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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329409/recent-development-of-ori-finder-system-and-doric-database-for-microbial-replication-origins
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Hao Luo, Chun-Lan Quan, Chong Peng, Feng Gao
DNA replication begins at replication origins in all three domains of life. Identification and characterization of replication origins are important not only in providing insights into the structure and function of the replication origins but also in understanding the regulatory mechanisms of the initiation step in DNA replication. The Z-curve method has been used in the identification of replication origins in archaeal genomes successfully since 2002. Furthermore, the Web servers of Ori-Finder and Ori-Finder 2 have been developed to predict replication origins in both bacterial and archaeal genomes based on the Z-curve method, and the replication origins with manual curation have been collected into an online database, DoriC...
January 9, 2018: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328062/cyanobacterial-photosynthesis-under-sulfidic-conditions-insights-from-the-isolate-leptolyngbya-sp-strain-hensonii
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Trinity L Hamilton, Judith M Klatt, Dirk de Beer, Jennifer L Macalady
We report the isolation of a pinnacle-forming cyanobacterium isolated from a microbial mat covering the sediment surface at Little Salt Spring-a flooded sinkhole in Florida with a perennially microoxic and sulfidic water column. The draft genome of the isolate encodes all of the enzymatic machinery necessary for both oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis, as well as genes for methylating hopanoids at the C-2 position. The physiological response of the isolate to H2S is complex: (i) no induction time is necessary for anoxygenic photosynthesis; (ii) rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are regulated by both H2S and irradiance; (iii) O2 production is inhibited by H2S concentrations as low as 1 μM and the recovery rate of oxygenic photosynthesis is dependent on irradiance; (iv) under the optimal light conditions for oxygenic photosynthesis, rates of anoxygenic photosynthesis are nearly double those of oxygenic photosynthesis...
January 12, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327330/microbiome-analysis-and-omics-studies-of-microbial-denitrification-processes-in-wastewater-treatment-recent-advances
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REVIEW
Lili Miao, Zhipei Liu
Nitrogen pollution is an increasingly severe worldwide problem because of drainage of nitrogen-containing wastewater and intensive application of nitrogen-containing fertilizers. Denitrification, a key process in nitrogen cycles, is commonly employed for nitrogen removal in engineered wastewater treatment systems. Biological denitrification is performed by denitrifying microbes (bacteria) that use nitrate as terminal electron acceptor. Better understanding the functions of diverse microbial populations in denitrification-based wastewater treatment systems, and the interactions of these populations with operating environments, is essential for improving both treatment performance and system stability...
January 9, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326279/gut-microbiota-in-cardiovascular-disease-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Takeshi Kitai, W H Wilson Tang
Accumulating evidence supports a relationship between the complexity and diversity of the gut microbiota and host diseases. In addition to alterations in the gut microbial composition, the metabolic potential of gut microbiota has been identified as a contributing factor in the development of diseases. Recent technological developments of molecular and biochemical analyses enable us to detect and characterize the gut microbiota via assessment and classification of its genomes and corresponding metabolites. These advances have provided emerging data supporting the role of gut microbiota in various physiological activities including host metabolism, neurological development, energy homeostasis, and immune regulation...
January 16, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325988/arboriscoccus-pini-gen-nov-sp-nov-an-endophyte-from-a-pine-tree-of-the-class-alphaproteobacteria-emended-description-of-geminicoccus-roseus-and-proposal-of-geminicoccaceae-fam-nov
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Diogo N Proença, William B Whitman, Neha Varghese, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, Nikos C Kyrpides, Paula V Morais
Bacterial strain B29T1T was isolated from the endophytic microbial community of a Pinus pinaster tree trunk and characterized. Strain B29T1T stained Gram-negative and formed diplococci that grew optimally at 26-30°C and at pH 6.0-7.0. The G+C content of the DNA was 61.6mol%. The respiratory quinone was ubiquinone 10 (UK-10), and the major fatty acids were C16:0, cyclo-C19:0ω8c and C18:0 12-methyl, representing 64% of the total fatty acids. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences placed strain B29T1T within the order Rhodospirillales in a distinct lineage that also included the genus Geminicoccus...
December 22, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324691/physiological-and-comparative-genomic-analysis-of-arthrobacter-sp-srs-w-1-2016-provides-insights-on-niche-adaptation-for-survival-in-uraniferous-soils
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Ashvini Chauhan, Ashish Pathak, Rajneesh Jaswal, Bobby Edwards Iii, Demario Chappell, Christopher Ball, Reyna Garcia-Sillas, Paul Stothard, John Seaman
Arthrobacter sp. strain SRS-W-1-2016 was isolated on high concentrations of uranium (U) from the Savannah River Site (SRS) that remains co-contaminated by radionuclides, heavy metals, and organics. SRS is located on the northeast bank of the Savannah River (South Carolina, USA), which is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) managed ecosystem left historically contaminated from decades of nuclear weapons production activities. Predominant contaminants within the impacted SRS environment include U and Nickel (Ni), both of which can be transformed microbially into less toxic forms via metal complexation mechanisms...
January 11, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322681/gut-microbiome-contributes-to-impairment-of-immunity-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis-patients-by-alteration-of-butyrate-and-propionate-producers
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Abhijit Maji, Richa Misra, Darshan B Dhakan, Vipin Gupta, Nitish K Mahato, Rituja Saxena, Parul Mittal, Nitin Thukral, Eshan Sharma, Anoop Singh, Richa Virmani, Mohita Gaur, Harshvardhan Singh, Yasha Hasija, Gunjan Arora, Anurag Agrawal, Anil Chaudhry, Jitendra P Khurana, Vineet K Sharma, Rup Lal, Yogendra Singh
Tuberculosis (TB) is primarily associated with decline in immune health status. As gut microbiome (GM) is implicated in the regulation of host immunity and metabolism, here we investigate GM alteration in TB patients by 16S rRNA gene and whole-genome shotgun sequencing. The study group constituted of patients with pulmonary TB and their healthy household contacts as controls (HCs). Significant alteration of microbial taxonomic and functional capacity was observed in patients with active TB as compared to the HCs...
January 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322618/genome-enabled-metabolic-reconstruction-of-dominant-chemosynthetic-colonizers-in-deep-sea-massive-sulfide-deposits
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Shingo Kato, Takazo Shibuya, Yoshihiro Takaki, Miho Hirai, Takuro Nunoura, Katsuhiko Suzuki
Deep-sea massive sulfide deposits remaining after ceasing of hydrothermal activity potentially provide energy for a chemosynthetic ecosystem in the dark, cold marine environments. Although yet-uncultivated bacteria in the phylum Nitrospirae and the class Deltaproteobacteria are known to dominate the microbial communities of sulfide deposits at and below the seafloor, their metabolic capabilities remain largely elusive. Here, we reveal the metabolic potential of these yet-uncultivated bacteria in hydrothermally inactive sulfide deposits collected at the Southern Mariana Trough by seafloor drilling...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319470/coupling-next-generation-sequencing-to-dominant-positive-screens-for-finding-antibiotic-cellular-targets-and-resistance-mechanisms-in-escherichia-coli
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Hélène Gingras, Bédis Dridi, Philippe Leprohon, Marc Ouellette
In order to expedite the discovery of genes coding for either drug targets or antibiotic resistance, we have developed a functional genomic strategy termed Plas-Seq. This technique involves coupling a multicopy suppressor library to next-generation sequencing. We generated an Escherichia coli plasmid genomic library that was transformed into E. coli. These transformants were selected step by step using 0.25× to 2× minimum inhibitory concentrations for ceftriaxone, gentamicin, levofloxacin, tetracycline or trimethoprim...
January 10, 2018: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318441/transforming-bacterial-disease-surveillance-and-investigation-using-whole-genome-sequence-to-probe-the-trace
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REVIEW
Biao Kan, Haijian Zhou, Pengcheng Du, Wen Zhang, Xin Lu, Tian Qin, Jianguo Xu
Two decades have passed since the first bacterial whole-genome sequencing, which provides new opportunity for microbial genome. Consequently, considerable genetic diversity encoded by bacterial genomes and among the strains in the same species has been revealed. In recent years, genome sequencing techniques and bioinformatics have developed rapidly, which has resulted in transformation and expedited the application of strategy and methodology for bacterial genome comparison used in dissection of infectious disease epidemics...
January 9, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318202/fundamental-crispr-cas9-tools-and-current-applications-in-microbial-systems
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REVIEW
Pingfang Tian, Jia Wang, Xiaolin Shen, Justin Forrest Rey, Qipeng Yuan, Yajun Yan
Derived from the bacterial adaptive immune system, CRISPR technology has revolutionized conventional genetic engineering methods and unprecedentedly facilitated strain engineering. In this review, we outline the fundamental CRISPR tools that have been employed for strain optimization. These tools include CRISPR editing, CRISPR interference, CRISPR activation and protein imaging. To further characterize the CRISPR technology, we present current applications of these tools in microbial systems, including model- and non-model industrial microorganisms...
September 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318200/genome-and-metabolic-engineering-in-non-conventional-yeasts-current-advances-and-applications
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REVIEW
Ann-Kathrin Löbs, Cory Schwartz, Ian Wheeldon
Microbial production of chemicals and proteins from biomass-derived and waste sugar streams is a rapidly growing area of research and development. While the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an excellent host for the conversion of glucose to ethanol, production of other chemicals from alternative substrates often requires extensive strain engineering. To avoid complex and intensive engineering of S. cerevisiae, other yeasts are often selected as hosts for bioprocessing based on their natural capacity to produce a desired product: for example, the efficient production and secretion of proteins, lipids, and primary metabolites that have value as commodity chemicals...
September 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317760/shape-dependent-physical-mutilation-and-lethal-effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-bacteria
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Debashish Acharya, K Malabika Singha, Piyush Pandey, Bidhan Mohanta, Jina Rajkumari, L Paikhomba Singha
In this report, spherical silver nanoparticle (AgNP-sp) and rod-shaped silver nanoparticle (AgNR) were prepared by chemical reduction method and their antibacterial activity against various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria had been evaluated for their efficiency. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) tests were conducted to study the antibacterial properties, and substantiated with killing kinetics of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The study revealed that both AgNP-sp and AgNRs are good antibacterial candidates...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316545/survival-of-viruses-in-water
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Anthony Pinon, Michèle Vialette
Water, a frequent vehicle for the transmission of viruses, may permit their survival, but many environmental factors will have an adverse effect on the viral population. Risk evaluation requires identification of these factors and assessment of the inactivation rate of infectious viruses. A higher temperature means a faster reduction of the viral population, as do increased sunlight, higher antimicrobial concentration, or higher oxygen levels. Another documented impact is linked to the presence of indigenous microbial populations: virus survival is higher in sterile water...
January 10, 2018: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316123/from-designing-the-molecules-of-life-to-designing-life-future-applications-derived-from-advances-in-dna-technologies
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Richie E Kohman, Aditya M Kunjapur, Eriona Hysolli, Yu Wang, George M Church
Since the elucidation of its structure, DNA has been at the forefront of biological research. In the past half century, an explosion of DNA-based technology development has occurred with the most rapid advances being made for DNA sequencing. In parallel, dramatic improvements have also been made in the synthesis and editing of DNA from the oligonucleotide to the genome scale. In this Review, we will summarize four different subfields relating to DNA technologies following this trajectory of smaller to larger scale...
January 9, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315344/culture-independent-analysis-of-liver-abscess-using-nanopore-sequencing
#16
Liang Gong, Yao-Ting Huang, Chee-Hong Wong, Wen-Cheng Chao, Zong-Yen Wu, Chia-Lin Wei, Po-Yu Liu
The identification of microbial species has depended predominantly upon culture-based techniques. However, the difficulty with which types of organisms are cultured implies that the grown species may be overrepresented by both cultivation and plate counts. In recent years, culture-independent analysis using high-throughput sequencing has been advocated for use as a point-of-care diagnostic tool. Although it offers a rapid and unbiased survey to characterize the pathogens in clinical specimens, its accuracy is reduced by the high level of contamination of human DNA...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314766/gpsit-an-automated-method-for-evolutionary-analysis-of-nonculturable-ciliated-microeukaryotes
#17
Xiao Chen, Yurui Wang, Yalan Sheng, Alan Warren, Shan Gao
Microeukaryotes are among the most important components of the microbial food web in almost all aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. In order to gain a better understanding their roles and functions in ecosystems, sequencing coupled with phylogenomic analyses of entire genomes or transcriptomes are increasingly used to reconstruct the evolutionary history and classification of these microeukaryotes and thus provide a more robust framework for determining their systematics and diversity. More importantly, phylogenomic research usually requires high levels of hands-on bioinformatics experience...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314604/unravelling-the-identity-metabolic-potential-and-global-biogeography-of-the-atmospheric-methane-oxidising-upland-soil-cluster-%C3%AE
#18
Jennifer Pratscher, John Vollmers, Sandra Wiegand, Marc G Dumont, Anne-Kristin Kaster
Understanding of global methane sources and sinks is a prerequisite for the design of strategies to counteract global warming. Microbial methane oxidation in soils represents the largest biological sink for atmospheric methane. However, still very little is known about the identity, metabolic properties, and distribution of the microbial group proposed to be responsible for most of this uptake, the uncultivated upland soil cluster α (USCα). Here, we reconstructed a draft genome of USCα from a combination of targeted cell sorting and metagenomes from forest soil, providing the first insights into its metabolic potential and environmental adaptation strategies...
January 3, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311644/dynamics-of-metatranscription-in-the-inflammatory-bowel-disease-gut-microbiome
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Melanie Schirmer, Eric A Franzosa, Jason Lloyd-Price, Lauren J McIver, Randall Schwager, Tiffany W Poon, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan, Elizabeth Andrews, Gildardo Barron, Kathleen Lake, Mahadev Prasad, Jenny Sauk, Betsy Stevens, Robin G Wilson, Jonathan Braun, Lee A Denson, Subra Kugathasan, Dermot P B McGovern, Hera Vlamakis, Ramnik J Xavier, Curtis Huttenhower
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic diseases of the digestive tract that affects millions of people worldwide. Genetic, environmental and microbial factors have been implicated in the onset and exacerbation of IBD. However, the mechanisms associating gut microbial dysbioses and aberrant immune responses remain largely unknown. The integrative Human Microbiome Project seeks to close these gaps by examining the dynamics of microbiome functionality in disease by profiling the gut microbiomes of >100 individuals sampled over a 1-year period...
January 8, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311123/the-gut-microbiome-and-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Javier Ochoa-Repáraz, Trevor O Kirby, Lloyd H Kasper
The microbiome can be defined as the sum of the microbial and host's genome. Recent information regarding this complex organ suggests that in animal models of multiple sclerosis (MS), the composition of the gut microbiome can be altered, giving rise to both the effector and regulatory phases of central nervous system (CNS) demyelination. Experimental findings during the past decade in animal models of MS have provided clear evidence for the significant role of gut microbes in both the effector and regulatory phase of this condition...
January 8, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
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