Strain Co23, an anaerobic spore-forming microorganism, was enriched and isolated from a compost soil on the basis of its ability to grow with 2,3- dichlorophenol (DCP) as its electron acceptor. ortho chlorines were removed from polysubstituted phenols but not from monohalophenols. Growth by chlororespiration was indicated by a growth yield of 3.24 g of cells per mol of reducing equivalents (as 2[H]) from lactate oxidation to acetate in the presence of 3-chloro-4-hydroxybenzoate but no growth in the absence of the halogenated electron acceptor. Other indicators of chlororespiration were the fraction of electrons from the electron donor used for dechlorination (0.67) and the H2 threshold concentration of <1.0 ppm. Additional electron donors utilized for reductive dehalogenation were pyruvate, formate, butyrate, crotonate, and H2. Pyruvate supported homoacetogenic growth in the absence of an electron acceptor. Strain Co23 also used sulfite, thiosulfate, and sulfur as electron acceptors for growth, but it did not use sulfate, nitrate or fumarate. The temperature optimum for growth was 37°C; however, the rates of dechlorination were optimum at 45°C and activity persisted to temperatures as high as 55°C. The 16S rRNA sequence was determined, and strain Co23 was found to be related to Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans JW/IU DC1 and Desulfitobacterium strain PCE1, with sequence similarities of 97.2 and 96.8%, respectively. The phylogenetic and physiological properties exhibited by strain Co23 place it into a new species designated Desulfitobacterium chlororespirans.
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- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology