- Production of cyanopeptolins, anabaenopeptins, and microcystins by the harmful cyanobacteria Anabaena 90 and Microcystis PCC 7806
- Harmful Algae
- Volume | Issue number
- 8 | 2
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
This study investigated the effects of light intensity, temperature, and phosphorus limitation on the peptide production of the cyanobacteria Microcystis PCC 7806 and Anabaena 90. Microcystis PCC 7806 produced two microcystin variants and three cyanopeptolins, whereas Anabaena 90 produced four microcystin variants, three anabaenopeptins, and two anabaenopeptilides. Microcystin and cyanopeptolin contents varied by a factor 2-3, whereas the anabaenopeptins and anabaenopeptilides of Anabaena varied more strongly. Under phosphorus limitation, peptide production rates increased with the specific growth rate. The response of peptide production to light intensity and temperature was more complex: in many cases peptide production decreased with specific growth rate. We observed compensatory changes of different peptide variants: decreased cyanopeptolin A and C contents were accompanied by increased cyanopeptolin 970 contents, and decreased anabaenopeptin A and C contents were accompanied by increased anabaenopeptilide 90B contents. Compensatory dynamics in peptide production may enable cyanobacteria to sustain stable peptide levels in a variable environment.
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