Publications by authors named "Fereidoun Rassoulzadegan"

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Interactive effects of viral and bacterial production on marine bacterial diversity.

PLoS One 2013 7;8(11):e76800. Epub 2013 Nov 7.

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan ; Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Otsu, Shiga, Japan ; Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France ; CNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

A general model of species diversity predicts that the latter is maximized when productivity and disturbance are balanced. Based on this model, we hypothesized that the response of bacterial diversity to the ratio of viral to bacterial production (VP/BP) would be dome-shaped. In order to test this hypothesis, we obtained data on changes in bacterial communities (determined by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism of 16S rRNA gene) along a wide VP/BP gradient (more than two orders of magnitude), using seawater incubations from NW Mediterranean surface waters, i.e., control and treatments with additions of phosphate, viruses, or both. In December, one dominant Operational Taxonomic Unit accounted for the major fraction of total amplified DNA in the phosphate addition treatment (75±20%, ± S.D.), but its contribution was low in the phosphate and virus addition treatment (23±19%), indicating that viruses prevented the prevalence of taxa that were competitively superior in phosphate-replete conditions. In contrast, in February, the single taxon predominance in the community was held in the phosphate addition treatment even with addition of viruses. We observed statistically robust dome-shaped response patterns of bacterial diversity to VP/BP, with significantly high bacterial diversity at intermediate VP/BP. This was consistent with our model-based hypothesis, indicating that bacterial production and viral-induced mortality interactively affect bacterial diversity in seawater.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820650PMC
July 2014

Association of marine viral and bacterial communities with reference black carbon particles under experimental conditions: an analysis with scanning electron, epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

FEMS Microbiol Ecol 2010 Nov 3;74(2):382-96. Epub 2010 Aug 3.

Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry Group, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

Black carbon (BC), the product of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass, constitutes a significant fraction of the marine organic carbon pool. However, little is known about the possible interactions of BC and marine microorganisms. Here, we report the results of experiments using a standard reference BC material in high concentrations to investigate basic principles of the dynamics of natural bacterial and viral communities with BC particles. We assessed the attachment of viral and bacterial communities using scanning electron, epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy and shifts in bacterial community composition using 16S rRNA gene denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). In 24-h time-course experiments, BC particles showed a strong potential for absorbing viruses and bacteria. Total viral abundance was reduced, whereas total bacterial abundance was stimulated in the BC treatments. Viral and bacterial abundance on BC particles increased with particle size, whereas the abundances of BC-associated viruses and bacteria per square micrometer surface area decreased significantly with BC particle size. DGGE results suggested that BC has the potential to change bacterial community structure and favour phylotypes related to Glaciecola sp. Our study indicates that BC could influence processes mediated by bacteria and viruses in marine ecosystems.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2010.00953.xDOI Listing
November 2010

Are viruses driving microbial diversification and diversity?

Environ Microbiol 2004 Jan;6(1):1-11

Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Biogeochemistry, Functional Diversity and Microbial Ecology Group, BP 28, 06234 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

Viruses can influence the genetic diversity of prokaryotes in various ways. They can affect the community composition of prokaryotes by 'killing the winner' and keeping in check competitive dominants. This may sustain species richness and the amount of information encoded in genomes. Viruses can also transfer (viral and host) genes between species. Such mechanisms have probably influenced the speciation of prokaryotes. Whole-genome sequencing has clearly revealed the importance of (virus-mediated) gene transfer. However, its significance for the ecological performance of aquatic microbial communities is only poorly studied, although the few available reports indicate a large potential. Here, we present data supporting the hypothesis that viral genes and viral activity generate genetic variability of prokaryotes and are a driving force for ecological functioning and evolutionary change.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1462-2920.2003.00539.xDOI Listing
January 2004
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