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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907248/mycobacterium-ulcerans-toxin-mycolactone-may-enhance-host-seeking-and-oviposition-behavior-by-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
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M L Sanders, H R Jordan, C Serewis-Pond, L Zheng, M E Benbow, P L Small, J K Tomberlin
The ecological functions of many toxins continue to remain unknown for those produced by environmental pathogens. Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, produces a cytotoxic macrolide, mycolactone, whose function(s) in the environment remains elusive. Through a series of dual-choice behavior assays, we show that mycolactone may be an interkingdom cue for the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, seeking blood-meals as well as oviposition sites. Results provide novel insight into the evolution between bacteria and potential vectors...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907245/biodegradation-of-the-aminopolyphosphonate-dtpmp-by-the-cyanobacterium-anabaena-variabilis-proceeds-via-a-c-p-lyase-independent-pathway
#2
Damian Drzyzga, Giuseppe Forlani, Jochen Vermander, Paweł Kafarski, Jacek Lipok
Cyanobacteria, the only prokaryotes capable of oxygenic photosynthesis, play a major role in carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus global cycling. Under conditions of increased P availability and nutrient loading, some cyanobacteria are capable of blooming, rapidly multiplying and possibly altering the ecological structure of the ecosystem. Because of their ability of using non-conventional P sources, these microalgae can be used for bioremediation purposes. Under this perspective, the metabolization of the polyphosphonate diethylenetriaminepenta(methylenephosphonic) acid (DTPMP) by the strain CCALA 007 of Anabaena variabilis was investigated using (31) P NMR analysis...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902886/lateral-gene-transfer-of-p-cresol-and-indole-producing-enzymes-from-environmental-bacteria-to-mastigamoeba-balamuthi
#3
Eva Nývltová, Robert Šuťák, Vojtěch Žárský, Karel Harant, Ivan Hrdý, Jan Tachezy
p-Cresol and indole are volatile biologically active products of the bacterial degradation of tyrosine and tryptophan, respectively. They are typically produced by bacteria in animal intestines, soil and various sediments. Here, we demonstrate that the free-living eukaryote Mastigamoeba balamuthi and its pathogenic relative Entamoeba histolytica produce significant amounts of indole via tryptophanase activity. Unexpectedly, M. balamuthi also produces p-cresol in concentrations that are bacteriostatic to non-p-cresol-producing bacteria...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902881/the-chimeric-nature-of-the-genomes-of-marine-magnetotactic-coccoid-ovoid-bacteria-defines-a-novel-group-of-proteobacteria
#4
Boyang Ji, Sheng-Da Zhang, Wei-Jia Zhang, Zoe Rouy, François Alberto, Claire-Lise Santini, Sophie Mangenot, Séverine Gagnot, Nadège Philippe, Nathalie Pradel, Lichen Zhang, Sébastien Tempel, Ying Li, Claudine Médigue, Bernard Henrissat, Pedro M Coutinho, Valérie Barbe, Emmanuel Talla, Long-Fei Wu
Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) are a group of phylogenetically and physiologically diverse Gram-negative bacteria that synthesize intracellular magnetic crystals named magnetosomes. MTB are affiliated with three classes of Proteobacteria phylum, Nitrospirae phylum, Omnitrophica phylum and probably with the candidate phylum Latescibacteria. The evolutionary origin and physiological diversity of MTB compared to other bacterial taxonomic groups remain to be illustrated. Here, we analyzed the genome of the marine magneto-ovoid strain MO-1 and found that it is closely related to Magnetococcus marinus MC-1...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902875/who-s-the-boss-here-the-post-transcriptional-global-regulator-hfq-takes-over-control-of-secondary-metabolite-production-in-the-nematode-symbiont-photorhabdus-luminiscens
#5
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902873/traits-allowing-resistance-to-organic-solvents-in-pseudomonas
#6
Fernando Rojo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902872/happens-in-the-best-of-subfamilies-establishment-and-repeated-replacements-of-co-obligate-secondary-endosymbionts-within-lachninae-aphids
#7
Alejandro Manzano-Marín, Gitta Szabo, Jean-Christophe Simon, Matthias Horn, Amparo Latorre
Virtually all aphids maintain an obligate mutualistic symbiosis with bacteria from the Buchnera genus, which produce essential nutrients for their aphid hosts. Most aphids from the Lachninae subfamily have been consistently found to house additional endosymbionts, mainly Serratia symbiotica. This apparent dependence on secondary endosymbionts was proposed to have been triggered by the loss of the riboflavin biosynthetic capability by Buchnera in the Lachninae last common ancestor. However, an integral large-scale analysis of secondary endosymbionts in the Lachninae is still missing, hampering the interpretation of the evolutionary and genomic analyses of these endosymbionts...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902869/drivers-of-interannual-variability-in-virioplankton-abundance-at-the-coastal-western-antarctic-peninsula-and-the-potential-effects-of-climate-change
#8
Claire Evans, Joost Brandsma, David W Pond, Hugh J Venables, Michael P Meredith, Harry J Witte, Sharon Stammerjohn, William H Wilson, Andrew Clarke, Corina P D Brussaard
An eight year time-series in the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) with an approximately weekly sampling frequency was used to elucidate changes in virioplankton abundance and their drivers in this climatically-sensitive region. Virioplankton abundances at the coastal WAP show a pronounced seasonal cycle with interannual variability in the timing and magnitude of the summer maxima. Bacterioplankton abundance is the most influential driving factor of the virioplankton, and exhibit closely coupled dynamics. Sea ice cover and duration predetermine levels of phytoplankton stock and thus, influence virioplankton by dictating the substrates available to the bacterioplankton...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902866/bacterial-community-collapse-a-meta-analysis-of-the-sinonasal-microbiota-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
#9
Brett Wagner Mackenzie, David W Waite, Michael Hoggard, Richard G Douglas, Michael W Taylor, Kristi Biswas
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a common, debilitating condition characterized by long-term inflammation of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. The role of the sinonasal bacteria in CRS is unclear. We conducted a meta-analysis combining and reanalyzing published bacterial 16S rRNA sequence data to explore differences in sinonasal bacterial community composition and predicted function between healthy and CRS affected subjects. The results identify the most abundant bacteria across all subjects as Staphylococcus, Propionibacterium, Corynebacterium, Streptococcus, and an unclassified lineage of Actinobacteria...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884049/copper-toxicity-response-influences-mesotrophic-synechococcus-community-structure
#10
Rhona K Stuart, Randelle Bundy, Kristen Buck, Majid Ghassemain, Kathy Barbeau, Brian Palenik
Picocyanobacteria from the genus Synechococcus are ubiquitous in ocean waters. Their phylogenetic and genomic diversity suggests ecological niche differentiation, but the selective forces influencing this are not well defined. Marine picocyanobacteria are sensitive to Cu toxicity, so adaptations to this stress could represent a selective force within, and between, "species" also known as clades. We compared Cu stress responses in cultures and natural populations of marine Synechococcus from two co-occurring major mesotrophic clades (I and IV)...
November 24, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883264/mucosa-associated-biohydrogenating-microbes-protect-the-simulated-colon-microbiome-from-stress-associated-with-high-concentrations-of-poly-unsaturated-fat
#11
Rosemarie De Weirdt, Emma Hernandez-Sanabria, Veerle Fievez, Eva Mees, Annelies Geirnaert, Florence Van Herreweghen, Ramiro Vilchez-Vargas, Pieter Van den Abbeele, Ruy Jauregui, Dietmar H Pieper, Bruno Vlaeminck, Tom Van de Wiele
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may affect colon microbiome homeostasis by exerting (specific) antimicrobial effects and/or interfering with mucosal biofilm formation at the gut mucosal interface. We used standardized batch incubations and the Mucosal-Simulator of the Human Microbial Intestinal Ecosystem (M-SHIME) to show the in vitro luminal and mucosal effects of the main PUFA in the Western diet, linoleic acid (LA). High concentrations of LA were found to decrease butyrate production and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii numbers dependent on LA biohydrogenation to vaccenic acid (VA) and stearic acid (SA)...
November 24, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883255/genome-wide-association-of-functional-traits-linked-with-campylobacter-jejuni-survival-from-farm-to-fork
#12
Koji Yahara, Guillaume Méric, Aidan J Taylor, Stefan P W de Vries, Susan Murray, Ben Pascoe, Leonardos Mageiros, Alicia Torralbo, Ana Vidal, Anne Ridley, Sho Komukai, Helen Wimalarathna, Alison J Cody, Frances M Colles, Noel McCarthy, David Harris, James E Bray, Keith A Jolley, Martin C J Maiden, Stephen D Bentley, Julian Parkhill, Christopher D Bayliss, Andrew Grant, Duncan Maskell, Xavier Didelot, David J Kelly, Samuel K Sheppard
Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide, primarily associated with the consumption of contaminated poultry. C. jejuni lineages vary in host range and prevalence in human infection, suggesting differences in survival throughout the poultry processing chain. From 7,343 MLST-characterised isolates, we sequenced 600 C. jejuni and C. coli isolates from various stages of poultry processing and clinical cases. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) in C. jejuni ST-21 and ST-45 complexes identified genetic elements over-represented in clinical isolates that increased in frequency throughout the poultry processing chain...
November 24, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878952/newly-isolated-nodularia-phage-influences-cyanobacterial-community-dynamics
#13
S E Coloma, A Dienstbier, D H Bamford, K Sivonen, E Roine, T Hiltunen
Cyanophages, i.e. viruses infecting cyanobacteria, are a key component driving cyanobacterial community dynamics both ecologically and evolutionarily. In addition to reducing biomass and influencing the genetic diversity of their host populations, they can also have a wider community-level impact due to the release of nutrients by phage-induced cell lysis. In this study, we isolated and characterized a new cyanophage, a siphophage designated as vB_NpeS-2AV2, capable of infecting the filamentous nitrogen fixing cyanobacterium Nodularia sp...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878947/all-together-now-experimental-multispecies-biofilm-model-systems
#14
REVIEW
Chuan Hao Tan, Kai Wei Kelvin Lee, Mette Burmølle, Staffan Kjelleberg, Scott A Rice
Studies of microorganisms have traditionally focused on single species populations, which have greatly facilitated our understanding of the genetics and physiology that underpin microbial growth, adaptation and biofilm development. However, given that most microorganisms exist as multispecies consortia, the field is increasingly exploring microbial communities using a range of technologies traditionally limited to populations, including meta-omics based approaches and high resolution imaging. The experimental communities currently being explored range from relatively low diversity, e...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878943/microbial-community-composition-but-not-diversity-changes-along-succession-in-arctic-sand-dunes
#15
Anbu Poosakkannu, Riitta Nissinen, Minna Männistö, Minna-Maarit Kytöviita
We tested the generality of increasing diversity of fungi and bacteria along arctic sand dune succession. Microbial communities were examined by high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA genes (bacteria) and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions (fungi). We studied four microbial compartments (inside leaf, inside root, rhizosphere and bulk soil) and characterized microbes associated with a single plant species (Deschampsia flexuosa) across two sand dune successional stages (early and late). Bacterial richness increased along succession in bulk soil and leaf endosphere...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878934/two-degradation-strategies-for-overcoming-the-recalcitrance-of-natural-lignocellulosic-xylan-by-polysaccharides-binding-gh10-and-gh11-xylanases-of-filamentous-fungi
#16
Youzhi Miao, Pan Li, Guangqi Li, Dongyang Liu, Irina S Druzhinina, Christian P Kubicek, Qirong Shen, Ruifu Zhang
The recalcitrance of lignocellulose forms a strong barrier for the bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass in chemical or biofuel industries. Filamentous fungi are major plant biomass decomposer, and capable of forming all the required enzymes. Here, we characterized the GH10 and GH11 endo-xylanases and a CE1 acetyl-xylan esterase (Axe1) from a superior biomass-degrading strain, Aspergillus fumigatus Z5, and examined how they interact in xylan degradation. Cellulose-binding (CBM1) domain inhibited GH10 xylanase activities for pure xylan, but afforded them an ability to hydrolyze washed corncob particles (WCCP)...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878932/glycerol-metabolism-and-transport-in-yeast-and-fungi-established-knowledge-and-ambiguities
#17
REVIEW
Mathias Klein, Steve Swinnen, Johan Thevelein, Elke Nevoigt
There is huge variability among yeasts with regard to their efficiency in utilizing glycerol as the sole source of carbon and energy. Certain species show growth rates with glycerol comparable to those reached with glucose as carbon source; others are virtually unable to utilize glycerol, especially in synthetic medium. Most of our current knowledge regarding glycerol uptake and its catabolic pathways has been gained from studying laboratory strains of the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The growth of these strains on glycerol is dependent on the presence of medium supplements such as amino acids and nucleobases...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878927/the-septin-protein-sep4-facilitates-host-infection-by-plant-fungal-pathogens-via-mediating-initiation-of-infection-structure-formation
#18
Hui-Qiang Feng, Gui-Hua Li, Du Shun-Wen, Song Yang, Xue-Qian Li, Paul de Figueiredo, Qing-Ming Qin
Many phytopathogenic fungi use infection structures (IFSs, i.e., appressoria and infection cushions) to penetrate host cuticles. However, the conserved mechanisms that mediate initiation of IFS formation in divergent pathogens upon sensing the presence of host plants remain obscure. Here, we demonstrate that a conserved septin gene SEP4 plays crucial roles in this process. Disruption of SEP4 in the plant gray mold fungus Botrytis cinerea completely blocked IFS formation and abolished the virulence of ΔBcsep4 mutants on unwounded hosts...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878922/a-nodd-like-protein-activates-transcription-of-genes-involved-with-naringenin-degradation-in-a-flavonoid-dependent-manner-in-herbaspirillum-seropedicae
#19
R Wassem, A M Marin, A Daddaoua, R A Monteiro, L S Chubatsu, J L Ramos, W J Deakin, W J Broughton, F O Pedrosa, E M Souza
Herbaspirillum seropedicae is an associative, endophytic non-nodulating diazotrophic bacterium that colonises several grasses. An ORF encoding a LysR-type transcriptional regulator, very similar to NodD proteins of rhizobia, was identified in its genome. This nodD-like gene, named fdeR, is divergently transcribed from an operon encoding enzymes involved in flavonoid degradation (fde operon). Apigenin, chrysin, luteolin and naringenin strongly induce transcription of the fde operon, but not that of the fdeR, in an FdeR-dependent manner...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878915/plant-phytopathogen-interactions-bacterial-responses-to-environmental-and-plant-stimuli
#20
REVIEW
Simon Leonard, Florence Hommais, William Nasser, Sylvie Reverchon
Plant pathogenic bacteria attack numerous agricultural crops, causing devastating effects on plant productivity and yield. They survive in diverse environments, both in plants, as pathogens, and also outside their hosts as saprophytes. Hence, they are confronted with numerous changing environmental parameters. During infection, plant pathogens have to deal with stressful conditions, such as acidic, oxidative and osmotic stresses; anaerobiosis; plant defenses; and contact with antimicrobial compounds. These adverse conditions can reduce bacterial survival and compromise disease initiation and propagation...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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