Spirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scale

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Title:
Spirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scale
Authors:
van de Water, Jeroen A. J. M.; Melkonian, Rémy; Junca, Howard; Voolstra, Christian R. ( 0000-0003-4555-3795 ) ; Reynaud, Stéphanie; Allemand, Denis; Ferrier-Pagès, Christine
Abstract:
Mass mortality events in populations of the iconic red coral Corallium rubrum have been related to seawater temperature anomalies that may have triggered microbial disease development. However, very little is known about the bacterial community associated with the red coral. We therefore aimed to provide insight into this species’ bacterial assemblages using Illumina MiSeq sequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons generated from samples collected at five locations distributed across the western Mediterranean Sea. Twelve bacterial species were found to be consistently associated with the red coral, forming a core microbiome that accounted for 94.6% of the overall bacterial community. This core microbiome was particularly dominated by bacteria of the orders Spirochaetales and Oceanospirillales, in particular the ME2 family. Bacteria belonging to these orders have been implicated in nutrient cycling, including nitrogen, carbon and sulfur. While Oceanospirillales are common symbionts of marine invertebrates, our results identify members of the Spirochaetales as other important dominant symbiotic bacterial associates within Anthozoans.
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Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Citation:
Spirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scale 2016, 6:27277 Scientific Reports
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Scientific Reports
Issue Date:
6-Jun-2016
DOI:
10.1038/srep27277
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Article
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2045-2322
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The authors would like to thank the Paul Hamel Foundation, EC Project MAGICPAH (FP7-KBBE-2009-245226), Colciencias and Project CIAS-1470 UMNG 2014 for providing research funding. Eric Galvez and Marcela Villegas are thanked for preliminary data analysis, and Eric Beraud and Cecile Rottier for assistance with sample collection. We also thank the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.
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dc.contributor.authorvan de Water, Jeroen A. J. M.en
dc.contributor.authorMelkonian, Rémyen
dc.contributor.authorJunca, Howarden
dc.contributor.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en
dc.contributor.authorReynaud, Stéphanieen
dc.contributor.authorAllemand, Denisen
dc.contributor.authorFerrier-Pagès, Christineen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T08:28:09Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-14T08:28:09Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-06-
dc.identifier.citationSpirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scale 2016, 6:27277 Scientific Reportsen
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322-
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/srep27277-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/613002-
dc.description.abstractMass mortality events in populations of the iconic red coral Corallium rubrum have been related to seawater temperature anomalies that may have triggered microbial disease development. However, very little is known about the bacterial community associated with the red coral. We therefore aimed to provide insight into this species’ bacterial assemblages using Illumina MiSeq sequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons generated from samples collected at five locations distributed across the western Mediterranean Sea. Twelve bacterial species were found to be consistently associated with the red coral, forming a core microbiome that accounted for 94.6% of the overall bacterial community. This core microbiome was particularly dominated by bacteria of the orders Spirochaetales and Oceanospirillales, in particular the ME2 family. Bacteria belonging to these orders have been implicated in nutrient cycling, including nitrogen, carbon and sulfur. While Oceanospirillales are common symbionts of marine invertebrates, our results identify members of the Spirochaetales as other important dominant symbiotic bacterial associates within Anthozoans.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to thank the Paul Hamel Foundation, EC Project MAGICPAH (FP7-KBBE-2009-245226), Colciencias and Project CIAS-1470 UMNG 2014 for providing research funding. Eric Galvez and Marcela Villegas are thanked for preliminary data analysis, and Eric Beraud and Cecile Rottier for assistance with sample collection. We also thank the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nature.com/articles/srep27277en
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dc.titleSpirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scaleen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalScientific Reportsen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre Scientifique de Monaco, 8 Quai Antoine 1er, MC 98000, Monacoen
dc.contributor.institutionMicrobiomas Foundation – Division of Ecogenomics and Holobionts, Chía, Colombiaen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en
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