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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437094/rational-design-of-an-ultrasensitive-quorum-sensing-switch
#1
Weiqian Zeng, Pei Du, Qiuli Lou, Lili Wu, Haoqian M Zhang, Chunbo Lou, Hongli Wang, Qi Ouyang
One of the purposes of synthetic biology is to develop rational methods that accelerate the design of genetic circuits, saving time and effort spent on experiments and providing reliably predictable circuit performance. We applied a reverse engineering approach to design an ultrasensitive transcriptional quorum-sensing switch. We want to explore how systems biology can guide synthetic biology in the choice of specific DNA sequences and their regulatory relations to achieve a targeted function. The workflow comprises network enumeration that achieves the target function robustly, experimental restriction of the obtained candidate networks, global parameter optimization via mathematical analysis, selection and engineering of parts based on these calculations, and finally, circuit construction based on the principles of standardization and modularization...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435840/microbial-flora-probiotics-bacillus-subtilis-and-the-search-for-a-long-and-healthy-human-longevity
#2
COMMENT
Facundo Rodriguez Ayala, Carlos Bauman, Sebastián Cogliati, Cecilia Leñini, Marco Bartolini, Roberto Grau
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have beneficial effects on host health, including extended lifespan, when they are administered or present in adequate quantities. However, the mechanisms by which probiotics stimulate host longevity remain unclear and very poorly understood. In a recent study (Nat. Commun. 8, 14332 (2017) doi: 10.1038/ncomms14332), we used the spore-forming probiotic bacterium Bacillus subtilis and the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to study the mechanism by which a probiotic bacterium affects host longevity...
March 16, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431213/genome-mining-unearths-a-hybrid-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-pteridine-synthase-biosynthetic-gene-cluster
#3
Hyun Bong Park, Corey E Perez, Karl W Barber, Jesse Rinehart, Jason M Crawford
Nonribosomal peptides represent a large class of metabolites with pharmaceutical relevance. Pteridines, such as pterins, folates, and flavins, are heterocyclic metabolites that often serve as redox-active cofactors. The biosynthetic machineries for construction of these distinct classes of small molecules operate independently in the cell. Here, we discovered an unprecedented nonribosomal peptide synthetase-like-pteridine synthase hybrid biosynthetic gene cluster in Photorhabdus luminescens using genome synteny analysis...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430408/amplifying-riboswitch-signal-output-using-cellular-wiring
#4
Michael S Goodson, Annastacia C Bennett, Brenton R Jennewine, Emily Briskin, Svetlana V Harbaugh, Nancy Kelley-Loughnane
If fieldable riboswitch-based biological sensors are to fulfil their potential, it is necessary to increase their signal output. Here we report a novel modular amplification system using a riboswitch to initiate signaling between a sensing strain and a reporter strain of E. coli. A quorum sensing signaling molecule biologically wires the sensing and reporter strains together. The amplification circuit increased the amount of fluorescence generated on ligand binding compared to when the riboswitch controlled fluorescence expression directly...
April 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430142/initial-spore-density-has-an-influence-on-ochratoxin-a-content-in-aspergillus-ochraceus-cgmcc-3-4412-in-pdb-and-its-interaction-with-seeds
#5
Caiyan Li, Yanmin Song, Lu Xiong, Kunlun Huang, Zhihong Liang
The morphology and secondary metabolism of Aspergillus spp. are associated with initial spore density (ISD). Fatty acids (FA) are involved in the biosynthesis of aflatoxins (AF) through Aspergillus quorum sensing (QS). Here, we studied how ochratoxin A (OTA) was regulated by spore density in Aspergillus ochraceus CGMCC 3.4412. The results contribute to understanding the role of spore density in morphogenesis, OTA biosynthesis, and host-pathogen interactions. When A. ochraceus was grown in Potato Dextrose Broth (PDB) media at different spore densities (from 10¹ to 10⁶ spores/mL), more OTA was produced when ISD were increased, but a higher level of ISD inhibited OTA biosynthesis...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429871/potentiation-of-antibiotic-against-psedomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-a-study-with-plumbagin-and-gentamicin
#6
Priya Gupta, Arpita Sarkar, Padmani Sandhu, Akshay Daware, Manash C Das, Yusuf Akhter, Surajit Bhattacharjee
AIM: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the fatal biofilm forming pathogens which pose to be a problem in clinical infections, contamination of food and marine ecosystems. In this report a napthoquinone - Plumbagin has been explored for its antimicrobial (antibacterial and antibiofilm) activity against P. aeruginosa biofilm. The ability of Plumbagin to enhance the bioactivity of a known broad spectrum antibiotic was further assayed by combining the sub-MIC doses of Plumbagin with sub-MIC doses of Gentamicin against P...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428780/genomic-and-transcriptomic-insights-into-calcium-carbonate-biomineralization-by-marine-actinobacterium-brevibacterium-linens-bs258
#7
Yuying Zhu, Ning Ma, Weihua Jin, Shimei Wu, Chaomin Sun
Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) biomineralization has been investigated due to its wide range of scientific and technological implications, however, the molecular mechanisms of this important geomicrobiological process are largely unknown. Here, a urease-positive marine actinobacterium Brevibacterium linens BS258 was demonstrated to effectively form CaCO3 precipitates. Surprisingly, this bacterium could also dissolve the formed CaCO3 with the increase of the Ca(2+) concentration. To disclose the mechanisms of biomineralization, the genome of B...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425948/characterization-of-n-acyl-homoserine-lactones-in-vibrio-tasmaniensis-lgp32-by-a-biosensor-based-uhplc-hrms-ms-method
#8
Léa Girard, Élodie Blanchet, Laurent Intertaglia, Julia Baudart, Didier Stien, Marcelino Suzuki, Philippe Lebaron, Raphaël Lami
Since the discovery of quorum sensing (QS) in the 1970s, many studies have demonstrated that Vibrio species coordinate activities such as biofilm formation, virulence, pathogenesis, and bioluminescence, through a large group of molecules called N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). However, despite the extensive knowledge on the involved molecules and the biological processes controlled by QS in a few selected Vibrio strains, less is known about the overall diversity of AHLs produced by a broader range of environmental strains...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424625/role-of-mitochondrial-retrograde-pathway-in-regulating-ethanol-inducible-filamentous-growth-in-yeast
#9
Beatriz González, Albert Mas, Gemma Beltran, Paul J Cullen, María Jesús Torija
In yeast, ethanol is produced as a by-product of fermentation through glycolysis. Ethanol also stimulates a developmental foraging response called filamentous growth and is thought to act as a quorum-sensing molecule. Ethanol-inducible filamentous growth was examined in a small collection of wine/European strains, which validated ethanol as an inducer of filamentous growth. Wine strains also showed variability in their filamentation responses, which illustrates the striking phenotypic differences that can occur among individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424524/hqia-a-novel-quorum-quenching-enzyme-which-expands-the-ahl-lactonase-family
#10
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
#11
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/28419953/exploiting-extracellular-polymeric-substances-eps-controlling-strategies-for-performance-enhancement-of-biological-wastewater-treatments-an-overview
#12
REVIEW
Yahui Shi, Jinhui Huang, Guangming Zeng, Yanling Gu, Yaoning Chen, Yi Hu, Bi Tang, Jianxin Zhou, Ying Yang, Lixiu Shi
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are present both outside of the cells and in the interior of microbial aggregates, and account for a main component in microbial aggregates. EPS can influence the properties and functions of microbial aggregates in biological wastewater treatment systems, and specifically EPS are involved in biofilm formation and stability, sludge behaviors as well as sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) granulation whereas they are also responsible for membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs)...
April 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418096/expression-of-toll-like-receptors-in-t-lymphocytes-stimulated-with-n-3-oxododecanoyl-l-homoserine-lactone-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#13
Lei Bao, Jialin Yu, Haiying Zhong, Daochao Huang, Qi Lu
The establishment of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections is correlated with the disturbance of the host immune system. The P. aeruginosa quorum-sensing molecule N-3-(oxododecanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone (3-O-C12-HSL) has the potential to modulate the host immune system. The immune system recognizes pathogens via toll-like receptors (TLRs). We found that 3-O-C12-HSL induced TLR changes in monocytes. However, the role of T cells in P. aeruginosa infection has not been delineated. In order to understand this activity, we examined whether 3-O-C12-HSL has an effect on the immune function and the expression of TLRs in T lymphocytes...
April 18, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416278/ai-2-quorum-sensing-negatively-regulates-rbf-expression-and-biofilm-formation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#14
Ronghua Ma, Shuwan Qiu, Qiu Jiang, Haipeng Sun, Ting Xue, Gang Cai, Baolin Sun
Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen that is capable of forming biofilms on biomaterial surfaces to cause biofilm-associated infections. Autoinducer 2 (AI-2), a universal language for interspecies communication, is involved in a variety of physiological activities, although its exact role in Gram-positive bacteria, especially in S. aureus, is not yet thoroughly characterized. Herein we demonstrate that inactivation of luxS, which encodes AI-2 synthase, resulted in increased biofilm formation and higher polysaccharide intercellular adhesion (PIA) production compared with the wild-type strain in S...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415180/reversals-and-collisions-optimize-protein-exchange-in-bacterial-swarms
#15
Aboutaleb Amiri, Cameron Harvey, Amy Buchmann, Scott Christley, Joshua D Shrout, Igor S Aranson, Mark Alber
Swarming groups of bacteria coordinate their behavior by self-organizing as a population to move over surfaces in search of nutrients and optimal niches for colonization. Many open questions remain about the cues used by swarming bacteria to achieve this self-organization. While chemical cue signaling known as quorum sensing is well-described, swarming bacteria often act and coordinate on time scales that could not be achieved via these extracellular quorum sensing cues. Here, cell-cell contact-dependent protein exchange is explored as a mechanism of intercellular signaling for the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411241/2-alkylquinolone-alkaloid-biosynthesis-in-the-medicinal-plant-evodia-rutaecarpa-involves-collaboration-of-two-novel-type-iii-polyketide-synthases
#16
Takashi Matsui, Takeshi Kodama, Takahiro Mori, Tetsuhiro Tadakoshi, Hiroshi Noguchi, Ikuro Abe, Hiroyuki Morita
2-Alkylquinolone (2AQ) alkaloids are pharmaceutically and biologically important natural products produced by both bacteria and plants, with a wide range of biological effects, including antibacterial, cytotoxic, anticholinesterase, and quorum-sensing signaling activities. These diverse activities and 2AQ occurrence in vastly different phyla have raised much interest in the biosynthesis pathways leading to their production. Previous studies in plants have suggested that type III polyketide synthases (PKSs) might be involved in 2AQ biosynthesis, but this hypothesis is untested...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408668/genome-sequence-of-cobetia-sp-strain-mm1ida2h-1-a-hydrocarbon-degrading-and-biosurfactant-producing-marine-bacterium
#17
Claudia Ibacache-Quiroga, Christian Canales, Mariam Charifeh, M Alejandro Dinamarca
Cobetia sp. strain MM1IDA2H-1 is a marine bacterium isolated from seawater samples that uses the heterocyclic aromatic hydrocarbon dibenzothiophene as the sole carbon source and produces a biosurfactant that inhibits bacterial quorum sensing. The Cobetia sp. MM1IDA2H-1 genome was sequenced, processed, assembled, and annotated for basic and applied studies.
April 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405399/strain-identification-and-quorum-sensing-inhibition-characterization-of-marine-derived-rhizobium-sp-nao1
#18
Hong Chang, Jin Zhou, Xiaoshan Zhu, Shenchen Yu, Lu Chen, Hui Jin, Zhonghua Cai
A novel strategy for combating pathogens is through the ongoing development and use of anti-quorum sensing (QS) treatments such as therapeutic bacteria or their anti-QS substances. Relatively little is known about the bacteria that inhabit the open ocean and of their potential anti-pathogenic attributes; thus, in an initiative to identify these types of therapeutic bacteria, planktonic microbes from the North Atlantic Ocean were collected, isolated, cultured and screened for anti-QS activity. Screening analysis identified one such strain, Rhizobium sp...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404780/environmental-modification-via-a-quorum-sensing-molecule-influences-the-social-landscape-of-siderophore-production
#19
Roman Popat, Freya Harrison, Ana C da Silva, Scott A S Easton, Luke McNally, Paul Williams, Stephen P Diggle
Bacteria produce a wide variety of exoproducts that favourably modify their environment and increase their fitness. These are often termed 'public goods' because they are costly for individuals to produce and can be exploited by non-producers (cheats). The outcome of conflict over public goods is dependent upon the prevailing environment and the phenotype of the individuals in competition. Many bacterial species use quorum sensing (QS) signalling molecules to regulate the production of public goods. QS, therefore, determines the cooperative phenotype of individuals, and influences conflict over public goods...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402186/inhibition-of-hafnia-alvei-h4-biofilm-formation-by-the-food-additive-dihydrocoumarin
#20
Hong Man Hou, Feng Jiang, Gong Liang Zhang, Jia Y Wang, Ya H Zhu, Xin Y Liu
Quorum sensing (QS) is an intercellular signaling and gene regulatory mechanism that is implicated in food spoilage caused by bacteria. Thus, blocking QS may suppress QS-controlled phenotypes of these bacteria that are responsible for food spoilage. Biofilm formation is closely related to bacterial infection, and it is also a major mechanism responsible for the increased resistance of biofilm-associated bacteria to antimicrobial drugs. Food spoilage and biofilm formation caused by food-related bacteria have posed a significant problem for the food industry...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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