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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVE NUTRITION FOR HONEY BEE COLONIES TO STIMULATE POPULATION GROWTH, INCREASE QUEEN QUALITY, AND REDUCE THE IMPACT OF VARROA MITES Title: Draft genome sequences of two Bifidobacterium sp. from the honey bee (Apis mellifera)

item Anderson, Kirk
item Johansson, Andreas -
item Sheehan, Timothy
item Mott, Brendon
item Corby-Harris, Vanessa
item Johnstone, Laurel -
item Sprissler, Ryan -
item Fitz, William -

Submitted to: Gut Pathogens
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 13, 2013
Publication Date: December 18, 2013
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Citation: Anderson, K.E., Johansson, A., Sheehan, T.H., Mott, B.M., Corby-Harris, V.L., Johnstone, L., Sprissler, R., Fitz, W. 2013. Draft genome sequences of two Bifidobacterium sp. from the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Gut Pathogens. 5:42. DOI: 10.1186/1757-4749-5-42.

Interpretive Summary: We sequenced two genomes of Bifidobacterium typically found in the hindgut of the honey bee and considered beneficial gut bacteria. Honey bee associated Bifidobacterium represents the first case of extreme oxygen tolerance documented in this genus. We found broad differences in the ability of the genomes to process both simple and complex sugars. Consistent with the harsh osmoregulatory and acidic conditions generated by pure honey both genomes possessed enzymatic components to cope with rapid and extreme changes in water and pH.

Technical Abstract: We provide genome sequences for two strains of honey bee associated Bifidobacterium. Reflecting an oxygen-rich niche, both strains possessed catalase, peroxidase, superoxide-dismutase and respiratory chain enzymes indicative of oxidative metabolism. The strains show markedly different carbohydrate processing capabilities, with one possessing auxiliary and key enzymes of the Entner-Doudoroff pathway.

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