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Ribosomal Multilocus Sequence Typing (rMLST)

Ribosomal Multilocus Sequence Typing (rMLST) is an approach that indexes variation of the 53 genes encoding the bacterial ribosome protein subunits (rps genes) as a means of integrating microbial taxonomy and typing.

The rps gene variation catalogued in this database permits rapid and computationally non-intensive identification of the phylogenetic position of any bacterial sequence at the domain, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species and strain levels.

rMLST is described in Jolley et al. 2012 Microbiology 158:1005-15.

For academic non commercial use only. For full terms and conditions please see rMLST_licence.pdf. To discuss any other sort of use, including commercial use licence, please contact innovation@innovation.ox.ac.uk quoting reference 7895/MC.

New accounts for access to the databases can be registered by E-mailing your details to Keith Jolley (University of Oxford).

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DatasetLevel of resolution
Bacterial domain (3454 species)
CampylobacterrST mapped to clonal complex
NeisseriarST mapped to clonal complex
Salmonella rST mapped to serovar
Staphylococcus aureusrST mapped to clonal complex

The databases hosting rMLST data are running on the Bacterial Isolate Genome Sequence Database (BIGSdb) platform. The design concepts of BIGSdb are described in Jolley & Maiden 2010, BMC Bioinformatics 11:595.

The rMLST website and database is hosted at The Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK.  The site is developed and maintained by Keith Jolley.