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Genome Announc. 2017 July; 5(29): e00678-17.
Published online 2017 July 20. doi:  10.1128/genomeA.00678-17
PMCID: PMC5522943

Draft Genome Sequence of Paenibacillus sp. Strain MY03, a Terrestrial Bacterium Capable of Degrading Multiple Marine-Derived Polysaccharides


The bacterium Paenibacillus sp. strain MY03, isolated from the root soil of cypress, can effectively degrade marine-derived polysaccharides such as agar, alginate, and chitin. Here, we present the draft genome sequence of MY03. Putative enzymes, including 3 agarases, 1 alginate lyase, and 1 chitinase, were found.


The genus Paenibacillus was first described in 1993 to accommodate a monophyletic lineage of endospore-forming bacteria belonging to the genus Bacillus (1, 2). P. polymyxa was chosen and retained as the type species (3). The number of Paenibacillus spp. has increased from about 50 to more than 80 since 2005. However, so far, strains of only two species—P. agarexedens (4) and P. agaridevorans (5)—have been identified as agar-degrading bacteria, and only the species of P. alginolyticus and P. chondroitinus (6) are associated with alginate degradation.

We isolated the polysaccharide-degrading bacterium Paenibacillus sp. strain MY03 in April 2006 from root soil samples of cypress in the forest park of Mianyang, China. This strain could efficiently degrade and utilize multiple polysaccharides, particularly marine-derived polymers, such as agar, alginate, and chitin. It has been deposited in the China General Microbiological Culture Collection Center (accession no. CGMCC 13707).

The genome of MY03 was sequenced using Illumina/Solexa MiSeq technology at the Shanghai Majorbio Bio-pharm Technology Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China). A library with a fragment length of 380 bp was constructed, and a total of 1,918 Mb of paired-end (300-bp) reads were generated. Approximately 1,869 Mb of high-quality reads, which provided a 205-fold depth of coverage, were assembled with SOAPdenovo version 2.04 (7). Protein-coding sequences were predicted by Glimmer version 3.02 software (8) using default parameters and annotated using BLAST searches of nonredundant protein sequences from the NCBI, Swiss-Prot, TrEMBL, COG (9), and KEGG (10) databases. For gene annotation, only significant BLAST matches with an E value of ≤10−5 were adopted. Ribosomal RNA genes were detected using Barrnap version 0.4.2 software (11), and tRNAs were detected using tRNAscan-SE version 1.3.1 (12).

The genome size of MY03 was estimated to be 9,080,284 bp from 2 scaffolds (138 contigs) with a 51.8% G+C content. A total of 7,745 coding sequences were identified, including 57 RNA genes (2 rRNAs and 53 tRNAs).

Marine algae contain diverse polysaccharides. For instance, red algae contain agars, xylans, and starch; green algae contain sulfate galactan and xylans; and brown algae contain alginate and laminarin (β-1,3-glucan) (13). Marine animals and fungi produce chitin. In the whole genome of MY03, various polysaccharidase genes related to seaweed degradation were found, including a glucoamylase (EC, a mannanase (EC, an alginate lyase (EC and EC, 3 putative agarases (EC, 4 glucanases (EC, EC, EC, and EC, and 10 xylanases (EC and EC A chitinase related to marine animal degradation was found. These results suggest an amazing capability of strain MY03 to metabolize polysaccharides of marine algae and animals. Further studies regarding the functions and origins of so many marine polysaccharidases of the terrestrial bacterium MY03 will be beneficial to the exploration of novel polysaccharide-degrading enzymes and will improve the understanding of their evolutionary processes.

Accession number(s).

This whole-genome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/ENA/GenBank under the accession number MXQD00000000. The version described in this paper is the first version, MXQD01000000.


This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant 31300664 and 31570071).


Citation Liu H, Cheng Y, Gu J, Wang Y, Li J, Li F, Han W. 2017. Draft genome sequence of Paenibacillus sp. strain MY03, a terrestrial bacterium capable of degrading multiple marine-derived polysaccharides. Genome Announc 5:e00678-17.


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