Complete genome sequence of the sugarcane nitrogen-fixing endophyte Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5
- Marcelo Bertalan1,
- Rodolpho Albano2,
- Vânia de Pádua3,
- Luc Rouws4,
- Cristian Rojas1,
- Adriana Hemerly1, 12,
- Kátia Teixeira4,
- Stefan Schwab4,
- Jean Araujo4,
- André Oliveira4,
- Leonardo França1,
- Viviane Magalhães1,
- Sylvia Alquéres1,
- Alexander Cardoso1,
- Welington Almeida1,
- Marcio Martins Loureiro1,
- Eduardo Nogueira3, 11,
- Daniela Cidade2,
- Denise Oliveira2,
- Tatiana Simão2,
- Jacyara Macedo2,
- Ana Valadão2,
- Marcela Dreschsel4,
- Flávia Freitas2,
- Marcia Vidal4,
- Helma Guedes4,
- Elisete Rodrigues4,
- Carlos Meneses4,
- Paulo Brioso5,
- Luciana Pozzer5,
- Daniel Figueiredo5,
- Helena Montano5,
- Jadier Junior5,
- Gonçalo de Souza Filho6,
- Victor Martin Quintana Flores6,
- Beatriz Ferreira6,
- Alan Branco6,
- Paula Gonzalez7,
- Heloisa Guillobel7,
- Melissa Lemos8,
- Luiz Seibel8,
- José Macedo8,
- Marcio Alves-Ferreira9,
- Gilberto Sachetto-Martins9,
- Ana Coelho9,
- Eidy Santos9,
- Gilda Amaral9,
- Anna Neves9,
- Ana Beatriz Pacheco10,
- Daniela Carvalho10,
- Letícia Lery10,
- Paulo Bisch10,
- Shaila C Rössle10,
- Turán Ürményi10,
- Alessandra Rael Pereira2,
- Rosane Silva10,
- Edson Rondinelli10,
- Wanda von Krüger10,
- Orlando Martins1,
- José Ivo Baldani4 and
- Paulo CG Ferreira1, 12Email author
© Bertalan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Received: 13 January 2009
Accepted: 23 September 2009
Published: 23 September 2009
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 is an endophytic diazotrophic bacterium that lives in association with sugarcane plants. It has important biotechnological features such as nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion, sugar metabolism pathways, secretion of organic acids, synthesis of auxin and the occurrence of bacteriocins.
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 is the third diazotrophic endophytic bacterium to be completely sequenced. Its genome is composed of a 3.9 Mb chromosome and 2 plasmids of 16.6 and 38.8 kb, respectively. We annotated 3,938 coding sequences which reveal several characteristics related to the endophytic lifestyle such as nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion, sugar metabolism, transport systems, synthesis of auxin and the occurrence of bacteriocins. Genomic analysis identified a core component of 894 genes shared with phylogenetically related bacteria. Gene clusters for gum-like polysaccharide biosynthesis, tad pilus, quorum sensing, for modulation of plant growth by indole acetic acid and mechanisms involved in tolerance to acidic conditions were identified and may be related to the sugarcane endophytic and plant-growth promoting traits of G. diazotrophicus. An accessory component of at least 851 genes distributed in genome islands was identified, and was most likely acquired by horizontal gene transfer. This portion of the genome has likely contributed to adaptation to the plant habitat.
The genome data offer an important resource of information that can be used to manipulate plant/bacterium interactions with the aim of improving sugarcane crop production and other biotechnological applications.
In recent years, concerns about fossil fuel supplies and prices have motivated the search for renewable biofuels. With the existing technologies and current costs of fuel transportation, ethanol from sugarcane is the most viable alternative. In some countries, including Brazil, sugarcane is planted with low amounts of nitrogen fertilizers and there is evidence that the use of low levels of nitrogen can be compensated by Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF) . Although several organisms are capable of contributing to BNF, it has been shown that the diazotroph Alphaproteobacteria Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 (GDI), present in large numbers in the intercellular space of sugarcane roots, stem and leaves, fixes N2 inside sugarcane plants, without causing apparent disease [2, 3]. Remarkable characteristics of this bacterium are the acid tolerance, the inability to use nitrate as sole nitrogen source and the ability to fix nitrogen in the presence of ammonium in medium with high sugar concentration . Although isolation of GDI from the sugarcane rhizosphere has been reported , its poor survival soil and complete absence in soil samples collected between sugarcane rows strongly support the endophytic nature of this nitrogen fixing bacterium [5–7]. In addition to BNF, GDI has other characteristics that contribute to its biotechnological importance: 1-) A nif- mutant enhances plant growth, particularly in roots, indicating that GDI secretes plant growth-promoting substances ; 2-) It produces a lysozyme-like bacteriocin that inhibits the growth of the sugarcane pathogen Xanthomonas albilineans ; 3-) It has antifungal activity against Fusarium sp. and Helminthosporium carbonum ; 4-) GDI promotes an increase in the solubility of phosphate and zinc . Besides its biotechnological features, the genome is especially interesting be-cause is the third diazotrophic endophytic bacteria to be completed sequenced. The first two diazotrophic endophytes to be sequenced, Azoarcus sp. strain BH72  and Klebsiella pneumoniae 342 , belong to the Betaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria classes, respectively. Thus, the genome of GDI is the first to be completely sequence from Alphaproteobacteria class. Here we report the complete genome sequence of the G. diazotrophicus strain Pal5. Sequence analyzes show the existence of a large accessory genome, probably originated by extensive Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT). Moreover, experimental results reveal differences in Genomic Islands (GI) among G. diazotrophicus strains. The knowledge of the metabolic routes, organization and regulation of genes involved in nitrogen fixation, establishment of successful plant association and other processes should allow a better understanding of the role played by this bacterium in plant-bacteria interaction.
Overview of the G. diazotrophicus PAL5 genome
General features of the G. diazotrophicus PAL5 genome.
G+C content, %
Insertion Sequences (IS)
Conserved and hypothetical proteins
% of the genome coding
Average length, bp
%ATG initiation codons
%GTG initiation codons
%TTG initiation codons
4 × (16S-23S-5S)
Although today the genome databases have more than 800 complete microbial genomes, only nine are endophytes (Azoarcus sp. BH72, Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN, Enterobacter sp. 638, Methylobacterium populi BJ001, Pseudomonas putida W619, Serratia proteamaculans 568, Klebsiella pneumoniae 342, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia R551-3 and Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5) . The complete genomes of endophytic bacteria reveal remarkably few mobile elements in its genome (Additional file 1), an observation that led to the proposal that this could denote an adaptation to a more stable life style . In contrast, GDI contains 190 transposable elements, more than any other endophytic bacteria (Additional file 1). The large number of mobile elements could be a signature of a recent evolutionary bottleneck and consequent relaxation of selection, perhaps due to a recent change in niche . Alternatively, because GDI is found in low frequency at the rhizosphere, the transposable elements could have been acquired from other bacteria inhabiting the same environment. In order to identify possible specific characteristics of the genome, the Predicted Highly Express Genes (PHX) genes were identified . PHX analysis identified 658 CDS (17% of the chromosome) in GDI with E(g) (general expression level) > 1,0. Combining this information with the proteomic results , which sequenced peptides from 541 genes, we identified 318 of these genes PHX. As expected, ribosomal proteins, translation/transcription factors and chaperone/degradation genes are among the top 30 E(g) values within the 318 CDS, (Additional file 2). However, some unexpected CDS also appear as PHX. For instance, there are 50 transporter proteins or transporter-related proteins with high E(g) value, of which 27 are putative ABC transporter proteins and six are putative TonB-dependent receptors. The genome has two ammonium transporter proteins (GDI0706 and GDI2352) and both with high E(g) values. Two other proteins related to ammonium metabolism are also PHX: a putative glutamate-ammonia-ligase adenyltransferase (GDI3425) and a putative histidine-ammonia-lyase (GDI0550). This finding is consistent with the fact that ammonium is the preferred nitrogen source for GDI when it is available.
Core and accessory regions
Genome Islands: Variation among G. diazotrophicus strains
Because HGT is an important source of intra-specific genetic variation in bacteria , we investigated whether there are differences in putative genome islands among 19 G. diazotrophicus strains and one G. johannae strain, using PCR with primers designed against 39 single-copy genes in 20 Genome Islands (GIs), and 17 CDS from the core genome. There was a complex variation among the strains, with gene content of eleven GIs - 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 - either almost entirely conserved or less than 50% variable (Additional file 5). In two GIs - 12 and 14 - there was high variability in a group of genes, while other genes were conserved in most strains. The remaining seven GIs, representing approximately 7% of the genome, were highly variable, especially GIs 4 and 21, which are 78 and 242 kb long, and encode 80 and 242 CDS, respectively. Furthermore, a considerable number of CDS in these two GIs encode genes involved in processes that could confer a competitive edge, such as oxidative stress, proteases, biosynthesis of antimicrobial agents, amino acid metabolism and secondary metabolites, as well a large number of transport systems and transcriptional regulators. Both GI4 and GI21 also contain complete copies of the T4SS operon. As it has been suggested that T4SS can increase host adaptability in Bartonella , we suspected that they could be a source of intraspecific variation among G. diazotrophicus strains. A Southern blot used to probe the trbE gene shows that indeed the T4SS copy number varies from one to four depending on the strain (Additional file 6). These GIs could be especially important for bacterial adaptation to the endophytic lifestyle and may confer adaptation advantages to G. diazotrophicus in comparison with other microbes that colonize the same niche.
As the experimental results support the prediction of accessory regions in GDI, another interesting question concerns which regions of the genome resembles genomes from the database. For this purpose, a Reciprocal Best Hits (RBH) comparison was used . The RBH analysis indicates that only 2,966 CDSs of GDI generate a hit with a completed bacterial genome. Among them, 2,470 CDSs have best hit with the Alphaproteobacteria class, 190 with the Betaproteobacteria class, 188 CDS with the Gammaproteobacteria class and 118 with other groups. The distribution of all RBHs demonstrated that even genes from phylogenetically distant related organisms can exhibit high percent identity (Additional file 7). The organism with the highest number of best hits is GOX, with 1,099. However, in figure 1, it is possible to observe that most of the hits occur in core regions. In the three organisms closest to GDI, around 90% of the best hits occur in core regions, with 10% in accessories regions. On the other hand, among rhizobiales and other Alphaproteobacteria orders, 56% of the best hits occur in core regions and 44% in accessory regions (Additional file 8). Curiously, complete genomes from the Betaproteobacteria class, Gammaproteobacteria class and other groups have a significant number (65-70%) of RBHs in core regions, and low percentage (30-35%) in accessory regions. In addition, the number of RBHs with phytopathogenic organisms is higher in Betaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria than in Alphaproteobacteria (68%, 55% and 8%, respectively).
Comparisons with other endophytic bacteria
Currently, there are only nine complete genome sequences of endophytic bacteria, and all are Proteobacteria. Using the complete genomes, we searched for common and exclusive CDS among endophytic bacteria in order to identify genes that could explain the endophytic capacity. However, we found only five CDS that are exclusively conserved (Additional file 9). The comparison among the endophytic organisms indicates that GDI has more CDS exclusively conserved with Methylobacterium populi BJ001 (133 genes) than with the others, which is consistent with the fact that M. populi BJ001 is also an Alphaproteobacteria. Most of these genes (Additional file 10) occur in an accessory region (GI4, GI9, GI12, GDI13, GDI14, GDI19 and GI21), and many are putative transcriptional regulators and putative T4SS (Additional file 9), which could also be involved in bacteria-host interactions. We also searched for exclusively conserved CDS between GDI and Azoarcus sp. BH72, as these two bacteria are currently the only diazotrophs among the endophytes sequenced. The result confirmed the presence in both endophytes of the nif cluster (figure 2, around 0.5 MB) and genes from the putative gum cluster are only conserved within Azoarcus sp. BH72 and GDI (Additional file 10). An assessment of the classes and frequency of signaling CDS in both diazotrophs shows that Azoarcus sp. BH72 has acquired a far more complex set of regulators (Additional file 11). In contrast, GDI has many more transport systems than Azoarcus sp. BH72 (Additional file 12). Altogether, the strategy developed by GDI to interact with plants seems to be more similar to Methylobacterium populi BJ001 then to other endophytes. However, the result suggests that there is not only one strategy and probably there are different ways in which bacteria can interact with plants.
After we completed this work, a second genome sequence of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus strain Pal5 was deposited. We carried out extensive comparisons between the two sequences. The comparison is summarized in Additional file 13. The results show significant differences between the two versions. GDI-BR has 309 more CDS than GDI-US, although this number is significantly reduced when small ORFs are annotated as CDSs in GDI-US. Likewise, the number of unique genes in both genomes decreases from 747 and 438 to 624 and 110, respectively, when the small CDSs are taken into account. The results show that the transposases, integrases and hypothetical proteins can explain the majority of the differences between the two sequences. Furthermore, 67% of the genes unique to GDI-BR are located in Genome Islands. On the other hand, 85% BBH among the two sequences are found outside the GIs. The results of the genomic comparisons between the two sequences are compatible with the PCR results reported here, that showed that most of the genic differences among GDI strains are situated in the GIs. Furthermore, when GIs from the two sequences are compared, most of the genic variation is found in the same more variable GIs (data not shown). Altogether, these analyzes suggest that the two sequences deposited as G. diazotrophicus Pal5 strain may represent either two different strains or a fast diverging strain.
In addition, our results were corroborated by at least three independent approaches. First, Southern Blot analyzes confirmed that the genomic sequence we have deposited has 4 copies of the TSS4 secretion system. Furthermore, PCR with primers that amplified genes in the GIs verified the presence of all CDS in our sequence, while some like GDI2782 which encodes a putative H(+)/Cl(-) exchange transporter, is absent from the second sequence. Finally, over 500 CDS in our sequence were validated by proteomics . Some of these CDS may confer unique biological properties and competitiveness to Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5, such as a Bacteriocin (GDI0415). Additional file 14 contains the list of Blast Best Hits among the two Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 genomic sequences, a list of unique CDS found in chromosome from GeneBank file CP001189 and a list of unique genes found in chromosome from GeneBank file AM889285 (this work).
Genome Features in Core Regions
GDI has high tolerance to low pH and organic acids and is able to fix nitrogen at pH values as low as 2.5 . The acidophile Acetobacter aceti has an unusual citric acid cycle (CAC) that is important for acetic acid resistance at low pH . Genome analyses revealed the presence in the GDI genome of homologs of the alternative A. aceti citrate synthase gene aarA (GDI1830) and the gene for an acetyl-CoA hydrolase family protein gene with succinyl-CoA:acetate CoA-transferase activity, called aarC (GDI1836). In GDI, the aarAC homologs occur in a cluster similar to that of A. aceti, contrasting with the organization of these genes in non-acidophilic species, thus indicating that the same mechanisms of acid tolerance involving the CAC may be acting in both organisms. We also found a homolog of an ABC-transporter gene aatA (GDI1739) that, in A. aceti, constitutes an organic acid efflux pump mediating resistance to several acids . An unusual observation is the presence in the GDI genome of two copies of the chaperonin genes groES (GDI2050, GDI2648) and groEL (GDI2049, GDI2647), which are usually present as single copy in bacteria. In A. aceti, overexpression of the groESL operon led to augmented resistance to acetic acid , which may be explained by the fact that chaperonins protect proteins under denaturing conditions such as low pH .
Polysaccharides: CPS, EPS and LPS
Cell-surface components that are commonly involved in plant-bacteria interactions include capsular polysaccharides (CPS), exopolysaccharides (EPS), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). On the GDI chromosome we found nine CDS related to polysaccharide encapsulation (GDI2398 to GDI2402 and GDI2409 to GDI2413). The GDI genome contains several CDS related to lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis. Five CDS (GDI3265, GDI1647, GDI1652, GDI1447 and GDI0495) encode glycosyltransferases, three CDS (GDI2535, GDI2549 and GDI2493) may be involved in lipopolysaccharide transport, one CDS (GDI2975) encodes an O-antigen polymerase, and there is an ADP-heptose synthase (GDI1133) and a nucleotidyl transferase (GDI0713). Seven CDS (GDI2490, GDI2971, GDI2492, GDI2544, GDI2549, GDI1898 and GDI1899) related to the synthesis of other EPS such as beta-glucans and exooligosaccharides were also identified. These CDS are dispersed over the GDI genome and encode exoF, exoZ, exoY, exoO, exoP, exoN and exoC, respectively. Homologs of these CDS are involved in the interaction between rhizobia and their host plants . GDI has a cluster (GDI2535-GDI2552) containing 14 CDSs that is similar to the gum cluster of Azoarcus sp.BH72, X. campestris and X. fastidiosa. The gum cluster in X. campestris is responsible for the synthesis of an EPS that is involved in host plant colonization and virulence . However, not all genes from the gum operon are present in GDI. We found eight CDSs (GDI2552, GDI2549, GDI2547, GDI2538, GDI2550, GDI2535, GDI2542 and GDI2548) which represent the genes gumB, C, D, E, H, J, K and M, respectively. The genes gumF, G, I and L are not present in the GDI genome. As GDI is not virulent, this cluster may be related with colonization and survival. In addition, it is proposed that the viscous nature of EPS helps localize and stabilize hydrolytic enzymes produced by the bacteria . We found a putative endoglucanase protein (GDI2537) in the gum cluster that may degrade plant cell walls in order to facilitate the active penetration of the bacteria and thereafter the colonization. In addition, the production of hydrolytic enzymes by GDI has been observed .
Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF)
The genetics and biochemistry of BNF and nitrogen utilization by G. diazotrophicus have been previously investigated to some extent. Corroborating previous studies , we have found that the GDI structural genes for nitrogenase nifHDK are arranged in a cluster (GDI0425-GDI0454), which also contains other N2 fixation-related genes, such as fixABCX, modABC and nifAB. Other related genes, ntrX, ntrY and ntrC (GDI2263, GDI2264, and GDI2265) are localized elsewhere in the chromosome in a 5.2 kb cluster. There are three copies of nifU homologous genes, one localized in the nif cluster (GD0447), and the other two scattered on the GDI chromosome (GDI1392 and GDI3055). No draT or draG homologs were found in GDI, confirming that nitrogenase activity is not regulated at the post-translational level. It has been suggested that post-translational modulation in G. diazotrophicus might be mediated by a FeSII Shethna protein , but no such CDS was identified. However, many other FeSII protein genes are present, and they possible candidates for this role. The apparent absence of nifL as a nifA activity modulator in response to the cell O2 status in GDI  is in agreement with the lack of a nifL homolog on the genome. The nifA protein appears to be inherently sensitive to O2. In G. diazotrophicus, the main route for assimilation of ammonia is believed to occur through the glutamine synthetase/glutamate synthase pathway (GS/GOGAT encoded by glnA and gltDB, respectively) . However, the genome analysis suggests the existence of alternative routes, where the putative enzymes NAD-synthase (GDI0919), aminomethyltransferase (GDI2317), histidine ammonia-lyase (GDI0550) and D-amino acid dehydrogenase (GDI2422) would incorporate ammonia into different compounds. The enzymatic activity of GS is known to be regulated by an adenylyltransferase enzyme, which is probably encoded by glnE (GDI3425). The glutamate dehydrogenase gene was not found in GDI, although its activity was demonstrated for G. diazotrophicus strain Pal3 .
Signaling and quorum sensing
The GDI genome contains 16 GGDEF family genes that are involved in the synthesis of the second messenger cyclic di-GMP, which has been shown to regulate cellulose synthesis and other processes such as transitions between sessile and planktonic lifestyle and pathogenesis . There are three cytoplasmic and 14 membrane-bound histidine kinase signaling proteins, the majority of which form two-component signaling systems with a neighboring response regulator gene. Among these histidine kinases are homologs of the kdpD (GDI1566), envZ (GDI3079), chvG (GDI1265), ntrY (GDI2264), ntrB (GDI2266) and phoB (GDI3817) genes. In addition, there are two adjacent hybrid histidine kinase/response regulator genes that are organized in an apparent operon (GDI3283-3293) that contains several chemotaxis genes and a proteolytic system encoded by hslUV that is absent in GOX. Chemotaxis enables microorganisms to move towards beneficial or away from harmful substances in their environments by means of flagellar motility. The G. diazotrophicus genome contains nine methyl-accepting proteins (MCPs, chemotaxis sensor proteins), the majority of which have close homologs in rhizobia, but not in the phylogenetically related non-endophyte GOX, which has only three MCP genes . Quorum sensing has been shown to be important in traits such as virulence, biofilm formation and swarming motility in many bacteria . In the Azoarcus sp BH72 genome, quorum sensing genes were not found, and it was suggested that this was compatible with a non-pathogenic interaction of Azoarcus sp BH72 with the host plant . Nevertheless, GDI, which inhabits a niche similar to Azoarcus sp BH72, has three quorum sensing genes: one luxI autoinducer synthase gene (GDI2836) and two luxR-type transcriptional regulator genes (GDI2837, GDI2838). Quorum sensing genes are also present in several rhizobial genomes, and they play roles in nodulation and nitrogen fixation .
Plant Growth-Promoting (PGP) Traits
There are several indications that GDI promotes plant growth by more than a few independent mechanisms besides nitrogen fixation, including synthesis of phytohormones and increased uptake of nutrients . Recent work has shown that mutations in two genes involved in cytochrome c biogenesis reduced auxin levels to 10% of the wild-type strain , suggesting their involvement in indole acetic acid (IAA) production, and indicating that GDI has at least two independent pathways for auxin biosynthesis. In addition, characterization of the IAA biosynthetic route in GDI has shown that auxin is mostly synthesized by the Indole-3-pyruvic acid (IPyA) pathway . Although no CDS encoding an indole 3-pyruvate carboxylase was found in GDI genome, we cannot rule out that the biochemical activity could be executed by one of the many putative decarboxylases identified in the genome. The presence of genes encoding enzymes such as aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase (GDI1891), amine oxidase (GDI1716) and aldehyde dehydrogenases (GDI0311, GDI0461, GDI640) suggests that the bacteria might synthesize IAA via the trypamide pathway (TAM). Also, the presence of two genes coding for putative nitrilases (GDI0018, GDI3743) suggests that IAA might be produced by the indole-3-acetonitrile pathway (IAN). In addition to phytohormone production, some rhizosphere-associated bacteria can stimulate plant growth by secreting a mixture of plant volatiles, mainly 3-hydroxy-2-butanone (acetoin) and 2,3-butanediol . Although the role of GDI in PGP has been studied, no attention has been paid to the production of volatiles. We found GDI is likely to be capable to synthesize acetoin once the genome sequence encodes two enzymes of the pathway; acetolactate synthase (GDI0022, GDI0023) and acetoin diacetyl reductase (GDI2623). In addition, although an acetolactate decarboxylase has not been identified, 2-acetolactate can be converted to diacetyl spontaneously in the presence of oxygen (46). It has been shown for Azospirillum brasilense that the production and secretion of polyamines promote plant growth . The presence of genes coding for enzymes for the synthesis (GDI0476, GDI2322) and secretion (GDI2595) of spermidine in the G diazotrophicus Pal5 genome sequence suggests that this polyamine may also contribute to PGP. G. diazotrophicus has been shown to synthesize the gibberellins GA1 and GA3 . Although the gibberellin biosynthesis machinery in bacteria is largely unknown, recent studies have suggested likely biosynthetic mechanisms in Bradyrhizobium japonicum . The GDI genome contains genes for the synthesis of the diterpenoid precursor isopentenyl diphosphate through the non-mevalonate pathway. Condensation reactions of this precursor to form geranylgeranyl diphosphate may be performed by the geranyltranstransferase ispA (GDI1861). However, homologs of the genes responsible for the cyclization of geranylgeranyl diphosphate in B. japonicum (ent-copalyl diphosphate and ent-kaurene synthase) are apparently absent in the GDI genome and therefore the mechanism of cyclization of geranylgeranyl diphosphate to ent-kaurene remains unknown. However, a putative squalene cyclase (GDI1620) could fulfill such function, since a study with recombinant squalene cyclase has shown some cyclization of geranylgeraniol by this enzyme . Oxidation steps of ent-kaurene, necessary to produce GA1 and GA3, may be catalyzed by two cytochromes P450 (GDI2364 and GDI2593), homologs of which are absent in other acetobacteraceae genomes, thus suggesting a likely specific role in G. diazotrophicus. It has been reported that the capacity of G. diazotrophicus to antagonize diverse plant pathogens such as fungi, and bacteria contributes to increasing its ability to survive under environmental stress and leads to an improvement in plant fitness which may have important consequences for agricultural productivity [9, 10]. Its genome sequence encodes a large repertoire of genes whose products oppose attack from competing microbes, such as drug efflux systems, and acriflavin and fusaric acid resistance proteins. On the other hand, GDI may also produce a broad variety of proteins such as lytic enzymes and phospholipases and antibiotic biosynthetic pathways that could be toxic to other organisms. The secretion of a lysozyme-like bacteriocin by G. diazotrophicus, for instance, inhibits Xanthomonas albilineans growth . Indeed, GDI encodes a putative lysozyme-like bacteriocin (GDI0416 and GDI0415).
Sugar metabolism and energy generation
Sucrose is the common carbon source used for isolation of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus from sugarcane and other plants in the semi-solid LGIP medium . However, sucrose is not directly metabolized by the bacteria. Experimental evidence has shown that there is a constitutively expressed levansucrase (LsdA GDI0471), secreted to the periplasm via a specific signal peptide-dependent pathway, that converts sucrose to beta-1,2 -oligofructans and levan . In addition, a fructose-releasing exo-levanase (LsdB GDI 0477) probably controlled by an antitermination inducer system converts polyfructans into fructose . A type II secretion operon (GDI481-GDI 490) is required for the transport o f LsdA across the outer membrane . The transport of LsdB to the periplasm involves the cleavage of the N-terminal peptide signal, and it is induced during growth of the bacteria with low fructose levels but repressed by glucose .
In G. diazotrophicus oxidation of glucose to gluconate in the periplasmic space is the first step in glucose metabolism by GDI . Gluconate may be synthesized by the product of three CDS encoding membrane-bound quinoprotein glucose dehydrogenases (GDI3277, GDI0325 and GDI0539) in accordance with the observed high activity of PQQ-GDH detected in glucose-containing batch culture of GDI strain Pal3 grown mainly under biological nitrogen fixation and/or C-limitation conditions . A NAD-GDH (GDI2625) also participates in the glucose oxidation (intracellularly) when glucose is in excess . Further periplasmic oxidation of gluconate to 2-ketogluconic acid occurs by a putative three-subunit flavin-dependent gluconate-2-dehydrogenase (GDI0854, GDI0855 and GDI0856). Gluconate dehydrogenases (extracellular, dye-linked and intracellular, NAD-Linked) activities have been demonstrated in GDI strain Pal3 grown in presence of gluconate with 2-ketogluconate the major compound accumulated (57). The production of 5-ketogluconate and 2,5 di-ketogluconate are probably mediated by a glucose/methanol/choline oxidoreductase (GDI0859) and a putative alcohol dehydrogenase cytochrome c/gluconate 2-dehydrogenase acceptor (GDI0860). High activities of 2-ketogluconate reductase (NAD linked) have been detected in a GDI Pal3 strain grown with gluconate .
CDS for transport (GDI3258) and phosphorylation (GDI0293) proteins indicate that gluconate can also be directly driven into the pentose phosphate route (PPP), supporting the experimental data . The presence of a kinase (GDI3115), a 2-ketogluconate reductase (GDI 3432) and a 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase-NAD (GDI2166) corroborates with the experimental data which shows that the PPP is the main C-metabolism route in GDI following the oxidation of glucose to gluconate .
Different from GOX, CDSs encoding a complete respiratory chain complex I (nuoA - nuoN or complex I proton-translocating NADH-quinone oxidoreductase; GDI2459-GDI2471) are present in the GDI genome . The GDI genome contains CDS that encode L-sorbosone dehydrogenases (GDI0574 and GDI3764), membrane-bound small and large subunits (GDI3280 and GDI3281) and the cytochrome c subunit (GDI3279) of aldehyde dehydrogenase, indicating that GDI may be able to synthesize the industrially important substances such as L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and its precursor 2-keto-L-gulonic acid .
Genome Features in Accessory Regions
Type IV secretion system
Type IV secretion systems (T4SS) are multi-subunit cell envelope-spanning structures, ancestrally related to bacterial conjugation machines, that transfer proteins, DNA and nucleoprotein complexes across membranes . Moreover, T4SSs have been described as essential pathogenicity factors and recently it has been indicated that TSS4 can also increase host adaptability in Bartonella sp. . GDI has 4 complete T4SS in the chromosome which are similar to bacterial conjugation machines (trb) of Agrobacterium tumefasciens  and Ti (tumor inducing) Enterobacter IncP plasmid R751 . Although the order of the trb genes in the operon is conserved (trbB, -C, -D, -E, -J, -L, -F, -G, -I), two genes are missing from the original trb operon (trbK and trbH). The gene trbK has been reported as non-essential but trbH has been reported as essential for conjugal transfer of Agrobacterium tumor inducing plasmid pTiC58 . Another difference is that, in Agrobacterium tumefasciens and Enterobacter IncP plasmid R751, the first gene in the operon is traI, which is an essential signal for the quorum-sensing regulation of the Ti plasmid conjugation transfer . In GDI the first gene in the operon is traG, which is essential for DNA transfer in bacterial conjugation. This gene is thought to mediate interactions between the DNA-processing (Dtr) and the mating pair-formation (Mpf) systems . T4SS have been found in many different organisms , from pathogenic to mutualistic endosymbiont organisms (for instance, Helicobacter pylori, Legionella pneumophila, Brucella spp, Bartonella spp, Rickettsia spp., Coxiella spp., Anaplasma marginale, Ehrlichia spp, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Wolbachia spp). All four complete T4SS operons in the GDI chromosome were found in accessory regions (GI4, GI12, and twice in GI21), suggesting that the bacteria acquired the ability to translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope to the plant. The four copies of the T4SS operon diverge by the presence of a variable region between the traG and the trbB genes that include transcriptional regulators mucR and araC, a DNA-binding protein HU-beta, an aldo/keto reductase and hypothetical proteins. These genes might confer specific functions to each T4SS copy.
Flagella and pili
In many organisms, flagella are involved in motility, adherence, biofilm formation and host colonization . GDI has a large accessory region (GI15) with at least 40 genes predicted to encode functions related to motility. This observation is in accordance with the presence of peritrichous flagella on the GDI cell surface. Next to the motility cluster there is a putative tad locus (Flp-1, cpaABC, cpaEF, and tadBCDG) which probably encodes the machinery for the synthesis of Flp (fimbrial low-molecular-weight protein) pili, which form a subfamily in the type IVb pilus family. In Actinobacillus, Haemophilus, Pasteurella, Pseudomonas, Yersinia and Caulobacter. Flp pili are essential for biofilm formation, colonization and pathogenesis . Additionally, several pseudopilins (GDI0483, GDI0484, and GDI0485) were identified as part of a type II secretion system. Recently, it has been shown that flagella-less mutant of GDI was non-motile and displayed reduced capacity to form biofilm . These findings suggest that these genes were acquired by HGT and play an important role in the interaction with the plant.
Despite the potential impact of endophytes on the environment and on crop production, our current knowledge of their biology is limited. Analysis of the G. diazotrophicus PAL5 complete genome sequence provides important insights into the endophytic relationship, and suggests many interesting candidate genes for post-genomic experiments.
The genome reveals an unexpectedly high number of mobile elements for an endophytic bacterium; it is in fact the endophyte with the highest frequency of mobile genes per Mb of genome. The high number of mobile elements seems to be associated with a high number of HGT events. The analysis of HGT shows that most of the genes are more similar to genes from the order rhizobiales (40%), suggesting that a likely previous niche was located in the rhizosphere. Thus, a recent evolutionary bottleneck and consequent relaxation of selection, due to a possible change of niche, is probably the hypothesis that could best explain the high number of HGT .
In addition, to change niche from rhizosphere to endophytic, the bacteria should have features that would allow it to penetrate the plant. The putative gum-like cluster containing an endoglucanase could be important in this regard. Moreover, the limited similarity with the gum-like cluster from X. campestris and the absence of some genes found in X. campestris may mean that the cluster adapted to a non-virulence profile. However, the ability to penetrate the plant is not enough to transform it into an endophyte; the bacteria must evolve together with the plant to create a more depended relationship. The genome has many features to enhance plant fitness such as BNF, phytohormones and biocontrol genes, and all of them lie in the core of the genome or have a very low "Alien score". We propose that these features were important to create a dependent relationship, and may have helped GDI to spread out and occupy this niche. In contrast, many features that may be related to bacteria-plant interaction are found in genome islands, including type IV secretion systems, flagella, pili, chemotaxis, biofilm, capsular polysaccharide and some transport proteins. The overall result suggests that it is more likely that GDI acquired many features that are important for an endophytic lifestyle. Thus, experimental analyses of genes from genome islands may reveal an important source of gene candidates that will enhance our understanding of bacteria-plant relationship.
Finally, comparison of genome sequences of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus and Azoarcus sp. BH72 shows that these endophytic diazotrophic bacteria adopted very different strategies to colonize plants. A limited number of genomic features, such as the large number of TonB receptors, the gum-like and nif clusters, and osmotolerance mechanisms are common to both endophytic diazotrophic bacteria. On the other hand, Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus has a larger number of transport systems, and it is capable of growing on a wide variety of carbon sources, while Azoarcus sp. BH72 has rather complex signaling mechanisms to communicate with its plant host.
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus strain PAl 5 (type strain) was isolated from sugarcane roots collected in Alagoas Sate, Brazil using the nitrogen-free semi-solid LGIP medium . It was deposited at the Embrapa Agrobiologia Culture Collection and received the identification number BR 11281 (BR-stands for the Brazilian Nitrogen-fixing bacteria Culture Collection). Later on, this strain was deposited by Johanna Dobereiner at the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC 49037) and also at the Culture Collection Laboratorium von Microbiologie, Belgium (LMG 7603) .
Genome sequencing, assembly and annotation
All the libraries were prepared with total bulk DNA originated from a Pal 5 lyophilized tube culture provided by the Embrapa Agrobiologia Culture Collection. Pal5 was grown in 500 mL Erlenmeyer flasks containing 200 mL of DYGS medium (Rodrigues-Neto et al., 1986) during 48 h at 200 rpm and 30°C. DNA extraction was performed according with the CTAB method . Phenol: chloroform: iso-amilic alcohol (25:24:1) and chloroform: iso-amilic alcohol (24:1) washing steps were repeated 2 times to guarantee removal of cells debris and other contaminants during DNA extraction.
DNA shotgun libraries with insert sizes of 0.5-1 kb, 2-3 kb and 4-6 kb were constructed in pUC18 vectors and 10-17 kb in the cosmid pLARF3. Plasmid clones were end-sequenced on ABI377 and ABI3100 (Applied Biosystems) and MegaBACE 1000 (GE Healthcare) sequencers. A total of 103,506 high-quality reads were obtained and assembled into contigs using the Phrap assembly tool. For gap closure, 16,963 additional reads were obtained through PCR direct sequencing and primer-walking on plasmids. Manual editing was done using the GAP4 software package . Genome integrity was verified by a physical map constructed using PFGE and hybridization with 42 single-copy and rDNA probes . Initial automatic gene prediction was done using GLIMMER , and subsequently manually curated with reference to codon-specific positional base preferences. Before the manual annotation of each predicted gene, different tools were used. Similarity search was performed against different databases including Uniprot , PROSITE , nr, Pfam , and InterPro . Additionally, SignalP , TMHMM  and tRNAscan-SE  were applied. All the data were viewed within the Artemis  program where the function of each gene was manually curated.
Pathogenicity/Adaptation/Chaperones, dark blue; Energy metabolism (glycolysis, electron transport etc.), gray; Information transfer (transcription/translation, DNA/RNA modification), red; Surface structures (IM, OM, secreted, LPS)), green; Stable RNA, cyan; Degradation of large molecules, light blue; Degradation of small molecules, purple; Central/intermediary/miscellaneous metabolism, yellow; Unknown and conserved hypothetical, orange; Regulators, magenta; Pseudogenes and partial genes, black; Phage/IS elements, pink; miscellaneous information (e.g. Prosite but no function), brown.
Nucleotide sequence accession numbers
The genomic sequence reported in this article has been deposited in the EMBL database under accession numbers AM889285, AM889286 and AM889287. The genome annotation and features are available at http://www.bioqmed.ufrj.br/bertalan/.
Core and accessory regions
The core regions were determined by quartops analysis (quartets of orthologous proteins), using reciprocal best hit of Blastp. The accessory regions were determined by a combination of two different methods: GC3 and IVOMs. The GC3 analyzes the percent of GC in the third base of the codon in each gene. For both methods, the regions indicated as accessory genes were manually checked for integrases, tRNAs and repeats (direct and inverted). The beginning and end of each the accessory region were defined by both methods and, in the case of bacteriophages, the genome islands were extended when evidence of the insertion point was found.
Reciprocal Best Hits
Reciprocal best hits comparison was done using only the complete bacterial genomes publicly available at ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/genomes/Bacteria/all.faa.tar.gz. Only reciprocal best hits with identity greater of 30% and alignment greater than 70% were selected.
Plant Endophyte comparison
Six complete endophyte genomes were used to represent the endophyte group and three closest complete genomes phylogenetically to GDI were used to represent the core genome. Endophyte genomes were Azoarcus sp. BH72, Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN, Enterobacter sp. 638, Methylobacterium populi BJ001, Pseudomonas putida W619 and Serratia proteamaculans 568. Core genome species were Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5, Gluconobacter oxydans 621H and Granulibacter bethesdensis CGDNIH. Only reciprocal best hits with more than 30% identity and 70% alignment were accepted.
Biological Nitrogen Fixation
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus PAL5
Horizontal Gene Transfer
Predicted Highly Expressed Genes
Type IV secretion system
Acidiphilium cryptum JF-5
Gluconobacter oxydans 621H
Granulibacter bethesdensis CGDNIH
G+C content of synonymous third position
Interpolated Variable Order Motifs
Blast Best Hit
fimbrial low-molecular-weight protein
mating pair formation
Reciprocal Best Hits.
This work is dedicated to the memory of. Johanna Döbereiner. This work was funded with grants from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnólogico (CNPq), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Carlos Chagas Filho (FAPERJ) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES). We are grateful to Julian Parkhill and Martha Sorenson for helpful discussions and for critical reading of the manuscript.
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