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See detailThe diversity and tolerance to osmotic stress of East Antarctic filamentous Cyanobacteria
Obbels, Dagmar; Verleyen, Elie; Tytgat, Bjorn et al

Poster (2013, July)

Filamentous cyanobacteria are keystone species in Antarctic lake ecosystems; they are the basis of the simple foodwebs, play a crucial role in biogeochemical cycling and form the structure of benthic ... [more ▼]

Filamentous cyanobacteria are keystone species in Antarctic lake ecosystems; they are the basis of the simple foodwebs, play a crucial role in biogeochemical cycling and form the structure of benthic microbial mats which act as habitats for other prokaryotic and (micro-eukaryotic biota. Despite this, little is known about their diversity, adaptation and survival strategies in the extreme Antarctic conditions. We studied the uncultivated prokaryotic diversity using a 454 metagenomic analysis at the 16S rRNA level (V1-V3 region) in Continental Antarctic lakes situated along a conductivity gradient (0.014-142.02 mS/cm). The quality and length of the amplicons was analyzed with a custom-made Mothur pipeline and the resulting sequences were mapped against the Greengenes database, which includes CyanoDB. Almost 27% of the sequences could be assigned to the phylum of the cyanobacteria. The most abundant cyanobacteria in the dataset belonged to the genera Microcoleus, Leptolyngbya, Pseudanabaena, Nodularia and Phormidum. Some 16S rRNA types (at the 97% similarity level), such as sequences related to Leptolynbya antarctica, were present in both freshwater and hypersaline lakes. In order to further investigate this distribution, we isolated filaments of Leptolyngbya from seven lakes with conductivities ranging between 26.8 mS/cm and 0.038 mS/cm. The complete 16S rRNA and ITS genes of the isolates were subsequently sequenced. We found several 16S types related to different lineages of filamentous cyanobacteria in the seven lakes that were supported by ITS data. Two 16S types, belonging to a Leptolyngbya antarctica and Leptolyngbya sp., were each present in two different freshwater lakes. Two different 16S types, both belonging to Leptolynbya antarctica were present in a freshwater and hypersaline lake, which indicates a high ‘intraspecific’ molecular diversity. In order to better understand the adaptation and/or wide tolerance to osmotic stress, we are currently performing ecophysiological experiments with these isolates aimed at assessing the potential local adaptation of these strains to conductivity and desiccation. [less ▲]

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See detailA cultivation-independent approach for the genetic and cyanotoxin characterization of colonial cyanobacteria
Lara, Yannick ULg; Lambion, Alexandre ULg; Menzel, Diana et al

in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (2013), 69

To bypass the constraint of cyanobacterial strain isolation and cultivation, a combination of whole genome amplification (WGA) and enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for microcystin toxins (MCs) was tested ... [more ▼]

To bypass the constraint of cyanobacterial strain isolation and cultivation, a combination of whole genome amplification (WGA) and enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for microcystin toxins (MCs) was tested on individual colonies of Microcystis and Woronichinia, taken directly from aquatic environments. Genomic DNA of boiled cells was amplified by multiple strand displacement amplification (MDA), followed by several specific PCR reactions to characterize the genotype of each colony. Sequences of 3 different housekeeping genes (ftsZ, gltX, and recA), of 3 MC biosynthesis genes (mcyA, mcyB, and mcyE), and the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) were analyzed for 11 colonies of Microcystis. MCs were detected and quantified by ELISA in 7 of the 11 Microcystis colonies tested, in agreement with the detection of mcy genes. Sequence types (ST) based on the concatenated sequences of housekeeping genes from cyanobacterial colonies from Belgian water bodies appeared to be endemic when compared to those of strains described in the literature. One colony appeared to belong to a yet undiscovered lineage. A similar protocol was used for 6 colonies of the genus Woronichinia, a taxon that is very difficult to cultivate in the laboratory. The 16S rRNA sequences of 2 colonies were obtained and were quasi identical to that of W. naegeliana 0LE35S01. For one Woronichinia colony, the mcyE PCR gave a non-specific PCR product. The corresponding amino acid sequence was 50% identical to a Microcystis ketoacyl carrier protein transferase. This approach for the simultaneous detection and quantification of MCs with mcy genotyping, at single colony level, offers potential for the ecotoxicological characterization of environmental populations of cyanobacteria without the need for strain isolation and culture. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Holocene changes in cyanobacterial community structure in maritime Antarctic lakes
Fernandez-Carazo, Rafael; Verleyen, Elie; Hodgson, Dominic A et al

in Journal of Paleolimnology (2013), 50

Despite the dominance of cyanobacteria in polar freshwater aquatic ecosystems, little is known about their past biodiversity and response to climate and environmental changes. We explored the use of light ... [more ▼]

Despite the dominance of cyanobacteria in polar freshwater aquatic ecosystems, little is known about their past biodiversity and response to climate and environmental changes. We explored the use of light microscopy of microfossils, high performance liquid chromatography of the fossil pigment composition and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of fossil 16S rRNA genes to study past and present-day differences in cyanobacterial community structure in response to climate changes in two adjacent maritime Antarctic lakes with contrasting depths (4 and 26 m) and light climates. Light microscopy was of limited use because of degradation of cell structures. Fossil cyanobacterial pigment concentrations were below the detection limits of our method in several sediment samples in the deep lake, but abundant and diverse inthe sediment core from the shallow pond, probably as a consequence of increased light availability and/or a more diverse and abundant benthic cyanobacterial flora. Total carotenoid and chlorophyll concentrations were highest in both lakes between ca. 2,950 and 1,800 cal yr BP, which coincides with the late Holocene climate optimum recognised elsewhere in maritime Antarctica. Cyanobacterial molecular diversity was higher in the top few centimeters of the sediments in both lakes. In deeper sediments, the taxonomic turnover of cyanobacteria appeared to be relatively small in response to past climate anomalies in both lakes, underscoring the broad tolerance of cyanobacteria to environmental variability. This, however, may in part be explained by the low taxonomic resolution obtained with the relatively conserved 16S rRNA gene and/or the preferential preservation of particular taxa. Our results highlight the potential of fossil DNA in lake sediments to study colonization and succession dynamics of lacustrine cyanobacteria and warrant further investigation of the factors that affect preservation of cyanobacterial DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailPristine Antarctica: Threats and Protection
Hughes, K.A.; Cary, S.C; Cowan, D.A et al

in Antarctic Science (2013), 25(01), 1

Molecular technologies have shown unequivocally that much of Antarctica’s biological value and diversity lies in its microbiota. Microbial diversity varies greatly over small spatial scales, and there may ... [more ▼]

Molecular technologies have shown unequivocally that much of Antarctica’s biological value and diversity lies in its microbiota. Microbial diversity varies greatly over small spatial scales, and there may be high levels of endemism in some groups. At the 2012 SCAR Open Science Conference, .70% of scientific presentations by terrestrial biologists concerned microbiology, and the topic features prominently in the newly approved SCAR biology programmes State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco) and Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA). The future looks bright for Antarctic microbiology - but some significant threats need to be addressed and resolved. [less ▲]

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See detailAntarctic cyanobacterial diversity: how important are the geographical and ecological factors?
De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro ULg; Lambion, Alexandre ULg; Gillard, Benjamin et al

Conference (2012, October 31)

On the Antarctic continent, cyanobacteria produce conspicuous benthic microbial mats in lakes, from the coastal regions to the mountains (till 84°S). However, little is known about theirl biodiversity in ... [more ▼]

On the Antarctic continent, cyanobacteria produce conspicuous benthic microbial mats in lakes, from the coastal regions to the mountains (till 84°S). However, little is known about theirl biodiversity in comparison with other regions of the world. The BelSPO project AMBIO aimed to test whether (i) microbial communities are structured by the same factors as those shaping communities of macroorganisms, and (ii) endemism among cyanobacteria does exist. We have analyzed the cyanobacterial biodiversity in a variety of aquatic habitats from the three main biogeographical regions (Continental, Maritime Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic) and determined the ‘baseline’ data needed to understand the contribution of various processes that are responsible for the distribution patterns. [less ▲]

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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 detailAntarctic Microbial BIOdiversity : the importance of geographical versus ecological factors
Obbels, Dagmar; De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro ULg; De Wever, Aaike et al

Poster (2012, July)

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See detailAntarctic Microbial BIOdiversity : the importance of geographical versus ecological factors
Obbels, Dagmar; De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro ULg; De Wever, Aaike et al

Poster (2012, July)

Antarctica is a prime region to test whether microbes have a biogeography and to study their metacommunity dynamics, because (i) it is isolated from the other continents, (ii) its extreme environmental ... [more ▼]

Antarctica is a prime region to test whether microbes have a biogeography and to study their metacommunity dynamics, because (i) it is isolated from the other continents, (ii) its extreme environmental conditions allow microorganisms to dominate its ecosystems, and (iii) lacustrine and terrestrial habitats occur isolated in a matrix of ice and ocean. We compiled a large set of samples from benthic microbial mats from Antarctic lakes in different ice-free regions and used a polyphasic approach to study their microbial biodiversity by combining morphological characterization of diatoms with molecular techniques such as Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (green algae and cyanobacteria), 454 pyrosequencing and cultivation (prokaryotes). [less ▲]

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See detailClimate change simulation in continental Antarctica using Open-Top Chambers
Mano, Marie-José ULg; Namsaraev, Zorigto; Gorodetskaya, Irina et al

Poster (2012, July)

In continental Antarctica, the environnmental conditions are extreme and only microbial organisms can withstand them. Currently, the majority of OTCs experiments are being held in Maritime Antarctica but ... [more ▼]

In continental Antarctica, the environnmental conditions are extreme and only microbial organisms can withstand them. Currently, the majority of OTCs experiments are being held in Maritime Antarctica but it would be interesting to have such data for the continental part of Eastern Antarctica. To monitor the response of the microbial communities to local simulations of climate change, 8 Open-Top Chambers (OTC) were installed close to the Princess Elisabeth station, in the Sor Rondane Mountains in January 2010. They are located on the Utsteinen ridge, the Tanngarden granite outcrop, the Teltet nunatak and the fourth nunatak of the Pingvinane range. In each location, two OTCs and a control area were established. Temperature and humidity loggers were installed inside the OTCs and outside, in the control areas, to estimate the environmental changes induced by the OTCs. [less ▲]

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See detailOut of sight, out of mind ? Diversity of microscopic organisms as an overlooked criterion for conservation purposes
Mano, Marie-José ULg; De Carvalho, Pedro; Verleyen, Elie et al

Conference (2012, July)

The network of ASPAs (Antarctic Specially Protected Areas) that is presently under construction in the frame of the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty is intended to protect ... [more ▼]

The network of ASPAs (Antarctic Specially Protected Areas) that is presently under construction in the frame of the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty is intended to protect "outstanding environmental, scientific, historic, aesthetic or wilderness values, any combination of those values, or ongoing or planned scientific research" (http://www.ats.aq/e/ep_protected.htm). When the Madrid Protocol was signed, twenty-one years ago, the knowledge on the biodiversity of tiny and microscopic organisms was much less extensive and molecular methods for biodiversity assessments were only in their infancy. The majority of the permanent inhabitants of Antarctica are, however, essentially microscopic. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversity of the cyanobacterial communities from the Sør Rondane Mountains (Eastern Antarctica)
Mano, Marie-José ULg; Namsaraev, Zorigto; Fernandez, Rafael et al

Poster (2012, July)

The new Belgian “Princess Elisabeth” research station was built in 2009 and is located 200 km inland in the Western part of the Sør Rondane Mountains (Eastern Antarctica). The BELSPO projects ANTAR-IMPACT ... [more ▼]

The new Belgian “Princess Elisabeth” research station was built in 2009 and is located 200 km inland in the Western part of the Sør Rondane Mountains (Eastern Antarctica). The BELSPO projects ANTAR-IMPACT and BELDIVA aimed to evaluate the diversity and the distribution patterns of the microorganisms from different types of habitats in a radius of 50 km around the Belgian station. These data will serve to follow future anthropogenic and climatic impacts on these communities. Here, we focus on the diversity of cyanobacteria. [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 detailTHREE NEW BCCM PUBLIC COLLECTIONS ON DIATOMS, MYCOBACTERIA AND CYANOBACTERIA
Rigouts, Leen; Vanormelingen, Pieter; Vyverman, Wim et al

Poster (2012, June)

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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(35), 1-15

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 detailCyanobacterial diversity for an anthropogenic impact assessment in the Sor Rondane Mountains area, Antarctica
Fernandez-Carazo, Rafael; Namsaraev, Zorigto; Mano, Marie-José ULg et al

in Antarctic Science (2012), 24(3), 229-242

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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 detailOrgano-mineral imprints in fossil cyanobacterial mats of an Antarctic lake
Lepot, Kevin ULg; Deremiens; Namsaraev, Zorigto ULg et al

Poster (2011, April 07)

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