Complete genome sequence of Terriglobus saanensis type strain SP1PR4T, an Acidobacteria from tundra soil
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Published: 10 October 2012
Terriglobus saanensis SP1PR4T is a novel species of the genus Terriglobus. T. saanensis is of ecological interest because it is a representative of the phylum Acidobacteria, which are dominant members of bacterial soil microbiota in Arctic ecosystems. T. saanensis is a cold-adapted acidophile and a versatile heterotroph utilizing a suite of simple sugars and complex polysaccharides. The genome contained an abundance of genes assigned to metabolism and transport of carbohydrates including gene modules encoding for carbohydrate-active enzyme (CAZyme) family involved in breakdown, utilization and biosynthesis of diverse structural and storage polysaccharides. T. saanensis SP1PR4T represents the first member of genus Terriglobus with a completed genome sequence, consisting of a single replicon of 5,095,226 base pairs (bp), 54 RNA genes and 4,279 protein-coding genes. We infer that the physiology and metabolic potential of T. saanensis is adapted to allow for resilience to the nutrient-deficient conditions and fluctuating temperatures of Arctic tundra soils.
Strain SP1PR4T (= DSM 23119 = ATCC BAA-1853) is the type strain of Terriglobus saanensis. It is second of two validly ascribed species of the genus Terriglobus, with T. roseus first isolated from agricultural soils in 2007 . T. saanensis SP1PR4T was isolated from Arctic tundra soil collected from a wind exposed site of Saana fjeld, north-western Finland (69°01′N, 20°50′E) [2,3]. The species name saanensis (sa.a.nen’ sis. N.L. masc. adj. saanensis) pertains to Mount Saana in Finland.
Acidobacteria are found in diverse soil environments and are widely distributed in Arctic and boreal soils [4–8]. However, relatively little is still known about their metabolic potential and ecological roles in these habitats. Despite a large collection of Acidobacteria 16S rRNA gene sequences in databases that represent diverse phylotypes from various habitats, few have been cultivated and described. Acidobacteria represent 26 phylogenetic subdivisions based on 16S rRNA gene phylogeny  of which subdivisions 1, 3, 4 and 6 are most commonly detected in soil environments . The abundance of Acidobacteria has been found to correlate with soil pH [2,10,11] and carbon [1,12,13] with subdivision 1 Acidobacteria being most abundant in slightly acidic soils. The phylogenetic diversity, ubiquity and abundance of this group suggest that they play important ecological roles in soils.
Our previous studies on bacterial community profiling from Arctic alpine tundra soils of northern Finland have shown that Acidobacteria dominate in the acidic tundra heaths  and after multiple freeze-thaw cycles . Using selective isolation techniques, including freezing soils at −20°C for 7 days, we have been able to isolate several slow growing and fastidious strains of Acidobacteria. On the basis of phylogenetic, phenotypic and chemotaxonomic data, including 16S rRNA, rpoB gene sequence similarity and DNA-DNA hybridization, strain SP1PR4T was classified as a novel species of the genus Terriglobus . Here, we summarize the physiological features together with the complete genome sequence and annotation of Terriglobus saanensis SP1PR4T.
Classification and features
Classification and general features of T. saanensis SP1PR4T according to the MIGS recommendations .
Species Terriglobus saanensis
Type strain: SP1PR4T
cellobiose, D-fructose, D-galactose, D-glucose, lactose, D-maltose, D-mannose, D-ribose, sucrose, D-trehalose, D-xylose, D-melezitose, D-raffinose, starch, pectin, laminarin and aesculin
Saana fjeld, Arctic tundra, Finland
Sample collection time
Strain SP1PR4T utilized carbon substrates for growth which include cellobiose, D-fructose, D-galactose, D-glucose, lactose, D-maltose, D-mannose, D-ribose, sucrose, D-trehalose, D-xylose, D-melezitose, D-raffinose and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. Strain SP1PR4T hydrolyzed polysaccharides such as starch, pectin, laminarin and aesculin but not gelatin, cellulose, xylan, lichenan, sodium alginate, pullulan, chitosan or chitin. Enzyme activities of strain SP1PR4T include chitobiase, catalase, acid and alkaline phosphatase, leucine arylamidase, naphthol-AS-B1-phosphohydrolase, α- and β-galactosidase, α- and β-glucosidase, β-glucuronidase, N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase, α-mannosidase and α-fucosidase [3,15].
The major cellular fatty acids in T. saanensis SP1PR4T are iso-C15:0 (39.9%), C16:1 ω7c (28.4%), iso-C13:0 (9.8%) and C16:0 (9.8%). The cellular fatty acid compositions of strain SP1PR4T were relatively similar to that of T. roseus DSM 18391T, with higher relative abundance of iso-C13:0 and a corresponding lower abundance of iso-C15:0 in strain SP1PR4T .
Genome sequencing and annotation
Genome project history
Genome sequencing project information.
Three libraries, an Illumina GAii shotgun library (GSGY), a 454 Titanium standard library (GSXT, GWTA) and a paired end 454 (GSFP) library
454 Titanium standard, 454 Paired End, Illumina
39× (454), 180× (Illumina)
Newbler, Velvet, Phrap
Gene calling method
INSDC / RefSeq ID
GenBank Date of Release
October 7, 2011
NCBI project ID
Source material identifier
ATCC BAA-1853, DSM 23119
Environmental, Biogeochemical cycling of carbon, Biotechnological, GEBA
Growth conditions and genomic DNA extraction
Strain SP1PR4T was cultivated in R2 medium as previously described . Genomic DNA (gDNA) of high sequencing quality was isolated using a modified CTAB method and evaluated according to the Quality Control (QC) guidelines provided by the DOE Joint Genome Institute.
Genome sequencing and assembly
The finished genome of T. saanensis SP1PR4T (JGI ID 4088690) was generated at the DOE Joint genome Institute (JGI) using a combination of Illumina  and 454 technologies . For this genome, an Illumina GAii shotgun library which generated 23,685,130 reads totaling 916 Mb, a 454 Titanium standard library which generated 409,633 reads and a paired end 454 library with an average insert size of 10.8 kb which generated 180,451 reads totaling 157 Mb of 454 data, were constructed and sequenced. All general aspects of library construction and sequencing performed at the JGI can be found at the JGI website . The 454 Titanium standard data and the 454 paired end data were assembled together with Newbler, version 2.3. Illumina sequencing data was assembled with Velvet, version 0.7.63 . We integrated the 454 Newbler consensus shreds, the Illumina Velvet consensus shreds and the read pairs in the 454 paired end library using parallel phrap, version SPS - 4.24 (High Performance Software, LLC). The software Consed [30,31] was used in the finishing process. Illumina data was used to correct potential base errors and increase consensus quality using the software Polisher developed at JGI (Alla Lapidus, unpublished). Possible mis-assemblies were corrected using gapResolution (Cliff Han, unpublished), Dupfinisher , or sequencing cloned bridging PCR fragments with sub-cloning. Gaps between contigs were closed by editing in Consed, by PCR and by Bubble PCR (J-F Cheng, unpublished) primer walks. The final assembly is based on 157 Mb of 454 data which provides an average 39× coverage and 916 Mb of Illumina data which provides an average 180× coverage of the genome.
Genes were identified using Prodigal  as part of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory genome annotation pipeline, followed by a round of manual curation using the JGI GenePRIMP pipeline . The predicted CDSs were translated and used to search the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) non-redundant database, UniProt, TIGRFam, Pfam, PRIAM, KEGG, (COGs) [35,36], and InterPro. These data sources were combined to assert a product description for each predicted protein. Non-coding genes and miscellaneous features were predicted using tRNAscan-SE , RNAMMer , Rfam , TMHMM , and signalP . Additional gene prediction analysis and functional annotation were performed within the Integrated Microbial Genomes Expert Review (IMG-ER) platform .
% of Total
Genome size (bp)
DNA coding (bp)
DNA G+C (bp)
Number of replicons
Protein coding genes
Genes with function prediction
Genes in paralog clusters
Genes assigned to COGs
Genes with Pfam domains
Genes with signal peptides
Genes with transmembrane helices
Number of genes associated with general COG functional categories.
Translation, ribosomal structure and biogenesis
RNA processing and modificatin
Replication, recombination and repair
Chromatin structure and dynamics
Cell cycle control, Cell division, chromosome partitioning
Signal transduction mechanisms
Cell wall/membrane biogenesis
Intracellular trafficking and secretion
Posttranslational modification, protein turnover, chaperones
Energy production and conversion
Carbohydrate transport and metabolism
Amino acid transport and metabolism
Nucleotide transport and metabolism
Coenzyme transport and metabolism
Lipid transport and metabolism
Inorganic ion transport and metabolism
Secondary metabolites biosynthesis, transport and catabolism
General function prediction only
Not in COGs
Genome analysis of T. saanensis identified a high abundance of genes assigned to COG functional categories for transport and metabolism carbohydrates (9.5%) and amino acids (7.6%), energy conversion (6.2%), cell envelope biogenesis (9.6%) and transcription (9.2%) . This indicates that the T. saanensis genome encodes for functions involved in transport and utilization of nutrients, mainly carbohydrates and amino acids for energy production and cell biogenesis to maintain cell integrity in cold tundra soils. Further genome analysis revealed an abundance of gene modules for glycoside hydrolases, glycosyl transferases, polysaccharide lyases, carbohydrate esterases, and non-catalytic carbohydrate-binding modules within the carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZy ) family involved in breakdown, utilization and biosynthesis of carbohydrates . T. saanensis hydrolyzed complex carbon polymers, including pectin, laminarin, and starch, and utilized sugars such as cellobiose, D-mannose, D-xylose, D-trehalose and laminarin. This parallels genome predictions for CDSs encoding for enzymes such as pectinases, chitinases, alginate lyases, trehalase and amylases. T. saanensis was unable to hydrolyze carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) on plate assays and lacked CDSs encoding for cellulases involved in cellulose hydrolysis. However, the T. saanensis genome contained a BcsZ gene encoding for an endocellulase (GH8) as part of a bacterial cellulose synthesis (bcs) operon involved in cellulose biosynthesis in several species. This operon consists of clusters of genes in close proximity to the BcsZ gene which includes a cellulose synthase gene (bcsAB), a cellulose synthase operon protein (bcsC) and a cellulose synthase operon protein (yhj) . In addition, the T. saanensis genome encoded for a large number of gene modules representing glycosyl transferases (GTs) involved in carbohydrate biosynthesis which include cellulose synthase (UDP-forming), α-trehalose phosphate synthase [UDP-forming], starch glucosyl transferase, ceramide β-glucosyltransferase involved in biosynthesis of cellulose, trehalose, starch, hopanoid, and capsular/free exopolysaccharide (EPS) . This suggests that T. saanensis is involved in hydrolysis of lignocellulosic soil organic matter, utilization of stored carbohydrates and biosynthesis of exopolysaccharides. Therefore, we surmise that T. saanensis may be central to carbon cycling processes in Arctic and boreal soil ecosystems.
The work conducted by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is supported by the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy Under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. This work was funded in part by the Academy of Finland and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
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