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A Cultured Greigite-Producing Magnetotactic Bacterium in a Novel Group of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria
Science Magazine
  • Christopher T. Lefèvre, Institut de Biologie Environmentale et Biotechnologie
  • Nicholas Menguy, Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés Université Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Fernanda Abreu, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Ulysses Lins, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Mihály Pósfai, University of Pannonia, Veszprém
  • Tanya Prozorov, U.S. Department of Energy
  • David Pignol, Université Aix-Marseille, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance
  • Richard B. Frankel, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Dennis A. Bazylinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Magnetotactic bacteria contain magnetosomes—intracellular, membrane-bounded, magnetic nanocrystals of magnetite (Fe3O4) or greigite (Fe3S4)—that cause the bacteria to swim along geomagnetic field lines. We isolated a greigite-producing magnetotactic bacterium from a brackish spring in Death Valley National Park, California, USA, strain BW-1, that is able to biomineralize greigite and magnetite depending on culture conditions. A phylogenetic comparison of BW-1 and similar uncultured greigite- and/or magnetite-producing magnetotactic bacteria from freshwater to hypersaline habitats shows that these organisms represent a previously unknown group of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the Deltaproteobacteria. Genomic analysis of BW-1 reveals the presence of two different magnetosome gene clusters, suggesting that one may be responsible for greigite biomineralization and the other for magnetite.
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Christopher T. Lefèvre, Nicholas Menguy, Fernanda Abreu, Ulysses Lins, et al.. "A Cultured Greigite-Producing Magnetotactic Bacterium in a Novel Group of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria" Science Magazine Vol. 334 Iss. 6063 (2011) p. 1720 - 1723
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