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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109168/integrated-omics-analysis-of-specialized-metabolism-in-medicinal-plants
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Amit Rai, Kazuki Saito, Mami Yamazaki
Medicinal plants are the rich source of highly diverse specialized metabolites with important pharmacological properties. Until recently, plant biologists were limited in their approach to explore biosynthetic pathways of these metabolites, mainly due to the scarcity of plant genomics resources. Recent advancements in the high-throughput large-scale analytical methods have enabled plant biologists to discover biosynthetic pathways for important plant-based medicinal metabolites. Reduced cost to generate omics datasets, and the development of computational tools for their analysis and integration have led to the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways of several plant origin bio-active metabolites...
January 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106814/genome-analysis-of-a-novel-broad-host-range-proteobacteria-phage-isolated-from-a-bioreactor-treating-industrial-wastewater
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Marina de Leeuw, Maayan Baron, Asher Brenner, Ariel Kushmaro
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria, and consequently they have a major impact on the development of a microbial population. In this study, the genome of a novel broad host range bacteriophage, Aquamicrobium phage P14, isolated from a wastewater treatment plant, was analyzed. The Aquamicrobium phage P14 was found to infect members of different Proteobacteria classes (Alphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria). This phage contains a 40,551 bp long genome and 60% of its genes had blastx hits. Furthermore, the bacteriophage was found to share more than 50% of its genes with several podoviruses and has the same gene order as other polyvalent bacteriophages...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104660/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-methane-oxidizing-bacterium-candidatus-methylomonas-sp-lwb-isolated-from-movile-cave
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Jason Stephenson, Deepak Kumaresan, Alexandra M Hillebrand-Voiculescu, Elliot Brooks, Andrew S Whiteley, J Colin Murrell
We describe the draft genome sequence of "Candidatus Methylomonas sp. LWB" isolated from Movile Cave microbial mat samples. The genome contains both the soluble and particular methane monooxygenase; however, one of the putative particulate methane monooxygenase gene clusters is ordered pmoABC rather than in the canonical gene arrangement of pmoCAB.
January 19, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103917/a-fast-and-robust-protocol-for-metataxonomic-analysis-using-rnaseq-data
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Jeremy W Cox, Richard A Ballweg, Diana H Taft, Prakash Velayutham, David B Haslam, Aleksey Porollo
BACKGROUND: Metagenomics is a rapidly emerging field aimed to analyze microbial diversity and dynamics by studying the genomic content of the microbiota. Metataxonomics tools analyze high-throughput sequencing data, primarily from 16S rRNA gene sequencing and DNAseq, to identify microorganisms and viruses within a complex mixture. With the growing demand for analysis of the functional microbiome, metatranscriptome studies attract more interest. To make metatranscriptomic data sufficient for metataxonomics, new analytical workflows are needed to deal with sparse and taxonomically less informative sequencing data...
January 19, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103497/host-microbiota-interactions-epigenomic-regulation
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REVIEW
Vivienne Woo, Theresa Alenghat
The coevolution of mammalian hosts and their commensal microbiota has led to the development of complex symbiotic relationships between resident microbes and mammalian cells. Epigenomic modifications enable host cells to alter gene expression without modifying the genetic code, and therefore represent potent mechanisms by which mammalian cells can transcriptionally respond, transiently or stably, to environmental cues. Advances in genome-wide approaches are accelerating our appreciation of microbial influences on host physiology, and increasing evidence highlights that epigenomics represent a level of regulation by which the host integrates and responds to microbial signals...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103055/the-discovery-and-development-of-the-crispr-system-in-applications-in-genome-manipulation
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Veronica Lau, James R Davie
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) associated 9 (Cas9) system is a microbial adaptive immune system that has been recently developed for genomic engineering. From the moment the CRISPR system was discovered in Escherichia coli, the drive to understand the mechanism prevailed, leading to rapid advancement in the knowledge and applications of the CRISPR system. With the ability to characterize and understand the function of the Cas9 endonuclease came the ability to adapt the CRISPR-Cas9 system for use in a variety of applications and disciplines ranging from agriculture to biomedicine...
October 28, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100610/the-measles-virus-receptor-slamf1-can-mediate-particle-endocytosis
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Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro, Jane A McKeating, Dalan Bailey
: The signalling lymphocyte activation molecule F1 (SLAMF1) is both a microbial sensor and entry receptor for Measles virus (MeV). Herein, we describe a new role for SLAMF1 to mediate MeV endocytosis that is in contrast with the alternative, and generally accepted, model that MeV genome enters cells only after fusion at the cell surface. We demonstrated that MeV engagement of SLAMF1 induces dramatic but transient morphological changes, most prominently in the formation of membrane blebs, which were shown to co-localise with incoming viral particles, and rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in infected cells...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097058/determining-virus-host-interactions-and-glycerol-metabolism-profiles-in-geographically-diverse-solar-salterns-with-metagenomics
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Abraham G Moller, Chun Liang
Solar salterns are excellent model ecosystems for studying virus-microbial interactions because of their low microbial diversity, environmental stability, and high viral density. By using the power of CRISPR spacers to link viruses to their prokaryotic hosts, we explored virus-host interactions in geographically diverse salterns. Using taxonomic profiling, we identified hosts such as archaeal Haloquadratum, Halorubrum, and Haloarcula and bacterial Salinibacter, and we found that community composition related to not only salinity but also local environmental dynamics...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095919/ancient-bacteria-of-the-%C3%A3-tzi-s-microbiome-a-genomic-tale-from-the-copper-age
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Gabriele Andrea Lugli, Christian Milani, Leonardo Mancabelli, Francesca Turroni, Chiara Ferrario, Sabrina Duranti, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura
BACKGROUND: Ancient microbiota information represents an important resource to evaluate bacterial evolution and to explore the biological spread of infectious diseases in history. The soft tissue of frozen mummified humans, such as the Tyrolean Iceman, has been shown to contain bacterial DNA that is suitable for population profiling of the prehistoric bacteria that colonized such ancient human hosts. RESULTS: Here, we performed a microbial cataloging of the distal gut microbiota of the Tyrolean Iceman, which highlights a predominant abundance of Clostridium and Pseudomonas species...
January 17, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094312/unraveling-the-microbial-processes-of-black-band-disease-in-corals-through-integrated-genomics
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Yui Sato, Edmund Y S Ling, Dmitrij Turaev, Patrick Laffy, Karen D Weynberg, Thomas Rattei, Bette L Willis, David G Bourne
Coral disease outbreaks contribute to the ongoing degradation of reef ecosystems, however, microbial mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of most coral diseases are poorly understood. Black band disease (BBD) manifests as a cyanobacterial-dominated microbial mat that destroys coral tissues as it rapidly spreads over coral colonies. To elucidate BBD pathogenesis, we apply a comparative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approach to identify taxonomic and functional changes within microbial lesions during in-situ development of BBD from a comparatively benign stage termed cyanobacterial patches...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093921/microbial-genomics-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing
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W Michael Dunne, Magali Jaillard, Olivier Rochas, Alex van Belkum
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is key in modern clinical microbiology. With pandemic emergence of (multi-)antibiotic resistance, methods to detect and quantify resistance of clinically important bacterial species are imperative. Historically, antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) was mostly performed using methods relying on bacterial growth. Such methods may be time-consuming and more rapid alternatives have been actively sought for. Areas covered: Among the new AST methods there are many that focus on detection of causal resistance genes and/or gene mutations...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093673/metagenomic-insights-into-effects-of-spent-engine-oil-perturbation-on-the-microbial-community-composition-and-function-in-a-tropical-agricultural-soil
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Lateef B Salam, Sunday O Obayori, Francisca O Nwaokorie, Aisha Suleiman, Raheemat Mustapha
Analyzing the microbial community structure and functions become imperative for ecological processes. To understand the impact of spent engine oil (SEO) contamination on microbial community structure of an agricultural soil, soil microcosms designated 1S (agricultural soil) and AB1 (agricultural soil polluted with SEO) were set up. Metagenomic DNA extracted from the soil microcosms and sequenced using Miseq Illumina sequencing were analyzed for their taxonomic and functional properties. Taxonomic profiling of the two microcosms by MG-RAST revealed the dominance of Actinobacteria (23...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092471/genomics-pipelines-and-data-integration-challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-research-setting
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Jeremy Davis-Turak, Sean M Courtney, E Starr Hazard, W Bailey Glen, Willian da Silveira, Timothy Wesselman, Larry P Harbin, Bethany J Wolf, Dongjun Chung, Gary Hardiman
The emergence and mass utilization of high-throughput (HT) technologies, including sequencing technologies (genomics) and mass spectrometry (proteomics, metabolomics, lipids), has allowed geneticists, biologists, and biostatisticians to bridge the gap between genotype and phenotype on a massive scale. These new technologies have brought rapid advances in our understanding of cell biology, evolutionary history, microbial environments, and are increasingly providing new insights and applications towards clinical care and personalized medicine...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091681/microbial-rrna-sequencing-analysis-of-evaporative-cooler-indoor-environments-located-in-the-great-basin-desert-region-of-the-united-states
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Angela R Lemons, Mary Beth Hogan, Ruth A Gault, Kathleen Holland, Edward Sobek, Kimberly A Olsen-Wilson, Yeonmi Park, Ju-Hyeong Park, Ja Kook Gu, Michael L Kashon, Brett J Green
Recent studies conducted in the Great Basin Desert region of the United States have shown that skin test reactivity to fungal and dust mite allergens are increased in children with asthma or allergy living in homes with evaporative coolers (EC). The objective of this study was to determine if the increased humidity previously reported in EC homes leads to varying microbial populations compared to homes with air conditioners (AC). Children with physician-diagnosed allergic rhinitis living in EC or AC environments were recruited into the study...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
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Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077567/farme-db-a-functional-antibiotic-resistance-element-database
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James C Wallace, Jesse A Port, Marissa N Smith, Elaine M Faustman
Antibiotic resistance (AR) is a major global public health threat but few resources exist that catalog AR genes outside of a clinical context. Current AR sequence databases are assembled almost exclusively from genomic sequences derived from clinical bacterial isolates and thus do not include many microbial sequences derived from environmental samples that confer resistance in functional metagenomic studies. These environmental metagenomic sequences often show little or no similarity to AR sequences from clinical isolates using standard classification criteria...
2017: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077127/navigating-social-and-ethical-challenges-of-biobanking-for-human-microbiome-research
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Kim H Chuong, David M Hwang, D Elizabeth Tullis, Valerie J Waters, Yvonne C W Yau, David S Guttman, Kieran C O'Doherty
BACKGROUND: Biobanks are considered to be key infrastructures for research development and have generated a lot of debate about their ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI). While the focus has been on human genomic research, rapid advances in human microbiome research further complicate the debate. DISCUSSION: We draw on two cystic fibrosis biobanks in Toronto, Canada, to illustrate our points. The biobanks have been established to facilitate sample and data sharing for research into the link between disease progression and microbial dynamics in the lungs of pediatric and adult patients...
January 11, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073918/identical-bacterial-populations-colonize-premature-infant-gut-skin-and-oral-microbiomes-and-exhibit-different-in-situ-growth-rates
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Matthew R Olm, Christopher T Brown, Brandon Brooks, Brian Firek, Robyn Baker, David Burstein, Karina Soenjoyo, Brian C Thomas, Michael Morowitz, Jillian Banfield
The initial microbiome impacts the health and future development of premature infants. Methodological limitations have led to gaps in our understanding of the habitat range and subpopulation complexity of founding strains, as well as how different body sites support microbial growth. Here, we used metagenomics to reconstruct genomes of strains that colonized the skin, mouth and gut of two hospitalized premature infants during the first month of life. Seven bacterial populations, considered to be identical given whole-genome average nucleotide identity of >99...
January 10, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073693/crosstalk-between-cytoplasmic-rig-i-and-sting-sensing-pathways
#19
REVIEW
Alessandra Zevini, David Olagnier, John Hiscott
Detection of evolutionarily conserved molecules on microbial pathogens by host immune sensors represents the initial trigger of the immune response against infection. Cytosolic receptors sense viral and intracellular bacterial genomes, as well as nucleic acids produced during replication. Once activated, these sensors trigger multiple signaling cascades, converging on the production of type I interferons and proinflammatory cytokines. Although distinct classes of receptors are responsible for the RNA and DNA sensing, the downstream signaling components are physically and functionally interconnected...
January 7, 2017: Trends in Immunology
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
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