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The ability of Phaeobacter inhibens to produce tropodithietic acid influences the community dynamics of a microalgal microbiome
ISME Communications, Volume: 2, Issue: 1
Swansea University Author: Eva C. Sonnenschein
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Microbial secondary metabolites facilitate microbial interactions and are crucial for understanding the complexity of microbial community dynamics. The purpose of the present study was to determine how a secondary metabolite producing marine bacteria or its metabolite deficient mutant affected the m...
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Microbial secondary metabolites facilitate microbial interactions and are crucial for understanding the complexity of microbial community dynamics. The purpose of the present study was to determine how a secondary metabolite producing marine bacteria or its metabolite deficient mutant affected the microbiome of the marine microalgae Tetraselmis suecica during a 70 day long co-evolution experiment. Using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing, we found that neither the tropodithietic acid (TDA)-producing Phaeobacter inhibens wildtype nor the TDA-deficient mutant had major impacts on the community composition. However, a subset of strains, displayed temporally different relative abundance trajectories depending on the presence of P. inhibens. In particular, a Winogradskyella strain displayed temporal higher relative abundance when the TDA-producing wildtype was present. Numbers of the TDA-producing wildtype were reduced significantly more than those of the mutant over time indicating that TDA production was not an advantage. In communities without the P. inhibens wildtype strain, an indigenous population of Phaeobacter increased over time, indicating that indigenous Phaeobacter populations cannot co-exist with the TDA-producing wildtype. Despite that TDA was not detected chemically, we detected transcripts of the tdaC gene indicating that TDA could be produced in the microbial community associated with the algae. Our work highlights the importance of deciphering longitudinal strain dynamics when addressing the ecological effect of secondary metabolites in a relevant natural community.
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The study was supported by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF137) for the Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites.