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Unique Actinomycetes from Marine Caves and Coral Reef Sediments Provide Novel PKS and NRPS Biosynthetic Gene Clusters.
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PMID:  22002467     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In the ever-expanding search for novel bioactive molecules and enzymes, marine actinomycetes have proven to be a productive source. While open reef sediment and sponge-associated actinomycetes have been extensively examined, their marine cave counterparts remain unevaluated. Anchialine cave systems in the Bahamas offered an ideal setting to evaluate the occurrence and variation within sediment-associated actinomycete communities. While in close geographical proximity to open reef environments, these systems provide a specialized environmental niche devoid of light and direct exposure to nutrient input. In the present study, selective isolation techniques and molecular methods were used to test the hypothesis that variable distribution of actinomycetes and secondary metabolite gene clusters occur between open reef and marine cave systems. The results indicated that differences exist within the culturable sediment-associated actinomycete communities between marine caves and open reef systems, with members of the genus Streptomyces dominating cultures from open reef sediments and a more diverse suite of actinomycetes isolated from marine cave sediment samples. Within the cave isolates, members of the proposed genus Solwaraspora were the most represented. Based on PKS- and NRPS-gene-targeted PCR amplification and sequencing, geographic variation in the occurrence of these biosynthetic pathways was also observed. These findings indicate that marine cave systems are a lucrative source in the search for novel secondary metabolite producers with biotechnological applications and that environmental and geographic factors likely affect the occurrence of these biosynthetic pathways.
Tyler W Hodges; Marc Slattery; Julie B Olson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine biotechnology (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1436-2236     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100892712     Medline TA:  Mar Biotechnol (NY)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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