Williams, Timothy J., Burg, Dominic W., Ertan, Haluk, Raftery, Mark J., Poljak, Anne, Guilhaus, Michael and Cavicchioli, Ricardo
Global proteomic analysis of the insoluble, soluble, and supernatant fractions of the psychrophilic archaeon Methanococcoides burtonii. Part II: the effect of different methylated growth substrates
Journal of Proteome Research, 9, (2), . (doi:10.1021/pr9005102). (PMID:19947665).
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Methanococcoides burtonii is a cold-adapted methanogenic archaeon from Ace Lake in Antarctica. Methanol and methylamines are the only substrates it can use for carbon and energy. We carried out quantitative proteomics using iTRAQ of M. burtonii cells grown on different substrates (methanol in defined media or trimethylamine in complex media), using techniques that enriched for secreted and membrane proteins in addition to cytoplasmic proteins. By integrating proteomic data with the complete, manually annotated genome sequence of M. burtonii, we were able to gain new insight into methylotrophic metabolism and the effects of methanol on the cell. Metabolic processing of methanol and methylamines is initiated by methyltransferases specific for each substrate, with multiple paralogs for each of the methyltransferases (similar to other members of the Methanosarcinaceae). In M. burtonii, most methyltransferases appear to have distinct roles in the metabolism of methylated substrates, although two methylamine methyltransferases appear to be nonfunctional. One set of methyltransferases for trimethylamine catabolism appears to be membrane associated, potentially providing a mechanism to directly couple trimethylamine uptake to demethylation. Important roles were highlighted for citrate synthase, glutamine synthetase, acetyl-CoA decarbonylase/synthase, and pyruvate synthase in carbon and nitrogen metabolism during growth on methanol. M. burtonii had only a marginal response to the provision of exogenous amino acids (from yeast extract), indicating that it is predisposed to the endogenous synthesis of amino acids. Growth on methanol appeared to cause oxidative stress in the cell, possibly through the formation of reactive nonoxygen species and formaldehyde, and the oxidative inactivation of corrinoid proteins, with the cell responding by elevating the synthesis of universal stress (Usp) proteins, several nucleic acid binding proteins, and a serpin. In addition, changes in levels of cell envelope proteins were linked to counteracting the disruptive solvent effects of methanol on cell membranes. This is the first global proteomic study to examine the effects of different carbon sources on the growth of an obligately methylotrophic methanogen.
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