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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497122/the-microbiome-mitochondrion-connection-common-ancestries-common-mechanisms-common-goals
#1
Alfredo Franco-Obregón, Jack A Gilbert
Lynn Margulis in the 1960s elegantly proposed a shared phylogenetic history between bacteria and mitochondria; this relationship has since become a cornerstone of modern cellular biology. Yet, an interesting facet of the interaction between the microbiome and mitochondria has been mostly ignored, that of the systems biology relationship that underpins host health and longevity. The mitochondria are descendants of primordial aerobic pleomorphic bacteria (likely genus Rickettsia) that entered (literally and functionally) into a mutualistic partnership with ancient anaerobic microbes (likely Archaea)...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428981/correction-for-gonzalez-et-al-migraines-are-correlated-with-higher-levels-of-nitrate-nitrite-and-nitric-oxide-reducing-oral-microbes-in-the-american-gut-project-cohort
#2
Antonio Gonzalez, Embriette Hyde, Naseer Sangwan, Jack A Gilbert, Erik Viirre, Rob Knight
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00105-16.].
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382331/a-genome-scale-model-of-shewanella-piezotolerans-simulates-mechanisms-of-metabolic-diversity-and-energy-conservation
#3
Keith Dufault-Thompson, Huahua Jian, Ruixue Cheng, Jiefu Li, Fengping Wang, Ying Zhang
Shewanella piezotolerans strain WP3 belongs to the group 1 branch of the Shewanella genus and is a piezotolerant and psychrotolerant species isolated from the deep sea. In this study, a genome-scale model was constructed for WP3 using a combination of genome annotation, ortholog mapping, and physiological verification. The metabolic reconstruction contained 806 genes, 653 metabolites, and 922 reactions, including central metabolic functions that represented nonhomologous replacements between the group 1 and group 2 Shewanella species...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382330/metatranscriptomics-supports-the-mechanism-for-biocathode-electroautotrophy-by-candidatus-tenderia-electrophaga
#4
Brian J Eddie, Zheng Wang, W Judson Hervey, Dagmar H Leary, Anthony P Malanoski, Leonard M Tender, Baochuan Lin, Sarah M Strycharz-Glaven
Biocathodes provide a stable electron source to drive reduction reactions in electrotrophic microbial electrochemical systems. Electroautotrophic biocathode communities may be more robust than monocultures in environmentally relevant settings, but some members are not easily cultivated outside the electrode environment. We previously used metagenomics and metaproteomics to propose a pathway for coupling extracellular electron transfer (EET) to carbon fixation in "Candidatus Tenderia electrophaga," an uncultivated but dominant member of an electroautotrophic biocathode community...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345060/genome-reduction-and-microbe-host-interactions-drive-adaptation-of-a-sulfur-oxidizing-bacterium-associated-with-a-cold-seep-sponge
#5
Ren-Mao Tian, Weipeng Zhang, Lin Cai, Yue-Him Wong, Wei Ding, Pei-Yuan Qian
As the most ancient metazoan, sponges have established close relationships with particular microbial symbionts. However, the characteristics and physiology of thioautotrophic symbionts in deep-sea sponges are largely unknown. Using a tailored "differential coverage binning" method on 22-Gb metagenomic sequences, we recovered the nearly complete genome of a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium (SOB) that dominates the microbiota of the cold seep sponge Suberites sp. Phylogenetic analyses suggested that this bacterium (an unclassified gammaproteobacterium termed "Gsub") may represent a new deep-sea SOB group...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345059/health-and-disease-imprinted-in-the-time-variability-of-the-human-microbiome
#6
Jose Manuel Martí, Daniel Martínez-Martínez, Teresa Rubio, César Gracia, Manuel Peña, Amparo Latorre, Andrés Moya, Carlos P Garay
The animal microbiota (including the human microbiota) plays an important role in keeping the physiological status of the host healthy. Research seeks greater insight into whether changes in the composition and function of the microbiota are associated with disease. We analyzed published 16S rRNA and shotgun metagenomic sequencing (SMS) data pertaining to the gut microbiotas of 99 subjects monitored over time. Temporal fluctuations in the microbial composition revealed significant differences due to factors such as dietary changes, antibiotic intake, age, and disease...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317029/listeriomics-an-interactive-web-platform-for-systems-biology-of-listeria
#7
Christophe Bécavin, Mikael Koutero, Nicolas Tchitchek, Franck Cerutti, Pierre Lechat, Nicolas Maillet, Claire Hoede, Hélène Chiapello, Christine Gaspin, Pascale Cossart
As for many model organisms, the amount of Listeria omics data produced has recently increased exponentially. There are now >80 published complete Listeria genomes, around 350 different transcriptomic data sets, and 25 proteomic data sets available. The analysis of these data sets through a systems biology approach and the generation of tools for biologists to browse these various data are a challenge for bioinformaticians. We have developed a web-based platform, named Listeriomics, that integrates different tools for omics data analyses, i...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289733/correcting-for-microbial-blooms-in-fecal-samples-during-room-temperature-shipping
#8
Amnon Amir, Daniel McDonald, Jose A Navas-Molina, Justine Debelius, James T Morton, Embriette Hyde, Adam Robbins-Pianka, Rob Knight
The use of sterile swabs is a convenient and common way to collect microbiome samples, and many studies have shown that the effects of room-temperature storage are smaller than physiologically relevant differences between subjects. However, several bacterial taxa, notably members of the class Gammaproteobacteria, grow at room temperature, sometimes confusing microbiome results, particularly when stability is assumed. Although comparative benchmarking has shown that several preservation methods, including the use of 95% ethanol, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and FTA cards, and Omnigene-GUT kits, reduce changes in taxon abundance during room-temperature storage, these techniques all have drawbacks and cannot be applied retrospectively to samples that have already been collected...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289732/adaptation-of-escherichia-coli-to-long-term-serial-passage-in-complex-medium-evidence-of-parallel-evolution
#9
Karin E Kram, Christopher Geiger, Wazim Mohammed Ismail, Heewook Lee, Haixu Tang, Patricia L Foster, Steven E Finkel
Experimental evolution of bacterial populations in the laboratory has led to identification of several themes, including parallel evolution of populations adapting to carbon starvation, heat stress, and pH stress. However, most of these experiments study growth in defined and/or constant environments. We hypothesized that while there would likely continue to be parallelism in more complex and changing environments, there would also be more variation in what types of mutations would benefit the cells. In order to test our hypothesis, we serially passaged Escherichia coli in a complex medium (Luria-Bertani broth) throughout the five phases of bacterial growth...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289731/deblur-rapidly-resolves-single-nucleotide-community-sequence-patterns
#10
Amnon Amir, Daniel McDonald, Jose A Navas-Molina, Evguenia Kopylova, James T Morton, Zhenjiang Zech Xu, Eric P Kightley, Luke R Thompson, Embriette R Hyde, Antonio Gonzalez, Rob Knight
High-throughput sequencing of 16S ribosomal RNA gene amplicons has facilitated understanding of complex microbial communities, but the inherent noise in PCR and DNA sequencing limits differentiation of closely related bacteria. Although many scientific questions can be addressed with broad taxonomic profiles, clinical, food safety, and some ecological applications require higher specificity. Here we introduce a novel sub-operational-taxonomic-unit (sOTU) approach, Deblur, that uses error profiles to obtain putative error-free sequences from Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq sequencing platforms...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289730/indirect-interspecies-regulation-transcriptional-and-physiological-responses-of-a-cyanobacterium-to-heterotrophic-partnership
#11
Hans C Bernstein, Ryan S McClure, Vera Thiel, Natalie C Sadler, Young-Mo Kim, William B Chrisler, Eric A Hill, Donald A Bryant, Margaret F Romine, Janet K Jansson, Jim K Fredrickson, Alexander S Beliaev
The mechanisms by which microbes interact in communities remain poorly understood. Here, we interrogated specific interactions between photoautotrophic and heterotrophic members of a model consortium to infer mechanisms that mediate metabolic coupling and acclimation to partnership. This binary consortium was composed of a cyanobacterium, Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP-1, which supported growth of an obligate aerobic heterotroph, Meiothermus ruber strain A, by providing organic carbon, O2, and reduced nitrogen...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289729/invasive-plants-rapidly-reshape-soil-properties-in-a-grassland-ecosystem
#12
Sean M Gibbons, Ylva Lekberg, Daniel L Mummey, Naseer Sangwan, Philip W Ramsey, Jack A Gilbert
Plant invasions often reduce native plant diversity and increase net primary productivity. Invaded soils appear to differ from surrounding soils in ways that impede restoration of diverse native plant communities. We hypothesize that invader-mediated shifts in edaphic properties reproducibly alter soil microbial community structure and function. Here, we take a holistic approach, characterizing plant, prokaryotic, and fungal communities and soil physicochemical properties in field sites, invasion gradients, and experimental plots for three invasive plant species that cooccur in the Rocky Mountain West...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293682/genome-sequence-of-the-thermotolerant-foodborne-pathogen-salmonella-enterica-serovar-senftenberg-atcc-43845-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-loci-encoding-increased-protein-quality-control-mechanisms
#13
Scott V Nguyen, Gregory P Harhay, James L Bono, Timothy P L Smith, Dayna M Harhay
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica bacteria are important foodborne pathogens with major economic impact. Some isolates exhibit increased heat tolerance, a concern for food safety. Analysis of a finished-quality genome sequence of an isolate commonly used in heat resistance studies, S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Senftenberg 775W (ATCC 43845), demonstrated an interesting observation that this strain contains not just one, but two horizontally acquired thermotolerance locus homologs. These two loci reside on a large 341...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293681/community-level-differences-in-the-microbiome-of-healthy-wild-mallards-and-those-infected-by-influenza-a-viruses
#14
Holly H Ganz, Ladan Doroud, Alana J Firl, Sarah M Hird, Jonathan A Eisen, Walter M Boyce
Waterfowl, especially ducks and geese, are primary reservoirs for influenza A viruses (IAVs) that evolve and emerge as important pathogens in domestic animals and humans. In contrast to humans, where IAVs infect the respiratory tract and cause significant morbidity and mortality, IAVs infect the gastrointestinal tract of waterfowl and cause little or no pathology and are spread by fecal-oral transmission. For this reason, we examined whether IAV infection is associated with differences in the cloacal microbiome of mallards (Anas platyrhyncos), an important host of IAVs in North America and Eurasia...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293680/comparative-genome-analyses-of-vibrio-anguillarum-strains-reveal-a-link-with-pathogenicity-traits
#15
Daniel Castillo, Paul D Alvise, Ruiqi Xu, Faxing Zhang, Mathias Middelboe, Lone Gram
Vibrio anguillarum is a marine bacterium that can cause vibriosis in many fish and shellfish species, leading to high mortalities and economic losses in aquaculture. Although putative virulence factors have been identified, the mechanism of pathogenesis of V. anguillarum is not fully understood. Here, we analyzed whole-genome sequences of a collection of V. anguillarum strains and compared them to virulence of the strains as determined in larval challenge assays. Previously identified virulence factors were globally distributed among the strains, with some genetic diversity...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251186/uncovering-the-horseshoe-effect-in-microbial-analyses
#16
James T Morton, Liam Toran, Anna Edlund, Jessica L Metcalf, Christian Lauber, Rob Knight
The horseshoe effect is a phenomenon that has long intrigued ecologists. The effect was commonly thought to be an artifact of dimensionality reduction, and multiple techniques were developed to unravel this phenomenon and simplify interpretation. Here, we provide evidence that horseshoes arise as a consequence of distance metrics that saturate-a familiar concept in other fields but new to microbial ecology. This saturation property loses information about community dissimilarity, simply because it cannot discriminate between samples that do not share any common features...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251185/correction-for-walsh-et-al-microbial-succession-and-flavor-production-in-the-fermented-dairy-beverage-kefir
#17
Aaron M Walsh, Fiona Crispie, Kieran Kilcawley, Orla O'Sullivan, Maurice G O'Sullivan, Marcus J Claesson, Paul D Cotter
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00052-16.].
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217746/integrated-regulatory-and-metabolic-networks-of-the-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-predict-the-response-to-rising-co2-levels
#18
Jennifer Levering, Christopher L Dupont, Andrew E Allen, Bernhard O Palsson, Karsten Zengler
Diatoms are eukaryotic microalgae that are responsible for up to 40% of the ocean's primary productivity. How diatoms respond to environmental perturbations such as elevated carbon concentrations in the atmosphere is currently poorly understood. We developed a transcriptional regulatory network based on various transcriptome sequencing expression libraries for different environmental responses to gain insight into the marine diatom's metabolic and regulatory interactions and provide a comprehensive framework of responses to increasing atmospheric carbon levels...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217745/the-baltic-sea-virome-diversity-and-transcriptional-activity-of-dna-and-rna-viruses
#19
Lisa Zeigler Allen, John P McCrow, Karolina Ininbergs, Christopher L Dupont, Jonathan H Badger, Jeffery M Hoffman, Martin Ekman, Andrew E Allen, Birgitta Bergman, J Craig Venter
Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data were generated from size-fractionated samples from 11 sites within the Baltic Sea and adjacent marine waters of Kattegat and freshwater Lake Torneträsk in order to investigate the diversity, distribution, and transcriptional activity of virioplankton. Such a transect, spanning a salinity gradient from freshwater to the open sea, facilitated a broad genome-enabled investigation of natural as well as impacted aspects of Baltic Sea viral communities. Taxonomic signatures representative of phages within the widely distributed order Caudovirales were identified with enrichments in lesser-known families such as Podoviridae and Siphoviridae...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191504/distinct-biogeographic-patterns-for-archaea-bacteria-and-fungi-along-the-vegetation-gradient-at-the-continental-scale-in-eastern-china
#20
Bin Ma, Zhongmin Dai, Haizhen Wang, Melissa Dsouza, Xingmei Liu, Yan He, Jianjun Wu, Jorge L M Rodrigues, Jack A Gilbert, Philip C Brookes, Jianming Xu
The natural forest ecosystem in Eastern China, from tropical forest to boreal forest, has declined due to cropland development during the last 300 years, yet little is known about the historical biogeographic patterns and driving processes for the major domains of microorganisms along this continental-scale natural vegetation gradient. We predicted the biogeographic patterns of soil archaeal, bacterial, and fungal communities across 110 natural forest sites along a transect across four vegetation zones in Eastern China...
January 2017: MSystems
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