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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212383/novel-molecular-structural-and-evolutionary-characteristics-of-the-phosphoketolases-from-bifidobacteria-and-coriobacteriales
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Radhey S Gupta, Anish Nanda, Bijendra Khadka
Members from the order Bifidobacteriales, which include many species exhibiting health promoting effects, differ from all other organisms in using a unique pathway for carbohydrate metabolism, known as the "bifid shunt", which utilizes the enzyme phosphoketolase (PK) to carry out the phosphorolysis of both fructose-6-phosphate (F6P) and xylulose-5-phosphate (X5P). In contrast to bifidobacteria, the PKs found in other organisms (referred to XPK) are able to metabolize primarily X5P and show very little activity towards F6P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211334/adsorption-capacity-of-multiple-dna-sources-to-clay-minerals-and-environmental-soil-matrices-less-than-previously-estimated
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Courtney M Gardner, Claudia K Gunsch
The cultivation and consumption of transgenic crops continues to be a widely debated topic, as the potential ecological impacts are not fully understood. In particular, because antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) have historically been used as selectable markers in the genetic engineering of transgenic crops, it is important to determine if the genetic constructs found in decomposing transgenic crops persist long enough in the environment and if they can be transferred horizontally to indigenous microorganisms...
February 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211331/sulfamethoxazole-and-cod-increase-abundance-of-sulfonamide-resistance-genes-and-change-bacterial-community-structures-within-sequencing-batch-reactors
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Xueping Guo, Weihai Pang, Chunling Dou, Daqiang Yin
The abundant microbial community in biological treatment processes in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may potentially enhance the horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic resistance genes with the presence of antibiotics. A lab-scale sequencing batch reactor was designed to investigate response of sulfonamide resistance genes (sulI, sulII) and bacterial communities to various concentrations of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) of wastewater. The SMX concentrations (0.001 mg/L, 0.1 mg/L and 10 mg/L) decreased with treatment time and higher SMX level was more difficult to remove...
February 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207825/discovery-of-a-new-family-of-relaxases-in-firmicutes-bacteria
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Gayetri Ramachandran, Andrés Miguel-Arribas, David Abia, Praveen K Singh, Isidro Crespo, César Gago-Córdoba, Jian An Hao, Juan Roman Luque-Ortega, Carlos Alfonso, Ling J Wu, D Roeland Boer, Wilfried J J Meijer
Antibiotic resistance is a serious global problem. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARG), which are widespread in environmental bacteria, can be transferred to pathogenic bacteria via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Gut microbiomes are especially apt for the emergence and dissemination of ARG. Conjugation is the HGT route that is predominantly responsible for the spread of ARG. Little is known about conjugative elements of Gram-positive bacteria, including those of the phylum Firmicutes, which are abundantly present in gut microbiomes...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206693/plasmid-and-clonal-interference-during-post-horizontal-gene-transfer-evolution
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S Bedhomme, D Perez Pantoja, I G Bravo
Plasmids are nucleic acid molecules that can drive their own replication in a living cell. They can be transmitted horizontally and can thrive in the host cell to high copy numbers. Plasmid replication and gene expression consume cellular resources and cells carrying plasmids incur fitness costs. But many plasmids carry genes that can be beneficial under certain conditions, allowing the cell to endure in the presence of antibiotics, toxins, competitors or parasites. Horizontal transfer of plasmid-encoded genes can thus instantaneously confer differential adaptation to local or transient selection conditions...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202954/in-vitro-characterization-and-concerted-function-of-three-core-enzymes-of-a-glycyl-radical-enzyme-associated-bacterial-microcompartment
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Jan Zarzycki, Markus Sutter, Niña Socorro Cortina, Tobias J Erb, Cheryl A Kerfeld
Many bacteria encode proteinaceous bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) that encapsulate sequential enzymatic reactions of diverse metabolic pathways. Well-characterized BMCs include carboxysomes for CO2-fixation, and propanediol- and ethanolamine-utilizing microcompartments that contain B12-dependent enzymes. Genes required to form BMCs are typically organized in gene clusters, which promoted their distribution across phyla by horizontal gene transfer. Recently, BMCs associated with glycyl radical enzymes (GREs) were discovered; these are widespread and comprise at least three functionally distinct types...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201991/plasmid-diversity-and-phylogenetic-consistency-in-the-lyme-disease-agent-borrelia-burgdorferi
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Sherwood R Casjens, Eddie B Gilcrease, Marija Vujadinovic, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Benjamin J Luft, Steven E Schutzer, Claire M Fraser, Wei-Gang Qiu
BACKGROUND: Bacteria from the genus Borrelia are known to harbor numerous linear and circular plasmids. We report here a comparative analysis of the nucleotide sequences of 236 plasmids present in fourteen independent isolates of the Lyme disease agent B. burgdorferi. RESULTS: We have sequenced the genomes of 14 B. burgdorferi sensu stricto isolates that carry a total of 236 plasmids. These individual isolates carry between seven and 23 plasmids. Their chromosomes, the cp26 and cp32 circular plasmids, as well as the lp54 linear plasmid, are quite evolutionarily stable; however, the remaining plasmids have undergone numerous non-homologous and often duplicative recombination events...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199080/characterization-of-cyp115-as-a-gibberellin-3-oxidase-indicates-that-certain-rhizobia-can-produce-bioactive-gibberellin-a4
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Ryan S Nett, Tiffany Contreras, Reuben J Peters
The gibberellin (GA) phytohormones are produced not only by plants but also by fungi and bacteria. Previous characterization of a cytochrome P450 (CYP)-rich GA biosynthetic operon found in many symbiotic, nitrogen-fixing rhizobia led to the elucidation of bacterial GA biosynthesis and implicated GA9 as the final product. However, GA9 does not exhibit hormonal/biological activity and presumably requires further transformation to elicit an effect in the legume host plant. Some rhizobia that contain the GA operon also possess an additional CYP (CYP115), and here we show that this acts as a GA 3-oxidase to produce bioactive GA4 from GA9...
February 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194158/role-and-regulation-of-acc-deaminase-gene-in-sinorhizobium-meliloti-is-it-a-symbiotic-rhizospheric-or-endophytic-gene
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Alice Checcucci, Elisa Azzarello, Marco Bazzicalupo, Anna De Carlo, Giovanni Emiliani, Stefano Mancuso, Giulia Spini, Carlo Viti, Alessio Mengoni
Plant-associated bacteria exhibit a number of different strategies and specific genes allow bacteria to communicate and metabolically interact with plant tissues. Among the genes found in the genomes of plant-associated bacteria, the gene encoding the enzyme 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase (acdS) is one of the most diffused. This gene is supposed to be involved in the cleaving of plant-produced ACC, the precursor of the plant stress-hormone ethylene toning down the plant response to infection...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193728/mobile-introns-shape-the-genetic-diversity-of-their-host-genes
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Jelena Repar, Tobias Warnecke
Self-splicing introns populate several highly conserved protein-coding genes in fungal and plant mitochondria. In fungi, many of these introns have retained their ability to spread to intron-free target sites, often assisted by intron-encoded endonucleases that initiate the homing process. Here, leveraging population genomic data from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and Lachancea kluyveri, we expose non-random patterns of genetic diversity in exons that border self-splicing introns. In particular, we show that, in all three species, the density of single nucleotide polymorphisms increases as one approaches a mobile intron...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193673/structure-of-the-escherichia-coli-proq-rna-chaperone-protein
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Grecia Gonzalez, Steven Hardwick, Sarah L Maslen, J Mark Skehel, Erik Holmqvist, Jörg Vogel, Alex Bateman, Ben Luisi, R William Broadhurst
The protein ProQ has recently been identified as a global RNA chaperone in Salmonella, and a similar role is anticipated for its numerous homologues in divergent bacterial species. We report the solution structure of Escherichia coli ProQ, revealing an N-terminal FinO-like domain, a C-terminal domain that unexpectedly has a Tudor-domain fold commonly found in eukaryotes, and an elongated bridging intra-domain linker that is flexible but nonetheless incompressible. Structure based sequence analysis suggests that the Tudor domain was acquired through horizontal gene transfer and gene fusion to the ancestral FinO-like domain...
February 13, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187427/genomic-islands-an-overview-of-current-software-and-future-improvements
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Siomar de Castro Soares, Letícia de Castro Oliveira, Arun Kumar Jaiswal, Vasco Azevedo
Microbes are highly diverse and widely distributed organisms. They account for ~60% of Earth’s biomass and new predictions point for the existence of 1011 to 1012 species, which are constantly sharing genes through several different mechanisms. Genomic Islands (GI) are critical in this context, as they are large regions acquired through horizontal gene transfer. Also, they present common features like genomic signature deviation, transposase genes, flanking tRNAs and insertion sequences. GIs carry large numbers of genes related to specific lifestyle and are commonly classified in Pathogenicity, Resistance, Metabolic or Symbiotic Islands...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184216/porphyromonas-gingivalis-uses-specific-domain-rearrangements-and-allelic-exchange-to-generate-diversity-in-surface-virulence-factors
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Stuart G Dashper, Helen L Mitchell, Christine A Seers, Simon L Gladman, Torsten Seemann, Dieter M Bulach, P Scott Chandry, Keith J Cross, Steven M Cleal, Eric C Reynolds
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen of chronic periodontitis. The virulence of P. gingivalis is reported to be strain related and there are currently a number of strain typing schemes based on variation in capsular polysaccharide, the major and minor fimbriae and adhesin domains of Lys-gingipain (Kgp), amongst other surface proteins. P. gingivalis can exchange chromosomal DNA between strains by natural competence and conjugation. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic variability of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182844/characterization-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-from-lactobacillus-isolated-from-traditional-dairy-products
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Huiling Guo, Lin Pan, Lina Li, Jie Lu, Laiyu Kwok, Bilige Menghe, Heping Zhang, Wenyi Zhang
Lactobacilli are widely used as starter cultures or probiotics in yoghurt, cheese, beer, wine, pickles, preserved food, and silage. They are generally recognized as safe (GRAS). However, recent studies have shown that some lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains carry antibiotic resistance genes and are resistant to antibiotics. Some of them may even transfer their intrinsic antibiotic resistance genes to other LAB or pathogens via horizontal gene transfer, thus threatening human health. A total of 33 Lactobacillus strains was isolated from fermented milk collected from different areas of China...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177699/comparing-phylogenetic-trees-by-matching-nodes-using-the-transfer-distance-between-partitions
#15
Damian Bogdanowicz, Krzysztof Giaro
Ability to quantify dissimilarity of different phylogenetic trees describing the relationship between the same group of taxa is required in various types of phylogenetic studies. For example, such metrics are used to assess the quality of phylogeny construction methods, to define optimization criteria in supertree building algorithms, or to find horizontal gene transfer (HGT) events. Among the set of metrics described so far in the literature, the most commonly used seems to be the Robinson-Foulds distance...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174620/complete-genome-sequence-of-thermus-brockianus-ge-1-reveals-key-enzymes-of-xylan-xylose-metabolism
#16
Christian Schäfers, Saskia Blank, Sigrid Wiebusch, Skander Elleuche, Garabed Antranikian
Thermus brockianus strain GE-1 is a thermophilic, Gram-negative, rod-shaped and non-motile bacterium that was isolated from the Geysir geothermal area, Iceland. Like other thermophiles, Thermus species are often used as model organisms to understand the mechanism of action of extremozymes, especially focusing on their heat-activity and thermostability. Genome-specific features of T. brockianus GE-1 and their properties further help to explain processes of the adaption of extremophiles at elevated temperatures...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174588/eare-1-a-transcriptionally-active-ty1-copia-like-retrotransposon-has-colonized-the-genome-of-excoecaria-agallocha-through-horizontal-transfer
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Jianhua Huang, Yushuai Wang, Wenwen Liu, Xu Shen, Qiang Fan, Shuguang Jian, Tian Tang
Long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons constitute the majority of the content of angiosperm genomes, but their evolutionary dynamics remain poorly understood. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of a putative full-length (~9550 bp) Ty1/copia-like retrotransposon in Excoecaria agallocha and its evolution in Euphorbiaceae. The so-called EARE-1 is phylogenetically closely related to RIRE-1 from Oryza australiensis, and has proliferated recently (~7.19 Mya) in the E. agallocha genome. An RT-PCR analysis revealed substantial transcription of EARE-1 in all examined organs (leaves, staminate flowers, pistillate flowers, seeds, and roots) in unstressed E...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173753/conjugative-type-ivb-pilus-recognizes-lipopolysaccharide-of-recipient-cells-to-initiate-papi-1-pathogenicity-island-transfer-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#18
Toan Phuoc Hong, Michelle Q Carter, Paolo Struffi, Stefano Casonato, Youai Hao, Joseph S Lam, Stephen Lory, Olivier Jousson
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity island 1 (PAPI-1) is one of the largest genomic islands of this important opportunistic human pathogen. Previous studies have shown that PAPI-1 encodes several putative virulence factors, including a major regulator of biofilm formation and antibiotic-resistance traits. PAPI-1 is horizontally transferable into recipient strains lacking this island via conjugation mediated by the specialized type IV pilus. The PAPI-1 encodes a cluster of ten genes associated with the synthesis and assembly of the type IV pilus...
February 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168224/lifestyle-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-mediated-evolution-of-mucispirillum-schaedleri-a-core-member-of-the-murine-gut-microbiota
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Alexander Loy, Carina Pfann, Michaela Steinberger, Buck Hanson, Simone Herp, Sandrine Brugiroux, João Carlos Gomes Neto, Mark V Boekschoten, Clarissa Schwab, Tim Urich, Amanda E Ramer-Tait, Thomas Rattei, Bärbel Stecher, David Berry
Mucispirillum schaedleri is an abundant inhabitant of the intestinal mucus layer of rodents and other animals and has been suggested to be a pathobiont, a commensal that plays a role in disease. In order to gain insights into its lifestyle, we analyzed the genome and transcriptome of M. schaedleri ASF 457 and performed physiological experiments to test traits predicted by its genome. Although described as a mucus inhabitant, M. schaedleri has limited capacity for degrading host-derived mucosal glycans and other complex polysaccharides...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167670/salmonella-typhi-lipopolysaccharide-o-antigen-modifications-impact-on-serum-resistance-and-antibody-recognition
#20
Erica Kintz, Christian Heiss, Ian Black, Nicholas Donohue, Naj Brown, Mark R Davies, Parastoo Azadi, Stephen Baker, Paul M Kaye, Marjan van der Woude
Salmonella Typhi is a human restricted Gram-negative bacterial pathogen, responsible for causing an estimated 27 million cases of typhoid fever annually leading to 217,000 deaths, and current vaccines do not offer full protection. The O-antigen side chain of the lipopolysaccharide is an immunodominant antigen, can define host-pathogen interactions, and is under consideration as a vaccine target for some Gram-negative species. The composition of the O-antigen can be modified by activity of glycosyltransferase (gtr) operons acquired by horizontal gene transfer...
February 6, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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