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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087537/effects-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-oll2712-culture-conditions-on-the-anti-inflammatory-activity-for-murine-immune-cells-and-obese-and-type-2-diabetic-mice
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T Toshimitsu, S Ozaki, J Mochizuki, K Furuichi, Y Asami
: Studies on the health-promoting effects of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are numerous, but few provide examples of the relationship between LAB function and culture conditions. We verified the effect of differences in culture conditions on Lactobacillus plantarum OLL2712 (OLL2712) functionality; this strain exhibits anti-inflammatory activity and preventive effects against metabolic disorders. We measured IL-10 and IL-12 production in murine immune cells treated with OLL2712 cells prepared under various culture conditions...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087536/the-regulator-of-type-iv-pili-synthesis-pilr-from-lysobacter-controls-antifungal-antibiotic-production-via-a-c-di-gmp-pathway
#2
Yuan Chen, Jing Xia, Zhenhe Su, Gaoge Xu, Mark Gomelsky, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Lysobacter enzymogenes is a ubiquitous soil gammaproteobacterium that produces a broad-spectrum antifungal antibiotic, known as Heat-Stable Antifungal Factor (HSAF). To increase HSAF production for the use against fungal crop diseases, it is important to understand how HSAF synthesis is regulated. To gain insights into transcriptional regulation of the HSAF synthesis gene cluster, we generated a library of deletion mutants in the genes predicted to encode response regulators of the two-component signaling systems in L...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087535/efficient-low-ph-iron-removal-by-a-microbial-iron-oxide-mound-ecosystem-at-scalp-level-run
#3
Christen L Grettenberger, Alexandra R Pearce, Kyle J Bibby, Daniel S Jones, William D Burgos, Jennifer L Macalady
: Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a major environmental problem affecting tens of thousands of km of waterways worldwide. Passive bioremediation of AMD relies on microbial communities to oxidize and remove iron from the system; however, iron-oxidation rates in AMD environments are highly variable across sites. At Scalp Level Run (Cambria County PA), first-order iron-oxidation rates are ten times faster than at other coal associated iron mounds in the Appalachians. We examined the bacterial community at Scalp Level Run to determine whether a unique community is responsible for the rapid iron oxidation rate...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087534/mechanisms-of-horizontal-cell-to-cell-transfer-of-wolbachia-spp-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#4
Pamela M White, Jose E Pietri, Alain Debec, Shelbi Russell, Bhavin Patel, William Sullivan
: Wolbachia is an intracellular endosymbiont present in most arthropod and filarial nematode species. Transmission between hosts is primarily vertical, taking place exclusively through the female germline, though horizontal transmission has also been documented. Several studies indicate that Wolbachia is capable of transfer between somatic and germline cells during nematode development and in adult flies. However, the mechanisms underlying horizontal cell-to-cell transfer remain largely unexplored...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
#5
Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087532/establishment-and-validation-of-rna-based-predictive-models-for-understanding-survival-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-in-oysters-stored-at-low-temperatures
#6
Chao Liao, Yong Zhao, Luxin Wang
: This study developed RNA-based predictive models describing the survival of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) during storage at 0, 4, and 10°C. Post-harvested oysters were inoculated with a cocktail of five V. parahaemolyticus strains and were then stored at 0, 4, and 10°C for 21 or 11 days. A real-time RT-PCR assay targeting expression of tlh gene was used to evaluate the number of surviving V. parahaemolyticus, which was then used to establish primary molecular models (MMs)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087531/salivary-gluten-degradation-and-oral-microbial-profiles-in-health-and-celiac-disease
#7
Na Tian, Lina Faller, Daniel A Leffler, Ciaran P Kelly, Joshua Hansen, Jos A Bosch, Guoxian Wei, Bruce J Paster, Detlef Schuppan, Eva J Helmerhorst
: Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy induced by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Saliva harbors the second highest bacterial load of the GI tract after the colon. Moreover, saliva contains gluten-degrading enzymes produced by oral bacteria that may modify gluten processing in the intestine and susceptibility to celiac disease (CD). AIM: To investigate salivary enzymatic activities and oral microbial profiles in healthy subjects vs patients with classical and refractory CD...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087530/pgas-a-low-ph-induced-promoter-as-a-dynamic-gene-expression-control-tool-for-the-metabolic-engineering-of-aspergillus-niger
#8
Xian Yin, Hyun-Dong Shin, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu, Jian Chen
: The dynamic control of gene expression is important for adjusting fluxes in order to obtain desired products and achieve appropriate cell growth, particularly when the synthesis of a desired product drains metabolites required for cell growth. For dynamic gene expression, a promoter responsive to a particular environmental stressor is vital. Here, we report a low pH-inducible promoter, Pgas, which promotes minimal gene expression at pH values of greater than 5.0, but functioned efficiently at low pH values, such as pH 2...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087529/resilience-dynamics-and-interactions-within-a-multi-species-exoelectrogenic-model-biofilm-community
#9
Anna Prokhorova, Katrin Sturm-Richter, Andreas Doetsch, Johannes Gescher
: Anode-associated multi-species exoelectrogenic biofilms are essential to the function of bioelectrochemical systems (BESs). The individual activities of anode associated organisms and physiological responses resulting from co-culturing are often hard to assess due to the high microbial diversity in these systems. Therefore, we developed a model multispecies biofilm of the three exoelectrogenic proteobacteria Shewanella oneidensis, Geobacter sulfurreducens and Geobacter metallireducens with the aim to study in detail the biofilm formation dynamics, the interactions between the organisms and the overall activity of an exoelectrogenic biofilm as a consequence of the applied anode potential...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087528/engineering-mycobacteria-for-the-production-of-self-assembling-biopolyesters-displaying-mycobacterial-antigens-for-use-as-tuberculosis-vaccine
#10
Jason W Lee, Natalie A Parlane, Bernd H A Rehm, Bryce M Buddle, Axel Heiser
: Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis and still remains one of the world's biggest global health burdens. Recently, engineered polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biobeads produced in both E. coli and Lactococcus lactis displaying mycobacterial antigens were found to induce significant cell mediated immune responses in mice. We observed that such PHA beads contained host cell proteins as impurities which we hypothesized to have the potential to induce immunity...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087527/floc-formation-reduces-the-ph-stress-experienced-by-microorganisms-living-in-alkaline-environments
#11
C J Charles, S P Rout, K A Patel, S Akbar, A P Laws, B R Jackson, S A Boxall, P N Humphreys
: The survival of microorganisms within a cementitious geological disposal facility for radioactive wastes is heavily dependent on their ability to survive the calcium dominated, hyper-alkaline conditions resulting from the dissolution of the cementitious materials. The present study shows that the formation of flocs, composed of a complex mixture of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), provides protection against alkaline pH values up to pH 13.0. The flocs were dominated by Alishewanella and Dietzia sp, producing a mannose rich carbohydrate fraction incorporating extracellular DNA, resulting in Ca(2+) sequestration...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087526/rapid-enrichment-of-dehalococcoides-like-bacteria-by-partial-hydrophobic-separation
#12
Hanna R Temme, Kipp Sande, Tao Yan, Paige J Novak
: Organohalide respiring bacteria can be difficult to enrich and isolate, which can limit research on these important organisms. The goal of this research was to develop a method to rapidly (minutes to days) enrich these organisms from a mixed community. The method presented is based on the hypothesis that organohalide respiring bacteria would be more hydrophobic than other bacteria as they dehalogenate hydrophobic compounds. The developed method tests this hypothesis by separating a portion of putative organohalide respiring bacteria, those phylogenetically related to Dehalococcoides mccartyi, at the interface between a hydrophobic organic solvent and aqueous media...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087525/capturing-compositional-variation-in-denitrifying-communities-a-multiple-primer-approach-that-includes-autotrophic-denitrifying-epsilonproteobacteria
#13
Sheryl A Murdock, S Kim Juniper
: Denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria may dominate nitrogen loss processes in marine habitats with intense redox gradients but assessment of their importance is limited by currently available primers for nitrite reductase genes. Nine new primers targeting the nirS gene of denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria were designed and tested for use in sequencing and quantitative PCR on two microbial mat samples (Vent 2 and Vent 4) from the Calypso hydrothermal vent field, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062464/extraintestinal-pathogenic-and-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli-including-sequence-type-131-st131-from-retail-chicken-breasts-united-states-2013
#14
James R Johnson, Stephen B Porter, Brian Johnston, Paul Thuras, Sarah Clock, Michael Crupain, Urvashi Rangan
: Chicken meat products are hypothesized to be vehicles for transmitting antimicrobial-resistant and extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) to consumers. To reassess this hypothesis in the current era of heightened concerns about food animal antimicrobial use, we analyzed 175 chicken-source E. coli isolates from a 2013 Consumer Reports national survey. Isolates were PCR-screened for ExPEC-defining virulence genes. The 25 ExPEC isolates (12% of 175) and a 2:1 randomly selected set of 50 non-ExPEC isolates were assessed for phylogenetic/clonal background and virulence genotypes, for comparison with resistance profiles and label claims ("organic", "no antibiotics", and "natural")...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062463/ymc-2011-a-temperate-phage-of-streptococcus-salivarius-57-i
#15
Wen-Chun Chou, Szu-Chuan Huang, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Yi-Ywan M Chen
: Streptococcus salivarius is an abundant isolate of the oral cavity. The genome of S. salivarius 57.I consists of a 2-Mb chromosome and a 40,758-bp circular molecule, designated YMC-2011. Annotation of YMC-2011 revealed 55 open reading frames, most of them associated with phage production, although plaque formation is not observed in S. salivarius 57.I after lytic induction using mitomycin C. Results from Southern hybridization and quantitative real-time PCR confirmed that YMC-2011 exists extrachromosomally with an estimated copy number of 3 to 4...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062462/increasing-growth-yield-and-decreasing-acetylation-in-escherichia-coli-by-optimizing-the-carbon-to-magnesium-ratio-in-peptide-based-media
#16
David G Christensen, James S Orr, Christopher V Rao, Alan J Wolfe
: Complex media are routinely used to cultivate diverse bacteria. However, this complexity can obscure the factors that govern cell growth. While studying protein acetylation in buffered tryptone broth supplemented with glucose (TB7/glucose), we observed that Escherichia coli did not fully consume glucose prior to stationary phase. However, when we supplemented this medium with magnesium, the glucose was completely consumed during exponential growth with concomitant increases in cell number and biomass but reduced cell size...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062461/diverse-bacteria-affiliated-with-the-genera-microvirga-phyllobacterium-and-bradyrhizobium-nodulate-lupinus-micranthus-growing-in-soils-of-northern-tunisia
#17
Abdelhakim Msaddak, David Durán, Mokhtar Rejili, Mohamed Mars, Tomás Ruiz-Argüeso, Juan Imperial, José Palacios, Luis Rey
: The genetic diversity of bacterial populations nodulating Lupinus micranthus in five geographical sites from Northern Tunisia was examined. Phylogenetic analyses of fifty isolates based on recA and gyrB gene partial sequences grouped strains in seven clusters, five of which belong to genus Bradyrhizobium (28 isolates), one to Phyllobacterium (2 isolates), and one, remarkably, to Microvirga (20 isolates). The largest Bradyrhizobium cluster (17 isolates) grouped with the B. lupini species and the other five clusters were close to different, recently defined Bradyrhizobium species...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062460/large-scale-transposition-mutagenesis-of-streptomyces-coelicolor-identifies-hundreds-of-genes-influencing-antibiotic-biosynthesis
#18
Zhong Xu, Yemin Wang, Keith F Chater, Hong-Yu Ou, H Howard Xu, Zixin Deng, Meifeng Tao
: Gram-positive Streptomyces bacteria produce thousands of bioactive secondary metabolites including antibiotics. To systematically investigate genes affecting secondary metabolism, we developed a hyperactive transposase-based Tn5 transposition system and employed it to mutagenize the model species Streptomyces coelicolor, leading to the identification of 51,443 transposition insertions. These insertions were distributed randomly along the chromosome except for some preferred regions associated with relatively low GC content in the chromosomal core...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062459/biofilm-composition-and-threshold-concentration-for-growth-of-legionella-pneumophila-on-surfaces-exposed-to-flowing-warm-tap-water-without-disinfectant
#19
Dick van der Kooij, Geo L Bakker, Ronald Italiaander, Harm R Veenendaal, Bart A Wullings
: Legionella pneumophila in potable-water installations poses a potential health risk, but quantitative information about its replication in biofilms in relation to water quality is scarce. Therefore, biofilm formation on surfaces of glass and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) in contact with tap water at 34-39°C was investigated under controlled hydraulic conditions in a model system inoculated with biofilm-grown L. pneumophila The biofilm on glass (average steady-state concentration: 23 ± 9 pg ATP cm(-2)) exposed to treated aerobic groundwater [0...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062458/hyperosmotic-agents-and-antibiotics-affect-dissolved-oxygen-and-ph-concentration-gradients-in-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#20
Mia Mae Kiamco, Erhan Atci, Abdelrhman Mohamed, Douglas R Call, Haluk Beyenal
: Biofilms on wound surfaces are treated topically with hyperosmotic agents such as medical-grade honey and cadexomer iodine; in some cases, these treatments are combined with antibiotics. Tissue repair requires oxygen, and a low pH is conducive to oxygen release from red blood cells and epithelialization. We investigated the variation of dissolved oxygen concentration and pH with biofilm depth, and the variation in oxygen consumption rates when biofilms are challenged with medical-grade honey or cadexomer iodine combined with vancomycin or ciprofloxacin...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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