Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 182, Issue 2–3, pp 204–211 | Cite as

Desulfosporomusa polytropa gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel sulfate-reducing bacterium from sediments of an oligotrophic lake

  • Henrik Sass
  • Jörg Overmann
  • Heike Rütters
  • Hans-Dietrich Babenzien
  • Heribert Cypionka
Original Paper


Five strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria were isolated from the highest positive dilutions of a most probable number (MPN) series supplemented with lactate and inoculated with sediments from the oligotrophic Lake Stechlin. The isolates were endospore-forming and were motile by means of laterally inserted flagella. They stained Gram-negative and contained b-type cytochromes. CO difference spectra indicated the presence of P582 as a sulfite reductase. Phylogenetic analyses of the 16S rDNA sequences revealed that the isolates were very closely affiliated with the genus Sporomusa. However, sulfate and amorphous Fe(OH)3, but not sulfite, elemental sulfur, MnO2, or nitrate were used as terminal electron acceptors. Homoacetogenic growth was found with H2/CO2 gas mixture, formate, methanol, ethanol, and methoxylated aromatic compounds. The strains grew autotrophically with H2 plus CO2 in the presence or absence of sulfate. Formate, butyrate, several alcohols, organic acids, carbohydrates, some amino acids, choline, and betaine were also utilized as substrates. The growth yield with lactate and sulfate as substrate was 7.0 g dry mass/mol lactate and thus two times higher than in sulfate-free fermenting cultures. All isolates were able to grow in a temperature range of 4–37°C. Physiologically and by the presence of a Gram-negative cell wall, the new isolates resemble known Desulfosporosinus species. However, phylogenetically they are affiliated with the Gram-negative genus Sporomusa belonging to the Selenomonas subgroup of the Firmicutes. Therefore, the new isolates reveal a new phylogenetic lineage of sulfate-reducing bacteria. A new genus and species, Desulfosporomusa polytropa gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed.


Sulfate-reducing bacteria Sporomusa Homoacetogen Growth yield Ferric iron reduction Spore formation Sediment bacteria Anoxic sediments 



The authors thank Jürgen Fröhlich (University of Mainz, Germany) for determination of the molar G+C contents of the chromosomal DNA and thank H.G. Trüper and H. Hippe for advice in taxonomic questions. This work was supported by a grant of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrik Sass
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jörg Overmann
    • 3
  • Heike Rütters
    • 1
  • Hans-Dietrich Babenzien
    • 4
  • Heribert Cypionka
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Chemie und Biologie des MeeresUniversität OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary SciencesCardiff UniversityCardiff UK
  3. 3.Bereich Mikrobiologie, Department Biologie ILudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Gewässerökologie und BinnenfischereiAbteilung Limnologie Geschichteter SeenNeuglobsowGermany

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