, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 721–740 | Cite as

Microbial diversity and adaptation to high hydrostatic pressure in deep-sea hydrothermal vents prokaryotes

  • Mohamed JebbarEmail author
  • Bruno Franzetti
  • Eric Girard
  • Philippe Oger


Prokaryotes inhabiting in the deep sea vent ecosystem will thus experience harsh conditions of temperature, pH, salinity or high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) stress. Among the fifty-two piezophilic and piezotolerant prokaryotes isolated so far from different deep-sea environments, only fifteen (four Bacteria and eleven Archaea) that are true hyper/thermophiles and piezophiles have been isolated from deep-sea hydrothermal vents; these belong mainly to the Thermococcales order. Different strategies are used by microorganisms to thrive in deep-sea hydrothermal vents in which “extreme” physico-chemical conditions prevail and where non-adapted organisms cannot live, or even survive. HHP is known to impact the structure of several cellular components and functions, such as membrane fluidity, protein activity and structure. Physically the impact of pressure resembles a lowering of temperature, since it reinforces the structure of certain molecules, such as membrane lipids, and an increase in temperature, since it will also destabilize other structures, such as proteins. However, universal molecular signatures of HHP adaptation are not yet known and are still to be deciphered.


Deep biosphere Diversity High hydrostatic pressure Enzymatic function Molecular adaptation 



This work was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-10-BLAN-1725 01-Living deep). We are indebted to Helen McCombie [Bureau de Traduction de l’Université (BTU), Université de Bretagne Occidentale-Brest] for helpful language improvement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Jebbar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 8
    Email author
  • Bruno Franzetti
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Eric Girard
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Philippe Oger
    • 7
  1. 1.Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UMR 6197-Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes (LM2E), Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM)PlouzanéFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, UMR 6197-Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes (LM2E), Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM)PlouzanéFrance
  3. 3.Ifremer, UMR 6197-Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes (LM2E), Technopôle Brest-IroisePlouzanéFrance
  4. 4.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, IBSGrenobleFrance
  5. 5.Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS)GrenobleFrance
  6. 6.Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Direction des Sciences du Vivant, IBSGrenobleFrance
  7. 7.CNRS, UMR 5276, Ecole Normale Supérieure de LyonLyonFrance
  8. 8.Laboratoire de Microbiologie des Environnements Extrêmes (UMR 6197), Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM), Technopole Brest-IroisePlouzanéFrance

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