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Panchanathan Manivasagan, Jayachandran Venkatesan, Kannan Sivakumar, Se-Kwon Kim
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June 2018: Microbiological Research
Elena Arrigoni, Livio Antonielli, Massimo Pindo, Ilaria Pertot, Michele Perazzolli
Plant tissues host complex fungal and bacterial communities, and their composition is determined by host traits such as tissue age, plant genotype and environmental conditions. Despite the importance of bark as a possible reservoir of plant pathogenic microorganisms, little is known about the associated microbial communities. In this work, we evaluated the composition of fungal and bacterial communities in the pear (Abate and Williams cultivars) and apple (Golden Delicious and Gala cultivars) bark of three/four-year-old shoots (old bark) or one-year-old shoots (young bark), using a meta-barcoding approach...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
Trisha Mogany, Feroz M Swalaha, Mushal Allam, Phillip Senzo Mtshali, Arshad Ismail, Sheena Kumari, Faizal Bux
A novel halotolerant species of cyanobacterium of the order Chroococcales was isolated from hypersaline estuary in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. A comprehensive polyphasic approach viz., cell morphology, pigment composition and complete genome sequence analysis was conducted to elucidate the taxonomic position of the isolated strain. The blue-green oval to rod-shaped cells were 14-18 μm in size, and contained a high amount of phycocyanin pigments. The strain was moderate thermotolerant/alkalitolerant halophile with the optimum conditions for growth at 35 °C, pH 8...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
James S Godde, Shakuntala Baichoo, Zahra Mungloo-Dilmohamud, Yasmina Jaufeerally-Fakim
A number of examples of putative eukaryote-to-prokaryote horizontal gene transfer (HGT) have been proposed in the past using phylogenetic analysis in support of these claims but none have attempted to map these gene transfers to the presence of genomic islands (GIs) in the host. Two of these cases have been examined in detail, including an ATP sulfurylase (ATPS) gene and a class I fructose bisphosphate aldolase (FBA I) gene that were putatively transferred to cyanobacteria of the genus Prochlorococcus from either green or red algae, respectively...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
Daniela C Sabaté, Carolina Pérez Brandan, Gabriela Petroselli, Rosa Erra-Balsells, M Carina Audisio
Bacillus sp. B19, Bacillus sp. P12 and B. amyloliquefaciens B14 were isolated from soils of Salta province, and PGPR properties on the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cv. Alubia and antagonistic activity against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum were studied. It was determined that B19 and P12 increased crop germination potential (GP) from the common bean by 14.5% compared to control seeds; these strains also increased root length (10.4 and 15%, respectively) and stem length (20.2 and 30%, respectively) compared to the control; however, as for the B14 strain, no increases in growth parameters were detected...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
Li-Li Geng, Gao-Xiang Shao, Ben Raymond, Mei-Ling Wang, Xiao-Xiao Sun, Chang-Long Shu, Jie Zhang
Rhizosphere microorganisms contribute to the health and development of crops and these beneficial microbes are recruited to the root-zone when plants experience biotic/abiotic stress. The subterranean pests Holotrichia parallela cause severe crop loss in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) fields. Hypothesizing that infestation by H. parallela larva may influence the composition of rhizosphere microbial communities, deep sequencing of V3 and V4 hypervariable regions of 16S rRNA gene was used to characterize the rhizosphere bacteria of infested and uninfested peanuts...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
Aurélie Lagarde, Patricia Jargeat, Mélanie Roy, Marion Girardot, Christine Imbert, Marion Millot, Lengo Mambu
Fungal communities associated to three epiphytic lichens active against Candida, were investigated using culture-based methods We hypothetized that associated fungi would contribute to lichens activities. The ability of specific fungi to grow inside or outside lichens was investigated. To detect biogenesis pathways involved in the production of secondary metabolites, genes coding for nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) and polyketide synthase I (PKS I) were screened by PCR from fungal DNA extracts. Both endo and epilichenic communities were isolated from two fructicose (Evernia prunastri and Ramalina fastigiata) and one foliose (Pleurosticta acetabulum) lichens...
June 2018: Microbiological Research
S R Prabhukarthikeyan, U Keerthana, T Raguchander
Rhizome rot of turmeric caused by Pythium aphanidermatum is a major threat to turmeric-cultivating areas of India. This study intends to evaluate the performance of fluorescent pseudomonads against Rhizome rot disease and understand the resistance mechanism in Turmeric plants. Fluorescent pseudomonads were screened against Pythium aphanidermatum using dual culture. Selected strains were evaluated for the performance of growth promoting attributes and the presence of antibiotic genes through PCR analysis. Strain FP7 recorded the maximum percent inhibition of P...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Zhan-Bin Sun, Qi Wang, Jun Zhang, Wei-Zhi Jiang, Qi Wang, Shi-Dong Li, Gui-Zhen Ma, Man-Hong Sun
Clonostachys chloroleuca 67-1 (formerly C. rosea 67-1) is a potential biocontrol fungus active against various fungal plant pathogens. From transcriptome sequencing of 67-1 parasitizing sclerotia of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, we identified the transcription factor-encoding gene crtf that is significantly up-regulated during mycoparasitism. Transcription factors are widely distributed in fungi and involved in multiple biological processes. However, their role and regulatory mechanisms in mycoparasitism remain poorly understood...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Mattia Pia Arena, Firas Elmastour, Famara Sane, Djamel Drider, Daniela Fiocco, Giuseppe Spano, Didier Hober
The enterovirus Coxsackievirus B4 (CV-B4) can infect different human tissues and provoke abnormal function or destruction of various organs and cells. Moreover, its infections have been linked to the onset of type 1 diabetes. Coxsackievirus B4 is classified as a "challenging virus", due to the intense yet vain efforts to find effective prevention and therapeutic agents, especially within biological compounds. Lactobacillus plantarum is a lactic acid bacterium that is endowed with probiotic properties, and holds great potential for applications in medical and food industry sectors...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Sajad Ahmad Padder, Rajendra Prasad, Abdul Haseeb Shah
Quorum sensing (QS), a density-dependent signaling mechanism of microbial cells, involves an exchange and sense of low molecular weight signaling compounds called autoinducers. With the increase in population density, the autoinducers accumulate in the extracellular environment and once their concentration reaches a threshold, many genes are either expressed or repressed. This cell density-dependent signaling mechanism enables single cells to behave as multicellular organisms and regulates different microbial behaviors like morphogenesis, pathogenesis, competence, biofilm formation, bioluminescence, etc guided by environmental cues...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Laura Di Sante, Armanda Pugnaloni, Francesca Biavasco, Eleonora Giovanetti, Carla Vignaroli
The multicellular behavior designated "red dry and rough" (rdar) morphotype-characterized by production of extracellular matrix mainly comprising curli fimbriae and cellulose-is a potential survival strategy of Escherichia coli outside the host. This study documents the ability of Escherichia cryptic clades, which have recently been recognized as new lineages genetically divergent from E. coli, to grow in unfavorable conditions through expression of distinct phenotypes. Growth under low-temperature and nutrient-poor conditions induced the rdar morphotype in all cryptic clade strains tested, especially after preincubation in broth supplemented with uracil...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Oren Akhberdi, Qian Zhang, Haichuan Wang, Yingying Li, Longfei Chen, Dan Wang, Xi Yu, Dongsheng Wei, Xudong Zhu
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is an important membrane component of the eukaryotic cell. In yeast fungi, two phospholipid methyltransferases catalyze consecutive steps of methylation in the formation of phosphatidylcholine from phosphatidylethanolamine. However, roles of phospholipid methyltransferases in filamentous fungi remains less investigated. We report here the characterization of two genes, choA and choC, that putatively encoded phospholipid methyltransferases in the taxol-producing fungus Pestalotiopsis microspora...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Lizeth Guardado-Valdivia, Erik Tovar-Pérez, Alejandra Chacón-López, Ulises López-García, Porfirio Gutiérrez-Martínez, Alexandra Stoll, Selene Aguilera
Anthracnose is a fungal disease caused by Colletotrichum species that is detrimental to numerous fruit, including soursop and avocado. The use of fungicides to maintain the high quality of fruit creates a potential health risk. One alternative to this problem is the biological control, which has been applied successfully during postharvest. The Bacillus species are one of the most studied biological agents against postharvest pathogens because accomplish their biocontrol performance by producing a variety of metabolites...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Soumik Mitra, Krishnendu Pramanik, Pallab Kumar Ghosh, Tithi Soren, Anumita Sarkar, Ramendra Sundar Dey, Sanjeev Pandey, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Application of heavy metal resistant plant growth promoting rhizobacteria has an important role as they help to evade metal-induced toxicity in plants on one hand and enhance plant growth on the other. The present study is therefore focused on the characterization of a cadmium resistant bacterial strain isolated from heavy metal contaminated rhizospheric soil designated as S8. This S8 strain was selected in terms of cadmium resistance and plant growth promoting traits. Moreover, it also showed resistance to lead and arsenic to a considerable extent...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Reza Ghotaslou, Mina Yekani, Mohammad Yousef Memar
The resistance of Bacteroides fragilis to the most antimicrobial agents has been reported in the world. Identification of the microbial resistance mechanisms can play an important role in controlling these resistances. Currently, B. fragilis is resistant to most antibiotics. The multi-drug efflux pumps have been shown to underlie the antimicrobial resistance in B. fragilis strains. Two types of these efflux pumps including RND and MATE can be regarded as main structures responsible for antibiotic resistance...
May 2018: Microbiological Research
Arpan De, Arianna Pompilio, Jenifer Francis, Iain C Sutcliffe, Gary W Black, Giulio Lupidi, Dezemona Petrelli, Luca A Vitali
Streptococcus mutans, a dental caries causing odontopathogen, produces X-prolyl dipeptidyl peptidase (Sm-XPDAP, encoded by pepX), a serine protease known to have a nutritional role. Considering the potential of proteases as therapeutic targets in pathogens, this study was primarily aimed at investigating the role of Sm-XPDAP in contributing to virulence-related traits. Dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP IV), an XPDAP analogous enzyme found in mammalian tissues,is a well known therapeutic target in Type II diabetes. Based on the hypothesis that gliptins, commonly used as anti-human-DPP IV drugs, may affect bacterial growth upon inhibition of Sm-XPDAP, we have determined their ex vivo antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity towards S...
April 2018: Microbiological Research
Zhen Yang, Xuetong Wang, Wensheng Xu, Mian Zhou, Yuanxing Zhang, Yue Ma, Qiyao Wang
Type VI secretion systems (T6SSs) are multi-protein secretory nano-machines that mediate inter-bacterial competition. Vibrio alginolyticus is an abundant gram-negative marine bacterium that efficiently kills other bacteria with its T6SS2. The V. alginolyticus T6SS2 gene cluster encodes a phosphatase, PppA, and a type II membrane-spanning Hanks-type threonine kinase, PpkA2, which have been implicated in the activation of T6S. Meanwhile, T6SS2 gene expression is under the control of quorum sensing. However, the role of PppA in T6SS2 activity is unclear...
April 2018: Microbiological Research
Ananya Barman, Dibakar Gohain, Utpal Bora, Ranjan Tamuli
Phospholipases are ubiquitous enzymes that hydrolyze phospholipids. Based on the cleavage site of the ester linkage in the substrate phospholipids, phospholipases are classified into four major types, phospholipase A (PLA), phospholipase B (PLB), phospholipase C (PLC), and phospholipase D (PLD), which are further classified into various subtypes. Phospholipases hydrolyze phospholipids into various signaling products including phosphatidic acid (PA), diacylglycerol (DAG), free fatty acids (FFAs), and lyso-phospholipids (LPLs)...
April 2018: Microbiological Research
Rui Liu, Xue Zhang, Ang Ren, Deng-Ke Shi, Liang Shi, Jing Zhu, Han-Shou Yu, Ming-Wen Zhao
Heat stress (HS) is an important environmental factor that affects the growth and metabolism of edible fungi, but the molecular mechanism of the heat stress response (HSR) remains unclear. We previously reported that HS treatment increased the length between two hyphal branches and induced the accumulation of ganoderic acid biosynthesis and the gene expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in Ganoderma lucidum. In this study, we found that HS induced a significant increase in the cytosolic ROS concentration, and exogenously added ROS scavengers NAC, VC and NADPH oxidase (Nox) inhibitor DPI reduce the cytosolic ROS accumulation in G...
April 2018: Microbiological Research
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