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Oligotyping reveals divergent responses of predation resistant bacteria to aquatic productivity and plankton composition
Division of CBRN Defence and Security, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5601-9358
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Division of CBRN Defence and Security, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden.
Division of CBRN Defence and Security, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå, Sweden.
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Abstract [en]

Predation-resistance has been suggested to be a key for persistence of pathogenic bacteria in aquatic environments. Little is known about driving factors for different types of protozoa resistant bacteria (PRB). We studied if presence of PRB is linked to specific plankton taxa, the aquatic nutrient state, or predation pressure on bacteria. Nineteen freshwater systems were sampled and analyzed for PRB, plankton composition and physicochemical variables. Three PRB genera were identified; Pseudomonas, Mycobacterium and Rickettsia. Use of minimum entropy decomposition algorithm and phylogenetic analysis showed that different nodes (representing OTUs of high taxonomic resolution) matched to environmental isolates of the three genera. Links between the PRB genera and specific plankton taxa were found, but showed different relationships depending on if 18S rRNA OTU or microscopy data were used in the analysis. Mycobacterium spp. was negatively correlated to aquatic nutrient state, while Pseudomonas showed the opposite pattern. Rickettsia spp. was positively related to predation pressure on bacteria. Both Mycobacterium and Rickettsia were more abundant in systems with high eukaryotic diversity, while Pseudomonas occurred abundantly in waters with low prokaryotic diversity. The different drivers may be explained by varying ecological strategies, where Mycobacterium and Rickettsia are slow growing and have an intracellular life style, while Pseudomonas is fast growing and opportunistic. Here we give an insight to the possibilities of newly advanced methods such as sequencing and oligotyping to link potential pathogens with biomarkers. This as a tool to assist predictions of the occurrence and persistence of environmental pathogens.

Keyword [en]
Protozoa resistant bacteria (PRB), trophic state, oligotyping, predation pressure, biomarker
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133333DiVA: diva2:1087100
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Ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea in a changing climate perspective - ECOCHANGESwedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 17-2008-1443
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Medfinansiärer var även: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, project A4952, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, project B4055 and the Swedish Ministry of Defence, project A4040 and A4042.

Available from: 2017-04-05 Created: 2017-04-05 Last updated: 2017-04-06
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1. Environmental factors selecting for predation resistant and potentially pathogenic bacteria in aquatic environments
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The long history of co-existence of bacteria and their protozoan predators in aquatic environments has led to evolution of protozoa resistant bacteria (PRB). Many of these bacteria are also pathogenic to humans. However, the ecological drivers determining the occurrence of different types of PRB in aquatic environments, and the eco-evolutionary link between bacterial adaptation and the resulting implications for mammalian hosts are poorly known. This thesis examines the impact of nutrients and predation on PRB, as well as the ecological and evolutionary connection between their life in aquatic environments and mammalian hosts. In the first study seven bacterial isolates from the Baltic Sea were investigated for their plasticity of adaptation to predation. The response to predation showed large variation where some bacteria rapidly developed a degree of grazing resistance when exposed to predators. The rapid adaptation observed may result in bacterial communities being resilient or resistant to predation, and thus rapid adaptation may be a structuring force in the food web. With the aim to elucidate the link between occurrence of PRB and environmental conditions, a field study and a laboratory experiment were performed. In both studies three PRB genera were found: Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas and Rickettsia. PRB were found both in oligotrophic and eutrophic waters, indicating that waters of all nutrient states can harbor pathogenic bacteria. However, the ecological strategy of the PRB varied depending on environmental nutrient level and disturbance. Using an advanced bioinformatic analysis, it was shown that ecotypes within the same PRB genus can be linked to specific environmental conditions or the presence of specific protozoa, cyanobacteria or phytoplankton taxa. These environmental conditions or specific plankton taxa could potentially act as indicators for occurrence of PRB. Finally, using four mutants (with specific protein deletions) of the pathogenic and predation resistant Francisella tularensis ssp. holarctica, I found evidence of an eco-evolutionary connection between the bacterium´s life in aquatic and mammalian hosts (aquatic amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii and a murine macrophage).  To a large extent F. t. holarctica use similar mechanisms to persist predation by protozoa and to resist degradation by mammal macrophages. To summarize I found a link between predation resistant bacteria in aquatic environments and bacteria that are pathogenic to mammals. Further, I showed that different environmental conditions rapidly selects for PRB with either intracellular or extracellular lifestyles. This thesis provides insights regarding environmental conditions and biomarkers that can be used for assessment of aquatic environments at risk for spreading pathogenic bacteria.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2017. 28 p.
Keyword
Eutrophication, productivity, predation pressure, predation-resistant bacteria, pathogens, Francisella tularensis, adaptation, biomarker, oligotyping
National Category
Ecology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133338 (URN)978-91-7601-684-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-04-28, Lilla Hörsalen, KB3A9, Chemical Biological Center (KBC), Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 12:30 (English)
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Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 217-2008-1443Swedish Research Council, 60276201Ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea in a changing climate perspective - ECOCHANGE
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Medfinansiärer var även: Swedish Ministry of Defence (A4040, A4042, A404215, A404217), Swedish Minestry of Foreign Affairs (A4952), Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (B4055)

Available from: 2017-04-07 Created: 2017-04-05 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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