Characterization of Aquamicrobium defluvii gen. nov. sp. nov., a thiophene-2-carboxylate-metabolizing bacterium from activated sludge
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A gram-negative bacterium was isolated from activated sewage sludge with thiophene-2-carboxylate as the sole source of carbon and with nitrate as an electron acceptor. The isolate, strain NKK, was a motile, oxidase- and catalase-positive, rod-like bacterium with a G+C content of 61.7 mol%. Besides nitrate, oxygen could serve as a terminal electron acceptor. Among many carbon sources tested, only a few sugars, fatty acids, and thiophene-2-carboxylate supported growth. Other heterocyclic compounds were not used. The sulfur atom of thiophene-2-carboxylate was oxidized to thiosulfate when cells were grown aerobically, or to elemental sulfur when cells were grown anaerobically with nitrate. Nitrate was reduced to nitrite. Growth on thiophene-2-carboxylate was dependent on the addition of molybdate to the medium. Tungstate, a specific antagonist of molybdate, inhibited growth on thiophene-2-carboxylate at concentrations > 10–7 M. Three inducible enzymes involved in the metabolism of thiophene-2-carboxylate were detected: an ATP-, CoA-, thiophene-2-carboxylate- and Mg2+-dependent thiophene-2-carboxyl-CoA ligase (AMP-forming), a molybdenum-containing thiophene-2-carboxyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and a thiophene-2-carboxyl-CoA thioesterase. The sequence of the 16S rRNA gene suggested a classification of strain NKK within the α-subgroup of the Proteobacteria as a new genus and species, Aquamicrobium defluvii gen. nov. sp. nov. (DSM 11603), closely related to Mesorhizobium sp. and Phyllobacterium sp., but representing a distinct lineage equal in depth to those of the two mentioned genera. Aquamicrobium defluvii can be distinguished from both genera by a distinct spectrum of substrates, the maximal growth temperature, and a different salt tolerance.
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