Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 107–114

Anaerobic ammonium oxidation by marine and freshwater planctomycete-like bacteria

  • M. S. M. Jetten
  • O. Sliekers
  • M. Kuypers
  • T. Dalsgaard
  • L. van Niftrik
  • I. Cirpus
  • K. van de Pas-Schoonen
  • G. Lavik
  • B. Thamdrup
  • D. Le Paslier
  • H. J. M. Op den Camp
  • S. Hulth
  • L. P. Nielsen
  • W. Abma
  • K. Third
  • P. Engström
  • J. G. Kuenen
  • B. B. Jørgensen
  • D. E. Canfield
  • J. S. Sinninghe Damsté
  • N. P. Revsbech
  • J. Fuerst
  • J. Weissenbach
  • M. Wagner
  • I. Schmidt
  • M. Schmid
  • M. Strous
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DOI: 10.1007/s00253-003-1422-4

Cite this article as:
Jetten, M.S.M., Sliekers, O., Kuypers, M. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2003) 63: 107. doi:10.1007/s00253-003-1422-4

Abstract

Recently, two fresh water species, "Candidatus Brocadia anammoxidans" and "Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis", and one marine species, "Candidatus Scalindua sorokinii", of planctomycete anammox bacteria have been identified. "Candidatus Scalindua sorokinii" was discovered in the Black Sea, and contributed substantially to the loss of fixed nitrogen. All three species contain a unique organelle—the anammoxosome—in their cytoplasm. The anammoxosome contains the hydrazine/hydroxylamine oxidoreductase enzyme, and is thus the site of anammox catabolism. The anammoxosome is surrounded by a very dense membrane composed almost exclusively of linearly concatenated cyclobutane-containing lipids. These so-called 'ladderanes' are connected to the glycerol moiety via both ester and ether bonds. In natural and man-made ecosystems, anammox bacteria can cooperate with aerobic ammonium-oxidising bacteria, which protect them from harmful oxygen, and provide the necessary nitrite. The cooperation of these two groups of ammonium-oxidising bacteria is the microbial basis for a sustainable one reactor system, CANON (completely autotrophic nitrogen-removal over nitrite) to remove ammonia from high strength wastewater.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. M. Jetten
    • 1
    • 2
  • O. Sliekers
    • 2
  • M. Kuypers
    • 3
  • T. Dalsgaard
    • 4
  • L. van Niftrik
    • 2
  • I. Cirpus
    • 2
  • K. van de Pas-Schoonen
    • 1
  • G. Lavik
    • 3
  • B. Thamdrup
    • 5
  • D. Le Paslier
    • 6
  • H. J. M. Op den Camp
    • 1
  • S. Hulth
    • 7
  • L. P. Nielsen
    • 8
  • W. Abma
    • 9
  • K. Third
    • 10
  • P. Engström
    • 7
  • J. G. Kuenen
    • 2
  • B. B. Jørgensen
    • 3
  • D. E. Canfield
    • 5
  • J. S. Sinninghe Damsté
    • 11
  • N. P. Revsbech
    • 8
  • J. Fuerst
    • 12
  • J. Weissenbach
    • 6
  • M. Wagner
    • 13
  • I. Schmidt
    • 1
  • M. Schmid
    • 2
  • M. Strous
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyKU NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyTU DelftDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.MPI Marine MicrobiologyBremenGermany
  4. 4.NERISilkeborgDenmark
  5. 5.Institute of BiologyUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  6. 6.GenoscopeEvryFrance
  7. 7. Department of Analytical and Marine ChemistryGoteborg UniversityGoteborgSweden
  8. 8.Department of EcologyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  9. 9.Paques BVBalkThe Netherlands
  10. 10.Witteveen and BosDeventerThe Netherlands
  11. 11. Department of Marine Biogeochemistry and ToxicologyRoyal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)Den BurgThe Netherlands
  12. 12.Department of Microbiology and ParasitologyUniversity of Queensland BrisbaneAustralia
  13. 13. Department of Microbial EcologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria