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Radhey S Gupta, Sahil Sawnani, Mobolaji Adeolu, Seema Alnajar, Aharon Oren
The genus Mycoplasma, including species earlier classified in the genera Eperythrozoon and Haemobartonella, contains ~ 120 species and constitutes an extensively polyphyletic assemblage of bacteria within the phylum Tenericutes. Due to their small genome sizes and lack of unique characteristics, the relationships among the mycoplasmas/Tenericutes are not reliably discerned. Using genome sequences for 140 Tenericutes, their evolutionary relationships were examined using multiple independent approaches. Phylogenomic trees were constructed for 63 conserved proteins, 45 ribosomal proteins, three main subunits of RNA polymerase and 16S rRNA gene sequences...
March 20, 2018: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Michael Turelli, Brandon S Cooper, Kelly M Richardson, Paul S Ginsberg, Brooke Peckenpaugh, Chenling X Antelope, Kevin J Kim, Michael R May, Antoine Abrieux, Derek A Wilson, Michael J Bronski, Brian R Moore, Jian-Jun Gao, Michael B Eisen, Joanna C Chiu, William R Conner, Ary A Hoffmann
Maternally transmitted Wolbachia, Spiroplasma, and Cardinium bacteria are common in insects [1], but their interspecific spread is poorly understood. Endosymbionts can spread rapidly within host species by manipulating host reproduction, as typified by the global spread of wRi Wolbachia observed in Drosophila simulans [2, 3]. However, because Wolbachia cannot survive outside host cells, spread between distantly related host species requires horizontal transfers that are presumably rare [4-7]. Here, we document spread of wRi-like Wolbachia among eight highly diverged Drosophila hosts (10-50 million years) over only about 14,000 years (5,000-27,000)...
March 2, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Andrea Osimani, Vesna Milanović, Federica Cardinali, Cristiana Garofalo, Francesca Clementi, Marina Pasquini, Paola Riolo, Sara Ruschioni, Nunzio Isidoro, Nino Loreto, Elena Franciosi, Kieran Tuohy, Annalisa Petruzzelli, Martina Foglini, Claudia Gabucci, Franco Tonucci, Lucia Aquilanti
Tenebrio molitor represents one of the most popular species used for the large-scale conversion of plant biomass into protein and is characterized by high nutritional value. In the present laboratory study, the bacterial biota characterizing a pilot production chain of fresh T. molitor larvae was investigated. To this end, different batches of fresh mealworm larvae, their feeding substrate (wheatmeal) and frass were analyzed by viable microbial counts, PCR-DGGE and Illumina sequencing. Moreover, the occurrence of Coxiella burnetii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Shiga toxin-producing E...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Meijun Yuan, Mingxiao Ning, Panpan Wei, Wenjing Hao, Yunting Jing, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qingguo Meng
Serpin families classified serine protease inhibitors regulate various physiological processes. However, there is not study on the role of serpin in immune responses against Spiroplasma eriocheiris as a novel causative pathogen in the Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis. In our study, quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) revealed that the mRNA transcripts of Esserpin-2 were ubiquitous in every tissue, relative higher expression in hepatopancreas, gill and hemocytes, while the intestine, muscle, heart and nerve showed relative lower expression...
February 20, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Shruti Yadav, Joanna Frazer, Ashima Banga, Katherine Pruitt, Sneh Harsh, John Jaenike, Ioannis Eleftherianos
Associations between endosymbiotic bacteria and their hosts represent a complex ecosystem within organisms ranging from humans to protozoa. Drosophila species are known to naturally harbor Wolbachia and Spiroplasma endosymbionts, which play a protective role against certain microbial infections. Here, we investigated whether the presence or absence of endosymbionts affects the immune response of Drosophila melanogaster larvae to infection by Steinernema carpocapsae nematodes carrying or lacking their mutualistic Gram-negative bacteria Xenorhabdus nematophila (symbiotic or axenic nematodes, respectively)...
2018: PloS One
Yan-Kai Zhang, Kun Yang, Yu-Xi Zhu, Xiao-Yue Hong
Double infections of Wolbachia and Spiroplasma are frequent in natural populations of Tetranychus truncatus, a polyphagous mite species that has been a dominant species in China since 2009. However, little is known about the causes and ecological importance of such coexistences. In this study, we established T. truncatus strains with different infection types and then inferred the impact of the two endosymbionts on host reproduction and fitness. Double infection induced cytoplasmic incompatibility, which was demonstrated by reduction in egg hatchability of incompatible crosses...
February 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Aline Sartori Guidolin, Thaís Regiani Cataldi, Carlos Alberto Labate, Frederic Francis, Fernando Luis Cônsoli
Bacterial symbionts are broadly distributed among insects, influencing their bioecology to different degrees. Aphids carry a number of secondary symbionts that can influence aphid physiology and fitness attributes. Spiroplasma is seldom reported as an aphid symbiont, but a high level of infection has been observed in one population of the tropical aphid Aphis citricidus. We used sister isolines of Spiroplasma-infected (Ac-BS) and Spiroplasma-free (Ac-B) aphids reared on sweet orange (optimum host) and orange jasmine (suboptimum host) to demonstrate the effects of Spiroplasma infection in the aphid proteome profile...
February 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Flore Zélé, Inês Santos, Isabelle Olivieri, Mylène Weill, Olivier Duron, Sara Magalhães
Bacterial endosymbionts are known as important players of the evolutionary ecology of their hosts. However, their distribution, prevalence and diversity are still largely unexplored. To this aim, we investigated infections by the most common bacterial reproductive manipulators in herbivorous spider mites of South-Western Europe. Across 16 populations belonging to three Tetranychus species, Wolbachia was the most prevalent (ca. 61%), followed by Cardinium (12-15%), while only few individuals were infected by Rickettsia (0...
January 30, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Yong Wang, Fang-Chao Zhu, Li-Sheng He, Antoine Danchin
The position 34 of a tRNA is always modified for efficient recognition of codons and accurate integration of amino acids by the translation machinery. Here, we report genomics features of a deep-sea gut symbiotic Spiroplasma, which suggests that the organism does not require tRNA(34) anticodon modifications. In the genome, there is a novel set of tRNA genes composed of 32 species for recognition of the 20 amino acids. Among the anticodons of the tRNAs, we witnessed the presence of both U34- and C34-containing tRNAs required to decode NNR (A/G) 2:2 codons as countermeasure of probable loss of anticodon modification genes...
January 30, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Guo-Dong Zha, Dong-Hang Yang, Jing-Jing Wang, Bing Yang, Han-Shou Yu
Spiroplasma melliferum is the causative agent of spiroplasmosis in honeybees. During infection, adhesion of spiroplasmas to the host cells through adhesion factors is a crucial step. In this study, we identified an adhesin-like protein (ALP609) in S. melliferum CH-1 and investigated its role in the infection. To determine whether ALP609 is an adhesion factor, we performed indirect immunofluorescence microscopy to visualize its adhesion properties. Subsequently, an infection model of S. melliferum CH-1 was established using primary midgut cells of Apis mellifera to examine the adhesion and invasion of spiroplasma using anti-ALP609 antibodies inhibition assays and competition assays with recombinant ALP609 in vitro...
January 23, 2018: Current Microbiology
Yu-Xi Zhu, Yue-Ling Song, Yan-Kai Zhang, Ary A Hoffmann, Jin-Cheng Zhou, Jing-Tao Sun, Xiao-Yue Hong
Spider mites are frequently associated with multiple endosymbionts whose infection patterns often exhibit spatial and temporal variation. However, the association between endosymbiont prevalence and environmental factors remains unclear. Here, we surveyed endosymbionts in natural populations of the spider mite, Tetranychus truncatus, in China, screening 935 spider mites from 21 localities and 12 host plant species. Three facultative endosymbiont lineages, Wolbachia, Cardinium, and Spiroplasma, were detected at different infection frequencies (52...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Vladimir I Timofeev, Dmitry A Altukhov, Anna A Talyzina, Yulia K Agapova, Anna V Vlaskina, Dmitry A Korzhenevskiy, Sergey Yu Kleymenov, Eduard V Bocharov, Tatiana V Rakitina
The histone-like (HU) protein is one of the major nucleoid-associated proteins of the bacterial nucleoid, which shares high sequence and structural similarity with IHF but differs from the latter in DNA-specificity. Here we we perform an analysis of structural-dynamic properties of HU protein from S. melliferum and compare its behaviour in solution to that of another mycoplasmal HU from M. gallisepticum. The high-resolution heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy was coupled with molecular-dynamics study and comparative analysis of thermal denaturation of both mycoplasmal HU proteins...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Danielle I Rock, Andrew H Smith, Jonah Joffe, Amie Albertus, Narayan Wong, Michael O'Connor, Kerry M Oliver, Jacob A Russell
Animal-associated microbiomes are often comprised of structured, multispecies communities, with particular microbes showing trends of co-occurrence or exclusion. Such structure suggests variable community stability, or variable costs and benefits-possibilities with implications for symbiont-driven host adaptation. In this study, we performed systematic screening for maternally transmitted, facultative endosymbionts of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Sampling across six locales, with up to 5 years of collection in each, netted significant and consistent trends of community structure...
December 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
Matthew J Ballinger, Logan D Moore, Steve J Perlman
Microbial partners play important roles in the biology and ecology of animals. In insects, maternally transmitted symbionts are especially common and can have host effects ranging from reproductive manipulation to nutrient provisioning and defense against natural enemies. In this study, we report a genus-wide association of Myrmica ants with the inherited bacterial symbiont Spiroplasma We screen Myrmica ants collected from the wild, including the invasive European fire ant, Myrmica rubra , and find an extraordinarily high prevalence of this symbiont-8 of 9 species, 42 of 43 colonies, and 250 of 276 individual workers harbored Spiroplasma -only one host species was uninfected...
February 15, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Wen-Sui Lo, Chih-Horng Kuo
Genetic differentiation among symbiotic bacteria is important in shaping biodiversity. The genus Spiroplasma contains species occupying diverse niches and is a model system for symbiont evolution. Previous studies have established that two mosquito-associated species have diverged extensively in their carbohydrate metabolism genes despite having a close phylogenetic relationship. Notably, although the commensal Spiroplasma diminutum lacks identifiable pathogenicity factors, the pathogenic Spiroplasma taiwanense was found to have acquired a virulence factor glpO and its associated genes through horizontal transfer...
December 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
Frank O Bastian, James Lynch, Sue Hagius, Xiaochu Wu, Greg McCormick, Donald G Luther, Philip H Elzer
Spiroplasma spp., tiny filterable wall-less bacteria, are consistently associated with the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Spiral forms have been transiently isolated from TSE-affected brain tissues in SP4 growth media designed for isolation of Spiroplasma spp., but the isolate could not be propagated in SP4 media. A bacterium must grow in vitro in cell-free cultures to allow full characterization of a suspect pathogen. Here, a novel Spiroplasma sp. was isolated from scrapie- and chronic wasting disease (CWD)-affected brains and lymph nodes...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Sharon T Chepkemoi, Enock Mararo, Hellen Butungi, Juan Paredes, Daniel Masiga, Steven P Sinkins, Jeremy K Herren
Background: Insect symbionts have the potential to block the transmission of vector-borne diseases by their hosts. The advancement of a symbiont-based transmission blocking strategy for malaria requires the identification and study of Anopheles symbionts. Methods: High throughput 16S amplicon sequencing was used to profile the bacteria associated with Anopheles gambiae sensu lato and identify potential symbionts. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with specific primers were subsequently used to monitor symbiont prevalence in field populations, as well as symbiont transmission patterns...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
A Raoul Van Oosten, Olivier Duron, Dieter J A Heylen
Studies on sex ratio are of fundamental importance for understanding the biology of populations and biological control of pests and pathogens. In most Ixodes tick species, only females feed in the adult stage and, hence, contribute to pathogen transmission. The tree-hole tick Ixodes arboricola infests cavity-nesting birds and has limited dispersal possibilities. It plays an important role in the maintenance of zoonotic disease cycles. Here, we quantified the sex ratio of 718 adult I. arboricola ticks obtained from a laboratory stock at nine distinct periods (cohorts) from 2008 to 2015...
November 11, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Ofir Lidor, Orit Dror, Dor Hamershlak, Nofar Shoshana, Eduard Belausov, Tirtza Zahavi, Netta Mozes-Daube, Vered Naor, Einat Zchori-Fein, Lilach Iasur-Kruh, Ofir Bahar
BACKGROUND: Phytoplasma, the causative agent of Bois Noir disease of grapevines, are vectored by the planthopper Hyalesthes obsoletus (Hemiptera: Cixiidae). A Dyella-like bacterium (DLB) isolated from H. obsoletus inhibits the growth of Spiroplasma melliferum, a cultivable relative of phytoplasma. Additional evidence suggests that DLB can reduce the symptoms of yellows disease in grapevine plantlets. The aim of this study was to test whether DLB could colonize a range of phytoplasma- and liberibacter-sensitive crop plants, and thus assess its potential agricultural use...
April 2018: Pest Management Science
Lihua Zhang, Guimin Zhang, Yueli Yun, Yu Peng
Arthropods are associated with various microorganisms which confer benefits to their hosts. Recently, research has been conducted on bacterial communities of insects to provide an insight into the potential interactions of the symbiotic bacteria and their hosts. Spiders are interesting to study as they are perceived to be natural enemies of pests. The effect of endosymbionts on spiders has been reported, but little is known about the overall bacterial communities present in spiders. Here, we report on the characterization of bacterial communities present in the whole body of the spider Marpiss magister using Illumina sequencing of 16S rRNA amplicons...
December 2017: 3 Biotech
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