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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150519/biological-containment-of-genetically-modified-bacillus-subtilis
#1
Siamand Hosseini, Alex Curilovs, Simon M Cutting
Genetic manipulation of bacterial spores of the genus Bacillus has shown potential for vaccination and for delivery of drugs or enzymes. Remarkably, proteins displayed on the spore surface retain activity and generally are not degraded. The heat stability of spores coupled with their desiccation resistance makes them suitable for delivery to humans or to animals by the oral route. Despite these attributes one regulatory obstacle has remained regarding the fate of recombinant spores shed into the environment as viable spores...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150518/molecular-characterization-of-an-endozoicomonas-like-organism-causing-infection-in-king-scallop-pecten-maximus-l
#2
Irene Cano, Ronny van Aerle, Stuart Ross, David W Verner-Jeffreys, Richard K Paley, Georgina Rimmer, David Ryder, Patrick Hooper, David Stone, Stephen W Feist
One of the fastest growing fisheries in the UK is the king scallop Pecten maximus L., also currently rated as the second most valuable. Mass mortality events in scallops have been reported world-wide, often with the causative agent(s) remaining uncharacterized. In May 2013 and 2014, two mass mortality events affecting king scallops were recorded in the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA), in South West England. Histopathological examination showed gill epithelial tissues infected with intracellular microcolonies of bacteria (IMC), resembling rickettsia-like organisms (RLOs), often with bacteria released in vascular spaces...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150517/multi-omics-reveal-the-lifestyle-of-the-acidophilic-mineral-oxidizing-model-species-leptospirillum-ferriphilum-t
#3
Stephan Christel, Malte Herold, Sören Bellenberg, Mohamed El Hajjami, Antoine Buetti-Dinh, Igor V Pivkin, Wolfgang Sand, Paul Wilmes, Ansgar Poetsch, Mark Dopson
Leptospirillum ferriphilum plays a major role in acidic, metal rich environments where it represents one of the most prevalent iron oxidizers. These milieus include acid rock and mine drainage as well as biomining operations. Despite its perceived importance, no complete genome sequence of this model species' type strain is available, limiting the possibilities to investigate the strategies and adaptations Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) applies to survive and compete in its niche. This study presents a complete, circular genome of Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) DSM 14647 obtained by PacBio SMRT long read sequencing for use as a high quality reference...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150516/drna-seq-implicates-sulfide-as-master-regulator-of-s-0-metabolism-in-chlorobaculum-tepidum-and-other-green-sulfur-bacteria
#4
Jacob M Hilzinger, Vidhyavathi Raman, Kevin E Shuman, Brian J Eddie, Thomas E Hanson
The green sulfur bacteria (Chlorobiaceae) are anaerobes that use electrons from reduced sulfur compounds (sulfide, S(0), and thiosulfate) as electron donors for photoautotrophic growth. Chlorobaculum tepidum, the model system for the Chlorobiaceae, both produces and consumes extracellular S(0) globules depending on the availability of sulfide in the environment. These physiological changes imply significant changes in gene regulation, which has been observed when sulfide is added to Cba. tepidum growing on thiosulfate...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150515/loop-of-streptomyces-feruloyl-esterase-plays-an-important-role-in-its-activity-of-releasing-ferulic-acid-from-biomass
#5
Misugi Uraji, Haruka Tamura, Eiichi Mizohata, Jiro Arima, Kun Wan, Ken'ichi Ogawa, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Tadashi Hatanaka
Feruloyl esterases (FAEs) are key enzymes required for the production of ferulic acid from agricultural biomass. Previously, we identified and characterized R18, an FAE from Streptomyces cinnamoneus NBRC 12852, which showed no sequence similarity with the known FAEs. To determine the region involved in its catalytic activity, we constructed chimeric enzymes using R18 and its homolog (TH2-18) from S. cinnamoneus strain TH-2. Although R18 and TH2-18 showed 74% identity in their primary sequence, the recombinant proteins of these two FAEs (rR18 and rTH2-18) showed very different specific activities toward ethyl ferulate...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150514/sinorhizobium-meliloti-glutathione-reductase-is-required-for-both-redox-homeostasis-and-symbiosis
#6
Guirong Tang, Ningning Li, Yumin Liu, Liangliang Yu, Junhui Yan, Li Luo
Glutathione (L-γ-glutamyl-L-cysteinylglycine; GSH), one of the key antioxidants in Sinorhizobium meliloti, is required for the development of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) nitrogen-fixing nodules. Glutathione exists either in a reduced form (GSH) or an oxidized form (GSSG), and its content is regulated by two pathways in S. meliloti The first pathway is the de novo synthesis of glutathione from its constituent amino acids, namely, Glu, Cys, and Gly, catalyzed by γ-glutamyl cysteine synthetase (GshA) and glutathione synthetase (GshB)...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150513/high-prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-large-phicd211-phicdif1296t-like-prophages-in-clostridioides-difficile
#7
Julian R Garneau, Ognjen Sekulovic, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina, Marc Monot, Louis-Charles Fortier
Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is a pathogenic bacterium displaying great genetic diversity. A significant proportion of this diversity is due to the presence of integrated prophages. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of phiCD211, also known as phiCDIF1296T, the largest phage identified in C. difficile so far, with a genome of 131-kbp. It shares morphological and genomic similarity with other large siphophages like phage 949 infecting Lactococcus lactis and phage c-st infecting Clostridium botulinum...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150512/a-genetic-system-for-the-thermophilic-acetogenic-bacterium-thermoanaerobacter-kivui
#8
Mirko Basen, Irina Geiger, Laura Henke, Volker Müller
Thermoanaerobacter kivui is one of the very few thermophilic acetogenic microorganisms. It grows optimally at 66°C on sugars but also lithotrophically with H2 + CO2 or with CO, producing acetate as major product. While a genome-derived model of acetogenesis has been developed, only few physiological or biochemical experiments towards the function of important enzymes in carbon and energy metabolism have been carried out. To address this issue, we developed a method for targeted, markerless gene deletions and for integration of genes into the genome of T...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150511/sulfolobus-acidocaldarius-uptakes-pentoses-via-a-cut2-type-abc-transporter-and-metabolizes-them-through-the-aldolase-independent-weimberg-pathway
#9
Michaela Wagner, Lu Shen, Andreas Albersmeier, Nienke van der Kolk, Sujin Kim, Jaeho Cha, Christopher Bräsen, Jörn Kalinowski, Bettina Siebers, Sonja-Verena Albers
Sulfolobus spp. possess a great metabolic versatility and grow heterotrophically on various carbon sources such as different sugars and peptides. Known sugar transporters in Archaea predominantly belong to ABC transport systems. Although several ABC transporters for sugar uptake have been characterized in the crenarchaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus, only one homologue of these transporters, the maltose/maltooligomer transporter, could be identified in the closely related Sulfolobus acidocaldarius Comparison of the transcriptome of S...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150510/characterization-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-and-vibrio-vulnificus-recovered-from-oysters-during-an-oyster-relay-study
#10
Sara Elmahdi, Salina Parveen, Sylvia Ossai, Ligia V DaSilva, Michael Jahncke, John Bowers, John Jacobs
Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) and Vibrio vulnificus (Vv) are naturally occurring estuarine bacteria and are the leading causes of seafood-associated infections and mortality in the USA. Though multiple-antibiotic resistant Vp and Vv have been reported resistance patterns in vibrios are not as well documented as other food-borne bacterial pathogens. Salinity relaying (SR) is a Post-Harvest Processing (PHP) treatment to reduce the abundance of these pathogens in shellfish harvested during the warmer months. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial susceptibility (AMS), pathogenicity and genetic profiles of Vp and Vv recovered from oysters during an oyster relay study...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150509/the-tape-measure-protein-is-involved-in-the-heat-stability-of-lactococcus-lactis-phages
#11
Hany Geagea, Simon J Labrie, Muriel Subirade, Sylvain Moineau
Virulent lactococcal phages are still a major risk for milk fermentation processes as they may lead to slowdowns and low quality fermented dairy products, particularly cheeses. Some of the phage control strategies used by the industry rely on heat treatments. Recently, a few Lactococcus lactis phages were found to be highly thermo-resistant. To identify the genetic determinant(s) responsible for the thermal resistance of lactococcal phages, we used the virulent phage CB14 (sk1virus/936 group) to select for phage mutants with increased heat stability...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150508/community-composition-and-ultrastructure-of-a-nitrate-dependent-anaerobic-methane-oxidizing-enrichment-culture
#12
Lavinia Gambelli, Simon Guerrero-Cruz, Rob J Mesman, Geert Cremers, Mike S M Jetten, Huub J M Op den Camp, Boran Kartal, Claudia Lueke, Laura van Niftrik
Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas and can be oxidized aerobically or anaerobically through microbial-mediated processes, thus decreasing methane emissions to the atmosphere. Using a complementary array of methods including phylogenetic analysis, physiological experiments, and light and electron microscopy techniques (including electron tomography), we investigated the community composition and ultrastructure of a continuous bioreactor enrichment culture, in which anaerobic methane oxidation (AOM) was coupled to nitrate reduction...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150507/divalent-metal-cations-potentiate-the-predatory-capacity-of-amoeba-for-cryptococcus-neoformans
#13
Man Shun Fu, Arturo Casadevall
Among the best studied interaction between soil phagocytic predators and a human pathogenic fungus is that of Acanthamoeba castellanii and Cryptococcus neoformans The experimental conditions used in amoeba-fungal confrontation assays can have major effects on whether the fungus or the protozoan is ascendant in the interaction. In the presence of Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) in PBS, C. neoformans was consistently killed when incubated with A. castellanii. A. castellanii survived better in the presence of Mg(2+) and Ca(2+), even when incubated with C...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150506/the-swinholide-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-from-a-terrestrial-cyanobacterium-nostoc-sp-uhcc-0450
#14
Anu Humisto, Jouni Jokela, Liwei Liu, Matti Wahlsten, Hao Wang, Perttu Permi, João Paulo Machado, Agostinho Antunes, David P Fewer, Kaarina Sivonen
Swinholides are 42-carbon ring polyketides with a twofold axis of symmetry. They are potent cytotoxins that disrupt the actin cytoskeleton. Swinholides were discovered from the marine sponge Theonella sp. and were long-suspected to be produced by symbiotic bacteria. Misakinolide, a structural variant of swinholide, was recently demonstrated to be the product of the symbiotic heterotrophic proteobacterium. Here we report the production of swinholide A by an axenic strain of the terrestrial cyanobacterium Nostoc sp...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150505/cry64ba-and-cry64ca-two-etx-mtx2-bacillus-thuringiensis-insecticidal-proteins-against-hemipteran-pests
#15
Yonglei Liu, Yinglong Wang, Changlong Shu, Kejian Lin, Fuping Song, Alejandra Bravo, Mario Soberón, Jie Zhang
Genetically modified crops that express insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins have become a primary approach for control of lepidopteran (moth) and coleopteran (beetle) pests that feed by chewing the plants. However, the sap-sucking insects (Hemiptera) are not particularly susceptible to Bt toxins. In this study, we describe two Cry toxins (Cry64Ba and Cry64Ca) from a Bt 1012 strain showed toxicity against two important rice hemipteran pests, Laodelphax striatellus and Sogatella furcifera Both of these two proteins contain an ETX/MTX2 domain, and share common sequence features with the β-pore forming toxins...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150504/temporal-stability-of-escherichia-coli-concentrations-in-waters-of-two-irrigation-ponds-in-maryland
#16
Yakov Pachepsky, Rachel Kierzewski, Matthew Stocker, Kevin Sellner, Walter Mulbry, Hoonsoo Lee, Moon Kim
Fecal contamination of water sources is an important water quality issue for agricultural irrigation ponds. Escherichia coli concentrations are commonly used to evaluate recreational and irrigation water quality. We hypothesized that there may exist temporally stable spatial patterns of E. coli concentrations across ponds meaning that some areas mostly have higher and other have mostly lower than average concentrations of E. coli To test this hypothesis, we sampled two irrigation ponds in Maryland in nodes of spatial grids biweekly during the summer of 2016...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150503/carbon-amendments-alter-microbial-community-structure-and-net-mercury-methylation-potential-in-sediments
#17
Geoff A Christensen, Anil C Somenahally, James G Moberly, Carrie M Miller, Andrew J King, Cynthia C Gilmour, Steven D Brown, Mircea Podar, Craig C Brandt, Scott C Brooks, Anthony V Palumbo, Judy D Wall, Dwayne A Elias
Neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) is produced by anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea possessing the genes hgcAB, but it is unknown how organic substrate and electron acceptor availability impact the distribution and abundance of these organisms. We evaluated the impact of organic substrate amendments on mercury (Hg) methylation rates, microbial community structure, and the distribution of hgcAB(+) microbes with sediments. Sediment slurries were amended with short-chain fatty acids, alcohols, or a polysaccharide. Minimal increases in MeHg were observed following lactate, ethanol and methanol amendments while a significant decrease (∼70%) was observed with cellobiose incubations...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150502/hyperthermophilic-carbamate-kinase-stability-and-anabolic-in-vitro-activity-at-alkaline-ph
#18
James E Hennessy, Melissa J Latter, Somayeh Fazelinejad, Amy Philbrook, Daniel M Bartkus, Hye-Kyung Kim, Hideki Onagi, John G Oakeshott, Colin Scott, Apostolos Alissandratos, Christopher J Easton
Carbamate kinases catalyze the conversion of carbamate to carbamoyl phosphate, which is readily transformed into other compounds. Carbamate forms spontaneously from ammonia and carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions, so the kinases have potential for sequestrative utilization of the latter compounds. Here, we compare seven carbamate kinases from mesophilic, thermophilic and hyperthermophilic sources. In addition to the known enzymes from Enterococcus faecalis and Pyrococcus furiosus, the previously unreported enzymes from the hyperthermophiles Thermococcus sibiricus and Thermococcus barophilus, the thermophiles Fervidobacterium nodosum and Thermosipho melanesiensis, and the mesophile Clostridium tetani, were all expressed recombinantly, each in high yield...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150501/glna-truncation-in-salmonella-enterica-results-in-a-small-colony-variant-phenotype-attenuated-host-cell-entry-and-reduced-expression-of-flagellin-and-spi-1-associated-effector-genes
#19
Philipp Aurass, Juliane Düvel, Susanne Karste, Ulrich Nübel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Antje Flieger
Many pathogenic bacteria use sophisticated survival strategies to overcome harsh environmental conditions. One is the formation of slow-growing subpopulations termed small colony variants (SCVs). Here we characterize an SCV, which spontaneously emerged from an axenic Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium water culture. We found that the SCV harbors a frameshift mutation in the glutamine synthetase gene glnA leading to a ∼90% truncation of the corresponding protein. Glutamine synthetase, a central enzyme in nitrogen assimilation, converts glutamate and ammonia to glutamine...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150500/dynamics-of-heterotrophic-bacterial-assemblages-within-synechococcus-cultures
#20
Qiang Zheng, Yu Wang, Rui Xie, Andrew S Lang, Yanting Liu, Jiayao Lu, Xiaodong Zhang, Jun Sun, Curtis A Suttle, Nianzhi Jiao
Interactions between photoautotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms are central to the marine microbial ecosystem. Lab cultures of one of the dominant marine photoautotrophs, Synechococcus, have historically been difficult to render axenic, presumably because these bacteria depend upon other organisms to grow in these conditions. These tight associations between Synechococcus and heterotrophic bacteria represent a good, relevant system to study interspecies interactions. Ten individual Synechococcus strains, isolated from eutrophic and oligotrophic waters, were chosen for investigation...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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