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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822643/genetic-background-impacts-vaccine-induced-reduction-of-pneumococcal-colonization
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Kirsten Kuipers, Saskia van Selm, Fred van Opzeeland, Jeroen D Langereis, Lilly M Verhagen, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Marien I de Jonge
Vaccination has been one of the most successful strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory infections. Recent evidence suggests that differences in the host genetic background and environmental factors may contribute to heterogeneity in the immune response to vaccination. During pre-clinical testing, vaccines are often evaluated in a single mouse inbred strain, which may not translate well to the heterogeneous human population. Here, we examined the influence of host genetic background on vaccine-induced protection against pneumococcal colonization in two commonly used inbred mouse strains, i...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821841/bacterial-foraging-optimization-genetic-algorithm-for-multiple-sequence-alignment-with-multi-objectives
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P Manikandan, D Ramyachitra
This research work focus on the multiple sequence alignment, as developing an exact multiple sequence alignment for different protein sequences is a difficult computational task. In this research, a hybrid algorithm named Bacterial Foraging Optimization-Genetic Algorithm (BFO-GA) algorithm is aimed to improve the multi-objectives and carrying out measures of multiple sequence alignment. The proposed algorithm employs multi-objectives such as variable gap penalty minimization, maximization of similarity and non-gap percentage...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821711/genetic-cargo-and-bacterial-species-set-the-rate-of-vesicle-mediated-horizontal-gene-transfer
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Frances Tran, James Q Boedicker
Most bacteria release extracellular vesicles (EVs). Recent studies have found these vesicles are capable of gene delivery, however the consequences of vesicle-mediated transfer on the patterns and rates of gene flow within microbial communities remains unclear. Previous studies have not determined the impact of both the genetic cargo and the donor and recipient species on the rate of vesicle-mediated gene exchange. This report examines the potential for EVs as a mechanism of gene transfer within heterogeneous microbial populations...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821588/accumulation-of-deleterious-mutations-during-bacterial-range-expansions
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Lars Bosshard, Isabelle Dupanloup, Olivier Tenaillon, Rémy Bruggmann, Martin Ackermann, Stephan Peischl, Laurent Excoffier
Recent theory predicts that the fitness of pioneer populations can decline when species expand their range, due to high rates of genetic drift on wave fronts making selection less efficient at purging deleterious variants. To test these predictions, we studied the fate of mutator bacteria expanding their range for 1650 generations on agar plates. In agreement with theory, we find that growth abilities of strains with a high mutation rate (HMR lines) decreased significantly over time, unlike strains with a lower mutation rate (LMR lines) that present 3-4 times fewer mutations...
August 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821241/genetic-diversity-and-virulence-potential-of-clinical-and-environmental-aeromonas-spp-isolates-from-a-diarrhea-outbreak
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Lívia Christina Alves da Silva, Tereza Cristina Leal-Balbino, Beatriz Souza Toscano de Melo, Carina Lucena Mendes-Marques, Antonio Mauro Rezende, Alzira Maria Paiva de Almeida, Nilma Cintra Leal
BACKGROUND: Aeromonas spp. are gram-negative bacteria that can cause a variety of infections in both humans and animals and play a controversial role in diarrhea outbreaks. Our aim was to identify clinical and environmental Aeromonas isolates associated with a cholera outbreak in a northeast county of Brazil at the species level. We also aimed to determine the genetic structure of the bacterial population and the virulence potential of the Aeromonas isolates. METHODS AND RESULTS: Analysis based on concatenated sequences of the 16S rRNA and gyrB genes suggested the classification of the 119 isolates studied into the following species: A...
August 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821183/improvement-of-the-threespine-stickleback-genome-using-a-hi-c-based-proximity-guided-assembly
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Catherine L Peichel, Shawn T Sullivan, Ivan Liachko, Michael A White
Scaffolding genomes into complete chromosome assemblies remains challenging even with the rapidly increasing sequence coverage generated by current next-generation sequence technologies. Even with scaffolding information, many genome assemblies remain incomplete. The genome of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a fish model system in evolutionary genetics and genomics, is not completely assembled despite scaffolding with high-density linkage maps. Here, we first test the ability of a Hi-C based proximity-guided assembly (PGA) to perform a de novo genome assembly from relatively short contigs...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820100/erythrobacter-aquimixticola-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-junction-between-the-ocean-and-a-freshwater-spring
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Sooyeon Park, Yong-Taek Jung, Su Jung Choi, Jung-Hoon Yoon
A Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, non-motile and coccoid, ovoid or rod-shaped bacterial strain, designated JSSK-14T, was isolated from the place where the ocean and a freshwater spring meet at Jeju island, South Korea. Strain JSSK-14T grew optimally at pH 7.0-8.0, at 30 °C and in the presence of 1.0-2.0 % (w/v) NaCl. A neighbour-joining phylogenetic tree based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain JSSK-14T fell within the clade comprising the type strains of species of the genus Erythrobacter. Strain JSSK-14T exhibited 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity values of 97...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820096/lactobacillus-caviae-sp-nov-an-obligately-heterofermentative-bacterium-isolated-from-the-oral-cavity-of-a-guinea-pig-cavia-aperea-f-porcellus
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Jiri Killer, Radko Pechar, Pavel Švec, Hana Salmonová, Roman Švejstil, Martina Geigerová, Vojtěch Rada, Eva Vlková, Chahrazed Mekadim
A Gram-stain-positive, facultatively anaerobic, and catalase- and oxidase-negative bacterial strain designated MOZM2T, having 98.4 % 16S rRNA gene sequence identity with Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 20016T, was isolated from a swab of the oral cavity of a home-bred guinea pig. Comparative analyses based on the hsp60, pheS and tuf genes confirmed L. reuteri as its closest relative species, with calculated sequence similarities of 92.8, 88.8 and 96.9 %, respectively. DNA-DNA hybridisation revealed a 42 % degree of genetic similarity between the novel strain and L...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820089/alteromonas-aestuariivivens-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-tidal-flat
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Sooyeon Park, Su Jung Choi, Ji-Min Park, Jung-Hoon Yoon
A Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, non-spore-forming, motile and ovoid or rod-shaped bacterial strain, JDTF-113T, was isolated from a tidal flat in Jindo, an island of South Korea. Strain JDTF-113T grew optimally at 30 °C, at pH 7.0-8.0 and in the presence of 2.0 % (w/v) NaCl. A neighbour-joining phylogenetic tree, based on 16S rRNA gene sequences, revealed that strain JDTF-113T fell within the clade enclosing the type strains of species of the genus Alteromonas. Strain JDTF-113T exhibited 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity values of 97...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819202/mechanism-of-transformation-in-mycobacteria-using-a-novel-shockwave-assisted-technique-driven-by-in-situ-generated-oxyhydrogen
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Akshay Datey, Janardhanraj Subburaj, Jagadeesh Gopalan, Dipshikha Chakravortty
We present a novel method for shockwave-assisted bacterial transformation using a miniature oxyhydrogen detonation-driven shock tube. We have obtained transformation efficiencies of about 1.28 × 10(6), 1.7 × 10(6), 5 × 10(6), 1 × 10(5), 1 × 10(5) and 2 × 10(5) transformants/µg of DNA for Escherichia coli, Salmonella Typhimurum, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and Helicobacter pylori respectively using this method which are significantly higher than those obtained using conventional methods...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815907/t7-rna-polymerase-driven-inducible-cell-lysis-for-dna-transfer-from-escherichia-coli-to-bacillus-subtilis
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Mario Juhas, James W Ajioka
The majority of the good DNA editing techniques have been developed in Escherichia coli; however, Bacillus subtilis is better host for a plethora of synthetic biology and biotechnology applications. Reliable and efficient systems for the transfer of synthetic DNA between E. coli and B. subtilis are therefore of the highest importance. Using synthetic biology approaches, such as streamlined lambda Red recombineering and Gibson Isothermal Assembly, we integrated genetic circuits pT7L123, Repr-ts-1 and pLT7pol encoding the lysis genes of bacteriophages MS2, ΦX174 and lambda, the thermosensitive repressor and the T7 RNA polymerase into the E...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815849/molecular-aspects-of-uterine-diseases-in-dogs
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R Hagman
Uterine diseases are common in dogs, particularly in countries where elective spaying is not usually performed. The associated clinical illnesses may be of varying degree ranging from merely decreased fertility to a critical pyometra requiring intensive care to survive. The diagnosis of some uterine diseases is generally uncomplicated, such as in a classic pyometra presenting with enlarged, fluid-filled uterus, purulent vaginal discharge and characteristic signs of illness or in other disorders associated with uterine enlargement...
August 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815538/long-noncoding-rnas-in-the-yeast-s-%C3%A2-cerevisiae
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Rachel O Niederer, Evan P Hass, David C Zappulla
Long noncoding RNAs have recently been discovered to comprise a sizeable fraction of the RNA World. The scope of their functions, physical organization, and disease relevance remain in the early stages of characterization. Although many thousands of lncRNA transcripts recently have been found to emanate from the expansive DNA between protein-coding genes in animals, there are also hundreds that have been found in simple eukaryotes. Furthermore, lncRNAs have been found in the bacterial and archaeal branches of the tree of life, suggesting they are ubiquitous...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815055/green-lacewings-neuroptera-chrysopidae-are-commonly-associated-with-a-diversity-of-rickettsial-endosymbionts
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Michael Gerth, Ronny Wolf, Christoph Bleidorn, Julia Richter, Rebekka Sontowski, Jasmin Unrein, Martin Schlegel, Axel Gruppe
BACKGROUND: Bacterial symbionts transmitted from mothers to offspring are found in the majority of arthropods. Numerous studies have illustrated their wide impact on host biology, such as reproduction, behavior, and physiology One of the most common inherited symbionts is Rickettsia spp. (Alphaproteobacteria, Rickettsiales), which are found in about one-quarter of terrestrial arthropods, as well as in other invertebrates. In insect populations, Rickettsia spp. have been reported to cause reproductive modifications and fecundity-enhancing effects...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814770/rapid-phenotypic-individualization-of-bacterial-sister-cells
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Sander K Govers, Antoine Adam, Hendrik Blockeel, Abram Aertsen
A growing bacterium typically divides into two genetically identical and morphologically similar sister cells and eventually gives rise to a clonal population. Nevertheless, significant phenotypic differentiation among isogenic cells frequently occurs, with the resulting heterogeneity in cellular behavior often ensuring population level growth and survival in complex and unpredictable environments. Although several mechanisms underlying the generation of phenotypic heterogeneity have been elucidated, the speed with which identical sister cells tend to phenotypically diverge from each other has so far remained unaddressed...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814268/the-genomic-architecture-of-mastitis-resistance-in-dairy-sheep
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G Banos, G Bramis, S J Bush, E L Clark, M E B McCulloch, J Smith, G Schulze, G Arsenos, D A Hume, A Psifidi
BACKGROUND: Mastitis is the most prevalent disease in dairy sheep with major economic, hygienic and welfare implications. The disease persists in all dairy sheep production systems despite the implementation of improved management practises. Selective breeding for enhanced mastitis resistance may provide the means to further control the disease. In the present study, we investigated the genetic architecture of four mastitis traits in dairy sheep. Individual animal records for clinical mastitis occurrence and three mastitis indicator traits (milk somatic cell count, total viable bacterial count in milk and the California mastitis test) were collected monthly throughout lactation for 609 ewes of the Greek Chios breed...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813691/effects-of-superabsorbent-polymers-on-the-abundances-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-mobile-genetic-elements-and-the-bacterial-community-during-swine-manure-composting
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Aiyun Guo, Jie Gu, Xiaojuan Wang, Ranran Zhang, Yanan Yin, Wei Sun, Xiaxia Tuo, Li Zhang
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are considered suitable amendments for reducing the selection pressure due to heavy metals and the abundances of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) during composting. In this study, three SAP (sodium polyacrylate) levels (0, 5, and 15mgkg(-1) of compost) were applied and their effects on the abundances of ARGs, mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and the bacterial community were investigated. After composting, the abundances of ARGs and MGEs decreased to different extent, where the removal efficiencies for tetW, dfrA7, ermX, aac(6')-ib-cr and MGEs exceeded 90%...
August 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813680/antibiotics-disrupt-coordination-between-transcriptional-and-phenotypic-stress-responses-in-pathogenic-bacteria
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Paul A Jensen, Zeyu Zhu, Tim van Opijnen
Bacterial genes that change in expression upon environmental disturbance have commonly been seen as those that must also phenotypically matter. However, several studies suggest that differentially expressed genes are rarely phenotypically important. We demonstrate, for Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, that these seemingly uncoordinated gene sets are involved in responses that can be linked through topological network analysis. However, the level of coordination is stress dependent. While a well-coordinated response is triggered in response to nutrient stress, antibiotics trigger an uncoordinated response in which transcriptionally and phenotypically important genes are neither linked spatially nor in their magnitude...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812884/controlling-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-gene-expression-and-predation-using-synthetic-riboswitches
#19
Mohammed Dwidar, Yohei Yokobayashi
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a predatory bacterium that feeds on Gram-negative bacteria including a wide range of pathogens and thus has potential applications as a biocontrol agent. Owing to its unique life cycle, however, there are limited tools that enable genetic manipulation of B. bacteriovorus. This work describes our first steps toward engineering the predatory bacterium for practical applications by developing basic genetic parts to control gene expression. Specifically, we evaluated four robust promoters that are active during the attack phase of B...
August 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811374/recruitment-of-crispr-cas-systems-by-tn7-like-transposons
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Joseph E Peters, Kira S Makarova, Sergey Shmakov, Eugene V Koonin
A survey of bacterial and archaeal genomes shows that many Tn7-like transposons contain minimal type I-F CRISPR-Cas systems that consist of fused cas8f and cas5f, cas7f, and cas6f genes and a short CRISPR array. Several small groups of Tn7-like transposons encompass similarly truncated type I-B CRISPR-Cas. This minimal gene complement of the transposon-associated CRISPR-Cas systems implies that they are competent for pre-CRISPR RNA (precrRNA) processing yielding mature crRNAs and target binding but not target cleavage that is required for interference...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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