The abundance of glycosyl transferase genes in the OD1 and particularly the WWE3 genomes suggests the organisms devote significant energy to production of polysaccharides, glycoproteins and/or a glycosylated S-layer16. Furthermore, the OD1 genome contains a complete pathway for peptidoglycan synthesis16. Sortases, which covalently attach surface proteins to the cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria, and predicted sorted proteins are present in the WWE3 genome16. WWE3 and OD1 lack the outer membrane proteins typically found in type-IV secretion systems and do not make lipid A or lipopolysaccharide; thus the cell envelope is probably not similar to that of Gram-negative bacteria16. Consistent with metagenomic predictions, cryo-electron tomograms indicate that most cell types have cell envelopes with ultrastructural characteristics that are most similar to those of Gram-positive bacteria. The S-layer type cannot be clearly classified from the available data, but in Gram-positive bacteria and in certain archaea, the S-layer is non-covalently bound to cell wall components such as peptidoglycan, secondary cell wall polymers or pseudomurein. In most archaea, the S-layers exhibit pillar-like structures on the inner surface, which are involved in anchoring the arrays in the underlying cytoplasmic membrane37,38. Therefore, the cell envelope of the ultra-small bacteria studied here (thick cytoplasmic membrane, S-layer with a hexagonal symmetry and connectors) is inferred to have mixed character, sharing aspects of both Gram-positive bacteria and archaea cell envelopes.
16S rRNA gene sequences from cells retained on the 0.2 μm filter (50 clones, resulting in 21 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) after chimera checking and clustering as described previously) and 0.1-μm filter (108 clones, resulting in 24 OTUs) were obtained by sequencing of the clone libraries. The individual clone sequences were clustered at 97% using UCLUST (part of USEARCH 64). We also used EMIRGE20 to reconstruct 16S rRNA gene sequences after trimming the Illumina reads using sickle to remove low-quality bases ( ). For EMIRGE, paired-end reads, where both reads were at least 60 nucleotides in length after trimming, were used as inputs. For each sample, EMIRGE was run for 100 iterations. Reconstructed sequences for all sampled taxa were combined with database sequences representing the most closely related taxa for subsequent analysis. EMIRGE reconstructions generated 26 and 36 OTUs for the 0.2- and 0.1-μm filters, respectively. EMIRGE, clone library and Arb-Silva database WWE3-OP11-OD1 16S rRNA gene sequences were aligned with MUSCLE45 using default parameters. The alignment was used to generate a maximum likelihood tree with RAxML46 using the GTRCAT model of nucleotide substitution and 200 bootstrapped replicates and E. coli as an outgroup. The tree was edited using iTOL47. Poorly aligned or lower-quality sequences from the Arb-Silva database were removed prior to further analysis. The environments from which each sequence was obtained were pulled from the Arb-Silva database using the Arb software package.
Because sequences from the most abundant populations (high sequence coverage) often assemble poorly, the analysis also used two data subsets per sample (1/10th and 1/50th of the data for the GWB1 sample and 1/9th and 1/27th of the data for the GWA1 sample). Community composition analysis used results reconciled from these subassemblies. Genomic data from the subassemblies were binned to specific populations based on GC content, coverage and phylogenetic profile. Each genome was either near-complete or well sampled in one or multiple data sets. Phylogenetic profiling-based binning was helpful because many organisms on the filtrates were relatively similar to organisms that are represented in our in-house candidate phyla genomic data set (WWE3, OP11, OD1 and archaea: reported in refs 14, 16, and data to be published elsewhere). Abundances are reported as coverage and/or DNA representation. Coverage was determined based on read mapping statistics. DNA representation used coverage statistics, approximate genome size and total data size (as above).
B.L. contributed to the study design, collected, concentrated and cryo-plunged samples, performed CARD-FISH, cryo-TEM surveys, collected and reconstructed electron tomograms, conducted data analysis and wrote the paper. K.R.F. extracted DNA, constructed and analysed the clone library, genetically engineered the E. coli probe control, carried out some phylogenetic analysis and designed CARD-FISH probes. K.C.W. contributed to the study design and sampling, and performed EMIRGE analysis. H.-Y.N.H. and G.B. performed SIR spectromicroscopy. B.C.T. and A.S. contributed to the bioinformatics analyses. K.H.W. conducted the field experiment. C.E.S. wrote the program for cropping subtomographic volumes with orientation tracking, computed the S-layer 3D reconstructions and selected subtomographic volumes. S.G.T. oversaw metagenomic sequencing. K.H.D. provided the cryo-TEM infrastructure. L.R.C. assisted with the cryo-TEM surveys, collection of tomographic data sets, acquisition of tomographic data for subtomographic averaging, tomographic reconstructions, processing and analysis and conducted the S-layer 3D reconstruction by subtomographic averaging. J.F.B. contributed to the study design, analysed metagenomic and other data and co-wrote the paper. All authors discussed the results and commented on the manuscript.
Tomographic reconstruction of an ultra-small cell. Note, the very dense cytoplasmic compartment and conspicuous, complex cell wall enveloped by a periodic S-layer. Note, that as the movie slices through the cell, the spiral structure is particularly evident. The volume of the spiral is consistent its identification as tightly packed genomic DNA. The high contrast sub-cellular bodies located at both poles of the cell are inferred to be ribosomes. (MOV 21334 kb)
3D reconstruction of an ultra-small cell. This cell surface has filamentous appendages of multiple types: one longer, thicker pilus-like structure (left bottom side of the bacterium), and shorter pili-like structures sparsely distributed across the cell surface. (MOV 8456 kb)
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