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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731469/novel-chaperonins-are-prevalent-in-the-virioplankton-and-demonstrate-links-to-viral-biology-and-ecology
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Rachel L Marine, Daniel J Nasko, Jeffrey Wray, Shawn W Polson, K Eric Wommack
Chaperonins are protein-folding machinery found in all cellular life. Chaperonin genes have been documented within a few viruses, yet, surprisingly, analysis of metagenome sequence data indicated that chaperonin-carrying viruses are common and geographically widespread in marine ecosystems. Also unexpected was the discovery of viral chaperonin sequences related to thermosome proteins of archaea, indicating the presence of virioplankton populations infecting marine archaeal hosts. Virioplankton large subunit chaperonin sequences (GroELs) were divergent from bacterial sequences, indicating that viruses have carried this gene over long evolutionary time...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729863/effects-of-physiochemical-factors-on-prokaryotic-biodiversity-in-malaysian-circumneutral-hot-springs
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Chia S Chan, Kok-Gan Chan, Robson Ee, Kar-Wai Hong, María S Urbieta, Edgardo R Donati, Mohd S Shamsir, Kian M Goh
Malaysia has a great number of hot springs, especially along the flank of the Banjaran Titiwangsa mountain range. Biological studies of the Malaysian hot springs are rare because of the lack of comprehensive information on their microbial communities. In this study, we report a cultivation-independent census to describe microbial communities in six hot springs. The Ulu Slim (US), Sungai Klah (SK), Dusun Tua (DT), Sungai Serai (SS), Semenyih (SE), and Ayer Hangat (AH) hot springs exhibit circumneutral pH with temperatures ranging from 43°C to 90°C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729854/microbiome-of-trichodesmium-colonies-from-the-north-pacific-subtropical-gyre
#3
Mary R Gradoville, Byron C Crump, Ricardo M Letelier, Matthew J Church, Angelicque E White
Filamentous diazotrophic Cyanobacteria of the genus Trichodesmium, often found in colonial form, provide an important source of new nitrogen to tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems. Colonies are composed of several clades of Trichodesmium in association with a diverse community of bacterial and eukaryotic epibionts. We used high-throughput 16S rRNA and nifH gene sequencing, carbon (C) and dinitrogen (N2) fixation assays, and metagenomics to describe the diversity and functional potential of the microbiome associated with Trichodesmium colonies collected from the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729350/structures-of-the-crispr-genome-integration-complex
#4
Addison V Wright, Jun-Jie Liu, Gavin J Knott, Kevin W Doxzen, Eva Nogales, Jennifer A Doudna
CRISPR-Cas systems depend on the Cas1-Cas2 integrase to capture and integrate short foreign DNA fragments into the CRISPR locus, enabling adaptation to new viruses. We present crystal structures of Cas1-Cas2 bound to both donor and target DNA in intermediate and product integration complexes, as well as a cryo-electron microscopy structure of the full CRISPR locus integration complex including the accessory protein Integration Host Factor (IHF). The structures show unexpectedly that indirect sequence recognition dictates integration site selection by favoring deformation of the repeat and the flanking sequences...
July 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729253/genome-sequences-of-the-first-who-repository-of-platelet-transfusion-relevant-bacterial-reference-strains
#5
Alexander Mellmann, Eva Spindler-Raffel, Stefan Bletz, Marcel Prax, Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding
To develop novel techniques for improving blood safety, dedicated bacterial strains, which are able to persist and to proliferate in blood platelet concentrates, are needed. Here, we present draft genome sequences of the four bacterial strains approved for the first WHO repository of platelet transfusion-relevant bacterial reference strains.
July 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726704/simultaneous-heterotrophic-nitrification-and-aerobic-denitrification-at-high-concentrations-of-nacl-and-ammonia-nitrogen-by-halomonas-bacteria
#6
Te Wang, Jian Li, Ling Hua Zhang, Ying Yu, Yi Min Zhu
To improve the efficiency of simultaneous heterotrophic nitrification and aerobic denitrification (SND) at high concentrations of NaCl and ammonia nitrogen (NH4(+)-N), we investigated the SND characteristics of Halomonas bacteria with the ability to synthesize the compatible solute ectoine. Halomonas sp. strain B01, which was isolated, screened and identified in this study, could simultaneously remove nitrogen (N) by SND and synthesize ectoine under high NaCl conditions. Gene cloning and sequencing analysis indicated that this bacterial genome contains ammonia monooxygenase (amoA) and nitrate reductase (narH) genes...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724412/assessment-of-genome-annotation-using-gene-function-similarity-within-the-gene-neighborhood
#7
Se-Ran Jun, Intawat Nookaew, Loren Hauser, Andrey Gorin
BACKGROUND: Functional annotation of bacterial genomes is an obligatory and crucially important step of information processing from the genome sequences into cellular mechanisms. However, there is a lack of computational methods to evaluate the quality of functional assignments. RESULTS: We developed a genome-scale model that assigns Bayesian probability to each gene utilizing a known property of functional similarity between neighboring genes in bacteria. CONCLUSIONS: Our model clearly distinguished true annotation from random annotation with Bayesian annotation probability >0...
July 19, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724393/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-emerged-long-before-the-introduction-of-methicillin-into-clinical-practice
#8
Catriona P Harkins, Bruno Pichon, Michel Doumith, Julian Parkhill, Henrik Westh, Alexander Tomasz, Herminia de Lencastre, Stephen D Bentley, Angela M Kearns, Matthew T G Holden
BACKGROUND: The spread of drug-resistant bacterial pathogens poses a major threat to global health. It is widely recognised that the widespread use of antibiotics has generated selective pressures that have driven the emergence of resistant strains. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was first observed in 1960, less than one year after the introduction of this second generation beta-lactam antibiotic into clinical practice. Epidemiological evidence has always suggested that resistance arose around this period, when the mecA gene encoding methicillin resistance carried on an SCCmec element, was horizontally transferred to an intrinsically sensitive strain of S...
July 20, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724077/physical-map-of-the-short-arm-of-bread-wheat-chromosome-3d
#9
Kateřina Holušová, Jan Vrána, Jan Šafář, Hana Šimková, Barbora Balcárková, Zeev Frenkel, Benoit Darrier, Etienne Paux, Federica Cattonaro, Helene Berges, Thomas Letellier, Michael Alaux, Jaroslav Doležel, Jan Bartoš
Bread wheat ( L.) is one of the most important crops worldwide. Although a reference genome sequence would represent a valuable resource for wheat improvement through genomics-assisted breeding and gene cloning, its generation has long been hampered by its allohexaploidy, high repeat content, and large size. As a part of a project coordinated by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), a physical map of the short arm of wheat chromosome 3D (3DS) was prepared to facilitate reference genome assembly and positional gene cloning...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720731/an-in-vitro-chicken-gut-model-demonstrates-transfer-of-a-multidrug-resistance-plasmid-from-salmonella-to-commensal-escherichia-coli
#10
Roderick M Card, Shaun A Cawthraw, Javier Nunez-Garcia, Richard J Ellis, Gemma Kay, Mark J Pallen, Martin J Woodward, Muna F Anjum
The chicken gastrointestinal tract is richly populated by commensal bacteria that fulfill various beneficial roles for the host, including helping to resist colonization by pathogens. It can also facilitate the conjugative transfer of multidrug resistance (MDR) plasmids between commensal and pathogenic bacteria which is a significant public and animal health concern as it may affect our ability to treat bacterial infections. We used an in vitro chemostat system to approximate the chicken cecal microbiota, simulate colonization by an MDR Salmonella pathogen, and examine the dynamics of transfer of its MDR plasmid harboring several genes, including the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase blaCTX-M1 We also evaluated the impact of cefotaxime administration on plasmid transfer and microbial diversity...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720679/potential-for-monitoring-gut-microbiota-for-diagnosing-infections-and-graft-versus-host-disease-in-cancer-and-stem-cell-transplant-patients
#11
Andrew Y Koh
BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota, the collective community of microorganisms inhabiting the intestine, have been shown to provide many beneficial functions for the host. Recent advances in next-generation sequencing and advanced molecular biology approaches have allowed researchers to identify gut microbiota signatures associated with disease processes and, in some cases, establish causality and elucidate underlying mechanisms. CONTENT: This report reviews 3 commonly used methods for studying the gut microbiota and microbiome (the collective genomes of the gut microorganisms): 16S rRNA gene sequencing, bacterial group or species-specific quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), and metagenomic shotgun sequencing (MSS)...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720440/first-report-of-two-complete-clostridium-chauvoei-genome-sequences-and-detailed-in-silico-genome-analysis
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Prasad Thomas, Torsten Semmler, Inga Eichhorn, Antina Lübke-Becker, Christiane Werckenthin, Mostafa Y Abdel-Glil, Lothar H Wieler, Heinrich Neubauer, Christian Seyboldt
Clostridium (C.) chauvoei is a Gram-positive, spore forming, anaerobic bacterium. It causes black leg in ruminants, a typically fatal histotoxic myonecrosis. High quality circular genome sequences were generated for the C. chauvoei type strain DSM 7528(T) (ATCC 10092(T)) and a field strain 12S0467 isolated in Germany. The origin of replication (oriC) was comparable to that of Bacillus subtilis in structure with two regions containing DnaA boxes. Similar prophages were identified in the genomes of both C. chauvoei strains which also harbored hemolysin and bacterial spore formation genes...
July 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720084/sequence-based-identification-of-inositol-monophosphatase-like-histidinol-phosphate-phosphatases-hisn-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum-actinobacteria-and-beyond
#13
Robert Kasimir Kulis-Horn, Christian Rückert, Jörn Kalinowski, Marcus Persicke
BACKGROUND: The eighth step of L-histidine biosynthesis is carried out by an enzyme called histidinol-phosphate phosphatase (HolPase). Three unrelated HolPase families are known so far. Two of them are well studied: HAD-type HolPases known from Gammaproteobacteria like Escherichia coli or Salmonella enterica and PHP-type HolPases known from yeast and Firmicutes like Bacillus subtilis. However, the third family of HolPases, the inositol monophosphatase (IMPase)-like HolPases, present in Actinobacteria like Corynebacterium glutamicum (HisN) and plants, are poorly characterized...
July 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718274/-microbiome-and-next-generation-sequencing
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REVIEW
A Suárez Moya
The human microbiome is an internal ecosystem that refers to the community of microorganisms that populate the human body. These microorganisms are essential to support his health, because the interaction between the host immune system and microorganisms, provide the host with protection against pathogens, and contributes to the preservation of health. Bacteriological culture has been the basis for traditional microbiology; however, most of the bacterial forms observed in nature cannot be isolated with laboratory culture methods...
July 17, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717847/exploring-the-genomic-diversity-and-cariogenic-differences-of-streptococcus-mutans-strains-through-pan-genome-and-comparative-genome-analysis
#15
Peiqi Meng, Chang Lu, Qian Zhang, Jiuxiang Lin, Feng Chen
Pan-genome refers to the sum of genes that can be found in a given bacterial species, including the core-genome and the dispensable genome. In this study, the genomes from 183 Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) isolates were analyzed from the pan-genome perspective. This analysis revealed that S. mutans has an "open" pan-genome, implying that there are plenty of new genes to be found as more genomes are sequenced. Additionally, S. mutans has a limited core-genome, which is composed of genes related to vital activities within the bacterium, such as metabolism and hereditary information storage or processing, occupying 35...
July 17, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716079/the-human-jejunum-has-an-endogenous-microbiota-that-differs-from-those-in-the-oral-cavity-and-colon
#16
Olof H Sundin, Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, Mingtao Zeng, Diana Diaz-Arévalo, Elisa Morales, B Matthew Fagan, Javier Ordoñez, Philip Velez, Nishaal Antony, Richard W McCallum
BACKGROUND: The upper half of the human small intestine, known as the jejunum, is the primary site for absorption of nutrient-derived carbohydrates, amino acids, small peptides, and vitamins. In contrast to the colon, which contains 10(11)-10(12) colony forming units of bacteria per ml (CFU/ml), the normal jejunum generally ranges from 10(3) to 10(5) CFU per ml. Because invasive procedures are required to access the jejunum, much less is known about its bacterial microbiota. Bacteria inhabiting the jejunal lumen have been investigated by classical culture techniques, but not by culture-independent metagenomics...
July 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715501/diversity-and-distribution-of-nuclease-bacteriocins-in-bacterial-genomes-revealed-using-hidden-markov-models
#17
Connor Sharp, James Bray, Nicholas G Housden, Martin C J Maiden, Colin Kleanthous
Bacteria exploit an arsenal of antimicrobial peptides and proteins to compete with each other. Three main competition systems have been described: type six secretion systems (T6SS); contact dependent inhibition (CDI); and bacteriocins. Unlike T6SS and CDI systems, bacteriocins do not require contact between bacteria but are diffusible toxins released into the environment. Identified almost a century ago, our understanding of bacteriocin distribution and prevalence in bacterial populations remains poor. In the case of protein bacteriocins, this is because of high levels of sequence diversity and difficulties in distinguishing their killing domains from those of other competition systems...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714913/novel-fri1-like-viruses-infecting-acinetobacter-baumannii-vb_abap_as11-and-vb_abap_as12-characterization-comparative-genomic-analysis-and-host-recognition-strategy
#18
Anastasia V Popova, Daria G Lavysh, Evgeniy I Klimuk, Mikhail V Edelstein, Alexander G Bogun, Mikhail M Shneider, Artemiy E Goncharov, Sergey V Leonov, Konstantin V Severinov
Acinetobacter baumannii is a gram-negative, non-fermenting aerobic bacterium which is often associated with hospital-acquired infections and known for its ability to develop resistance to antibiotics, form biofilms, and survive for long periods in hospital environments. In this study, we present two novel viruses, vB_AbaP_AS11 and vB_AbaP_AS12, specifically infecting and lysing distinct multidrug-resistant clinical A. baumannii strains with K19 and K27 capsular polysaccharide structures, respectively. Both phages demonstrate rapid adsorption, short latent periods, and high burst sizes in one-step growth experiments...
July 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714844/puzihella-rosea-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-member-of-the-family-microbacteriaceae-isolated-from-freshwater
#19
Shih-Yi Sheu, Li-Ping Liu, Wen-Ming Chen
Two Gram-stain-positive, aerobic, pink, curved, rod-shaped, non-motile bacterial strains, designated MI-28T and SKY-11, were isolated from freshwater samples taken from a river and fish pond, respectively. Based on characterization using a polyphasic approach, the two strains showed highly similar phenotypic, physiological and genetic profiles. They demonstrated 99.9 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity and a 93-95 % DNA-DNA relatedness value, suggesting that they represent a single genomic species. Phylogenetic analyses, based on 16S rRNA gene sequences, showed that strains MI-28T and SKY-11 form a distinct lineage with respect to closely related genera within the family Microbacteriaceae of the class Actinobacteria, which is most closely related to Rhodoluna and Pontimonas, and levels of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with the type species of related genera were less than 95 %...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713356/a-genotypic-analysis-of-five-p-aeruginosa-strains-after-biofilm-infection-by-phages-targeting-different-cell-surface-receptors
#20
Diana P Pires, Andreas Dötsch, Erin M Anderson, Youai Hao, Cezar M Khursigara, Joseph S Lam, Sanna Sillankorva, Joana Azeredo
Antibiotic resistance constitutes one of the most serious threats to the global public health and urgently requires new and effective solutions. Bacteriophages are bacterial viruses increasingly recognized as being good alternatives to traditional antibiotic therapies. In this study, the efficacy of phages, targeting different cell receptors, against Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 biofilm and planktonic cell cultures was evaluated over the course of 48 h. Although significant reductions in the number of viable cells were achieved for both cases, the high level of adaptability of the bacteria in response to the selective pressure caused by phage treatment resulted in the emergence of phage-resistant variants...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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