Proteomic and cellular views of Arthrospira sp.PCC 8005 adaptation to nitrogen depletion

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  • Frédéric Deschoenmaeker
  • Raphael Facchini
  • Baptiste Leroy
  • Hanène Badri
  • C.-C. Zhang
  • Ruddy Wattiez

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Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes that play a crucial role in the Earth’s nitrogen and carbon cycles. Interestingly, filamentous non-diazotrophic cyanobacteria, such as Arthrospira sp. PCC 8005, have developed survival strategies that enable them to adapt to nitrogen deprivation. Metabolic studies recently demonstrated a substantial synthesis and accumulation of glycogen derived from amino acids during nitrogen starvation. Nevertheless, the regulatory mechanism of this adaptation is poorly understood. This study is the first proteomic and cellular analysis of Arthrospira sp. PCC 8005 under nitrogen depletion. Label-free differential proteomic analysis indicated the global carbon and nitrogen reprogramming of the cells during nitrogen depletion as characterized by an upregulation of glycogen synthesis and the use of endogenous nitrogen sources. The degradation of proteins and cyanophycin provided endogenous nitrogen when exogenous nitrogen was limited. Moreover, formamides, cyanates and urea were also potential endogenous nitrogen sources. The transporters of some amino acids and alternative nitrogen sources such as ammonium permease 1 were induced under nitrogen depletion. Intriguingly, although Arthrospira is a non-diazotrophic cyanobacterium, we observed the upregulation of HetR and HglK proteins, which are involved in heterocyst differentiation. .


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1236
Issue number2014
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2014


  • Arthropsira, Nitrogen depletion, Proteomic

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