Prokaryotic lifestyles in deep sea habitats

Extremophiles. 2008 Jan;12(1):15-25. doi: 10.1007/s00792-006-0059-5. Epub 2007 Jan 17.


Gradients of physicochemical factors influence the growth and survival of life in deep-sea environments. Insights into the characteristics of deep marine prokaryotes has greatly benefited from recent progress in whole genome and metagenome sequence analyses. Here we review the current state-of-the-art of deep-sea microbial genomics. Ongoing and future genome-enabled studies will allow for a better understanding of deep-sea evolution, physiology, biochemistry, community structure and nutrient cycling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genome / physiology*
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Prokaryotic Cells / physiology*
  • Seawater / microbiology*
  • Water Microbiology*