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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212037/a-bacterial-receptor-pcrk-senses-the-plant-hormone-cytokinin-to-promote-adaptation-to-oxidative-stress
#1
Fang-Fang Wang, Shou-Ting Cheng, Yao Wu, Bao-Zhen Ren, Wei Qian
Recognition of the host plant is a prerequisite for infection by pathogenic bacteria. However, how bacterial cells sense plant-derived stimuli, especially chemicals that function in regulating plant development, remains completely unknown. Here, we have identified a membrane-bound histidine kinase of the phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris, PcrK, as a bacterial receptor that specifically detects the plant cytokinin 2-isopentenyladenine (2iP). 2iP binds to the extracytoplasmic region of PcrK to decrease its autokinase activity...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211886/bicarbonate-induces-high-level-resistance-to-the-human-antimicrobial-peptide-ll-37-in-staphylococcus-aureus-small-colony-variants
#2
Ping Zhang, John A Wright, Anna Tymon, Sean P Nair
Objectives: Staphylococcus aureus small colony variants (SCVs) cause persistent infections and are resistant to cationic antibiotics. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been suggested as promising alternatives for treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We investigated the capacity of the human cationic AMP LL-37 to kill SCVs in the presence of physiological concentrations of bicarbonate, which are reported to alter bacterial membrane permeability and change resistance of bacteria to AMPs...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211019/dual-regulation-of-the-small-rna-micc-and-the-quiescent-porin-ompn-in-response-to-antibiotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli
#3
Sushovan Dam, Jean-Marie Pagès, Muriel Masi
Antibiotic resistant Gram-negative bacteria are a serious threat for public health. The permeation of antibiotics through their outer membrane is largely dependent on porin, changes in which cause reduced drug uptake and efficacy. Escherichia coli produces two major porins, OmpF and OmpC. MicF and MicC are small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) that modulate the expression of OmpF and OmpC, respectively. In this work, we investigated factors that lead to increased production of MicC. micC promoter region was fused to lacZ, and the reporter plasmid was transformed into E...
December 6, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209964/probing-the-toxicity-mechanism-of-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-on-bacteria
#4
Maria R Hartono, Ariel Kushmaro, Xiaodong Chen, Robert S Marks
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have emerged recently as superior adsorbent materials for the removal of recalcitrant pollutants. The potential of combining the sorption capability of CNTs with bacterial degradation for pollutant removal, however, necessitates further investigation of the mechanisms of CNTs' toxicity towards bacterial cells. In this study, we used a panel of stress-responsive recombinant Escherichia coli bioluminescence bacterial strains to explore the possible mechanisms of toxicity of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209784/acaxl2-and-acmst1-regulate-arthrospore-development-and-stress-resistance-in-the-cephalosporin-c-producer-acremonium-chrysogenum
#5
Janina Kluge, Ulrich Kück
The filamentous fungus Acremonium chrysogenum is the primordial producer of the β-lactam antibiotic cephalosporin C. This antibiotic is of major biotechnological and medical relevance because of its antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Antibiotic production during the lag phase of fermentation is often accompanied by a typical morphological feature of A. chrysogenum, the fragmentation of the mycelium into arthrospores. Here, we sought to identify factors that regulate the hyphal septation process and present the first comparative functional characterization of the type I integral plasma membrane protein Axl2 (axial budding pattern protein 2), a central component of the bud site selection system (BSSS) and Mst1 (mammalian Sterile20-like kinase), a septation initiation network (SIN)-associated germinal center kinase (GCK)...
December 5, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208747/proposed-role-for-kaic-like-atpases-as-major-signal-transduction-hubs-in-archaea
#6
Kira S Makarova, Michael Y Galperin, Eugene V Koonin
All organisms must adapt to ever-changing environmental conditions and accordingly have evolved diverse signal transduction systems. In bacteria, the most abundant networks are built around the two-component signal transduction systems that include histidine kinases and receiver domains. In contrast, eukaryotic signal transduction is dominated by serine/threonine/tyrosine protein kinases. Both of these systems are also found in archaea, but they are not as common and diversified as their bacterial and eukaryotic counterparts, suggesting the possibility that archaea have evolved other, still uncharacterized signal transduction networks...
December 5, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183977/osmosensing-by-the-bacterial-phoq-phop-two-component-system
#7
Jing Yuan, Fan Jin, Timo Glatter, Victor Sourjik
The PhoQ/PhoP two-component system plays an essential role in the response of enterobacteria to the environment of their mammalian hosts. It is known to sense several stimuli that are potentially associated with the host, including extracellular magnesium limitation, low pH, and the presence of cationic antimicrobial peptides. Here, we show that the PhoQ/PhoP two-component systems of Escherichia coli and Salmonella can also perceive an osmotic upshift, another key stimulus to which bacteria become exposed within the host...
November 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163430/pdtas-deficiency-affects-resistance-of-mycobacteria-to-ribosome-targeting-antibiotics
#8
Karolina Dadura, Renata Płocińska, Anna Rumijowska-Galewicz, Przemysław Płociński, Anna Żaczek, Bożena Dziadek, Andrzej Zaborowski, Jarosław Dziadek
Two-component regulatory systems (TCSSs) are key regulatory elements responsible for the adaptation of bacteria to environmental stresses. A classical TCSS is typically comprised of a sensory histidine kinase and a corresponding response regulator. Here, we used homologous recombination to construct a Mycobacterium smegmatis mutant defective in the synthesis of cytosolic histidine kinase PdtaS (Msmeg_1918). The resulting ΔpdtaS mutant strain was tested in the Phenotype Microarray screening system, which allowed us to identify aminoglycoside antibiotic sensitivity, tetracyclines antibiotic resistance as well as membrane transport and respiration, as the main processes affected by removal of pdtaS...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163381/functional-characterization-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-lacking-the-rna-chaperone-hfq
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Han-Yueh Kuo, Hsuan-Hao Chao, Po-Cheng Liao, Long Hsu, Kai-Chih Chang, Chi-Hua Tung, Chang-Hua Chen, Ming-Li Liou
The RNA chaperone Hfq is involved in the riboregulation of diverse genes via small RNAs. Recent studies have demonstrated that Hfq contributes to the stress response and the virulence of several pathogens, and the roles of Hfq vary among bacterial species. Here, we attempted to elucidate the role of Hfq in Acinetobacter baumannii ATCC 17978. In the absence of hfq, A. baumannii exhibited retarded cell growth and was highly sensitive to environmental stress, including osmotic and oxidative pressure, pH, and temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128397/identification-and-characterization-of-molluscan-caveolin-1-ortholog-from-haliotis-discus-discus-possible-involvement-in-embryogenesis-and-host-defense-mechanism-against-pathogenic-stress
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H M V Udayantha, S D N K Bathige, Thanthrige Thiunuwan Priyathilaka, Sukkyoung Lee, Myoung-Jin Kim, Jehee Lee
Caveolins are principal membrane proteins of caveolae that play a central role in signal transduction, substrate transport, and membrane trafficking in various cell types. Numerous studies have reported the crucial role of caveolin-1 (CAV1) in response to invading microbes; yet, very little is known about molluscan CAV1. In this study, we identified and characterized CAV1 ortholog from the disk abalone, Haliotis discus discus (HdCAV1). The cDNA sequence of HdCAV1 is 826 bp long and encodes a 127-amino acid polypeptide...
November 8, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124849/metaproteomics-reveals-major-microbial-players-and-their-metabolic-activities-during-the-blooming-period-of-a-marine-dinoflagellate-prorocentrum-donghaiense
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Dong-Xu Li, Hao Zhang, Xiao-Huang Chen, Zhang-Xian Xie, Yong Zhang, Shu-Feng Zhang, Lin Lin, Feng Chen, Da-Zhi Wang
Interactions between bacteria and phytoplankton during bloom events are essential for both partners, which impacts their physiology, alters ambient chemistry and shapes ecosystem diversity. Here, we investigated the community structure and metabolic activities of free-living bacterioplankton in different blooming phases of a dinoflagellate Prorocentrum donghaiense using a metaproteomic approach. The Fibrobacteres-Chlorobi-Bacteroidetes group, Rhodobacteraceae, SAR11 and SAR86 clades contributed largely to the bacterial community in the middle-blooming phase while the Pseudoalteromonadaceae exclusively dominated in the late-blooming phase...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101191/tinkering-with-osmotically-controlled-transcription-allows-enhanced-production-and-excretion-of-ectoine-and-hydroxyectoine-from-a-microbial-cell-factory
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Laura Czech, Sebastian Poehl, Philipp Hub, Nadine Stoeveken, Erhard Bremer
Ectoine and hydroxyectoine are widely synthesized by members of the Bacteria and a few Archaea as potent osmostress protectants. We have studied the salient features of the osmostress-responsive promoter directing the transcription of the ectoine/hydroxyectoine biosynthetic gene cluster from the plant-roots-associated bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri by transferring it into Escherichia coli, an enterobacterium that does not produce ectoines naturally. Using ect-lacZ reporter fusions, we found that the heterologous ect promoter reacted with exquisite sensitivity in its transcriptional profile to graded increases in sustained high salinity, responded to a true osmotic signal, and required the build-up of an osmotically effective gradient across the cytoplasmic membrane for its induction...
November 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089020/transcriptomic-study-of-salmonella-enterica-subspecies-enterica-serovar-typhi-biofilm
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Khee Chian Jason Chin, Todd Duane Taylor, Maxime Hebrard, Kogaan Anbalagan, Marjan Ganjali Dashti, Kia Kien Phua
BACKGROUND: Typhoid fever is an acute systemic infection of humans caused by Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi). In chronic carriers, the bacteria survive the harsh environment of the gallbladder by producing biofilm. The phenotype of S. Typhi biofilm cells is significantly different from the free-swimming planktonic cells, and studies have shown that they are associated with antibiotic resistance, immune system evasion, and bacterial persistence. However, the mechanism of this transition and the events leading to biofilm formation are unknown...
October 31, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079615/%C3%AE-glucanase-activity-of-the-oral-bacterium-tannerella-forsythia-contributes-to-the-growth-of-a-partner-species-fusobacterium-nucleatum-in-co-biofilms
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Kiyonobu Honma, Angela Ruscitto, Ashu Sharma
Tannerella forsythia and Fusobacterium nucleatum are dental plaque bacteria implicated in the development of periodontitis. These two species have been shown to form synergistic biofilms and found to be closely associated in dental plaque biofilms. A number of genetic loci for TonB-dependent membrane receptors (TDR) for glycan acquisition, with many existing in association with genes coding for enzymes involved in the breakdown of complex glycans, have been identified in T. forsythia In this study, we focused on a locus, BFO_0186 -- BFO_0188, that codes for a predicted TDR-SusD transporter along with a putative β-glucan hydrolyzing enzyme (BFO_0186)...
October 27, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074368/planctomycetes-attached-to-algal-surfaces-insight-into-their-genomes
#15
Mafalda Faria, Nicola Bordin, Jana Kizina, Jens Harder, Damien Devos, Olga M Lage
Planctomycetes are bacteria with complex molecular and cellular biology. They have large genomes, some over 7Mb, and complex life cycles that include motile cells and sessile cells. Some live on the complex biofilm of macroalgae. Factors governing their life in this environment were investigated at the genomic level. We analyzed the genomes of three planctomycetes isolated from algal surfaces. The genomes were 6.6Mbp to 8.1Mbp large. Genes for outer-membrane proteins, peptidoglycan and lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis were present...
October 23, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056340/sting-senses-microbial-viability-to-orchestrate-stress-mediated-autophagy-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Julien Moretti, Soumit Roy, Dominique Bozec, Jennifer Martinez, Jessica R Chapman, Beatrix Ueberheide, Dudley W Lamming, Zhijian J Chen, Tiffany Horng, Garabet Yeretssian, Douglas R Green, J Magarian Blander
Constitutive cell-autonomous immunity in metazoans predates interferon-inducible immunity and comprises primordial innate defense. Phagocytes mobilize interferon-inducible responses upon engagement of well-characterized signaling pathways by pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). The signals controlling deployment of constitutive cell-autonomous responses during infection have remained elusive. Vita-PAMPs denote microbial viability, signaling the danger of cellular exploitation by intracellular pathogens...
November 2, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054003/adhesion-force-sensing-and-activation-of-a-membrane-bound-sensor-to-activate-nisin-efflux-pumps-in-staphylococcus-aureus-under-mechanical-and-chemical-stresses
#17
Vera Carniello, Akshay K Harapanahalli, Henk J Busscher, Henny C van der Mei
Nisin-associated-sensitivity-response-regulator (NsaRS) in Staphylococcus aureus is important for its adhesion to surfaces and resistance against antibiotics, like nisin. NsaRS consists of an intra-membrane-located sensor NsaS and a cytoplasmatically-located response-regulator NsaR, which becomes activated upon receiving phosphate groups from the intra-membrane-located sensor. HYPOTHESIS: The intra-membrane location of the NsaS sensor leads us to hypothesize that the two-component NsaRS system not only senses "chemical" (nisin) but also "mechanical" (adhesion) stresses to modulate efflux of antibiotics from the cytoplasm...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043249/interactions-between-bacteria-and-bile-salts-in-the-gastrointestinal-and-hepatobiliary-tracts
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REVIEW
Verónica Urdaneta, Josep Casadesús
Bile salts and bacteria have intricate relationships. The composition of the intestinal pool of bile salts is shaped by bacterial metabolism. In turn, bile salts play a role in intestinal homeostasis by controlling the size and the composition of the intestinal microbiota. As a consequence, alteration of the microbiome-bile salt homeostasis can play a role in hepatic and gastrointestinal pathological conditions. Intestinal bacteria use bile salts as environmental signals and in certain cases as nutrients and electron acceptors...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022867/response-to-photo-oxidative-stress-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1-mutants-impaired-in-different-functions
#19
Viviana Teresa Orlandi, Fabrizio Bolognese, Eleonora Martegani, Vincenzo Cantaluppi, Claudio Medana, Paola Barbieri
Clinicians often have to deal with infections that are difficult to control because they are caused by superbugs resistant to many antibiotics. Alternatives to antibiotic treatment include antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT). The photodynamic process causes bacterial death, inducing oxidative stress through the photoactivation of photosensitizer molecules in the presence of oxygen. No PDT-resistant bacteria have been selected to date, thus the response to photo-oxidative stress in non-phototrophic bacteria needs further investigation...
October 12, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933739/inoculation-with-azospirillum-sp-and-herbaspirillum-sp-bacteria-increases-the-tolerance-of-maize-to-drought-stress
#20
José Alfredo Curá, Diego Reinaldo Franz, Julián Ezequiel Filosofía, Karina Beatríz Balestrasse, Lautaro Exequiel Burgueño
Stress drought is an important abiotic factor that leads to immense losses in crop yields around the world. Strategies are urgently needed to help plants adapt to drought in order to mitigate crop losses. Here we investigated the bioprotective effects of inoculating corn grown under drought conditions with two types of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), A. brasilense, strain SP-7, and H. seropedicae, strain Z-152. Plants inoculated with the bacteria were grown in a greenhouse with perlite as a substrate...
July 26, 2017: Microorganisms
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