Abundance and taxonomic affiliation of molybdenum transport and utilization genes in Tengchong hot springs, China Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/3166-8829-2433-3957-CC

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year of publication

  • 2018


  • The nitrogen, sulfur and carbon cycles all rely on critical microbial transformations that are carried out by enzymes that require molybdenum (Mo) as a cofactor. Despite Mo importance in these biogeochemical cycles, little information exists about microbial Mo utilization in extreme environments where, due to geochemical conditions, bioavailable Mo may be limited. Using metagenomic data from nine hot springs in Tengchong, Yunnan Province, China, which range in temperature from 42°C to 96°C and pH from 2.3 to 9, the effects of pH, temperature and spring geochemistry on the abundance and taxonomic affiliation of genes related to Mo were studied. Dissolved Mo was only detected at sites with circumneutral pH. However, processes and organisms that require Mo were detected at all sites across all temperature and pH gradients. All sites contained xanthine dehydrogenase, formate dehydrogenase, carbon‐monoxide dehydrogenase, nitrate reductase, sulfite oxidase and methionine‐sulfoxide reductase despite different community compositions. This suggests that different microbial communities, resulting from different physicochemical conditions, may be performing similar metabolic functions. Furthermore, the abundance and taxonomic diversity of Mo‐related annotations increased with higher concentrations of Mo. This study shows that despite geochemical conditions that can limit Mo bioavailability, microbes require Mo for a variety of processes.


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