Physiological characterization of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacterium ‘CandidatusJettenia caeni’

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To date, six candidate genera of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing (anammox) bacteria have been identified, and numerous studies have been conducted to understand their ecophysiology. In this study, we examined the physiological characteristics of an anammox bacterium in the genus ‘CandidatusJettenia’. Planctomycete KSU-1 was found to be a mesophilic (20–42.5°C) and neutrophilic (pH 6.5–8.5) bacterium with a maximum growth rate of 0.0020 h−1. Planctomycete KSU-1 cells showed typical physiological and structural features of anammox bacteria; i.e. 29N2 gas production by coupling of 15NH4+ and 14NO2−, accumulation of hydrazine with the consumption of hydroxylamine and the presence of anammoxosome. In addition, the cells were capable of respiratory ammonification with oxidation of acetate. Notably, the cells contained menaquinone-7 as a dominant respiratory quinone. Proteomic analysis was performed to examine underlying core metabolisms, and high expressions of hydrazine synthase, hydrazine dehydrogenase, hydroxylamine dehydrogenase, nitrite/nitrate oxidoreductase and carbon monoxide dehydrogenase/acetyl-CoA synthase were detected. These proteins require iron or copper as a metal cofactor, and both were dominant in planctomycete KSU-1 cells. On the basis of these experimental results, we proposed the name ‘Ca. Jettenia caeni’ sp. nov. for the bacterial clade of the planctomycete KSU-1.

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