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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650958/dynamics-and-impact-of-homologous-recombination-on-the-evolution-of-legionella-pneumophila
#1
Sophia David, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Simon R Harris, Pekka Marttinen, Christophe Rusniok, Carmen Buchrieser, Timothy G Harrison, Julian Parkhill
Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease. Previous genomic studies have shown that recombination accounts for a high proportion (>96%) of diversity within several major disease-associated sequence types (STs) of L. pneumophila. This suggests that recombination represents a potentially important force shaping adaptation and virulence. Despite this, little is known about the biological effects of recombination in L. pneumophila, particularly with regards to homologous recombination (whereby genes are replaced with alternative allelic variants)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649351/new-insights-into-the-genetic-composition-and-phylogenetic-relationship-of-wolves-and-dogs-in-the-iberian-peninsula
#2
Ana Elisabete Pires, Isabel R Amorim, Carla Borges, Fernanda Simões, Tatiana Teixeira, Andreia Quaresma, Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca, José Matos
This study investigates the gene pool of Portuguese autochthonous dog breeds and their wild counterpart, the Iberian wolf subspecies (Canis lupus signatus), using standard molecular markers. A combination of paternal and maternal molecular markers was used to investigate the genetic composition, genetic differentiation and genetic relationship of native Portuguese dogs and the Iberian wolf. A total of 196 unrelated dogs, including breed and village dogs from Portugal, and other dogs from Spain and North Africa, and 56 Iberian wolves (wild and captive) were analyzed for nuclear markers, namely Y chromosome SNPs, Y chromosome STR loci, autosomal STR loci, and a mitochondrial fragment of the control region I...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647606/role-of-streptomyces-pactum-in-phytoremediation-of-trace-elements-by-brassica-juncea-in-mine-polluted-soils
#3
Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Zhen Wang, Dost Muhammad, Ronghua Li, Ping Wang, Feng Shen, Quanhong Xue, Zengqiang Zhang
The industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices have increased the release of toxic trace elements (TEs) in the environment and threaten living organisms. The microbe-assisted phytoremediation is environmentally safe and provide an effective approach to remediate TEs contaminated soils. A pot experiment was conducted to test the potential of an Actinomycete, subspecies Streptomyces pactum (Act12) along with medical stone compost (MSC) by growing Brassica juncea in smelter and mines polluted soils of Feng County (FC) and Tongguan (TG, China), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646666/detection-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-in-powdered-infant-formula-using-is900-quantitative-pcr-and-liquid-culture-media
#4
Kamal R Acharya, Navneet K Dhand, Richard J Whittington, Karren M Plain
Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) has been implicated in Crohn's disease in humans resulting in public concern over the presence of MAP in powdered infant formula, which could contribute towards early human exposure to MAP or MAP components. Testing of representative powdered infant formula samples using effective tests is required to provide information on contamination of infant formula with MAP, so that consumers can make informed decisions. This study aimed to test representative powdered infant formula samples for the presence of MAP using a quantitative PCR and liquid culture method...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642772/assessment-of-five-chilling-tolerance-traits-and-gwas-mapping-in-rice-using-the-usda-mini-core-collection
#5
Michael R Schläppi, Aaron K Jackson, Georgia C Eizenga, Aiju Wang, Chengcai Chu, Yao Shi, Naoki Shimoyama, Debbie L Boykin
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is often exposed to cool temperatures during spring planting in temperate climates. A better understanding of genetic pathways regulating chilling tolerance will enable breeders to develop varieties with improved tolerance during germination and young seedling stages. To dissect chilling tolerance, five assays were developed; one assay for the germination stage, one assay for the germination and seedling stage, and three for the seedling stage. Based on these assays, five chilling tolerance indices were calculated and assessed using 202 O...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642764/xylella-fastidiosa-host-range-and-advance-in-molecular-identification-techniques
#6
REVIEW
Paolo Baldi, Nicola La Porta
In the never ending struggle against plant pathogenic bacteria, a major goal is the early identification and classification of infecting microorganisms. Xylella fastidiosa, a Gram-negative bacterium belonging to the family Xanthmonadaceae, is no exception as this pathogen showed a broad range of vectors and host plants, many of which may carry the pathogen for a long time without showing any symptom. Till the last years, most of the diseases caused by X. fastidiosa have been reported from North and South America, but recently a widespread infection of olive quick decline syndrome caused by this fastidious pathogen appeared in Apulia (south-eastern Italy), and several cases of X...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642457/human-mediated-secondary-contact-of-two-tortoise-lineages-results-in-sex-biased-introgression
#7
Eva Graciá, Roberto C Rodríguez-Caro, Ana C Andreu, Uwe Fritz, Andrés Giménez, Francisco Botella
Human-mediated secondary contact of recently diverged taxa offers valuable opportunities for studying the evolutionary mechanisms involved in the establishment and maintenance of genetic boundaries between taxa. We used mitochondrial and microsatellite markers to examine a recently introduced population of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) of mixed origin in the Doñana National Park (SW Spain). The earliest records of tortoises in Doñana trace back to the 18th century, but several population reinforcements in the 20th century with animals from Morocco are well-documented...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636095/suppression-or-knockout-of-saf-sam-overcomes-the-sa-mediated-hybrid-male-sterility-in-rice
#8
Yongyao Xie, Baixiao Niu, Yunming Long, Gousi Li, Jintao Tang, Yaling Zhang, Ding Ren, Yao-Guang Liu, Letian Chen
Hybrids between the indica and japonica subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) are usually sterile, which hinders utilization of heterosis in the inter-subspecific hybrid breeding. The complex locus Sa comprises two adjacently located genes, SaF and SaM, which interact to cause abortion of pollen grains carrying the japonica allele in japonica-indica hybrids. Here we showed that silencing of SaF or SaM by RNA interference restored male fertility in indica-japonica hybrids with heterozygous Sa. We further used CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing to knockout the SaF and SaM alleles respectively of an indica rice line to create hybrid-compatible lines...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634575/association-between-plasmatic-ceramides-profile-and-ast-alt-ratio-c14-0-ceramide-as-predictor-of-hepatic-steatosis-in-adolescents-independently-of-obesity
#9
Jorge Maldonado-Hernández, Gabriela E Saldaña-Dávila, Mónica I Piña-Aguero, Benjamín A Núñez-García, Mardia G López-Alarcón
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between plasma ceramides and hepatic steatosis (HS) in adolescents, independently of obesity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-four adolescents from two previous studies conducted and published by our crew were included. Study subjects were stratified in three groups: normal weight (n = 18), obesity (n = 34), and obesity + HS (n = 42). The presence of HS was defined when ALT/AST ratio was <1. Ceramides subspecies (C14:0, C16:0, C18:0, C24:0, and C24:1) were determined by LC/MS...
2017: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633930/phospholipase-a2-in-the-venom-of-three-cottonmouth-snakes
#10
Ying Jia, Boris Ermolinsky, Aryana Garza, Daniele Provenzano
Two phospholipase A2s (PLA2s), Asp49 (D49) and Lys49 (K49), were purified by one-step reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) from the venom of each of the three subspecies of cottonmouth snake, Western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma; Apl), Eastern cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus; App) and Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti; Apc). Venom protein profiles and PLA2s elution pattern of the three cottonmouth snakes were remarkably similar displaying four similar sharp and two wide peaks; in all cases K49 PLA2 eluted first followed by D49 PLA2...
June 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633450/comparative-genomics-of-all-three-campylobacter-sputorum-biovars-and-a-novel-cattle-associated-c-sputorum-clade
#11
William G Miller, Emma Yee, Mary H Chapman, James L Bono
Campylobacter sputorum is a non-thermotolerant campylobacter that is primarily isolated from food animals such as cattle and sheep. C. sputorum is also infrequently associated with human illness. Based on catalase and urease activity, three biovars are currently recognized within C. sputorum: bv. sputorum (catalase negative, urease negative), bv. fecalis (catalase positive, urease negative), and bv. paraureolyticus (catalase negative, urease positive). A multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) method was recently constructed for C...
June 19, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631547/cryptococcal-maxillary-osteomyelitis-and-osteonecrosis-in-a-18-month-old-dog
#12
Katherine Block, Jean Battig
An 18-month-old neutered male labradoodle was treated with surgical debridement for maxillary osteomyelitis and sequestrum formation. Histopathologic findings of the necrotic bone were consistent with Cryptococcus subspecies, confirmed with latex agglutination serum titer testing. The patient responded to a combination of fluconazole and surgical debridement and was titer negative after 8 months of medical therapy. The patient never exhibited signs of systemic illness which is commonly reported with cryptococcosis...
June 2017: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629508/campylobacter-pinnipediorum-sp-nov-isolated-from-pinnipeds-comprising-campylobacter-pinnipediorum-subsp-pinnipediorum-subsp-nov-and-campylobacter-pinnipediorum-subsp-caledonicus-subsp-nov
#13
Maarten J Gilbert, William G Miller, Judy St Leger, Mary H Chapman, Arjen J Timmerman, Birgitta Duim, Geoffrey Foster, Jaap A Wagenaar
During independent diagnostic screenings of otariid seals in California (USA) and phocid seals in Scotland (UK), Campylobacter-like isolates, which differed from the established taxa of the genus Campylobacter, were cultured from abscesses and internal organs of different seal species. A polyphasic study was undertaken to determine the taxonomic position of these six isolates. The isolates were characterized by 16S rRNA gene and AtpA sequence analysis and by conventional phenotypic testing. The whole-genome sequences were determined for all isolates, and the average nucleotide identity (ANI) was determined...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626946/do-changes-in-gene-expression-contribute-to-sexual-isolation-and-reinforcement-in-the-house-mouse
#14
Etienne Loire, Sergio Tusso, Pierre Caminade, Dany Severac, Pierre Boursot, Guila Ganem, Carole M Smadja
Expression divergence, rather than sequence divergence, has been shown to be important in speciation, particularly in the early stages of divergence of traits involved in reproductive isolation. In the two European subspecies of house mice, Mus musculus musculus and M. m. domesticus, earlier studies have demonstrated olfactory-based assortative mate preference in populations close to their hybrid zone. It has been suggested that this behaviour evolved following the recent secondary contact between the two taxa (~3,000 years ago) in response to selection against hybridisation...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623935/variation-in-susceptibility-of-different-breeds-of-sheep-to-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-following-experimental-inoculation
#15
D J Begg, A C Purdie, K de Silva, N K Dhand, K M Plain, R J Whittington
Exposure to Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) does not always lead to Johne's disease. Understanding differences in disease susceptibility of individual animals is a key aspect to controlling mycobacterial diseases. This study was designed to examine the susceptibility or resistance of various breeds of sheep to MAP infection. Merino, Suffolk first cross Merino, Border Leicester, and Poll Dorset sheep were orally inoculated with MAP and monitored for 14 months. Clinical disease occurred more frequently in the Merino (42%) and Suffolk first cross Merino (36%) compared to the Border Leicester (12%) and Poll Dorset (11%) breeds...
June 17, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623563/taxonomy-and-identification-of-bacteria-associated-with-acute-oak-decline
#16
REVIEW
Carrie Brady, Dawn Arnold, James McDonald, Sandra Denman
Acute oak decline (AOD) is a relatively newly described disorder affecting native oak species in Britain. Symptomatic trees are characterised by stem bleeds from vertical fissures, necrotic lesions in the live tissue beneath and larval galleries of the two spotted oak buprestid (Agrilus biguttatus). Several abiotic and biotic factors can be responsible for tree death, however the tissue necrosis and stem weeping is thought to be caused by a combination of bacterial species. Following investigations of the current episode of AOD which began in 2008, numerous strains belonging to several different bacteria in the family Enterobacteriaceae have been consistently isolated from symptomatic tissue...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623392/mhc-class-i-diversity-in-chimpanzees-and-bonobos
#17
Vincent Maibach, Jörg B Hans, Christina Hvilsom, Tomas Marques-Bonet, Linda Vigilant
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I genes are critically involved in the defense against intracellular pathogens. MHC diversity comparisons among samples of closely related taxa may reveal traces of past or ongoing selective processes. The bonobo and chimpanzee are the closest living evolutionary relatives of humans and last shared a common ancestor some 1 mya. However, little is known concerning MHC class I diversity in bonobos or in central chimpanzees, the most numerous and genetically diverse chimpanzee subspecies...
June 16, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622341/hygienic-and-grooming-behaviors-in-african-and-european-honeybees-new-damage-categories-in-varroa-destructor
#18
Beatrice T Nganso, Ayuka T Fombong, Abdullahi A Yusuf, Christian W W Pirk, Charles Stuhl, Baldwyn Torto
Varroa destructor is an ectoparasitic pest of honeybees, and a threat to the survival of the apiculture industry. Several studies have shown that unlike European honeybees, African honeybee populations appear to be minimally affected when attacked by this mite. However, little is known about the underlying drivers contributing to survival of African honeybee populations against the mite. We hypothesized that resistant behavioral defenses are responsible for the survival of African honeybees against the ectoparasite...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619158/low-genetic-diversity-of-bovine-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-isolates-detected-by-miru-vntr-genotyping
#19
Marcel de Kruijf, Olga N Lesniak, Dermot Yearsley, Elvira Ramovic, Aidan Coffey, Jim O'Mahony
Mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit and variable number tandem repeat (MIRU-VNTR) has been developed as a simple, rapid and cost efficient molecular typing method to differentiate Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) isolates. The aim of this study was to determine the genomic diversity of MAP across the Republic of Ireland by utilising the MIRU-VNTR typing method on a large collection of MAP isolates. A total of 114 MAP isolates originated from 53 herds across 19 counties in the Republic of Ireland were genotyped based on eight established MIRU-VNTR loci...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616744/demonstration-that-a-klebsiella-pneumoniae-subsp-pneumoniae-isolated-from-an-insect-nezara-viridula-harbors-a-plasmid-borne-type-iv-secretion-system
#20
Enrique Gino Medrano, Alois A Bell
Previously, we reported the isolation of Klebsiella pneumoniae subspecies pneumoniae strain Kp 5-1 from a southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula) that is a significant pest of numerous economically important crops. We subsequently sequenced the strains whole genome. Here, we report the presence of a functional plasmid-borne type IV secretion (TFSS) system that was identified using genomic mining of the annotated genome. Comparison of the Kp 5-1 resident 186 kb plasmid (pKp 5-1) with nine other Klebsiella with plasmids of comparable size from clinical and environmental strains revealed putative TFSS with identities ranging from 70 to 99%...
June 15, 2017: Current Microbiology
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