Project description:Desulfurella amilsii is an acidotolerant sulfur-reducing bacterium isolated from sediments of an acidic river. It can grow in a broad range of pH and can obtain energy via respiring elemental sulfur or thiosulfate, as well as by disproportionating elemental sulfur. Its genome encodes the enzyme sulfur reductase, and several rhodanese-like proteins, possibly playing a role in sulfur respiration and disproportionation. Thiosulfate reductase and dissimilatory sulfite reductase are encoded and might play a role during the respiration of thiosulfate. The involvement of these enzymes in the reductive routes of sulfur metabolism is not yet clearly understood. Desulfurella amilsii was used in this study to combine strategies for sulfur metabolism research on the protein level to shed some light on the pathways involved in the metabolism of this microorganism.
Project description:The metabolic versatile hyperthermophilic dissimilatory sulfate-reducing archaeon, Archaeoglobus fulgidus VC-16, both utilize carbon monoxide as energy source and is highly resistant to toxic effects of CO. This metabolic capacity was investigated by transcriptional response to growth with CO of cultures supplemented with sulfate (S-CO) or thiosulfate (T-CO), and without external electron acceptor (CO-without election acceptor ).