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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920771/evidence-for-ecological-flexibility-in-the-cosmopolitan-genus-curtobacterium
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Alexander B Chase, Philip Arevalo, Martin F Polz, Renaud Berlemont, Jennifer B H Martiny
Assigning ecological roles to bacterial taxa remains imperative to understanding how microbial communities will respond to changing environmental conditions. Here we analyze the genus Curtobacterium, as it was found to be the most abundant taxon in a leaf litter community in southern California. Traditional characterization of this taxon predominantly associates it as the causal pathogen in the agricultural crops of dry beans. Therefore, we sought to investigate whether the abundance of this genus was because of its role as a plant pathogen or another ecological role...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917159/predominately-uncultured-microbes-as-sources-of-bioactive-agents
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REVIEW
David J Newman
In this short review, I am discussing the relatively recent awareness of the role of symbionts in plant, marine-invertebrates and fungal areas. It is now quite obvious that in marine-invertebrates, a majority of compounds found are from either as yet unculturable or poorly culturable microbes, and techniques involving "state of the art" genomic analyses and subsequent computerized analyses are required to investigate these interactions. In the plant kingdom evidence is amassing that endophytes (mainly fungal in nature) are heavily involved in secondary metabolite production and that mimicking the microbial interactions of fermentable microbes leads to involvement of previously unrecognized gene clusters (cryptic clusters is one name used), that when activated, produce previously unknown bioactive molecules...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915291/the-landscape-of-microbial-phenotypic-traits-and-associated-genes
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Maria Brbić, Matija Piškorec, Vedrana Vidulin, Anita Kriško, Tomislav Šmuc, Fran Supek
Bacteria and Archaea display a variety of phenotypic traits and can adapt to diverse ecological niches. However, systematic annotation of prokaryotic phenotypes is lacking. We have therefore developed ProTraits, a resource containing ∼545 000 novel phenotype inferences, spanning 424 traits assigned to 3046 bacterial and archaeal species. These annotations were assigned by a computational pipeline that associates microbes with phenotypes by text-mining the scientific literature and the broader World Wide Web, while also being able to define novel concepts from unstructured text...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914761/lactobacillus-iners-friend-or-foe
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REVIEW
Mariya I Petrova, Gregor Reid, Mario Vaneechoutte, Sarah Lebeer
The vaginal microbial community is typically characterized by abundant lactobacilli. Lactobacillus iners, a fairly recently detected species, is frequently present in the vaginal niche. However, the role of this species in vaginal health is unclear, since it can be detected in normal conditions as well as during vaginal dysbiosis, such as bacterial vaginosis, a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in bacterial diversity and lack of typical lactobacilli. Compared to other Lactobacillus species, L...
November 30, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913418/a-novel-rhamnose-rich-hetero-exopolysaccharide-isolated-from-lactobacillus-paracasei-dg-activates-thp-1-human-monocytic-cells
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Silvia Balzaretti, Valentina Taverniti, Simone Guglielmetti, Walter Fiore, Mario Minuzzo, Hansel N Ngo, Judith B Ngere, Sohaib Sadiq, Paul N Humphreys, Andrew P Laws
: Lactobacillus paracasei DG is a bacterial strain with recognized probiotic properties and is used in commercial probiotic products. However, the mechanisms underlying its probiotic properties are mainly unknown. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the capability of strain DG to interact with the host is, at least partly, associated with its ability to synthesize a surface-associated exopolysaccharide (EPS). Comparative genomics revealed the presence of putative EPS gene clusters in DG genome; accordingly, EPS was isolated from the surface of the bacterium...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912769/three-novel-bacteriophages-isolated-from-the-east-african-rift-valley-soda-lakes
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Leonardo Joaquim van Zyl, Shonisani Nemavhulani, James Cass, Donald Arthur Cowan, Marla Trindade
BACKGROUND: Soda lakes are unique environments in terms of their physical characteristics and the biology they harbour. Although well studied with respect to their microbial composition, their viral compositions have not, and consequently few bacteriophages that infect bacteria from haloalkaline environments have been described. METHODS: Bacteria were isolated from sediment samples of lakes Magadi and Shala. Three phages were isolated on two different Bacillus species and one Paracoccus species using agar overlays...
December 3, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912059/microbiota-diurnal-rhythmicity-programs-host-transcriptome-oscillations
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Christoph A Thaiss, Maayan Levy, Tal Korem, Lenka Dohnalová, Hagit Shapiro, Diego A Jaitin, Eyal David, Deborah R Winter, Meital Gury-BenAri, Evgeny Tatirovsky, Timur Tuganbaev, Sara Federici, Niv Zmora, David Zeevi, Mally Dori-Bachash, Meirav Pevsner-Fischer, Elena Kartvelishvily, Alexander Brandis, Alon Harmelin, Oren Shibolet, Zamir Halpern, Kenya Honda, Ido Amit, Eran Segal, Eran Elinav
The intestinal microbiota undergoes diurnal compositional and functional oscillations that affect metabolic homeostasis, but the mechanisms by which the rhythmic microbiota influences host circadian activity remain elusive. Using integrated multi-omics and imaging approaches, we demonstrate that the gut microbiota features oscillating biogeographical localization and metabolome patterns that determine the rhythmic exposure of the intestinal epithelium to different bacterial species and their metabolites over the course of a day...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908280/development-of-a-fast-and-easy-method-for-escherichia-coli-genome-editing-with-crispr-cas9
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Dongdong Zhao, Shenli Yuan, Bin Xiong, Hongnian Sun, Lijun Ye, Jing Li, Xueli Zhang, Changhao Bi
BACKGROUND: Microbial genome editing is a powerful tool to modify chromosome in way of deletion, insertion or replacement, which is one of the most important techniques in metabolic engineering research. The emergence of CRISPR/Cas9 technique inspires various genomic editing methods. RESULTS: In this research, the goal of development of a fast and easy method for Escherichia coli genome editing with high efficiency is pursued. For this purpose, we designed modular plasmid assembly strategy, compared effects of different length of homologous arms for recombination, and tested different sets of recombinases...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905985/tlr7-8-agonist-induces-a-post-entry-samhd1-independent-block-to-hiv-1-infection-of-monocytes
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Henning Hofmann, Bénédicte Vanwalscappel, Nicolin Bloch, Nathaniel R Landau
BACKGROUND: Monocytes, the primary myeloid cell-type in peripheral blood, are resistant to HIV-1 infection as a result of the lentiviral restriction factor SAMHD1. Toll-like receptors recognize microbial pathogen components, inducing the expression of antiviral host proteins and proinflammatory cytokines. TLR agonists that mimic microbial ligands have been found to have activity against HIV-1 in macrophages. The induction of restriction factors in monocytes by TLR agonist activation has not been well studied...
December 1, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905885/mefit-merging-and-filtering-tool-for-illumina-paired-end-reads-for-16s-rrna-amplicon-sequencing
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Hardik I Parikh, Vishal N Koparde, Steven P Bradley, Gregory A Buck, Nihar U Sheth
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in next-generation sequencing have revolutionized genomic research. 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing using paired-end sequencing on the MiSeq platform from Illumina, Inc., is being used to characterize the composition and dynamics of extremely complex/diverse microbial communities. For this analysis on the Illumina platform, merging and quality filtering of paired-end reads are essential first steps in data analysis to ensure the accuracy and reliability of downstream analysis...
December 1, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905614/methanobactins-from-genome-to-function
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Laura M K Dassama, Grace E Kenney, Amy C Rosenzweig
Methanobactins (Mbns) are ribosomally produced, post-translationally modified peptide (RiPP) natural products that bind copper with high affinity using nitrogen-containing heterocycles and thioamide groups. In some methanotrophic bacteria, Mbns are secreted under conditions of copper starvation and then re-internalized as a copper source for the enzyme particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO). Genome mining studies have led to the identification and classification of operons encoding the Mbn precursor peptide (MbnA) as well as a number of putative transport, regulatory, and biosynthetic proteins...
December 1, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903896/img-abc-new-features-for-bacterial-secondary-metabolism-analysis-and-targeted-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-discovery-in-thousands-of-microbial-genomes
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Michalis Hadjithomas, I-Min A Chen, Ken Chu, Jinghua Huang, Anna Ratner, Krishna Palaniappan, Evan Andersen, Victor Markowitz, Nikos C Kyrpides, Natalia N Ivanova
Secondary metabolites produced by microbes have diverse biological functions, which makes them a great potential source of biotechnologically relevant compounds with antimicrobial, anti-cancer and other activities. The proteins needed to synthesize these natural products are often encoded by clusters of co-located genes called biosynthetic gene clusters (BCs). In order to advance the exploration of microbial secondary metabolism, we developed the largest publically available database of experimentally verified and predicted BCs, the Integrated Microbial Genomes Atlas of Biosynthetic gene Clusters (IMG-ABC) (https://img...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903821/construction-of-a-minimal-genome-as-a-chassis-for-synthetic-biology
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REVIEW
Bong Hyun Sung, Donghui Choe, Sun Chang Kim, Byung-Kwan Cho
Microbial diversity and complexity pose challenges in understanding the voluminous genetic information produced from whole-genome sequences, bioinformatics and high-throughput '-omics' research. These challenges can be overcome by a core blueprint of a genome drawn with a minimal gene set, which is essential for life. Systems biology and large-scale gene inactivation studies have estimated the number of essential genes to be ∼300-500 in many microbial genomes. On the basis of the essential gene set information, minimal-genome strains have been generated using sophisticated genome engineering techniques, such as genome reduction and chemical genome synthesis...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902417/lantibiotics-produced-by-actinobacteria-and-their-potential-applications-a-review
#14
Karen Gomes, Rafael Silva Duarte, Maria do Carmo de Freire Bastos
The phylum Actinobacteria, which comprises a great variety of Gram-positive bacteria with a high G+C content in their genomes, is known for its large production of bioactive compounds, including those with antimicrobial activity. Among the antimicrobials, bacteriocins, ribosomally-synthesized peptides, represent an important arsenal of potential new drugs to face the increasing prevalence of resistance to antibiotics among microbial pathogens. The actinobacterial bacteriocins form a heterogeneous group of substances that is difficult to adapt to most proposed classification schemes...
November 22, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902408/sequencing-rare-marine-actinomycete-genomes-reveals-high-density-of-unique-natural-product-biosynthetic-gene-clusters
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Michelle Antoinette Schorn, Mohammad M Alanjary, Kristen Aguinaldo, Anton Korobeynikov, Sheila Podell, Nastassia V Patin, Tommie Lincecum, Paul R Jensen, Nadine Ziemert, Bradley S Moore
Traditional natural product discovery methods have nearly exhausted the accessible diversity of microbial chemicals, making new sources and techniques paramount in the search for new molecules. Marine actinomycete bacteria have recently come into the spotlight as fruitful producers of structurally diverse secondary metabolites, and remain relatively untapped. In this study we sequenced twenty-one marine-derived actinomycete strains, rarely studied for their secondary metabolite potential and underrepresented in current genomic databases...
October 27, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902285/raineyella-antarctica-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-psychrotolerant-d-amino-acid-utilizing-anaerobe-isolated-from-two-geographic-locations-of-the-southern-hemisphere
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Elena V Pikuta, Rodolfo Javier Menes, Alisa Michelle Bruce, Zhe Lyu, Nisha Patel, Yuchen Liu, Richard Brice Hoover, Hans Jürgen Busse, Paul A Lawson, William Barney Whitman
Gram-positive bacterium, strain LZ-22T, was isolated from a rhizosphere of moss Leptobryum sp. collected at the shore of Lake Zub in Antarctica. Cells were motile, straight or pleomorphic rods with sizes of 0.6-1.0 x 3.5-10 μm. The new isolate was a facultatively anaerobic, catalase positive, psychrotolerant mesophile. Growth was observed at 3-41 oC (optimum 24-30 oC), 0-7 % NaCl, w/v (optimum, 0.25 %) and pH 4.0-9.0 (optimum 7.8). The quinone system of strain LZ-22T possessed predominately menaquinones MK-9(H4)...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902199/marinomonas-blandensis-sp-nov-a-novel-marine-gammaproteobacterium
#17
David R Arahal, Teresa Lucena, M Carmen Macián, María A Ruvira, José M González, Itziar Lekumberri, Jarone Pinhassi, María J Pujalte
A novel Gram-staining-negative, chemoorganotrophic, moderately halophilic, strictly aerobic bacterium, strain MED121T, was isolated from a seawater sample collected at the Blanes Bay Microbial Observatory in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. Analysis of its 16S rRNA gene sequence, retrieved from the whole-genome sequence, showed that this bacterium was most closely related to Marinomonas dokdonensis, and other Marinomonas spp. (96.3 % and 93.3-95.7 % sequence similarities, respectively), within the family Oceanospirillaceae...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900684/dna-rna-and-protein-based-stable-isotope-probing-for-high-throughput-biomarker-analysis-of-active-microorganisms
#18
Eleanor Jameson, Martin Taubert, Sara Coyotzi, Yin Chen, Özge Eyice, Hendrik Schäfer, J Colin Murrell, Josh D Neufeld, Marc G Dumont
Stable-isotope probing (SIP) enables researchers to target active populations within complex microbial communities, which is achieved by providing growth substrates enriched in heavy isotopes, usually in the form of (13)C, (18)O, or (15)N. After growth on the substrate and subsequent extraction of microbial biomarkers, typically nucleic acids or proteins, the SIP technique is used for the recovery and analysis of isotope-labeled biomarkers from active microbial populations. In the years following the initial development of DNA- and RNA-based SIP, it was common practice to characterize labeled populations by targeted gene analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900680/construction-of-small-insert-and-large-insert-metagenomic-libraries
#19
Carola Simon, Rolf Daniel
The vast majority of the Earth's biological diversity is hidden in uncultured and yet uncharacterized microbial genomes. The construction of metagenomic libraries is a cultivation-independent molecular approach to assess this unexplored genetic reservoir. High numbers of novel biocatalysts have been identified by function-based or sequence-based screening of metagenomic libraries derived from various environments. Here, we describe detailed protocols for the construction of metagenomic small-insert and large-insert libraries in plasmids and fosmids, respectively, from environmental DNA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900395/microbiome-and-metabolic-disease-revisiting-the-bacterial-phylum-bacteroidetes
#20
REVIEW
Elizabeth L Johnson, Stacey L Heaver, William A Walters, Ruth E Ley
Bacterial species composition in the gut has emerged as an important factor in obesity and its related metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Out of thousands of bacterial species-level phylotypes inhabiting the human gut, the majority belong to two dominant phyla, the Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. Members of the Bacteroidetes in particular have been associated with human metabolic diseases. However, their associations with disease are not always consistent between studies. Delving deeper into the diversity within the Bacteroidetes reveals a vast diversity in genomes and capacities, which partly explain how not all members respond equally to similar environmental conditions in their hosts...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
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