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Supporting information online, Text S1. Sequencing strategy.
The “universal” bacterial primers (27F and 1492R; Lane, 1991) co-amplify the chloroplast and mitochondrial genes from algae along with the bacterial genes. Staufenberger et al. (2008) revealed 25 mitochondrial and 228 chloroplast algae genes among 333 sequences obtained from the brown alga Saccharina latissima (Laminaria saccharina) – close brown algae species to Saccharina japonica investigated in a present work. Thus, using “universal” primers, around 76% of obtained sequences were not informative. Early in our work we used the “universal” bacterial primers and encountered the same problem of co-amplification of bacterial genes with mitochondrial and chloroplast algal genes. To overcome the problem we designed a new forward primer that prevented co-amplification of algae and bacterial genes (in favor the latter). It was achieved by adding two nucleotides (“AT”) at the 3’ side of the “universal” 27F primer (in bold face font below). The chloroplast and mitochondrial genes from algae have “GA” at positions 21 and 22 but our 16SFSP primer has “AT” at these positions, which prevents co-amplification of the chloroplast and mitochondrial genes from algae and leave the possibility for amplification of genes belonging to bacterial symbionts inhabiting algae only.



“Universal” 27F: 5’-AGAGTTTGATCCTGGCTCAG -3’

Our primer 16SFSP: 5’-TGATCMTGGCTCAGat-3’

Mitoch., chloropl. &

Bacteroidetes genes 5’-TGATCMTGGCTCAGga-3’
“Universal” 1492R: 5’-ACGGCTACCTTGTTACGACTT-3’


The extent of the phylogenetic cover that could be amplified with our primers is restricted. Particularly we could not amplify the bacteria belonging to the phylum Bacteroidetes because these bacteria also have “GA” at positions 21 and 22 (the conclusion was obtained based on massive alignment of the Bacteroidetes sequences from GenBank; data not shown). However, these bacteria are not frequent in algae. For instance, Staufenberger et al. (2008) investigated bacterial communities associated with brown alga Saccharina latissima (Laminaria saccharina) – a species that is close to Saccharina japonica studied in our work. The algae-associated 16S rRNA gene sequences in Saccharina latissima were affiliated to Alpha-, Beta-, and Gammaproteobacteria, as well as to Bacteroidetes (Staufenberger et al. 2008). Among 333 obtained clones Staufenberger et al. (2008) detected only four sequences belonging to Bacteroidetes. Wang et al. (2008) investigated epiphytic marine bacteria of Saccharina japonica and revealed mostly Gammaproteobacteria (41 sequences out of 42 obtained). In Saccharina japonica we detected bacteria belonging to Beta- and Gammaproteobacteria that are common in laminarialean algae. Thus, our new designed primers avoid contaminant co-amplification of algae chloroplast and mitochondrial genes but still have enough phylogenetic coverage. We also make the primers shorter (16 bp instead of 20-21 bp; see above) to expand the scope of detectable bacterial phylotypes (see Isenbarger et al. 2007).

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