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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

Camila González, Liliana Godoy, Ma Angélica Ganga
Volatile phenols are aromatic compounds produced by some yeasts of the genus Brettanomyces as defense against the toxicity of hydroxycinnamic acids (p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid and caffeic acid). The origin of these compounds in winemaking involves the sequential action of two enzymes: coumarate decarboxylase and vinylphenol reductase. The first one converts hydroxycinnamic acids into hydroxystyrenes, which are then reduced to ethyl derivatives by vinylphenol reductase. Volatile phenols derived from p-coumaric acid (4-vinylphenol and 4-ethylphenol) have been described as the major contributors to self-defeating aromas associated with stable, gouache, wet mouse, etc...
October 22, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Yanfeng Zhang, Yong Xu, Wei Fang, Xiaotang Wang, Zemin Fang, Yazhong Xiao
A taxonomic study was carried out on a Gram-stain negative, rod-shaped, non-flagellated, and facultatively anaerobic bacterial strain designated as strain SF-16(T), which was isolated from an unidentified starfish in Sanya, China. Strain SF-16(T) was found to be 5.0-7.0 μm long, and oxidase and catalase positive. Cell growth was observed at pH 6.0-8.5 (optimum, 7.0-8.0), temperatures of 10-41 °C (optimum, 25-30 °C), and salinities of 0-12 % (optimum, 3.0-6.0 %). The predominant fatty acids (>20 %) were found to be C18:1 ω7c and/or C18:1 ω6c (summed feature 8)...
October 21, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Roger Duarte de Melo, Daniel Acosta-Avalos
'Candidatus Magnetoglobus multicellularis' is the most studied multicellular magnetotactic prokaryote. It presents a light-dependent photokinesis: green light decreases the translation velocity whereas red light increases it, in comparison to blue and white light. The present article shows that radio-frequency electromagnetic fields cancel the light effect on photokinesis. The frequency to cancel the light effect corresponds to the Zeeman resonance frequency (DC magnetic field of 4 Oe and radio-frequency of 11...
October 20, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Dharmaprakash Viszwapriya, Ganapathy Ashwinkumar Subramenium, Solai Radhika, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
Streptococcus mutans, a multivirulent pathogen is considered the primary etiological agent in dental caries. Development of antibiotic resistance in the pathogen has created a need for novel antagonistic agents which can control the virulence of the organism and reduce resistance development. The present study demonstrates the in vitro anti-virulence potential of betulin (lup-20(29)-ene-3β,28-diol), an abundantly available plant triterpenoid against S. mutans UA159. Betulin exhibited significant dose dependent antibiofilm activity without affecting bacterial viability...
October 18, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Chao Tan, Jun Wang, Yifang Hu, Peng Wang, Lili Zou
Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are two of the most significant opportunistic human pathogens, causing medical implant and nosocomial infections worldwide. These bacteria contain surface proteins that play crucial roles in multiple biological processes. It has become apparent that they have evolved a number of unique mechanisms by which they can immobilise proteins on their surface. Notably, a conserved cell membrane-anchored enzyme, sortase A (SrtA), can catalyse the covalent attachment of precursor bacterial cell wall-attached proteins to peptidoglycan...
October 18, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Antonino Baez, Joseph Shiloach
The damaging effect of high oxygen concentration on growth of Escherichia coli is well established. Over-oxygenation increases the intracellular concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS), causing the destruction of the [4Fe-4S] cluster of dehydratases and limiting the biosynthesis of both branched-chain amino acids and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. A key enzyme that reduces the damaging effect of superoxide is superoxide dismutase (SOD). Its transcriptional regulation is controlled by global transcription regulators that respond to changes in oxygen and iron concentrations and pH...
October 18, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Bram Vekeman, Charles Dumolin, Paul De Vos, Kim Heylen
Cultivation of microbial representatives of specific functional guilds from environmental samples depends largely on the suitability of the applied growth conditions. Especially the cultivation of marine methanotrophs has received little attention, resulting in only a limited number of ex situ cultures available. In this study we investigated the effect of adhesion material and headspace composition on the methane oxidation activity in methanotrophic enrichments obtained from marine sediment. Addition of sterilized natural sediment or alternatively the addition of acid-washed silicon dioxide significantly increased methane oxidation...
October 18, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Renwen Zhang, Xiaoxue Han, Zhanfeng Xia, Xiaoxia Luo, Chuanxing Wan, Lili Zhang
A novel actinomycete strain, designated TRM 49605(T), was isolated from a desert soil sample from Lop Nur, Xinjiang, north-west China, and characterised using a polyphasic taxonomic approach. The strain exhibited antifungal activity against the following strains: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Curvularia lunata, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium citrinum, Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis; Antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Micrococcus luteus; and no antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli...
October 17, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Ya-Nan Wang, Wei-Hong He, Ming-Li An, Wen-Yu Tian, Xiao-Yan You, Fang-Qing Ying, Jing Guo, Tao Gong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Long Jin, So-Ra Ko, Yingshun Cui, Chang Soo Lee, Hee-Mock Oh, Chi-Yong Ahn, Hyung-Gwan Lee
A polyphasic taxonomic study was carried out on strain EBR-8-1(T) isolated from a biofilm reactor in Korea. The cells of the strain were Gram-stain negative, non-spore-forming, non-motile, and short rod-shaped. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence studies showed a clear affiliation of this strain with Betaproteobacteria, which showed high pairwise sequence similarities with Pusillimonas noertemannii BN9(T) (99.1 %), Pusillimonas soli MJ07(T) (97.3 %), Pusillimonas ginsengisoli DCY25(T) (97.2 %), and Pusillimonas harenae B201(T) (96...
October 15, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Liangliang Xiang, Błażej Poźniak, Tian-Yin Cheng
Tick-borne diseases are a major epidemiological problem worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the bacterial composition of saliva obtained from engorged adult Rhipicephalus microplus females. Saliva samples collected from partially or fully engorged adult female ticks were analysed using an ultra-high-throughput Illumina HiSeq 2500 sequencing system. To elucidate the possible routes of bacterial transmission, the bacterial flora from whole ticks were also investigated. Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria were the predominant phyla in all samples, and Acinetobacter, Rickettsia, Escherichia and Coxiella were the major genera...
October 15, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Jun Zhang, Xiao-Tong Ma, Jun-Sheng Gao, Cai-Wen Zhang, Juan-Juan Zhao, Rui-Jie Zhang, Li-An Ma, Xiao-Xia Zhang
A novel bacterium, strain 1ZS3-15(T), was isolated from rhizosphere of rice. Its taxonomic position was investigated using a polyphasic approach. The novel strain was observed to be Gram-stain positive, spore-forming, aerobic, motile and rod-shaped. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain 1ZS3-15(T) was recovered within the genus Paenibacillus. It is closely related to Paenibacillus pectinilyticus KCTC 13222(T) (97.9 % similarity), Paenibacillus frigoriresistens CCTCC AB 2011150(T) (96...
October 12, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Xuewei Wang, Xingzhong Liu, Johannes Z Groenewald
The phylum Neocallimastigomycota contains eight genera (about 20 species) of strictly anaerobic fungi. The evolutionary relationships of these genera are uncertain due to insufficient sequence data to infer their phylogenies. Based on morphology and molecular phylogeny, thirteen isolates obtained from yak faeces and rumen digesta in China were assigned to Neocallimastix frontalis (nine isolates), Orpinomyces joyonii (two isolates) and Caecomyces sp. (two isolates), respectively. The phylogenetic relationships of the eight genera were evaluated using complete ITS and partial LSU sequences, compared to the ITS1 region which has been widely used in this phylum in the past...
October 12, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Arshia Amin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Khalid, Ghenijan Osman, Inam Ullah Khan, Min Xiao, Wen-Jun Li
A Gram-staining positive, non-motile, rod-shaped, catalase positive and oxidase negative bacterium, designated NCCP-1331(T), was isolated from a hot water spring soil collected from Tatta Pani, Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. The isolate grew at a temperature range of 18-40 °C (optimum 30 °C), pH 6.0-9.0 (optimum 7.0) and with 0-6 % NaCl (optimum 2 % NaCl (w/v)). The phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain NCCP-1331(T) belonged to the genus Streptomyces and is closely related to Streptomyces brevispora BK160(T) with 97...
October 11, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Jiang Yu, Xuejiao Guan, Chongxi Liu, Wensheng Xiang, Zhenhua Yu, Xiaobing Liu, Guanghua Wang
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September 30, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Lijun Xi, Nenghu Qiao, Zhenchong Zhang, Laihong Yan, Fengbo Li, Jinpeng Hu, Jing Li
A novel bacterium, strain L3(T), was isolated from an activated sludge sample retrieved from a municipal wastewater treatment plant in Huangdao, China. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity studies, strain L3(T) was affiliated to the genus Sinorhodobacter, being most closely related to Sinorhodobacter ferrireducens (98.0 %). The 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity of strain L3(T) to other related species, Thioclava atlantica DLFJ1-1(T) (96.5 %), Rhodobacter capsulatus ATCC 11166(T) (96.3 %), Paenirhodobacter enshiensis DW2-9(T) (96...
September 30, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Aharon Oren
Hwang et al. (Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 109:1345-1352, 2016) proposed the reclassification of Halomonas caseinilytica (Wu et al. 2008) as a later synonym of Halomonas sinaiensis, based on the publication of the latter name in 2007 by Romano et al. However, the name H. sinaiensis was validly published only in 2011. Therefore the proposal by Hwang et al. is not appropriate; instead, the name H. sinaiensis can be proposed as a later synonym of H. casinilytica.
September 30, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Sung-Jin Cho, Sang-Seob Lee
A novel Gram-stain positive, aerobic, short rod-shaped, non-motile bacterium, designated strain CHO1(T), was isolated from rhizosphere soil from a ginseng agriculture field. Strain CHO1(T) was observed to form yellow colonies on R2A agar medium. The cell wall peptidoglycan was found to contain alanine, glycine, glutamic acid, D-ornithine and serine. The cell wall sugars were identified as galactose, mannose, rhamnose and ribose. Strain CHO1(T) was found to contain MK-11, MK-12, MK-13 as the predominant menaquinones and anteiso-C15:0, iso-C16:0, and anteiso-C17:0 as the major fatty acids...
September 29, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Letícia M F Sena, Camila G Morais, Mariana R Lopes, Renata O Santos, Ana P T Uetanabaro, Paula B Morais, Marcos J S Vital, Marcos A de Morais, Marc-André Lachance, Carlos A Rosa
Sixteen yeast isolates identified as belonging to the genus Sugiyamaella were studied in relation to D-xylose fermentation, xylitol production, and xylanase activities. The yeasts were recovered from rotting wood and sugarcane bagasse samples in different Brazilian regions. Sequence analyses of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and the D1/D2 domains of large subunit rRNA gene showed that these isolates belong to seven new species. The species are described here as Sugiyamaella ayubii f.a., sp. nov...
September 29, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
De-Chao Zhang, Yan-Xia Liu, Hai-Jun Huang
A marine bacterial strain, F72(T), was isolated from a solitary scleractinian coral, collected in Yap seamounts in the Pacific Ocean. Strain F72(T) is a Gram-negative, light-yellow-pigmented, motile, rod-shaped bacterium. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain F72(T) is related to the genus Novosphingobium and has high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities with the type strains of Novosphingobium pentaromativorans US6-1(T) (97.7 %), Novosphingobium panipatense SM16(T) (97.6 %), Novosphingobium mathurense SM117(T) (97...
September 23, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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