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Biosynthetic Potential of a Novel Antarctic Actinobacterium Marisediminicola antarctica ZS314T Revealed by Genomic Data Mining and Pigment Characterization

1,*,†, 1,2,†, 1,3,†, 4, 1, 1 and 1,*
SOA Key Laboratory for Polar Science, Polar Research Institute of China, 451 Jinqiao Road, Shanghai 200136, China
College of Marine Sciences, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai 201306, China
School of Biotechnology, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
Key Laboratory of East China Sea & Oceanic Fishery Resources Exploitation and Utilization, Ministry of Agriculture, East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Shanghai 200090, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Mar. Drugs 2019, 17(7), 388;
Received: 11 June 2019 / Revised: 26 June 2019 / Accepted: 28 June 2019 / Published: 1 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genome Mining and Marine Microbial Natural Products)
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Rare actinobacterial species are considered as potential resources of new natural products. Marisediminicola antarctica ZS314T is the only type strain of the novel actinobacterial genus Marisediminicola isolated from intertidal sediments in East Antarctica. The strain ZS314T was able to produce reddish orange pigments at low temperatures, showing characteristics of carotenoids. To understand the biosynthetic potential of this strain, the genome was completely sequenced for data mining. The complete genome had 3,352,609 base pairs (bp), much smaller than most genomes of actinomycetes. Five biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) were predicted in the genome, including a gene cluster responsible for the biosynthesis of C50 carotenoid, and four additional BGCs of unknown oligosaccharide, salinixanthin, alkylresorcinol derivatives, and NRPS (non-ribosomal peptide synthetase) or amino acid-derived compounds. Further experimental characterization indicated that the strain may produce C.p.450-like carotenoids, supporting the genomic data analysis. A new xanthorhodopsin gene was discovered along with the analysis of the salinixanthin biosynthetic gene cluster. Since little is known about this genus, this work improves our understanding of its biosynthetic potential and provides opportunities for further investigation of natural products and strategies for adaptation to the extreme Antarctic environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: Marisediminicola; Antarctica; carotenoid; actinobacteria; natural products; gene cluster Marisediminicola; Antarctica; carotenoid; actinobacteria; natural products; gene cluster

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Liao, L.; Su, S.; Zhao, B.; Fan, C.; Zhang, J.; Li, H.; Chen, B. Biosynthetic Potential of a Novel Antarctic Actinobacterium Marisediminicola antarctica ZS314T Revealed by Genomic Data Mining and Pigment Characterization. Mar. Drugs 2019, 17, 388.

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