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Benjamin L Golomb, Annabelle O Yu, Laurynne C Coates, Maria L Marco
Strains of Lactococcus lactis isolated from plant tissues possess adaptations that support their survival and growth in plant-associated microbial habitats. We previously demonstrated that genes coding for a hybrid nonribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthase (NRPS/PKS) system involved in production of an uncharacterized secondary metabolite are specifically induced in L. lactis KF147 during growth on plant tissues. Notably, this NRPS/PKS has only been identified in plant-isolated strains of L. lactis...
September 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Annika Cimdins, Roger Simm, Fengyang Li, Petra Lüthje, Kaisa Thorell, Åsa Sjöling, Annelie Brauner, Ute Römling
Agar plate-based biofilm of enterobacteria like Escherichia coli is characterized by expression of the extracellular matrix components amyloid curli and cellulose exopolysaccharide, which can be visually enhanced upon addition of the dye Congo Red, resulting in a red, dry, and rough (rdar) colony morphology. Expression of the rdar morphotype depends on the transcriptional regulator CsgD and occurs predominantly at ambient temperature in model strains. In contrast, commensal and pathogenic isolates frequently express the csgD-dependent rdar morphotype semi-constitutively, also at human host body temperature...
September 15, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Nimerta Kumari, Friedrich Götz, Minh-Thu Nguyen
In gram-negative bacteria, the ABC transporter LolCDE complex translocates outer membrane-specific lipoproteins (Lpp) from the inner membrane to the outer membrane. Lpp possessing aspartate (Asp) at position +2 are not translocated because it functions as a LolCDE avoidance signal. In gram-positive bacteria, lacking an outer membrane and the Lol system, Lpp are only anchored at the outer leaflet of the cytoplasmic membrane. However, the release of Lpp particularly in pathogenic or commensal species is crucial for immune modulation...
September 13, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Karel A van Laarhoven, Loes H M Peeters, Mirjam Bekker, Hendrik P Huinink, Olaf C G Adan
To address the problem of indoor fungal growth, understanding the influence of moisture conditions on the fungal colonization process is crucial. This paper explores the influence of past moisture conditions on current processes. Specifically, it studies the growth and water sorption of conidia of Penicillium rubens formed at lower water activities (ranging from 0.86 to 0.99). For the first time, dynamic vapor sorption (DVS) is applied as a tool to quantify the water sorption of conidia as a function of the water activity at conidiation...
September 4, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Wei Huang, Xing Chen, Xia Jiang, Binghui Zheng
Sediment microbial communities play an important role in lake trophic status. This study determined millions of Illumina reads (16S rRNA gene amplicons) to compare the bacterial communities in moderately eutrophic, lightly eutrophic, and moderately trophic regions using a technically consistent approach. The results indicated that the sediments from moderately eutrophic and trophic lake had the higher bacterial diversity than lightly eutrophic lake. Proteobacteria was the most abundant phylum (22.7%-86.2%) across samples from three regions...
September 4, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Yajun Zhou, Tao Jiang, Shaohua Hu, Mingxi Wang, Desong Ming, Shicheng Chen
Pannonibacter phragmitetus is a bioremediation reagent for the detoxification of heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs) while it rarely infects healthy populations. However, infection by the opportunistic pathogen P. phragmitetus complicates diagnosis and treatments, and poses a serious threat to immunocompromised patients owing to its multidrug resistance. Unfortunately, genome features, antimicrobial resistance, and virulence potentials in P. phragmitetus have not been reported before. A predominant colony (31801) was isolated from a liver abscess patient, indicating that it accounted for the infection...
August 30, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
David J Burks, Stephen Norris, Kathryn M Kauffman, Abigail Joy, Philip Arevalo, Rajeev K Azad, Hans Wildschutte
With the overuse of antibiotics, many pathogens including Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio parahaemolyticus have evolved multidrug resistance making treatment more difficult. While understanding the mechanisms that underlie pathogenesis is crucial, knowledge of bacterial interactions of V. cholerae and V. parahaemolyticus could provide insight to their susceptibility outside of the human host. Based on previous work showing competition among environmental strains, we predict that marine-derived bacteria should inhibit Vibrio pathogens and may be a source of unique antibiotic compounds...
August 30, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Gergana Mateva, Karl Pedersen, Gitte Sørensen, Galina Asseva, Hristo Daskalov, Petar Petrov, Todor Kantardjiev, Irina Alexandar, Charlotta Löfström
Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhimurium is the most common zoonotic pathogen in Bulgaria. To allow efficient outbreak investigations and surveillance in the food chain, accurate and discriminatory methods for typing are needed. This study evaluated the use of multiple-locus variable-number of tandem repeats analysis (MLVA) and compared results with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) determinations for 100 S. Typhimurium strains isolated in Bulgaria during 2008-2012 (50 veterinary/food and 50 human isolates)...
August 23, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Michelle M O' Donnell, Hugh M B Harris, R Paul Ross, Paul W O'Toole
In this pilot study, we determined the core fecal microbiota composition and overall microbiota diversity of domesticated herbivorous animals of three digestion types: hindgut fermenters, ruminants, and monogastrics. The 42 animals representing 10 animal species were housed on a single farm in Ireland and all the large herbivores consumed similar feed, harmonizing two of the environmental factors that influence the microbiota. Similar to other mammals, the fecal microbiota of all these animals was dominated by the Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes phyla...
August 22, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Emad I Hussein, Jacob H Jacob, Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Christopher T Cornelison
A culture-independent approach was utilized in this study to reveal the microbial diversity in Jordanian hot springs represented by Ma'in and Afra hot springs. Water samples from Ma'in and Afra hot springs were collected in June 2015. The in situ temperature of water samples range was 38-59°C and the pH range was 7.4-8.4. The metagenome was extracted and analyzed using the next generation technology (bTEFAP(®) ). A total of 314,310 sequences were parsed and 288,452 were then clustered. The sequences were predominated by bacteria (>84%) and the relative abundance of archaea in each sample was <1%...
August 10, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Zixin Peng, Menghan Li, Wei Wang, Hongtao Liu, Séamus Fanning, Yujie Hu, Jianzhong Zhang, Fengqin Li
Genetic information about Enterococcus hirae is limited, a feature that has compromised our understanding of these clinically challenging bacteria. In this study, comparative analysis was performed of E. hirae R17, a daptomycin-resistant strain isolated from pork purchased from a retail market in Beijing, China, and three other enterococcal genomes (Enterococcus faecium DO, Enterococcus faecalis V583, and E. hirae ATCC(™) 9790). Some 1,412 genes were identified that represented the core genome together with an additional 139 genes that were specific to E...
August 10, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Lydie Herfort, Byron C Crump, Caroline S Fortunato, Lee Ann McCue, Victoria Campbell, Holly M Simon, António M Baptista, Peter Zuber
Estuarine turbidity maxima (ETM) function as hotspots of microbial activity and diversity in estuaries, yet, little is known about the temporal and spatial variability in ETM bacterial community composition. To determine which environmental factors affect ETM bacterial populations in the Columbia River estuary, we analyzed ETM bacterial community composition (Sanger sequencing and amplicon pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene) and bulk heterotrophic production ((3) H-leucine incorporation rates). We collected water 20 times to cover five ETM events and obtained 42 samples characterized by different salinities, turbidities, seasons, coastal regimes (upwelling vs...
August 6, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Rosanna C Hennessy, Christopher B W Phippen, Kristian F Nielsen, Stefan Olsson, Peter Stougaard
Nunamycin and nunapeptin are two antimicrobial cyclic lipopeptides (CLPs) produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens In5 and synthesized by nonribosomal synthetases (NRPS) located on two gene clusters designated the nun-nup regulon. Organization of the regulon is similar to clusters found in other CLP-producing pseudomonads except for the border regions where putative LuxR-type regulators are located. This study focuses on understanding the regulatory role of the LuxR-type-encoding gene nunF in CLP production of P...
August 6, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Yadi Liu, Yanyan Li, Xiaoyuan Wang
Acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) is the key enzyme in the biosynthetic pathways of branched chain amino acids in bacteria. Since it does not exist in animal and plant cells, AHAS is an attractive target for developing antimicrobials and herbicides. In some bacteria, there is a single copy of AHAS, while in others there are multiple copies. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the origin and evolutionary pathway of various AHASs in bacteria. In this study, all the available protein sequences of AHAS in bacteria were investigated, and an evolutionary model of AHAS in bacteria is proposed, according to gene structure, organization and phylogeny...
August 6, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Priscila A Calderoli, Mónica M Collavino, Filipe Behrends Kraemer, Héctor J M Morrás, O Mario Aguilar
In this survey, a total of 80 787 reads and 28 171 unique NifH protein sequences were retrieved from soil RNA. This dataset extends our knowledge about the structure and diversity of the functional diazotrophic communities in agricultural soils from Argentinean Pampas. Operational taxonomic unit (OTU)-based analyses showed that nifH phylotypes related to Geobacter and Anaeromyxobacter (44.8%), Rhizobiales (29%), Cyanobacteria (16.7%), and Verrucomicrobiales (8%) are key microbial components of N2 fixation in soils associated with no-till management and soil depth...
August 1, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Lixing Huang, Lu Wang, Xiangzhi Lin, Yongquan Su, Yingxue Qin, Wendi Kong, Lingmin Zhao, Xiaojin Xu, Qingpi Yan
Adhesion is a key virulence factor of pathogens and can be affected by the environment. Our previously research with RNA-seq indicated that mcp, aer, cheB, and cheV might play roles in the regulation of adhesion in Vibrio alginolyticus (ND-01). In order to determine whether and how environmental factors affect adhesion through these genes, gene silencing was performed followed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), RNAi, transmission electron microscopy, and adhesion, capillary, and motility assays to verify how these genes influence adhesion...
July 25, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Patrycja A Kobierecka, Agnieszka K Wyszyńska, Tamara Aleksandrzak-Piekarczyk, Maciej Kuczkowski, Anna Tuzimek, Wioletta Piotrowska, Adrian Górecki, Iwona Adamska, Alina Wieliczko, Jacek Bardowski, Elżbieta K Jagusztyn-Krynicka
Campylobacter jejuni/coli infections are the leading cause of bacterial diarrheal illnesses in humans. Many epidemiological studies indicate that improperly prepared meat from chickens that carry a high load of Campylobacter in their intestinal tracts is the key source of human infections. LAB, mainly members of the Lactococcus and Lactobacillus genera, increasingly have been tested as vehicles for the delivery of heterologous bacterial or viral antigens to animal mucosal immune systems. Thus, the objective of this study was to isolate, identify, and characterize Lactobacillus spp...
July 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Huhe, Chao Jiang, Yanpei Wu, Yunxiang Cheng
During composting, the composition of microbial communities is subject to constant change owing to interactions with fluctuating physicochemical parameters. This study explored the changes in bacterial and fungal communities during cattle farm waste composting and aimed to identify and prioritize the contributing physicochemical factors. Microbial community compositions were determined by high-throughput sequencing. While the predominant phyla in the bacterial and fungal communities were largely consistent during the composting, differences in relative abundances were observed...
July 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Timothy Sibanda, Ramganesh Selvarajan, Memory Tekere, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Stephen Meddows-Taylor
Urban life has created man-made extreme environments like carwashes. These environments have, however, not been sufficiently explored for mycobiota that can be sources of biotechnologically useful products, as has been the case with natural extreme environments. Using a combination of culture and molecular techniques, fungi from carwash effluents was characterized for production of lipase and cellulase enzymes, nonpolar and polar biotechnologically relevant secondary metabolites and hydrocarbon utilization...
July 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Maikel Gilberto Fernández-López, Carolina Popoca-Ursino, Enrique Sánchez-Salinas, Raunel Tinoco-Valencia, Jorge Luis Folch-Mallol, Edgar Dantán-González, Ma Laura Ortiz-Hernández
Organophosphate pesticides are of great interest for research because they are currently the most commonly used pesticides. In this study, a bacterial strain capable of completely degrading methyl parathion (MP) was isolated from agricultural soils in central Mexico. This strain was designated strain S5-2 and was identified as Burkholderia cenocepacia. To increase degradation yields, cells were immobilized on three different supports: powdered zeolite and Opuntia sp. and Agave sp. fibers. The results indicated a significant increase in MP hydrolysis and p-nitrophenol (PNP) degradation with immobilized cells compared to free cell cultures...
July 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
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