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Revista argentina de microbiología

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FERNANDEZ-ZENOFF, María V; ESTEVEZ, María C  and  FARIAS, María E. Diurnal variation in bacterioplankton composition and DNA damage in the microbial community from an Andean oligotrophic lake. Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2014, vol.46, n.4, pp.358-362. ISSN 0325-7541.

Laguna Azul is an oligotrophic lake situated at 4,560 m above sea level and subject to a high level of solar radiation. Bacterioplankton community composition (BCC) was analysed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and the impact of solar ultraviolet radiation was assessed by measuring cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD). Furthermore, pure cultures of Acinetobacter johnsonii A2 and Rhodococcus sp. A5 were exposed simulta-neously and CPD accumulation was studied. Gel analyses generated a total of 7 sequences belonging to Alpha-proteobacteria (1 band), Beta-proteobacteria (1 band), Bacteroidetes (2 bands), Actinobacteria (1 band), and Firmicutes (1 band). DGGE profiles showed minimal changes in BCC and no CPD was detected even though a high level of damage was found in biodosimeters. A. johnsonii A2 showed low level of DNA damage while Rhodococcus sp. A5 exhibited high resistance since no CPD were detected under natural UV-B exposure, suggesting that the bacterial community is well adapted to this highly solar irradiated environment.

Keywords : CPD; DGGE; Andean lakes; Ultraviolet radiation.

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