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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432950/effects-of-chlortetracycline-and-copper-on-tetracyclines-and-copper-resistance-genes-and-microbial-community-during-swine-manure-anaerobic-digestion
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Rui Wang, Meixue Chen, Feng Feng, Junya Zhang, Qianwen Sui, Juan Tong, Yuansong Wei, Dongbin Wei
As antibiotic and heavy metals are over used in the livestock industry, animal manure is a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Anaerobic digestion has been reported to have the potential to reduce ARGs. However, few studies investigated whether reduction of ARGs would be affected by different external pressures including antibiotics and heavy metals during anaerobic digestion. The purpose of this study was thus to investigate effects of both chlortetracycline (CTC) and Cu on reduction of ARGs, heavy metal resistance genes (HMRGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) during the swine manure anaerobic digestion...
March 25, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402875/tracking-low-copy-transcription-factors-in-living-bacteria-the-case-of-the-lac-repressor
#2
Federico Garza de Leon, Laura Sellars, Mathew Stracy, Stephen J W Busby, Achillefs N Kapanidis
Transcription factors control the expression of genes by binding to specific sites in DNA and repressing or activating transcription in response to stimuli. The lac repressor (LacI) is a well characterized transcription factor that regulates the ability of bacterial cells to uptake and metabolize lactose. Here, we study the intracellular mobility and spatial distribution of LacI in live bacteria using photoactivated localization microscopy combined with single-particle tracking. Since we track single LacI molecules in live cells by stochastically photoactivating and observing fluorescent proteins individually, there are no limitations on the copy number of the protein under study; as a result, we were able to study the behavior of LacI in bacterial strains containing the natural copy numbers (∼40 monomers), as well as in strains with much higher copy numbers due to LacI overexpression...
April 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401676/regulation-of-solvent-tolerance-in-pseudomonas-putida-s12-mediated-by-mobile-elements
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Rohola Hosseini, Jannis Kuepper, Sebastian Koebbing, Lars M Blank, Nick Wierckx, Johannes H de Winde
Organic solvent-tolerant bacteria are outstanding and versatile hosts for the bio-based production of a broad range of generally toxic aromatic compounds. The energetically costly solvent tolerance mechanisms are subject to multiple levels of regulation, involving among other mobile genetic elements. The genome of the solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas putida S12 contains many such mobile elements that play a major role in the regulation and adaptation to various stress conditions, including the regulation of expression of the solvent efflux pump SrpABC...
April 11, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391141/development-and-validation-of-a-novel-multiplexed-dna-analysis-system-innotyper-%C3%A2-21
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Hiromi Brown, Robyn Thompson, Gina Murphy, Dixie Peters, Bobby La Rue, Jonathan King, Anne H Montgomery, Marion Carroll, James Baus, Sid Sinha, Frank R Wendt, Bing Song, Ranajit Chakraborty, Bruce Budowle, Sudhir K Sinha
We report here a novel multiplexed DNA analysis system consisting of 20 Alu markers and Amelogenin for analysis of highly degraded forensic biological samples. The key to the success of the system in obtaining results from degraded samples is the primer design yielding small amplicon size (60-125bp) for all 20 markers. The markers included in the InnoTyper(®) 21 system are bi-allelic, having two possible allelic states (insertion or null) and thus termed INNULs. The markers are short interspersed nuclear elements (SINEs), a category of retrotransposable elements (REs) which are non-coding genomic DNA repeat sequences, or "mobile insertion elements," comprising approximately 40% of the human genome...
March 18, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359666/sequence-of-the-r1-plasmid-and-comparison-to-f-and-r100
#5
Katherine E L Cox, Joel F Schildbach
The R1 antibiotic resistance plasmid, originally discovered in a clinical Salmonella isolate in London, 1963, has served for decades as a key model for understanding conjugative plasmids. Despite its scientific importance, a complete sequence of this plasmid has never been reported. We present the complete genome sequence of R1 along with a brief review of the current knowledge concerning its various genetic systems and a comparison to the F and R100 plasmids. R1 is 97,566 nucleotides long and contains 120 genes...
March 28, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348858/quantitative-assessment-of-insertion-sequence-impact-on-bacterial-genome-architecture
#6
Mark D Adams, Brian Bishop, Meredith S Wright
Insertion sequence (IS) elements are important mediators of genome plasticity and can lead to phenotypic changes with evolutionary significance. In multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae, IS elements have contributed significantly to the mobilization of genes that encode resistance to antimicrobial drugs. A systematic analysis of IS elements is needed for a more comprehensive understanding of their evolutionary impact. We developed a computational approach (ISseeker) to annotate IS elements in draft genome assemblies and applied the method to analysis of IS elements in all publicly available A...
July 2016: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348446/exploring-the-genomic-diversity-of-black-yeasts-and-relatives-chaetothyriales-ascomycota
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M M Teixeira, L F Moreno, B J Stielow, A Muszewska, M Hainaut, L Gonzaga, A Abouelleil, J S L Patané, M Priest, R Souza, S Young, K S Ferreira, Q Zeng, M M L da Cunha, A Gladki, B Barker, V A Vicente, E M de Souza, S Almeida, B Henrissat, A T R Vasconcelos, S Deng, H Voglmayr, T A A Moussa, A Gorbushina, M S S Felipe, C A Cuomo, G Sybren de Hoog
The order Chaetothyriales (Pezizomycotina, Ascomycetes) harbours obligatorily melanised fungi and includes numerous etiologic agents of chromoblastomycosis, phaeohyphomycosis and other diseases of vertebrate hosts. Diseases range from mild cutaneous to fatal cerebral or disseminated infections and affect humans and cold-blooded animals globally. In addition, Chaetothyriales comprise species with aquatic, rock-inhabiting, ant-associated, and mycoparasitic life-styles, as well as species that tolerate toxic compounds, suggesting a high degree of versatile extremotolerance...
March 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345874/delivery-of-pesticides-to-plant-parasitic-nematodes-using-tobacco-mild-green-mosaic-virus-as-a-nanocarrier
#8
Paul L Chariou, Nicole F Steinmetz
Plant parasitic nematodes are a major burden to the global agricultural industry, causing a $157 billion loss each year in crop production worldwide. Effective treatment requires large doses of nematicides to be applied, putting the environment and human health at risk. Challenges are to treat nematodes that are located deep within the soil, feeding on the roots of plants. To attack the problem at its roots, we propose the use of tobacco mild green mosaic virus (TMGMV), an EPA-approved herbicide as a carrier to deliver nematicides...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319090/a-single-copy-sleeping-beauty-transposon-mutagenesis-screen-identifies-new-pten-cooperating-tumor-suppressor-genes
#9
Jorge de la Rosa, Julia Weber, Mathias Josef Friedrich, Yilong Li, Lena Rad, Hannes Ponstingl, Qi Liang, Sandra Bernaldo de Quirós, Imran Noorani, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Alexander Strong, Meng Amy Li, Aurora Astudillo, María Teresa Fernández-García, María Soledad Fernández-García, Gary J Hoffman, Rocío Fuente, George S Vassiliou, Roland Rad, Carlos López-Otín, Allan Bradley, Juan Cadiñanos
The overwhelming number of genetic alterations identified through cancer genome sequencing requires complementary approaches to interpret their significance and interactions. Here we developed a novel whole-body insertional mutagenesis screen in mice, which was designed for the discovery of Pten-cooperating tumor suppressors. Toward this aim, we coupled mobilization of a single-copy inactivating Sleeping Beauty transposon to Pten disruption within the same genome. The analysis of 278 transposition-induced prostate, breast and skin tumors detected tissue-specific and shared data sets of known and candidate genes involved in cancer...
March 20, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264559/a-family-of-single-copy-repabc-type-shuttle-vectors-stably-maintained-in-the-alpha-proteobacterium-sinorhizobium-meliloti
#10
Johannes Döhlemann, Marcel Wagner, Carina Happel, Martina Carrillo, Patrick Sobetzko, Tobias J Erb, Martin Thanbichler, Anke Becker
A considerable share of bacterial species maintains segmented genomes. Plant symbiotic α-proteobacterial rhizobia contain up to six repABC-type replicons in addition to the primary chromosome. These low or unit-copy replicons, classified as secondary chromosomes, chromids, or megaplasmids, are exclusively found in α-proteobacteria. Replication and faithful partitioning of these replicons to the daughter cells is mediated by the repABC region. The importance of α-rhizobial symbiotic nitrogen fixation for sustainable agriculture and Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation as a tool in plant sciences has increasingly moved biological engineering of these organisms into focus...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238776/the-effect-of-cell-phone-use-on-postural-balance-and-mobility-in-older-compared-to-young-adults
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Rabeb Laatar, Hiba Kachouri, Rihab Borji, Haithem Rebai, Sonia Sahli
Cell phone use is considered as an essential part of everyday life saturating all age groups and demographics. This study aimed to explore the effect of various cell phone functions on postural control and mobility in the elderly. Twenty healthy older (mean age 72.5±2.9) and twenty young (26.3±2.8) adults participated in this study. Postural balance was assessed by measuring the center of pressure (CoP) displacement with (talking on a cell phone (CONVERSE), dialing a number (DIAL) and listening to music (MUSIC)) and without cell phone use...
February 24, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223389/analysis-of-serial-isolates-of-mcr-1-positive-escherichia-coli-reveals-a-highly-active-isapl1-transposon
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Erik Snesrud, Ana C Ong, Brendan Corey, Yoon I Kwak, Robert Clifford, Todd Gleeson, Shannon Wood, Timothy J Whitman, Emil P Lesho, Mary Hinkle, Patrick Mc Gann
The emergence of the transferable colistin resistance gene mcr-1 is of global concern. The insertion sequence (IS) Apl1 is a key component in the mobilization of this gene, but its role remains poorly understood.Six Escherichia coli were cultured from the same patient over one month in Germany and the USA after a brief hospitalization in Bahrain for an unconnected illness. Four carried mcr-1 by real-time PCR, but two were negative. Two additional mcr-1-negative E. coli were collected during follow-up surveillance nine months later...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206693/plasmid-and-clonal-interference-during-post-horizontal-gene-transfer-evolution
#13
S Bedhomme, D Perez Pantoja, I G Bravo
Plasmids are nucleic acid molecules that can drive their own replication in a living cell. They can be transmitted horizontally and can thrive in the host cell to high-copy numbers. Plasmid replication and gene expression consume cellular resources and cells carrying plasmids incur fitness costs. But many plasmids carry genes that can be beneficial under certain conditions, allowing the cell to endure in the presence of antibiotics, toxins, competitors or parasites. Horizontal transfer of plasmid-encoded genes can thus instantaneously confer differential adaptation to local or transient selection conditions...
April 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188229/the-human-long-interspersed-element-1-retrotransposon-an-emerging-biomarker-of-neoplasia
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Daniel Ardeljan, Martin S Taylor, David T Ting, Kathleen H Burns
BACKGROUND: A large portion of intronic and intergenic space in our genome consists of repeated sequences. One of the most prevalent is the long interspersed element-1 (LINE-1, L1) mobile DNA. LINE-1 is rightly receiving increasing interest as a cancer biomarker. CONTENT: Intact LINE-1 elements are self-propagating. They code for RNA and proteins that function to make more copies of the genomic element. Our current understanding is that this process is repressed in most normal cells, but that LINE-1 expression is a hallmark of many types of malignancy...
April 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174149/smartmom-text-messaging-for-prenatal-education-a-qualitative-focus-group-study-to-explore-canadian-women-s-perceptions
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Sarah Munro, Amber Hui, Vanessa Salmons, Carolyn Solomon, Emily Gemmell, Nahal Torabi, Patricia A Janssen
BACKGROUND: We engaged Canadian women in the development of a prenatal education program delivered via one-way text messaging called SmartMom. SmartMom is the first peer-reviewed, evidence-based mHealth program for prenatal education in Canada and the first to be endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. OBJECTIVE: To explore women's preferences for a prenatal education program by text messaging. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative focus group study in three Canadian communities in the Northern Health Authority...
February 7, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167525/the-history-of-bordetella-pertussis-genome-evolution-includes-structural-rearrangement
#16
Michael R Weigand, Yanhui Peng, Vladimir Loparev, Dhwani Batra, Katherine E Bowden, Mark Burroughs, Pamela K Cassiday, Jamie K Davis, Taccara Johnson, Phalasy Juieng, Kristen Knipe, Marsenia H Mathis, Andrea M Pruitt, Lori Rowe, Mili Sheth, M Lucia Tondella, Margaret M Williams
Despite high pertussis vaccine coverage, reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased over the last decade in the United States and other developed countries. Although Bordetella pertussis is well known for its limited gene sequence variation, recent advances in long-read sequencing technology have begun to reveal genomic structural heterogeneity among otherwise indistinguishable isolates, even within geographically or temporally defined epidemics. We have compared rearrangements among complete genome assemblies from 257 B...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100588/involvement-of-conserved-amino-acids-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-line-1-orf2p-in-retrotransposition
#17
Claiborne M Christian, Mark Sokolowski, Dawn deHaro, Kristine J Kines, Victoria P Belancio
Long interspersed element 1 (L1) is the only currently active autonomous retroelement in the human genome. Along with the parasitic SVA and short interspersed element Alu, L1 is the source of DNA damage induced by retrotransposition: a copy-and-paste process that has the potential to disrupt gene function and cause human disease. The retrotransposition process is dependent upon the ORF2 protein (ORF2p). However, it is unknown whether most of the protein is important for retrotransposition. In particular, other than the Cys motif, the C terminus of the protein has not been intensely examined in the context of retrotransposition...
March 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077637/role-of-litopenaeus-vannamei-yin-yang-1-in-the-regulation-of-the-white-spot-syndrome-virus-immediate-early-gene-ie1
#18
Ping-Han Huang, Ting-Yi Huang, Pei-Si Cai, Li-Kwan Chang
Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a multifunctional zinc finger transcription factor that regulates many key cellular processes. In this study, we report the cloning of YY1 from Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp (LvYY1). This study shows that LvYY1 is ubiquitously expressed in shrimp tissues, and knockdown of LvYY1 expression by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) injection in white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-infected shrimp reduced both mRNA levels of the WSSV immediate early gene ie1 as well as overall copy numbers of the WSSV genome...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062463/ymc-2011-a-temperate-phage-of-streptococcus-salivarius-57-i
#19
Wen-Chun Chou, Szu-Chuan Huang, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Yi-Ywan M Chen
Streptococcus salivarius is an abundant isolate of the oral cavity. The genome of S. salivarius 57.I consists of a 2-Mb chromosome and a 40,758-bp circular molecule, designated YMC-2011. Annotation of YMC-2011 revealed 55 open reading frames, most of them associated with phage production, although plaque formation is not observed in S. salivarius 57.I after lytic induction using mitomycin C. Results from Southern hybridization and quantitative real-time PCR confirmed that YMC-2011 exists extrachromosomally, with an estimated copy number of 3 to 4...
March 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053005/two-step-functional-innovation-of-the-stem-cell-factors-wus-wox5-during-plant-evolution
#20
Yuzhou Zhang, Yue Jiao, Hengwu Jiao, Huabin Zhao, Yu-Xian Zhu
WUS and WOX5, which are expressed, respectively, in the organizing center (OC) and the quiescent center (QC), are essential for shoot/root apical stem-cell maintenance in flowering plants. However, little is known about how these stem-cell factors evolved their functions in flowering plants. Here, we show that the WUS/WOX5 proteins acquired two distinct capabilities by a two-step functional innovation process in the course of plant evolution. The first-step is the apical stem-cell maintenance activity of WUS/WOX5, which originated in the common ancestor of ferns and seed plants, as evidenced by the interspecies complementation experiments, showing that ectopic expression of fern Ceratopteris richardii WUS-like (CrWUL) surrounding OC/QC, or exclusive OC-/QC-expressed gymnosperms/angiosperms WUS/WOX5 in Arabidopsis wus-1 and wox5-1 mutants, could rescue their phenotypes...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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