Shandong Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Qingdao, Shandong Province, 266237, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Microcystin (MC) elimination is a global challenge that is necessary for the health of humans and ecosystems. Biodegradation of MC, one of the most environmental-friendly methods, had previously been focused on the aerobic condition. In this study, two enrichment cultures from Taihu sediments possessed high capacity for MC-leucine arginine (MC-LR) anaerobic biodegradation. Meanwhile, it was firstly found that MC-LR underwent similar degradation process under anaerobic conditions to that in aerobic condition. Furthermore, a novel degradation pathway, hydrolyzing of Ala-Mdha to form a new linear MC-LR intermediate, was proposed under anaerobic conditions. Combining MC-LR degradation with microbial community analysis, this study deduced that Candidatus Cloacamonas acidaminovorans str. Evry may play an important role in the degradation of MC-LR. These findings suggest an additional pathway involved in the environmental cycle of MC-LR, which implies that the biotransformation of MC-LR might play an important role in eliminating MC-LR in eutrophic lake sediments under anaerobic conditions.