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Shewanella gelidimarina sp. nov. and Shewanella frigidimarina sp. nov., novel Antarctic species with the ability to produce eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5 omega 3) and grow anaerobically by dissimilatory Fe(III) reduction

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posted on 2023-05-16, 10:36 authored by John BowmanJohn Bowman, Sharee McCammonSharee McCammon, David NicholsDavid Nichols, Skerratt, J, Rea, SM, Peter NicholsPeter Nichols, Thomas McMeekinThomas McMeekin
A polyphasic taxonomic study was performed to characterize dissimilatory iron-reducing strains mostly isolated from Antarctic sea ice. The strains were isolated from samples of congelated (land-fast) sea ice, grease ice, and ice algal biomass collected from the coastal areas of the Vestfold Hills in eastern Antarctica (68°S 78°E). The strains were facultatively anaerobic, motile, and rod shaped, were capable of anaerobic growth either by fermentation of carbohydrates or by anaerobic respiration, and utilized a variety of electron acceptors, including nitrate, ferric compounds, and trimethylamine N-oxide. A phylogenetic analysis performed with 16S rRNA sequences showed that the isolates formed two groups representing novel lineages in the genus Shewanella. The first novel group included seawater- requiring, psychrophilic, chitinolytic strains which had DNA G+C contents of 48 tool%. The members of the second strain group were psychrotrophic and did not require seawater but could tolerate up to 9% NaCI. The strains of this group were also unable to degrade polysaccharides but could utilize a number of monosaccharides and disaccharides and had G+C contents of 40 to 43 tool%. The whole-cell-derived fatty acid profiles of the sea ice isolates were found to be similar to the profiles obtained for other Shewanella species. The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) (20:5ω3) was detected in all of the sea ice isolates at levels ranging from 2 to 16% of the total fatty acids. EPA was also found at high levels in Shewanella hanedai (19 to 22%) and Shewanella benthica (16 to 18%) but was absent in Shewanella alga and Shewanellla putrefaeiens. On the basis of polyphasic taxonomic data, the Antarctic iron-reducing strains are placed in two new species, Shewanella fridimarina sp. nov. (type strain, ACAM 591) and Shewanella gelidimarina sp. nov. (type strain, ACAM 456).


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International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology










Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)


Society for General Microbiology

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United Kingdom

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