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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914209/methodological-flaws-introduce-strong-bias-into-molecular-analysis-of-microbial-populations
#1
Niclas Krakat, Reshma Anjum, Burak Demirel, Patrick Schröder
AIMS: Here we report how different cell disruption methods, PCR primers and in-silico analyses can seriously bias results from microbial population studies, with consequences for the credibility and reproducibility of the findings. Our results emphasize the pitfalls of commonly used experimental methods that can seriously weaken the interpretation of results. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four different cell lysis methods, three commonly used primer pairs and various computer-based analyses were applied to investigate the microbial diversity of a fermentation sample composed of chicken dung...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914086/killing-bacteria-with-cytotoxic-effector-proteins-of-human-killer-immune-cells-granzymes-granulysin-and-perforin
#2
Diego López León, Isabelle Fellay, Pierre-Yves Mantel, Michael Walch
Bacterial pathogens represent a constant threat to human health that was exacerbated in recent years by a dramatic increase of strains resistant to last resort antibiotics. The immune system of higher vertebrates generally evolved several efficient innate and adaptive mechanisms to fight ubiquitous bacterial pathogens. Among those mechanisms, immune proteases were recognized to contribute essentially to antibacterial immune defense. The effector serine proteases of the adaptive immune system, the granzymes, exert potent antimicrobial activity when they are delivered into the bacterial cytosol by prokaryotic membrane disrupting proteins, such as granulysin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912056/conflict-resolution-in-the-genome-how-transcription-and-replication-make-it-work
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Stephan Hamperl, Karlene A Cimprich
The complex machineries involved in replication and transcription translocate along the same DNA template, often in opposing directions and at different rates. These processes routinely interfere with each other in prokaryotes, and mounting evidence now suggests that RNA polymerase complexes also encounter replication forks in higher eukaryotes. Indeed, cells rely on numerous mechanisms to avoid, tolerate, and resolve such transcription-replication conflicts, and the absence of these mechanisms can lead to catastrophic effects on genome stability and cell viability...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911835/two-crystal-structures-reveal-design-for-repurposing-the-c-ala-domain-of-human-alars
#4
Litao Sun, Youngzee Song, David Blocquel, Xiang-Lei Yang, Paul Schimmel
The 20 aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) couple each amino acid to their cognate tRNAs. During evolution, 19 aaRSs expanded by acquiring novel noncatalytic appended domains, which are absent from bacteria and many lower eukaryotes but confer extracellular and nuclear functions in higher organisms. AlaRS is the single exception, with an appended C-terminal domain (C-Ala) that is conserved from prokaryotes to humans but with a wide sequence divergence. In human cells, C-Ala is also a splice variant of AlaRS...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909292/crystal-structures-of-the-tric-trimeric-intracellular-cation-channel-orthologues
#5
Go Kasuya, Masahiro Hiraizumi, Andrés D Maturana, Kaoru Kumazaki, Yuichiro Fujiwara, Keihong Liu, Yoshiko Nakada-Nakura, So Iwata, Keisuke Tsukada, Tomotaka Komori, Sotaro Uemura, Yuhei Goto, Takanori Nakane, Mizuki Takemoto, Hideaki E Kato, Keitaro Yamashita, Miki Wada, Koichi Ito, Ryuichiro Ishitani, Motoyuki Hattori, Osamu Nureki
Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is crucial for muscle contraction, cell growth, apoptosis, learning and memory. The trimeric intracellular cation (TRIC) channels were recently identified as cation channels balancing the SR and ER membrane potentials, and are implicated in Ca(2+) signaling and homeostasis. Here we present the crystal structures of prokaryotic TRIC channels in the closed state and structure-based functional analyses of prokaryotic and eukaryotic TRIC channels...
December 2016: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907245/biodegradation-of-the-aminopolyphosphonate-dtpmp-by-the-cyanobacterium-anabaena-variabilis-proceeds-via-a-c-p-lyase-independent-pathway
#6
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/27903453/repair-of-8-oxo-7-8-dihydroguanine-in-prokaryotic-and-eukaryotic-cells-properties-and-biological-roles-of-the-fpg-and-ogg1-dna-n-glycosylases
#7
Serge Boiteux, Franck Coste, Bertrand Castaing
Oxidatively damaged DNA results from the attack of sugar and base moieties by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are formed as byproducts of normal cell metabolism and during exposure to endogenous or exogenous chemical or physical agents. Guanine, having the lowest redox potential, is the DNA base the most susceptible to oxidation, yielding products such as 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG) and 2-6-diamino-4-hydroxy-5-formamidopyrimidine (FapyG). In DNA, 8-oxoG was shown to be mutagenic yielding GC to TA transversions upon incorporation of dAMP opposite this lesion by replicative DNA polymerases...
November 26, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902428/high-concentrations-of-intracellular-ap4a-and-or-ap5a-in-developing-myxococcus-xanthus-cells-inhibit-sporulation
#8
Yoshio Kimura, Chihiro Tanaka, Katsuho Sasaki, Masashi Sasaki
Diadenosine polyphosphates (ApnA) are thought to act as signaling molecules regulating stress responses and biofilm formation in prokaryotes. However, ApnA function in Myxococcus xanthus remains unknown. Here, we investigated the role of ApnA in M. xanthus, using the wild-type and ApnA hydrolase (apaH) mutant strains exposed to various stress conditions. In both wild-type and apaH mutant cells cultured on starvation medium (CF agar), the levels of intracellular diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) and pentaphosphate (Ap5A) increased several fold during the first 16 h of development, and decreased gradually thereafter...
November 28, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896818/coupling-immunity-and-programmed-cell-suicide-in-prokaryotes-life-or-death-choices
#9
Eugene V Koonin, Feng Zhang
Host-pathogen arms race is a universal, central aspect of the evolution of life. Most organisms evolved several distinct yet interacting strategies of anti-pathogen defense including resistance to parasite invasion, innate and adaptive immunity, and programmed cell death (PCD). The PCD is the means of last resort, a suicidal response to infection that is activated when resistance and immunity fail. An infected cell faces a decision between active defense and altruistic suicide or dormancy induction, depending on whether immunity is "deemed" capable of preventing parasite reproduction and consequent infection of other cells...
November 29, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891500/interspecies-communication-between-pathogens-and-immune-cells-via-bacterial-membrane-vesicles
#10
Katerina S Jurkoshek, Ying Wang, Jaffre J Athman, Marian R Barton, Pamela A Wearsch
The production of extracellular vesicles is a universal mechanism for intercellular communication that is conserved across kingdoms. Prokaryotes secrete 50-250 nm membrane vesicles (MVs) in a manner that is regulated by environmental stress and is thought to promote survival. Since many types of host-derived stress are encountered during infection, this implies an important role for MV secretion in bacterial pathogenesis. Accordingly, MVs produced by gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens contain toxins, virulence factors, and other molecules that promote survival in the host...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888504/condensin-regulation-of-genome-architecture
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REVIEW
Vibhuti Rana, Giovanni Bosco
Progression through the cell cycle for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes is required for cell division. At almost every level of cellular organization structure and function of subcellular compartments and organelles must accommodate the progression of cell division. As cells progress through the cell division cycle, perhaps the most dramatic observable cellular change is the shape of chromosomes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
November 26, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885612/analyzing-prokaryotic-rna-seq-data-a-case-study-identifying-holo-fur-regulated-genes-in-campylobacter-jejuni
#12
Sophie Bérubé, James Butcher, Alain Stintzi
In recent years, RNA-seq has become an important method in the process of measuring gene expression in various cells and organisms. This chapter will detail all the bioinformatic steps that should be undertaken to determine differentially expressed genes from a typical RNA-seq experiment. Each step will be clearly explained in "non-bioinformatic" terminology so that readers embarking on RNA-seq analysis will be able to understand the rationale and reasoning behind each step. Moreover, the exact command lines used to process the data will be presented along with a description of the various flags and commands...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881980/comparative-genomics-of-dna-recombination-and-repair-in-cyanobacteria-biotechnological-implications
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REVIEW
Corinne Cassier-Chauvat, Théo Veaudor, Franck Chauvat
Cyanobacteria are fascinating photosynthetic prokaryotes that are regarded as the ancestors of the plant chloroplast; the purveyors of oxygen and biomass for the food chain; and promising cell factories for an environmentally friendly production of chemicals. In colonizing most waters and soils of our planet, cyanobacteria are inevitably challenged by environmental stresses that generate DNA damages. Furthermore, many strains engineered for biotechnological purposes can use DNA recombination to stop synthesizing the biotechnological product...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881117/novel-prokaryotic-expression-of-thioredoxin-fused-insulinoma-associated-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-2-ia-2-its-characterization-and-immunodiagnostic-application
#14
Luciano Lucas Guerra, Natalia Inés Faccinetti, Aldana Trabucchi, Bruno David Rovitto, Adriana Victoria Sabljic, Edgardo Poskus, Ruben Francisco Iacono, Silvina Noemí Valdez
BACKGROUND: The insulinoma associated protein tyrosine phosphatase 2 (IA-2) is one of the immunodominant autoantigens involved in the autoimmune attack to the beta-cell in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. In this work we have developed a complete and original process for the production and recovery of the properly folded intracellular domain of IA-2 fused to thioredoxin (TrxIA-2ic) in Escherichia coli GI698 and GI724 strains. We have also carried out the biochemical and immunochemical characterization of TrxIA-2icand design variants of non-radiometric immunoassays for the efficient detection of IA-2 autoantibodies (IA-2A)...
November 24, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875967/microbial-p450-enzymes-in-bioremediation-and-drug-discovery-emerging-potentials-and-challenges
#15
Sukanta S Bhattacharya, Jagjit S Yadav
Cytochrome P450 enzymes are a structurally conserved but functionally diverse group of heme-containing mixed function oxidases found across both prokaryotic and eukaryotic forms of the microbial world. Microbial P450s are known to perform diverse functions ranging from the synthesis of cell wall components to xenobiotic/drug metabolism to biodegradation of environmental chemicals. Conventionally, many microbial systems have been reported to mimic mammalian P450-like activation of drugs and were proposed as the in-vitro models of mammalian drug metabolism...
November 21, 2016: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873164/bacterial-signals-n-acyl-homoserine-lactones-induce-the-changes-of-morphology-and-ethanol-tolerance-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Ge Ren, Anzhou Ma, Weifeng Liu, Xuliang Zhuang, Guoqiang Zhuang
The bacterial quorum sensing signals N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) signals are able to regulate a diverse array of physiological activities, such as symbiosis, virulence and biofilm formation, depending on population density. Recently, it has been discovered that the bacterial quorum sensing (QS) signal molecules can induce extensive response of higher eukaryotes including plants and mammalian cells. However, little is known about the response of fungi reacting to these bacterial signals. Here we showed that Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as an ancient eukaryote and widely used for alcoholic beverage and bioethanol production, exposed to short-chain 3-OC6-HSL and long-chain C12-HSL appeared obvious changes in morphology and ethanol tolerance...
December 2016: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870935/effects-of-gamma-radiation-on-cork-wastewater-antioxidant-activity-and-toxicity
#17
Joana Madureira, Andreia I Pimenta, Larisa Popescu, Alexandra Besleaga, Maria Inês Dias, Pedro M P Santos, Rita Melo, Isabel C F R Ferreira, Sandra Cabo Verde, Fernanda M A Margaça
A comprehensive assessment of the toxicity and antioxidant activity of cork boiling wastewater and the effects of gamma radiation on these parameters was performed. Antioxidant activity was evaluated using different methodologies as DPPH radical scavenging activity, reducing power and inhibition of β-carotene bleaching. The results have shown that gamma radiation can induce an increase on the antioxidant activity of cork boiling wastewater. Toxicity tests were performed to access the potential added value of the irradiated wastewaters and/or minimization of the impact for discharge in the environment...
November 18, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867027/therapeutic-potential-of-hepcidin-the-master-regulator-of-iron-metabolism
#18
REVIEW
Daniel Vyoral, Jiri Petrak
Iron is an essential biogenic element for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. In humans iron is present in hundreds of different metalloproteins. The peptide hormone hepcidin serves as a master regulator of iron homeostasis on the level of single cells and whole organism - by altering cell surface expression of cellular iron exporter - protein ferroportin. Altered levels of extracellular hepcidin lead to pathological conditions such as hemochromatosis and iron loading or, on the other side, iron restrictive anemias...
November 17, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865739/shaken-or-stirred-comparison-of-methods-for-dispersion-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-aggregates-for-persistence-in-vivo
#19
Arthur H Totten, Li Xiao, Donna M Crabb, Amy E Ratliff, Kevin Dybvig, Ken B Waites, T Prescott Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma pneumoniae (Mpn), one of the smallest self-replicating prokaryotes, is known to readily adhere to host cells and to form aggregates in suspension. Having only one cell membrane and no cell wall, mycoplasmas present questions as to optimal aggregate disruption method while minimizing cell death in vitro. We compared conventional vortex mixing with other methods for disruption of bacterial aggregates and for its effect on cell viability. METHODS: Strain UAB PO1, a clinical Mpn isolate, was dispersed using a conventional vortex mixer with or without nonionic detergent (0...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865622/protecting-from-envelope-stress-variations-on-the-phage-shock-protein-theme
#20
REVIEW
Riccardo Manganelli, Maria Laura Gennaro
During envelope stress, critical inner-membrane functions are preserved by the phage-shock-protein (Psp) system, a stress response that emerged from work with Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacteria. Reciprocal regulatory interactions and multiple effector functions are well documented in these organisms. Searches for the Psp system across phyla reveal conservation of only one protein, PspA. However, examination of Firmicutes and Actinobacteria reveals that PspA orthologs associate with non-orthologous regulatory and effector proteins retaining functions similar to those in Gram-negative counterparts...
November 16, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
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