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Alignment editing and phylogenetic analyses were performed using ChromasPro version 1. Genetic distance was calculated using a p-distance model of nucleic acid substitution. Novel strains unambiguously identified as N. Ammonia-depleted cultures were supplied with fresh ammonia medium and pure cultures were maintained in 2 L Erlenmeyer flasks containing 1 L of medium. According to previous researches, 10 mM NaClO 3 inhibits the oxidation of nitrite to nitrate by Nitrobacter Lees and Simpson, ; Belser and Mays, but does not affect the oxidation of ammonia to nitrite by N.

Based on the report, the same concentration of NaClO 3 was added in this study. Cell growth was checked by microscopic observation Figure 1. The growth of heterotrophic contaminants was tested using both agar-plate and liquid media containing fold dilution of the given DNB formula peptone 1 mg L -1 , meat extract 0. Ammonia concentration was checked by colorimetric analysis with indophenol. Nitrite and nitrate concentrations were determined quantitatively by ion chromatography IC , Tosoh, Tokyo, Japan.

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The samples for the ammonia oxidation activity test were filtered through 0. Electron microscopic analysis was conducted at Hanaichi Ultrastructure Research Institute, Okazaki, Japan, as previously described Fujitani et al. Nitrosomonas mobilis is the dominant AOB in nitrifying granules in an aerobic upflow fluidized bed reactor. The ratio of N. After the nitrifying granule samples were dispersed by ultrasonic treatment and applied to a cell sorter, the areas of the generated dot plots were determined Figure 2 according to our previous studies Ushiki et al.

Briefly, the dot plot area was divided into four sub-areas P1—P4 consisting of different magnitudes of FSC representing size of particles and SSC representing complexity of particles. Fractions separated from each sub-area were then subjected to microscopic observation. The P3 area included larger and more complex multi-species aggregates Figure 3C , whereas the P4 area in the dot plot contained most of the pure N.

Dot plots obtained from nitrifying granule samples via sonication and cell-sorting techniques. The identified dot plot area was divided into four sub-areas P1—P4. Fractions sorted from each area P1—P4 were observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Yellow cells show the NmV-stained N. Before application to a cell sorter, the population of planktonic single cells or multi-species aggregates was much larger than that of microcolonies.

However, the ratio of N.

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FISH analysis revealed that the ratio of N. Based on microbial cell counting, the ratio of N. The portions remaining in the P4 area were aggregates, other bacterial microcolonies, single cells, debris, or vacant counts. Nitrosomonas mobilis microcolonies sorted from the P4 area were individually inoculated into well microtiter plates containing medium with a relatively low ammonia concentration 50 mg-N L -1 and cultivated under dark and static conditions over 3 months.

After cultivation, microscopic observation elucidated the growth of pure single-species cells, contaminants, and no cells in each well. Single N. Nitrite production was subsequently identified in 24 of wells by Griess reagent.

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  7. FISH analysis and microscopic observation confirmed the growth of N. Finally, the samples in these 12 positive wells were subjected to PCR amplification and sequence analysis. The remaining 12 wells showing nitrite production except for N. Although four samples could not be identified because of low DNA level, the remaining eight were attributed to the N.

    At the 16S rRNA gene level, , , and NM , Nitrosomonas sp. Overall, these results demonstrated that strain Ms1 obtained in this study was unambiguously affiliated with N. TABLE 1. Similarity of Nitrosomonas mobilis sp.

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    Ms1 with other AOB pure strains or clones retrieved from nitrifying granules. Phylogenetic analysis showing the affiliation of isolates in this study. The tree was constructed using the neighbor-joining algorithm. Numbers at the branch nodes are bootstrap values. Phylogenetic analysis based on bacterial amoA gene sequences of selected Nitrosomonas class. The purity of the culture was carefully inspected throughout the experiment by i FISH microscopic observation, ii transferring of cultures to several types of organic culture medium and iii PCR. FISH revealed no contaminants in the cultures.

    The inner portions of the microcolonies assembled in pure culture were further inspected by confocal laser scanning microscopy to confirm the purity and each microcolony was found to consist solely of N. To investigate whether pure cultures were contaminated with NOB co-existing in the original granule sample, FISH and PCR using the Nitrobacter -specific probes and primers, respectively, confirmed the absence of Nitrobacter.

    Electron microscopy revealed that strain Ms1 has unique morphological characteristics. Scanning electron microscopy SEM revealed that the width and length of the rod-shaped cells ranged from 0.

    Additionally the diameter of spherical cells was about 0. A microcolony consisted of approximately 20—50 cells and each cell was tightly connected Figure 6C. Transmission electron microscopy TEM of ultrathin sections of the rod-shaped cells or spherical cells revealed that each cell was surrounded with multi-layers of cytoplasmic membrane, with a thickness of — nm Figures 6D,E. Individual cells within a microcolony were packed densely Figure 6F.

    Morphology of N.

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    Ms1 isolated from nitrifying granules. In this study, novel pure strains affiliated with N. Our group previously developed a novel isolation and cultivation method for uncultured NOB. This method focused on morphological features of microorganisms and enabled selective separation of microcolonies of NOB.

    Indeed, novel strains belonging to the phylum Nitrospirae , which forms dominant NOB species in activated sludge in wastewater treatment plants, were isolated and characterized Ushiki et al. In the next challenge, we applied this technique to AOB. Conventionally, pure strains of N. In this study, use of liquid medium instead of solid medium enabled pure cultivation. Previous research reported that agar as a gelling reagent often prevents cell growth Tamaki et al.

    Although it was tested whether strain Ms1 isolated in this study grow on agar plates with the same medium composition as liquid medium, the cell growth was not confirmed.

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    Therefore, this novel method was effective for microorganisms capable of colony formation in liquid medium. Although separating and sorting of N. Indeed, RNA sequencing revealed that N. The addition of NaClO 3 as an inhibitor of nitrite oxidation effectively prevented the growth of Nitrobacter. Moreover a previous study reported that N. However, Nitrospira was not detected in the procedure of pure cultivation in this study. Inoculating microcolonies, instead of single cells might trigger the growth of N.

    Indeed, Batchelor et al. Although it is not known if N. Even though N. Therefore, the cultivability showed nearly the same values in any different types of nitrifiers.

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    Open Access. First Online: 10 November Introduction Nitrification, the sequential aerobic oxidation of ammonia to nitrate via nitrite, is a central nitrogen N cycling process. The discovery of complete nitrifiers raises questions about i the ecological significance of the comammox process, ii driving factors for niche separation between the different ammonia-oxidizing guilds, and iii the physiology of comammox compared to strict nitrite-oxidizing Nitrospira.

    Comparing the distribution and abundance of complete nitrifiers to other ammonia oxidizers is a first step towards determining the contribution of the comammox process to nitrification in different environments. However, since comammox bacteria do not form a monophyletic group within Nitrospira lineage II Fig. Thus, other molecular techniques such as metagenomics and functional gene-based PCR assays have been used to detect complete nitrifiers in environmental samples. In addition to these already applied methods, comammox Nitrospira might be visualized in situ using direct-geneFISH Barrero-Canosa et al.

    MAGs assigned to comammox Nitrospira have been identified mainly in metagenomes derived from engineered systems, but also from natural ecosystems like fertilized soil Table S1. For PCR-based approaches, a widely used functional marker of aerobic ammonia oxidation is the amoA gene. Recently, several different PCR assays and primer sets targeting comammox amoA genes were developed Bartelme et al. Although the two-step PCR approach of Wang and co-workers is a valuable tool to identify potential novel members of the copper containing membrane monooxygenase family Wang et al.

    By applying PCR assays that target comammox clade A and B amoA separately, complete nitrifiers could be detected in a wide range of environmental samples, including man-made systems like drinking and wastewater treatment plants, and several natural habitats, like forest and paddy field soils, rice rhizosphere, and lake sediments Pjevac et al. In addition to environmental distribution studies, the relative abundance of comammox bacteria compared to canonical ammonia oxidizers has been explored in several ecosystems to elucidate their potential contribution to nitrification. Although large-scale surveys comparing the abundances of ammonia-oxidizing guilds are still missing, first quantitative studies showed co-occurrence of all three ammonia-oxidizing guilds with varying abundance patterns in different habitats Bartelme et al.

    One potential factor for the high abundance of comammox Nitrospira compared to canonical ammonia oxidizers in these engineered environments might be that the operational setups of these systems favor surface-attached microbial communities, in which complete nitrifiers might benefit from their higher growth yield Costa et al. In addition, the assignment of more than half of the bacterial amoA reads in fertilized soil metagenomes to Nitrospira suggests a high abundance of complete nitrifiers in natural ecosystems with elevated N inputs Orellana et al.

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