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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174306/a-mobile-element-in-muts-drives-hypermutation-in-a-marine-vibrio
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Nathaniel D Chu, Sean A Clarke, Sonia Timberlake, Martin F Polz, Alan D Grossman, Eric J Alm
: Bacteria face a trade-off between genetic fidelity, which reduces deleterious mistakes in the genome, and genetic innovation, which allows organisms to adapt. Evidence suggests that many bacteria balance this trade-off by modulating their mutation rates, but few mechanisms have been described for such modulation. Following experimental evolution and whole-genome resequencing of the marine bacterium Vibrio splendidus 12B01, we discovered one such mechanism, which allows this bacterium to switch to an elevated mutation rate...
February 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164795/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-genus-enterococcus
#2
Zhi Zhong, Wenyi Zhang, Yuqin Song, Wenjun Liu, Haiyan Xu, Xiaoxia Xi, Bilige Menghe, Heping Zhang, Zhihong Sun
As important lactic acid bacteria, Enterococcus species are widely used in the production of fermented food. However, as some strains of Enterococcus are opportunistic pathogens, their safety has not been generally accepted. In recent years, a large number of new species have been described and classified within the genus Enterococcus, so a better understanding of the genetic relationships and evolution of Enterococcus species is needed. In this study, the genomes of 29 type strains of Enterococcus species were sequenced...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127420/permanent-draft-genome-of-thiobacillus-thioparus-dsm-505-t-an-obligately-chemolithoautotrophic-member-of-the-betaproteobacteria
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Lee P Hutt, Marcel Huntemann, Alicia Clum, Manoj Pillay, Krishnaveni Palaniappan, Neha Varghese, Natalia Mikhailova, Dimitrios Stamatis, Tatiparthi Reddy, Chris Daum, Nicole Shapiro, Natalia Ivanova, Nikos Kyrpides, Tanja Woyke, Rich Boden
Thiobacillus thioparus DSM 505(T) is one of first two isolated strains of inorganic sulfur-oxidising Bacteria. The original strain of T. thioparus was lost almost 100 years ago and the working type strain is Culture C(T) (=DSM 505(T) = ATCC 8158(T)) isolated by Starkey in 1934 from agricultural soil at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. It is an obligate chemolithoautotroph that conserves energy from the oxidation of reduced inorganic sulfur compounds using the Kelly-Trudinger pathway and uses it to fix carbon dioxide It is not capable of heterotrophic or mixotrophic growth...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088165/genomic-characterization-of-ensifer-aridi-a-proposed-new-species-of-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobium-recovered-from-asian-african-and-american-deserts
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Antoine Le Quéré, Nisha Tak, Hukam Singh Gehlot, Celine Lavire, Thibault Meyer, David Chapulliot, Sonam Rathi, Ilham Sakrouhi, Guadalupe Rocha, Marine Rohmer, Dany Severac, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, Jose-Antonio Munive
BACKGROUND: Nitrogen fixing bacteria isolated from hot arid areas in Asia, Africa and America but from diverse leguminous plants have been recently identified as belonging to a possible new species of Ensifer (Sinorhizobium). In this study, 6 strains belonging to this new clade were compared with Ensifer species at the genome-wide level. Their capacities to utilize various carbon sources and to establish a symbiotic interaction with several leguminous plants were examined. RESULTS: Draft genomes of selected strains isolated from Morocco (Merzouga desert), Mexico (Baja California) as well as from India (Thar desert) were produced...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087696/genetic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-gene-operon-for-trans-aconitic-acid-a-novel-nematicide-from-bacillus-thuringiensis
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Cuiying Du, Shiyun Cao, Xiangyu Shi, Xiangtao Nie, Jinshui Zheng, Yun Deng, Lifang Ruan, Donghai Peng, Ming Sun
Trans-aconitic acid (TAA) is an isomer of cis-aconitic acid (CAA), an intermediate of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle that is synthesized by aconitase. Although TAA production has been detected in bacteria and plants for many years and is known to be a potent inhibitor of aconitase, its biosynthetic origins and the physiological relevance of its activity have remained unclear. We have serendipitously uncovered key information relevant to both of these questions. Specifically, in a search for novel nematicidal factors from Bacillus thuringiensis, a significant nematode pathogen harboring many protein virulence factors, we discovered a high-yielding component that showed activity against the plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne incognita and surprisingly identified it as TAA...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072419/an-acid-tolerant-ammonia-oxidizing-%C3%AE-proteobacterium-from-soil
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Masahito Hayatsu, Kanako Tago, Ikuo Uchiyama, Atsushi Toyoda, Yong Wang, Yumi Shimomura, Takashi Okubo, Futoshi Kurisu, Yuhei Hirono, Kunihiko Nonaka, Hiroko Akiyama, Takehiko Itoh, Hideto Takami
Nitrification, the microbial oxidation of ammonia to nitrate via nitrite, occurs in a wide range of acidic soils. However, the ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that have been isolated from soil to date are acid-sensitive. Here we report the isolation and characterization of an acid-adapted AOB from an acidic agricultural soil. The isolated AOB, strain TAO100, is classified within the Gammaproteobacteria based on phylogenetic characteristics. TAO100 can grow in the pH range of 5-7.5 and survive in highly acidic conditions until pH 2 by forming cell aggregates...
January 10, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025249/glucosylglycerate-metabolism-bioversatility-and-mycobacterial-survival
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REVIEW
Daniela Nunes-Costa, Ana Maranha, Mafalda Costa, Susana Alarico, Nuno Empadinhas
Despite the progressive decline in tuberculosis mortality, strains resistant to our dated antibiotics remain a global threat, as are the emerging nontuberculous mycobacteria, ubiquitous in natural and human environments. This pressing situation boosted by debilitated immune systems, chronic illness and the aged population calls for efficient strategies to fight these successful organisms, and identifying pathways critical for their survival is a crucial step towards this goal. In this context, the glycoside glucosylglycerate (GG) has been implicated in the adaptation of mycobacteria to nitrogen starvation and to thermal stress, and the key gene for GG synthesis has been considered essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth...
December 26, 2016: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018304/identification-of-electrode-respiring-hydrocarbonoclastic-bacterial-strain-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-mk2-highlights-the-untapped-potential-for-environmental-bioremediation
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Krishnaveni Venkidusamy, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Electrode respiring bacteria (ERB) possess a great potential for many biotechnological applications such as microbial electrochemical remediation systems (MERS) because of their exoelectrogenic capabilities to degrade xenobiotic pollutants. Very few ERB have been isolated from MERS, those exhibited a bioremediation potential toward organic contaminants. Here we report once such bacterial strain, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia MK2, a facultative anaerobic bacterium isolated from a hydrocarbon fed MERS, showed a potent hydrocarbonoclastic behavior under aerobic and anaerobic environments...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966343/biosynthetic-origin-of-the-ether-ring-in-platensimycin
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Jeffrey D Rudolf, Liao-Bin Dong, Karina Manoogian, Ben Shen
Platensimycin (PTM) and platencin (PTN) are highly functionalized bacterial diterpenoid natural products that target bacterial and mammalian fatty acid synthases. PTM and PTN feature varying diterpene-derived ketolides that are linked to the same 3-amino-2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid moiety. As a result, PTM is a selective inhibitor for FabF/FabB, while PTN is a dual inhibitor of FabF/FabB and FabH. We previously determined that the PTM cassette, consisting of five genes found in the ptm, but not ptn, gene cluster, partitions the biosynthesis of the PTM and PTN diterpene-derived ketolides...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965627/bacteriophage-wo-can-mediate-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-endosymbiotic-wolbachia-genomes
#10
Guan H Wang, Bao F Sun, Tuan L Xiong, Yan K Wang, Kristen E Murfin, Jin H Xiao, Da W Huang
Phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is common in free-living bacteria, and many transferred genes can play a significant role in their new bacterial hosts. However, there are few reports concerning phage-mediated HGT in endosymbionts (obligate intracellular bacteria within animal or plant hosts), such as Wolbachia. The Wolbachia-infecting temperate phage WO can actively shift among Wolbachia genomes and has the potential to mediate HGT between Wolbachia strains. In the present study, we extend previous findings by validating that the phage WO can mediate transfer of non-phage genes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926825/mycobacterium-malmesburyense-sp-nov-a-novel-non-tuberculous-mycobacterium-species-revealed-by-multiple-gene-sequence-characterization
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Nomakorinte Gcebe, Victor Rutten, Nicolaas Gey van Pittius, Brendon Naicker, Anita Michel
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous in the environment and an increasing number of NTM species have been isolated and characterized from both humans and animals, highlighting the zoonotic potential of these bacteria. Host exposure to NTM may impact on cross-reactive immune responsiveness which may affect diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis and may also play a role in the variability of the efficacy of Mycobacterium bovis BCG vaccination against tuberculosis. In this study we characterized 10 NTM isolates originating from water, soil, nasal swabs of cattle and African buffalo as well as bovine tissue samples...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916622/a-novel-group-of-incq1-plasmids-conferring-multidrug-resistance
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M Oliva, R Monno, P D'Addabbo, G Pesole, A M Dionisi, M Scrascia, M Chiara, D S Horner, C Manzari, I Luzzi, C Calia, A M D'Erchia, C Pazzani
The IncQ is a group of non-conjugative but mobilisable plasmids that are found and stably maintained in a wide range of bacteria contributing to the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes and to the insurgence of multidrug resistant bacteria. Here we report the identification, in clinical Salmonella Typhimurium strains, of an IncQ1 plasmid (pNUC) which confers resistance to sulfamethoxazole, streptomycin and tetracycline through the presence of sul2, strAB and tetA genes, respectively. pNUC was detected in five multidrug resistant S...
January 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911822/urban-park-soil-microbiomes-are-a-rich-reservoir-of-natural-product-biosynthetic-diversity
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Zachary Charlop-Powers, Clara C Pregitzer, Christophe Lemetre, Melinda A Ternei, Jeffrey Maniko, Bradley M Hover, Paula Y Calle, Krista L McGuire, Jeanne Garbarino, Helen M Forgione, Sarah Charlop-Powers, Sean F Brady
Numerous therapeutically relevant small molecules have been identified from the screening of natural products (NPs) produced by environmental bacteria. These discovery efforts have principally focused on culturing bacteria from natural environments rich in biodiversity. We sought to assess the biosynthetic capacity of urban soil environments using a phylogenetic analysis of conserved NP biosynthetic genes amplified directly from DNA isolated from New York City park soils. By sequencing genes involved in the biosynthesis of nonribosomal peptides and polyketides, we found that urban park soil microbiomes are both rich in biosynthetic diversity and distinct from nonurban samples in their biosynthetic gene composition...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907189/structural-insights-into-streptococcal-competence-regulation-by-the-cell-to-cell-communication-system-comrs
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Antoine Talagas, Laetitia Fontaine, Laura Ledesma-García, Johann Mignolet, Inès Li de la Sierra-Gallay, Noureddine Lazar, Magali Aumont-Nicaise, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna, Pascal Hols, Sylvie Nessler
In Gram-positive bacteria, cell-to-cell communication mainly relies on extracellular signaling peptides, which elicit a response either indirectly, by triggering a two-component phosphorelay, or directly, by binding to cytoplasmic effectors. The latter comprise the RNPP family (Rgg and original regulators Rap, NprR, PrgX and PlcR), whose members regulate important bacterial processes such as sporulation, conjugation, and virulence. RNPP proteins are increasingly considered as interesting targets for the development of new antibacterial agents...
2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894344/siropins-novel-serine-protease-inhibitors-from-gut-microbiota-acting-on-human-proteases-involved-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Héla Mkaouar, Nizar Akermi, Vincent Mariaule, Samira Boudebbouze, Nadia Gaci, Florette Szukala, Nicolas Pons, Josan Marquez, Ali Gargouri, Emmanuelle Maguin, Moez Rhimi
BACKGROUND: In eukaryotes, the serpins constitute a wide family of protease inhibitors regulating many physiological pathways. Many reports stressed the key role of serpins in several human physiopathologies including mainly the inflammatory bowel diseases. In this context, eukaryotic serpins were largely studied and their use to limit inflammation was reported. In comparison to that, bacterial serpins and mainly those from human gut microbiota remain poorly studied. RESULTS: The two genes encoding for putative serpins from the human gut bacterium Eubacterium sireaum, display low sequence identities...
November 29, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888587/tuberculosis-caused-by-mycobacterium-orygis-in-dairy-cattle-and-captured-monkeys-in-bangladesh-a-new-scenario-of-tuberculosis-in-south-asia
#16
Z Rahim, J Thapa, Y Fukushima, A G M van der Zanden, S V Gordon, Y Suzuki, C Nakajima
Mycobacterium orygis, commonly known as the oryx bacillus and a newly proposed Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex subspecies, was isolated from 18 cattle in a dairy farm and two captured rhesus monkeys in a zoo in Bangladesh. All the infected animals had tuberculosis lesions in their lungs, suggesting transmission and infection with M. orygis by an airborne route. The 20 isolates were analysed using a range of conventional and molecular typing methods, and RD-deletion typing and sequencing of selected genes confirmed the isolates as M...
November 25, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881415/whole-genome-relationships-among-francisella-bacteria-of-diverse-origins-define-new-species-and-provide-specific-regions-for-detection
#17
Jean F Challacombe, Jeannine M Petersen, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, David Hodge, Segaran Pillai, Cheryl R Kuske
: Francisella tularensis is a highly virulent zoonotic pathogen that causes tularemia and, because of weaponization efforts in past world wars, is considered a tier 1 biothreat agent. Detection and surveillance of F. tularensis may be confounded by the presence of uncharacterized, closely related organisms. Through DNA-based diagnostics and environmental surveys, novel clinical and environmental Francisella isolates have been obtained in recent years. Here we present 7 new Francisella genomes and a comparison of their characteristics to each other and to 24 publicly available genomes as well as a comparative analysis of 16S rRNA and sdhA genes from over 90 Francisella strains...
February 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862299/cartilage-acidic-protein-1-a-new-member-of-the-beta-propeller-protein-family-with-amyloid-propensity
#18
Liliana Anjos, Isabel Morgado, Marta Guerreiro, João C R Cardoso, Eduardo P Melo, Deborah M Power
Cartilage acidic protein1 (CRTAC1) is an extracellular matrix protein of chondrogenic tissue in humans and its presence in bacteria indicate it is of ancient origin. Structural modeling of piscine CRTAC1 reveals it belongs to the large family of beta-propeller proteins that in mammals have been associated with diseases, including amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's. In order to characterize the structure/function evolution of this new member of the beta-propeller family we exploited the unique characteristics of piscine duplicate genes Crtac1a and Crtac1b and compared their structural and biochemical modifications with human recombinant CRTAC1...
November 12, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827008/homologous-recombination-and-xylella-fastidiosa-host-pathogen-associations-in-south-america
#19
Helvécio D Coletta-Filho, Carolina S Francisco, João R S Lopes, Christiane Muller, Rodrigo P P Almeida
Homologous recombination affects the evolution of bacteria such as Xylella fastidiosa, a naturally competent plant pathogen that requires insect vectors for dispersal. This bacterial species is taxonomically divided into subspecies, with phylogenetic clusters within subspecies that are host specific. One subspecies, pauca, is primarily limited to South America, with the exception of recently reported strains in Europe and Costa Rica. Despite the economic importance of X. fastidiosa subsp. pauca in South America, little is known about its genetic diversity...
March 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822535/an-integrated-metabolomic-and-genomic-mining-workflow-to-uncover-the-biosynthetic-potential-of-bacteria
#20
Maria Maansson, Nikolaj G Vynne, Andreas Klitgaard, Jane L Nybo, Jette Melchiorsen, Don D Nguyen, Laura M Sanchez, Nadine Ziemert, Pieter C Dorrestein, Mikael R Andersen, Lone Gram
Microorganisms are a rich source of bioactives; however, chemical identification is a major bottleneck. Strategies that can prioritize the most prolific microbial strains and novel compounds are of great interest. Here, we present an integrated approach to evaluate the biosynthetic richness in bacteria and mine the associated chemical diversity. Thirteen strains closely related to Pseudoalteromonas luteoviolacea isolated from all over the Earth were analyzed using an untargeted metabolomics strategy, and metabolomic profiles were correlated with whole-genome sequences of the strains...
May 2016: MSystems
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