A cultivated form of bacteria (strain 2202) was isolated from the hemal fluid of the bivalve mollusk Modiolus kurilensis. Based on the set of data collected by genetic and physiological/biochemical analyses, the strain was identified as the species Pseudoalteromonas piscicida. Strain 2202 exhibits antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, and Bacillus subtilis but not against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These activities characterize the behavior of strain 2202 as predator-like and classify it as a facultative predator. Being part of the normal microflora in the hemolymph of M. kurilensis, when external conditions change, strain 2202 shows features of opportunistic microflora. The strain 2202 exhibits selective toxicity towards larvae of various invertebrates: it impairs the early development of Mytilus edulis, but not of Strongylocentrotus nudus. Thus, the selective manner in which P. piscicida strains interact with various species of microorganisms and eukaryotes should be taken into consideration when using their biotechnological potential as a probiotic in aquaculture, source of antimicrobial substances, and factors that prevent fouling.
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Eliseikina, M.G., Beleneva, I.A., Kukhlevsky, A.D. et al. Identification and analysis of the biological activity of the new strain of Pseudoalteromonas piscicida isolated from the hemal fluid of the bivalve Modiolus kurilensis (F. R. Bernard, 1983). Arch Microbiol 203, 4461–4473 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00203-021-02432-1
- Pseudoalteromonas piscicida
- Antibacterial activity
- Early development