_X042

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PubMed Search:235  [PubMed Link]
Nucleotide Search:2501  [Entrez Nucleotide Link]
Protein Search:15254  [Entrez Protein Link]
By molecular cloning:
Clones seen = 2305 / 34879 = 6.61%
Rank Abundance = 1
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General Information:
Type species of the genus.  Phylogentically indistinguishable to V. dispar. 
Nonhemolytic o­n Blood agar.  Distinctive colony (1-3 mm) morphology, e.g., lens-, diamond- or heart-shaped, when grown o­n lactate agar media.   Smooth, entire and grayish white in appearance. [7]
Phenotypic Characteristics:
Anaerobic, Gram negative coccus (~0.4 um in diameter), usually in pairs.    Lactate, pyruvate, malate, fumarate and oxaloacetate can be fermented, however carbohydrates are not.   CO2 is required for growth.  Lactate is fermented to acetate, propionate, CO2, and H2. G+C content is38 to 41 mol%.[7]
Phylogenetically similar to V. dispar, however V. parvula is catalase negative whereas V. dispar is catalase positive.  They can also be differentiated serologically and by DNA/DNA homology (28%).

Resistant to streptomycin and vancomycin, which can be used in media for selective enrichment of species of Veillonella.

Prevalence and Source:
Commonly detected in the human oral cavity and intestinal tract.  Prevalent o­n all oral surfaces [4] and in supragingival and subgingival plaque [4,5,6]
Disease Associations:
Veillonella parvula tend to be more prevalent in sites without disease, however it has been associated with discitis [3], tonsillitis, spinal osteomyelitis, sepsis, endodontic lesions [1], and coronary heart disease [2]
PubMed database:
[1] Sassone L, Fidel R, Figueiredo L, Fidel S, Faveri M, Feres M. Evaluation of the microbiota of primary endodontic infections using checkerboard DNA-DNA hybridization. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2007 Dec;22(6):390-7  [PubMed]
[2] Beck JD, Eke P, Heiss G, Madianos P, Couper D, Lin D, Moss K, Elter J, Offenbacher S. Periodontal disease and coronary heart disease: a reappraisal of the exposure. Circulation. 2005 Jul 5;112(1):19-24  [PubMed]
[3] Marriott D, Stark D, Harkness J. Veillonella parvula discitis and secondary bacteremia: a rare infection complicating endoscopy and colonoscopy? J Clin Microbiol. 2007 Feb;45(2):672-4  [PubMed]
[4] Aas JA, Paster BJ, Stokes LN, Olsen I, Dewhirst FE. Defining the normal bacterial flora of the oral cavity. J Clin Microbiol. 2005 Nov;43(11):5721-32  [PubMed]
[5] Becker MR, Paster BJ, Leys EJ, Moeschberger ML, Kenyon SG, Galvin JL, Boches SK, Dewhirst FE, Griffen AL. Molecular analysis of bacterial species associated with childhood caries. J Clin Microbiol. 2002 Mar;40(3):1001-9  [PubMed]
[6] Socransky SS, Haffajee AD, Cugini MA, Smith C, Kent RL Jr. Microbial complexes in subgingival plaque. J Clin Periodontol. 1998 Feb;25(2):134-44  [PubMed]
Non-PubMed database:
[7] Rogosa M. Genus I. Veillonella. Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology 1984; Vol. 1, pp. 681-683.  
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