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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279714/untangling-the-transcription-regulatory-network-of-the-bacitracin-synthase-operon-in-bacillus-licheniformis-dw2
#1
Dong Wang, Qin Wang, Yimin Qiu, Christopher T Nomura, Junhui Li, Shouwen Chen
The bacitracin synthetase gene cluster in Bacillus licheniformis DW2 is composed of the bacABC operon encoding a non-ribosomal peptide synthetase and bacT encoding a thioesterase. Although the bacitracin gene cluster has been well studied, little is known about how this gene cluster is regulated. This study provides insight into how the transcription factors Spo0A and AbrB regulate bacitracin biosynthesis. Deletion of spo0A resulted in drastically reduced expression of bacA and bacT, and subsequently bacitracin production...
March 6, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263907/role-of-the-interplay-between-quorum-sensing-regulator-vqsr-and-the-pseudomonas-quinolone-signal-in-mediating-carbapenem-tolerance-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#2
Darija Viducic, Keiji Murakami, Takashi Amoh, Tsuneko Ono, Yoichiro Miyake
Pseudomonas aeruginosa coordinates its response to environmental conditions through activation of a quorum sensing (QS) system. In this study, we investigated the regulatory interaction between the QS transcriptional regulator VqsR and the Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS) through integration of sigma factor RpoS, and we addressed whether one of the pathways controlling carbapenem tolerance can be attributed to VqsR. We demonstrate that vqsR expression at the transcriptional level is regulated by pqsA, pqsR, and pqsE...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263906/characterization-of-genetic-determinants-involved-in-antibiotic-resistance-in-aeromonas-spp-and-fecal-coliforms-isolated-from-different-aquatic-environments
#3
Alessandro Carnelli, Federica Mauri, Antonella Demarta
Aeromonas spp. and fecal coliforms, two abundant and cultivable bacterial populations that can be found in water ecosystems, might substantially contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. We investigated the presence and spread of transposons (elements that can move from one location to another in the genome), integrons (structures able to capture and incorporate gene cassettes) and resistance plasmids in strains isolated from polluted and unpolluted water. We recovered 231 Aeromonas and 250 fecal coliforms from water samplings with different degrees of pollution (hospital sewage, activated sludge of a wastewater treatment plant, river water before and after treatment and water from an alpine lake)...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263905/carotenoid-production-and-phenotypic-variation-in-azospirillum-brasilense
#4
Gal Reem Brenholtz, Dafna Tamir-Ariel, Yaacov Okon, Saul Burdman
We assessed the occurrence of phenotypic variation in Azospirillum brasilense strains Sp7, Cd, Sp245, Az39 and phv2 during growth in rich media, screening for variants altered in colony pigmentation or extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) production. Previous studies showed that EPS-overproducing variants of Sp7 appear frequently following starvation or growth in minimal medium. In contrast, no such variants were detected during growth in rich media in the tested strains except for few variants of phv2. Regarding alteration in colony pigmentation (from pink to white in strain Cd and from white to pink in the others), strain Sp7 showed a relatively high frequency of variation (0...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263904/utilization-of-interferometric-light-microscopy-for-the-rapid-analysis-of-virus-abundance-in-a-river
#5
Céline Roose-Amsaleg, Yasmina Fedala, Catherine Vénien-Bryan, Josette Garnier, Albert-Claude Boccara, Martine Boccara
There is a constant need for direct counting of biotic nanoparticles such as viruses to unravel river functioning. We used, for the first time in freshwater, a new method based on interferometry differentiating viruses from other particles such as membrane vesicles. In the French Marne River, viruses represented between 42 and 72% of the particles. A spring monitoring in 2014 revealed their increase (2.1 × 10(7) to 2.1 × 10(8) mL(-1)) linked to an increase in algal biomass and diversity of bacterial plankton...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263903/candida-and-its-dual-lifestyle-as-a-commensal-and-a-pathogen
#6
Mathieu Cauchie, Stefanie Desmet, Katrien Lagrou
Candida spp. are part of the normal vaginal microflora in 20-30% of healthy women. However, if the balance between these yeasts and the host is disturbed, Candida spp. can cause vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), with Candida albicans being the major causative agent. Different studies have been performed in order to better understand Candida's dual lifestyle in the vagina. The potential of C. albicans to switch from the yeast cell morphology to its hyphal form is considered a key element in VVC pathogenesis. Candida spp...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263902/mollicutes-in-vaginal-microbiology-mycoplasma-hominis-ureaplasma-urealyticum-ureaplasma-parvum-and-mycoplasma-genitalium
#7
David Taylor-Robinson
Mycoplasma hominis was isolated in 1937 from the human genital tract, followed 17 years later by Ureaplasma urealyticum and 27 years after that by Mycoplasma genitalium. The first two proved relatively easy to culture but the latter required a polymerase chain reaction assay for further studies. In sexually mature women, M. hominis may be found in the vagina/cervix of about 20-50%, ureaplasmas in 40-80% and M. genitalium in 0-5%. Some heterogeneity has been found among strains of all these species, sufficient to divide ureaplasmas into two species, namely U...
March 2, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257809/the-global-health-impact-of-vaginal-dysbiosis
#8
Janneke H H M van de Wijgert, Vicky Jespers
The most common dysbiosis of the vaginal microbiome (defined here as a vaginal microbiome not dominated by lactobacilli) is bacterial vaginosis, an anaerobic polybacterial dysbiosis. Other dysbiotic states of importance to global health are vaginal microbiota with a high abundance of streptococci, staphylococci or Enterobacteriaceae, vaginal candidiasis and trichomoniasis. Knowledge about the different types of dysbiosis and their relationship to urogenital and reproductive disease burden has increased in recent years by applying non-culture-based techniques, but is far from complete...
March 1, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242352/the-role-of-escherichia-coli-in-reproductive-health-state-of-the-art
#9
Piet Cools
Escherichia coli is a well-known commensal of the normal; intestinal microbiome that can also colonize the vaginal microbiome, usually without symptoms. However, E. coli can also be a highly virulent, and frequently deadly, pathogen. In this review, I will discuss the role E. coli has in reproductive health and disease.
February 24, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235561/physiological-and-comparative-genomic-analysis-of-acidithiobacillus-ferrivorans-pq33-provides-psychrotolerant-fitness-evidence-for-oxidation-at-low-temperature
#10
Robert Ccorahua-Santo, Anika Eca, Michel Abanto, Gregory Guerra, Pablo Ramírez
Friendly environmental hydrometallurgy at low temperatures is principally promoted by Acidithiobacillus ferrivorans. Until recently, the synergy between cold tolerance and the molecular mechanism of ferrous iron (Fe(2+)) oxidation was unknown. In the present paper, we conducted a physiological and comparative genomics analysis of the new strain A. ferrivorans PQ33 to elucidate the oxidation mechanism at low temperatures, with emphasis placed on trehalose and the Rus operon. PQ33 exhibited a doubling time of 66...
February 21, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232119/bacterial-biofilms-in-the-vagina
#11
Liselotte Hardy, Nuno Cerca, Vicky Jespers, Mario Vaneechoutte, Tania Crucitti
A bacterial biofilm is a structured community of bacteria in a self-produced extracellular matrix, adherent to an inert surface or biological tissue. The involvement of biofilm in a bacterial infection implies that the infection is difficult to treat and that the patient will probably experience relapses of the condition. In bacterial vaginosis (BV), the lactobacilli concentration decreases, while the bacterial load of other (facultative) anaerobic bacteria increases. A hallmark of BV is the presence of clue cells, now known as the result of a polymicrobial biofilm formed in vaginal epithelial cells...
February 21, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214542/several-hpept1-transported-drugs-are-substrates-of-the-escherichia-coli-proton-coupled-oligopeptide-transporter-ydgr
#12
Bala K Prabhala, Nanda G Aduri, Mazhar Iqbal, Moazur Rahman, Michael Gajhede, Paul R Hansen, Osman Mirza
Proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters (POTs) are secondary active transporters found in all kingdoms of life. POTs utilize the proton electrochemical gradient for the uptake of nutrient dipeptides and tripeptides. The human POT hPepT1 is known to transport a number of drugs. As part of ongoing studies on substrate specificities of POTs from Escherichia coli, our aim in this study was to investigate whether bacterial POTs could also transport these drugs. For this, we selected the common orally administered drugs sulpiride, bestatin, valacyclovir, ampicillin and oseltamivir, that are all transported by hPepT1...
February 16, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213104/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-virulent-bacteriophage-infecting-acinetobacter-johnsonii-from-activated-sludge
#13
Niansi Fan, Rong Qi, Min Yang
A double-stranded DNA phage named AJO1, infecting Acinetobacter johnsonii, which plays an important role in wastewater treatment, was isolated from activated sludge in a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. Based on morphological taxonomy, AJO1, with an icosahedral head 55 ± 2 nm in diameter and a non-contractile tail 8 ± 2 nm in length, was classified as a member of the Podoviridae family. Bacterial infection characteristics were as follows: no polyvalent infectivity, optimal multiplicity of infection of 10(-2); eclipse and burst size of 30 min and 51...
February 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161485/identification-and-characterization-of-the-genes-encoding-carbon-monoxide-dehydrogenase-in-terrabacter-carboxydivorans
#14
Jae Ho Lee, Sae Woong Park, Young Min Kim, Jeong-Il Oh
Terrabacter carboxydivorans is able to grow aerobically at low concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) as a sole source of carbon and energy. The genes for carbon monoxide dehydrogenase (CO-DH) were cloned from T. carboxydivorans and analyzed. The operon encoding T. carboxydivorans CO-DH was composed of three structural genes with the transcriptional order of cutB, cutC and cutA, as well as an additional accessory gene (orf4). Phylogenetic analysis of CutA revealed that T. carboxydivorans CO-DH was classified into a group distinct from previously characterized CO-DHs...
February 1, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141994/corrigendum-to-the-microbiome-of-a-striped-dolphin-stenella-coeruleoalba-stranded-in-portugal-res-microbiol-2017-85-93
#15
Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Arnold Rodriguez-Hilario, Ana Luísa Alves, Filipa Gonçalves, Beatriz Cabrera-Colon, Cristina Sousa Mesquita, Pedro Soares-Castro, Marisa Ferreira, Ana Marçalo, José Vingada, Catarina Eira, Pedro Miguel Santos
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January 28, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131895/biofilm-formation-and-cellulose-expression-by-bordetella-avium-197n-the-causative-agent-of-bordetellosis-in-birds-and-an-opportunistic-respiratory-pathogen-in-humans
#16
Kimberley McLaughlin, Ayorinde O Folorunso, Yusuf Y Deeni, Dona Foster, Oksana Gorbatiuk, Simona M Hapca, Corinna Immoor, Anna Koza, Ibrahim U Mohammed, Olena Moshynets, Sergii Rogalsky, Kamil Zawadzki, Andrew J Spiers
Although bacterial cellulose synthase (bcs) operons are widespread within the Proteobacteria phylum, subunits required for the partial-acetylation of the polymer appear to be restricted to a few γ-group soil, plant-associated and phytopathogenic pseudomonads, including Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 and several Pseudomonas syringae pathovars. However, a bcs operon with acetylation subunits has also been annotated in the unrelated β-group respiratory pathogen, Bordetella avium 197N. Our comparison of subunit protein sequences and GC content analyses confirms the close similarity between the B...
January 25, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111289/ancient-highly-conserved-proteins-from-a-luca-with-complex-cell-biology-provide-evidence-in-support-of-the-nuclear-compartment-commonality-nucom-hypothesis
#17
REVIEW
James T Staley, John A Fuerst
The nuclear compartment commonality (NuCom) hypothesis posits a complex last common ancestor (LUCA) with membranous compartments including a nuclear membrane. Such a LUCA then evolved to produce two nucleated lineages of the tree of life: the Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydia superphylum (PVC) within the Bacteria, and the Eukarya. We propose that a group of ancient essential protokaryotic signature proteins (PSPs) originating in LUCA were incorporated into ancestors of PVC Bacteria and Eukarya. Tubulins, ubiquitin system enzymes and sterol-synthesizing enzymes are consistent with early origins of these features shared between the PVC superphylum and Eukarya...
January 19, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093322/anti-pathogenic-and-probiotic-attributes-of-lactobacillus-salivarius-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-isolated-from-feces-of-algerian-infants-and-adults
#18
Hamza Ait Seddik, Farida Bendali, Benoit Cudennec, Djamel Drider
Sixty-seven (67) lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolates belonging to Lactobacillus genus were isolated from human feces and tested for their auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity in order to establish their adhesion capabilities, a prerequisite for probiotic selection. Strains with the upmost auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity scores were identified by MALDI-TOF spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing as Lactobacillus plantarum (p25lb1 and p98lb1) and Lactobacillus salivarius (p85lb1 and p104lb1)...
January 16, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093321/sulfur-compound-oxidation-and-carbon-co-assimilation-in-the-haloalkaliphilic-sulfur-oxidizers-thioalkalivibrio-versutus-and-thioalkalimicrobium-aerophilum
#19
Wee Kiong Ang, Maisarah Mahbob, Rabeb Dhouib, Ulrike Kappler
Alkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria are highly abundant in naturally occurring soda lakes, where they are found both in surface waters and sediments. Here we studied oxidation of sulfide and thiosulfate in batch cultures of Thioalkalimicrobium aerophilum and Thioalkalivibrio versutus, two species that represent different metabolic types, as indicated by the absence or presence of sulfur production during growth, respectively. With thiosulfate, both species showed the expected sulfur oxidation patterns; however, during growth on sulfide, both T...
January 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040468/characterizations-of-purple-non-sulfur-bacteria-isolated-from-paddy-fields-and-identification-of-strains-with-potential-for-plant-growth-promotion-greenhouse-gas-mitigation-and-heavy-metal-bioremediation
#20
Jakkapan Sakpirom, Duangporn Kantachote, Tomorn Nunkaew, Eakalak Khan
This study was aimed at selecting purple non-sulfur bacteria (PNSB) isolated from various paddy fields, including Cd- and Zn-contaminated paddy fields, based on their biofertilizer properties. Among 235 PNSB isolates, strain TN110 was most effective in plant growth-promoting substance (PGPS) production, releasing 3.2 mg/L of [Formula: see text] , 4.11 mg/L of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and 3.62 mg/L of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), and reducing methane emission up to 80%. This strain had nifH, vnfG and anfG, which are the Mo, V and Fe nitrogenase genes encoded for key enzymes in nitrogen fixation under different conditions...
December 28, 2016: Research in Microbiology
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