Responses of Methanogen mcrA Genes and Their Transcripts to an Alternate Dry/Wet Cycle of Paddy Field Soil

College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.67). 11/2011; 78(2):445-54. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.06934-11
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ABSTRACT Intermittent drainage can substantially reduce methane emission from rice fields, but the microbial mechanisms remain poorly understood. In the present study, we determined the rates of methane production and emission, the dynamics of ferric iron and sulfate, and the abundance of methanogen mcrA genes (encoding the alpha subunit of methyl coenzyme M reductase) and their transcripts in response to alternate dry/wet cycles in paddy field soil. We found that intermittent drainage did not affect the growth of rice plants but significantly reduced the rates of both methane production and emission. The dry/wet cycles also resulted in shifts of soil redox conditions, increasing the concentrations of ferric iron and sulfate in the soil. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that both mcrA gene copies and mcrA transcripts significantly decreased after dry/wet alternation compared to continuous flooding. Correlation and regression analyses showed that the abundance of mcrA genes and transcripts positively correlated with methane production potential and soil water content and negatively correlated with the concentrations of ferric iron and sulfate in the soil. However, the transcription of mcrA genes was reduced to a greater extent than the abundance of mcrA genes, resulting in very low mcrA transcript/gene ratios after intermittent drainage. Furthermore, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis revealed that the composition of methanogenic community remained stable under dry/wet cycles, whereas that of metabolically active methanogens strongly changed. Collectively, our study demonstrated a stronger effect of intermittent drainage on the abundance of mcrA transcripts than of mcrA genes in rice field soil.

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    • "The response to environmental conditions seems to be regulated mainly by changes in transcription and enzyme expression (Shrestha et al., 2009; Yuan et al., 2011; Ma et al., 2012). The methanogenic archaeal communities in wetland rice fields are quite diverse, typically containing members of Methanocellales, Methanosarcinaceae, Methanosaetaceae, Methanobacteriales and Methanomicrobiales (Lueders et al., 2001; Conrad, 2007). "
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    • "T-RFLPwasperformedasdescribedpreviously(LiuandConrad, 2011).T-RFLPanalysisofrDNAandrRNAwerefromtriplicate DNAandRNAextractionsforeachsample.Bacterial/archaeal communitiesT-RFLPanalysiswereperformedusingprimers Ba27f/Ba907randAr109f/Ar915rwithBa27fandAr915rwere labeledatthe5′endand3′endwith6-carboxyfluorescein (FAM),respectively.Briefly,tominimizethePCRartifacts,the PCRamplificationprocedurewasmodified:20ngoftemplate DNA,doubledconcentrationofprimerand25amplification cyclesofPCRwereusedasdescribedpreviouslyindetail (Zhangetal.,2005).FluorescentlylabeledPCRproductswere purifiedanddigestedusingMspI(Fermentas)forbacteriaand TaqI(Fermentas)forarchaea,respectively,andsubsequently analyzedusinganautomatedsequencerABIPRISM3730XL (AppliedBiosystems).T-RFLPpatternsofeachsamplewere evaluatedbypeakheightintegrationofthedifferentterminal restrictionfragments(T-RFs)usingGeneMapper4.1analysis software(AppliedBiosystems).TherelativeabundanceofT-RFs wascalculatedasdescribedpreviously(Maetal.,2012)asthe percentageofonedistinctT-RFinthesumofallpeakheightsin anindividualT-RFLPprofile.Statisticalanalyseswereperformed usingSigmaPlotforWindowsVersion11.0(systatsoftware,Inc., USA). "
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    • "Like in most other soil systems, amoAencoding Thaumarchaeota were usually found to outnumber bacterial ammonia oxidizers (Chen et al., 2008; Ke et al., 2013). The ecological niche of the amoA-encoding Thaumarchaeota may be shaped by a mixotrophic lifestyle (Mussmann et al., 2011; Xu et al., 2012) or because of high affinity to ammonia (Herrmann et al., 2008, 2009; Martens-Habbena et al., 2009). On the other hand, nitrogen fertilization was also shown to affect CH 4 emission from rice fields (Sch€ utz et al., 1989; Lindau, 1994; Cai et al., 1997; Lindau et al., 1997; Bodelier et al., 2000). "
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