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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812727/exceptionally-preserved-cambrian-loriciferans-and-the-early-animal-invasion-of-the-meiobenthos
#1
Thomas H P Harvey, Nicholas J Butterfield
Microscopic animals that live among and between sediment grains (meiobenthic metazoans) are key constituents of modern aquatic ecosystems, but are effectively absent from the fossil record. We describe an assemblage of microscopic fossil loriciferans (Ecdysozoa, Loricifera) from the late Cambrian Deadwood Formation of western Canada. The fossils share a characteristic head structure and minute adult body size (~300 μm) with modern loriciferans, indicating the early evolution and subsequent conservation of an obligate, permanently meiobenthic lifestyle...
January 30, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812681/more-protist-genomes-needed
#2
Shannon J Sibbald, John M Archibald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812652/parasites-dominate-hyperdiverse-soil-protist-communities-in-neotropical-rainforests
#3
Frédéric Mahé, Colomban de Vargas, David Bass, Lucas Czech, Alexandros Stamatakis, Enrique Lara, David Singer, Jordan Mayor, John Bunge, Sarah Sernaker, Tobias Siemensmeyer, Isabelle Trautmann, Sarah Romac, Cédric Berney, Alexey Kozlov, Edward A D Mitchell, Christophe V W Seppey, Elianne Egge, Guillaume Lentendu, Rainer Wirth, Gabriel Trueba, Micah Dunthorn
High animal and plant richness in tropical rainforest communities has long intrigued naturalists. It is unknown if similar hyperdiversity patterns are reflected at the microbial scale with unicellular eukaryotes (protists). Here we show, using environmental metabarcoding of soil samples and a phylogeny-aware cleaning step, that protist communities in Neotropical rainforests are hyperdiverse and dominated by the parasitic Apicomplexa, which infect arthropods and other animals. These host-specific parasites potentially contribute to the high animal diversity in the forests by reducing population growth in a density-dependent manner...
March 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807757/strategies-to-counter-transmission-of-superbugs-by-targeting-free-living-amoebae
#4
Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Bacterial infections have remained significant despite our advances in the development of a plethora of disinfectants as well as antimicrobial chemotherapy. This is in part due to our incomplete understanding of the prevalence of bacterial pathogens in the environmental and clinical settings. Several lines of evidence suggest that Acanthamoeba is one of the most ubiquitous/resilient protists that also acts as a host/reservoir for pathogenic microbes. Thus targeting the hardy host, which harbour microbial pathogens, offer a potential avenue to counter infection transmission, particularly hospital/community-acquired infections...
August 11, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805994/monitoring-photosynthetic-activity-in-microalgal-cells-by-raman-spectroscopy-with-deuterium-oxide-as-a-tracking-probe
#5
Yusuke Yonamine, Yuta Suzuki, Takuro Ito, Yoshiko Miura, Keisuke Goda, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yu Hoshino
Microalgae offer great potential for biofuel production, but high photosynthetic activity is demanded for practical realization of microalgal biofuels. To this end, it is essential to evaluate the photosynthetic activity of single microalgal cells in a heterogeneous population. In this study, we present a method for monitoring photosynthetic activity of microalgae (in particular Euglena gracilis, a microalgal species of unicellular, photosynthetic, flagellate protists as our model organism) at single-cell resolution by Raman spectroscopy with deuterium from deuterium oxide (D2O) as a tracking probe...
August 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803330/bime2-a-novel-gene-required-for-interhomolog-meiotic-recombination-in-the-protist-model-organism-tetrahymena
#6
Anura Shodhan, Maria Novatchkova, Josef Loidl
Meiotic recombination is initiated by DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Most DSBs are converted into nonreciprocal exchanges (gene conversions) or crossovers (COs) between sister chromatids. Only a minority of DSBs are processed toward interhomolog COs, the precursors of the chiasmata that connect homologous chromosomes. Dmc1, the meiosis-specific paralog of the universal recombination protein Rad51, is required for interhomolog COs; in its absence, univalents are primarily formed. Here, we report a ciliate-specific novel meiotic gene, BIME2, which also promotes interhomolog crossing over...
August 12, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799713/yeasts-dominate-soil-fungal-communities-in-three-lowland-neotropical-rainforests
#7
Micah Dunthorn, Håvard Kauserud, David Bass, Jordan Mayor, Frédéric Mahé
Forest soils typically harbour a vast diversity of fungi, but are usually dominated by filamentous (hyphae-forming) taxa. Compared to temperate and boreal forests, though, we have limited knowledge about the fungal diversity in tropical rainforest soils. Here we show, by environmental metabarcoding of soil samples collected in three Neotropical rainforests, that Yeasts dominate the fungal communities in terms of the number of sequencing reads and OTUs. These unicellular forms are commonly found in aquatic environments, and their hyperdiversity may be the result of frequent inundation combined with numerous aquatic microenvironments in these rainforests...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771965/contribution-of-the-cytoskeleton-to-mechanosensitivity-reported-by-dinoflagellate-bioluminescence
#8
J C Stires, M I Latz
The cytoskeleton is crucial to cell mechanics and sensing the extracellular physical environment. The objective of this study was to examine the role of the cortical cytoskeleton in mechanosensitivity in a unicellular protist, the marine dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedra, using its intrinsic bioluminescence as a rapid reporter of mechanotransduction. Pharmacological treatments resolved effects due to immediate cytoskeleton disruption from those due to cytoskeletal remodeling during the light to dark phase transition...
August 3, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768886/oceanic-protists-with-different-forms-of-acquired-phototrophy-display-contrasting-biogeographies-and-abundance
#9
S G Leles, A Mitra, K J Flynn, D K Stoecker, P J Hansen, A Calbet, G B McManus, R W Sanders, D A Caron, F Not, G M Hallegraeff, P Pitta, J A Raven, M D Johnson, P M Glibert, S Våge
This first comprehensive analysis of the global biogeography of marine protistan plankton with acquired phototrophy shows these mixotrophic organisms to be ubiquitous and abundant; however, their biogeography differs markedly between different functional groups. These mixotrophs, lacking a constitutive capacity for photosynthesis (i.e. non-constitutive mixotrophs, NCMs), acquire their phototrophic potential through either integration of prey-plastids or through endosymbiotic associations with photosynthetic microbes...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747239/palaeoparasitology-and-palaeogenetics-review-and-perspectives-for-the-study-of-ancient-human-parasites
#10
Nathalie M-L Côté, Matthieu LE Bailly
While some species of parasites can be identified to species level from archaeological remains using microscopy (i.e. Enterobius vermicularis, Clonorchis sinensis), others can only be identified to family or genus level as different species produce eggs with similar morphology (i.e. Tænia sp. and Echinococcus sp.). Molecular and immunological approaches offer the possibility to provide more precise determination at the species level. They can also identify taxa when classic parasite markers such as eggs or cysts have been destroyed over time...
July 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746748/validation-and-description-of-symbiodinium-microadriaticum-the-type-species-of-symbiodinium-dinophyta
#11
Todd C Lajeunesse
It has been 55 years since Hugo Freudenthal described Symbiodinium microadriaticum (Dinophyceae), the type species of this large and important dinoflagellate genus found commonly in mutualistic symbiosis with cnidarians, other invertebrates, and certain protists. However, no type specimen was designated by Freudenthal, thus S. microadriaticum was invalid, as was Symbiodinium and every species subsequently assigned to the genus. The original culture was lost, but since 1977, a different culture, CCMP2464/rt-061, had been considered to represent S...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738779/anion-selective-formate-nitrite-transporters-taxonomic-distribution-phylogenetic-analysis-and-subfamily-specific-conservation-pattern-in-prokaryotes
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Mishtu Mukherjee, Manu Vajpai, Ramasubbu Sankararamakrishnan
BACKGROUND: The monovalent anions formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide are main metabolites of bacterial respiration during anaerobic mixed-acid fermentation. When accumulated in the cytoplasm, these anions become cytotoxic. Membrane proteins that selectively transport these monovalent anions across the membrane have been identified and they belong to the family of Formate/Nitrite Transporters (FNTs). Individual members that selectively transport formate, nitrite and hydrosulphide have been investigated...
July 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733676/after-infection-with-leishmania-infantum-golden-hamsters-mesocricetus-auratus-become-more-attractive-to-female-sand-flies-lutzomyia-longipalpis
#13
T M Nevatte, R D Ward, L Sedda, J G C Hamilton
In Brazil, human and canine visceral leishmaniasis is caused by infection with Leishmania infantum, a Protist parasite transmitted by blood-feeding female Lutzomyia longipalpis sand flies. The objective of this study was to determine if the odour of hamsters, infected with Le. infantum, was more attractive than the odour of the same hamsters, before they were infected. The attractiveness of odour collected from individual hamsters (n = 13), before they were infected, was compared in a longitudinal study, with the attractiveness of the odour of the same hamster in a Y-tube olfactometer bioassay, at a late stage of infection...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730142/taming-parasites-by-tailoring-them
#14
Bingjian Ren, Nishith Gupta
The next-generation gene editing based on CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been successfully implemented in a wide range of organisms including some protozoan parasites. However, application of such a versatile game-changing technology in molecular parasitology remains fairly underexplored. Here, we briefly introduce state-of-the-art in human and mouse research and usher new directions to drive the parasitology research in the years to come. In precise, we outline contemporary ways to embolden existing apicomplexan and kinetoplastid parasite models by commissioning front-line gene-tailoring methods, and illustrate how we can break the enduring gridlock of gene manipulation in non-model parasitic protists to tackle intriguing questions that remain long unresolved otherwise...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729688/improved-genome-recovery-and-integrated-cell-size-analyses-of-individual-uncultured-microbial-cells-and-viral-particles
#15
Ramunas Stepanauskas, Elizabeth A Fergusson, Joseph Brown, Nicole J Poulton, Ben Tupper, Jessica M Labonté, Eric D Becraft, Julia M Brown, Maria G Pachiadaki, Tadas Povilaitis, Brian P Thompson, Corianna J Mascena, Wendy K Bellows, Arvydas Lubys
Microbial single-cell genomics can be used to provide insights into the metabolic potential, interactions, and evolution of uncultured microorganisms. Here we present WGA-X, a method based on multiple displacement amplification of DNA that utilizes a thermostable mutant of the phi29 polymerase. WGA-X enhances genome recovery from individual microbial cells and viral particles while maintaining ease of use and scalability. The greatest improvements are observed when amplifying high G+C content templates, such as those belonging to the predominant bacteria in agricultural soils...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725265/two-bifunctional-enzymes-from-the-marine-protist-thraustochytrium-roseum-biochemical-characterization-of-wax-ester-synthase-acyl-coa-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-activity-catalyzing-wax-ester-and-triacylglycerol-synthesis
#16
Nannan Zhang, Zejing Mao, Ling Luo, Xia Wan, Fenghong Huang, Yangmin Gong
BACKGROUND: Triacylglycerols (TAGs) and wax esters (WEs) are important neutral lipids which serve as energy reservoir in some plants and microorganisms. In recent years, these biologically produced neutral lipids have been regarded as potential alternative energy sources for biofuel production because of the increased interest on developing renewable and environmentally benign alternatives for fossil fuels. In bacteria, the final step in TAG and WE biosynthetic pathway is catalyzed by wax ester synthase/acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA):diacylglycerol acyltransferase (WS/DGAT)...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720110/molecular-characterisation-of-protist-parasites-in-human-habituated-mountain-gorillas-gorilla-beringei-beringei-humans-and-livestock-from-bwindi-impenetrable-national-park-uganda
#17
Matthew J Nolan, Melisa Unger, Yuen-Ting Yeap, Emma Rogers, Ilary Millet, Kimberley Harman, Mark Fox, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Damer P Blake
BACKGROUND: Over 60 % of human emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, and there is growing evidence of the zooanthroponotic transmission of diseases from humans to livestock and wildlife species, with major implications for public health, economics, and conservation. Zooanthroponoses are of relevance to critically endangered species; amongst these is the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) of Uganda. Here, we assess the occurrence of Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Giardia, and Entamoeba infecting mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), Uganda, using molecular methods...
July 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719054/evolutionary-cell-biology-of-proteins-from-protists-to-humans-and-plants
#18
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Helmut Plattner
During evolution, the cell as a fine-tuned machine had to undergo permanent adjustments to match changes in its environment, while "closed for repair work" was not possible. Evolution from protists (protozoa and unicellular algae) to multicellular organisms may have occurred in basically two lineages, Unikonta and Bikonta, culminating in mammals and angiosperms (flowering plants), respectively. Unicellular models for unikont evolution are myxamoebae (Dictyostelium) and increasingly also choanoflagellates, whereas, for bikonts, ciliates are preferred models...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702000/microbial-eukaryotes-in-an-arctic-under-ice-spring-bloom-north-of-svalbard
#19
Archana R Meshram, Anna Vader, Svein Kristiansen, Tove M Gabrielsen
Microbial eukaryotes can play prominent roles in the Arctic marine ecosystem, but their diversity and variability is not well known in the ice-covered ecosystems. We determined the community composition of microbial eukaryotes in an Arctic under-ice spring bloom north of Svalbard using metabarcoding of DNA and RNA from the hypervariable V4 region of 18S nrDNA. At the two stations studied, the photosynthetic biomass was dominated by protists >3 μm and was concentrated in the upper 70-80 m, above the thermocline and halocline...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701560/specificity-in-diversity-single-origin-of-a-widespread-ciliate-bacteria-symbiosis
#20
Brandon K B Seah, Thomas Schwaha, Jean-Marie Volland, Bruno Huettel, Nicole Dubilier, Harald R Gruber-Vodicka
Symbioses between eukaryotes and sulfur-oxidizing (thiotrophic) bacteria have convergently evolved multiple times. Although well described in at least eight classes of metazoan animals, almost nothing is known about the evolution of thiotrophic symbioses in microbial eukaryotes (protists). In this study, we characterized the symbioses between mouthless marine ciliates of the genus Kentrophoros, and their thiotrophic bacteria, using comparative sequence analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization. Ciliate small-subunit rRNA sequences were obtained from 17 morphospecies collected in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and symbiont sequences from 13 of these morphospecies...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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