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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536693/the-essential-role-of-clpxp-in-caulobacter-crescentus-requires-species-constrained-substrate-specificity
#1
Robert H Vass, Jacob Nascembeni, Peter Chien
The ClpXP protease is a highly conserved AAA+ degradation machine that is present throughout bacteria and in eukaryotic organelles. ClpXP is essential in some bacteria, such as Caulobacter crescentus, but dispensible in others, such as Escherichia coli. In Caulobacter, ClpXP normally degrades the SocB toxin and increased levels of SocB result in cell death. ClpX can be deleted in cells lacking this toxin, but these ΔclpX strains are still profoundly deficient in morphology and growth supporting the existence of additional important functions for ClpXP...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533123/molecular-characterization-of-caulobacter-crescentus-mutator-strains
#2
Marinalva Martins-Pinheiro, Alice R Oliveira, Alexy O Valencia, Frank S Fernandez-Silva, Larissa G Silva, Carina O Lopes-Kulishev, Valeria C S Italiani, Marilis V Marques, Carlos F Menck, Rodrigo S Galhardo
Mutator strains were identified by screening random Tn5 insertion clones of Caulobacter crescentus. We identified clones with robust increases in mutation rates with Tn5 insertions in the mutY, mutS, mutL and uvrD genes, known to act in mutation-preventing pathways in Escherichia coli. Analysis of mutations in the rpoB gene revealed that in both the parental strain and mismatch repair-deficient mutants, A:T→G:C transitions predominate by a large margin over C:G→T:A. We have also investigated the role of the error-prone polymerase encoded by imuC (dnaE2) in spontaneous mutagenesis, and found that a imuC mutant strain shows mutation rates and sequences comparable to the parental strain...
May 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531174/genome-partitioner-a-web-tool-for-multi-level-partitioning-of-large-scale-dna-constructs-for-synthetic-biology-applications
#3
Matthias Christen, Luca Del Medico, Heinz Christen, Beat Christen
Recent advances in lower-cost DNA synthesis techniques have enabled new innovations in the field of synthetic biology. Still, efficient design and higher-order assembly of genome-scale DNA constructs remains a labor-intensive process. Given the complexity, computer assisted design tools that fragment large DNA sequences into fabricable DNA blocks are needed to pave the way towards streamlined assembly of biological systems. Here, we present the Genome Partitioner software implemented as a web-based interface that permits multi-level partitioning of genome-scale DNA designs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507098/cargo-engagement-protects-protease-adaptors-from-degradation-in-a-substrate-specific-manner
#4
Kamal Kishore Joshi, Madeleine Sutherland, Peter Chien
Protein degradation in bacteria is a highly controlled process involving proteolytic adaptors that regulate protein degradation during cell cycle progression or during stress responses. Many adaptors work as scaffolds that selectively bind cargo and tether substrates to their cognate proteases to promote substrate destruction, while others primarily activate the target protease. Because adaptors must bind their cognate protease, all adaptors run the risk of being recognized by the protease as substrates themselves, a process that could limit their effectiveness...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500524/cytoskeletal-proteins-in-caulobacter-crescentus-spatial-orchestrators-of-cell-cycle-progression-development-and-cell-shape
#5
Kousik Sundararajan, Erin D Goley
Caulobacter crescentus, an aquatic Gram-negative α-proteobacterium, is dimorphic, as a result of asymmetric cell divisions that give rise to a free-swimming swarmer daughter cell and a stationary stalked daughter. Cell polarity of vibrioid C. crescentus cells is marked by the presence of a stalk at one end in the stationary form and a polar flagellum in the motile form. Progression through the cell cycle and execution of the associated morphogenetic events are tightly controlled through regulation of the abundance and activity of key proteins...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494955/environmental-calcium-controls-alternate-physical-states-of-the-caulobacter-surface-layer
#6
Jonathan Herrmann, Fatemeh Jabbarpour, Paul G Bargar, John F Nomellini, Po-Nan Li, Thomas J Lane, Thomas M Weiss, John Smit, Lucy Shapiro, Soichi Wakatsuki
Surface layers (S-layers) are paracrystalline, proteinaceous structures found in most archaea and many bacteria. Often the outermost cell envelope component, S-layers serve diverse functions including aiding pathogenicity and protecting against predators. We report that the S-layer of Caulobacter crescentus exhibits calcium-mediated structural plasticity, switching irreversibly between an amorphous aggregate state and the crystalline state. This finding invalidates the common assumption that S-layers serve only as static wall-like structures...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493500/conformational-analysis-of-the-mannosidase-inhibitor-kifunensine-a-quantum-mechanical-and-structural-approach
#7
Alexandra Males, Lluis Raich, Spencer J Williams, Carme Rovira, Gideon John Davies
The varied yet family-specific conformational pathways utilized by individual glycoside hydrolases (GHs) offer a tantalising prospect for the design of tight binding and specific enzyme inhibitors. A cardinal example of a GH family specific inhibitor, and one that finds widespread practical use, is the natural product kifunensine, which is a low nanomolar inhibitor selective for GH family 47 inverting a-mannosidases. Here we show, through quantum mechanical approaches, that kifunensine is restrained to a 'ring-flipped' 1C4 conformation with another accessible, but higher-energy, region around the 1,4B conformation...
May 11, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489851/global-analysis-of-double-strand-break-processing-reveals-in-vivo-properties-of-the-helicase-nuclease-complex-addab
#8
Anjana Badrinarayanan, Tung B K Le, Jan-Hendrik Spille, Ibrahim I Cisse, Michael T Laub
In bacteria, double-strand break (DSB) repair via homologous recombination is thought to be initiated through the bi-directional degradation and resection of DNA ends by a helicase-nuclease complex such as AddAB. The activity of AddAB has been well-studied in vitro, with translocation speeds between 400-2000 bp/s on linear DNA suggesting that a large section of DNA around a break site is processed for repair. However, the translocation rate and activity of AddAB in vivo is not known, and how AddAB is regulated to prevent excessive DNA degradation around a break site is unclear...
May 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443069/long-term-enrichment-of-stress-tolerant-cellulolytic-soil-populations-following-timber-harvesting-evidenced-by-multi-omic-stable-isotope-probing
#9
Roland C Wilhelm, Erick Cardenas, Hilary Leung, András Szeitz, Lionel D Jensen, William W Mohn
Soil management is vital for maintaining the productivity of commercial forests, yet the long-term impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities remains largely a matter of conjecture. Decomposition of plant biomass, comprised mainly of lignocellulose, has a broad impact on nutrient cycling, microbial activity and physicochemical characteristics of soil. At "Long-term Soil Productivity Study" sites in California dominated by Ponderosa pine, we tested whether clear-cut timber harvesting, accompanied by varying degrees of organic matter (OM) removal, affected the activity and structure of the cellulose-degrading microbial populations 16 years after harvesting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438890/short-ftsz-filaments-can-drive-asymmetric-cell-envelope-constriction-at-the-onset-of-bacterial-cytokinesis
#10
Qing Yao, Andrew I Jewett, Yi-Wei Chang, Catherine M Oikonomou, Morgan Beeby, Cristina V Iancu, Ariane Briegel, Debnath Ghosal, Grant J Jensen
FtsZ, the bacterial homologue of eukaryotic tubulin, plays a central role in cell division in nearly all bacteria and many archaea. It forms filaments under the cytoplasmic membrane at the division site where, together with other proteins it recruits, it drives peptidoglycan synthesis and constricts the cell. Despite extensive study, the arrangement of FtsZ filaments and their role in division continue to be debated. Here, we apply electron cryotomography to image the native structure of intact dividing cells and show that constriction in a variety of Gram-negative bacterial cells, including Proteus mirabilis and Caulobacter crescentus, initiates asymmetrically, accompanied by asymmetric peptidoglycan incorporation and short FtsZ-like filament formation...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425205/engineering-the-xylose-catabolizing-dahms-pathway-for-production-of-poly-d-lactate-co-glycolate-and-poly-d-lactate-co-glycolate-co-d-2-hydroxybutyrate-in-escherichia-coli
#11
So Young Choi, Won Jun Kim, Seung Jung Yu, Si Jae Park, Sung Gap Im, Sang Yup Lee
Poly(lactate-co-glycolate), PLGA, is a representative synthetic biopolymer widely used in medical applications. Recently, we reported one-step direct fermentative production of PLGA and its copolymers by metabolically engineered Escherichia coli from xylose and glucose. In this study, we report development of metabolically engineered E. coli strains for the production of PLGA and poly(d-lactate-co-glycolate-co-d-2-hydroxybutyrate) having various monomer compositions from xylose as a sole carbon source. To achieve this, the metabolic flux towards Dahms pathway was modulated using five different synthetic promoters for the expression of Caulobacter crescentus XylBC...
April 19, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418382/structure-of-the-hexagonal-surface-layer-on-caulobacter-crescentus-cells
#12
Tanmay A M Bharat, Danguole Kureisaite-Ciziene, Gail G Hardy, Ellen W Yu, Jessica M Devant, Wim J H Hagen, Yves V Brun, John A G Briggs, Jan Löwe
Many prokaryotic cells are encapsulated by a surface layer (S-layer) consisting of repeating units of S-layer proteins. S-layer proteins are a diverse class of molecules found in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and most archaea(1-5). S-layers protect cells from the outside, provide mechanical stability and also play roles in pathogenicity. In situ structural information about this highly abundant class of proteins is scarce, so atomic details of how S-layers are arranged on the surface of cells have remained elusive...
April 18, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409299/spatiotemporal-models-of-the-asymmetric-division-cycle-of-caulobacter-crescentus
#13
Kartik Subramanian, John J Tyson
The spatial localization of proteins within the cytoplasm of bacteria is an underappreciated but critical aspect of cell cycle regulation for many prokaryotes. In Caulobacter crescentus-a model organism for the study of asymmetric cell reproduction in prokaryotes-heterogeneous localization of proteins has been identified as the underlying cause of asymmetry in cell morphology, DNA replication, and cell division. However, significant questions remain. Firstly, the mechanisms by which proteins localize in the organelle-free prokaryotic cytoplasm remain obscure...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409298/modeling-asymmetric-cell-division-in-caulobacter-crescentus-using-a-boolean-logic-approach
#14
Ismael Sánchez-Osorio, Carlos A Hernández-Martínez, Agustino Martínez-Antonio
Caulobacter crescentus is a model organism for the study of asymmetric division and cell type differentiation, as its cell division cycle generates a pair of daughter cells that differ from one another in their morphology and behavior. One of these cells (called stalked) develops a structure that allows it to attach to solid surfaces and is the only one capable of dividing, while the other (called swarmer) develops a flagellum that allows it to move in liquid media and divides only after differentiating into a stalked cell type...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396352/association-of-the-cold-shock-dead-box-rna-helicase-rhle-to-the-rna-degradosome-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#15
Angel A Aguirre, Alexandre M Vicente, Steven W Hardwick, Daniela M Alvelos, Ricardo R Mazzon, Ben F Luisi, Marilis V Marques
In diverse bacterial lineages, multi-enzyme assemblies have evolved that are central elements of RNA metabolism and RNA-mediated regulation. The aquatic, Gram-negative bacteria Caulobacter crescentus, which has been a model system for studying the bacterial cell cycle, has an RNA degradosome assembly that is formed by the endoribonuclease RNase E and includes the DEAD-box RNA helicase RhlB. Immunoprecipitations of extracts from cells expressing an epitope-tagged RNase E reveal that RhlE, another member of the DEAD-box helicase family, associates with the degradosome at temperatures below the optimum for growth...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393629/exploring-the-sequence-structure-function-relationship-for-the-intrinsically-disordered-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-crystallin-hahellin
#16
Meng Gao, Fei Yang, Lei Zhang, Zhengding Su, Yongqi Huang
βγ-Crystallins are a superfamily of proteins containing crystallin-type Greek key motifs. Some βγ-crystallin domains have been shown to bind Ca(2+). Hahellin is a newly identified intrinsically disordered βγ-crystallin domain from Hahella chejuensis. It folds into a typical βγ-crystallin structure upon Ca(2+) binding and acts as a Ca(2+)-regulated conformational switch. Besides Hahellin, another two putative βγ-crystallins from Caulobacter crescentus and Yersinia pestis are shown to be partially disordered in their apo-form and undergo large conformational changes upon Ca(2+) binding, although whether they acquire a βγ-crystallin fold is not known...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393265/genomic-diversity-of-type-b3-bacteriophages-of-caulobacter-crescentus
#17
Kurt T Ash, Kristina M Drake, Whitney S Gibbs, Bert Ely
The genomes of the type B3 bacteriophages that infect Caulobacter crescentus are among the largest phage genomes thus far deposited into GenBank with sizes over 200 kb. In this study, we introduce six new bacteriophage genomes which were obtained from phage collected from various water systems in the southeastern United States and from tropical locations across the globe. A comparative analysis of the 12 available genomes revealed a "core genome" which accounts for roughly 1/3 of these bacteriophage genomes and is predominately localized to the head, tail, and lysis gene regions...
April 10, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359631/shapeshifting-to-survive-shape-determination-and-regulation-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#18
REVIEW
Selamawit Abi Woldemeskel, Erin D Goley
Bacterial cell shape is a genetically encoded and inherited feature that is optimized for efficient growth, survival, and propagation of bacteria. In addition, bacterial cell morphology is adaptable to changes in environmental conditions. Work in recent years has demonstrated that individual features of cell shape, such as length or curvature, arise through the spatial regulation of cell wall synthesis by cytoskeletal proteins. However, the mechanisms by which these different morphogenetic factors are coordinated and how they may be globally regulated in response to cell cycle and environmental cues are only beginning to emerge...
March 27, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325767/cohesive-properties-of-the-caulobacter-crescentus-holdfast-adhesin-are-regulated-by-a-novel-c-di-gmp-effector-protein
#19
Kathrin S Sprecher, Isabelle Hug, Jutta Nesper, Eva Potthoff, Mohamed-Ali Mahi, Matteo Sangermani, Volkhard Kaever, Torsten Schwede, Julia Vorholt, Urs Jenal
When encountering surfaces, many bacteria produce adhesins to facilitate their initial attachment and to irreversibly glue themselves to the solid substrate. A central molecule regulating the processes of this motile-sessile transition is the second messenger c-di-GMP, which stimulates the production of a variety of exopolysaccharide adhesins in different bacterial model organisms. In Caulobacter crescentus, c-di-GMP regulates the synthesis of the polar holdfast adhesin during the cell cycle, yet the molecular and cellular details of this control are currently unknown...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323618/contact-dependent-killing-by-caulobacter-crescentus-via-cell-surface-associated-glycine-zipper-proteins
#20
Leonor García-Bayona, Monica S Guo, Michael T Laub
Most bacteria are in fierce competition with other species for limited nutrients. Some bacteria can kill nearby cells by secreting bacteriocins, a diverse group of proteinaceous antimicrobials. However, bacteriocins are typically freely diffusible, and so of little value to planktonic cells in aqueous environments. Here, we identify an atypical two-protein bacteriocin in the α-proteobacterium Caulobacter crescentus that is retained on the surface of producer cells where it mediates cell contact-dependent killing...
March 21, 2017: ELife
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