Diurnally entrained anticipatory behavior in archaea

Kenia Whitehead, Min Pan, Ken Ichi Masumura, Richard Bonneau, Nitin S. Baliga

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By sensing changes in one or few environmental factors biological systems can anticipate future changes in multiple factors over a wide range of time scales (daily to seasonal). This anticipatory behavior is important to the fitness of diverse species, and in context of the diurnal cycle it is overall typical of eukaryotes and some photoautotrophic bacteria but is yet to be observed in archaea. Here, we report the first observation of light-dark (LD)-entrained diurnal oscillatory transcription in up to 12% of all genes of a halophilic archaeon Halobacterium salinarum NRC-1. Significantly, the diurnally entrained transcription was observed under constant darkness after removal of the LD stimulus (free-running rhythms). The memory of diurnal entrainment was also associated with the synchronization of oxic and anoxic physiologies to the LD cycle. Our results suggest that under nutrient limited conditions halophilic archaea take advantage of the causal influence of sunlight (via temperature) on O2 diffusivity in a closed hypersaline environment to streamline their physiology and operate oxically during nighttime and anoxically during daytime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere5485
JournalPLoS One
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 8 2009

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Archaea
Physiology
Transcription
physiology
transcription (genetics)
Halobacterium
Halobacterium salinarum
Light
photosynthetic bacteria
Sunlight
Darkness
Photoperiod
Biological Factors
Biological systems
Eukaryota
diffusivity
Nutrients
eukaryotic cells
Bacteria
Synchronization

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Whitehead, K., Pan, M., Masumura, K. I., Bonneau, R., & Baliga, N. S. (2009). Diurnally entrained anticipatory behavior in archaea. PLoS One, 4(5), [e5485]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0005485

Diurnally entrained anticipatory behavior in archaea. / Whitehead, Kenia; Pan, Min; Masumura, Ken Ichi; Bonneau, Richard; Baliga, Nitin S.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 4, No. 5, e5485, 08.05.2009.

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Whitehead, K, Pan, M, Masumura, KI, Bonneau, R & Baliga, NS 2009, 'Diurnally entrained anticipatory behavior in archaea', PLoS One, vol. 4, no. 5, e5485. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0005485
Whitehead, Kenia ; Pan, Min ; Masumura, Ken Ichi ; Bonneau, Richard ; Baliga, Nitin S. / Diurnally entrained anticipatory behavior in archaea. In: PLoS One. 2009 ; Vol. 4, No. 5.
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