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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439041/cues-from-the-membrane-bacterial-glycerophospholipids
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Zachary D Dalebroux
In this issue of Journal of Bacteriology, Rowlett et al. unveil new Escherichia coli circuitry linking membrane glycerophospholipid (GPL) homeostasis to bacterial stress response and adaptation mechanisms. Glycerophospholipids comprise critical components of the dual-membrane envelope of Gram-negative bacteria and participate in many processes. The new evidence suggests that in some instances distinct E. coli GPL molecules function for distinct biochemistry, and bacteria sense perturbations in membrane GPL concentrations to coordinate survival strategies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439040/the-impact-of-membrane-phospholipid-alterations-in-escherichia-coli-on-cellular-function-and-bacterial-stress-adaptation
#2
Veronica W Rowlett, Venkata K P S Mallampalli, Anja Karlstaedt, William Dowhan, Heinrich Taegtmeyer, William Margolin, Heidi Vitrac
Bacteria have evolved multiple strategies to sense and rapidly adapt to challenging and ever-changing environmental conditions. The ability to alter membrane lipid composition, a key component of the cellular envelope, is crucial for bacterial survival and adaptation in response to environmental stress. However, the precise roles played by membrane phospholipids in bacterial physiology and stress adaptation are not fully elucidated. The goal of this study was to define the role of membrane phospholipids in adaptation to stress and maintenance of bacterial cell fitness...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428255/nucleosome-nucleosome-interactions-via-histone-tails-and-linker-dna-regulate-nuclear-rigidity
#3
Yuta Shimamoto, Sachiko Tamura, Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Maeshima
Cells, as well as the nuclei inside them, experience significant mechanical stress in diverse biological processes including contraction, migration, and adhesion. The structural stability of nuclei must therefore be maintained in order to protect genome integrity. Despite extensive knowledge on nuclear architecture and components, however, the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. We addressed this in the present study by subjecting isolated human cell nuclei to microneedle-based quantitative micromanipulation with a series of biochemical perturbations of the chromatin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416660/redefining-the-essential-trafficking-pathway-for-outer-membrane-lipoproteins
#4
Marcin Grabowicz, Thomas J Silhavy
The outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria is a permeability barrier and an intrinsic antibiotic resistance factor. Lipoproteins are OM components that function in cell wall synthesis, diverse secretion systems, and antibiotic efflux pumps. Moreover, each of the essential OM machines that assemble the barrier requires one or more lipoproteins. This dependence is thought to explain the essentiality of the periplasmic chaperone LolA and its OM receptor LolB that traffic lipoproteins to the OM. However, we show that in strains lacking substrates that are toxic when mislocalized, both LolA and LolB can be completely bypassed by activating an envelope stress response without compromising trafficking of essential lipoproteins...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408482/small-regulatory-bacterial-rnas-regulating-the-envelope-stress-response
#5
REVIEW
Gracjana Klein, Satish Raina
Most bacteria encode a large repertoire of RNA-based regulatory mechanisms. Recent discoveries have revealed that the expression of many genes is controlled by a plethora of base-pairing noncoding small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs), regulatory RNA-binding proteins and RNA-degrading enzymes. Some of these RNA-based regulated processes respond to stress conditions and are involved in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. They achieve it by either direct posttranscriptional repression of several mRNAs, including blocking access to ribosome and/or directing them to RNA degradation when the synthesis of their cognate proteins is unwanted, or by enhanced translation of some key stress-regulated transcriptional factors...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402889/unbiased-high-precision-cell-mechanical-measurements-with-microconstrictions
#6
Janina R Lange, Claus Metzner, Sebastian Richter, Werner Schneider, Monika Spermann, Thorsten Kolb, Graeme Whyte, Ben Fabry
We describe a quantitative, high-precision, high-throughput method for measuring the mechanical properties of cells in suspension with a microfluidic device, and for relating cell mechanical responses to protein expression levels. Using a high-speed (750 fps) charge-coupled device camera, we measure the driving pressure Δp, maximum cell deformation εmax, and entry time tentry of cells in an array of microconstrictions. From these measurements, we estimate population averages of elastic modulus E and fluidity β (the power-law exponent of the cell deformation in response to a step change in pressure)...
April 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401134/preconsult-interactive-computer-assisted-client-assessment-survey-for-common-mental-disorders-in-a-community-health-centre-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Farah Ahmad, Wendy Lou, Yogendra Shakya, Liane Ginsburg, Peggy T Ng, Meb Rashid, Serban Dinca-Panaitescu, Cliff Ledwos, Kwame McKenzie
BACKGROUND: Access disparities for mental health care exist for vulnerable ethnocultural and immigrant groups. Community health centres that serve these groups could be supported further by interactive, computer-based, self-assessments. METHODS: An interactive computer-assisted client assessment survey (iCCAS) tool was developed for preconsult assessment of common mental disorders (using the Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ-9], Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item [GAD-7] scale, Primary Care Post-traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD-PC] screen and CAGE [concern/cut-down, anger, guilt and eye-opener] questionnaire), with point-of-care reports...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373273/appropriate-regulation-of-the-%C3%AF-e-dependent-envelope-stress-response-is-necessary-to-maintain-cell-envelope-integrity-and-stationary-phase-survival-in-escherichia-coli
#8
Hervé Nicoloff, Saumya Gopalkrishnan, Sarah E Ades
The alternative sigma factor σ(E) is a key component of the Escherichia coli response to cell envelope stress and is required for viability even in the absence of stress. σ(E) activity increases during entry into stationary phase suggesting an important role for σ(E) when nutrients are limiting. Elevated σ(E) activity has been proposed to activate a pathway leading to lysis of non-culturable cells that accumulate during early stationary phase. To better understand σ(E)-directed cell lysis and the role of σ(E) in stationary phase, we investigated the effects of elevated σ(E) activity in cultures grown for ten days...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369099/comparative-gene-expression-analysis-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-atcc-33277-in-planktonic-and-biofilms-states
#9
P Romero-Lastra, M C Sánchez, H Ribeiro-Vidal, A Llama-Palacios, E Figuero, D Herrera, M Sanz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen in the onset and progression of periodontitis. Its pathogenicity has been related to its presence and survival within the subgingival biofilm. The aim of the present study was to compare the genome-wide transcription activities of P. gingivalis in biofilm and in planktonic growth, using microarray technology. MATERIAL AND METHODS: P. gingivalis ATCC 33277 was incubated in multi-well culture plates at 37°C for 96 hours under anaerobic conditions using an in vitro static model to develop both the planktonic and biofilm states (the latter over sterile ceramic calcium hydroxyapatite discs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316480/inducible-spy-transcription-acts-as-a-sensor-for-envelope-stress-of-salmonella-typhimurium
#10
Seon Mi Jeong, Hwa Jeong Lee, Yoon Mee Park, Jin Seok Kim, Sang Dae Lee, Iel Soo Bang
Salmonella enterica infects a broad range of host animals, and zoonostic infection threatens both public health and the livestock and meat processing industries. Many antimicrobials have been developed to target Salmonella envelope that performs essential bacterial functions; however, there are very few analytical methods that can be used to validate the efficacy of these antimicrobials. In this study, to develop a potential biosensor for Salmonella envelope stress, we examined the transcription of the S. enterica serovar typhimurium spy gene, the ortholog of which in Escherichia coli encodes Spy (spheroplast protein y)...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315278/peeking-into-sigma-1-receptor-functions-through-the-retina
#11
Timur A Mavlyutov, Lian-Wang Guo
This review discusses recent advances towards understanding the sigma-1 receptor (S1R) as an endogenous neuro-protective mechanism in the retina , a favorable experimental model system. The exquisite architecture of the mammalian retina features layered and intricately wired neurons supported by non-neuronal cells. Ganglion neurons, photoreceptors , as well as the retinal pigment epithelium, are susceptible to degeneration that leads to major retinal diseases such as glaucoma , diabetic retinopathy , and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ultimately, blindness...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274217/disruption-of-rcsb-by-a-duplicated-sequence-in-a-curli-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-results-in-differential-gene-expression-in-relation-to-biofilm-formation-stress-responses-and-metabolism
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V K Sharma, D O Bayles, D P Alt, T Looft, B W Brunelle, J A Stasko
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli O157:H7 (O157) strain 86-24, linked to a 1986 disease outbreak, displays curli- and biofilm-negative phenotypes that are correlated with the lack of Congo red (CR) binding and formation of white colonies (CR(-)) on a CR-containing medium. However, on a CR medium this strain produces red isolates (CR(+)) capable of producing curli fimbriae and biofilms. RESULTS: To identify genes controlling differential expression of curli fimbriae and biofilm formation, the RNA-Seq profile of a CR(+) isolate was compared to the CR(-) parental isolate...
March 8, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243135/repeated-short-climatic-change-affects-the-epidermal-differentiation-program-and-leads-to-matrix-remodeling-in-a-human-organotypic-skin-model
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Laetitia-Barbollat Boutrand, Amélie Thépot, Charlotte Muther, Aurélie Boher, Julie Robic, Christelle Guéré, Katell Vié, Odile Damour, Jérôme Lamartine
Human skin is subject to frequent changes in ambient temperature and humidity and needs to cope with these environmental modifications. To decipher the molecular response of human skin to repeated climatic change, a versatile model of skin equivalent subject to "hot-wet" (40°C, 80% relative humidity [RH]) or "cold-dry" (10°C, 40% RH) climatic stress repeated daily was used. To obtain an exhaustive view of the molecular mechanisms elicited by climatic change, large-scale gene expression DNA microarray analysis was performed and modulated function was determined by bioinformatic annotation...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183185/rational-design-of-selective-and-bioactive-inhibitors-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteasome
#14
Kyle A Totaro, Dominik Barthelme, Peter T Simpson, Xiuju Jiang, Gang Lin, Carl F Nathan, Robert T Sauer, Jason K Sello
The 20S core particle of the proteasome in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is a promising, yet unconventional, drug target. This multimeric peptidase is not essential, yet degrades proteins that have become damaged and toxic via reactions with nitric oxide (and/or the associated reactive nitrogen intermediates) produced during the host immune response. Proteasome inhibitors could render Mtb susceptible to the immune system, but they would only be therapeutically viable if they do not inhibit the essential 20S counterpart in humans...
February 10, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161514/biosorption-behavior-and-proteomic-analysis-of-escherichia-coli-p4-under-cadmium-stress
#15
Zaman Khan, Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Atif Nisar, Saima Zafar, Inga Zerr
Bacteria develop a variety of adaptations at transcriptomic, metabolomic and proteomic levels in order to survive potentially damaging environmental perturbations. Present study is exploring the fluctuations in proteome of E. coli P4 to knob Cd(+2)-induced cytotoxicity. An attempt was also made to integrate all these approaches to gain comprehensive insight of Cd(+2) stress response in E. coli P4. This study is exposing the altered behavior of various proteins and their underlying metabolic pathways which have previously not been reported with reference to Cd(+2) stress such as sulfoquinovose biosynthesis and degradation pathway...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065260/biochemical-characterization-of-function-and-structure-of-rsep-an-escherichia-coli-s2p-protease
#16
Y Hizukuri, K Akiyama, Y Akiyama
Intramembrane-cleaving proteases (I-CLiPs) are a group of membrane-associated proteases with a unique feature: they are believed to cleave their substrate within the hydrophobic lipid bilayer, even though peptide bond hydrolysis requires a water molecule. Escherichia coli RseP, which belongs to the S2P zinc metalloprotease family of I-CLiPs, plays an essential role in activation of a cell envelope stress response through cleavage of anti-σ(E) protein RseA, a single-span transmembrane protein. A recent study showed that it also cleaves remnant signal peptides generated upon membrane translocation of secretory proteins...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049830/characterization-of-cytopathic-factors-through-genome-wide-analysis-of-the-zika-viral-proteins-in-fission-yeast
#17
Ge Li, Melissa Poulsen, Csaba Fenyvuesvolgyi, Yoko Yashiroda, Minoru Yoshida, J Marc Simard, Robert C Gallo, Richard Y Zhao
The Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly and the Guillain-Barré syndrome. Little is known about how ZIKV causes these conditions or which ZIKV viral protein(s) is responsible for the associated ZIKV-induced cytopathic effects, including cell hypertrophy, growth restriction, cell-cycle dysregulation, and cell death. We used fission yeast for the rapid, global functional analysis of the ZIKV genome. All 14 proteins or small peptides were produced under an inducible promoter, and we measured the intracellular localization and the specific effects on ZIKV-associated cytopathic activities of each protein...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035693/identification-of-a-u-zn-cu-responsive-global-regulatory-two-component-system-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#18
Dan M Park, K Wesley Overton, Megan J Liou, Yongqin Jiao
Despite the well-known toxicity of uranium (U) to bacteria, little is known about how cells sense and respond to U. The recent finding of a U-specific stress response in Caulobacter crescentus has provided a foundation for studying the mechanisms of U- perception in bacteria. To gain insight into this process, we used a forward genetic screen to identify the regulatory components governing expression of the urcA promoter (PurcA ) that is strongly induced by U. This approach unearthed a previously uncharacterized two-component system, named UzcRS, which is responsible for U-dependent activation of PurcA ...
December 30, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030630/system-wide-adaptations-of-desulfovibrio-alaskensis-g20-to-phosphate-limited-conditions
#19
Tanja Bosak, Florence Schubotz, Ana de Santiago-Torio, Jennifer V Kuehl, Hans K Carlson, Nicki Watson, Mirna Daye, Roger E Summons, Adam P Arkin, Adam M Deutschbauer
The prevalence of lipids devoid of phosphorus suggests that the availability of phosphorus limits microbial growth and activity in many anoxic, stratified environments. To better understand the response of anaerobic bacteria to phosphate limitation and starvation, this study combines microscopic and lipid analyses with the measurements of fitness of pooled barcoded transposon mutants of the model sulfate reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio alaskensis G20. Phosphate-limited G20 has lower growth rates and replaces more than 90% of its membrane phospholipids by a mixture of monoglycosyl diacylglycerol (MGDG), glycuronic acid diacylglycerol (GADG) and ornithine lipids, lacks polyphosphate granules, and synthesizes other cellular inclusions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010816/expression-of-hsp70-genes-in-skin-of-zebu-tharparkar-and-crossbred-karan-fries-cattle-during-different-seasons-under-tropical-climatic-conditions
#20
Uttarani Maibam, O K Hooda, P S Sharma, A K Mohanty, S V Singh, R C Upadhyay
Skin is most important environmental interface providing a protective envelope to animals. It's always under the influence of both internal and external stressors. Heat shock proteins (HSP) are highly conserved stress proteins which play crucial roles in environmental stress tolerance and thermal adaptation. Present study was planned to observe the relative mRNA expression of inducible (HSP70.1 and HSP70.2) and constitutive (HSP70.8) HSP in skin of zebu (Tharparkar) and crossbred (Karan Fries) cattle during different seasons...
January 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
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