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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211848/host-specificity-of-symbiodinium-variants-revealed-by-an-its2-metahaplotype-approach
#1
Edward G Smith, Remi N Ketchum, John A Burt
Analysis of the widely used ITS region is confounded by the presence of intragenomic variants (IGVs). In Symbiodinium, the algal symbionts of reef building corals, deep-sequencing analyses are used to characterise communities within corals, yet these analyses largely overlook IGVs. Here we consider that distinct ITS2 sequences could represent IGVs rather than distinct symbiont types and argue that symbionts can be distinguished by their proportional composition of IGVs, described as their ITS2 metahaplotype...
February 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211847/syntrophic-linkage-between-predatory-carpediemonas-and-specific-prokaryotic-populations
#2
Emmo Hamann, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Dietmar Riedel, Sten Littmann, Soeren Ahmerkamp, Jianwei Chen, Philipp F Hach, Marc Strous
Most anoxic environments are populated by small (<10 μm) heterotrophic eukaryotes that prey on different microbial community members. How predatory eukaryotes engage in beneficial interactions with other microbes has rarely been investigated so far. Here, we studied an example of such an interaction by cultivating the anerobic marine flagellate, Carpediemonas frisia sp. nov. (supergroup Excavata), with parts of its naturally associated microbiome. This microbiome consisted of so far uncultivated members of the Deltaproteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobia and Nanoarchaeota...
February 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195581/cultivation-and-characterization-of-candidatus-nitrosocosmicus-exaquare-an-ammonia-oxidizing-archaeon-from-a-municipal-wastewater-treatment-system
#3
Laura A Sauder, Mads Albertsen, Katja Engel, Jasmin Schwarz, Per H Nielsen, Michael Wagner, Josh D Neufeld
Thaumarchaeota have been detected in several industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), despite the fact that ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) are thought to be adapted to low ammonia environments. However, the activity, physiology and metabolism of WWTP-associated AOA remain poorly understood. We report the cultivation and complete genome sequence of Candidatus Nitrosocosmicus exaquare, a novel AOA representative from a municipal WWTP in Guelph, Ontario (Canada). In enrichment culture, Ca...
February 14, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186498/underlying-mechanisms-for-syntrophic-metabolism-of-essential-enzyme-cofactors-in-microbial-communities
#4
Margaret F Romine, Dmitry A Rodionov, Yukari Maezato, Andrei L Osterman, William C Nelson
Many microorganisms are unable to synthesize essential B vitamin-related enzyme cofactors de novo. The underlying mechanisms by which such microbes survive in multi-species communities are largely unknown. We previously reported the near-complete genome sequence of two ~18-member unicyanobacterial microbial consortia that maintain stable membership on defined medium lacking vitamins. Here we have used genome analysis and growth studies on isolates derived from the consortia to reconstruct pathways for biogenesis of eight essential cofactors and predict cofactor usage and precursor exchange in these communities...
February 10, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169988/chemolithotrophic-processes-in-the-bacterial-communities-on-the-surface-of-mineral-enriched-biochars
#5
Jun Ye, Stephen D Joseph, Mukan Ji, Shaun Nielsen, David R G Mitchell, Scott Donne, Joseph Horvat, Jianli Wang, Paul Munroe, Torsten Thomas
Biochar and mineral-enriched biochar (MEB) have been used as soil amendments to improve soil fertility, sequester carbon and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Such beneficial outcomes could be partially mediated by soil bacteria, however little is known about how they directly interact with biochar or MEB. We therefore analyzed the diversity and functions of bacterial communities on the surfaces of one biochar and two different MEBs after a 140-day incubation in soil. The results show that the biochar and the MEBs harbor distinct bacterial communities to the bulk soil...
February 7, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157187/soil-microorganisms-can-overcome-respiration-inhibition-by-coupling-intra-and-extracellular-metabolism-13-c-metabolic-tracing-reveals-the-mechanisms
#6
Ezekiel K Bore, Carolin Apostel, Sara Halicki, Yakov Kuzyakov, Michaela A Dippold
CO2 release from soil is commonly used to estimate toxicity of various substances on microorganisms. However, the mechanisms underlying persistent CO2 release from soil exposed to toxicants inhibiting microbial respiration, for example, sodium azide (NaN3) or heavy metals (Cd, Hg, Cu), remain unclear. To unravel these mechanisms, NaN3-amended soil was incubated with position-specifically (13)C-labeled glucose and (13)C was quantified in CO2, bulk soil, microbial biomass and phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs)...
February 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140394/sticking-together-inter-species-aggregation-of-bacteria-isolated-from-iron-snow-is-controlled-by-chemical-signaling
#7
Jiro F Mori, Nico Ueberschaar, Shipeng Lu, Rebecca E Cooper, Georg Pohnert, Kirsten Küsel
Marine and lake snow is a continuous shower of mixed organic and inorganic aggregates falling from the upper water where primary production is substantial. These pelagic aggregates provide a niche for microbes that can exploit these physical structures and resources for growth, thus are local hot spots for microbial activity. However, processes underlying their formation remain unknown. Here, we investigated the role of chemical signaling between two co-occurring bacteria that each make up more than 10% of the community in iron-rich lakes aggregates (iron snow)...
January 31, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140393/archaea-and-bacteria-mediate-the-effects-of-native-species-root-loss-on-fungi-during-plant-invasion
#8
Steven D Mamet, Eric G Lamb, Candace L Piper, Tristrom Winsley, Steven D Siciliano
Although invasive plants can drive ecosystem change, little is known about the directional nature of belowground interactions between invasive plants, native roots, bacteria, archaea and fungi. We used detailed bioinformatics and a recently developed root assay on soils collected in fescue grassland along a gradient of smooth brome (Bromus inermis Leyss) invasion to examine the links between smooth brome shoot litter and root, archaea, bacteria and fungal communities. We examined (1) aboveground versus belowground influences of smooth brome on soil microbial communities, (2) the importance of direct versus microbe-mediated impacts of plants on soil fungal communities, and (3) the web of roots, shoots, archaea, bacteria and fungi interactions across the A and B soil horizons in invaded and non-invaded sites...
January 31, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117833/a-fungal-wheat-pathogen-evolved-host-specialization-by-extensive-chromosomal-rearrangements
#9
Fanny E Hartmann, Andrea Sánchez-Vallet, Bruce A McDonald, Daniel Croll
Fungal pathogens can rapidly evolve virulence towards resistant crops in agricultural ecosystems. Gains in virulence are often mediated by the mutation or deletion of a gene encoding a protein recognized by the plant immune system. However, the loci and the mechanisms of genome evolution enabling rapid virulence evolution are poorly understood. We performed genome-wide association mapping on a global collection of 106 strains of Zymoseptoria tritici, the most damaging pathogen of wheat in Europe, to identify polymorphisms linked to virulence on two wheat varieties...
January 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117832/salivary-mucins-promote-the-coexistence-of-competing-oral-bacterial-species
#10
Erica Shapiro Frenkel, Katharina Ribbeck
Mucus forms a major ecological niche for microbiota in various locations throughout the human body such as the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and oral cavity. The primary structural components of mucus are mucin glycoproteins, which crosslink to form a complex polymer network that surrounds microbes. Although the mucin matrix could create constraints that impact inhabiting microbes, little is understood about how this key environmental factor affects interspecies interactions. In this study, we develop an experimental model using gel-forming human salivary mucins to understand the influence of mucin on the viability of two competing species of oral bacteria...
January 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106881/phylogenomics-of-rhodobacteraceae-reveals-evolutionary-adaptation-to-marine-and-non-marine-habitats
#11
Meinhard Simon, Carmen Scheuner, Jan P Meier-Kolthoff, Thorsten Brinkhoff, Irene Wagner-Döbler, Marcus Ulbrich, Hans-Peter Klenk, Dietmar Schomburg, Jörn Petersen, Markus Göker
Marine Rhodobacteraceae (Alphaproteobacteria) are key players of biogeochemical cycling, comprise up to 30% of bacterial communities in pelagic environments and are often mutualists of eukaryotes. As 'Roseobacter clade', these 'roseobacters' are assumed to be monophyletic, but non-marine Rhodobacteraceae have not yet been included in phylogenomic analyses. Therefore, we analysed 106 genome sequences, particularly emphasizing gene sampling and its effect on phylogenetic stability, and investigated relationships between marine versus non-marine habitat, evolutionary origin and genomic adaptations...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106880/discovery-of-anaerobic-lithoheterotrophic-haloarchaea-ubiquitous-in-hypersaline-habitats
#12
Dimitry Y Sorokin, Enzo Messina, Francesco Smedile, Pawel Roman, Jaap S Sinninghe Damsté, Sergio Ciordia, Maria Carmen Mena, Manuel Ferrer, Peter N Golyshin, Ilya V Kublanov, Nazar I Samarov, Stepan V Toshchakov, Violetta La Cono, Michail M Yakimov
Hypersaline anoxic habitats harbour numerous novel uncultured archaea whose metabolic and ecological roles remain to be elucidated. Until recently, it was believed that energy generation via dissimilatory reduction of sulfur compounds is not functional at salt saturation conditions. Recent discovery of the strictly anaerobic acetotrophic Halanaeroarchaeum compels to change both this assumption and the traditional view on haloarchaea as aerobic heterotrophs. Here we report on isolation and characterization of a novel group of strictly anaerobic lithoheterotrophic haloarchaea, which we propose to classify as a new genus Halodesulfurarchaeum...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106879/bacterial-community-segmentation-facilitates-the-prediction-of-ecosystem-function-along-the-coast-of-the-western-antarctic-peninsula
#13
Jeff S Bowman, Linda A Amaral-Zettler, Jeremy J Rich, Catherine M Luria, Hugh W Ducklow
Bacterial community structure can be combined with observations of ecophysiological data to build predictive models of microbial ecosystem function. These models are useful for understanding how function might change in response to a changing environment. Here we use five spring-summer seasons of bacterial community structure and flow cytometry data from a productive coastal site along the western Antarctic Peninsula to construct models of bacterial production (BP), an ecosystem function that heterotrophic bacteria provide...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094796/the-evolution-of-no-cost-resistance-at-sub-mic-concentrations-of-streptomycin-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
#14
Sanne Westhoff, Tim Marijn van Leeuwe, Omar Qachach, Zheren Zhang, Gilles Philippus van Wezel, Daniel Eric Rozen
At the high concentrations used in medicine, antibiotics exert strong selection on bacterial populations for the evolution of resistance. However, these lethal concentrations may not be representative of the concentrations bacteria face in soil, a recognition that has led to questions of the role of antibiotics in soil environments as well as the dynamics of resistance evolution during sublethal challenge. Here we examine the evolution of resistance to sub-minimal inhibitory concentrations (sub-MIC) of streptomycin in the filamentous soil bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor...
January 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094795/impacts-of-chemical-gradients-on-microbial-community-structure
#15
Jianwei Chen, Anna Hanke, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Ines Kattelmann, Ritin Sharma, Emmo Hamann, Theresa Hargesheimer, Beate Kraft, Sabine Lenk, Jeanine S Geelhoed, Robert L Hettich, Marc Strous
Succession of redox processes is sometimes assumed to define a basic microbial community structure for ecosystems with oxygen gradients. In this paradigm, aerobic respiration, denitrification, fermentation and sulfate reduction proceed in a thermodynamically determined order, known as the 'redox tower'. Here, we investigated whether redox sorting of microbial processes explains microbial community structure at low-oxygen concentrations. We subjected a diverse microbial community sampled from a coastal marine sediment to 100 days of tidal cycling in a laboratory chemostat...
January 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085158/new-insights-into-marine-group-iii-euryarchaeota-from-dark-to-light
#16
Jose M Haro-Moreno, Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Purificación López-García, David Moreira, Ana-Belen Martin-Cuadrado
Marine Euryarchaeota remain among the least understood major components of marine microbial communities. Marine group II Euryarchaeota (MG-II) are more abundant in surface waters (4-20% of the total prokaryotic community), whereas marine group III Euryarchaeota (MG-III) are generally considered low-abundance members of deep mesopelagic and bathypelagic communities. Using genome assembly from direct metagenome reads and metagenomic fosmid clones, we have identified six novel MG-III genome sequence bins from the photic zone (Epi1-6) and two novel bins from deep-sea samples (Bathy1-2)...
January 13, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085156/divergent-functional-isoforms-drive-niche-specialisation-for-nutrient-acquisition-and-use-in-rumen-microbiome
#17
Francesco Rubino, Ciara Carberry, Sinéad M Waters, David Kenny, Matthew S McCabe, Christopher J Creevey
Many microbes in complex competitive environments share genes for acquiring and utilising nutrients, questioning whether niche specialisation exists and if so, how it is maintained. We investigated the genomic signatures of niche specialisation in the rumen microbiome, a highly competitive, anaerobic environment, with limited nutrient availability determined by the biomass consumed by the host. We generated individual metagenomic libraries from 14 cows fed an ad libitum diet of grass silage and calculated functional isoform diversity for each microbial gene identified...
January 13, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085155/shift-in-fungal-communities-and-associated-enzyme-activities-along-an-age-gradient-of-managed-pinus-sylvestris-stands
#18
Julia Kyaschenko, Karina E Clemmensen, Andreas Hagenbo, Erik Karltun, Björn D Lindahl
Forestry reshapes ecosystems with respect to tree age structure, soil properties and vegetation composition. These changes are likely to be paralleled by shifts in microbial community composition with potential feedbacks on ecosystem functioning. Here, we assessed fungal communities across a chronosequence of managed Pinus sylvestris stands and investigated correlations between taxonomic composition and extracellular enzyme activities. Not surprisingly, clear-cutting had a negative effect on ectomycorrhizal fungal abundance and diversity...
January 13, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085154/genomic-reconstruction-of-multiple-lineages-of-uncultured-benthic-archaea-suggests-distinct-biogeochemical-roles-and-ecological-niches
#19
C S Lazar, B J Baker, K W Seitz, A P Teske
Genomic bins belonging to multiple archaeal lineages were recovered from distinct redox regimes in sediments of the White Oak River estuary. The reconstructed archaeal genomes were identified as belonging to the rice cluster subgroups III and V (RC-III, RC-V), the Marine Benthic Group D (MBG-D), and a newly described archaeal class, the Theionarchaea. The metabolic capabilities of these uncultured archaea were inferred and indicated a common capability for extracellular protein degradation, supplemented by other pathways...
January 13, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072422/the-fitness-costs-and-trade-off-shapes-associated-with-the-exclusion-of-nine-antibiotics-by-ompf-porin-channels
#20
Katherine Phan, Thomas Ferenci
The trade-off relationship between antibiotic exclusion and nutrient access across the Gram-negative outer membrane is determined by structural constraints in porin channels. The precise nutritional cost of exclusion is unknown for different antibiotics, as are the shapes of the nutrition-susceptibility trade-off. Using a library of 10 engineered isogenic Escherichia coli strains with structural modifications of OmpF porin expressed at a constant level, susceptibilities were measured for nine antibiotics and the nutritional fitness costs estimated by competitions in chemostats...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
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