Complete genome sequence and transcriptomic analysis of a novel marine strain Bacillus weihaiensis reveals the mechanism of brown algae degradation

Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 30;6:38248. doi: 10.1038/srep38248.


A novel marine strain representing efficient degradation ability toward brown algae was isolated, identified, and assigned to Bacillus weihaiensis Alg07. The alga-associated marine bacteria promote the nutrient cycle and perform important functions in the marine ecosystem. The de novo sequencing of the B. weihaiensis Alg07 genome was carried out. Results of gene annotation and carbohydrate-active enzyme analysis showed that the strain harbored enzymes that can completely degrade alginate and laminarin, which are the specific polysaccharides of brown algae. We also found genes for the utilization of mannitol, the major storage monosaccharide in the cell of brown algae. To understand the process of brown algae decomposition by B. weihaiensis Alg07, RNA-seq transcriptome analysis and qRT-PCR were performed. The genes involved in alginate metabolism were all up-regulated in the initial stage of kelp degradation, suggesting that the strain Alg07 first degrades alginate to destruct the cell wall so that the laminarin and mannitol are released and subsequently decomposed. The key genes involved in alginate and laminarin degradation were expressed in Escherichia coli and characterized. Overall, the model of brown algae degradation by the marine strain Alg07 was established, and novel alginate lyases and laminarinase were discovered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alginates / metabolism
  • Bacillus / classification
  • Bacillus / genetics*
  • Bacillus / metabolism
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism
  • Cellulases / genetics
  • Cellulases / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial*
  • Genome, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Glucans / metabolism
  • Glucuronic Acid / metabolism
  • Hexuronic Acids / metabolism
  • Phaeophyta / metabolism*
  • Phylogeny
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases / genetics
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases / metabolism
  • Polysaccharides / metabolism
  • Seawater / microbiology
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Alginates
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Glucans
  • Hexuronic Acids
  • Polysaccharides
  • Glucuronic Acid
  • laminaran
  • Cellulases
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases
  • poly(beta-D-mannuronate) lyase