American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Cytotoxic and Antimicrobial Potential of Actinomycete Species Saccharopolyspora salina VITSDK4 Isolated from the Bay of Bengal Coast of India

K. Suthindhiran and K. Kannabiran

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2009.90.98

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 5, Issue 2

Pages 90-98


Problem statement: Although the diversity of marine Actinobacteria have been studied and biotechnologically exploited throughout the world, the studies on marine actinobacteria in Indian peninsula are largely unexplored. Of 9 maritime states in India, only 4 states have been extensively studied for the diversity of actinobacteria. Further, the studies on bioactive actinomycetes from saline soil are very scanty. In the present study, we had taken an initiative to isolate culturable halophilic actinomycetes and to screen the bioactive potential. Approach: The marine sediment sample was collected at a depth of 400 cm at Marakkanam. The strain was isolated using ISP No. 2 medium supplemented with 25% sea water. The polyphasic taxonomy of the strain was evaluated by phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and phylogenetic analysis. The 16S rRNA was sequenced and phylogenetic relationship with the closest related species were studied. The growth conditions and the medium had been optimized under shake-flask conditions by measuring the dry weight of the mycelium. The isolate was subjected to fermentation and the crude extract was screened for cytotoxic, hemolytic and antimicrobial activity. The cytotoxicity was evaluated on HeLa cells by MTT assay, hemolytic assay on mouse erythrocytes and the antimicrobial activity was determined by agar diffusion assay. Results: Based on polyphasic taxonomy the species was identified as Saccharopolyspora salina and belongs to the genus Saccharopolyspora. The 16S rRNA sequence of the isolate showed 100% similarity with Saccharopolyspora salina. Based on the phylogenetic and phenotypic evaluation the isolate was designated as Saccharopolyspora salina VITSDK4. The growth was maximal in the designed production medium with the incubation temperature of 28


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