Metagenomic analysis of 0.2-μm-passable microorganisms in deep-sea hydrothermal fluid.

Research paper by Ryosuke R Nakai, Takashi T Abe, Haruko H Takeyama, Takeshi T Naganuma

Indexed on: 01 Feb '11Published on: 01 Feb '11Published in: Marine Biotechnology


We pyrosequenced the bulk DNA extracted from microorganisms that passed through 0.2-μm-pore-size filters and trapped by 0.1-μm-pore-size filters in the hydrothermal fluid of the Mariana Trough. Using the 454-FLX sequencer, we generated 202,648 sequences with an average length of 173.8 bases. Functional profiles were assigned by the SEED Annotation Engine. In the metagenome of the 0.2-μm-passable microorganisms, genes related to membrane function, including potassium homeostasis classified as membrane transport, and multidrug-resistance efflux pumps classified as virulence, were dominant. There was a higher proportion of genes pertinent to the subsystem of membrane transport in our metagenomic library than in other oceanic and hydrothermal vent metagenomes. Genes associated with a RND-type efflux transporter for exogenous substances were specifically identified in the present study. After a comparative analysis with the genome of the known ultramicrobacterium Sphingopyxis alaskensis RB2256, we discovered 1,542 cases of significant hits (E < 1 × 10(-2)) in our metagenome, and 1,172 of those were related to the DNA repair protein RadA. In this way, the microbial functional profile of 0.2-μm-passable fraction in the present study differs from oceanic metagenomes in the 0.2-μm-trapped fractions and hydrothermal vent metagenomes reported in previous research.