J Genomics 2019; 7:56-59. doi:10.7150/jgen.38149

Research Paper

The Draft Genome of a Hydrogen-producing Cyanobacterium, Arthrospira platensis NIES-46

Shigekatsu Suzuki, Haruyo Yamaguchi, Masanobu Kawachi

Center for Biology and Environmental Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.


Arthrospira is an economically important cyanobacterium that contains many useful products, including proteins, vitamins, lipids, and pigments, and it is distributed in several alkaline soda lakes. Arthrospira platensis NIES-46 produces large amounts of hydrogen. In this study, we sequenced the NIES-46 draft genome and performed comparative analyses among Arthrospira species to elucidate the genomic background of this strain. The genome consists of 5.7 Mbp with a GC% of 44.5% and encodes 5,008 proteins. Our phylogenetic analysis using multiple orthologous proteins shows that Arthrospira is divided into two clades and that NIES-46 is closely related to A. platensis NIES-39. The genome structure and protein functions are highly conserved between A. platensis NIES-39 and NIES-46, suggesting that these two strains have recently diverged. Genes involved in hydrogen production are well-conserved among Arthrospira species, indicating conserved abilities to produce hydrogen.

Keywords: Arthrospira platensis NIES-46, filamentous cyanobacterium, genome, hydrogen production, phylogeny, Spirulina

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Suzuki S, Yamaguchi H, Kawachi M. The Draft Genome of a Hydrogen-producing Cyanobacterium, Arthrospira platensis NIES-46. J Genomics 2019; 7:56-59. doi:10.7150/jgen.38149. Available from http://www.jgenomics.com/v07p0056.htm