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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631440/recognition-cascade-and-metabolite-transfer-in-a-marine-bacteria-phytoplankton-model-system
#1
Bryndan P Durham, Stephen P Dearth, Shalabh Sharma, Shady A Amin, Christa B Smith, Shawn R Campagna, E Virginia Armbrust, Mary Ann Moran
The trophic linkage between marine bacteria and phytoplankton in the surface ocean is a key step in the global carbon cycle, with almost half of marine primary production transformed by heterotrophic bacterioplankton within hours to weeks of fixation. Early studies conceptualized this link as the passive addition and removal of organic compounds from a shared seawater reservoir. Here we analyzed transcript and intracellular metabolite patterns in a two-member model system and found that the presence of a heterotrophic bacterium induced a potential recognition cascade in a marine phytoplankton species that parallels better-understood vascular plant response systems...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631437/control-of-virulence-gene-transcription-by-indirect-readout-in-vibrio-cholerae-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
#2
Charles J Dorman, Matthew J Dorman
Indirect readout mechanisms of transcription control rely on the recognition of DNA shape by transcription factors (TFs). TFs may also employ a direct readout mechanism that involves the reading of the base sequence in the DNA major groove at the binding site. TFs with winged helix-turn-helix (wHTH) motifs use an alpha helix to read the base sequence in the major groove while inserting a beta sheet 'wing' into the adjacent minor groove. Such wHTH proteins are important regulators of virulence gene transcription in many pathogens; they also control housekeeping genes...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631419/the-cpxr-cpxa-system-contributes-to-salmonella-gold-resistance-by-controlling-the-gols-dependent-gesabc-transcription
#3
Sebastián Cerminati, Germán F Giri, Julián I Mendoza, Fernando C Soncini, Susana K Checa
Several regulatory systems contribute to bacterial resistance to heavy metals controlling the expression of factors required to eliminate the intoxicant and/or to repair the damage caused by it. In Salmonella, the response to Au ions is mediated by the specific metalloregulator GolS that, among other genes, controls the expression of the RND-efflux pump GesABC. In this work, we demonstrate that CpxR/CpxA, a main cell-envelope stress-responding system, promotes gesABC transcription in the presence of Au ions at neutral pH...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631411/function-of-bacterial-community-dynamics-in-the-formation-of-cadaveric-semiochemicals-during-in-situ-carcass-decomposition
#4
Javier Pascual, Christian von Hoermann, Ann-Marie Rottler-Hoermann, Omer Nevo, Alicia Geppert, Johannes Sikorski, Katharina J Huber, Sandra Steiger, Manfred Ayasse, Jörg Overmann
The decomposition of dead mammalian tissue involves a complex temporal succession of epinecrotic bacteria. Microbial activity may release different cadaveric volatile organic compounds which in turn attract other key players of carcass decomposition such as scavenger insects. To elucidate the dynamics and potential functions of epinecrotic bacteria on carcasses, we monitored bacterial communities developing on still-born piglets incubated in different forest ecosystems by combining high-throughput Illumina 16S rRNA sequencing with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of volatiles...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631403/-pseudomonas-protegens-pf-5-favors-self-produced-siderophore-over-free-loading-in-interspecies-competition-for-iron
#5
D Joseph Sexton, Rochelle C Glover, Joyce E Loper, Martin Schuster
Many microorganisms compete for extracellular iron using strain-specific chelators known as siderophores. The ferric-siderophore complex limits local access to iron because import requires a suitable cognate receptor. Interestingly, many species carry receptors that enable "cross-feeding" on heterologous siderophores made by neighboring organisms, although little is known about how this ubiquitous behavior is regulated. Here, we investigated the soil bacterium Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5, a strain remarkable for its ability to use dozens of heterologous siderophores...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631400/effects-of-uranium-concentration-on-microbial-community-structure-and-functional-potential
#6
Brodie Sutcliffe, Anthony A Chariton, Andrew J Harford, Grant C Hose, Greenfield Paul, Liam D H Elbourne, Yalchin Oytam, Sarah Stephenson, David J Midgley, Ian T Paulsen
Located in the Northern Territory of Australia, Ranger uranium mine is directly adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, with rehabilitation targets needed to ensure the site can be incorporated into the park following the mine's closure in 2026. This study aimed to understand the impact of uranium concentration on microbial communities, in order to identify and describe potential breakpoints in microbial ecosystem services. This is the first study to report in situ deployment of uranium-spiked sediments along a concentration gradient (0 - 4,000 mg U/kg), with the study design maximising the advantages of both field surveys and laboratory manipulative studies...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631399/into-the-storm-chasing-the-opportunistic-pathogen-staphylococcus-aureus-from-skin-colonisation-to-life-threatening-infections
#7
James P O'Gara
Colonisation of the human skin by Staphylococcus aureus is a precursor for a variety of infections ranging from boils to sepsis and pneumonia. The rapid emergence of methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) following the clinical introduction of this antimicrobial drug and reports of resistance to all currently used anti-staphylococcal drugs has added to its formidable reputation. S. aureus survival on the skin and in vivo virulence is underpinned by a remarkable environmental adaptability, made possible by highly orchestrated regulation of gene expression and a capacity to undertake genome remodelling...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631386/toward-establishing-model-organisms-for-marine-protists-successful-transfection-protocols-for-parabodo-caudatus-kinetoplastida-excavata
#8
Fatma Gomaa, Paulo A Garcia, Jennifer Delaney, Peter R Girguis, Cullen R Buie, Virginia P Edgcomb
We developed protocols for, and demonstrated successful transfection of, the free-living kinetoplastid flagellate Parabodo caudatus with three plasmids carrying a fluorescence reporter gene (pEF-GFP with the EF1 alpha promoter, pUB-GFP with Ubiquitin C promoter, and pEYFP-Mitotrap with CMV promoter). We evaluated three electroporation approaches: 1) a square-wave electroporator designed for eukaryotes, 2) a novel microfluidic transfection system employing hydrodynamically-controlled electric field waveforms, and 3) a traditional exponential decay electroporator...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631370/microbial-manganese-iii-reduction-fueled-by-anaerobic-acetate-oxidation
#9
Nadia Szeinbaum, Hui Lin, Jay A Brandes, Martial Taillefert, Jennifer B Glass, Thomas J DiChristina
Soluble manganese in the intermediate +III oxidation state (Mn(3+) ) is a newly identified oxidant in anoxic environments, whereas acetate is a naturally abundant substrate that fuels microbial activity. Microbial populations coupling anaerobic acetate oxidation to Mn(3+) reduction, however, have yet to be identified. We isolated a Shewanella strain capable of oxidizing acetate anaerobically with Mn(3+) as the electron acceptor, and confirmed this phenotype in other strains,. This metabolic connection between acetate and soluble Mn(3+) represents a new biogeochemical link between carbon and manganese cycles...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631363/experimental-evolution-of-bacillus-subtilis
#10
REVIEW
Daniel R Zeigler, Wayne L Nicholson
The endospore-forming bacteria have persisted on earth perhaps 3Ga, leveraging the flexibility of their distinctive lifestyle to adapt to a remarkably wide range of environments. This process of adaptation can be investigated through the simple but powerful technique of laboratory evolution. Evolved strains can be analyzed by whole genome sequencing and an array of omics technologies. The intensively studied, genetically tractable endospore-former, Bacillus subtilis, is an ideal subject for laboratory evolution experiments...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631357/revealing-the-global-importance-of-isoprene-metabolism-by-marine-bacteria
#11
Christopher C R Allen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631353/microbiome-dynamics-in-early-life-stages-of-the-scleractinian-coral-acropora-gemmifera-in-response-to-elevated-pco2
#12
Guowei Zhou, Lin Cai, Tao Yuan, Renmao Tian, Haoya Tong, Weipeng Zhang, Lei Jiang, Minglan Guo, Sheng Liu, Pei-Yuan Qian, Hui Huang
Reef-building coral is a complex holobiont, harbouring diverse microorganisms that play essential roles in maintaining coral health. However, microbiome development in early life stages of coral remains poorly understood. Here, microbiomes of Acropora gemmifera were analysed during spawning and early developmental stages, and also under different seawater partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2 ) conditions, using amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA gene for bacteria and archaea and of ITS2 for Symbiodinium. No remarkable microbiome shift was observed in adults before and after spawning...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618206/grazing-of-leaf-associated-cercomonads-protists-rhizaria-cercozoa-structures-bacterial-community-composition-and-function
#13
Sebastian Flues, David Bass, Michael Bonkowski
Preferential food selection in protists is well documented, but we still lack basic understanding on how protist predation modifies the taxonomic and functional composition of bacterial communities. We conducted feeding trials using leaf-associated cercomonad Cercozoa by incubating them on a standardized, diverse bacterial community washed from plant leaves. We used a shotgun metagenomics approach to investigate the taxonomic and functional changes of the bacterial community after five days protist predation upon bacteria...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618196/integrating-chytrid-fungal-parasites-into-plankton-ecology-research-gaps-and-needs
#14
REVIEW
Thijs Frenken, Elisabet Alacid, Stella A Berger, Elizabeth C Bourne, Mélanie Gerphagnon, Hans-Peter Grossart, Alena S Gsell, Bas W Ibelings, Maiko Kagami, Frithjof C Küpper, Peter M Letcher, Adeline Loyau, Takeshi Miki, Jens C Nejstgaard, Serena Rasconi, Albert Reñé, Thomas Rohrlack, Keilor Rojas-Jimenez, Dirk S Schmeller, Bettina Scholz, Kensuke Seto, Télesphore Sime-Ngando, Assaf Sukenik, Dedmer B Van de Waal, Silke Van den Wyngaert, Ellen Van Donk, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Wurzbacher, Ramsy Agha
Chytridiomycota, often referred to as chytrids, can be virulent parasites with the potential to inflict mass mortalities on hosts, causing e.g. changes in phytoplankton size distributions and succession, and the delay or suppression of bloom events. Molecular environmental surveys have revealed an unexpectedly large diversity of chytrids across a wide range of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. As a result, scientific interest towards fungal parasites of phytoplankton has been gaining momentum in the past few years...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618189/comparative-genomics-of-the-dna-damage-inducible-network-in-the-patescibacteria
#15
Miquel Sánchez-Osuna, Jordi Barbé, Ivan Erill
Metagenomics provide unprecedented insights into the genetic diversity of uncultivated bacteria inhabiting natural environments. Recent surveys have uncovered a major radiation of candidate phyla encompassing the Patescibacteria superphylum. Patescibacteria have small genomes and a presumed symbiotic or parasitic lifestyle, but the difficulty in culturing representative members constrains the characterization of behavioral and adaptive traits. Here we combine in silico and in vitro approaches to characterize the SOS transcriptional response to DNA damage in the Patescibacteria superphylum...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618183/effects-of-different-temperature-regimes-on-survival-of-diaphorina-citri-and-its-endosymbiotic-bacterial-communities
#16
Mubasher Hussain, Komivi Senyo Akutse, Keppanan Ravindran, Yongwen Lin, Bamisope Steve Bamisile, Muhammad Qasim, Chandra Kanta Dash, Liande Wang
The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is a major pest of citrus and vector of citrus greening (huanglongbing) in Asian. In our field-collected psyllid samples, we discovered that Fuzhou (China) and Faisalabad (Pakistan), populations harbored an obligate primary endosymbiont Candidatus Carsonella (gen. nov.) with a single species, Candidatus Carsonella ruddii (sp. nov.), and a secondary endosymbiont, Wolbachia surface proteins (WSP) which are intracellular endosymbionts residing in the bacteriomes. Responses of these symbionts to different temperatures were examined and their host survival assessed...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618173/inter-individual-differences-determine-the-outcome-of-wheat-bran-colonization-by-the-human-gut-microbiome
#17
Kim De Paepe, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Joran Verspreet, Christophe M Courtin, Tom Van de Wiele
Gut microbiota research reveals a vital role for the luminal and mucosal gut microbiota in human health. Fewer studies, however, have characterized the microbiome associated with undigested, insoluble dietary particles in the gut. These particles can act as a food source for bacteria and offer a physical platform to which they can attach. In this study, the microbiome colonizing wheat bran particles was analyzed. In a batch experiment, wheat bran particles were separately incubated with the fecal microbiota derived from ten donors and washed after 48h to remove loosely attached bacteria...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618153/cascading-influence-of-inorganic-nitrogen-sources-on-dom-production-composition-lability-and-microbial-community-structure-in-the-open-ocean
#18
S J Goldberg, C E Nelson, D A Viviani, C N Shulse, M J Church
Nitrogen frequently limits oceanic photosynthesis and the availability of inorganic nitrogen sources in the surface oceans is shifting with global change. We evaluated the potential for abrupt increases in inorganic N sources to induce cascading effects on DOM and microbial communities in the surface ocean. We collected water from 5 m depth in the central North Pacific and amended duplicate 20 L polycarbonate carboys with nitrate or ammonium, tracking planktonic carbon fixation, DOM production, DOM composition and microbial community structure responses over 1 week relative to controls...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618146/green-alder-alnus-viridis-encroachment-shapes-microbial-communities-in-subalpine-soils-and-impacts-its-bacterial-or-fungal-symbionts-differently
#19
G Schwob, M Roy, S Manzi, T Pommier, M P Fernandez
Since the mid twentieth-century, subalpine grasslands undergo a progressive encroachment by Alnus viridis shrubs. Thanks to its rapid vegetative reproduction, its nitrogen fixing symbiosis with Frankia and its ectomycorrhizal cohorts, green alders are vigorous colonizers that quickly form mosaic of alder patches that evolves into a close canopy shrub community. To better understand how alder encroachment might influence microbial communities in this successional sequence, symbiont distribution, microbial richness and community structure in both soils and nodules were analyzed at three successional stages: grassland, mosaic and forest...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618144/thermal-barriers-constrain-microbial-elevational-range-size-via-climate-variability
#20
Jianjun Wang, Janne Soininen
Range size is invariably limited and understanding range size variation is an important objective in ecology. However, microbial range size across geographical gradients remains understudied, especially on mountainsides. Here, we examined patterns of range size of stream microbes (i.e., bacteria and diatoms) and macroorganisms (i.e., macroinvertebrates) along elevational gradients in Asia and Europe. In bacteria, elevational range size showed non-significant phylogenetic signals. In all taxa, there was a positive relationship between niche breadth and species elevational range size, driven by local environmental and climatic variables...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
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