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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

Lin Xu, Jianfeng Shi, Caixia Li, Shengan Zhu, Bo Li
A strain 5-1-2(T) was isolated from a root nodule of Hedysarum multijugum collected from Zhangye city, Gansu province, north-west China. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence and other housekeeping genes (recA and atpD) indicated that the strain represents a novel species in the genus Rhizobium close to the strain Rhizobium subbaraonis JC85(T) with similarities of 98.27, 88.92 and 89.62%, respectively. Strain 5-1-2(T) contained Q-10 as the predominant ubiquinone. Our results showed that the major fatty acids were feature 8 (C18:1 ω7c and/or C18:1 ω6c; 38...
January 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Nohaiah Aldarini, Azhar A Alhasawi, Sean C Thomas, Vasu D Appanna
Oxidative stress is known to severely impede aerobic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis. However, the metabolically-versatile Pseudomonas fluorescens survives this challenge by invoking alternative ATP-generating networks. When grown in a medium with glutamine as the sole organic nutrient in the presence of H2O2, the microbe utilizes glutamine synthetase (GS) to modulate its energy budget. The activity of this enzyme that mediates the release of energy stored in glutamine was sharply increased in the stressed cells compared to the controls...
January 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Ademir Sergio Ferreira de Araujo, Walderly Melgaço Bezerra, Vilma Maria Dos Santos, Sandra Mara Barbosa Rocha, Nilza da Silva Carvalho, Maria do Carmo Catanho Pereira de Lyra, Marcia do Vale Barreto Figueiredo, Ângela Celis de Almeida Lopes, Vania Maria Maciel Melo
The Cerrado biome in the Sete Cidades National Park, an Ecological Reserve in Northeastern Brazil, has conserved its native biodiversity and presents a variety of plants found in other savannas in Brazil. Despite this finding the soil microbial diversity and community structure are poorly understood. Therefore, we described soil bacterial diversity and distribution along a savanna vegetation gradient taking into account the prevailing environmental factors. The bacterial composition was retrieved by sequencing a fragment of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene...
January 6, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Xiao-Jing Xia, Lei Wang, Zhi-Qiang Shen, Wanhai Qin, Jianhe Hu, Shi-Jin Jiang, Shu-Guang Li
Streptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen causing infections in pigs and humans. Bacterial surface-related proteins are often explored as potential vaccine candidates and diagnostic antigens. In the present study, glutamate dehydrogenase, a highly conserved immunogenic extracellular protein, was used to establish a dot horseradish peroxidase enzyme-linked staphylococcal protein A immunosorbent assay (Dot-PPA-ELISA) for diagnosis of S. suis infection. The antigen-antibody reaction was optimised through checkerboard titration involving serial dilutions, followed by selective blocking tests and evaluations of cross-reaction, repeatability, and stability...
January 5, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Yan-Jiao Zhang, Guozhong Chen, Huiyuan Lin, Pan Wang, Baozhi Kuang, Jing Liu, Shiyong Chen
We developed a regulatable gene expression system for Vibrio vulnificus, which contains a lacIq-pTrc cassette. Monomeric red fluorescence protein (mRFP) was used as a reporter to test this system. The results showed that this system tightly controlled the expression of mRFP without leaky expression and was suitable for the controlled expression of genes encoding recombinant proteins in V. vulnificus. To demonstrate the utility of this system, a dominant negative form of V. vulnificus VVMO6_RS04990, a homolog of Escherichia coli LolD that is essential in lipoprotein transport and membrane biogenesis, was inducibly expressed...
January 2, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
María F López, Juan J Cabrera, Ana Salas, María J Delgado, Silvina L López-García
Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens, a nitrogen-fixing endosymbiont of soybeans, is a model strain for studying rhizobial denitrification. This bacterium can also use nitrate as the sole nitrogen (N) source during aerobic growth by inducing an assimilatory nitrate reductase encoded by nasC located within the narK-bjgb-flp-nasC operon along with a nitrite reductase encoded by nirA at a different chromosomal locus. The global nitrogen two-component regulatory system NtrBC has been reported to coordinate the expression of key enzymes in nitrogen metabolism in several bacteria...
December 31, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Sadala Schmidt Varanda-Haifig, Tatiane Regina Albarici, Pablo Henrique Nunes, Ives Haifig, Paulo Cezar Vieira, Andre Rodrigues
Leaf-cutter ants cultivate and feed on the mutualistic fungus, Leucoagaricus gongylophorus, which is threatened by parasitic fungi of the genus Escovopsis. The mechanism of Escovopsis parasitism is poorly understood. Here, we assessed the nature of the antagonism of different Escovopsis species against its host. We also evaluated the potential antagonism of Escovopsioides, a recently described fungal genus from the attine ant environment whose role in the colonies of these insects is unknown. We performed dual-culture assays to assess the interactions between L...
December 31, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
David P Labeda, Christopher A Dunlap, Xiaoying Rong, Ying Huang, James R Doroghazi, Kou-San Ju, William W Metcalf
The family Streptomycetaceae, notably species in the genus Streptomyces, have long been the subject of investigation due to their well-known ability to produce secondary metabolites. The emergence of drug resistant pathogens and the relative ease of producing genome sequences has renewed the importance of Streptomyces as producers of new natural products and resulted in revived efforts in isolating and describing strains from novel environments. A previous large study of the phylogeny in the Streptomycetaceae based on 16S rRNA gene sequences provided a useful framework for the relationships among species, but did not always have sufficient resolution to provide definitive identification...
December 30, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Xiu Chen, Qin-Yuan Li, Gui-Ding Li, Hui Lei, Yi Jiang, Li Han, Xue-Shi Huang, Cheng-Lin Jiang
A novel strain, YIM 100770(T), was isolated from Rhinoceros unicornis faeces collected from Yunnan Wild Animal Park, China. The taxonomic status was determined based on the physiological, biochemical and phylogenetic characteristics. Strain YIM 100770(T) was observed to be rod-shaped, non-motile, Gram-stain negative and aerobic. The G+C content of the genomic DNA was determined to be 68.5 mol%. The cells of strain YIM 100770(T) contain ubiquinone Q-10 as the respiratory quinone. The major fatty acids (>1%) were identified as Summed feature 8 (C18:1 ω7c and/or C18:1 ω6c; 78...
December 28, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Qixiao Zhai, Leilei Yu, Tianqi Li, Jiamin Zhu, Chengcheng Zhang, Jianxin Zhao, Hao Zhang, Wei Chen
The heavy metal cadmium (Cd) is a hazardous pollutant that exerts various toxic effects on aquatic animals. The biomagnifying effects of this non-essential element in the food chain also pose threats to human health. In this study, the protective effect of a dietary probiotic supplementation, Lactobacillus plantarum CCFM8610, on the intestinal microbiota and physiological conditions of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) exposed to waterborne Cd was evaluated. Two hundred fish were divided into four groups, i...
December 27, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Shihomi Uzuhashi, Kazuhide Hata, Shohei Matsuura, Motoaki Tojo
A new species, Globisporangium oryzicola, was isolated from directly seeded rice seedlings, and from soils of paddy fields and an uncultivated field. Despite their different origins, five of the seven isolates studied caused poor seedling establishment of rice in a laboratory inoculation experiment. The species is characterized by oogonia with smooth-walled or sometimes one projection, with one to two antheridia, and aplerotic oospores. Hyphal swellings were rarely observed. Phylogenetic analyses based on the internal transcribed spacer region of the ribosomal RNA gene and mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 and 2 genes confirmed that the species differed from other Globisporangium species...
December 23, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Marinella Silva Laport, Mathieu Bauwens, Suzanne de Oliveira Nunes, Philippe Willenz, Isabelle George, Guilherme Muricy
Sponges offer an excellent model to investigate invertebrate-microorganism interactions. Furthermore, bacteria associated with marine sponges represent a rich source of bioactive metabolites. The aim of this study was to characterize the bacteria inhabiting a genus of sponges, Oscarella, and their potentiality for antimicrobial production. Bacterial isolates were recovered from different Oscarella specimens, among which 337 were phylogenetically identified. The culturable community was dominated by Proteobacteria and Firmicutes, and Vibrio was the most frequently isolated genus, followed by Shewanella...
December 22, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Shanshan Zhao, Lan Ye, Chongxi Liu, Adam Yacoub Abagana, Weiwei Zheng, Pengyu Sun, Jiansong Li, Wensheng Xiang, Xiangjing Wang
During an investigation exploring potential sources of novel species and natural products, a novel actinomycete with antifungal activity, designated strain NEAU-Gz11(T), was isolated from a soil sample, which was collected from Gama, Chad. The isolate was found to have morphological and chemotaxonomic characteristics typical of members of the genus Streptomyces. 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity studies showed that strain NEAU-Gz11(T) belongs to the genus Streptomyces with high sequence similarity to Streptomyces hiroshimensis JCM 4098(T) (98...
December 22, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Mariano Malamud, Paula Carasi, Sílvia Bronsoms, Sebastián A Trejo, María de Los Angeles Serradell
The S-layer is a proteinaceous envelope constituted by subunits that self-assemble to form a two-dimensional lattice that covers the surface of different species of Bacteria and Archaea, and it could be involved in cell recognition of microbes among other several distinct functions. In this work, both proteomic and genomic approaches were used to gain knowledge about the sequences of the S-layer protein (SLPs) encoding genes expressed by six aggregative and sixteen non-aggregative strains of potentially probiotic Lactobacillus kefiri...
December 21, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Rongqin Ma, Yi Cao, Zhiqiang Cheng, Shaonan Lei, Wei Huang, Xin Li, Yongkang Song, Baoyu Tian
Pseudomonas sp., which occupy a variety of ecological niches, have been widely studied for their versatile metabolic capacity to promote plant growth, suppress microbial pathogens, and induce systemic resistance in plants. In this study, a Pseudomonas sp. strain p21, which was isolated from tomato root endophytes, was identified as having antagonism against Aspergillus niger. Further analysis showed that this strain had the ability to biosynthesise siderophores and was less effective in inhibiting the growth of A...
December 20, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Jae-Jin Lee, Yeon-Hee Lee, Su-Jin Park, Seung-Yeol Lee, Sangkyu Park, Dae Sung Lee, In-Kyu Kang, Leonid N Ten, Hee-Young Jung
Strain 16F3H(T), a Gram-negative, aerobic, non-motile, and oval-shaped bacterium, was isolated from river water collected from the Han River in South Korea. Growth of strain 16F3H(T) was observed at 10-42 °C (optimum at 25-30 °C), but no growth occurred at 4 °C. The strain is able to grow at pH 4-10 (optimum at pH 7-8) and tolerates up to 4% NaCl (w/v), with optimum growth at 0.5% NaCl. The isolate was found to be resistant to UV irradiation. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, it is closely related to 'Deinococcus seoulensis' 16F1E (98...
December 20, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Xiaokai Wang, Xiaoqiang Xu, Yan Xia
In recent years, metagenome-wide association studies have revealed potential relationships between intestinal microbiomes and the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, considering the increase in volume of gene catalogues and algorithms, an updated analysis would be expected to confirm previous discoveries and provide new knowledge. We therefore constructed new profiles after mapping the recent catalogue of reference genes in the human gut microbiome to reanalyze samples from T2DM cases and controls in the Chinese population...
December 10, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Qiang Ma, Zhimin Guo, Chencheng Gao, Rining Zhu, Shuang Wang, Ling Yu, Wanhai Qin, Xiaojing Xia, Jingmin Gu, Guangmou Yan, Liancheng Lei
Phage lysins are considered promising antimicrobials against resistant bacterial infections. Some lysins have been reported for the prevention and treatment of Gram-positive bacterial infection. Gram-negative bacterial phage lysins, however, can only destroy the bacterial cell wall from inside because of the obstruction of the bacterial outer membrane that prevents direct hydrolysis of the bacterial wall peptidoglycan from the outside, severely restricting the development of lysins against Gram-negative bacteria...
December 10, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Paula Arrúa Day, María S Villalba, O Marisa Herrero, Luz Alejandra Arancibia, Héctor M Alvarez
We investigated previously under explored cold aquatic environments of Andean Patagonia, Argentina. Oily sheens similar to an oil spill are frequently observed at the surface of water in creeks and small ponds in these places. Chemical analysis of a water sample revealed the occurrence of high concentrations of iron and the presence of a free insoluble indigoidine-derived pigment. A blue pigment-producing bacterium (strain EB) was isolated from the water sample and identified as Vogesella sp. by molecular analysis...
December 3, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Khaoula Bouznada, Noureddine Bouras, Salim Mokrane, Fawzia Chaabane Chaouch, Abdelghani Zitouni, Gabriele Pötter, Cathrin Spröer, Hans-Peter Klenk, Nasserdine Sabaou
The taxonomic position of a new Saccharothrix strain, designated MB46(T), isolated from a Saharan soil sample collected in Mzab region (Ghardaïa province, South Algeria) was established following a polyphasic approach. The novel microorganism has morphological and chemical characteristics typical of the members of the genus Saccharothrix and formed a phyletic line at the periphery of the Saccharothrix espanaensis subcluster in the 16S rRNA gene dendrograms. Results of the 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons revealed that strain MB46(T) shares high degrees of similarity with S...
December 3, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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