EPA Science Inventory

Metagenome Analyses of Corroded Concrete Wastewater Pipe Biofilms Reveals a Complex Microbial System

Citation:

Gomez-Alvarez, V., R. P. REVETTA, AND J. W. SANTO-DOMINGO. Metagenome Analyses of Corroded Concrete Wastewater Pipe Biofilms Reveals a Complex Microbial System. BMC Microbiology. BioMed Central Ltd, London, Uk, 12(1):122, (2012).

Description:

Analysis of whole-metagenome pyrosequencing data and 16S rRNA gene clone libraries was used to determine microbial composition and functional genes associated with biomass harvested from crown (top) and invert (bottom) sections of a corroded wastewater pipe. Taxonomic and functional analysis demonstrated that approximately 90% of the total diversity was associated with the phyla Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes and Proteobacteria. The top (TP) and bottom (BP) communities were different in composition, with some of the differences attributed to the abundance of sulfide-oxidizing bacteria (SOB) and sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB), respectively. Bacteria commonly found in human feces were more abundant in the BP communities. The functional potential of wastewater biofilms analyzed was highly diverse with level of COG diversity similar to that described for soil. Among the functional categories, proteins involved in sulfur and nitrogen metabolism showed the most significant differences between biofilms. There was also an enrichment of genes associated with heavy metal resistance, virulence (protein secretion systems) and stress response in the TP biofilm, while a higher number of genes related to motility and chemotaxis were identified in the BP biofilm. Both biofilms contain a high number of genes associated with resistance to antibiotics and toxic compounds subsystems. On the basis of the metagenomic data, some factors that may contribute to niche differentiation were pH, aerobic conditions and availability of substrate, such as nitrogen and sulfur. The results from this study will help us better understand the genetic network and functional capability of microbial members of wastewater concrete biofilms.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 06/22/2012
Completion Date: 06/22/2012
Record Last Revised: 07/20/2012
Record Created: 11/03/2011
Record Released: 11/03/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 239274

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION

MICROBIAL CONTAMINANTS CONTROL BRANCH