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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
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191503/differences-in-gut-metabolites-and-microbial-composition-and-functions-between-egyptian-and-u-s-children-are-consistent-with-their-diets
#2
V Shankar, M Gouda, J Moncivaiz, A Gordon, N V Reo, L Hussein, O Paliy
Previous studies indicated that populations consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than populations of industrialized societies consuming diets enriched in processed carbohydrates, animal proteins, and fats. To explore the potential contributions of gut microbiota to the observed diet-related metabolic effects, we conducted an integrative analysis of distal gut microbiota composition and functions and intestinal metabolites in Egyptian and U...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168224/lifestyle-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-mediated-evolution-of-mucispirillum-schaedleri-a-core-member-of-the-murine-gut-microbiota
#3
Alexander Loy, Carina Pfann, Michaela Steinberger, Buck Hanson, Simone Herp, Sandrine Brugiroux, João Carlos Gomes Neto, Mark V Boekschoten, Clarissa Schwab, Tim Urich, Amanda E Ramer-Tait, Thomas Rattei, Bärbel Stecher, David Berry
Mucispirillum schaedleri is an abundant inhabitant of the intestinal mucus layer of rodents and other animals and has been suggested to be a pathobiont, a commensal that plays a role in disease. In order to gain insights into its lifestyle, we analyzed the genome and transcriptome of M. schaedleri ASF 457 and performed physiological experiments to test traits predicted by its genome. Although described as a mucus inhabitant, M. schaedleri has limited capacity for degrading host-derived mucosal glycans and other complex polysaccharides...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144631/studying-vertical-microbiome-transmission-from-mothers-to-infants-by-strain-level-metagenomic-profiling
#4
Francesco Asnicar, Serena Manara, Moreno Zolfo, Duy Tin Truong, Matthias Scholz, Federica Armanini, Pamela Ferretti, Valentina Gorfer, Anna Pedrotti, Adrian Tett, Nicola Segata
The gut microbiome becomes shaped in the first days of life and continues to increase its diversity during the first months. Links between the configuration of the infant gut microbiome and infant health are being shown, but a comprehensive strain-level assessment of microbes vertically transmitted from mother to infant is still missing. We collected fecal and breast milk samples from multiple mother-infant pairs during the first year of life and applied shotgun metagenomic sequencing followed by computational strain-level profiling...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144630/balance-trees-reveal-microbial-niche-differentiation
#5
James T Morton, Jon Sanders, Robert A Quinn, Daniel McDonald, Antonio Gonzalez, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Jose A Navas-Molina, Se Jin Song, Jessica L Metcalf, Embriette R Hyde, Manuel Lladser, Pieter C Dorrestein, Rob Knight
Advances in sequencing technologies have enabled novel insights into microbial niche differentiation, from analyzing environmental samples to understanding human diseases and informing dietary studies. However, identifying the microbial taxa that differentiate these samples can be challenging. These issues stem from the compositional nature of 16S rRNA gene data (or, more generally, taxon or functional gene data); the changes in the relative abundance of one taxon influence the apparent abundances of the others...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28083564/direct-heme-uptake-by-phytoplankton-associated-roseobacter-bacteria
#6
Shane L Hogle, Bianca Brahamsha, Katherine A Barbeau
Iron is an essential micronutrient and can limit the growth of both marine phytoplankton and heterotrophic bacterioplankton. In this study, we investigated the molecular basis of heme transport, an organic iron acquisition pathway, in phytoplankton-associated Roseobacter bacteria and explored the potential role of bacterial heme uptake in the marine environment. We searched 153 Roseobacter genomes and found that nearly half contained putative complete heme transport systems with nearly the same synteny. We also examined a publicly available coculture transcriptome and found that Roseobacter strain Sulfitobacter sp...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066819/growth-on-chitin-impacts-the-transcriptome-and-metabolite-profiles-of-antibiotic-producing-vibrio-coralliilyticus-s2052-and-photobacterium-galatheae-s2753
#7
Sonia Giubergia, Christopher Phippen, Kristian Fog Nielsen, Lone Gram
Members of the Vibrionaceae family are often associated with chitin-containing organisms, and they are thought to play a major role in chitin degradation. The purpose of the present study was to determine how chitin affects the transcriptome and metabolome of two bioactive Vibrionaceae strains, Vibrio coralliilyticus and Photobacterium galatheae. We focused on chitin degradation genes and secondary metabolites based on the assumption that these molecules in nature confer an advantage to the producer. Growth on chitin caused upregulation of genes related to chitin metabolism and of genes potentially involved in host colonization and/or infection...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066818/microbiome-helper-a-custom-and-streamlined-workflow-for-microbiome-research
#8
André M Comeau, Gavin M Douglas, Morgan G I Langille
Sequence-based approaches to study microbiomes, such as 16S rRNA gene sequencing and metagenomics, are uncovering associations between microbial taxa and a myriad of factors. A drawback of these approaches is that the necessary sequencing library preparation and bioinformatic analyses are complicated and continuously changing, which can be a barrier for researchers new to the field. We present three essential components to conducting a microbiome experiment from start to finish: first, a simplified and step-by-step custom gene sequencing protocol that requires limited lab equipment, is cost-effective, and has been thoroughly tested and utilized on various sample types; second, a series of scripts to integrate various commonly used bioinformatic tools that is available as a standalone installation or as a single downloadable virtual image; and third, a set of bioinformatic workflows and tutorials to provide step-by-step guidance and education for those new to the microbiome field...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066817/transcriptional-profiling-of-the-oral-pathogen-streptococcus-mutans-in-response-to-competence-signaling-peptide-xip
#9
Iwona B Wenderska, Andrew Latos, Benjamin Pruitt, Sara Palmer, Grace Spatafora, Dilani B Senadheera, Dennis G Cvitkovitch
In the cariogenic Streptococcus mutans, competence development is regulated by the ComRS signaling system comprised of the ComR regulator and the ComS prepeptide to the competence signaling peptide XIP (ComX-inducing peptide). Aside from competence development, XIP signaling has been demonstrated to regulate cell lysis, and recently, the expression of bacteriocins, small antimicrobial peptides used by bacteria to inhibit closely related species. Our study further explores the effect of XIP signaling on the S...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066816/from-genomes-to-phenotypes-traitar-the-microbial-trait-analyzer
#10
Aaron Weimann, Kyra Mooren, Jeremy Frank, Phillip B Pope, Andreas Bremges, Alice C McHardy
The number of sequenced genomes is growing exponentially, profoundly shifting the bottleneck from data generation to genome interpretation. Traits are often used to characterize and distinguish bacteria and are likely a driving factor in microbial community composition, yet little is known about the traits of most microbes. We describe Traitar, the microbial trait analyzer, which is a fully automated software package for deriving phenotypes from a genome sequence. Traitar provides phenotype classifiers to predict 67 traits related to the use of various substrates as carbon and energy sources, oxygen requirement, morphology, antibiotic susceptibility, proteolysis, and enzymatic activities...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028549/ssunique-detecting-sequence-novelty-in-microbiome-surveys
#11
Michael D J Lynch, Josh D Neufeld
High-throughput sequencing of small-subunit (SSU) rRNA genes has revolutionized understanding of microbial communities and facilitated investigations into ecological dynamics at unprecedented scales. Such extensive SSU rRNA gene sequence libraries, constructed from DNA extracts of environmental or host-associated samples, often contain a substantial proportion of unclassified sequences, many representing organisms with novel taxonomy (taxonomic "blind spots") and potentially unique ecology. Indeed, these novel taxonomic lineages are associated with so-called microbial "dark matter," which is the genomic potential of these lineages...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028548/spatial-molecular-architecture-of-the-microbial-community-of-a-peltigera-lichen
#12
Neha Garg, Yi Zeng, Anna Edlund, Alexey V Melnik, Laura M Sanchez, Hosein Mohimani, Alexey Gurevich, Vivian Miao, Stefan Schiffler, Yan Wei Lim, Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Shengxin Cai, Forest Rohwer, Pavel A Pevzner, Robert H Cichewicz, Theodore Alexandrov, Pieter C Dorrestein
Microbes are commonly studied as individual species, but they exist as mixed assemblages in nature. At present, we know very little about the spatial organization of the molecules, including natural products that are produced within these microbial networks. Lichens represent a particularly specialized type of symbiotic microbial assemblage in which the component microorganisms exist together. These composite microbial assemblages are typically comprised of several types of microorganisms representing phylogenetically diverse life forms, including fungi, photosymbionts, bacteria, and other microbes...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981240/genomewide-dam-methylation-in-escherichia-coli-during-long-term-stationary-phase
#13
Lacey L Westphal, Peter Sauvey, Matthew M Champion, Ian M Ehrenreich, Steven E Finkel
DNA methylation in prokaryotes is widespread. The most common modification of the genome is the methylation of adenine at the N-6 position. In Escherichia coli K-12 and many gammaproteobacteria, this modification is catalyzed by DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam) at the GATC consensus sequence and is known to modulate cellular processes including transcriptional regulation of gene expression, initiation of chromosomal replication, and DNA mismatch repair. While studies thus far have focused on the motifs associated with methylated adenine (meA), the frequency of meA across the genome, and temporal dynamics during early periods of incubation, here we conduct the first study on the temporal dynamics of adenine methylation in E...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981239/ionic-liquids-impact-the-bioenergy-feedstock-degrading-microbiome-and-transcription-of-enzymes-relevant-to-polysaccharide-hydrolysis
#14
Yu-Wei Wu, Brendan Higgins, Chaowei Yu, Amitha P Reddy, Shannon Ceballos, Lawrence D Joh, Blake A Simmons, Steven W Singer, Jean S VanderGheynst
Ionic liquid (IL) pretreatment is a promising approach for the conversion of lignocellulose to biofuels. The toxicity of residual IL, however, negatively impacts the performance of industrial enzymes and microorganisms in hydrolysis and fermentation. In this study, a thermophilic microbial community was cultured on switchgrass amended with various levels of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. Changes in the microbial community composition and transcription of genes relevant to IL tolerance and lignocellulose hydrolysis were quantified...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933319/a-metabolic-widget-adjusts-the-phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent-fructose-influx-in-pseudomonas-putida
#15
Max Chavarría, Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Víctor de Lorenzo, Pablo I Nikel
Fructose uptake in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida occurs through a canonical phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent sugar transport system (PTS(Fru)). The logic of the genetic circuit that rules its functioning is puzzling: the transcription of the fruBKA operon, encoding all the components of PTS(Fru), can escape the repression exerted by the catabolite repressor/activator protein Cra solely in the presence of intracellular fructose-1-P, an agonist formed only when fructose has been already transported...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933318/global-analysis-and-comparison-of-the-transcriptomes-and-proteomes-of-group-a-streptococcus-biofilms
#16
Jeffrey A Freiberg, Yoann Le Breton, Bao Q Tran, Alison J Scott, Janette M Harro, Robert K Ernst, Young Ah Goo, Emmanuel F Mongodin, David R Goodlett, Kevin S McIver, Mark E Shirtliff
To gain a better understanding of the genes and proteins involved in group A Streptococcus (GAS; Streptococcus pyogenes) biofilm growth, we analyzed the transcriptome, cellular proteome, and cell wall proteome from biofilms at different stages and compared them to those of plankton-stage GAS. Using high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) shotgun proteomics, we found distinct expression profiles in the transcriptome and proteome. A total of 46 genes and 41 proteins showed expression across the majority of biofilm time points that was consistently higher or consistently lower than that seen across the majority of planktonic time points...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921083/integrated-role-of-bifidobacterium-animalis-subsp-lactis-supplementation-in-gut-microbiota-immunity-and-metabolism-of-infant-rhesus-monkeys
#17
Xuan He, Carolyn M Slupsky, James W Dekker, Neill W Haggarty, Bo Lönnerdal
To investigate the impact of probiotic supplementation of infant formula on immune parameters, intestinal microbiota, and metabolism, five individually housed infant rhesus monkeys exclusively fed standard infant formula supplemented with probiotics (Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis HN019) from birth until 3 months of age were compared with five standard formula-fed and five breast-fed monkeys. Anthropometric measurements, serum insulin, immune parameters, fecal microbiota, and metabolic profiles of serum, urine, and feces were evaluated...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868089/adaptive-evolution-of-phosphorus-metabolism-in-prochlorococcus
#18
John R Casey, Adil Mardinoglu, Jens Nielsen, David M Karl
Inorganic phosphorus is scarce in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where the high-light-adapted ecotype HLI of the marine picocyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus thrives. Physiological and regulatory control of phosphorus acquisition and partitioning has been observed in HLI both in culture and in the field; however, the optimization of phosphorus metabolism and associated gains for its phosphorus-limited-growth (PLG) phenotype have not been studied. Here, we reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic network of the HLI axenic strain MED4 (iJC568), consisting of 568 metabolic genes in relation to 794 reactions involving 680 metabolites distributed in 6 subcellular locations...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822559/distinguishing-between-microbial-habitats-unravels-ecological-complexity-in-coral-microbiomes
#19
Amy Apprill, Laura G Weber, Alyson E Santoro
The diverse prokaryotic communities associated with reef-building corals may provide important ecological advantages to their threatened hosts. The consistency of relationships between corals and specific prokaryotes, however, is debated, and the locations where microbially mediated processes occur in the host are not resolved. Here, we examined how the prokaryotic associates of five common Caribbean corals with different evolutionary and ecological traits differ across mucus and tissue habitats. We used physical and chemical separation of coral mucus and tissue and sequencing of partial small-subunit rRNA genes of bacteria and archaea from these samples to demonstrate that coral tissue and mucus harbor unique reservoirs of prokaryotes, with 23 to 49% and 31 to 56% of sequences exclusive to the tissue and mucus habitats, respectively...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822558/microbial-communities-are-well-adapted-to-disturbances-in-energy-input
#20
Nuria Fernandez-Gonzalez, Julie A Huber, Joseph J Vallino
Although microbial systems are well suited for studying concepts in ecological theory, little is known about how microbial communities respond to long-term periodic perturbations beyond diel oscillations. Taking advantage of an ongoing microcosm experiment, we studied how methanotrophic microbial communities adapted to disturbances in energy input over a 20-day cycle period. Sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes together with quantification of microbial abundance and ecosystem function were used to explore the long-term dynamics (510 days) of methanotrophic communities under continuous versus cyclic chemical energy supply...
September 2016: MSystems
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