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Title (Primary) HISH–SIMS analysis of bacterial uptake of algal-derived carbon in the Río de la Plata estuary
Author Alonso, C.; Musat, N.; Kuypers, M.M.M.; Amann, R.;
Journal Systematic and Applied Microbiology
Year 2012
Department ISOBIO;
Volume 35
Issue 8
Language englisch;
Keywords Bacterioplankton; Río de la Plata; NanoSIMS; HISH–SIMS; Substrate uptake
Abstract One of the main goals of microbial ecologists is to assess the contribution of distinct bacterial groups to biogeochemical processes, e.g. carbon cycling. Until very recently, it was not possible to quantify the uptake of a given compound at single cell level. The advent of nano-scale secondary-ion mass spectrometry (nanoSIMS), and its combination with halogen in situ hybridization (HISH) opened up this possibility. Despite its power, difficulties in cell identification during analysis of environmental samples might render this approach challenging for certain applications. A pilot study, designed to quantify the incorporation of phytoplankton-derived carbon by the main clades of heterotrophic aquatic bacteria (i.e. Alphaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Bacteroidetes), is used to exemplify and suggest potential solutions to these technical difficulties. The results obtained indicate that the main aquatic bacterial clades quantitatively differ in the incorporation of algae-derived organic matter. From the methodological point of view, they highlight the importance of the concentration of the target cells, which needs to be sufficient to allow for a rapid mapping under the nanoSIMS. Moreover, when working with highly productive waters, organic and inorganic particles pose a serious problem for cell recognition based on HISH–SIMS. In this work several technical suggestions are presented to minimize the above mentioned difficulties, including alternatives to improve the halogen labeling of the cells and proposing the use of a combination of FISH and HISH along with a mapping system. This approach considerably enhances the reliability of cell identification and the speed of the subsequent nanoSIMS analysis in such complex samples.

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Alonso, C., Musat, N., Kuypers, M.M.M., Amann, R. (2012):
HISH–SIMS analysis of bacterial uptake of algal-derived carbon in the Río de la Plata estuary
Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 35 (8), 541 - 548