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Barkay Lab Publications

Update Barkay lab publications (Since joining Rutgers in 1999)

  1. Barkay, T. The mercury cycle. 2000. Encyclopedia of Microbiology. 2nd edition. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego. pp. 171-181.
  2. Rasmussen, L.D., S.J. Sørensen, T.R. Turner, and T. Barkay. 2000. Application of a mer-lux biosensor for estimating bioavailable mercury in soil and its utility in relating the response of soil microbial communities to bioavailable mercury. Soil Biol. Biochem. 32:639-646.
  3. Hines, M.E., M. Horvat, J. Faganeli, J.-C. Bonzongo, T. Barkay, E.B. Major, K.J. Scott, E.A, Bailey, J.J. Warwick, and W.B. Lyons. 2000. Mercury biogeochemistry in the Idrija River, Slovenia from above the mine into the Gulf of Trieste. Environ. Res. 83:129-139.
  4. de Lipthay, R.J., T. Barkay, and S.J. Sørensen. 2001. Enhanced degradation of phenoxyacetic acid in soil by horizontal transfer of the tfdA gene encoding a 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid dioxygenase. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 35:75-84.
  5. Barkay, T., and J. Schaefer. 2001. Metal and radionuclide bioremediation: Issues, considerations, and potentials. Curr. Opion. Microbiol. 4:318-323.
  6. Barkay, T. 2001. Molecular and biochemical investigation of the potential for microbial mercury volatilisation in the Idrijca River - Gulf of Trieste ecosystem. Materials Geoenviron. 48:109-115.
  7. Schaefer, J.K., R. Dorn, and T. Barkay. 2001. Microbial factors controlling methylmercury accumulation in freshwater ecosystems in New Jersey, USA. Materials Geoenviron. 48:219-225.
  8. Sørensen, S.J., J. Radnoti de Lipthay, A.K. Møller, T. Barkay, L.H. Hansen, and L.D. Rasmussen. 2002. Molecular methods for assessing and manipulating the diversity of microbial populations and processes. In: Enzymes in the Environment. Burns, R.G. (ed). Marcel Dekker. pp. 363 - 389.
  9. Schaefer, J.K., J. Letowski, and T. Barkay. 2002. mer-mediated resistance and volatilization of Hg(II) under anaerobic conditions. Geomicrobiol. J. 19:87-102.
  10. de Lipthay, J.R. , J. Aamand , and T. Barkay. 2002. Expression of the tfdA gene in aquatic microbial communities during degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 40:205-214.
  11. Golding G.R., C.A Kelly, R. Sparling, P.C. Loewen, J.W.M. Rudd, and T. Barkay. 2002. Demonstration of facilitated uptake of Hg(II) by Vibrio anguillarum and Escherichia coli under anaerobic and aerobic conditions. Limnol. Oceanog. 47:967-975.
  12. Benyehuda, G., J. Coombs, P.M. Ward, D. Balkwill, and T. Barkay. 2003. Metal resistance among aerobic chemoheterotrophic bacteria from the deep terrestrial subsurface. Can. J. microbiol. 49:151-156.

    Barkay, T., S. Miller, and A.O. Summers. 2003. Bacterial mercury resistance from atoms to ecosystems. FEMS Microbiol. Rev. 27:355-384.
  13. Coombs, J.M., and T. Barkay. 2004. Molecular evidence for the evolution of metal homeostasis genes by lateral gene transfer in bacteria from the deep terrestrial subsurface. Appl. Environ. Microbial. 70:1698-1707.

    Schaefer, J.K., J. Yagi, J. Reinfelder, T. Cardona, K. Ellickson, S. Tel-Or, and T. Barkay. 2004. The role of the bacterial organomercury lyase (MerB) in controlling methylmercury accumulation in mercury contaminated natural waters. Env. Sci. Technol. 38:4304-4311.
  14. Poulain, A., M. Amyot, D. Findlay, S. Telor, T. Barkay, and H. Hintelmann. 2004. Biological and photochemical production of dissolved gaseous mercury in a boreal lake. Limnol. Oceanog. 49:2265-2275.
  15. Vetriani, C., Y.S., Chew, S.M. Miller, J. Yagi, R.A. Lutz, and T. Barkay. 2005. Mercury adaptation among bacteria from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. Appl. Enviorn. Microbiol. 71:220-226.
  16. Barkay, T., and I. Wagner‐Döbler. 2005. Microbial transformations of mercury: potentials, challenges, and achievements in controlling mercury toxicity in the environment. Adv. Appl. Microbiol. 57:1-52
  17. Wiatrowski, H.A., and T. Barkay. 2005. Monitoring of microbial metal transformations in the environment. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 16:261-268
  18. Barkay, T., and B.F. Smets. 2005. Horizontal gene flow in microbial communities. ASM News 71:412-419
  19. Smets B.F., and T. Barkay. 2005. Horizontal gene transfer: Perspectives at a crossroads of scientific disciplines. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 3:675-678

    Coombs, J.M., and T. Barkay. 2005. Horizontal gene transfer of metal homeostasis genes and its role in microbial communities of the deep terrestrial subsurface. Sixty-fifth Symposium of the Society of General Microbiology "Micro-organisms and Earth Systems - Advances in Geomicrobiology". pp. 109-129. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  20. Coombs, J.M., and T. Barkay. 2005. New findings on evolution of metal homeostasis genes: Evidence from comparative genome analysis of bacteria and archaea. Appl. Environ. Microbial. 71:7083-7091
  21. Martinez, R.J. Y. Wang, M.A. Raimondo, J.M. Coombs, T. Barkay, and P.A. Sobecky. 2006. Horizontal gene transfer of PIB-type ATPases among bacteria isolated from radionuclide- and metal contaminated subsurface soils. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72:3111-3118
  22. Ní Chadhain, S., J.K. Schaefer, S. Crane, G.J. Zylstra, and T. Barkay. 2006. Analysis of mercuric reductase (merA) gene diversity in an anaerobic mercury-contaminated sediment enrichment. Environ. Microbiol. 8:1746-1752

    Wiatrowski, H.A., P.M. Ward, and T. Barkay. 2006. Novel reduction of mercury(II) by mercury-sensitive dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria. Env. Sci. Technol. 40:6690-6696
  23. Barkay, T, and A.J. Poulain. 2007. Mercury (micro)biogeochemistry in polar environments. 2007. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 59:232
  24. Kritee K., J. Blum, M. Johnson, B. Bergquist, and T. Barkay. 2007. Mercury stable isotope fractionation during reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) by mercury resistant microorganisms. Env. Sci. & Technol. 41:1889-1895
  25. Poulain, A.J. S.M. Ní Chadhain, P.A. Ariya, M. Amyot, E. Garcia, P.G.C. Campbell, G.J. Zylstra, and T. Barkay. 2007. Potential for mercury reduction by microbes in the high Arctic. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73: 2230-2238
  26. Chatziefthimiou, A., M. Crespo-Medina, Y. Wang, C. Vetriani, and T. Barkay. 2007. The isolation and initial characterization of mercury resistant chemolithotrophic thermophilic bacteria from mercury rich geothermal springs. Extremophiles 11:469-479
  27. Nemergut, D.R., T. Barkay, and J. Coombs. 2007. Mobile gene elements in environmental microbial communities. Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3rd edition, C.J. Hurst, R.L.Crawford, J.L. Garland, D.A. Lipson, A.L. Mills, and L.D. Stetzenbach (eds), ASM Press, Washington, DC, pp. 758-768.
  28. Golding, G.R., C. A. Kelly, R. Sparling, P. C. Loewen, and T. Barkay. 2007. Evaluation of mercury toxicity as a predictor of mercury bioavailability. Env. Sci. & Technol. 41:5685-5692
  29. Cardona-Marek, T., J. K. Schaefer, K. Ellickson, T. Barkay, and J.R. Reinfelder. 2007. Mercury speciation, reactivity, and bioavailability in a highly contaminated estuary, Berry's Creek, New Jersey Meadowlands, U.S.A. Env. Sci. & Tachnol. 41:8268-8274.
  30. Atamna-Ismaeel, N., Sharon, I., Sabehi, G., Witzel, K-.P., Labrenz, M., Jürgens, K., Barkay, T. Stomp, M., Huisman, J., and Beja, O. 2008. Widespread distribution of proteorhodopsins in freshwater and brackish ecosystems. ISME J. 2:656-662
  31. Kritee, K., J.D. Blum, and T. Barkay. 2008. Constraints on the extent of mercury stable isotope fractionation during reduction of Hg(II) by different microbial species. Env. Sci. Technol. 42:9171-9177
  32. Crespo-Medina, M., A.D. Chatziefthimiou, N.S. Bloom, G.W. Luther III, D.D. Wright, J.R. Reinfelder, C. Vetriani, and T. Barkay. 2009. Adaptation of chemosynthetic microorganisms to elevated mercury concentrations in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Limnol. Ocaenog. 54:41-49
  33. Wang, Y., Z. Freedman, P. Lu-Irving, R. Kaletsky, and T. Barkay. 2009. An initial characterization of the mercury resistance (mer) system of the thermophilic bacterium Thermus thermophilus HB27. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 67:118-129
  34. Kritee, K., T. Barkay, and J.D. Blum. 2009. Mass dependent stable isotope fractionation of mercury during microbial degradation of methylmercury. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 73:1285-1296
  35. Sherman, L.S., J. D. Blum, D.K. Nordstrom, R.B. McCleskey, T. Barkay, and C. Vetriani. 2009. Mercury isotopic composition of hydrothermal systems in the Yellowstone Plateau volcanic field and Guaymas Basin sea-floor rift. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 279:86-96
  36. Boyd, E., S. King, J.K. Tomberlin, D.K. Nordstrom, D.P. Krabbenhoft, T. Barkay, and G. Geesey. 2009. Methylemrcury enters an aquatic food web through acidophilic microbial mats in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Environ. Microbiol. 11:950-959
  37. Crespo-Medina, M., A. Chatziefthimiou, R. Cruz-Matos, I. Pérez-Rodríguez, T. Barkay, R.A. Lutz, V. Starovoytov, and C. Vetriani. 2009. Salinisphaera hydrothermalis sp. nov, a mesophilic, halotolerant, facultative autotrophic, thiosulfate oxidizing Gammaproteobacterium from deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 59:1497-1503
  38. Wiatrowski, H.A. S. Das, R. Kukkadapu, E. Ilton, T. Barkay, and N. Yee. 2009. Reduction of Hg(II) to Hg(0) by Magnetite. Env. Sci & Technol. 42:5307-5313
  39. Crane, S., T. Barkay, and J. Dighton. 2010. Growth responses to and accumulation of mercury by ectomycorrhizal Fungi. Fungal Biol. 114:873-880
  40. Barkay. T., K. Kritee, E. Boyd, and G. Geesey. 2010. A thermophilic bacterial origin and subsequent constraints by redox, light, and salinity on the evolution of the microbial mercuric reductase. Environ. Microbiol. 12:2904-2917. Evaluated as a "Must Read" by Faculty of 1000
  41. Yu, R.-Q., Adatto, I., Montesdeoca, M.R., Driscoll, C.T., Hines, M.E., and Barkay, T. 2010. Mercury methylation in Sphagnum moss mats and its association with sulfate reducing bacteria in an acidic Adirondack forest lake wetland. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 74:655-668.
  42. Shin, D. H.S. Moon, C.-C. Lin, T. Barkay, K. Nam. 2011. Use of reporter-gene based bacteria to quantify phenanthrene biodegradation and toxicity in soil. Environ. Poll. 159:509-514
  43. Møller, A.K., T. Barkay, W. Abu Al-Soud, S.J. Sørensen, H. Skov, and N. Kroer. 2011. Diversity and characterization of culturable mercury resistant bacteria in snow, freshwater and sea-ice brine from the high Arctic. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 75:390-401
  44. Hamelin, S., M. Amyot, T. Barkay, Y. Wang, and D. Planas. 2011. Methanogens: principal methylators of mercury in lake periphyton. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45:7693-7700.
  45. Wang, Y., E. Boyd, S. Crane, P. Lu-Irving, D. Krabbenhoft, S. King, J. Dighton, G. Geesey, and T. Barkay. 2011. Environmental conditions constrain the distribution and diversity of archaeal merA in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Microb. Ecol. 62:739-752
  46. Barkay, T., N. Kroer, and A. Poulain. 2011. Some like it cold: microbial transformations of Hg in polar regions. Polar Res. 30, 15469, DOI: 10.3402/polar.v30i0.15469
  47. Lin, C.-C., N. Yee, and T. Barkay. 2012. Microbial transformation in the mercury cycle. In: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Mercury. G. Liu, Y. Cai, and N. O'Driscoll (eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 155-191
  48. Crane, S., T. Barkay, and J. Dighton. 2012. The effect of mercury on the establishment of Pinus rigida seedlings and the development of their ectomycorrhizal communities. Fungal Ecol. 5:245-251
  49. Yu, R.-Q, J. R. Flanders, E. E. Mack, R. Turner, M. B. Mirza, and T. Barkay. 2012. Coexisting Sulfate and Iron Reducing Bacteria Contribute to Methylmercury Production in Freshwater River Sediments. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46:2684-2691
  50. Douglas, T.A, L. Loseto, R. Macdonald, P. Outridge, A. Dommergue, A. Poulain, M. Amyot, T. Barkay, T. Berg, J. Chételat, P. Constant, M. Evans, C. Ferrari, N. Gantner, M. Johnson, J. Kirk, N. Kroer, C. Larose, D. Lean, T.G. Nielsen, L. Poissant, S. Rognerud, H. Skov, S. Sørensen, F. Wang, S. Wilson, and C.M. Zdanowicz. 2012. The fate of mercury in Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, a review. Environ. Chem. 9:321-355.
  51. Freedman, Z., C. Zhu, and T.Barkay. 2012. Mercury resistance, mercuric reductase activities and expression among chemotrophic thermophilic Aquificae. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78:6568-6575.
  52. Boyd, E., and T. Barkay. 2012. The mercury resistance operon: from an origin in geothermal environments to an efficient detoxification machine. Front. Microbiol. 3: Article 349, 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00349.
  53. Meredith, M.M., Parry, E.M., Guay, J.A., Markham, N.O., Danner, G.R., Johnson, K.A., Barkay, T., and Fekete, F.A. 2012. Concomitant antibiotic and mercury resistance among gastrointestinal microflora of feral brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis. Curr. Microbiol. 65:575-582
  54. Wang, Y., H.A. Wiatrowski, R. John, C.-C. Lin, L.Y. Young, L.J. Kerkhof, N. Yee, and T. Barkay. 2013. Impact of mercury on denitrification and denitrifying
    microbial communities in nitrate enrichments of subsurface sediments. Biodegradation 24:33-46
  55. Kritee, K., J.D. Blum, J.R. Reinfelder, and T. Barkay. 2013. Microbial stable isotope fractionation of mercury: a synthesis of present understanding and future directions. Chem. Geol. 336:13-25
  56. Poulain, A.J., and T. Barkay. 2013. Cracking the mercury methylation code. Science 339:1280-1281. doi: 10.1126/science.1235591
  57. Colombo, M., J. Ha, J.R. Reinfelder, T.Barkay, and N. Yee. 2013. Anaerobic oxidation of Hg(0) and methylmercury formation by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 112:166-177.
  58. Yu, R.-Q, J. Reinfelder, M. Hines, and T. Barkay. 2013. Mercury methylation by the methanogen Methanospirillum hungatei. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79:6325-6330. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01556-13
  59. Møller, A.K., T. Barkay, M.A. Hansen, A. Norman, L. H. Hansen, S.J. Sørensen, E.B. Boyd and N. Kroer. 2014. Mercuric reductase genes (merA) and mercury resistance plasmids in High Arctic snow, freshwater, and sea-ice brine. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 87:52-63
  60. Shah, M., C.-C. Lin, R. Kukkadapu, M.H. Engelhard, X. Zhao, Y.Wang, T. Barkay, and N. Yee. 2014. Syntrophic effects in a subsurface clostridial consortium on Fe(III)-(Oxyhydr)oxide reduction and secondary mineralization. Geomicrobiol. J. 31:101-115
  61. Colombo, M., J. Ha, J. Reinfelder, T. Barkay, and N. Yee. 2014. Oxidation of Hg(0) to Hg(II) by Diverse Anaerobic Bacteria. Chem. Geol. 363:334-340
  62. Santos-Gandelman, J.F., G., Muricy, M. Giambiagi-deMarval, T. Barkay, and M.S. Laport. 2014. Potential application in mercury bioremediation of a marine sponge-isolated Bacillus cereus strain Pj1. Curr. Microbiol. 69:374-380
  63. Santos-Gandelman, J.F., Giambiagi-deMarval, M., Guilherme M., T. Barkay, and M.S. Laport. 2014. Mercury and methylmercury detoxification potential by sponge-associated bacteria. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek J. Microbiol. 106:585-590.
  64. Janssen, S., M.W. Johnson, J.D. Blum, T. Barkay, and J.R. Reinfelder. 2015. Separation of monomethylmercury from estuarine sediments for mercury isotope analysis. Chem. Geol. 411:19-25
  65. Ndu, U., T. Barkay, R.P. Mason, A.T. Schartup, R. Al-Farawati, J. Liu, and J.R. Reinfelder. 2015. The use of a mercury biosensor to evaluate the bioavailability of mercury-thiol complexes and mechanisms of mercury uptake in bacteria. PLoS ONE. 10(9):e0138333. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138333
  66. Ndu, U., T. Barkay, A. Traore Schartup, R.P. Mason, and J. R. Reinfelder. 2016. The effect of aqueous speciation and cellular ligand binding on the biotransformation and bioavailability of methylmercury in mercury-resistant bacteria. Biodegradation 27:29-36.
  67. Cabral, L., R.-Q. Yu, S. Crane, P. Giovanella, T. Barkay, and F.A.O. Camargo. 2016. Methylmercury degradation by Pseudomonas putida V1. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Safety. 130:37-42.
  68. Lu, X., Y, Liu, A. Johs, L. Zhao, T. Wang, Z. Yang, H. Lin, D.A. Elias, E.M. Pierce, L. Liang, T. Barkay, and B. Gu. 2016. Anaerobic Mercury Methylation and Demethylation by Geobacter bemidjensis Bem. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50:4366-4373.
  69. Geesey, G.G., T. Barkay, D.K. Nordstrom, and S. King. Geothermal mercury and microbes in western North America. Sci. Tot. Environ. In revision