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Sci Rep. 2018 May 17;8(1):7777. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25887-7.

Novel haloarchaeon Natrinema thermophila having the highest growth temperature among haloarchaea with a large genome size.

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1
Microbiology and Functionality Research Group, World Institute of Kimchi, Gwangju, 61755, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Food Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, 03760, Republic of Korea.
3
Department of Biology, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, 02447, Republic of Korea.
4
Microbiology and Functionality Research Group, World Institute of Kimchi, Gwangju, 61755, Republic of Korea. swroh@wikim.re.kr.

Abstract

Environmental temperature is one of the most important factors for the growth and survival of microorganisms. Here we describe a novel extremely halophilic archaeon (haloarchaea) designated as strain CBA1119T isolated from solar salt. Strain CBA1119T had the highest maximum and optimal growth temperatures (66 °C and 55 °C, respectively) and one of the largest genome sizes among haloarchaea (5.1 Mb). It also had the largest number of strain-specific pan-genome orthologous groups and unique pathways among members of the genus Natrinema in the class Halobacteria. A dendrogram based on the presence/absence of genes and a phylogenetic tree constructed based on OrthoANI values highlighted the particularities of strain CBA1119T as compared to other Natrinema species and other haloarchaea members. The large genome of strain CBA1119T may provide information on genes that confer tolerance to extreme environmental conditions, which may lead to the discovery of other thermophilic strains with potential applications in industrial biotechnology.

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