A new cell morphotype among methane oxidizers: a spiral-shaped obligately microaerophilic methanotroph from northern low-oxygen environments

@article{Danilova2016ANC,
  title={A new cell morphotype among methane oxidizers: a spiral-shaped obligately microaerophilic methanotroph from northern low-oxygen environments},
  author={Olga V Danilova and Natalia E. Suzina and Jodie van de Kamp and Mette Marianne Svenning and Levente Bodrossy and Svetlana N Dedysh},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={10},
  pages={2734-2743}
}
Although representatives with spiral-shaped cells are described for many functional groups of bacteria, this cell morphotype has never been observed among methanotrophs. Here, we show that spiral-shaped methanotrophic bacteria do exist in nature but elude isolation by conventional approaches due to the preference for growth under micro-oxic conditions. The helical cell shape may enable rapid motility of these bacteria in water-saturated, heterogeneous environments with high microbial biofilm… CONTINUE READING