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Isolation and Characterization of Thermophilic Bacteria from Jordanian Hot Springs: Bacillus licheniformis and Thermomonas hydrothermalis Isolates as Potential Producers of Thermostable Enzymes.

1. Introduction

Geothermal areas considered the source of the main habitats of thermophilic microorganisms [1]. Geothermal features are not common ecological features; they occur in clusters, in a few widely separated locations of the world where the conditions are right for their occurrence. Due to this specific nature of the geothermal sources, hot springs are available in a few areas only. The best recognized areas and those most studied are in Iceland, United States, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Central America, and Central Africa [2-4]. The attractive feature of hot water resources is the ecology with its variety of the organisms [5] and the molecular strength of its components [6].

Over the last years, extremophiles with its different categories, thermophiles (high temperature), acidophiles (low pH), alkaliphiles (high pH), halophiles (high salinity), and psychrophiles (low temperature) [7], have fascinated researchers in many fields, due to their ability to withstand and function under extreme conditions.

Thermophilic microorganisms (optimum growth temperature of 50[degrees]C or above) have attracted great attention among extremophiles because they are sources of thermostable enzymes (such as amylases, cellulases, chitinases, pectinases, xylanases, proteases, lipase, and DNA polymerases); these enzymes show unique features that can be suitable for performing biotechnological processes at elevated temperatures [8]. Moreover, they have been reported to be more stable against many solvents, detergents, and acidic and alkaline pH [9, 10]. Among these commercially important enzymes are the protease enzymes: alkaline protease possesses the property of a great stability when used in detergents and protease enzymes have found applications in bioindustries such as washing powders, food industry, leather processing, and pharmaceuticals and for studies in biology [11,12]. Moreover, cellulase enzymes showed great commercial potential for the production of glucose feedstock from agricultural cellulosic materials [13] and in the production of bioethanol and value-added organic compounds from renewable agricultural residues [14]. Various enzymes have significance in applications in bioindustries; for example, protease and amylases are used together in many industries such as the food industry, detergent industries, and pharmaceuticals [15]. Another important enzyme gelatinase has gained an importance as targets for drug developments, because of their role in connective tissue degradation linked with tumor metastasis [16].

Thermophiles can be categorized into moderate thermophiles (growth optimum, 50-60[degrees]C), extreme thermophiles (growth optimum, 60-80[degrees]C), and hyperthermophiles (growth optimum, 80-110[degrees]C) [17]. Thermophiles have been isolated from different ecological zones (e.g., hot springs and deep sea) of the earth. The organisms with the highest growth temperatures (103-110[degrees]C) are members of the genera Pyrobaculum, Pyrodictium, Pyrococcus, and Melanopyrus belonging to Archaea; within Fungi, the Ascomycetes and Zygomycetes classes have high growth temperatures [18], while, in case of bacteria, Thermotoga maritime and Aquifex pyrophilus exhibit the highest growth temperatures of 90 and 95[degrees]C, respectively [19]. Thermophilic microorganisms can be classified as Gram-positive or Gram-negative, they can exist under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, and some of them can form spores. Due to their increased importance, potential applications, and roles in different fields, scientists have concentrated their studies to discover new genus and species across the world [20-22].

In Jordan, many hot springs are available in different regions across the country, with temperature ranging between 30 and 63[degrees] C. Their detailed distribution and characteristics have been described in the literature [23]. There are about 200 thermal springs in Jordan spread across the country. Among the major sites are Al Hammah springs, North Shouneh well, Zarqa Ma'in wells, Al Azraq springs, Al Barbitah spring, and Afra springs [24].

Although interest in studying thermophiles from hot springs in Jordan has been demonstrated by a few previous microbial studies, still no sustained research had focused on further utilization of these thermophiles. The aim of the present study is to establish a continuous research line for screening, isolation, and characterization of new extremophilic microorganisms that can possess high biotechnological and environmental potential.

2. Material and Methods

2.1. Samples Collection and Characterization. A total of twenty water samples were collected from hot springs using 200 ml sterile thermal glass containers. Five hot springs in Jordan were chosen to collect the sample, including Hammamat Ma'in, Zara Dead Sea, Hammamat Afra, Al-Burbita, and Al-Hemma. Three replicates were taken for each sample from the same spot of the same location and three different depths were considered including 10 cm, 20 cm, and 30 cm. The temperature, pH, and electrical conductivity were measured by using Thermometer, pH meter and Conductometer, respectively. Water samples were used immediately for enrichment in nutrient broth at 55[degrees]C. One-day enrichment culture was streaked on nutrient agar and blood agar base (HiMedia, Mumbai) to obtain separate colonies. Plastic freezing bags were used to avoid drying of the samples during incubation. Characterization of each isolate was done by examination of colony color, size, elevation, margin, texture, pigmentation, and hemolysis on 5% sheep red blood agar media, in addition to Gram staining.

2.2. Genotypic Study

2.2.1. ITS-PCR Fingerprinting Transcribed Spacers. Genomic DNA from pure strains is extracted using a DNA extraction kit (Promega kit). DNA concentrations were measured by using Nanodrop Spectrophotometer (Bio-Rad). Amplification of the 16S-23S internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) was performed as previously described [25] using, respectively, the universal primers S-D-Bact-1494-a20 (5'GTCGTAACAAGGTAGCCGTA3') and L-D-Bact0035-a-15 (5'CAAGGCATCCACCGT 3'). The amplification reaction mixture consists of 1x PCR reaction buffer, 2.5 mM Mg[Cl.sub.2], 0.2 mM deoxynucleoside triphosphate, 0.3 mM of each primer, 1U Taq DNA polymerase, and 1 [micro]l of total DNA. The PCR program consists of an initial step at 94[degrees] C for 3 min, 35 cycles of denaturation at 94[degrees]C for 45 s, annealing for 1 min at 55[degrees]C, and elongation for 2 min s at 72[degrees]C, followed by final elongation step at 72[degrees]C for 8 min. The ITS-PCR amplification patterns are migrated 1% agarose gels in 0.5x Tris borate-EDTA buffer and stained for 30 min in 0.5 mg [liter.sup.-1] ethidium bromide solution. ITS-PCR profiles are compared and the strains showing comparative profiles are considered identical haplotype.

2.2.2. 16S rDNA Amplification and Sequencing. Genomic DNA was extracted and purified according to Sambrook and Russell [26]. Sequencing of 16S rDNA of the isolate and amplification of the target gene were done using the universal bacterial primer 1492R (5'- TAC GGY TAC CTT GTT ACG ACT T-3') and the domain bacteria-specific primer 27F (5'-AGA GTT TGA TCM TGG CTC AG-3'). Amplification of DNA was carried out under the following conditions: denaturation at 94[degrees]C for 5 min followed by 30 cycles of 94[degrees]C for 30 s, 52[degrees]C for 30 s, 72[degrees]C for 1.5 min, and final extension at 72[degrees]C for 10 min. Amplified PCR products of bacterial isolates were analyzed by electrophoresis with 1% agarose gel. The PCR product was purified using QIA quick PCR purification kit (Qiagen). The purified PCR products were sequenced by Genewiz Inc., USA, using Genetic Analyzer (Applied Biosystems 3130 XL, Switzerland). The deduced sequence was subjected to BLAST algorithm from the National Centre of Biotechnology, Bethesda, MD, USA to retrieve for homologous sequences in GenBank. Phylogenetic tree was constructed by performing distance matrix analysis using the NT system. Database search and comparisons were done with the BLAST database.

2.3. Metabolic and Biochemical Characterization of the Isolates. Haplotypes were tested by API 50CHB strips (BioMerieux, Inc., France) for utilization of the following substrates: glycerol, erythritol, D-arabinose, L-arabinose, ribose, D-xylose, L-xylose, Adonitol, B-methyl xyloside, galactose, glucose, fructose, mannose, L-sorbose, rhamnose, dulcitol, inositol, sorbitol, mannitol, L-methyl-D-mannoside, D-methyl-D-glucoside, N-acetylglucosamine, amygdalin, arbutin, aesculin, salicin, cellobiose, maltose, lactose, sucrose, Trehalose, gentiobiose, melibiose, raffinose, melezitose, starch, glycogen, inulin, D-turanose, D-tagatose, D-fucose, L-fucose, D-lyxose, D-arabitol, L-arabitol, xylitol, gluconate, and 2,5-ketogluconate. One hundred [micro]l of suspended bacteria was injected into the strips and incubated at 50-55[degrees]C for 48 h. Any change in the color to yellow was measured according to kit instructions. The presence of catalase and oxidase enzymes was investigated according to the methods described by Prescott et al. [27].

2.4. Assessment of Enzymatic Production

2.4.1. Cellulase Activity. CMC Plate Assay was used for detection of cellulase producing isolates [28]. The plates were incubated at 37[degrees]C for 5 days to allow the secretion of cellulase. After incubation, the agar medium was overflown with an aqueous solution of Congo red (1% w/v) for duration of 15 minutes. The Congo red solution was then discarded, and the plates were further treated by flooding with 1M NaCl for 15 minutes. The formation of clear zone of hydrolysis indicated cellulose degradation as adopted from Shaikh et al. [29]. The colonies with clearance zone were plated in minimal agar medium supplemented with 1% CMC and incubated at 37[degrees] C and stored at 4[degrees]C for further studies.

2.4.2. Lecithinase Activity. For lecithinase enzyme, 10 ml of the 50% egg yolk was added to 90 ml of sterilized Tryptic soy agar. The formation of a white precipitate around or beneath the inoculum spot revealed lecithinase formation [30].

2.4.3. Lipase Activity. Lipase activity was observed by the appearance of a turbid halo around the inocula on Tryptic soy agar plates supplemented with 1% Tween 80 as explained by Rollof et al. [31].

2.4.4. Protease Activity. Protease activity was detected on Muller-Hinton agar containing 3% skimmed milk. Plates were streaked with test strains followed by incubation at 37[degrees] C for 24 h. The presence of a transparent zone around the colonies indicated caseinase activity [32].

2.4.5. Gelatinase Activity. Gelatinase production was detected by stab inoculating the test strain on nutrient agar supplemented with 3% gelatin kept at 37[degrees]C for 24 hours followed by refrigeration at 4[degrees]C for 30 min. Liquefaction of gelatin was considered positive [33].

2.4.6. Amylase Activity. Starch hydrolysis method was used to identify the amylolytic properties. The starch agar plates were streaked by microbial isolates followed by their incubation at 37[degrees]C for 24 hours. After incubation, 1% iodine solution (freshly prepared) was flooded on the starch agar plate. The presence of blue color around the growth indicated negative results [34].

3. Results

3.1. Characterization of the Samples. Five hot springs sites were prospected in Jordan between September 2015 and March 2016. The hot springs were located in different cities and represent a moderate thermophilic to thermophilic (39.9-60[degrees]C) and neutrophilic to alkalophilic (pH 7.03-8.6) environments with variable electrical conductivity (0.513.27 ms cm-1). Hammamat Ma'in and Zara hot spring were associated with the highest temperature, pH, and conductivity (Table 1).

3.2. Morphological and Biochemical Examination of the Isolates. Various identification tests like endospore formation, motility, anaerobiosis, catalase, and oxidase were performed. Morphological, microscopic observation and biochemical test indicated that the bacteria belonged to the Bacillus sp. The selected strains were observed and growth characteristics were studied (Figure 1).

Morphologically, the isolates showed some variation in the color, margin, shape, and texture of the colonies (Table 2). They were grey, creamy, and white; opaque or translucent; rough or smooth; with regular or irregular edges. Colonies might appear finely wrinkled and adherent to the agar surface. They exhibit alpha- or beta-hemolytic activity on 5% sRBCs. Based on Gram staining, the isolates were found mostly to be Gram-positive and microscopic observation revealed spore- forming rod-shaped bacterium arranged in chain. Growth occurred on BHI agar, nutrient agar, and blood agar but not on MacConkey agar. The API 50CHB profiles for the ten isolates demonstrated phenotypic diversity, and none of the ten isolates shared the same phenotypic patterns (Table 3). As one can see, the utilization of carbohydrates varies; for example, strain H4 can utilize a variety of substrates, in comparison to H6 which can utilize only four substrates. Moreover, strain H8 was the only one capable of yielding reaction with Starch and Glycogen. From a taxonomic point of view, strain H1 has an interesting profile due to its inability to use all of the carbon sources of the API 50CHB system except aesculin.

3.3. ITS-PCR Fingerprinting Assay. ITS-PCR products were analyzed by electrophoresis through 1% agarose gels. Several of the bands had low migration rates and remained in the upper part of the gel at apparent positions above the position of the 600 bp standard. Figure 2 shows the amplification of 16S-23S internal transcribed spacer region using primers S-D-Bact-1494-a-S-20 and L-D-Bact-0035-a-A-15. ITS-PCR experiments were repeated three times using different DNA extractions for amplification. Electrophoretic analysis of the amplified products consistently showed two to four intense, sharp bands (major fragments) for each sample, ranging in size from 300 to 600 bp. On the basis of band difference of major bands, isolates were divided into 10 haplotypes. Figure 2 shows the ten representatives ITS- PCR patterns of the samples.

3.4. Molecular Identification of the Isolates. The final identification and phylogenetic analysis of the isolates was assessed by the 16S rDNA sequencing. The 16S rDNA sequences from the ten haplotypes were aligned with their closely related reference bacterial sequences obtained from the GenBank by Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) program. Sequence analysis showed high similarity with those of the reference strains available in the GenBank databases. The 16S rDNA sequence alignment revealed that the isolates H2-H10 fell within the species Bacillus licheniformis with moderate sequence similarity, indicating that they maybe potential new subspecies. However, sequence analysis showed a strong similarity (99%) between the test strain H1 and the representative strains in gene bank of Thermomonas hydrothermalis.

The combination of the ITS-PCR fingerprinting and 16S rDNA gene sequencing techniques allowed the identification of ten isolates to the species level. The results revealed a clear domination of the genus Bacillus represented by B. licheniformis between different hot springs covering a wide geographic area in Jordan. Based upon 16S rDNA sequence alignment, phylogenetic tree was constructed for all the isolated strains (Figure 3). The sequence of H1 isolate showed similarity with Thermomonas hydrothermalis (99%), while the H2 to H10 profiles correspond to B. licheniformis.

3.5. Production of Extracellular Enzymes. Bacterial isolates collected from hot springs were screened for amylase, protease, lipase, gelatinase, cellulose, and lecithinase activity (Figure 4). Among the ten identified haplotypes, at least one extracellular hydrolytic enzyme was produced by each isolate. Seven isolates (70%) produced amylases, 2 isolates (20%) produced proteases, 6 isolates (60%) produced gelatinase, 6 isolates (60%) produced cellulose, and 8 isolates (80%) produced lecithinase enzyme. No lipase activity was observed among the isolates. In addition, 1 isolate (10%) combined five of the tested enzymes, 4 isolates (40%) produced three extracellular enzymes, 1 (10%) isolate produced two enzymes, and 2 isolates produced one enzyme screened (20%) (Table 4). SPSS correlation between enzymes activity and various biochemical tests used for characterization of the ten haplotypes was estimated statistically (Table 5). For further clarification of enzymatic activity, a dendrogram from enzymatic profiles of H1-H10 isolates was constructed using the MVSP v3.2 software, based on UPGMA method and Jaccard coefficient (Figure 5).

4. Discussion

Thermal springs represent extreme niches whose pristine quality is maintained over a period of time. The terrestrial hot springs that exist on earth [35] represent hot spots for unusual forms of life, genes, and metabolites. Ever since Thomas Brock discovered the presence of Thermus aquaticus in the thermal vents of Yellowstone National Park, a number of researchers have investigated similar environments all over the world. The earth we are existing on is filled with variety of microorganisms that researchers are still far away from being able to complete their identification and isolation, this lead to intensive and extended researches to be carried out in order to fully investigate such promising microorganisms.

Worldwide, geothermal areas which are favorable habitats for thermophilic organisms are limited to a restrict number of sites. In Jordan, there are several hot springs renowned for their rejuvenating and medicinal qualities. The temperatures are often higher than 40[degrees]C. In these conditions living organisms have to cope with extremes temperature, low humidity, and low availability of nutritional compounds. These conditions reduce biodiversity but some bacteria developed survival strategies in order to adapt to such stress. In this study, a total of ten bacterial strains isolated from different hot springs were encoded in the form of H1-H10 and then subjected to various morphological, biochemical, molecular, and physiological tests. All isolates except H1 were Gram-positive with spore-forming rod-shaped morphology (Figure 1). Strains were able to grow at a temperature of 50[degrees]C. Therefore, they could be classified as thermophilic bacteria according to Brock [36], Perry and Staley [37], and Souza and Martins [38]. Morphological and microscopic characteristics for nine of the isolated strains were similar to the characteristics of the genus Bacillus, as was described by Gordon et al. [39] and Souza and Martins [38].

The genus Bacillus was isolated from all explored sites; the presence of Bacillus in all sampled locations could be due to the ability of this genus to move at high rates and their resistance to harsh environmental conditions [40], in addition to its adaptation for hot surroundings [22,41]. Strains of Bacillus have been dominant in studies carried out by different researchers cross the world. For example, 97.5% of strains recovered by Aanniz et al. [22] from Moroccan hot springs were belonging to this genus. Moreover, Maugeri et al. [2] isolated 87 thermophilic, aerobic, and spore-forming bacteria from Aeolian Islands (Italy), which were the dominant species that were retained to genus Bacillus.Inaddition, thermophilic Bacillus was the dominant strain from Jordanian hot springs as reported by Abou-Shanab [42] and Malkawiand Al-Omari [24].

In the present study, the results obtained from ITS-PCR and 16S rDNA for the ten isolates were analyzed by BLAST. Based on BLAST alignment of these isolates to GenBank sequence, the phylogenetic tree was constructed (Figure 3). This allows identification of the ten isolates to the species level. Among these isolates, nine of them (H2-H10) belonged to the species B. licheniformis with moderate sequence similarity (25-67%), and one of the isolates showed strong similarity (99%) to the genus Thermomonas hydrothermalis. The phylogenetic tree derived from 16S rDNA, in addition to the difference in the morphological and physiological behavior of the strains (H2-H10) (Tables 2 and 3), revealed the possibility of the presence of subspecies among B. licheniformis. Variant subspecies genotypes are terms expressing the concept of microheterogeneity within a species. The significance of subspecies seems to allow the possibility of distinguishing important phenotype and niche differences between the isolates [43]. However, the traditional methods including morphological and biochemical characterization used for identification of the isolates are troublesome, and sometimes the results are difficult to interpret. Information obtained by sequencing make it possible to identify the 10 haplotypes to species level.

These findings are consistent with other studies carried out by De Clerck and De Vos [44]; Burgess et al. [45]; and Aanniz et al. [22]. Furthermore, Manachini et al. [46] reported three distinct groups among 182 B. licheniformis strains isolated. Similarly, this strain has also been isolated from different hot springs worldwide, such as India [19-47], Morocco [48], Turkey [4], Bulgari [49], and Indonesia [50]. In Jordan, previous findings reported the isolation of thermophilic bacteria belonging to the genus Bacillus. For instance, a thermostable protease producing Bacillus pumilus has been isolated from Mae'en hot springs in the north of Jordan valley [51]. Moreover, Geobacillus species were isolated and characterized by Obeidat et al. [52] to determine their enzymatic activities.

It was clearly observed that all Jordanian hot springs investigated in this study were found to be populated with Bacillus licheniformis species. The low diversity observed in our study may be correlated to the environmental conditions such as high temperature and the nutritional status available for the growth of Bacillus in water strata of the hot springs. Previous studies on thermal springs have shown an increasing diversity with decreasing temperature [53]. The microbial diversity of the five hot springs in Jordan was studied by Malkawi and Al-Omari [24] using both microbiological and molecular approaches. Most of the isolated bacteria reported were Gram-positive rods (94.7%) and (90.9%) belong to the genus Bacillus.

Ecological environment established on the hot springs was long-known to be moderate to high temperature and nutrient-poor. These waters, springing out from below the ground, form an isolated environment from a biogeographic point of view. Strains of the genus Bacillus are well adapted to hot environments. They have also generally simple nutritional needs. Therefore, they are able to colonize oligotrophic niches like salt marshes, hot springs, and desert soils [54].

On the other hand, the interesting finding in this study, is the isolation of strain H1, which was identified by 16S rDNA as Thermomonas hydrothermalis; there are no previous reports about the isolation of this strain from hot springs in Jordan; additionally, worldwide few reports concerning this strain are available. The genus Thermomonas, belonging to the family Xanthomonadaceae was firstly established and described by Busse et al. [55]. This genus comprises five species isolated from a wide range of habitats, kaolin slurry [the type species, Thermomonas haemolytica [55]], a hot spring [Thermomonas hydrothermalis [56]], a denitrification reactor [Thermomonas brevis and Thermomonas fusca [57]], and a ginseng field [Thermomonas koreensis [58]]. Thermomonas hydrothermalis was isolated for the first time from hot springs at Sao Gemil in central Portugal [56]. It was closely related to Thermomonas haemolytica but has a higher growth temperature range than this species. This strain was described as Gram-negative, rod-shaped cells. Cells are nonmotile, and they form light brown colored colonies 0.5 to 2.0 mm in diameter and a diffusible brown pigment in older cultures. Recently, this slightly thermophilic bacterium was isolated from geothermal areas in Turkey [4]. Since there are not many reports regarding these isolates, this makes it a fascinating bacterial strain to be further investigated for its biotechnological and environmental applications.

One of the important potentials of thermophilic microorganisms is their enzymatic activities; due to their ability to function under sever conditions such as temperature, pH, and pressure, this will intensify their importance in industrial and biotechnological areas. Such enzymes can be isolated from extremophilic microorganisms. This indicated that the strains may have developed special mechanisms genetically and physiologically to be able to utilize available organic matter, via enzyme production [48], in addition to the possibility of adopting system by these microorganisms to survive in such conditions and uptake of any available nutrients. Microorganisms that possess thermostable enzymes have many attractive features such as their ability to minimize the possibility of microbial contamination in large-scale industrial reactions and working for long durations [59, 60].

In this study, none of the ten isolates was lipase positive, while six of them were cellulase positive (including H1), and two of them only were protease positive. The constructed UPGMA dendrogram of the enzymatic characteristics of ten bacterial strains isolated from five hot springs showed three clusters (A, B, and C). The first cluster (A) included one isolate corresponding to phenotype P1 and haplotype ITS (H2). The second cluster (B) contained also one isolated strain representing the phenotype P2. The last cluster (C) could be subdivided into seven branches corresponding to 6 different phenotypes (P3 to P9). The phenotypes P3, P4, P5, P6, P8, and P9 were represented, respectively, by the isolates of haplotypes ITS H8, H9, H3, H7, H5, and H1. The phenotype P7 regrouped two isolates of two different haplotypes ITS (H6 and H9). Based on the dendrogram obtained results, the ten studied isolates exhibited a high phenotypic diversity.

A positive correlation was observed by H5 and H8, linking protease production with their abilities to utilize arabinose, ribose, xylose, sorbose, mannitol, mannoside, starch, glycogen, and fucose (P < 0.05). However, cellulase, lecithinase, and amylase produced by B. licheniformis strains and T. hydrothermalis showed a negative correlation (P < 0.05) with some biochemical tests indicating that isolates with high cellulase, lecithinase, and amylase activity have low capability to metabolize arabinose, ribose, xylose, mannitol, mannoside, starch, glycogen, and fucose, and vice versa.

Bacillus strains have been studied intensively for its capability to produce very important thermoenzymes [61]. As it was observed the variation of the excretion of extracellular enzymes among strains (H2-H10) which confirms the presence of subspecies of Bacillus licheniformis. Results obtained are consistent with other reports about the amylolytic, proteolytic, and cellulatic activity [22, 62]. However, there were not previous detailed enzyme profiles available for Thermomonas strains except a study by Baltaci et al. [4], which reported positive amylase and lipase activity and negative cellulase, which is contrary to the results obtained in our study, where the strain showed positive cellulase activity but negative lipase activity. This encourages further studies to carry on further enzymatic analysis with this strain in the future.

5. Conclusions

The thermophilic bacteria Bacillus licheniformis and Thermomonas hydrothermalis were isolated and their preliminary enzymatic potential was characterized. This is the first report on isolation of a Thermomonas strain from Jordanian hot springs. The diversity in phenotypic and enzymatic analysis among B. licheniformis strains indicated the presence of subspecies. These promising results can be exploited further for production of biotechnological important and industrially thermostable enzymes. This study widens the opportunities for further research to be conducted to explore more the immense significance of these strains especially Thermomonas isolates, where there is lack of intensive studies regarding this organism.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Deanship of Scientific Research at the German Jordanian University under Research Grant no. SAMS 14/2015.


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Balsam T. Mohammad, (1) Hala I. Al Daghistani, (2) Atef Jaouani, (3) Saleh Abdel-Latif, (2) and Christian Kennes (4)

(1) Pharmaceutical and Chemical Engineering Department, School of Applied Medical Sciences, German Jordanian University, P.O. Box 35247, Amman 11180, Jordan

(2) Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Science, Al Balqa Applied University, As-Salt, Jordan

(3) Institut Superieur des Sciences Biologiques Appliques de Tunis, Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Laboratoire Microorganismes et Biomolecules Actives LR03ES03, Universite de TunisEl Manar, 2092 Tunis, Tunisia

(4) Chemical Engineering Laboratory, Faculty of Sciences and Center for Advanced Scientific Research (CICA), University of A Coruna, 15008 A Coruna, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Balsam T. Mohammad;

Received 28 May 2017; Revised 8 August 2017; Accepted 24 August 2017; Published 15 October 2017

Academic Editor: Giuseppe Comi

Caption: Figure 1: Variation in colonial morphology of bacterial isolates from the hot springs using 5% sheep blood agar.

Caption: Figure 2: Amplification of 16S-23S internal transcribed spacer region using S-D-Bact-1494 and L-D-Bact- 0035 primers. Lanes 1-18 in (a) represent samples obtained from Jordan Al-Hemma. Lanes 1-16 in (b) represent samples from Maain and Zara hot springs; Lane 17 represent a negative control. M; molecular marker.

Caption: Figure 3: Phylogenetic tree based on total 16S rDNA sequencing (software MEGA 6.0).

Caption: Figure 4: Enzyme activity of Bacillus species isolated from Jordanian hot springs. (a) Gelatinase activity, (b) amylase activity, (c) protease activity, (d) beta-hemolytic activity, (e) cellulase activity, and (f) lecithinase activity. Black arrows represent enzyme action.

Caption: Figure 5: Dendrogram of enzymatic characteristics of ten bacterial strains isolated from hot springs, constructed based on UPGMA cluster analysis and using the Jaccard similarity coefficient. Am.: amylase; Prot: protease; Lip: lipase; Gel: gelatinase; Cel: cellulase; Lec: lecithinase; P: phenotype. * Different strain than Bacillus.
Table 1: Physicochemical properties of the hot springs.

Location                    Temperature        PH       Conductivity
                            (C[degrees])                   (ms/cm)

Al-Hemma                       40-56       7.08-8.41      1.06-1.41
Hammamat Afra & Al-Burbita   39.9-47.4     7.03-8.03      0.51-0.76
Hammamat Ma'in & Zara          43-60        7.5-8.6       2.12-3.27

Location                        Haplotype

Al-Hemma                         H1, H3
Hammamat Afra & Al-Burbita   H7, H8, H9, H10
Hammamat Ma'in & Zara        H2, H4, H5, H6

Table 2: Colony morphology of the ten haplotypes
isolated from Jordanian hot springs.

Samples       Hemolysis        Light transmission     Consistency

1JH        [beta]-Hemolysis          Opaque              Rough
2HM       [gamma]-Hemolysis       Translucent           Smooth
3JH       [alpha]-Hemolysis       Translucent            Rough
4HM       [gamma]-Hemolysis       Translucent       Rough, wrinkled
5HM       [gamma]-Hemolysis       Translucent       Smooth, mucous
6HM       [alpha]-Hemolysis          Opaque         Rough, wrinkled
7AF       [gamma]-Hemolysis       Translucent           Smooth
8AF       [gamma]-Hemolysis       Translucent       Mucous, Smooth
9AF       [alpha]-Hemolysis          Opaque             Smooth
10AF      [alpha]-Hemolysis          Opaque              Rough

Samples      Shape              Margin           Elevation

1JH        irregular            Erose              Flat
2HM        irregular           Umbonate            Flat
3JH        irregular    Finger-like projection     Flat
4HM        Irregular           Undulate           Raised
5HM        irregular            Lobate             Flat
6HM        Irregular            Erose              Flat
7AF         regular            Undulate            Flat
8AF         regular             Erose             Raised
9AF          round              Entire            Raised
10AF       irregular           Undulate            Flat

Samples        Color

1JH             Gray
2HM            White
3JH         White-creamy
4HM       White-light red
5HM        White- yellow
6HM         Gray-yellow
7AF         White-creamy
8AF          Gray-brown
9AF        White- creamy,
10AF         White-gray

Table 3: Carbohydrate utilization profile using API 50CH for
the ten isolates.

Substrate                H1    H2    H3    H4    H5    H6    H7    H8

Glycerol                  -     -     -     +     -     -     -     -
Erythritol                -     -     -     +     -     -     -     +
D-Arabinose               -     -     -     +     -     -     -     -
L-Arabinose               -     +     +     +     +     -     -     -
Ribose                    -     +     +     +     -     -     -     +
D-Xylose                  -     +     +     +     -     +     +     +
L-Xylose                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
Adonitol                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
B-Methyl xyloside         -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Galactose                 -     +     +     -     -     -     -     -
Glucose                   -     +     +     +     +     +     +     +
Fructose                  -     +     +     +     +     +     +     +
Mannose                   -     +     +     +     +     -     -     +
L-Sorbose                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
Rhamnose                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Dulcitol                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Inositol                  -     +     +     -     +     -     -     -
Sorbitol                  -     +     +     +     -     +     +     +
Mannitol                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
L-Methyl-D-mannoside      -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
D-Methyl-D-glucoside      -     +     +     +     -     -     -     -
N-Acetylglucosamine       -     +     +     +     -     -     -     +
Amygdalin                 -     +     -     +     +     -     -     -
Arbutin                   -     -     -     +     +     -     -     +
Aesculin                  +     +     +     +     +     -     -     +
Salicin                   -     -     +     +     +     -     +     +
D-Cellobiose              -     +     +     +     +     -     -     +
D-Maltose                 -     +     +     +     +     -     -     +
D-Lactose                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Sucrose                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Trehalose                 -     -     +     +     +     -     -     +
Gentiobiose               -     -     +     +     +     -     -     +
Melibiose                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Raffinose                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Melezitose                -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Starch                    -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
Glycogen                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
Inulin                    -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Turanose                -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Tagatose                -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Fucose                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     +
L-fucose                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Lyxose                  -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
D-Arabitol                -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
L-Arabitol                -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Xylitol                   -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
Gluconate                 -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
2-Ketogluconate           -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -
5-Ketogluconate           -     -     -     -     -     -     -     -

Substrate                H9    H10

Glycerol                  -     -
Erythritol                -     -
D-Arabinose               -     -
L-Arabinose               +     +
Ribose                    +     +
D-Xylose                  +     +
L-Xylose                  -     -
Adonitol                  -     -
B-Methyl xyloside         -     -
Galactose                 -     -
Glucose                   +     +
Fructose                  +     +
Mannose                   +     +
L-Sorbose                 -     -
Rhamnose                  -     -
Dulcitol                  -     -
Inositol                  +     +
Sorbitol                  +     +
Mannitol                  -     -
L-Methyl-D-mannoside      -     -
D-Methyl-D-glucoside      -     -
N-Acetylglucosamine       -     +
Amygdalin                 -     +
Arbutin                   -     +
Aesculin                  +     +
Salicin                   -     +
D-Cellobiose              -     +
D-Maltose                 -     +
D-Lactose                 -     -
D-Sucrose                 -     -
Trehalose                 -     +
Gentiobiose               -     +
Melibiose                 -     -
Raffinose                 -     -
Melezitose                -     -
Starch                    -     -
Glycogen                  -     -
Inulin                    -     -
D-Turanose                -     -
D-Tagatose                -     -
D-Fucose                  -     -
L-fucose                  -     -
D-Lyxose                  -     -
D-Arabitol                -     -
L-Arabitol                -     -
Xylitol                   -     -
Gluconate                 -     -
2-Ketogluconate           -     -
5-Ketogluconate           -     -

Table 4: Variation in enzymatic activity produced by
Thermomonas hydrothermalis (H1) and Bacillus
licheniformis (H2-H10) strains. JH, Jordan Hemma;
HM, Hammamat Mae'en; AF, Afra.

Haplotypes   Amylase    Protease   Lipase    Gelatinase   Cellulase

H1 (JH)         +          -          -          -            +
H2 (HM)         -          -          -          +            -
H3 (JH)         +          -          -          -            -
H4 (HM)         -          -          -          -            -
H5 (HM)         +          +          -          +            +
H6 (HM)         +          -          -          +            +
H7 (AF)         -          -          -          +            +
H8 (AF)         +          +          -          -            +
H9 (AF)         +          -          -          +            -
H10 (AF)        +          -          -          +            +

Haplotypes   Lecithinase

H1 (JH)           +
H2 (HM)           -
H3 (JH)           +
H4 (HM)           +
H5 (HM)           +
H6 (HM)           +
H7 (AF)           +
H8 (AF)           -
H9 (AF)           +
H10 (AF)          +

Table 5: Correlation between protease, cellulose, lecithinase,
and amylase activity produced by T. hydrothermalis and B.
licheniformis strains and some biochemical tests.

Substrate                 Protease          Cellulase
                        PC(P value) *     PC (P value)

L-Arabinose                  --          -0.667(0.035) *
Ribose                       --          -0.667 (0.035)
L-Xylose                0.667 (0.035)          --
L-Sorbose               0.667 (0.035)          --
Mannitole               0.667 (0.035)          --
L-Methyl-D-mannoside    0.667 (0.035)          --
D-Methyl-D-glucoside         --                --
Starch                  0.667 (0.035)          --
Glycogen                0.667 (0.035)          --
D-Fucose                0.667 (0.035)          --

Substrate                Lecithinase         Amylase
                         PC(P value)      PC (P value)

L-Arabinose                  --                --
Ribose                       --                --
L-Xylose                     --                --
L-Sorbose                    --          -0.667 (0.035)
Mannitole                    --          -0.667 (0.035)
L-Methyl-D-mannoside         --          -0.667 (0.035)
D-Methyl-D-glucoside   -0.802 (0.005)          --
Starch                       --          -0.667 (0.035)
Glycogen                     --          -0.667 (0.035)
D-Fucose                     --          -0.667 (0.035)

* PC: Pearson's correlation.
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