Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 82, Issue 5, pp 951–961 | Cite as

Peptide diversity in strains of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa isolated from Portuguese water supplies

  • Joana Martins
  • Martin L. Saker
  • Cristiana Moreira
  • Martin Welker
  • Jutta Fastner
  • Vitor M. Vasconcelos
Environmental Biotechnology


Strains of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa were isolated into pure culture from a variety of lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in Portugal. Samples were tested with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) to investigate the presence of various peptide groups including aeruginosins, microginins, anabaenopeptins, cyanopeptilins, microcystins, and microviridins and other peptide-like compounds. Binary data, based on the presence and absence of different peptide groups, were analyzed by phylogenetic inference. DNA was also extracted from the samples and tested using a range of primers. Those strains that gave positive results for a Microcystis-specific primer pair were further analyzed for the presence of genes linked to the biosynthesis of microginin and microcystin. The results showed that a wide range of microcystin forms were produced by the strains among which MC-LR, -FR, -RR, -WR, and -YR were the most common. The peptide profiles obtained from the MALDI analysis were assessed using cluster analysis which resulted in the formation of distinct groups or chemotypes.


Microcystis Peptides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joana Martins
    • 1
  • Martin L. Saker
    • 1
  • Cristiana Moreira
    • 1
  • Martin Welker
    • 2
  • Jutta Fastner
    • 2
  • Vitor M. Vasconcelos
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, CIIMAR/CIMAR–LAPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Institut für Chemie, AG Biochemie und Molekulare BiologieTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Departamento de Zoologia e Antropologia, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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