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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110506/antibiotic-discovery-throughout-the-small-world-initiative-a-molecular-strategy-to-identify-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-involved-in-antagonistic-activity
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Elizabeth Davis, Tyler Sloan, Krista Aurelius, Angela Barbour, Elijah Bodey, Brigette Clark, Celeste Dennis, Rachel Drown, Megan Fleming, Allison Humbert, Elizabeth Glasgo, Trent Kerns, Kelly Lingro, MacKenzie McMillin, Aaron Meyer, Breanna Pope, April Stalevicz, Brittney Steffen, Austin Steindl, Carolyn Williams, Carmen Wimberley, Robert Zenas, Kristen Butela, Hans Wildschutte
The emergence of bacterial pathogens resistant to all known antibiotics is a global health crisis. Adding to this problem is that major pharmaceutical companies have shifted away from antibiotic discovery due to low profitability. As a result, the pipeline of new antibiotics is essentially dry and many bacteria now resist the effects of most commonly used drugs. To address this global health concern, citizen science through the Small World Initiative (SWI) was formed in 2012. As part of SWI, students isolate bacteria from their local environments, characterize the strains, and assay for antibiotic production...
January 22, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109200/arcobacter-lekithochrous-sp-nov-a-new-species-isolated-from-a-molluscan-hatchery-in-norway
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Ana L Diéguez, Sabela Balboa, Thorolf Magnesen, Jesús L Romalde
Four bacterial strains, LFT 1.7T, LT2C 2.5, LT4C 2.8 and TM 4.6, were isolated from Great scallop (Pecten maximus) larvae and tank seawater in a Norwegian hatchery and characterized by a polyphasic approach including phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and genomic traits. All of them were Gram-negative and motile rods, oxidase and catalase positive and required sea salts for growth. Major fatty acids present were Summed Feature 3 (C16:1ω7c/C16:1 ω6c), Summed Feature 8 (C18:1ω7c or C18:1 ω6c), C16:0, C14:0, Summed Feature 2 (C14:0 3OH/C16:1 iso I), C12:0 3OH and C12:0...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109041/endemic-cyanophages-and-the-puzzle-of-phage-bacteria-coevolution
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Otto X Cordero
A recent genomic analysis of Synechococcus cyanophages sampled for over 15 years reveals a remarkable pattern of stable phage population structure, highly reminiscent of the ecotype structure observed in bacteria and archaeal ecotypes. In this highlight I discuss the importance of this finding and the questions and opportunities it opens to learn more about the nature of phage-bacterial coevolution in the environment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 20, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108390/fatal-sepsis-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-bacteroides-fragilis-harboring-a-cfia-gene-and-an-upstream-insertion-sequence-element-in-japan
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Itaru Nakamura, Kotaro Aoki, Yuri Miura, Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Matsumoto
Here, we report a case of fatal sepsis resulting from an intra-abdominal infection caused by a Bacteroides fragilis strain containing a CfiA4 metallo-β-lactamase and an upstream insertion sequence (IS) element. Meropenem was used as empiric therapy for septic shock as a result of the intra-abdominal infection, although two rounds of carbapenem treatment had been administered previously. B. fragilis was isolated from two anaerobic blood culture bottles 4 days after the onset of septic shock. Susceptibility testing revealed that the isolate was non-susceptible to all tested agents except metronidazole and tigecycline...
January 17, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108341/molecular-cloning-genomic-structure-polymorphism-analysis-and-recombinant-expression-of-a-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-like-gene-from-swamp-eel-monopterus-albus
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Wei Li, Quanhe Wang, Shaobin Li, Ao Jiang, Wenxiu Sun
Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a highly polymorphic glycoprotein antiprotease, involved in the regulation of human immune response. Beyond some genomic characterization and a few protein characterizations, the function of teleost AAT remains uncertain. In this study we cloned an AAT-like gene from a swamp eel liver identifying four exons and three introns, and the full-length cDNA. The elucidated swamp eel AAT amino acid sequence showed high homology with known AATs from other teleosts. The swamp eel AAT was examined both in ten healthy tissues and in four bacterially-stimulated tissues resulting in up-regulation of swamp eel AAT at different times...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108316/crispr-cas9-in-insects-applications-best-practices-and-biosafety-concerns
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REVIEW
Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning, Benigna Van Eynde, Na Yu, Sanyuan Ma, Guy Smagghe
Discovered as a bacterial adaptive immune system, CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat/CRISPR associated) is being developed as an attractive tool in genome editing. Due to its high specificity and applicability, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing has been employed in a multitude of organisms and cells, including insects, for not only fundamental research such as gene function studies, but also applied research such as modification of organisms of economic importance. Despite the rapid increase in the use of CRISPR in insect genome editing, results still differ from each study, principally due to existing differences in experimental parameters, such as the Cas9 and guide RNA form, the delivery method, the target gene and off-target effects...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108182/marine-bacterioplankton-seasonal-succession-dynamics
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REVIEW
Carina Bunse, Jarone Pinhassi
Bacterioplankton (bacteria and archaea) are indispensable regulators of global element cycles owing to their unique ability to decompose and remineralize dissolved organic matter. These microorganisms in surface waters worldwide exhibit pronounced seasonal succession patterns, governed by physicochemical factors (e.g., light, climate, and nutrient loading) that are determined by latitude and distance to shore. Moreover, we emphasize that the effects of large-scale factors are modulated regionally, and over shorter timespans (days to weeks), by biological interactions including molecule exchanges, viral lysis, and grazing...
January 17, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106881/phylogenomics-of-rhodobacteraceae-reveals-evolutionary-adaptation-to-marine-and-non-marine-habitats
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Meinhard Simon, Carmen Scheuner, Jan P Meier-Kolthoff, Thorsten Brinkhoff, Irene Wagner-Döbler, Marcus Ulbrich, Hans-Peter Klenk, Dietmar Schomburg, Jörn Petersen, Markus Göker
Marine Rhodobacteraceae (Alphaproteobacteria) are key players of biogeochemical cycling, comprise up to 30% of bacterial communities in pelagic environments and are often mutualists of eukaryotes. As 'Roseobacter clade', these 'roseobacters' are assumed to be monophyletic, but non-marine Rhodobacteraceae have not yet been included in phylogenomic analyses. Therefore, we analysed 106 genome sequences, particularly emphasizing gene sampling and its effect on phylogenetic stability, and investigated relationships between marine versus non-marine habitat, evolutionary origin and genomic adaptations...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106148/complete-genome-sequencing-elucidates-outbreak-dynamics-of-ca-mrsa-usa300-st8-spa-t008-in-an-academic-hospital-of-paramaribo-republic-of-suriname
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Artur J Sabat, Sandra M Hermelijn, Viktoria Akkerboom, Amadu Juliana, John E Degener, Hajo Grundmann, Alexander W Friedrich
We report the investigation of an outbreak situation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that occurred at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo (AZP) in the Republic of Suriname from April to May 2013. We performed whole genome sequencing with complete gap closure for chromosomes and plasmids on all isolates. The outbreak involved 12 patients and 1 healthcare worker/nurse at the AZP. In total 24 isolates were investigated. spa typing, genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, ad hoc whole genome multilocus sequence typing (wgMLST), stable core genome MLST (cgMLST) and in silico PFGE were used to determine phylogenetic relatedness and to identify transmission...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105943/comprehensive-analysis-of-draft-genomes-of-two-closely-related-pseudomonas-syringae-phylogroup-2b-strains-infecting-mono-and-dicotyledon-host-plants
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Rinat I Sultanov, Georgij P Arapidi, Svetlana V Vinogradova, Vadim M Govorun, Duglas G Luster, Alexander N Ignatov
BACKGROUND: In recent years, the damage caused by bacterial pathogens to major crops has been increasing worldwide. Pseudomonas syringae is a widespread bacterial species that infects almost all major crops. Different P. syringae strains use a wide range of biochemical mechanisms, including phytotoxins and effectors of the type III and type IV secretion systems, which determine the specific nature of the pathogen virulence. RESULTS: Strains 1845 (isolated from dicots) and 2507 (isolated from monocots) were selected for sequencing because they specialize on different groups of plants...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105921/simba-a-web-tool-for-managing-bacterial-genome-assembly-generated-by-ion-pgm-sequencing-technology
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Diego C B Mariano, Felipe L Pereira, Edgar L Aguiar, Letícia C Oliveira, Leandro Benevides, Luís C Guimarães, Edson L Folador, Thiago J Sousa, Preetam Ghosh, Debmalya Barh, Henrique C P Figueiredo, Artur Silva, Rommel T J Ramos, Vasco A C Azevedo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) has considerably reduced the cost per sequenced-base, allowing a significant rise of sequencing projects, mainly in prokaryotes. However, the range of available NGS platforms requires different strategies and software to correctly assemble genomes. Different strategies are necessary to properly complete an assembly project, in addition to the installation or modification of various software. This requires users to have significant expertise in these software and command line scripting experience on Unix platforms, besides possessing the basic expertise on methodologies and techniques for genome assembly...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104655/first-complete-providencia-rettgeri-genome-sequence-the-ndm-1-producing-clinical-strain-rb151
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R Alejandro Marquez-Ortiz, Leanne Haggerty, Eby M Sim, Carolina Duarte, Betsy E Castro-Cardozo, Mauricio Beltran, Sandra Saavedra, Natasha Vanegas, Javier Escobar-Perez, Nicola K Petty
Providencia rettgeri is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen of clinical significance due to its association with urinary tract infections and multidrug resistance. Here, we report the first complete genome sequence of P. rettgeri The genome of strain RB151 consists of a 4.8-Mbp chromosome and a 108-kbp blaNDM-1-positive plasmid.
January 19, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104646/draft-genome-sequence-of-a-chitinophaga-strain-isolated-from-a-lignocellulose-biomass-degrading-consortium
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Luciano T Kishi, Erica M Lopes, Camila C Fernandes, Gabriela C Fernandes, Lais P Sacco, Lucia M Carareto Alves, Eliana G M Lemos
Chitinophaga comprises microorganisms capable of degrading plant-derived carbohydrates, serving as a source of new tools for the characterization and degradation of plant biomass. Here, we report the draft genome assembly of a Chitinophaga strain with 8.2 Mbp and 7,173 open reading frames (ORFs), isolated from a bacterial consortium that is able to degrade lignocellulose.
January 19, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104616/sequential-colonization-of-periodontal-pathogens-in-induction-of-periodontal-disease-and-atherosclerosis-in-ldlrnull-mice
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Sasanka S Chukkapalli, Meena Easwaran, Mercedes F Rivera-Kweh, Irina M Velsko, Sriram Ambadapadi, Jiayin Dai, Hannu Larjava, Alexandra R Lucas, Lakshmyya Kesavalu
Periodontal disease (PD) and atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD) are both chronic inflammatory diseases with a polymicrobial etiology and have been epidemiologically associated. The purpose is to examine whether periodontal bacteria that infect the periodontium, can also infect vascular tissues and enhance pre-existing early aortic atherosclerotic lesions in LDLR(null) mice. Mice were orally infected with intermediate bacterial colonizer Fusobacterium nucleatum for the first 12 weeks followed by late bacterial colonizers (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola and Tannerella forsythia) for the remaining 12 weeks mimicking the human oral microbiota ecological colonization...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104347/bacterial-resistance-to-antibodies-a-model-evolutionary-study
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Lawrence S Schulman
The tangled nature model of evolution (reviewed in the main text) is adapted for use in the study of antibody resistance acquired by horizontal gene transfer. Exchanges of DNA and the acquisition of resistant gene sequences are considered. For the parameters used, resistant strains rapidly proliferate and dominate, although initial intense antibiotic treatment can occasionally prevent this. Variation in genome distribution appears to be long tailed. If this is reflected in nature, the occurrence of resistant bacterial strains can be expected, as well as considerable variation in patient outcomes...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103794/genomic-and-transcriptomic-comparison-between-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-associated-with-high-and-low-within-herd-prevalence-of-intra-mammary-infection
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E Capra, P Cremonesi, A Pietrelli, S Puccio, M Luini, A Stella, B Castiglioni
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph. aureus) is one of the major pathogens causing mastitis in dairy ruminants worldwide. The chronic nature of Staph. aureus infection enhances the contagiousness risk and diffusion in herds. In order to identify the factors involved in intra-mammary infection (IMI) and diffusion in dairy cows, we investigated the molecular characteristics of two groups of Staph. aureus strains belonging to ST8 and ST398, differing in clinical properties, through comparison of whole genome and whole transcriptome sequencing...
January 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103686/assigning-the-algal-source-of-dimethylsulfide-using-a-selective-lyase-inhibitor
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Uria Alcolombri, Lei Lei, Diana Meltzer, Assaf Vardi, Dan S Tawfik
Atmospheric dimethylsulfide (DMS) is massively produced in the oceans by bacteria, algae, and corals. To enable identification of DMS sources, we developed a potent mechanism-based inhibitor of the algal Alma dimethylsulfoniopropionate lyase family that does not inhibit known bacterial lyases. Its application to coral holobiont indicates that DMS originates from Alma lyase(s). This biochemical profiling may complement meta-genomics and transcriptomics to provide better understanding of the marine sulfur cycle...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
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/28103254/a-highly-active-endo-levanase-bt1760-of-a-dominant-mammalian-gut-commensal-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron-cleaves-not-only-various-bacterial-levans-but-also-levan-of-timothy-grass
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Karin Mardo, Triinu Visnapuu, Heiki Vija, Anneli Aasamets, Katrin Viigand, Tiina Alamäe
Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, an abundant commensal of the human gut, degrades numerous complex carbohydrates. Recently, it was reported to grow on a β-2,6-linked polyfructan levan produced by Zymomonas mobilis degrading the polymer into fructooligosaccharides (FOS) with a cell surface bound endo-levanase BT1760. The FOS are consumed by B. thetaiotaomicron, but also by other gut bacteria, including health-promoting bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. Here we characterize biochemical properties of BT1760, including the activity of BT1760 on six bacterial levans synthesized by the levansucrase Lsc3 of Pseudomonas syringae pv...
2017: PloS One
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