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See detailElucidation of the gas vesicle gene clusters in cyanobacteria of the genus Arthrospira (Oscillatoriales, Cyanophyta) and correlation with ITS phylogeny
Miklaszewska, Magdalena; Waleron, Malgorzata; Morin, Nicolas et al

in European Journal of Phycology (2012), 47

The genus Arthrospira comprises filamentous cyanobacteria in which the trichomes form an open helix and contain gas vacuoles. The gas vesicle gene cluster of five Arthrospira strains was amplified by PCR ... [more ▼]

The genus Arthrospira comprises filamentous cyanobacteria in which the trichomes form an open helix and contain gas vacuoles. The gas vesicle gene cluster of five Arthrospira strains was amplified by PCR and sequenced. The genes are organized in one operon, in the order gvpA1–gvpC1–gvpA2–gvpC2–gvpA3–gvpC3–gvpN. In Arthrospira sp. strain PCC 8005, the genes gvpJ, gvpK, gvpV and gvpW were also identified. Each of the three copies of gvpA encodes a protein of 71 amino acids. In the case of gvpC, there are two different length variants. Each of the two shorter genes, gvpC1 and gvpC2, encodes a putative protein of 151 amino acids, while the longer one, gvpC3, codes for a putative protein of 284 residues. The amino acid sequences of GvpC1 and GvpC2 are identical to the N-terminal part of GvpC3. In spite of the presence of stop codons downstream of gvpC1 and gvpC2, the deduced amino acid sequences in these regions are highly similar to the C-terminal part of GvpC3 (residues 160 to 229). The GvpC1, GvpC2 and GvpC3 proteins contain contiguous repeats of 33 amino acids as previously reported for other cyanobacteria. The sequences of the gvpA1, gvpC1, gvpA2 and gvpC2 genes were not found in the genome data of Arthrospira sp. PCC 8005, A. maxima CS-328, and A. platensis NIES-39 as a result of incomplete assembly. The genes gvpN and gvpJ located downstream of gvpC3, encode putative proteins of 394 and 127 amino acids, respectively. The deduced amino acid sequences of gvpK, gvpV and gvpW contain 151, 112 and 227 residues, respectively. The analysis of gvp sequences of five strains of Arthrospira revealed the presence of polymorphic positions, which distinguished the strains in agreement with their previous assignments to ITS clusters I and II. This is the first report of gvp genes in members of the genus Arthrospira. [less ▲]

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See detailThe MicroH2 project:an association of four laboratories to improve theknowledge on biohydrogen production precesses
Beckers, Laurent ULg; Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg et al

Poster (2012, June 04)

This poster presents a collaborative research project (MicroH2) held at the University of Liège (Belgium) since 2007 (www.microh2.ulg.ac.be) and involving four different research groups. The project aims ... [more ▼]

This poster presents a collaborative research project (MicroH2) held at the University of Liège (Belgium) since 2007 (www.microh2.ulg.ac.be) and involving four different research groups. The project aims to develop a center of excellence in the fields of photo- and dark- biohydrogen production. Our studies contribute to improve the knowledge of the processes involved in the microbiological production of hydrogen, from a fundamental and practical point of view. Some results are highlighted here. The research concerning photofermentation focuses on the interactions between respiration, photosynthesis and H2-producing pathways in algal microorganisms, by using mitochondrial mutants and genetically modified strains with modified ability for hydrogen production [1-2]. To study the metabolism of the hydrogen production by anaerobic bacteria, pure cultures and defined consortia are used and their production of biogas and soluble metabolites is measured. Moreover, we have developed and optimized molecular tools, like quantitative RT-PCR and FISH, to monitor the variations of bacterial populations in novel bioreactors for hydrogen production [3-4]. We have also mined the complete genomes of Clostridium spp. for putative hydrogenase genes and found a large diversity of them [5]. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of molecular tools to study the hydrogen production by the bacteria of the genus Clostridium
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

L’hydrogène moléculaire a un potential énorme comme futur vecteur énergétique car sa combustion n’est pas polluante. Cependant, les processus industriels actuels de production contribuent ... [more ▼]

L’hydrogène moléculaire a un potential énorme comme futur vecteur énergétique car sa combustion n’est pas polluante. Cependant, les processus industriels actuels de production contribuent substantiellement à l’effet de serre. Au contraire, une production d’H2 qui est neutre en CO2 peut être obtenue par la fermentation anaérobique obscure. Les bactéries du genre Clostridium peuvent fermenter les sucres en H2 et CO2 avec production d’ acide acétique et butyrique qui servent d’accepteurs principaux d’électrons. Cependant, en fonction de la souche/co-culture utilisée et des conditions de culture, des composés plus réduits peuvent être obtenus, par ex. l’éthanol, le lactate, ce qui réduit substantiellement le rendement final en H2. De plus, les différentes voies métaboliques et les circuits de régulation conduisant à la production d’H2 dans les clostridies ne sont pas bien connus. Dans cette étude, nous avons étudié deux sujets principaux. D’une part, nous avons étudié différentes co-cultures de Clostridium spp. dans des bioréacteurs produisant de l’H2. En suivant les co-cultures de C. butyricum et C. pasteurianum par FISH (Fluorescence in situ hybridisation) et qPCR (quantitative real-time PCR), nous avons montré que les deux espèces co-existent de manière stable durant la fermentation de différents sucres dans deux bioréacteurs. D’autre part, en utilisant Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009 comme modèle, nous avons étudié le métabolisme complexe de l’H2 chez les clostridies. La découverte de gènes nouveaux codant pour des hydrogènases [FeFe] dans les génomes séquencés a changé notre vue de la façon dont ces microbes produisent l’ H2. En effet, en utilisant différents outils moléculaires (2D-DIGE, RT-qPCR et RNA-seq), nous avons montré que dans différents conditions de milieu, différentes hydrogénases contribuent à la production d’H2. De plus, sous atmosphère d’N2 pendant la fermentation du glucose dans des conditions de pH non régulées, nous observons que la nitrogénase contribue à la production globale d’H2. De manière surprenante, alors que les clostridies semblent bien équipées pour produire de l’H2, elles n’ont probablement développé cette capacité que pour s’adapter rapidement aux variations de conditions, cad la diminution du pH. Donc, pour maintenir un pH intracellulaire constant, elles rejettent les protons (sans doute sous forme de H2) dans le milieu. Ainsi, elles se débarrassent de l’excès d’équivalents réducteurs produits pendant la fermentation du glucose. En résumé, nos résultats contribuent à une meilleure connaissance du métabolisme complexe de l’H2 chez les clostridies. Cependant, un défi pour le futur consiste à caractériser les enzymes responsables de ce métabolisme et, par bioengineering métabolique, de développer des systèmes microbiens optimaux pour la conversion de la biomasse en H2. [less ▲]

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See detailFermentative hydrogen production from glucose and starch using pure strains and artificial co-cultures ofClostridium spp.
Masset, Julien; Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Hamilton, Christopher et al

in Biotechnology for biofuels (2012), 5(1), 35

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pure bacterial strains give better yields when producing H2 than mixed, natural communities. However the main drawback with the pure cultures is the need to perform the fermentations ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pure bacterial strains give better yields when producing H2 than mixed, natural communities. However the main drawback with the pure cultures is the need to perform the fermentations under sterile conditions. Therefore, H2 production using artificial co-cultures, composed of well characterized strains, is one of the directions currently undertaken in the field of biohydrogen research. RESULTS: Four pure Clostridium cultures, including C. butyricum CWBI1009, C. pasteurianum DSM525, C. beijerinckii DSM1820 and C. felsineum DSM749, and three different co-cultures composed of (1) C. pasteurianum and C. felsineum, (2) C. butyricum and C. felsineum, (3) C. butyricum and C. pasteurianum, were grown in 20 L batch bioreactors. In the first part of the study a strategy composed of three-culture sequences was developed to determine the optimal pH for H2 production (sequence 1); and the H2-producing potential of each pure strain and co-culture, during glucose (sequence 2) and starch (sequence 3) fermentations at the optimal pH. The best H2 yields were obtained for starch fermentations, and the highest yield of 2.91 mol H2/ mol hexose was reported for C. butyricum. By contrast, the biogas production rates were higher for glucose fermentations and the highest value of 1.5 L biogas/ h was observed for the co-culture (1). In general co-cultures produced H2 at higher rates than the pure Clostridium cultures, without negatively affecting the H2 yields. Interestingly, all the Clostridium strains and co-cultures were shown to utilize lactate (present in a starch-containing medium), and C. beijerinckii was able to re-consume formate producing additional H2. In the second part of the study the co-culture (3) was used to produce H2 during 13 days of glucose fermentation in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). In addition, the species dynamics, as monitored by qPCR (quantitative real-time PCR), showed a stable coexistence of C. pasteurianum and C. butyricum during this fermentation. CONCLUSIONS: The four pure Clostridium strains and the artificial co-cultures tested in this study were shown to efficiently produce H2 using glucose and starch as carbon sources. The artificial co-cultures produced H2 at higher rates than the pure strains, while the H2 yields were only slightly affected. [less ▲]

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See detailMICRO-H2 – Microbiological production of hydrogen: study of microalgal and bacterial processes
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg et al

Poster (2011, September 07)

The project MICRO-H2 aims to study and exploit the microbial (bacterial and algal) production of hydrogen (H2). In addition to building a competence centre around the H2 production by microorganisms and ... [more ▼]

The project MICRO-H2 aims to study and exploit the microbial (bacterial and algal) production of hydrogen (H2). In addition to building a competence centre around the H2 production by microorganisms and the molecular monitoring of the processes, this project tries to address two main socio-economic issues. First, transport and many economic activities will be based on hydrogen energy in the near future. Secondly, many researches and technology developments deal with renewable resources. Therefore, a new integrated technology for a sustainable development should be promoted. Photofermentation and dark-fermentation are the most promising ways to produce biohydrogen. The main advantage of the first process is the complete conversion of substrate, if any, to hydrogen. However, present H2-production rates by microalgae remain low. Therefore, a better understanding of the microalgal hydrogen metabolism and rate improvements by genetic engineering are needed. On the other hand, dark-fermentation achieves at present far higher H2-production rates, but improvements are expected through monitoring and optimisation of bacterial diversity and activity. The objectives about bacterial H2 production were to increase knowledge, stability potentialities and investigation skills about the consortia of bacteria involved in bioreactors treating wastewater rich in carbohydrates to produce biohydrogen. The project focused mainly on the study of the potentialities of different consortia, with a focus on Clostridium strains. Concerning the microalgal production of H2, the objectives were to increase knowledge on the metabolic interactions that determine H2 evolution at the cellular level and to produce new strains with increased ability for H2 production in the two-stage process. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic diversity and amplification of different clostridial [FeFe] hydrogenases by group-specific degenerate primers
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2011), 53

Aims: The aim of this study was to explore and characterize the genetic diversity of [FeFe] hydrogenases in a representative set of strains from Clostridium sp. and to reveal the existence of neither yet ... [more ▼]

Aims: The aim of this study was to explore and characterize the genetic diversity of [FeFe] hydrogenases in a representative set of strains from Clostridium sp. and to reveal the existence of neither yet detected nor characterized [FeFe] hydrogenases in hydrogen-producing strains. Methods and Results: The genomes of 57 Clostridium strains (34 different genotypic species), representing six phylogenetic clusters based on their 16S rRNA sequence analysis (cluster I, III, XIa, XIb, XIV and XVIII), were screened for different [FeFe] hydrogenases. Based on the obtained alignments, ten pairs of [FeFe] hydrogenase cluster-specific degenerate primers were newly designed. Ten Clostridium strains were screened by PCRs to assess the specificity of the primers designed and to examine the genetic diversity of [FeFe] hydrogenases. Using this approach, a diversity of hydrogenase genes was discovered in several species previously shown to produce hydrogen in bioreactors: Clostridium sartagoforme, Clostridium felsineum, Clostridium roseum and Clostridium pasteurianum. Conclusions: The newly designed [FeFe] hydrogenase cluster-specific primers, targeting the cluster-conserved regions, allow for a direct amplification of a specific hydrogenase gene from the species of interest. Significance and Impact of the Study: Using this strategy for a screening of different Clostridium ssp. will provide new insights into the diversity of hydrogenase genes and should be a first step to study a complex hydrogen metabolism of this genus. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel FISH and quantitative PCR protocols to monitor artificial consortia composed of different hydrogen-producing Clostridium spp.
Savichtcheva, Olga; Joris, Bernard ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2011), 36

The use of an artificial consortium composed of selected hydrogen-producing species, instead of a natural anaerobic sludge, has been proposed for biohydrogen production. In order to monitor such a ... [more ▼]

The use of an artificial consortium composed of selected hydrogen-producing species, instead of a natural anaerobic sludge, has been proposed for biohydrogen production. In order to monitor such a consortium composed of different Clostridium spp., new protocols were tested for two different assays, FISH and qPCR. New species-specific FISH probes and qPCR primer sets were developed and optimised for three strains: Clostridium butyricum, Clostridium felsineum and Clostridium pasteurianum, that were used in a consortium. Application of a fast two-step FISH protocol, with pre-treatment step at 90 C for 5 min and a subsequent hybridisation step at higher temperature (55 C) for 20 min resulted in a much shorter analytical time compared to the standard FISH procedure (46 C for 2e3 h) and gave a high hybridisation performance. Moreover, to accurately quantify each microorganism by qPCR assay, two innovations were tested: the direct use of cell lysates (omitting the DNA extraction step) and the use of two alternative molecular markers, recA and gyrA. These markers are present in single copies in the genome, whereas there are multiple copies of the ribosomal operons. This resulted in the development of accurate, reliable and fast FISH and qPCR assays for routine monitoring of the dynamics of artificial hydrogen-producing microbial consortia. Moreover, both techniques can be easily adapted to new Clostridium strains. [less ▲]

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See detailClotridial hydrogenases and the biohydrogen production
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Hamilton, Christopher ULg; Masset, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2010, July 01)

Among the large variety of microorganisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as Clostridium spp. are one of the most widely studied. They produce hydrogen by butyric and ... [more ▼]

Among the large variety of microorganisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as Clostridium spp. are one of the most widely studied. They produce hydrogen by butyric and mixed-acid fermentations at optimal pH values ranging from 4.5 to 5.5. While fermentative conditions such as substrate type, pH, hydraulic and solid retention time, H2 partial pressure and the concentration of acids produced have been extensively studied and optimized, relatively little is known about the different forms of hydrogenases present in clostridia. Building on previous reports [1, 2] and by analyzing sequenced genomes, we found that [FeFe] hydrogenases are not a homogenous group of enzymes, but exist in multiple forms with different modular structures and are especially abundant in Clostridum spp. [3]. However, among the numerous studies performed on fermentative hydrogen production by Clostridium sp., only a few are specifically concerned with hydrogenases. Even there the authors focus on one type of [FeFe] hydrogenase, (CpI-like) without considering the existence of multiple forms of this enzyme within one species. Therefore, we focused our research on the better characterization of different forms of hydrogenases present in the genus Clostridium. Using newly designed degenerate primers, specific for clostridial hydrogenases, we amplified different hydrogenases from our species of interest. Further, by designing specific qPCR assays we have quantitatively targeted different hydrogenases. By analyzing differential gene expression, according to applied growth conditions, we believe to optimize the hydrogen production process in order to achieve better production rates. To conclude, we think that a a precise knowledge of hydrogen metabolism and hydrogenases is essential to optimization of the biohydrogen production process and should therefore be a goal for future research. [less ▲]

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See detailThe surprising diversity of clostridial hydrogenases: a comparative genomic perspective
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Happe, Thomas; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Microbiology (2010), 156

Among the large variety of micro-organisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as members of the genus Clostridium are the most widely studied. They can produce hydrogen by ... [more ▼]

Among the large variety of micro-organisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as members of the genus Clostridium are the most widely studied. They can produce hydrogen by a reversible reduction of protons accumulated during fermentation to dihydrogen, a reaction which is catalysed by hydrogenases. Sequenced genomes provide completely new insights into the diversity of clostridial hydrogenases. Building on previous reports, we found that [FeFe] hydrogenases are not a homogeneous group of enzymes, but exist in multiple forms with different modular structures and are especially abundant in members of the genus Clostridium. This unusual diversity seems to support the central role of hydrogenases in cell metabolism. In particular, the presence of multiple putative operons encoding multisubunit [FeFe] hydrogenases highlights the fact that hydrogen metabolism is very complex in this genus. In contrast with [FeFe] hydrogenases, their [NiFe] hydrogenase counterparts, widely represented in other bacteria and archaea, are found in only a few clostridial species. Surprisingly, a heteromultimeric Ech hydrogenase, known to be an energy-converting [NiFe] hydrogenase and previously described only in methanogenic archaea and some sulfur-reducing bacteria, was found to be encoded by the genomes of four cellulolytic strains: Clostridum cellulolyticum, Clostridum papyrosolvens, Clostridum thermocellum and Clostridum phytofermentans. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional and Evolutionary Analysis of Flatfish Gonadotropin Receptors Reveals Cladal- and Lineage-Level Divergence of the Teleost Glycoprotein Receptor Family
Chauvigné, Francois; Tingaud-Sequeira, Angele; Agulleiro, Maria J et al

in Biology of Reproduction (2010), 82

Pituitary gonadotropins, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) act via their cognate glycoprotein hormone receptors (GpHRs), FSH receptor (FSHR), and LH/ choriogonadotropin ... [more ▼]

Pituitary gonadotropins, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) act via their cognate glycoprotein hormone receptors (GpHRs), FSH receptor (FSHR), and LH/ choriogonadotropin receptor (LHCGR) to regulate gonad physiology. Here, we show that the flatfish Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) expresses functional isoforms of fshr and lhcgr, but the genomic origin, ligand activation, and tissue distribution of the receptor transcripts are more complex than expected. By integrating the molecular phylogeny of GpHRs with the syntenic loci of vertebrate orthologs, and by subsequently characterizing the physical maps with the phylogeny of flanking genes, we found that vertebrate GpHRs have undergone a divergent evolution. In Teleostei, fshr genes have a common descent and can be classified as fshra, whereas lhcgrb genes exist as alternatively coded genes even in closely related species. Structural analyses of the receptors revealed that Fshra has an elongated ligand-binding domain, containing an extra leucinerich repeat that specifically arose in the Acanthomorpha because of exon duplication. Ectopic expression in Xenopus laevis oocytes demonstrated that sole Fshra responded to piscine Fsh and Lh, whereas Lhcgrba was preferentially activated by its cognate hormone. The expression pattern of sole fshra and lhcgrba in gonads during the reproductive cycle was consistent with earlier observations wherein Fshra regulates ovarian growth and spermatogenesis and Lhcgrb triggers gamete maturation, respectively. However, contrary to observations in other teleosts, fshra was localized exclusively in Sertoli cells of the testis, whereas lhcgrba was expressed in Leydig cells as well as in spermatids. These results demonstrate the presence of alternatively coded lhcgr isoforms (lhcgrba and lhcgrbb) in teleosts and suggest a role of the lhcgrba receptor in the differentiation of spermatids into spermatozoa in Senegalese sole. [less ▲]

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See detailThe surprising diversity of clostridial hydrogenases: a comparative genomic perspective
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Happe, Thomas; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Microbiology (2010), 156

Among the large variety of micro-organisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as members of the genus Clostridium are the most widely studied. They can produce hydrogen by ... [more ▼]

Among the large variety of micro-organisms capable of fermentative hydrogen production, strict anaerobes such as members of the genus Clostridium are the most widely studied. They can produce hydrogen by a reversible reduction of protons accumulated during fermentation to dihydrogen, a reaction which is catalysed by hydrogenases. Sequenced genomes provide completely new insights into the diversity of clostridial hydrogenases. Building on previous reports, we found that [FeFe] hydrogenases are not a homogeneous group of enzymes, but exist in multiple forms with different modular structures and are especially abundant in members of the genus Clostridium. This unusual diversity seems to support the central role of hydrogenases in cell metabolism. In particular, the presence of multiple putative operons encoding multisubunit [FeFe] hydrogenases highlights the fact that hydrogen metabolism is very complex in this genus. In contrast with [FeFe] hydrogenases, their [NiFe] hydrogenase counterparts, widely represented in other bacteria and archaea, are found in only a few clostridial species. Surprisingly, a heteromultimeric Ech hydrogenase, known to be an energy-converting [NiFe] hydrogenase and previously described only in methanogenic archaea and some sulfur-reducing bacteria, was found to be encoded by the genomes of four cellulolytic strains: Clostridum cellulolyticum, Clostridum papyrosolvens, Clostridum thermocellum and Clostridum phytofermentans [less ▲]

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See detailThe zebrafish genome encodes the largest vertebrate repertoire of functional aquaporins with dual paralogy and substrate specificities similar to mammals
Tingaud-Sequeira, Angèle; Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Finn, Roderick N et al

in BMC Evolutionary Biology (2010), 10

Background: Aquaporins are integral membrane proteins that facilitate the transport of water and small solutes across cell membranes. These proteins are vital for maintaining water homeostasis in living ... [more ▼]

Background: Aquaporins are integral membrane proteins that facilitate the transport of water and small solutes across cell membranes. These proteins are vital for maintaining water homeostasis in living organisms. In mammals, thirteen aquaporins (AQP0-12) have been characterized, but in lower vertebrates, such as fish, the diversity, structure and substrate specificity of these membrane channel proteins are largely unknown. Results: The screening and isolation of transcripts from the zebrafish (Danio rerio) genome revealed eighteen sequences structurally related to the four subfamilies of tetrapod aquaporins, i.e., aquaporins (AQP0, -1 and -4), water and glycerol transporters or aquaglyceroporins (Glps; AQP3 and AQP7-10), a water and urea transporter (AQP8), and two unorthodox aquaporins (AQP11 and -12). Phylogenetic analyses of nucleotide and deduced amino acid sequences demonstrated dual paralogy between teleost and human aquaporins. Three of the duplicated zebrafish isoforms have unlinked loci, two have linked loci, while DrAqp8 was found in triplicate across two chromosomes. Genomic sequencing, structural analysis, and maximum likelihood reconstruction, further revealed the presence of a putative pseudogene that displays hybrid exons similar to tetrapod AQP5 and -1. Ectopic expression of the cloned transcripts in Xenopus laevis oocytes demonstrated that zebrafish aquaporins and Glps transport water or water, glycerol and urea, respectively, whereas DrAqp11b and -12 were not functional in oocytes. Contrary to humans and some rodents, intrachromosomal duplicates of zebrafish AQP8 were water and urea permeable, while the genomic duplicate only transported water. All aquaporin transcripts were expressed in adult tissues and found to have divergent expression patterns. In some tissues, however, redundant expression of transcripts encoding two duplicated paralogs seems to occur. Conclusion: The zebrafish genome encodes the largest repertoire of functional vertebrate aquaporins with dual paralogy to human isoforms. Our data reveal an early and specific diversification of these integral membrane proteins at the root of the crown-clade of Teleostei. Despite the increase in gene copy number, zebrafish aquaporins mostly retain the substrate specificity characteristic of the tetrapod counterparts. Based upon the integration of phylogenetic, genomic and functional data we propose a new classification for the piscine aquaporin superfamily. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diversity of clostridial hydrogenases revealed by genome sequencing projects
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg

Poster (2009, December 15)

Molecular hydrogen is a key intermediate in metabolomic interactions of a wide range of microorganisms. Hydrogen is also regarded as a key component in future energy systems as it is a sustainable, clean ... [more ▼]

Molecular hydrogen is a key intermediate in metabolomic interactions of a wide range of microorganisms. Hydrogen is also regarded as a key component in future energy systems as it is a sustainable, clean, and transportable energy carrier. Some microorganisms can produce hydrogen during a reversible reduction of protons to dihydrogen, a reaction which is catalyzed by the enzyme hydrogenases. On the basis of their bimetallocenter composition, hydrogenases are divided into three main groups, phylogenetically not related: [NiFe] hydrogenases, [Fe] only hydrogenases and FeS cluster free hydrogenases. The latter were described in methanogenic Archaea only. [NiFe] hydrogenases, composed of at least two subunits are well characterized and widely distributed between Archaea and Bacteria. However, only a few representatives of Clostridium sp. possess this type of enzyme. On the other hand, much less is known about the [Fe] only hydrogenases, that are usually monomeric enzymes and restricted to Bacteria and a few eukaryotic species. Genome sequencing projects gave a completely new insight into the diversity of forms of putative [Fe] only hydrogenases within the genus Clostridium. With the use of bioinformatic tools, we have described the unusual modularity of forms of these enzymes, from monomeric to tetrameric with a different number of accessory domains reacting with diverse redox partners. This fact seems to support the central role of hydrogenases in cell metabolism and quick adaptation of the host to changing environmental conditions. Moreover, the presence of multiple putative operons encoding for multisubunit [FeFe] hydrogenases is highlighting the fact that hydrogen metabolism is very complex in the Clostridium genus. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of molecular techniques to monitor the evolution of bacterial consortia composed of Clostridium sp. in a hydrogen producing bioreactor
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Savichtcheva, Olga; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2009, December 11)

Our current dependence on fossil fuels as the primary energy source contributes to global climate change, environmental degradation and health problems. Hydrogen offers a tremendous potential as a clean ... [more ▼]

Our current dependence on fossil fuels as the primary energy source contributes to global climate change, environmental degradation and health problems. Hydrogen offers a tremendous potential as a clean, renewable energy currency and it is compatible with electrochemical and combustion processes for energy conversion without producing carbon – based emissions. Many microorganisms, especially photosynthetic as well as facultative and anaerobic bacteria have been reported to produce large amounts of hydrogen from soluble and insoluble biomass. Clostridia, being obligate anaerobes, are capable of biogas production during ‘dark fermentation’ of a wide range of carbohydrates. In this ARC project, entitled Micro – H2 we have focused on a new direction in bio – hydrogen production systems which is the use of mixed cultures of microorganisms (consortia). We expect that the combination of complementary metabolisms could significantly increase the efficiencies of mixed systems compared to monocultures. However, a few fundamental studies need to be carried out in order to investigate and improve the stability of microbial populations involved in the processes. It is now recognised that molecular microbial ecology tools provide the scientific basis to monitor the processes used in environmental biotechnology. To characterize the diversity of bacterial communities, quantitative techniques such as Real – Time Quantitative PCR and FISH (Fluorescence in situ hybridization) and semi – quantitative DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis) have been optimized and applied on different bioreactor samples. This approach enabled for the temporal monitoring of the evolution of bacterial consortia, both in terms of species dominance and their metabolic activity. Molecular analysis of bacterial consortia allowed for careful examination of interactions between different bacterial species within a consortium, which is crucial in the stabilization of the hydrogen production process. [less ▲]

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See detailThe diversity of Clostridial hydrogenases and biohydrogen production
Calusinska, Magdalena ULg; Savichtcheva, Olga; Masset, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2009, June 18)

Molecular hydrogen is a key intermediate in metabolomic interactions of a wide range of microorganisms. Hydrogen is also regarded as a key component in future energy systems as it is a sustainable, clean ... [more ▼]

Molecular hydrogen is a key intermediate in metabolomic interactions of a wide range of microorganisms. Hydrogen is also regarded as a key component in future energy systems as it is a sustainable, clean, and transportable energy carrier. Some microorganisms can produce hydrogen during a reversible reduction of protons to dihydrogen, a reaction which is catalyzed by hydrogenases [1]. Hydrogenases belong to an iron – sulphur protein family, that contains active sites consisting of inorganic sulfide and iron atoms bound to the polypeptide chain. On the basis of their bimetallocenter composition hydrogenases are divided into three main groups, phylogenetically not related: [NiFe] hydrogenases, [Fe] only hydrogenases and ‘metal – free hydrogenases’ which were described in methanogenic Archaea only. [NiFe] hydrogenases, composed of at least two subunits are well characterized and widely distributed between Archaea and Bacteria but only a few representatives of Clostridium possess this type of enzyme. On the other hand, [Fe] only hydrogenases, being usually monomeric enzymes and restricted to Bacteria and a few eukaryotic species are far less described. These proteins, being omnipresent catalysts of many biological reactions, are especially abundant in Clostridia. The physiological function of Clostridial [Fe] only hydrogenases is to dispose under the form of hydrogen, of the excess of reducing power generated during the fermentation of carbohydrates. The unusual diversity of forms of [Fe] only hydrogenases within Clostridia seems to support the central role of this enzyme in cell metabolism and to facilitate the quick adaptation of the host to changing environmental conditions. Moreover, the presence of multiple putative operons encoding for multisubunit [Fe] only hydrogenases in the genomes of sequenced Clostridium spp. is highlighting the need to study the new, not yet described function of these ostensibly simple proteins. In this project, we have focused our effort on the molecular characterization of key enzymes involved in the process of biohydrogen production with a special interest in Clostridium species. By applying molecular techniques on samples from different kinds of bioreactors, we want to select highly productive species in terms of hydrogen generation. We also believe that gene expression profiling will provide new data on the possible function and activity of different hydrogenases involved in the process. The better understanding of hydrogen metabolism is essential for its sustainable production. [less ▲]

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Scientific conference (2008, November 17)

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