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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545254/bacterial-virus-ontology-coordinating-across-databases
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Chantal Hulo, Patrick Masson, Ariane Toussaint, David Osumi-Sutherland, Edouard de Castro, Andrea H Auchincloss, Sylvain Poux, Lydie Bougueleret, Ioannis Xenarios, Philippe Le Mercier
Bacterial viruses, also called bacteriophages, display a great genetic diversity and utilize unique processes for infecting and reproducing within a host cell. All these processes were investigated and indexed in the ViralZone knowledge base. To facilitate standardizing data, a simple ontology of viral life-cycle terms was developed to provide a common vocabulary for annotating data sets. New terminology was developed to address unique viral replication cycle processes, and existing terminology was modified and adapted...
May 23, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545250/endophytic-bacteria-isolated-from-panax-ginseng-improves-ginsenoside-accumulation-in-adventitious-ginseng-root-culture
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Xiaolin Song, Hao Wu, Zhenhao Yin, Meilan Lian, Chengri Yin
Ginsenoside is the most important secondary metabolite of ginseng. Natural sources of wild ginseng have been overexploited. Although root culture could reduce the length of the growth cycle of ginseng, the number of ginsenosides is fewer and their contents are lower in adventitious roots of ginseng than that in ginseng cultivated in the field. In this study, we investigated the effects of endophytic bacterial elicitors on biomass and ginsenoside production in adventitious roots cultures of Panax ginseng. Endophyte LB 5-3 as an elicitor could increase biomass and ginsenoside accumulation in ginseng adventitious root culture...
May 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545064/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-response-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-to-epigallocatechin-gallate-by-rna-seq
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Xiaoxiang Liu, Bimiao Shen, Peng Du, Nan Wang, Jiaxue Wang, Jianrong Li, Aihua Sun
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a main constituent of green tea polyphenols that are widely used as food preservatives and are considered to be safe for consumption. However, the underlying antimicrobial mechanism of EGCG and the bacterial response to EGCG are not clearly understood. In the present study, a genome-wide transcriptional analysis of a typical spoilage bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens that responded to EGCG was performed using RNA-seq technology. A total of 26,365,414 and 23,287,092 clean reads were generated from P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543707/viable-bacteria-persist-on-antibiotic-spacers-following-two-stage-revision-for-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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Dongzhu Ma, Robert M Q Shanks, Charles M Davis, David W Craft, Thomas K Wood, Brian R Hamlin, Kenneth L Urish
Treatment in periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) remains challenging. The failure rate of two-stage revision and irrigation and debridement with component retention in PJI suggests that biofilm cells have a high tolerance to antibiotic chemotherapy. Previous work has demonstrated that biofilm cells have high antibiotic tolerance in vitro, but there is little clinical evidence to support these observations. The aim of this study was to determine if retrieved antibiotic spacers from two-stage revision total knee arthroplasty for PJI have evidence of remaining viable bacteria...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542589/validating-regulatory-predictions-from-diverse-bacteria-with-mutant-fitness-data
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Shiori Sagawa, Morgan N Price, Adam M Deutschbauer, Adam P Arkin
Although transcriptional regulation is fundamental to understanding bacterial physiology, the targets of most bacterial transcription factors are not known. Comparative genomics has been used to identify likely targets of some of these transcription factors, but these predictions typically lack experimental support. Here, we used mutant fitness data, which measures the importance of each gene for a bacterium's growth across many conditions, to test regulatory predictions from RegPrecise, a curated collection of comparative genomics predictions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542173/metabolic-and-fitness-determinants-for-in-vitro-growth-and-intestinal-colonization-of-the-bacterial-pathogen-campylobacter-jejuni
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Beile Gao, Hanne Vorwerk, Claudia Huber, Maria Lara-Tejero, Juliane Mohr, Andrew L Goodman, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Jorge E Galán, Dirk Hofreuter
Campylobacter jejuni is one of the leading infectious causes of food-borne illness around the world. Its ability to persistently colonize the intestinal tract of a broad range of hosts, including food-producing animals, is central to its epidemiology since most infections are due to the consumption of contaminated food products. Using a highly saturated transposon insertion library combined with next-generation sequencing and a mouse model of infection, we have carried out a comprehensive genome-wide analysis of the fitness determinants for growth in vitro and in vivo of a highly pathogenic strain of C...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541828/simple-green-production-of-silver-nanoparticles-facilitated-by-bacterial-genomic-dna-and-their-antibacterial-activity
#8
Jiraporn Chumpol, Sineenat Siri
Green synthesis of AgNPs has gained many research interests as a low cost and eco-friendly approach. This work reported on the use of bacterial genomic DNA as the alternative biopolymer for a green production of AgNPs under a neutral pH. Although both ssDNA and dsDNA could function as stabilizing agents during the synthesis process, the ssDNA, generated by pre-heating the dsDNA at 100 °C, was more efficient to produce AgNPs with higher yield as determined by the intensity of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak of silver at 475 nm...
May 25, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541480/alternative-evolutionary-paths-to-bacterial-antibiotic-resistance-cause-distinct-collateral-effects
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C Barbosa, V Trebosc, C Kemmer, P Rosenstiel, R Beardmore, H Schulenburg, G Jansen
When bacteria evolve resistance against a particular antibiotic, they may simultaneously gain increased sensitivity against a second one. Such collateral sensitivity may be exploited to develop novel, sustainable antibiotic treatment strategies aimed at containing the current, dramatic spread of drug resistance. To date, the presence and molecular basis of collateral sensitivity has only been studied in few bacterial species and is unknown for opportunistic human pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In the present study, we assessed patterns of collateral effects by experimentally evolving 160 independent populations of P...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540705/crename-a-molecular-microbiology-method-enabling-multiparametric-assessment-of-potable-drinking-water
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Luc Bissonnette, Andrée F Maheux, Michel G Bergeron
The microbial assessment of potable/drinking water is done to ensure that the resource is free of fecal contamination indicators or waterborne pathogens. Culture-based methods for verifying the microbial safety are limited in the sense that a standard volume of water is generally tested for only one indicator (family) or pathogen.In this work, we describe a membrane filtration-based molecular microbiology method, CRENAME (Concentration Recovery Extraction of Nucleic Acids and Molecular Enrichment), exploiting molecular enrichment by whole genome amplification (WGA) to yield, in less than 4 h, a nucleic acid preparation which can be repetitively tested by real-time PCR for example, to provide multiparametric presence/absence tests (1 colony forming unit or microbial particle per standard volume of 100-1000 mL) for bacterial or protozoan parasite cells or particles susceptible to contaminate potable/drinking water...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540675/viral-micrornas-host-micrornas-regulating-viruses-and-bacterial-microrna-like-rnas
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Sara-Elizabeth Cardin, Glen M Borchert
As masters of genome-wide regulation, miRNAs represent a key component in the complex architecture of cellular processes. Over the last decade, it has become increasingly apparent that miRNAs have many important roles in the development of disease and cancer. Recently, however, their role in viral and bacterial gene regulation as well as host gene regulation during disease progression has become a field of interest. Due to their small size, miRNAs are the ideal mechanism for bacteria and viruses that have limited room in their genomes, as a single miRNA can target up to ~30 genes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539556/susceptibility-genes-for-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-disease
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Ho Namkoong, Naoki Hasegawa, Tomoko Betsuyaku
  The number of patients with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease is reportedly increasing both in Japan and worldwide. NTM diseases are classified into disseminated and pulmonary diseases based on their clinical characteristics. These two types of NTM diseases are thought to be controlled by different mechanisms. Disseminated NTM disease is caused by a defect in signal transduction of Th1 cellular immune responses, including the IFN-γ/IL-12 axis. The precise molecular mechanisms of disseminated NTM disease are understood in detail...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539503/mycoplasma-pneumoniae-from-the-respiratory-tract-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Ken B Waites, Li Xiao, Yang Liu, Mitchell F Balish, T Prescott Atkinson
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is an important cause of respiratory tract infections in children as well as adults that can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Over the past several years there has been much new information published concerning infections caused by this organism. New molecular-based tests for M. pneumoniae detection are now commercially available in the United States, and advances in molecular typing systems have enhanced understanding of the epidemiology of infections. More strains have had their entire genome sequences published, providing additional insights into pathogenic mechanisms...
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539453/epigenetic-metabolite-acetate-inhibits-class-i-ii-histone-deacetylases-promotes-histone-acetylation-and-increases-hiv-1-integration-in-cd4-t-cells
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Jean-François Bolduc, Laurent Hany, Corinne Barat, Michel Ouellet, Michel J Tremblay
In this study, we investigated the effect of acetate, the most concentrated short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) in the gut and bloodstream, on the susceptibility of primary human CD4(+) T cells to HIV-1 infection. We report that HIV-1 replication is increased in CD3/CD28-costimulated CD4(+) T cells upon acetate treatment. This enhancing effect correlates with an increased expression of the early activation marker CD69 and impaired class I/II histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity. In addition, acetate enhances acetylation of histones H3 and H4 and augments HIV-1 integration in the genome of CD4(+) T cells...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537545/paenibacillus-lacus-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-water-reservoir
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Wen-Ming Chen, Kai-Rou Lin, Shih-Yi Sheu
A bacterial strain, designated Agd-32T, was isolated from a water sample taken from the Agongdian Reservoir in Taiwan and characterized using a polyphasic taxonomy approach. Cells of strain Agd-32T were Gram-stain-variable, aerobic, motile by means of peritrichous flagella, endospore-forming, rod-shaped and surrounded by a thick capsule. Strain Agd-32T contained anteiso-C15 : 0 and C16 : 0 as the predominant fatty acids. The major isoprenoid quinone was MK-7, and the polar lipid profile consisted of phosphatidylethanolamine, diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol, one unidentified aminophosphoglycolipid, one unidentified glycolipid, one unidentified phospholipid and one unidentified lipid...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537542/malonate-degradation-in-acinetobacter-baylyi-adp1-operon-organization-and-regulation-by-mdcr
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Julie L Stoudenmire, Alicia L Schmidt, Melissa P Tumen-Velasquez, Kathryn T Elliott, Nicole S Laniohan, S Walker Whitley, Nickolaus R Galloway, Melesse Nune, Michael West, Cory Momany, Ellen L Neidle, Anna C Karls
Transcriptional regulators in the LysR or GntR families are typically encoded in the genomic neighbourhood of bacterial genes for malonate degradation. While these arrangements have been evaluated using bioinformatics methods, experimental studies demonstrating co-transcription of predicted operons were lacking. Here, transcriptional regulation was characterized for a cluster of mdc genes that enable a soil bacterium, Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1, to use malonate as a carbon source. Despite previous assumptions that the mdc-gene set forms one operon, our studies revealed distinct promoters in two different regions of a nine-gene cluster...
May 25, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537263/evolutionary-dynamics-and-genomic-features-of-the-elizabethkingia-anophelis-2015-to-2016-wisconsin-outbreak-strain
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Amandine Perrin, Elise Larsonneur, Ainsley C Nicholson, David J Edwards, Kristin M Gundlach, Anne M Whitney, Christopher A Gulvik, Melissa E Bell, Olaya Rendueles, Jean Cury, Perrine Hugon, Dominique Clermont, Vincent Enouf, Vladimir Loparev, Phalasy Juieng, Timothy Monson, David Warshauer, Lina I Elbadawi, Maroya Spalding Walters, Matthew B Crist, Judith Noble-Wang, Gwen Borlaug, Eduardo P C Rocha, Alexis Criscuolo, Marie Touchon, Jeffrey P Davis, Kathryn E Holt, John R McQuiston, Sylvain Brisse
An atypically large outbreak of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections occurred in Wisconsin. Here we show that it was caused by a single strain with thirteen characteristic genomic regions. Strikingly, the outbreak isolates show an accelerated evolutionary rate and an atypical mutational spectrum. Six phylogenetic sub-clusters with distinctive temporal and geographic dynamics are revealed, and their last common ancestor existed approximately one year before the first recognized human infection. Unlike other E...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536673/two-partner-secretion-combining-efficiency-and-simplicity-in-the-secretion-of-large-proteins-for-bacteria-host-and-bacteria-bacteria-interactions
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REVIEW
Jeremy Guérin, Sarah Bigot, Robert Schneider, Susan K Buchanan, Françoise Jacob-Dubuisson
Initially identified in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria, the two-partner secretion (TPS) pathway, also known as Type Vb secretion, mediates the translocation across the outer membrane of large effector proteins involved in interactions between these pathogens and their hosts. More recently, distinct TPS systems have been shown to secrete toxic effector domains that participate in inter-bacterial competition or cooperation. The effects of these systems are based on kin vs. non-kin molecular recognition mediated by specific immunity proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536572/the-bacteriophage-ef-p29-efficiently-protects-against-lethal-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-alleviates-gut-microbiota-imbalance-in-a-murine-bacteremia-model
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Mengjun Cheng, Jiaming Liang, Yufeng Zhang, Liyuan Hu, Pengjuan Gong, Ruopeng Cai, Lei Zhang, Hao Zhang, Jinli Ge, Yalu Ji, Zhimin Guo, Xin Feng, Changjiang Sun, Yongjun Yang, Liancheng Lei, Wenyu Han, Jingmin Gu
Enterococcus faecalis is becoming an increasingly important opportunistic pathogen worldwide, especially because it can cause life-threatening nosocomial infections. Treating E. faecalis infections has become increasingly difficult because of the prevalence of multidrug-resistant E. faecalis strains. Because bacteriophages show specificity for their bacterial hosts, there has been a growth in interest in using phage therapies to combat the rising incidence of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. In this study, we isolated a new lytic phage, EF-P29, which showed high efficiency and a broad host range against E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536564/a-metagenomic-approach-to-cyanobacterial-genomics
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REVIEW
Danillo O Alvarenga, Marli F Fiore, Alessandro M Varani
Cyanobacteria, or oxyphotobacteria, are primary producers that establish ecological interactions with a wide variety of organisms. Although their associations with eukaryotes have received most attention, interactions with bacterial and archaeal symbionts have also been occurring for billions of years. Due to these associations, obtaining axenic cultures of cyanobacteria is usually difficult, and most isolation efforts result in unicyanobacterial cultures containing a number of associated microbes, hence composing a microbial consortium...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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