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Extracellular enzyme activity and its implications for organic matter cycling in northern Chinese marginal seas


Li, Y and Sun, L-L and Sun, Y-Y and Cha, Q-Q and Li, C-Y and Zhao, D-L and Song, X-Y and Wang, M and McMinn, A and Chen, X-L and Zhang, Y-Z and Qin, Q-L, Extracellular enzyme activity and its implications for organic matter cycling in northern Chinese marginal seas, Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, (SEPT) Article 2137. ISSN 1664-302X (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 Li, Sun, Sun, Cha, Li, Zhao, Song, Wang, McMinn, Chen, Zhang and Qin. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.02137


Extracellular enzymes, initiating the degradation of organic macromolecules, are important functional components of marine ecosystems. Measuring in situ seawater extracellular enzyme activity (EEA) can provide fundamental information for understanding the biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in the ocean. Here we investigate the patterns of EEA and the major factors affecting the seawater EEA of Chinese marginal seas. The geographic distribution of EEA along a latitudinal transect was examined and found to be associated with dissolved organic carbon. Compared with offshore waters, inshore waters had higher enzyme activity. All the tested substrates were hydrolyzed at different rates and phosphatase, β-glucosidase and protease contributed greatly to summed hydrolysis rates. For any particular enzyme activity, the contribution of dissolved to total EEA was strongly heterogenous between stations. Comparisons of hydrolysis rates of the polymers and their corresponding oligomers suggest that molecule size does not necessarily limit the turnover of marine organic matter. In addition, several typical enzyme-producing clades, such as Bacteroidetes, Planctomycetes, Chloroflexi, Roseobacter, Alteromonas, and Pseudoalteromonas, were detected in the in situ environments. These enzyme-producing clades may be responsible for the production of different enzymes. Overall, each enzyme was found to flexibly respond to environmental conditions and were linked to microbial community composition. It is likely that this activity will profoundly affect organic matter cycling in the Chinese marginal seas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:extracellular enzyme, distribution pattern, enzyme-producing clades, DOC utilization, environmental factors, Chinese marginal seas
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
ID Code:135630
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-11-06
Last Modified:2019-12-12
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