Prevalence of Heterotrophic Methylmercury Detoxifying Bacteria across Oceanic Regions

Isabel Sanz-Sáez, Carla Pereira Garcia, Andrea G. Bravo, Laura Trujillo, Marti Pla Ferriol, Capilla Miguel, Pablo Sánchez, Rosa Carmen Rodríguez Martín-Doimeadios, Silvia G. Acinas*, Olga Sanchez Martinez*

*Autor corresponent d’aquest treball

Producció científica: Contribució a una revistaArticleRecercaAvaluat per experts

11 Cites (Scopus)
2 Descàrregues (Pure)


Microbial reduction of inorganic divalent mercury (Hg 2+) and methylmercury (MeHg) demethylation is performed by the mer operon, specifically by merA and merB genes, respectively, but little is known about the mercury tolerance capacity of marine microorganisms and its prevalence in the ocean. Here, combining culture-dependent analyses with metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data, we show that marine bacteria that encode mer genes are widespread and active in the global ocean. We explored the distribution of these genes in 290 marine heterotrophic bacteria ( Alteromonas and Marinobacter spp.) isolated from different oceanographic regions and depths, and assessed their tolerance to diverse concentrations of Hg 2+ and MeHg. In particular, the Alteromonas sp. ISS312 strain presented the highest tolerance capacity and a degradation efficiency for MeHg of 98.2% in 24 h. Fragment recruitment analyses of Alteromonas sp. genomes (ISS312 strain and its associated reconstructed metagenome assembled genome MAG-0289) against microbial bathypelagic metagenomes confirm their prevalence in the deep ocean. Moreover, we retrieved 54 merA and 6 merB genes variants related to the Alteromonas sp. ISS312 strain from global metagenomes and metatranscriptomes from Tara Oceans. Our findings highlight the biological reductive MeHg degradation as a relevant pathway of the ocean Hg biogeochemical cycle.

Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)3452-3461
Nombre de pàgines10
RevistaEnvironmental Science & Technology
Data online anticipada4 de març 2022
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 15 de març 2022


Navegar pels temes de recerca de 'Prevalence of Heterotrophic Methylmercury Detoxifying Bacteria across Oceanic Regions'. Junts formen un fingerprint únic.

Com citar-ho