Biochemical Test of Bordetella pertussis

Biochemical Test of Bordetella pertussis

Some of the characteristics are as follows:

Basic Characteristics Properties (Bordetella pertussis)
Capsule Positive (+ve)
Catalase Positive (+ve)
Citrate Negative (-ve)
Flagella Negative (-ve)
Gelatin Hydrolysis Negative (-ve)
Gram Staining Gram-negative (-ve)
Growth in nutrient broth Negative (-ve)
Hemolysis Positive (+ve)
Motility Negative (-ve)
Nitrate Reduction Negative (-ve)
Oxidase Positive(+ve)
Pigment Negative (-ve)
Shape Minute coccobacilli
Spore Negative (-ve)
Urease Negative (-ve)

Fermentation of

Adipate Negative (-ve)
Caprate Negative (-ve)
Chymotrypsin activity Positive (+ve)
Gluconate Negative (-ve)
Glucose Negative (-ve)
Lactose Negative (-ve)
Malate Negative (-ve)
Maltose Negative (-ve)
Mannitol Negative (-ve)
Phenylacetate Negative (-ve)
Sucrose Negative (-ve)
Xylose Negative (-ve)

Enzymatic Reactions

Alkaline Phosphatase Negative (-ve)
Esculin Hydrolysis Negative (-ve)
Ester C8 lipase activity Positive (+ve)
Lipase C14 activity Negative (-ve)
Lysine decarboxylase Negative (-ve)
Naphthol-AS-B1 phosphohydrolase activity Positive (+ve)
Trypsin Negative (-ve)


  1. Brenner, D. J., Krieg, N. R., Garrity, G. M., & Staley, J. T. (2005). Bergey’s manual of systematic bacteriology: Volume two. Part C. The Proteobacteria. New York: Springer.

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