Dynamics of Phylogenetic Diversity and its influence on the production of Extracellular Protease by moderately Halotolerant Alkaliphilic Bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii GTCR407 Nov.


  • Thiyagarajan Gurunathan Department of Biotechnology, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai-600 020, Tamilnadu, India.
  • S. Gowtham Kumar Genetics Division, Central Research Laboratory, Chettinad University, Kelambakkam, Chennai-603103, India.
  • C. Anbu Selvam Department of Pharmacology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry-605107, India.
  • Asit Baran Mandal Chemical Laboratory, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai-600 020, Tamilnadu, India.


Haloalkaliphilic, Extracellular protease, Phylogenetic diversity, Microbial population dynamics, Acinetobacter baumannii


New characters emerge in the population of microorganisms living in the extreme environments due to its adaptation to ecological association. The microorganisms living in saline habitat utilize complex nutrients by adopting different strategies in Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA), which are related to their metabolic and ecological diversities. Isolation and characterization of the organisms producing extracellular protease from such environment were the prime focus of this investigation, which can indicate the importance of metabolic diversity in phylogeny. Norberg medium was used to isolate halotolerant microorganisms from salt-cured skin. The isolates were screened for high activity of protease and the strain showing maximum activity of protease was taken for further studies. The biochemical characterization and 16s ribosomal RNA sequencing studies confirm that the isolate is Acinetobacter baumannii. Moreover, hydrolysis positive for starch and casein, negative for gelatin shows that the organism is a variant form of A. baumannii. Cell growth parameters such as pH and temperature were optimized and their values are 8 and 37oC respectively. The extracellular production of protease was optimized in the suitable medium and its enzyme activity was 165μg/ml/min. The results imply that the isolate had acquired operational genes through lateral gene transfer (LGT) probably from unrelated species in the environment. This indicates that the isolate identified possesses metabolic and ecological diversities with values of phylogenetic delineation.


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Gurunathan, T., Kumar, S. G., Selvam, C. A., & Mandal, A. B. (2010). Dynamics of Phylogenetic Diversity and its influence on the production of Extracellular Protease by moderately Halotolerant Alkaliphilic Bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii GTCR407 Nov. Journal of Advanced Laboratory Research in Biology, 1(1), 23–30. Retrieved from https://e-journal.sospublication.co.in/index.php/jalrb/article/view/9