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    ABSTRACT: Submerged aquatic macrophytes are an important part of the lacustrine ecosystem. In this study, the bacterial community compositions in the rhizosphere sediments from three kinds of submerged macrophytes (Ceratophyllum demersum, Potamogeton crispus, and Vallisneria natans) were investigated to determine whether submerged macrophytes could drive the variation of bacterial community in the eutrophic Taihu Lake, China. Molecular techniques, including terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) of PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene and clone libraries, were employed to analyze the bacterial community compositions. Remarkable differences of the T-RFLP patterns were observed among the different samples, and the results of LIBSHUFF analysis also confirmed that the bacterial community compositions in the rhizosphere sediments of three kinds of submerged macrophytes were statistically different from that of the unvegetated sediment. Acidobacteria, Deltaproteobacteria, and Betaproteobacteria were the dominant bacterial groups in the rhizosphere sediments of Ceratophyllum demersum, Potamogeton crispus, and Vallisneria natans, respectively, accounting for 15.38%, 29.03%, and 18.00% of the total bacterial abundances. Our study demonstrated that submerged macrophytes could influence the bacterial community compositions in their rhizosphere sediments, suggesting that macrophytes have an effect on the cycling and transportation of nutrients in the freshwater lake ecosystem.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology 04/2013; 59(4):237-44. · 1.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bacteria are crucial components in lake sediments and play important role in various environmental processes. Urban lakes in the densely populated cities are often small, shallow, highly artificial and hypereutrophic compared to rural and natural lakes and have been overlooked for a long time. In the present study, bacterial community compositions in surface sediments of three urban lakes (Lake Mochou, Lake Qianhu and Lake Zixia) in Nanjing City, China, were investigated using the terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) of PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene and clone libraries. Remarkable differences in the T-RFLP patterns were observed in different lakes or different sampling stations of the same lake. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that total nitrogen (TN) had significant effects on bacterial community structure in the lake sediments. Chloroflexi were the most dominant bacterial group in the clone library from Lake Mochou (21.7 % of the total clones) which was partly associated with its higher TN and organic matters concentrations. However, Bacteroidetes appeared to be dominated colonizers in the sediments of Lake Zixia (20.4 % of the total clones). Our study gives a comprehensive insight into the structure of bacterial community of urban lake sediments, indicating that the environmental factors played a key role in influencing the bacterial community composition in the freshwater ecosystems.
    MIRCEN Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 08/2012; 28(11):3159-70. · 1.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects of lake water chemistry on bacterioplankton community composition, three different sized lakes (Lake Taihu, Lake Zixia and Lake Pipa) were studied. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of 16S rRNA, followed by clone library analysis was used to explore the bacterial community structure in lake water. Cluster analysis of DGGE patterns indicated that bacterioplankton community compositions within one lake were similar. Canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) was carried out to interpret the response of the bacterial community structure to water chemistry. Sampling lakes and total phosphorus were two variables found to significantly correlate with DGGE patterns. Clone library analysis results indicated that the bacterioplankton community composition of three lakes differed markedly, even at the phylum and subphylum levels. The results of the homologous and heterologous coverage curves analysis based on the LIBSHUFF program also showed significant differences among the three clone libraries.
    African journal of microbiology research 12/2011; 5:4820-4831. · 0.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: End points of reproductive toxicity were investigated in male mice (Mus musculus, ICR) fed Nanjing City tap water for 90 days. There was no significant alteration in body weights between treatment and control mice. In treated mice, flow cytometry analysis of testicular tissue indicated that the relative percentage of the elongated spermatid (HC) decreased significantly (P < 0.05). Also slight increases in the relative percentage of round spermatids (1C) and primary spermatocytes (4C) were noted. The ratios of 4C:2C (diploid germ cells) and 1C:2C increased, and testicular histopathology indicated an expansion of interstitial space and a decreased number and size of Leydig cells in treated mice. The current study suggests that Nanjing City tap water is toxic to the reproductive system of mice and additional study to evaluate its effects on other species, including human beings, would be warranted.
    Ecotoxicology 03/2011; 20(5):1057-64. · 2.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vertical distribution of microbial communities in a eutrophic lake sediments of Lake Xuanwu was quantified by phospholipid fatty acids analysis and multivariate statistical analysis was employed to interprete the data. Principle component analysis of sediment characteristics parameters, including total nitrogen, total phosphorus, organic matters and pH produced clustering of sampling sites for two distinct groups. These groups corresponded with the two sampling stations and the levels of nutrient enrichment. Total phospholipid fatty acids concentration, which is indicative of microbial biomass, reduced with depth, however, the relative percentage of anaerobic prokaryotes increased. To assess changes of microbial community along depth, phospholipid fatty acids compositions were analyzed by cluster analysis. Distinct clusters were observed in different sampling stations. Canonical correspondence analysis was carried out to infer the relationship between sediment characteristics and microbial communities. Phospholipid fatty acids samples collected at the same sampling site clustered together. Canonical correspondence analysis revealed that the environmental parameter with the greatest bearing on the phospholipid fatty acids profiles was pH. This study proved the successful application of phospholipid fatty acids and multivariate analysis to investigate the relationship between environment factors and microbial community composition.
    Int. J. Environ. Sci. Tech. 01/2011; 8:571-580.
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    ABSTRACT: Lake Xuanwu is an urban, shallow and eutrophic lake located in the north part of Nanjing city. Industrialization and economic development in the surrounding area brought in large amount of wastewater. In order to investigate the current metal contamination status in Lake Xuanwu, metal concentrations (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn) in surface sediments of the lake were analyzed. Results demonstrated metal concentrations in the surface sediments ranged from 0.04 to 0.23 mg/kg for Cd, 39.95 to 104.20 mg/kg for Cr, 17.57 to 32.78 mg/kg for Cu, 22.42 to 47.24 mg/kg for Ni, 16.30 to 39.95 mg/kg for Pb and 45.56 to 102.58 mg/kg for Zn. Most of the measured concentrations meet the freshwater sediment quality criteria of North America. However, metal enrichment factors (EF) and geoaccumulation index (Igeo) assessment indicated slight pollution of Cr and Pb in part of the lake. The results demonstrated the heavy metal contamination risk in the lake and the needs of proper control of anthropogenic discharges.
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