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Screening and identification of functional bacterial attachment genes in aerobic granular sludge


Jianrong Zhu , Kai Qiao , Tingting Zhao , Lei Wang , Wei Zhang , Wei Meng , Fan Liu , Xu Gao

DOI:10.1016/j.jes.2023.07.011

Received January 17, 2023,Revised , Accepted July 10, 2023, Available online July 18, 2023

Volume 36,2024,Pages 205-214

The screening and identification of attachment genes is important to exploring the formation mechanism of biofilms at the gene level. It is helpful to the development of key culture technologies for aerobic granular sludge (AGS). In this study, genome-wide sequencing and gene editing were employed for the first time to investigate the effects and functions of attachment genes in AGS. With the help of whole-genome analysis, ten attachment genes were screened from thirteen genes, and the efficiency of gene screening was greatly improved. Then, two attachment genes were selected as examples to further confirm the gene functions by constructing gene-knockout recombinant mutants of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia; when the two attachment genes were knocked out, the attachment potential was reduced by 50.67% and 43.93%, respectively. The results provide a new theoretical principle and efficient method for the development of AGS from the perspective of attachment genes.

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