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  1. The genome of the versatile nitrogen fixer Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571

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    Lee, KB; De Backer, P; Aono, T;


    BACKGROUND: Biological nitrogen fixation is a prokaryotic process that plays an essential role in the global nitrogen cycle. Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571 has the dual capacity to fix nitrogen both as free-living organism and in a symbiotic interaction with Sesbania rostrata. The host is a fast...

  2. The genome of the versatile nitrogen fixer Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571

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    Binnewies Tim T


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Biological nitrogen fixation is a prokaryotic process that plays an essential role in the global nitrogen cycle. Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571 has the dual capacity to fix nitrogen both as free-living organism and in a symbiotic interaction with Sesbania rostrata. The host is a fast-growing, submergence-tolerant tropical legume on which A. caulinodans can efficiently induce nodule formation on the root system and on adventitious rootlets located on the stem. Results The 5.37-Mb genome consists of a single circular chromosome with an overall average GC of 67% and numerous islands with varying GC contents. Most nodulation functions as well as a putative type-IV secretion system are found in a distinct symbiosis region. The genome contains a plethora of regulatory and transporter genes and many functions possibly involved in contacting a host. It potentially encodes 4717 proteins of which 96.3% have homologs and 3.7% are unique for A. caulinodans. Phylogenetic analyses show that the diazotroph Xanthobacter autotrophicus is the closest relative among the sequenced genomes, but the synteny between both genomes is very poor. Conclusion The genome analysis reveals that A. caulinodans is a diazotroph that acquired the capacity to nodulate most probably through horizontal gene transfer of a complex symbiosis island. The genome contains numerous genes that reflect a strong adaptive and metabolic potential. These combined features and the availability of the annotated genome make A. caulinodans an attractive organism to explore symbiotic biological nitrogen fixation beyond leguminous plants.

  3. Cyanuric acid hydrolase from Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS 571: crystal structure and insights into a new class of Ser-Lys dyad proteins.

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    Seunghee Cho

    Full Text Available Cyanuric acid hydrolase (CAH catalyzes the hydrolytic ring-opening of cyanuric acid (2,4,6-trihydroxy-1,3,5-triazine, an intermediate in s-triazine bacterial degradation and a by-product from disinfection with trichloroisocyanuric acid. In the present study, an X-ray crystal structure of the CAH-barbituric acid inhibitor complex from Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS 571 has been determined at 2.7 Å resolution. The CAH protein fold consists of three structurally homologous domains forming a β-barrel-like structure with external α-helices that result in a three-fold symmetry, a dominant feature of the structure and active site that mirrors the three-fold symmetrical shape of the substrate cyanuric acid. The active site structure of CAH is similar to that of the recently determined AtzD with three pairs of active site Ser-Lys dyads. In order to determine the role of each Ser-Lys dyad in catalysis, a mutational study using a highly sensitive, enzyme-coupled assay was conducted. The 10⁹-fold loss of activity by the S226A mutant was at least ten times lower than that of the S79A and S333A mutants. In addition, bioinformatics analysis revealed the Ser226/Lys156 dyad as the only absolutely conserved dyad in the CAH/barbiturase family. These data suggest that Lys156 activates the Ser226 nucleophile which can then attack the substrate carbonyl. Our combination of structural, mutational, and bioinformatics analyses differentiates this study and provides experimental data for mechanistic insights into this unique protein family.

  4. Regulation of Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571 nitrogen fixation (nif/fix) genes.

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    Stigter, J.


    Biological nitrogen fixation is the microbial process by which atmospheric dinitrogen (N 2 ) is reduced to ammonia. In all microbes studied, dinitrogen reduction is catalyzed by a highly conserved enzyme complex, called nitrogenase. The nitrogenase subunits and func

  5. Promotion for wheat growth and root colonization after infecting wheat seeds with Azorhizobium caulinodans%田菁茎瘤固氮根瘤菌对小麦种子侵染的促生作用及其在根系内的定殖

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    刘华伟; 孙超; 杨呼; 林晓军; 郭蔼光


    Common eight wheat cuhivars were selected and the sensitive cuhivars were screened out through gnoto- biotic condition test in the laboratory after infecting of the Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571 (A. caulinodans) to wheat seeds. Infection method of seed soaking, the density of A. caulinodans and adding glucose are also studied, and the colonization of green fluorescence protein (GFP) - labeled A. caulinodans in the wheat seedling were detec- ted by fluorescence microscope. The results show that Xiaoyan22 is the most sensitive wheat cultivar to A. caulino- clans, in the gnotobiotic condition the root length and shoot height are increased by 17.04% and 8.37% respective- ly compared to the control, the optimum dilution proportion of A. caulinodans is 1.0 ×10^8/mL, and it is helpful for the infection to add 1 g/L glucose in A. caulinoclans PBS solution. With fluorescence microscope detection the result shows that GFP -labeled A. caulinodans infects from wheat seeding root hairs and lateral root fractures, and it can colonize in the vascular bundle of root. The field test shows that there is obvious promotion for wheat growth after infecting wheat cultivars seeds with A. caulinodans.%选取8个常见小麦品种,通过室内限菌试验筛选出对于田菁茎瘤固氮根瘤菌AzorhizobiumcaulinodansORS571(A.caulinodans)侵染响应敏感的品种,研究了浸种侵染、菌液浓度和添加葡萄糖对接菌小麦幼苗生长的影响,并结合荧光显微镜检测绿色荧光蛋白(GFP)标记A.caulinodans在小麦幼苗根系内的分布与定殖规律。结果表明:小偃22为响应敏感品种;在室内限菌条件下,浸种侵染小偃22幼苗平均根长和平均株高分别较对照增加了17.04%和8.37%;最适菌液浓度为1.0×10^8个/mL;在菌液中添加1g/L葡萄糖有助于A.caulinodans浸种侵染和定殖。荧光显微镜检测结果显示,GFP标记A.caulinodans从小麦幼苗根毛和侧根

  6. 田菁茎瘤固氮根瘤菌在小麦体内的定殖及营养元素相关miRNA的表达%Colonization of Azorhizobium caulinodans in wheat and nutrient-related miRNA expression

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    李强; 刘华伟; 王渭玲


    . 46 and 3. 99 fold of control. The relative peak expression of miR827 occurs at 24 h after inoculation, 2. 17 fold of the control. The expression of miR399 shows a trend of down-regulated first and then up-regulated. The relative expression of miR399 reaches the lowest point at 24 h after inoculation, equaling 0. 21 fold of the control. 3) Target prediction shows that the target genes of 6 miRNAs code NAC1 transcription factor, Auxin response factor, HAP transcription factor, Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase, Ubiquitin-conjugating E2 enzyme PHO2 and SPX-MFS Subfamily protein respectively.[Conclusions]GFP-A. caulinodans can colonize in roots of wheat seedlings via root hairs and root tip breakages and ascend into the leaves around stomas. The relative expressions of N, P and microelements related miRNAs can be up-regulated through the inoculation of A. caulinodans. Healthy root morphology is constructed for more efficient uptake of nutrients.%【目的】随着化肥过度使用引起的环境问题的出现,无公害农业的推广,以及新型肥料研究领域不断拓宽,微生物肥料,尤其是植物根际促生菌的研究成为近年来的热点。然而微生物肥料的增产机理还基本停留在作物农学性状的表观调查上,没有从分子水平进行研究。因此,本文用田菁茎瘤固氮根瘤菌( Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571)侵染小麦,探索GFP-A. caulinodans在小麦幼苗组织中的分布与定殖规律以及营养元素相关miRNAs在小麦与A. caulinodans互作中的作用机制。【方法】使用A. caulinodans侵染小麦种子(品种为小偃22),将接菌6 d后的小麦幼苗的根和接菌12 d 后的叶制作玻片,利用激光共聚焦显微镜对样品进行逐层扫描,检测 GFP-A. caulinodans在幼苗不同组织中的分布与定殖情况。同时,采集接菌后0 h、6 h、12 h、24 h、48 h、72 h、96 h的小麦幼根取样,用Trizol法提取总RNA。利用试剂盒进行加尾和反转录反应,将样品总RNA中的mi

  7. Characterization of three genomic loci encoding Rhizobium sp. strain ORS571 N2 fixation genes.



    Sixty-five independent, N2 fixation-defective (Nif-) vector insertion (Vi) mutants were selected, cloned, and mapped to the ORS571 genome. The recombinant Nif::Vi plasmids obtained in this way were used as DNA hybridization probes to isolate homologous phages from a genomic library of ORS571 constructed in lambda EMBL3. Genomic maps were drawn for three ORS571 Nif gene loci. Forty-five Nif::Vi mutants in genomic Nif locus 1 defined two gene clusters separated by 8 kilobase pairs (kb) of DNA. ...

  8. Sobrevivência de Bradyrhizobium e Azorhizobium em misturas de solo contaminadas com metais pesados

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    A. Matsuda


    Full Text Available Estudos foram realizados no Departamento de Ciência do Solo da Universidade Federal de Lavras (MG, no período de novembro/1999 a janeiro/2000, com o objetivo de avaliar a sobrevivência de estirpe e isolados de rizóbio em solo contaminado com metais pesados e verificar a relação entre tolerância do rizóbio a metais pesados em meio de cultura e sua sobrevivência em solo contaminado. Foram utilizados os dois microrganismos mais tolerantes [BR-4406 (estirpe recomendada para Enterolobium spp. e UFLA-01-457 (isolado de solo contaminado, ambos pertencentes ao gênero Bradyrhizobium ] e os dois mais sensíveis (UFLA-01-486 e UFLA-01-510, isolados de solo contaminado, pertencentes ao gênero Azorhizobium , todos selecionados de um grupo de 60estirpes/isolados em estudos prévios deste laboratório, em meio de cultura suplementado com metais pesados.Empregaram-se misturas de um Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro (LE que continham 0, 15 e 45% (v/v de um Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo plíntico contaminado com Zn, Cd, Pb e Cu. As misturas de solo contaminado foram inoculadas com 20mL de cultura em YM na fase log das estirpes mencionadas, as quais foram testadas separadamente com três repetições. A avaliação do número de células viáveis no solo, realizada aos 0, 7, 14, 21 e 28dias de incubação, pelo método das diluições sucessivas e inoculação em placas com meio YMA, revelou comportamento diferenciado entre os organismos estudados. O número médio de células que sobreviveram ao final de 28 dias de incubação foi de (em UFCg-1de solo: 10(10,36, 10(10,29 e 10(9,70, para Bradyrhizobium, e 10(9,36, 10(7,54 e 0, para Azorhizobium em misturas de 0, 15 e 45% de solo contaminado, respectivamente. Portanto, houve maior sobrevivência de Bradyrhizobium do que de Azorhizobium , indicando maior tolerância a metais pesados do primeiro gênero.Como Bradyrhizobium foi também mais tolerante "in vitro", os resultados indicam haver relação entre o

  9. Características simbióticas e fenotípicas de Azorhizobium doebereinerae, microissimbiote de Sesbania virgata Symbiotic and phenotypi characteristics of Azorhizobium doebereinerae, microsymbiot of Sesbania virgata

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    Ligiane Aparecida Florentino


    Full Text Available Foram realizados quatro experimentos em casa de vegetação. O primeiro e o segundo experimentos tiveram por objetivo verificar a capacidade de nodulação e a eficiência simbiótica de Sesbania virgata com estirpes de rizóbio homólogas (isoladas de nódulos da mesma espécie inoculada com amostras de solos da floresta amazônica e do Sudeste brasileiro, identificadas como Azorhizobium doebereinerae e com estirpes de rizóbio isoladas de outras espécies de leguminosas. No terceiro e quarto experimentos, o objetivo foi analisar se a presença de A. doebereinerae em solos de diferentes ecossistemas, em dois municípios do Sul de Minas Gerais, estava relacionada com a presença de S. virgata. Em todos os experimentos foram adicionados três tratamentos- controle para verificar a ausência de contaminação e adequação das condições experimentais para expressão da eficiência simbiótica, além servirem de referências para comparação dos demais tratamentos. Dois controles foram sem inoculação: um sem nitrogênio mineral e outro em que foi adicionado nitrogênio mineral (35 mg.L-1 N- NH4 NO3. No terceiro controle, foi inoculada a estirpe BR 5401T, recomendada como inoculante para S. virgata e também estirpe tipo de A. doebereinerae. Os tratamentos foram aplicados sete dias após a repicagem das sementes para os frascos de vidro contendo 800 mL de solução nutritiva sem nitrogênio, onde permaneceram durante 50 dias. Objetivou-se, ainda, estudar a diversidade cultural e fenotípica de isolados de A. doebereinerae de solos da Amazônia e dos isolados obtidos nos experimentos III e IV. No primeiro e segundo experimentos, verificou-se que S. virgata somente nodulou quando foi inoculada com estirpes de rizóbio homólogas. No terceiro e quarto experimentos, observou-se que S. virgata nodulou somente com a inoculação de amostras de solos coletadas próximas de S. virgata. Concluiu-se que os isolados de A. doebereinerae de solos da Amaz

  10. Inoculation two azotobacter enhancing osmotic stress resistance and growth in wheat seedling%接种两种固氮菌增强小麦幼苗抗渗透胁迫及生长能力

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    刘华伟; 林晓军; 孙超; 李强; 杨呼; 郭蔼光


    Aims The seedling stage is the key stage of matter and energy accumulation in the wheat life cycle. Therefore, drought during the seedling stage affects population formation in late stages. In this study, wheat seedlings were inoculated with azotobacters Azorhizobium caulinodans 'ORS571' and Azospirillum brasilense 'Yu62'. Methods Wheat seedlings germination was screened in normal conditions and with PEG 6000 osmotic stress using seedlings inoculated with azotobacters. Root volume, relative water content (RWC), proline content and soluble protein content of seedling laminas were determined under PEG drought stress using seedlings inoculated with azotobacters on laminas. Important findings The germination rate of wheat seedlings was significantly increased under drought stress when inoculated with azotobacters. Moreover, wheat seedlings inoculated with mixed azotobacters have more obvious growth promotion than when inoculated with a single azotobacter. The former laminas proline content, relative water content, proline content and soluble protein content had increased. The results showed that drought resistance of wheat seedlings was improved when inoculated with mixed azotobacters, which provided the foundation for further study of azotobacter-wheat interaction under drought stress.%苗期是小麦(Triticum aestivum)物质和能量积累的关键时期,苗期干旱影响小麦的后期群体建成.利用田菁茎瘤固氮根瘤菌(Azorhizobium caulinodans)‘ORS571’与巴西固氮螺菌(Azospirillum brasilense)‘Yu62’浸种侵染小麦和聚乙二醇(PEG)模拟渗透胁迫,研究渗透胁迫下接菌小麦种子的发芽状况;利用固氮菌涂抹小麦幼苗叶部,测定PEG模拟渗透胁迫下小麦幼苗根体积、叶片相对含水量、脯氨酸含量及可溶性蛋白含量,探究固氮菌增强小麦幼苗抗渗透胁迫的能力.结果表明,接种混合固氮菌后在渗透胁迫下小麦种子的发芽率明显提高;在渗透胁迫下叶部

  11. Interaction of a rhizobial DNA-binding protein with the promoter region of a plant leghemoglobin gene

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    Welters, P.; Metz, B.; Felix, G.; Palme, K. (Max Planck Insitut fur Zuchtungsforschung, Koeln (Germany)); Szczyglowski, K. (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States)); Bruijn, F.J. de (Max Planck Institut fur Zuchtungsforschung, Koeln (Germany) Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States))


    A nucleotide sequence was identified approximately 650 bp upstream of the Sesbania rostrata leghemoglobin gene Srglb3 start codon, which interacts specifically with a proteinaceous DNA-binding factor found in nodule extracts but not in extracts from leaves or root. The binding site for this factor was delimited using footprinting techniques. The DNA-binding activity of this factor was found to be heat stable, dependent on divalent cations, and derived from the (infecting) Azorhizobium caulinodans bacteria or bacteroids (A. caulinodans bacterial binding factor 1, AcBBF1). A 9- to 10-kD protein was isolated from a free-living culture of A. caulinodans that co-purifies with the DNA-binding activity (A. caulinodans bacterial binding protein 1, AcBBP1) and interacts specifically with its target (S. rostrata bacterial binding site 1, SrBBS1). The amino acid sequence of the N-terminal 27 residues of AcBBP1 was determined and was found to share significant similarity (46% identity; 68% similarity) with a domain of the herpes simplex virus major DNA-binding protein infected cell protein 8(ICP8). An insertion mutation in the SrBBS1 was found to result in a substantial reduction of the expression of a Srglb3-gus reporter gene fusion in nodules of transgenic Lotus corniculatus plants, suggesting a role for this element in Srglb3 promoter activity. Based on these results, the authors propose that (a) bacterial transacting factor(s) may play a role in infected cell-specific expression of the symbiotically induced plant lb genes. 70 refs., 11 figs.

  12. A novel endo-hydrogenase activity recycles hydrogen produced by nitrogen fixation.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Nitrogen (N(2 fixation also yields hydrogen (H(2 at 1:1 stoichiometric amounts. In aerobic diazotrophic (able to grow on N(2 as sole N-source bacteria, orthodox respiratory hupSL-encoded hydrogenase activity, associated with the cell membrane but facing the periplasm (exo-hydrogenase, has nevertheless been presumed responsible for recycling such endogenous hydrogen. METHODS AND FINDINGS: As shown here, for Azorhizobium caulinodans diazotrophic cultures open to the atmosphere, exo-hydrogenase activity is of no consequence to hydrogen recycling. In a bioinformatic analysis, a novel seven-gene A. caulinodans hyq cluster encoding an integral-membrane, group-4, Ni,Fe-hydrogenase with homology to respiratory complex I (NADH: quinone dehydrogenase was identified. By analogy, Hyq hydrogenase is also integral to the cell membrane, but its active site faces the cytoplasm (endo-hydrogenase. An A. caulinodans in-frame hyq operon deletion mutant, constructed by "crossover PCR", showed markedly decreased growth rates in diazotrophic cultures; normal growth was restored with added ammonium--as expected of an H(2-recycling mutant phenotype. Using A. caulinodans hyq merodiploid strains expressing beta-glucuronidase as promoter-reporter, the hyq operon proved strongly and specifically induced in diazotrophic culture; as well, hyq operon induction required the NIFA transcriptional activator. Therefore, the hyq operon is constituent of the nif regulon. CONCLUSIONS: Representative of aerobic N(2-fixing and H(2-recycling alpha-proteobacteria, A. caulinodans possesses two respiratory Ni,Fe-hydrogenases: HupSL exo-hydrogenase activity drives exogenous H(2 respiration, and Hyq endo-hydrogenase activity recycles endogenous H(2, specifically that produced by N(2 fixation. To benefit human civilization, H(2 has generated considerable interest as potential renewable energy source as its makings are ubiquitous and its combustion yields no greenhouse gases. As

  13. The Sinorhizobium meliloti ntrX gene is involved in succinoglycan production, motility, and symbiotic nodulation on alfalfa. (United States)

    Wang, Dong; Xue, Haiying; Wang, Yiwen; Yin, Ruochun; Xie, Fang; Luo, Li


    Rhizobia establish a symbiotic relationship with their host legumes to induce the formation of nitrogen-fixing nodules. This process is regulated by many rhizobium regulators, including some two-component regulatory systems (TCSs). NtrY/NtrX, a TCS that was first identified in Azorhizobium caulinodans, is required for free-living nitrogen metabolism and symbiotic nodulation on Sesbania rostrata. However, its functions in a typical rhizobium such as Sinorhizobium meliloti remain unclear. Here we found that the S. meliloti response regulator NtrX but not the histidine kinase NtrY is involved in the regulation of exopolysaccharide production, motility, and symbiosis with alfalfa. A plasmid insertion mutant of ntrX formed mucous colonies, which overproduced succinoglycan, an exopolysaccharide, by upregulating its biosynthesis genes. This mutant also exhibited motility defects due to reduced flagella and decreased expression of flagellins and regulatory genes. The regulation is independent of the known regulatory systems of ExoR/ExoS/ChvI, EmmABC, and ExpR. Alfalfa plants inoculated with the ntrX mutant were small and displayed symptoms of nitrogen starvation. Interestingly, the deletion mutant of ntrY showed a phenotype similar to that of the parent strain. These findings demonstrate that the S. meliloti NtrX is a new regulator of succinoglycan production and motility that is not genetically coupled with NtrY.

  14. Complete genome sequence of the facultatively chemolithoautotrophic and methylotrophic alpha Proteobacterium Starkeya novella type strain (ATCC 8093T)

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    Kappler, Ulrike [University of Queensland, The, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Davenport, Karen W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Beatson, Scott [University of Queensland, The, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Lucas, Susan [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Lapidus, Alla L. [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Copeland, A [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Berry, Kerrie W. [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Glavina Del Rio, Tijana [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Hammon, Nancy [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Dalin, Eileen [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Tice, Hope [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Pitluck, Sam [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Richardson, P M [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Bruce, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Goodwin, Lynne A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Han, Cliff [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Tapia, Roxanne [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); Detter, J. Chris [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Chang, Yun-Juan [ORNL; Jeffries, Cynthia [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Land, Miriam L [ORNL; Hauser, Loren John [ORNL; Kyrpides, Nikos C [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Goker, Markus [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Ivanova, N [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute; Klenk, Hans-Peter [DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Woyke, Tanja [U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute


    Starkeya novella (Starkey 1934) Kelly et al. 2000 is a member of the family Xanthobacteraceae in the order Rhizobiales , which is thus far poorly characterized at the genome level. Cultures from this spe- cies are most interesting due to their facultatively chemolithoautotrophic lifestyle, which allows them to both consume carbon dioxide and to produce it. This feature makes S. novella an interesting model or- ganism for studying the genomic basis of regulatory networks required for the switch between con- sumption and production of carbon dioxide, a key component of the global carbon cycle. In addition, S. novella is of interest for its ability to grow on various inorganic sulfur compounds and several C1- compounds such as methanol. Besides Azorhizobium caulinodans, S. novella is only the second spe- cies in the family Xanthobacteraceae with a completely sequenced genome of a type strain. The cur- rent taxonomic classification of this group is in significant conflict with the 16S rRNA data. The ge- nomic data indicate that the physiological capabilities of the organism might have been underestimat- ed. The 4,765,023 bp long chromosome with its 4,511 protein-coding and 52 RNA genes was se- quenced as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute Community Sequencing Program (CSP) 2008.

  15. Identification and characterization of the two-component NtrY/NtrX regulatory system in Azospirillum brasilense

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    M.L. Ishida


    Full Text Available Two Azospirillum brasilense open reading frames (ORFs exhibited homology with the two-component NtrY/NtrX regulatory system from Azorhizobium caulinodans. These A. brasilense ORFs, located downstream to the nifR3ntrBC operon, were isolated, sequenced and characterized. The present study suggests that ORF1 and ORF2 correspond to the A. brasilense ntrY and ntrX genes, respectively. The amino acid sequences of A. brasilense NtrY and NtrX proteins showed high similarity to sensor/kinase and regulatory proteins, respectively. Analysis of lacZ transcriptional fusions by the ß-galactosidase assay in Escherichia coli ntrC mutants showed that the NtrY/NtrX proteins failed to activate transcription of the nifA promoter of A. brasilense. The ntrYX operon complemented a nifR3ntrBC deletion mutant of A. brasilense for nitrate-dependent growth, suggesting a possible cross-talk between the NtrY/X and NtrB/C sensor/regulator pairs. Our data support the existence of another two-component regulatory system in A. brasilense, the NtrY/NtrX system, probably involved in the regulation of nitrate assimilation.

  16. A histochemical study of root nodule development.

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    Wiel, van de C.C.M.


    In cooperation with soil bacteria of the genera Rhizobium , Bradyrhizobium or Azorhizobium , many members of the legume family are able to form specialized organs on their roots, called root nodules. The bacteria, wrapped up inside a plant membrane, are accomodated in large parenchymatic cells locat

  17. Proteine chiave dei processi metabolici indotti dall’acido indolo-3-acetico (IAA) in Rizobio



    I batteri del suolo gram-negativi dei generi Rhizobium, Bradyrhizobium, Azorhizobium, Mesorhizobium e Sinorhizobium, collettivamente chiamati rizobi, sono microrganismi azotofissatori simbionti delle radici delle Leguminose. Nel processo di simbiosi i rizobi inducono la divisione cellulare delle cellule corticali della radice con la formazione dei cosiddetti noduli radicali, all’interno dei quali i batteroidi, ossia i batteri differenziati, riducono l’azoto atmosferico ad ammonio (P. van Rhij...

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  19. Electrokinetic remediation and microbial community shift of β-cyclodextrin-dissolved petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. (United States)

    Wan, Chunli; Du, Maoan; Lee, Duu-Jong; Yang, Xue; Ma, Wencheng; Zheng, Lina


    Electrokinetic (EK) migration of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), which is inclusive of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH), is an economically beneficial and environmentally friendly remediation process for oil-contaminated soils. Remediation studies of oil-contaminated soils generally prepared samples using particular TPHs. This study investigates the removal of TPHs from, and electromigration of microbial cells in field samples via EK remediation. Both TPH content and soil respiration declined after the EK remediation process. The strains in the original soil sample included Bacillus sp., Sporosarcina sp., Beta proteobacterium, Streptomyces sp., Pontibacter sp., Azorhizobium sp., Taxeobacter sp., and Williamsia sp. Electromigration of microbial cells reduced the biodiversity of the microbial community in soil following EK remediation. At 200 V m(-1) for 10 days, 36% TPH was removed, with a small population of microbial cells flushed out, demonstrating that EK remediation is effective for the present oil-contaminated soils collected in field.

  20. Evaluation of nutrient limitation in aquatic ecosystems with nitrogen fixing bacteria

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    WU Gen-fu; WU Xue-chang; XUAN Xiao-dong; ZHOU Xue-ping


    There has always been a great need for simple and accurate bioassays for evaluating nutrient limitation in aquatic ecosystems. Whereas organic carbon is usually considered to be the limiting nutrient for microbial growth in many aquatic ecosystems,there are, however, many water sources that are limited by phosphorus or nitrogen. A method named "nitrogen fixing bacterial growth potential" (NFBGP) test, which is based on pre-culturing ofautochthonous (target) microorganisms was described. The method was applied to evaluate phosphorus or nitrogen nutrient limitation in lake and sewage water samples using an isolate of the nitrogen fixing bacterium, Azorhizobium sp. WS6. The results corresponded well to those from the traditional algal growth potential (AGP) test and the bacterial regrowth potential (BRP) test, suggesting that the NFBGP test is a useful supplementary method for evaluating the limiting nutrient, especially phosphorus, in an aquatic environment.

  1. Tolerância de rizóbios de diferentes procedências ao zinco, cobre e cádmio Tolerance of rhizobia genera from different origins to zinc, copper and cadmium

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    Alexandre Matsuda


    Full Text Available Sessenta estirpes/isolados dos gêneros Bradyrhizobium, Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium, Mesorhizobium e Azorhizobium, procedentes de diferentes locais (Mata Atlântica, Amazônia, culturas agrícolas e experimentos com metais pesados e de espécies hospedeiras pertencentes às subfamílias Papilionoideae, Mimosoideae e Caesalpinoideae, foram avaliadas quanto à tolerância a Zn, Cu e Cd em meio YMA modificado pela adição de tampões biológicos (HEPES e MES e suplementados com Cu (0 a 60 mg L-1, Cd (0 a 60 mg L-1 e Zn (0 a 1.000 mg L-1. Mediante padrões de crescimento atribuídos às culturas nas diferentes concentrações dos metais, avaliaram-se as concentrações máximas toleradas e as doses tóxicas destes metais para redução de crescimento em 25% (DT25 e 50% (DT50. Não houve influência da procedência na concentração máxima de metal tolerada. A ordem de sensibilidade aos metais, considerando-se as concentrações máximas toleradas, foi Azorhizobium > Rhizobium = Mesorhizobium = Sinorhizobium > Bradyrhizobium. A DT25 e a DT50 foram úteis para diferenciarem estirpes/isolados de um mesmo gênero, que atingiram a mesma concentração máxima tolerada a Zn, Cu e Cd. A ordem de toxicidade dos metais estudados foi Cu > Cd > Zn.Sixty strains/isolates of the genera Bradyrhizobium, Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium, Mesorhizobium and Azorhizobium, isolated from different hosts (legume subfamilies: Papilionoideae, Mimosoideae and Caesalpinoideae and location (Atlantic Forest, Amazon region, crop plantings and heavy metal experiments, were evaluated for Zn, Cu and Cd tolerance in YMA medium modified by the addition of biological buffers (HEPES and MES and supplemented with Cu (0 to 60 mg L-1, Cd (0 to 60 mg L-1, and Zn (0 to 1,000 mg L-1sulphates. Growth standards were applied to evaluate rhizobia cultures growth at different metal concentrations, allowing evaluation of highest tolerated concentrations of Zn, Cu, and Cd and the toxic doses

  2. Symbiotic diversity, specificity and distribution of rhizobia in native legumes of the Core Cape Subregion (South Africa). (United States)

    Lemaire, Benny; Dlodlo, Oscar; Chimphango, Samson; Stirton, Charles; Schrire, Brian; Boatwright, James S; Honnay, Olivier; Smets, Erik; Sprent, Janet; James, Euan K; Muasya, Abraham M


    Rhizobial diversity and host preferences were assessed in 65 native Fynbos legumes of the papilionoid legume tribes Astragaleae, Crotalarieae, Genisteae, Indigofereae, Millettieae, Phaseoleae, Podalyrieae, Psoraleeae and Sesbanieae. Sequence analyses of chromosomal 16S rRNA, recA, atpD and symbiosis-related nodA, nifH genes in parallel with immunogold labelling assays identified the symbionts as alpha- (Azorhizobium, Bradyrhizobium, Ensifer, Mesorhizobium and Rhizobium) and beta-rhizobial (Burkholderia) lineages with the majority placed in the genera Mesorhizobium and Burkholderia showing a wide range of host interactions. Despite a degree of symbiotic promiscuity in the tribes Crotalarieae and Indigofereae nodulating with both alpha- and beta-rhizobia, Mesorhizobium symbionts appeared to exhibit a general host preference for the tribe Psoraleeae, whereas Burkholderia prevailed in the Podalyrieae. Although host genotype was the main factor determining rhizobial diversity, ecological factors such as soil acidity and site elevation were positively correlated with genetic variation within Mesorhizobium and Burkholderia, respectively, indicating an interplay of host and environmental factors on the distribution of Fynbos rhizobia.

  3. The genetic and biochemical basis for nodulation of legumes by rhizobia

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    Pueppke, S.G. [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States). Dept. of Plant Pathology


    Soil bacteria of the genera Azorhizobium, Bradyrhizobium, and Rhizobium are collectively termed rhizobia. They share the ability to penetrate legume roots and elicit morphological responses that lead to the appearance of nodules. Bacteria within these symbiotic structures fix atmosphere nitrogen and thus are of immense ecological and agricultural significance. Although modern genetic analysis of rhizobia began less than 20 years ago, dozens of nodulation genes have now been identified, some in multiple species of rhizobia. These genetic advances have led to the discovery of a host surveillance system encoded by nodD and to the identification of Nod factor signals. These derivatives of oligochitin are synthesized by the protein products of nodABC, nodFE, NodPQ, and other nodulation genes: they provoke symbiotic responses on the part of the host and have generated immense interest in recent years. The symbiotic functions of other nodulation genes are nonetheless uncertain, and there remain significant gaps in the knowledge of several large groups of rhizobia with interesting biological properties. This review focuses on the nodulation genes of rhizobia, with particular emphasis on the concept of biological specificity of symbiosis with legume host plants. 419 refs.

  4. Key roles of microsymbiont amino acid metabolism in rhizobia-legume interactions. (United States)

    Dunn, Michael Frederick


    Rhizobia are bacteria in the α-proteobacterial genera Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium, Mesorhizobium, Azorhizobium and Bradyrhizobium that reduce (fix) atmospheric nitrogen in symbiotic association with a compatible host plant. In free-living and/or symbiotically associated rhizobia, amino acids may, in addition to their incorporation into proteins, serve as carbon, nitrogen or sulfur sources, signals of cellular nitrogen status and precursors of important metabolites. Depending on the rhizobia-host plant combination, microsymbiont amino acid metabolism (biosynthesis, transport and/or degradation) is often crucial to the establishment and maintenance of an effective nitrogen-fixing symbiosis and is intimately interconnected with the metabolism of the plant. This review summarizes past findings and current research directions in rhizobial amino acid metabolism and evaluates the genetic, biochemical and genome expression studies from which these are derived. Specific sections deal with the regulation of rhizobial amino acid metabolism, amino acid transport, and finally the symbiotic roles of individual amino acids in different plant-rhizobia combinations.

  5. Diversity of bacteria contaminating paper machines. (United States)

    Lahtinen, Tomi; Kosonen, Mirva; Tiirola, Marja; Vuento, Matti; Oker-Blom, Christian


    Formation of microbial biofilms and slimes is a general and serious problem in the operation of paper machines. Studies of microbial populations in paper machine-derived biofilms have been conducted using standard microbiological procedures; however, the bacterial genera present in this type of samples as well as their diversity are quite poorly known. Here, the bacterial diversity of 38 process water and 22 biofilm samples from four different Finnish paper machines were analyzed by length heterogeneity analysis of PCR-amplified 16S ribosomal DNA (LH-PCR). In addition, sequencing of the amplified 16S rRNA gene from 69 clones was conducted for characterization of the bacterial genera present in biofilm and slime samples. The LH-PCR profiles of both the free-living (process waters) and immobilized (biofilms) bacteria were diverse at all stages of the papermaking process. Out of the 69 sequenced clones, 44 belonged to alpha-Proteobacteria, most of which were close to the nitrogen-fixing root nodule genera Sinorhizobium, Rhizobium and Azorhizobium. Other clones were assigned to beta- and gamma-Proteobacteria and the phylum Bacteroidetes. In addition, eight of the clones were assigned to a yet uncultivated phylum, TM7. Finally, epifluorescence microscopy revealed that Gram-negative bacteria were predominant in both the biofilm (65%) and process water (54%) samples and a small coccoid cell morphology was most common in all samples. Together, our results show that the analysis of microbial samples from paper machines using modern molecular biology techniques adds valuable information and should, therefore, be useful as a more specific and sensitive microbiological method for the paper industry. This information could further be applied, e.g., in the development of more specific and environmental friendly antimicrobial agents for paper mills.


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    Full Text Available En los últimos años, ha ganado especial interés el estudio de las asociaciones endofíticas planta-microoganismos, con énfasis en la introducción en la práctica agrícola de los buenos resultados que se han obtenido en la agrobiología. En este trabajo se ofrece una panorámica de la situación actual y perspectiva de estas asociaciones ilustradas en gran medida por las interacciones Rhizobium-cereales, Azorhizobium-arroz, Azospirillum y Herbaspirillum, al igual que cereales y Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus con diferentes cultivos. Se plantea un proceso de rotación microbiana que manifiesta la bacteria Rhizobium en las diferentes fases de asociación cíclica en el agroecosistema (leguminosa, nódulo-suelo-gramínea-suelo-leguminosa en función de la fisiología de la productividad y el rendimiento. En el estudio con G. diazotrophicus, en las determinaciones realizadas en viandas tropicales y frutales en las condiciones de Cuba, se encontró una concentración de células de 4.2x105 por gramo de tejido fresco en las plantas bacterizadas y 2.7x102 células por gramo de tejido fresco para las hojas de plantas controles (sin bacterizar; por eso, es necesario aumentar la concentración bacteriana, tanto en las condiciones experimentales como de extensión, para obtener una respuesta favorable del efecto agrobiológico sobre las especies antes relacionadas. La respuesta a la inoculación encontrada para yuca, malanga y papaya constituyen un primer informe mundial. El impacto económico como consecuencia de la inoculación es elevado, con una relación beneficio/ costo superior a 40:1, por lo que resulta una biotecnología sumamente atractiva para ser introducida en el mercado actual de agrobiológicos. Igualmente, el resultado presenta impacto científico, tecnológico, ambiental y social.

  7. Rhizobial exopolysaccharides: genetic control and symbiotic functions

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    Full Text Available Abstract Specific complex interactions between soil bacteria belonging to Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium, Mesorhizobium, Phylorhizobium, Bradyrhizobium and Azorhizobium commonly known as rhizobia, and their host leguminous plants result in development of root nodules. Nodules are new organs that consist mainly of plant cells infected with bacteroids that provide the host plant with fixed nitrogen. Proper nodule development requires the synthesis and perception of signal molecules such as lipochitooligosaccharides, called Nod factors that are important for induction of nodule development. Bacterial surface polysaccharides are also crucial for establishment of successful symbiosis with legumes. Sugar polymers of rhizobia are composed of a number of different polysaccharides, such as lipopolysaccharides (LPS, capsular polysaccharides (CPS or K-antigens, neutral β-1, 2-glucans and acidic extracellular polysaccharides (EPS. Despite extensive research, the molecular function of the surface polysaccharides in symbiosis remains unclear. This review focuses on exopolysaccharides that are especially important for the invasion that leads to formation of indetermined (with persistent meristem type of nodules on legumes such as clover, vetch, peas or alfalfa. The significance of EPS synthesis in symbiotic interactions of Rhizobium leguminosarum with clover is especially noticed. Accumulating data suggest that exopolysaccharides may be involved in invasion and nodule development, bacterial release from infection threads, bacteroid development, suppression of plant defense response and protection against plant antimicrobial compounds. Rhizobial exopolysaccharides are species-specific heteropolysaccharide polymers composed of common sugars that are substituted with non-carbohydrate residues. Synthesis of repeating units of exopolysaccharide, their modification, polymerization and export to the cell surface is controlled by clusters of genes, named exo/exs, exp or