Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 157, Issue 2, pp 169–175 | Cite as

Selenomonas acidaminovorans sp. nov., a versatile thermophilic proton-reducing anaerobe able to grow by decarboxylation of succinate to propionate

  • Cheng Guangsheng
  • Caroline M. Plugge
  • Wim Roelofsen
  • Frans P. Houwen
  • Alfons J. M. Stams
Original Papers


A moderately thermophilic anaerobic bacterium (strain Su883), which decarboxylated succinate to propionate, was isolated from granular methanogenic sludge. The bacterium appeared to ferment a number of amino acids including glutamate, histidine, arginine, ornithine, citrulline, and threonine to propionate, acetate and hydrogen. Propionate was formed via the oxidative decarboxylation of α-ketoglutarate to succinyl-CoA. In addition, the strain degraded glucose, fructose, glycerol, pyruvate, serine, alanine, citrate and malate to acetate, carbon dioxide and hydrogen, and branched-chain amino acids to branched-chain fatty acids. With all single substrates solely hydrogen was formed as reduced fermentation product. Mixed cultures of strain Su883 and Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum ΔH showed a more rapid conversion of substrates and with some substrates a shift from acetate to propionate formation.

Strain Su883 is a motile, gram-negative, non-sporeforming, slightly curved rod with a DNA base ratio of 56.5 mol% guanine-plus-cytosine. Selenomonas acidaminovorans Su883 is proposed as type strain for the new species within the genus Selenomonas.

Key words

Fermentation of amino acids Interspecies hydrogen transfer Propionic acid fermentation Selenomonas acidaminovorans Succinate decarboxylation Syntrophic degradation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheng Guangsheng
    • 1
  • Caroline M. Plugge
    • 1
  • Wim Roelofsen
    • 1
  • Frans P. Houwen
    • 1
  • Alfons J. M. Stams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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