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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645196/antagonistic-regulation-of-cyclin-expression-by-the-bzip-transcription-factors-pcr1-and-atf1-during-g2-m-transition
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Sushobhana Bandyopadhyay, Protiti Maiti Ghosh, Sohini Basu, Madhurima Paul, Syed Benazir Alam, Elizabeth Das, Geetanjali Sundaram
The transcription factor Atf1 is known to promote cell survival during various stress conditions in Schizosaccharomyces pombe by activating the expression of appropriate genes. It can also activate transcription of other important genes responsible for cell cycle progression. An Atf1 dependent increase in the expression of cell division promoting genes will oppose activation of checkpoints necessary to ensure repairs and cell survival during stress. Hence selective inhibition of the cell cycle related functions of Atf1 would be indispensable for cellular survival during stress...
June 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637209/purification-and-characterization-of-two-new-cell-bound-bioactive-compounds-produced-by-wildlactococcus-lactisstrain
#2
Margarete Alice Fontes Saraiva, Dag Anders Brede, Ingolf Figved Nes, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira, Marisa Vieira de Queiroz, Célia Alencar de Moraes
Novel compounds and innovative methods are required considering that antibiotic resistance has reached a crisis point. In the study, two cell-bound antimicrobial compounds produced by L. lactis ID1.5 were isolated and partially characterized. Following purification by cationic exchange and a solid phase C18 column, antimicrobial activity was recovered after three runs of RPC using 60% (v/v) and 100% (v/v) of 2-propanol for elution, suggesting that more than one antimicrobial compound were produced by L. lactis ID1...
June 20, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637172/identification-of-four-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
#3
Chengkun Zheng, Xigong Zhao, Ting Zeng, Manman Cao, Jiali Xu, Guolin Shi, Jinquan Li, Huanchun Chen, Weicheng Bei
Toxin-antitoxin systems are small genetic elements that are widely prevalent in the genomes of bacteria and archaea. These modules have been identified in various bacteria and proposed to play an important role in bacterial physiology and virulence. However, their presence in the genomes of Actinobacillus species has received no attention. In this study, we describe the identification of four type II TA systems in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, the causative agent of porcine pleuropneumonia. Reverse transcription PCR analysis revealed that the genes encoding the toxin and antitoxin are co-transcribed...
June 20, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637330/occurrence-of-aminoglycoside-modifying-enzymes-ames-among-isolates-of-escherichia-coli-exhibiting-high-levels-of-aminoglycoside-resistance-isolated-from-korean-cattle-farms
#4
Kuastros Mekonnen Belaynehe, Seung Won Shin, Park Hong-Tae, Han Sang Yoo
This study investigated 247 Escherichia coli isolates collected from four cattle farms to characterize aminoglycoside-modifying enzyme (AME) genes, their plasmid replicons and transferability. Out of 247 isolates a high number of isolates (total 202; 81.78%) were found resistant to various antibiotics by disc-diffusion. Of the 247 strains 139 (56.3%) were resistant to streptomycin and other antibiotics resistance followed as tetracycline (12.15%), ampicillin (7%), chloramphenicol (5.7%) and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (0...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605563/the-contribution-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-virulence-factors-and-host-factors-in-the-establishment-of-urinary-tract-infections
#5
J W Newman, R V Floyd, J L Fothergill
Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause complicated urinary tract infections, particularly in people with catheters, which can lead to pyelonephritis. Whilst some subgroups appear more susceptible to infection, such as the elderly and women, the contribution of other host factors and bacterial virulence factors to successful infection remains relatively understudied. In this review, we explore the potential role of P. aeruginosa virulence factors including phenazines, quorum sensing, biofilm formation, and siderophores along with host factors such as Tamm-Horsfall protein, osmotic stress and iron specifically on establishment of successful infection in the urinary niche...
June 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605536/quick-change-post-transcriptional-regulation-in-pseudomonas
#6
L Grenga, R H Little, J G Malone
Pseudomonas species have evolved dynamic and intricate regulatory networks to fine-tune gene expression, with complex regulation occurring at every stage in the processing of genetic information. This approach enables Pseudomonas to generate precise individual responses to the environment in order to improve their fitness and resource economy. The weak correlations we observe between RNA and protein abundance highlight the significant regulatory contribution of a series of intersecting post-transcriptional pathways, influencing mRNA stability, translational activity and ribosome function, to Pseudomonas environmental responses...
June 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605495/green-tea-and-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-are-bactericidal-against-bacillus-anthracis
#7
Shane D Falcinelli, Maggie C Shi, Arthur M Friedlander, Jennifer Chua
Bacillus anthracis, the etiological agent of anthrax, is listed as a Category A biothreat agent by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virulence of the organism is due to expression of two exotoxins and capsule, which interfere with host cellular signaling, alter host water homeostasis, and inhibit phagocytosis of the pathogen, respectively. Concerns regarding the past and possible future use of B. anthracis as a bioterrorism agent have resulted in an impetus to develop more effective protective measures and therapeutics...
June 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605431/matrix-exopolysaccharides-the-sticky-side-of-biofilm-formation
#8
Eve Maunders, Martin Welch
The Gram-negative pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is found ubiquitously within the environment and is recognised as an opportunistic human pathogen that commonly infects burn wounds and immunocompromised individuals, or patients suffering from the autosomal recessive disorder cystic fibrosis (CF). During chronic infection, P. aeruginosa is thought to form structured aggregates known as biofilms characterised by a self-produced matrix which encases the bacteria, protecting them from anti-microbial attack and the host immune response...
June 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591849/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-quorum-sensing-response-in-the-absence-of-functional-lasr-and-lasi-proteins-the-case-of-strain-148-a-virulent-dolphin-isolate
#9
Estefanía Morales, Abigail González-Valdez, Luis Servín-González, Gloria Soberón-Chávez
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that presents a complex regulatory network called 'quorum-sensing', which is responsible for the transcription of genes coding for several traits implicated in its pathogenicity. Strain 148 is a dolphin-isolate that has been shown to produce quorum-sensing regulated virulence-traits and to be virulent in a mouse model, despite the fact that it contains a 20 kbp deletion that eliminates from the chromosome the lasR gene and the lasI promoter. LasR is a key quorum-sensing transcriptional regulator that, when coupled with the autoinducer 3-oxo-dodecanoyl homoserine lactone (3O-C12-HSL) produced by LasI, activates transcription of genes coding for some virulence-associated traits such as elastase, lasI, rhlI and rhlR...
June 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591835/assessing-phagotrophy-in-the-mixotrophic-ciliate-paramecium-bursaria-using-gfp-expressing-yeast-cells
#10
Takashi Miura, Hisao Moriya, Sosuke Iwai
We used cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) as fluorescently labeled prey to assess the phagocytic activities of the mixotrophic ciliate Paramecium bursaria, which harbours symbiotic Chlorella-like algae. Because of different fluorescence spectra of GFP and algal chlorophyll, ingested GFP-expressing yeast cells can be distinguished from endosymbiotic algal cells and directly counted in individual P. bursaria cells using fluorescence microscopy. By using GFP-expressing yeast cells, we found that P...
June 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591829/benzoate-transport-in-pseudomonas-putida-csv86
#11
Alpa Choudhary, Hemant Purohit, Prashant S Phale
Pseudomonas putida strain CSV86 metabolizes variety of aromatic compounds as the sole carbon source. Genome analysis revealed the presence of genes encoding putative transporters for benzoate, p-hydroxybenzoate, phenylacetate, p-hydroxyphenylacetate and vanillate. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that benzoate transport and metabolism genes are clustered at the ben locus as benK-catA-benE-benF. Protein topology prediction suggests that BenK (aromatic acid-H+ symporter of major facilitator superfamily) has 12 transmembrane α-helices with the conserved motif, LADRXGRKX in loop 2 while BenE (benzoate-H+ symporter protein) has 11 predicted transmembrane α-helices...
June 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591809/cpx-dependent-expression-of-yqja-requires-cations-at-elevated-ph
#12
Sujeet Kumar, Vijay Tiwari, William T Doerrler
Under alkaline pH conditions, Escherichia coli must maintain a stable cytoplasmic pH of about 7.6 that is acidic relative to the environment. Bacteria employ various mechanisms to survive alkaline pH; however, membrane cation/H+ antiporters play a primary role by facilitating inward transport of protons. E. coli YqjA belongs to the DedA/Tvp38 membrane protein family and, along with its paralog YghB, is required for growth at 42°C, proper cell division and antibiotic resistance. YqjA is required for viability at alkaline pH, requiring cations sodium or potassium to support growth under these conditions, suggesting it may be a transporter...
June 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591808/relationship-between-%C3%AE-lactamase-production-and-resistance-phenotype-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains
#13
Jeongjin Kim, Tian Ding, Juhee Ahn
This study was designed to evaluate the resistance phenotypes of β-lactamases-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strains. The antibiotic susceptibility and β-lactamase activity of K. pneumoniae strains, including antibiotic-sensitive K. pneumoniae (KPWT), ciprofloxacin-induced resistant K. pneumoniae (KPCIP), and clinically isolated K. pneumoniae strains (KPCI237, KPCI263, and KPCI272), were determined in the absence and presence of β-lactamase inhibitors (BLI 489, sulbactam, clavulanate, and tazobactam). All strains were highly resistant to ampicillin in the absence of β-lactamase inhibitors (MIC≥ 512 μg mL-1)...
June 7, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
#14
Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505315/plasmid-transfer-efficiency-using-lactoccocus-lactis-strains-depends-on-invasiveness-status-but-also-on-plasmid-copy-number
#15
Denis Mariat, Véronique Robert, Philippe Langella, Jean-Marc Chatel
Lactic acid bacteria as Lactococcus lactis are used as vector for protein but also DNA delivery into intestinal cells in vitro and in vivo. For the plasmid delivery strategy, the plasmid copy number per bacteria (PCN) is thus of great importance. The aim of this paper is to determine the physiological conditions when PCN is the highest in the bacteria. PCN was characterized by qPCR in five different recombinant Lactococcus lactis strains, containing one (mono-) or two different plasmids (biplasmidic), at exponential or stationary phase...
May 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407102/the-perform-project-using-performing-arts-to-increase-engagement-and-understanding-of-science
#16
Jon James
This commentary describes some of the current challenges for science education in the UK and how an EU educational project (PERFORM) is seeking to use performing arts to engage young people with science, its values, and the processes of research.
April 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402463/dynamics-of-insertion-sequence-element-is629-inactivation-of-verotoxin-2-genes-in-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
#17
Heiður Loftsdóttir, Robert Söderlund, Tomas Jinnerot, Erik Eriksson, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Anna Aspán
There are several anecdotal reports of insertion sequence (IS)-element inactivation of verotoxin genes among enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli of the serotype O157:H7, a pathogen causing severe gastrointestinal disease in infected humans. These insertions can be expected to drastically reduce the virulence of the bacteria. IS-element inactivation has been shown to be reversible in model systems, suggesting the possibility of spontaneous restoration of virulence. In the present study, traditional and high-throughput sequencing was used to characterize three patterns of IS629 inactivation of verotoxin 2 genes in EHEC O157:H7, caused by insertion or insertion followed by partial deletion...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379362/genetic-studies-on-the-physiological-role-of-corvet-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#18
Manuel S López-Berges, Herbert N Arst, Mario Pinar, Miguel A Peñalva
CORVET and HOPS are protein complexes mediating the maturation of early endosomes (EEs) into late endosomes (LEs)/vacuoles. These hetero-hexamers share four 'core' components, Vps11, Vps16, Vps18 and Vps33, and differ in two specific subunits, CORVET Vps8 and Vps3 and HOPS Vps39 and Vps41. Whereas ablating HOPS-specific components has minor growth effects, ablating any CORVET constituent severely debilitates Aspergillus nidulans growth, buttressing previous work indicating that maturation of EEs into LEs is physiologically crucial...
March 30, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520975/editorial-there-is-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-spotlight-on%C3%A2
#19
Beatrix Fahnert
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July 3, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549126/spotlight-on-hilary-lappin-scott
#20
Hilary Lappin-Scott
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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