Sal A281 (Lennart Kennes sal), Uppsala

Symbiosis between cyanobacteria and feather mosses - from genes to ecosystem

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Ett seminarium med Denis Warshan från institutionen för ekologi, miljö och botanik på Stockholms universitet.

Sammanfattning på engelska:

Dinitrogen (N2)-fixation by cyanobacteria in symbiosis with feather mosses represents the main pathway of biological N input into boreal forests. Despite its significance, little is known about the gene repertoire needed for the establishment and maintenance of the symbiosis.

To determine gene acquisitions or regulatory rewiring allowing cyanobacteria to form this symbiosis, we compared closely related Nostoc strains that were either symbiosis-competent or non-competent, using a proteogenomics approach and a unique experimental setup allowing for controlled chemical and physical contact between partners. Thirty-two protein families were only in the genomes of competent strains, including some never before associated with symbiosis. We identified conserved orthologs that were differentially expressed in competent strains, including gene families involved in chemotaxis and motility, NO regulation, sulfate/phosphate transport, sugar metabolism, and glycosyl-modifying and oxidative stress-mediating exoenzymes. In contrast to other cyanobacteria-plant symbioses, the moss-cyanobacteria epiphytic symbiosis is distinct, with the symbiont retaining motility and chemotaxis, and not modulating nitrogen fixation, photosynthesis, GS-GOGAT cycle, and heterocyst formation.

Our work expands our knowledge of plant cyanobacterial symbioses, provides an interaction model of this ecologically significant symbiosis, and suggests new currencies, namely nitric oxide and aliphatic sulfonates, may be involved in establishing and maintaining this symbiosis.

Tid: 2017-03-22 13:00
Ort: Uppsala
Lokal: Sal A281 (Lennart Kennes sal)
Arrangör: Institutionen för skoglig mykologi och växtpatologi