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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424524/hqia-a-novel-quorum-quenching-enzyme-which-expands-the-ahl-lactonase-family
#1
Marta Torres, Stéphane Uroz, Rafael Salto, Laure Fauchery, Emilia Quesada, Inmaculada Llamas
The screening of a metagenomic library of 250,000 clones generated from a hypersaline soil (Spain) allowed us to identify a single positive clone which confers the ability to degrade N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). The sequencing of the fosmid revealed a 42,318 bp environmental insert characterized by 46 ORFs. The subcloning of these ORFs demonstrated that a single gene (hqiA) allowed AHL degradation. Enzymatic analysis using purified HqiA and HPLC/MS revealed that this protein has lactonase activity on a broad range of AHLs...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421612/prospective-bacterial-quorum-sensing-inhibitors-from-indian-medicinal-plant-extracts
#2
Bipransh Kumar Tiwary, Runu Ghosh, Saurav Moktan, Vivek Kumar Ranjan, Priyankar Dey, Dibakar Choudhury, Somit Dutta, Dipanwita Deb, Abhaya Prasad Das, Ranadhir Chakraborty
As virulence of many pathogenic bacteria is regulated by the phenomenon of quorum sensing (QS), the present study aimed to find the QS-inhibiting (QS-I) property (if any) in sixty-one Indian medicinal plants. The presence of QS-I compound in the leaf-extract was evaluated by its ability to inhibit production of pigment in Chromobacterium violaceum MTCC 2656 (violacein) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa MTCC 2297 (pyocyanin) or swarming of P. aeruginosa MTCC 2297. Extracts of three plants, Astilbe rivularis, Fragaria nubicola and Osbeckia nepalensis have shown a dose- dependent inhibition of violacein production with no negative effect on bacterial growth...
April 19, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402888/influence-of-physical-effects-on-the-swarming-motility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#3
Alexander Yang, Wai Shing Tang, Tieyan Si, Jay X Tang
Many species of bacteria can spread over a moist surface via a particular form of collective motion known as "surface swarming". This form of motility is typically studied by inoculating bacteria on a gel formed by 0.4-1.5% agar, which contains essential nutrients for their growth and proliferation. Using Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its pili-less mutant, ΔPilA, we investigate physical factors that either facilitate or restrict the swarming motility, measured by the rate of increase in area covered by a spreading bacterial colony, i...
April 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392408/3-amino-1-8-naphthalimide-a-structural-analog-of-the-anti-cholera-drug-virstatin-inhibits-chemically-biased-swimming-and-swarming-motility-in-vibrios
#4
Hongxia Wang, Anisia J Silva, Jorge A Benitez
A screen for inhibitors of Vibrio cholerae motility identified the compound 3-amino 1,8-naphthalimide (3-A18NI), a structural analog of the cholera drug virstatin. Similar to virstatin, 3-A18NI diminished cholera toxin production. In contrast, 3-A18NI impeded swimming and/or swarming motility of V. cholerae and V. parahemolyticus suggesting that it could target the chemotaxis pathway shared by the polar and lateral flagellar system of vibrios. 3-A18NI did not inhibit the expression of V. cholerae major flagellin FlaA or the assembly of its polar flagellum...
April 6, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384054/virulence-of-pseudomonas-syringae-pv-tomato-dc3000-is-influenced-by-the-catabolite-repression-control-protein-crc
#5
Suma Chakravarthy, Bronwyn G Butcher, Yingyu Liu, Katherine D'Amico, Matthew Coster, Melanie J Filiatrault
Pseudomonas syringae infects diverse plant species and is widely used as a model system in the study of effector function and the molecular basis of plant diseases. Although the relationship between bacterial metabolism, nutrient acquisition, and virulence has attracted increasing attention in bacterial pathology, it is largely unexplored in P. syringae. The Crc (catabolite repression control) protein is a putative RNA-binding protein that regulates carbon metabolism as well as a number of other factors in the pseudomonads...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378143/calr-is-required-for-the-expression-of-t6ss2-and-the-adhesion-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-to-hela-cells
#6
Lingyu Zhang, George Osei-Adjei, Ying Zhang, He Gao, Wenhui Yang, Dongsheng Zhou, Xinxiang Huang, Huiying Yang, Yiquan Zhang
Vibrio parahaemolyticus expresses one major virulence determinant T6SS2, which is constituted into three putative operons, i.e., VPA1027-1024, VPA1043-1028, and VPA1044-1046. CalR, a LysR-type transcriptional regulator, was originally identified as a repressor of the swarming motility and T3SS1 gene expression. As shown in this study, CalR binds to the promoter-proximal region of each of the three operons to activate their transcription, and moreover, CalR activates the adhesion of V. parahaemolyticus to HeLa cells...
April 4, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377931/inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-formation-by-traditional-chinese-medicinal-herb-herba-patriniae
#7
Bo Fu, Qiaolian Wu, Minyan Dang, Dangdang Bai, Qiao Guo, Lixin Shen, Kangmin Duan
New antimicrobial agents are urgently needed to treat infections caused by drug-resistant pathogens and by pathogens capable of persisting in biofilms. The aim of this study was to identify traditional Chinese herbs that could inhibit biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important human pathogen that causes serious and difficult-to-treat infections in humans. A luxCDABE-based reporter system was constructed to monitor the expression of six key biofilm-associated genes in P. aeruginosa. The reporters were used to screen a library of 36 herb extracts for inhibitory properties against these genes...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377235/facile-green-synthesis-of-baicalein-fabricated-gold-nanoparticles-and-their-antibiofilm-activity-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
#8
Jobina Rajkumari, Siddhardha Busi, Aneesh Cherukunnel Vasu, Palarajasekhar Reddy
Biofilm formation is one of the major problems associated with chronic diseases and also attributes for the antibiotic resistance in bacteria. In recent times nanoparticles have been utilized to improve the efficacy of the existing antimicrobial and anti-biofilm agents. The ease in functionalization of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) makes them a potential carrier for antimicrobial agents. However, the use of physical or chemical methods of the production of nanoparticles is expensive, labour intensive and hazardous to ecosystem...
April 2, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370665/induction-of-the-pho-regulon-and-polyphosphate-synthesis-against-spermine-stress-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#9
Yu-Chih Peng, ChienYi Lu, Guoqing Li, Zehava Eichenbaum, Chung-Dar Lu
Growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on spermine requires a functional γ-glutamylpolyamine synthetase PauA2. Not only subjected to growth inhibition by spermine, the pauA2 mutant became more sensitive to β-lactam antibiotics in human serum. To explore PauA2 as a potential target of drug development, suppressors of the pauA2 mutant, which alleviated toxicity, were isolated from selection plates containing spermine. These suppressors share common phenotypic changes including delayed growth rate, retarded swarming motility, and pyocyanin overproduction...
March 29, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318117/transcriptional-regulation-of-cpsq-mfpabc-and-mfpabc-by-calr%C3%A2-in-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
#10
He Gao, Lingyu Zhang, George Osei-Adjei, Wenhui Yang, Dongsheng Zhou, Xinxiang Huang, Huiying Yang, Zhe Yin, Yiquan Zhang
The cpsQ-mfpABC locus is transcribed as two operons, i.e., cpsQ-mfpABC and mfpABC, in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and both of them are all required for biofilm formation. CalR belongs to the LysR-type transcriptional regulator family, and was originally identified as a repressor of the swarming motility and T3SS1 genes expression in V. parahaemolyticus. In the present work, a combination of qRT-PCR, primer extension, LacZ fusion expression, electrophoretic mobility shift assay, and DNase I footprinting assays were employed to elucidate the regulatory mechanisms of cpsQ-mfpABC and mfpABC by CalR...
March 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294685/star-anise-illicium-verum-hook-f-as-quorum-sensing-and-biofilm-formation-inhibitor-on-foodborne-bacteria-study-in-milk
#11
Md Ramim Tanver Rahman, Zaixiang Lou, Jun Zhang, Fuhao Yu, Yakindra Prasad Timilsena, Caili Zhang, Yi Zhang, Amr M Bakry
Bacteria use quorum sensing (QS) systems to communicate with each other and regulate microbial group behavior, such as the secretion of virulence factors, including biofilm formation. In order to explore safe, edible agents, the potential of star anise (SA) as an anti-QS and antibiofilm agent and its possible application in milk safety were investigated. Staphylococcus aureus , Salmonella Typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa , and biosensor strain Chromobacterium violaceum were selected as test strains for QS, biofilm, and exopolysaccharide assays...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270264/suppressor-analysis-of-eepr-mutant-defects-reveals-coordinate-regulation-of-secondary-metabolites-and-serralysin-biosynthesis-by-eepr-and-hexs
#12
Robert M Q Shanks, Nicholas A Stella, Roni M Lahr, Marissa A Aston, Kimberly M Brothers, Jake D Callaghan, Cihad Sigindere, Xinyu Liu
The EepR transcription factor positively regulates secondary metabolites and tissue-damaging metalloproteases. To gain insight into mechanisms by which EepR regulates pigment and co-regulated factors, genetic suppressor analysis was performed. Suppressor mutations that restored pigment to the non-pigmented ∆eepR mutant mapped to the hexS ORF. Mutation of hexS also restored haemolysis, swarming motility and protease production to the eepR mutant. HexS is a known direct and negative regulator of secondary metabolites in Serratia marcescens and is a LysR family regulator and an orthologue of LrhA...
February 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268179/vibrio-parahaemolyticus-calr-down-regulates-the-thermostable-direct-hemolysin-tdh-gene-transcription-and-thereby-inhibits-hemolytic-activity
#13
Yiquan Zhang, Ying Zhang, He Gao, Lingyu Zhang, Zhe Yin, Xinxiang Huang, Dongsheng Zhou, Huiying Yang, Wenhui Yang, Li Wang
TDH, encoded by tdh gene, is a major virulent determinant of V. parahaemolyticus that controls various biological activities, such as hemolytic activity, cytotoxicity, and enterotoxicity. The hemolytic activity on Wagatsuma agar ascribed to TDH is called Kanagawa phenomenon (KP). All KP positive strains contain tdh1 and tdh2 genes, but tdh2 is predominantly responsible for KP. CalR is a regulatory protein that was originally identified as a repressor of swarming motility and T3SS1 gene expression in V. parahaemolyticus...
May 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243227/rifampicin-resistance-mutations-in-the-rpob-gene-in-bacillus-velezensis-cc09-have-pleiotropic-effects
#14
Xun-Chao Cai, Huan Xi, Li Liang, Jia-Dong Liu, Chang-Hong Liu, Ya-Rong Xue, Xiang-Yang Yu
Rifampicin resistance (Rif(r)) mutations in the RNA polymerase β subunit (rpoB) gene exhibit pleiotropic phenotypes as a result of their effects on the transcription machinery in prokaryotes. However, the differences in the effects of the mutations on the physiology and metabolism of the bacteria remain unknown. In this study, we isolated seven Rif(r) mutations in rpoB, including six single point mutations (H485Y, H485C, H485D, H485R, Q472R, and S490L) and one double point mutation (S490L/S617F) from vegetative cells of an endophytic strain, Bacillus velezensis CC09...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236509/synthetic-analogs-of-rhamnolipids-modulate-structured-biofilms-formed-by-rhamnolipid-nonproducing-mutant-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#15
Hewen Zheng, Nischal Singh, Gauri S Shetye, Yucheng Jin, Diana Li, Yan-Yeung Luk
Rhamnolipids secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa are required for the bacteria to form biofilm efficiently and form biofilm with internal structures including pores and channels. In this work, we explore the effect of a class of synthetic analogs of rhamnolipids at controlling (promoting and inhibiting) the biofilm formation activities of a non-rhamnolipid-producing strain - rhlA - of P. aeruginosa. This class of rhamnolipid analogs is known to modulate the swarming motilities of wild-type PAO1 and rhlA mutant, but its effect on biofilm formation of rhlA mutant is unknown...
February 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204863/influence-of-twitching-and-swarming-motilities-on-biofilm-formation-in-pseudomonas-strains
#16
Letícia Muner Otton, Marina da Silva Campos, Karine Lena Meneghetti, Gertrudes Corção
The genus Pseudomonas mainly includes opportunistic pathogens that rely on type IV pili as an important virulence factor, which is associated with adherence and biofilm formation. Pseudomonas infections are well known to be persistent and resilient in nature largely because of the tendency of the species to form biofilms. This study aimed at analyzing environmental strains of Pseudomonas genus with respect to their ability to execute twitching and swarming motilities as well as with respect to their ability to form biofilms both in the presence as well as in the absence of furanone, a substance that has the potential to prevent the formation of biofilms...
February 15, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194138/phenotypic-microdiversity-and-phylogenetic-signal-analysis-of-traits-related-to-social-interaction-in-bacillus-spp-from-sediment-communities
#17
Dolores María Rodríguez-Torres, África Islas-Robles, Zulema Gómez-Lunar, Luis Delaye, Ismael Hernández-González, Valeria Souza, Michael Travisano, Gabriela Olmedo-Álvarez
Understanding the relationship between phylogeny and predicted traits is important to uncover the dimension of the predictive power of a microbial composition approach. Numerous works have addressed the taxonomic composition of bacteria in communities, but little is known about trait heterogeneity in closely related bacteria that co-occur in communities. We evaluated a sample of 467 isolates from the Churince water system of the Cuatro Cienegas Basin (CCB), enriched for Bacillus spp. The 16S rRNA gene revealed a random distribution of taxonomic groups within this genus among 11 sampling sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188589/synergistic-activity-of-sub-inhibitory-concentrations-of-curcumin-with-ceftazidime-and-ciprofloxacin-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-quorum-sensing-related-genes-and-virulence-traits
#18
Shekoufeh Roudashti, Habib Zeighami, Hesam Mirshahabi, Shahin Bahari, Ali Soltani, Fakhri Haghi
Quorum sensing (QS) system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa may be an important target for pharmacological intervention. The present study aimed to investigate the synergetic activity of sub-MIC concentrations of curcumin (C) with ceftazidime (CAZ) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) against P. aeroginusa QS system. We determined the MIC and synergistic activity of C, CAZ and CIP against P. aeroginusa PAO1 using broth microdilution and checkerboard titration methods. The activity of sub-MIC (1/4 and 1/16 MIC) concentrations of C on the QS signal molecules was assessed using a reporter strain assay...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174308/bacillus-subtilis-swarmer-cells-lead-the-swarm-multiply-and-generate-a-trail-of-quiescent-descendants
#19
Lina Hamouche, Soumaya Laalami, Adrian Daerr, Solène Song, I Barry Holland, Simone J Séror, Kassem Hamze, Harald Putzer
Bacteria adopt social behavior to expand into new territory, led by specialized swarmers, before forming a biofilm. Such mass migration of Bacillus subtilis on a synthetic medium produces hyperbranching dendrites that transiently (equivalent to 4 to 5 generations of growth) maintain a cellular monolayer over long distances, greatly facilitating single-cell gene expression analysis. Paradoxically, while cells in the dendrites (nonswarmers) might be expected to grow exponentially, the rate of swarm expansion is constant, suggesting that some cells are not multiplying...
February 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167523/role-of-cyclic-di-gmp-and-exopolysaccharide-in-type-iv-pilus-dynamics
#20
Jan Ribbe, Amy E Baker, Sebastian Euler, George A O'Toole, Berenike Maier
For Pseudomonas aeruginosa, levels of cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) govern the transition from the planktonic state to biofilm formation. Type IV pili (T4P) are crucial determinants of biofilm structure and dynamics, but it is unknown how levels of c-di-GMP affect pilus dynamics. Here, we scrutinized how c-di-GMP affects molecular motor properties and adhesive behavior of T4P. By means of retraction, T4P generated forces of ∼30 pN. Deletion mutants in the proteins with known roles in biofilm formation, swarming motility, and exopolysaccharide (EPS) production (specifically, the diguanylate cyclases sadC and roeA or the c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase bifA) showed only modest effects on velocity or force of T4P retraction...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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