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Characterizing Chemoautotrophy and Heterotrophy in Marine Archaea and Bacteria With Single-Cell Multi-isotope NanoSIP.

Authors
  • Dekas, Anne E1, 2
  • Parada, Alma E1, 3
  • Mayali, Xavier2
  • Fuhrman, Jed A3
  • Wollard, Jessica2
  • Weber, Peter K2
  • Pett-Ridge, Jennifer2
  • 1 Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States. , (United States)
  • 2 Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States. , (United States)
  • 3 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States. , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Microbiology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
10
Pages
2682–2682
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02682
PMID: 31920997
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Characterizing and quantifying in situ metabolisms remains both a central goal and challenge for environmental microbiology. Here, we used a single-cell, multi-isotope approach to investigate the anabolic activity of marine microorganisms, with an emphasis on natural populations of Thaumarchaeota. After incubating coastal Pacific Ocean water with 13C-bicarbonate and 15N-amino acids, we used nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS) to isotopically screen 1,501 individual cells, and 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing to assess community composition. We established isotopic enrichment thresholds for activity and metabolic classification, and with these determined the percentage of anabolically active cells, the distribution of activity across the whole community, and the metabolic lifestyle-chemoautotrophic or heterotrophic-of each cell. Most cells (>90%) were anabolically active during the incubation, and 4-17% were chemoautotrophic. When we inhibited bacteria with antibiotics, the fraction of chemoautotrophic cells detected via nanoSIMS increased, suggesting archaea dominated chemoautotrophy. With fluorescence in situ hybridization coupled to nanoSIMS (FISH-nanoSIMS), we confirmed that most Thaumarchaeota were living chemoautotrophically, while bacteria were not. FISH-nanoSIMS analysis of cells incubated with dual-labeled (13C,15N-) amino acids revealed that most Thaumarchaeota cells assimilated amino-acid-derived nitrogen but not carbon, while bacteria assimilated both. This indicates that some Thaumarchaeota do not assimilate intact amino acids, suggesting intra-phylum heterogeneity in organic carbon utilization, and potentially their use of amino acids for nitrification. Together, our results demonstrate the utility of multi-isotope nanoSIMS analysis for high-throughput metabolic screening, and shed light on the activity and metabolism of uncultured marine archaea and bacteria. Copyright © 2019 Dekas, Parada, Mayali, Fuhrman, Wollard, Weber and Pett-Ridge.

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