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Light-stimulated growth of proteorhodopsin-bearing sea-ice psychrophile Psychroflexus torquis is salinity dependent


Feng, S and Powell, SM and Wilson, R and Bowman, JP, Light-stimulated growth of proteorhodopsin-bearing sea-ice psychrophile Psychroflexus torquis is salinity dependent, The ISME Journal, 7, (11) pp. 2206-2213. ISSN 1751-7362 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2013 International Society for Microbial Ecology

DOI: doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.97


Proteorhodopsins (PRs) are commonly found in marine prokaryotes and allow microbes to use light as an energy source. In recent studies, it was reported that PR stimulates growth and survival under nutrient-limited conditions. In this study, we tested the effect of nutrient and salinity stress on the extremely psychrophilic sea-ice bacterial species Psychroflexus torquis, which possesses PR. We demonstrated for the first time that light-stimulated growth occurs under conditions of salinity stress rather than nutrient limitation and that elevated salinity is related to increased growth yields, PR levels and associated proton-pumping activity. PR abundance in P. torquis also is post-transcriptionally regulated by both light and salinity and thus could represent an adaptation to its sea-ice habitat. Our findings extend the existing paradigm that light provides an energy source for marine prokaryotes under stress conditions other than nutrient limitation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:post-transcriptional regulation, proteomics, proteorhodopsin, salinity stress, sea-ice
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Feng, S (Mr Kevin Feng)
UTAS Author:Powell, SM (Dr Shane Powell)
UTAS Author:Wilson, R (Dr Richard Wilson)
UTAS Author:Bowman, JP (Associate Professor John Bowman)
ID Code:81995
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-01-14
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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