In situ visualization of bacterial populations in coral tissues: pitfalls and solutions

Wada, Naohisa, Pollock, Frederic J., Willis, Bette L., Ainsworth, Tracy, Mano, Nobuhiro, and Bourne, David G. (2016) In situ visualization of bacterial populations in coral tissues: pitfalls and solutions. PeerJ, 4. e2424.

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In situ visualization of microbial communities within their natural habitats provides a powerful approach to explore complex interactions between microorganisms and their macroscopic hosts. Specifically, the application of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to simultaneously identify and visualize diverse microbial taxa associated with coral hosts, including symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium), Bacteria, Archaea, Fungi and protists, could help untangle the structure and function of these diverse taxa within the coral holobiont. However, the application of FISH approaches to coral samples is constrained by non-specific binding of targeted rRNA probes to cellular structures within the coral animal tissues (including nematocysts, spirocysts, granular gland cells within the gastrodermis and cnidoglandular bands of mesenterial filaments). This issue, combined with high auto-fluorescence of both host tissues and endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium), make FISH approaches for analyses of coral tissues challenging. Here we outline the major pitfalls associated with applying FISH to coral samples and describe approaches to overcome these challenges.

Item ID: 45381
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2167-8359
Keywords: coral, bacteria, fluorescence in situ hybridization, holobiont, in situ visualization
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Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 02:29
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