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Mitchell, Robert J.
Applied & Environmental Microbiology Lab (AEML)
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  • Pathogens, bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, patho-biotechnology

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Cyanide Production by Chromobacterium piscinae Shields It from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100 Predation

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Title
Cyanide Production by Chromobacterium piscinae Shields It from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100 Predation
Author
Mun, WonsikKwon, HeeunIm, HansolChoi, Seong YeolMonnappa, Ajay K.Mitchell, Robert J.
Keywords
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100; Chromobacterium piscinae; cyanide; predation; violacein
Issue Date
201712
Publisher
AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY
Citation
MBIO, v.8, no.6, pp.e01370-17 -
Abstract
Predation of Chromobacterium piscinae by Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100 was inhibited in dilute nutrient broth (DNB) but not in HEPES. Experiments showed that the effector responsible was present in the medium, as cell-free supernatants retained the ability to inhibit predation, and that the effector was not toxic to B. bacteriovorus. Violacein, a bisindole secondary metabolite produced by C. piscinae, was not responsible. Further characterization of C. piscinae found that this species produces sufficient concentrations of cyanide (202 µM) when grown in DNB to inhibit the predatory activity of B. bacteriovorus, but that in HEPES, the cyanide concentrations were negligible (19 µM). The antagonistic role of cyanide was further confirmed, as the addition of hydroxocobalamin, which chelates cyanide, allowed predation to proceed. The activity of cyanide against B. bacteriovorus was found to be twofold, depending on the life cycle stage of this predator. For the attack-phase predatory cells, cyanide caused the cells to lose motility and tumble, while for intraperiplasmic predators, development and lysis of the prey cell were halted. These findings suggest that cyanogenesis in nature may be employed by the bacterial strains that produce this compound to prevent and reduce their predation by B. bacteriovorus.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01370-17
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2150-7511
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