Genome Reduction in Psychromonas Species within the Gut of an Amphipod from the Ocean’s Deepest Point

Weipeng Zhang, Ren-Mao Tian, Jin Sun, Salim Bougouffa, Wei Ding, Lin Cai, Yi Lan, Haoya Tong, Yongxin Li, Alan J. Jamieson, Vladimir B. Bajic, Jeffrey C. Drazen, Douglas Bartlett, Pei-Yuan Qian

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Abstract

Amphipods are the dominant scavenging metazoan species in the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in Earth's oceans. Here the gut microbiota of the amphipod Hirondellea gigas collected from the Challenger and Sirena Deeps of the Mariana Trench were investigated. The 11 amphipod individuals included for analyses were dominated by Psychromonas, of which a nearly complete genome was successfully recovered (designated CDP1). Compared with previously reported free-living Psychromonas strains, CDP1 has a highly reduced genome. Genome alignment showed deletion of the trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) reducing gene cluster in CDP1, suggesting that the
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalmSystems
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 10 2018

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