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See detailSeasonal cyanobacterial dynamics in a mesoeutrophic reservoir: microscopic counts and DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis)
Willame, Raphael; Boutte, Christophe; Grubisic, Stana ULg et al

in Algological Studies (2009), 129

The seasonal planktic cyanobacterial dynamics was assessed during the year 2000 by microscopic and DGGE techniques, on the basis of 22 samples collected from the Haute-Sûre reservoir (Grand-Duchy of ... [more ▼]

The seasonal planktic cyanobacterial dynamics was assessed during the year 2000 by microscopic and DGGE techniques, on the basis of 22 samples collected from the Haute-Sûre reservoir (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg). Microscopic investigations were carried out according to the standard Utermöhl procedure while 16S rRNA gene fragments obtained by semi-nested PCR were subsequently separated by DGGE. Sequencing of selected excised bands was performed to genotypically define the cyanobacterial assemblages. The dynamics of cyanobacterial communities obtained by both approaches were compared. Several discordances were pointed out. The counting procedure failed to detect cyanobacteria with small dimensions or in very low abundances, whereas DGGE had a lower detection limit when cyanobacteria were scarce (e.g. in spring) and performed better for the study of picosized forms. Generally, only the dominant cyanobacteria were revealed by these two methods. Actually, both techniques appeared to be complementary rather than equivalent. This study underlines the necessity to use multidisciplinary approaches to obtain a more complete view of the microbial diversity and of the community structure [less ▲]

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See detailBiogeographical distribution and ecological ranges of benthic cyanobacteria in East Antarctic lakes
Taton, A.; Grubisic, Stana ULg; Balthasart, Pierre ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2006), 57(2), 272-289

For the first time, the cyanobacterial diversity from microbial mats in lakes of Eastern Antarctica was investigated using microscopic and molecular approaches. The present study assessed the ... [more ▼]

For the first time, the cyanobacterial diversity from microbial mats in lakes of Eastern Antarctica was investigated using microscopic and molecular approaches. The present study assessed the biogeographical distribution of cyanobacteria in Antarctica. Five samples were taken from four lakes spanning a range of different ecological environments in Larsemann Hills, Vestfold Hills and Rauer Islands to evaluate the influence of lake characteristics on the cyanobacterial diversity. Seventeen morphospecies and 28 16S rRNA gene-based operational taxonomic units belonging to the Oscillatoriales, Nostocales and Chroococcales were identified. The internal transcribed spacer was evaluated to complement the 16S rRNA gene data and showed similar but more clear-cut tendencies. The molecular approach suggested that potential Antarctic endemic species, including a previously undiscovered diversity, are more abundant than has been estimated by morphological methods. Moreover, operational taxonomic units, also found outside Antarctica, were more widespread over the continent than potential endemics. The cyanobacterial diversity of the most saline lakes was found to differ from the others, and correlations between the sampling depth and the cyanobacterial communities can also be drawn. Comparison with database sequences illustrated the ubiquity of several cyanobacterial operational taxonomic units and their remarkable range of tolerance to harsh environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailTesting of primers for the study of cyanobacterial molecular diversity by DGGE
Boutte, C.; Grubisic, Stana ULg; Balthasart, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Microbiological Methods (2006), 65(3), 542-550

Denaturing Gradient Gel electrophoresis (DGGE) is a PCR-based technique which is widely used in the study of microbial communities. Here, the use of the three specific 16S rRNA cyanobacterial specific ... [more ▼]

Denaturing Gradient Gel electrophoresis (DGGE) is a PCR-based technique which is widely used in the study of microbial communities. Here, the use of the three specific 16S rRNA cyanobacterial specific primers CYA359F, CYA781R(a) and CYA781R(b) on the assessment of the molecular diversity of cyanobacterial communities is examined. Assignments of the reverse primers CYA781R(a) and CYA781R(b) with cyanobacterial strain sequences showed that the former preferentially targets filamentous cyanobacteria whereas the latter targets unicellular cyanobacteria. The influence of the GC clamp position on the forward Or on reverse primer and the use of the two reverse primers separately or in equimolar mixture were investigated. Three environmental samples were subjected to amplification with 6 combinations of primers. The 6 banding patterns as well as the sequences of the bands extracted were analysed and compared. In addition, to assess the effect of the position of the GC clamp, the melting profiles of the sequences of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae PMC9707 and Synechococcus sp. MH305 were determined, with the GC clamp in the 3' or 5' position. Results showed that the use of two separate amplifications allowed a more complete study of the molecular diversity of the cyanobacterial community investigated. Furthermore, similar richness and identical phylogenctic assignments of extracted bands were obtained irrespective of the positioning of the GC clamp. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detail(WO/2004/104211) METHOD FOR DETECTING TOXIC AND NON-TOXIC CYANOBACTERIA
SIVONEN, Kaarina; RANTALA, Anne; Rouhianen, Leo et al

Patent (2004)

This invention is related to a method for detecting toxic and non-toxic cyanobacteria. The method comprises that nucleic acid from a biological sample is brought into contact with an oligonucleotide ... [more ▼]

This invention is related to a method for detecting toxic and non-toxic cyanobacteria. The method comprises that nucleic acid from a biological sample is brought into contact with an oligonucleotide designed to be specific for particular regions of the mcyE gene, the mcyE in combination with mcyD, and with an oligonucleotide designed to be specific for 16SrDNA, and the presence or absence of toxic cyanobacteria is detected by a suitable molecular biology method. The invention is related also to oligonucleotides used in the method. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a universal microarray based on the ligation detection reaction and 16S rRNA gene polymorphism to target diversity of cyanobacteria
Castiglioni, Bianca; Rizzi, Ermann; Frosini, Andrea et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2004), 70(12), 7161-7172

The cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes of significant ecological and biotechnological interest, since they strongly contribute to primary production and are a rich source of bioactive compounds ... [more ▼]

The cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes of significant ecological and biotechnological interest, since they strongly contribute to primary production and are a rich source of bioactive compounds. In eutrophic fresh and brackish waters, their mass occurrences (water blooms) are often toxic and constitute a high potential risk for human health. Therefore, rapid and reliable identification of cyanobacterial species in complex environmental samples is important. Here we describe the development and validation of a microarray for the identification of cyanobacteria in aquatic environments. Our approach is based on the use of a ligation detection reaction coupled to a universal array. Probes were designed for detecting 19 cyanobacterial groups including Anabaena/Aphanizomenon, Calothrix, Cylindrospermopsis, Cylindrospermum, Gloeothece, halotolerants, Leptolyngbya, Palau Lyngbya, Microcystis, Nodularia, Nostoc, Planktothrix, Antarctic Phormidium, Prochlorococcus, Spirulina, Synechococcus, Synechocystis, Trichodesmium, and Woronichinia. These groups were identified based on an alignment of over 300 cyanobacterial 16S rRNA sequences. For validation of the microarrays, 95 samples (24 axenic strains from culture collections, 27 isolated strains, and 44 cloned fragments recovered from environmental samples) were tested. The results demonstrated a high discriminative power and sensitivity to 1 fmol of the PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene. Accurate identification of target strains was also achieved with unbalanced mixes of PCR amplicons from different cyanobacteria and an environmental sample. Our universal array method shows great potential for rapid and reliable identification of cyanobacteria. It can be easily adapted to future development and could thus be applied both in research and environmental monitoring. [less ▲]

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