Growth Behavior and Transcriptome Profile Analysis of Proteus mirabilis Strain under Long- versus Short-Term Simulated Microgravity Environment

Bin Zhang, Po Bai, Dapeng Wang

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Abstract

Spaceflight missions affect the behavior of microbes that are inevitably introduced into space environments and may impact astronauts’ health. Current studies have mainly focused on the biological characteristics and molecular mechanisms of microbes after short-term or long-term spaceflight, but few have compared the impact of various lengths of spaceflight missions on the characteristics of microbes. Researchers generally agree that microgravity (MG) is the most critical factor influencing microbial physiology in space capsules during flight missions. This study compared the growth behavior and transcriptome profile of Proteus mirabilis cells exposed to long-term simulated microgravity (SMG) with those exposed to short-term SMG. The results showed that long-term SMG decreased the growth rate, depressed biofilm formation ability, and affected several transcriptomic profiles, including stress response, membrane transportation, metal ion transportation, biological adhesion, carbohydrate metabolism, and lipid metabolism in contrast to short-term SMG. This study improved the understanding of long-term versus short-term SMG effects on P. mirabilis behavior and provided relevant references for analyzing the influence of P. mirabilis on astronaut health during spaceflights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-171
Number of pages11
JournalPolish Journal of Microbiology
Volume71
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • length of time
  • phenotype
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • simulated microgravity
  • transcriptomics

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