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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441108/novel-clades-of-the-hu-ihf-superfamily-point-to-unexpected-roles-in-the-eukaryotic-centrosome-chromosome-partitioning-and-biological-conflicts
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A Maxwell Burroughs, Gurmeet Kaur, Dapeng Zhang, L Aravind
The HU superfamily of proteins, with a unique DNA-binding mode, has been extensively studied as the primary chromosome-packaging protein of the bacterial superkingdom. Representatives also play a role in DNA-structuring during recombination events and in eukaryotic organellar genome maintenance. However, beyond these well-studied roles, little is understood of the functional diversification of this large superfamily. Using sensitive sequence and structure analysis methods we identify multiple novel clades of the HU superfamily...
April 25, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440800/the-trichodesmium-consortium-conserved-heterotrophic-co-occurrence-and-genomic-signatures-of-potential-interactions
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Michael D Lee, Nathan G Walworth, Erin L McParland, Fei-Xue Fu, Tracy J Mincer, Naomi M Levine, David A Hutchins, Eric A Webb
The nitrogen (N)-fixing cyanobacterium Trichodesmium is globally distributed in warm, oligotrophic oceans, where it contributes a substantial proportion of new N and fuels primary production. These photoautotrophs form macroscopic colonies that serve as relatively nutrient-rich substrates that are colonized by many other organisms. The nature of these associations may modulate ocean N and carbon (C) cycling, and can offer insights into marine co-evolutionary mechanisms. Here we integrate multiple omics-based and experimental approaches to investigate Trichodesmium-associated bacterial consortia in both laboratory cultures and natural environmental samples...
April 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440278/an-insider-s-perspective-bacteroides-as-a-window-into-the-microbiome
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REVIEW
Aaron G Wexler, Andrew L Goodman
Over the last decade, our appreciation for the contribution of resident gut microorganisms-the gut microbiota-to human health has surged. However, progress is limited by the sheer diversity and complexity of these microbial communities. Compounding the challenge, the majority of our commensal microorganisms are not close relatives of Escherichia coli or other model organisms and have eluded culturing and manipulation in the laboratory. In this Review, we discuss how over a century of study of the readily cultured, genetically tractable human gut Bacteroides has revealed important insights into the biochemistry, genomics and ecology that make a gut bacterium a gut bacterium...
April 25, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439871/application-of-chemical-genomics-to-plant-bacteria-communication-a-high-throughput-system-to-identify-novel-molecules-modulating-the-induction-of-bacterial-virulence-genes-by-plant-signals
#4
Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439463/molecular-assessment-of-the-fecal-microbiota-in-healthy-cats-and-dogs-before-and-during-supplementation-with-fructo-oligosaccharides-fos-and-inulin-using-high-throughput-454-pyrosequencing
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Jose F Garcia-Mazcorro, Jose R Barcenas-Walls, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
Prebiotics are selectively fermentable dietary compounds that result in changes in the composition and/or activity of the intestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefits upon host health. In veterinary medicine, commercially available products containing prebiotics have not been well studied with regard to the changes they trigger on the composition of the gut microbiota. This study evaluated the effect of a commercially available nutraceutical containing fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin on the fecal microbiota of healthy cats and dogs when administered for 16 days...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439449/mobilizable-genomic-islands-different-strategies-for-the-dissemination-of-multidrug-resistance-and-other-adaptive-traits
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COMMENT
Nicolas Carraro, Nicolas Rivard, Vincent Burrus, Daniela Ceccarelli
Mobile genetic elements are near ubiquitous DNA segments that revealed a surprising variety of strategies for their propagation among prokaryotes and between eukaryotes. In bacteria, conjugative elements were shown to be key drivers of evolution and adaptation by efficiently disseminating genes involved in pathogenicity, symbiosis, metabolic pathways, and antibiotic resistance. Conjugative plasmids of the incompatibility groups A and C (A/C) are important vehicles for the dissemination of antibiotic resistance and the consequent global emergence and spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439260/intriguing-interaction-of-bacteriophage-host-association-an-understanding-in-the-era-of-omics
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REVIEW
Krupa M Parmar, Saurabh L Gaikwad, Prashant K Dhakephalkar, Ramesh Kothari, Ravindra Pal Singh
Innovations in next-generation sequencing technology have introduced new avenues in microbial studies through "omics" approaches. This technology has considerably augmented the knowledge of the microbial world without isolation prior to their identification. With an enormous volume of bacterial "omics" data, considerable attempts have been recently invested to improve an insight into virosphere. The interplay between bacteriophages and their host has created a significant influence on the biogeochemical cycles, microbial diversity, and bacterial population regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439032/inactivation-of-transcriptional-regulators-during-within-household-evolution-of-escherichia-coli
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Dagmara I Kisiela, Matthew Radey, Sandip Paul, Stephen Porter, Kseniya Polukhina, Veronika Tchesnokova, Sofiya Shevchenko, Diana Chan, Maliha Aziz, Timothy J Johnson, Lance B Price, James R Johnson, Evgeni V Sokurenko
We analyzed the within-household evolution of two household-associated Escherichia coli strains from pandemic clonal group ST131-H30, using isolates recovered from five individuals within two families, each of which had a distinct strain. Family 1's strain was represented by a urine isolate from the index patient (older sister) with recurrent cystitis, and a blood isolate from her younger sister with fatal urosepsis. Family 2's strain was represented by a urine isolate from the index patient (father) with pyelonephritis and renal abscesses, blood and kidney drainage isolates from the daughter with emphysematous pyelonephritis, and urine and fecal isolates from the mother with cystitis...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438207/large-scale-validation-of-an-efficient-crispr-cas-based-multi-gene-editing-protocol-in-escherichia-coli
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Francesca Zerbini, Ilaria Zanella, Davide Fraccascia, Enrico König, Carmela Irene, Luca F Frattini, Michele Tomasi, Laura Fantappiè, Luisa Ganfini, Elena Caproni, Matteo Parri, Alberto Grandi, Guido Grandi
BACKGROUND: The exploitation of the CRISPR/Cas9 machinery coupled to lambda (λ) recombinase-mediated homologous recombination (recombineering) is becoming the method of choice for genome editing in E. coli. First proposed by Jiang and co-workers, the strategy has been subsequently fine-tuned by several authors who demonstrated, by using few selected loci, that the efficiency of mutagenesis (number of mutant colonies over total number of colonies analyzed) can be extremely high (up to 100%)...
April 24, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438179/genome-adaptive-evolution-of-lactobacillus-casei-under-long-term-antibiotic-selection-pressures
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Jicheng Wang, Xiao Dong, Yuyu Shao, Huiling Guo, Lin Pan, Wenyan Hui, Lai-Yu Kwok, Heping Zhang, Wenyi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The extensive use of antibiotics in medicine has raised serious concerns about biosafety. However, the effect of antibiotic application on the adaptive evolution of microorganisms, especially to probiotic bacteria, has not been well characterized. Thus, the objective of the current work was to investigate how antibiotic selection forces might drive genome adaptation using Lactobacillus (L.) casei Zhang as a model. METHODS: Two antibiotics, amoxicillin and gentamicin, were consistently applied to the laboratory culture of L...
April 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438119/dfi-seq-identification-of-environment-specific-gene-expression-in-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli
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Michelle Madelung, Tina Kronborg, Thomas Koed Doktor, Carsten Struve, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt, Jakob Møller-Jensen
BACKGROUND: During infection of the urinary tract, uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) are exposed to different environments, such as human urine and the intracellular environments of bladder epithelial cells. Each environment elicits a distinct bacterial environment-specific transcriptional response. We combined differential fluorescence induction (DFI) with next-generation sequencing, collectively termed DFI-seq, to identify differentially expressed genes in UPEC strain UTI89 during growth in human urine and bladder cells...
April 24, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437427/bacterial-diversity-of-bacteriomes-and-organs-of-reproductive-digestive-and-excretory-systems-in-two-cicada-species-hemiptera-cicadidae
#12
Zhou Zheng, Dandan Wang, Hong He, Cong Wei
Cicadas form intimate symbioses with bacteria to obtain nutrients that are scarce in the xylem fluid they feed on. The obligate symbionts in cicadas are purportedly confined to specialized bacteriomes, but knowledge of bacterial communities associated with cicadas is limited. Bacterial communities in the bacteriomes and organs of reproductive, digestive and excretory systems of two cicada species (Platypleura kaempferi and Meimuna mongolica) were investigated using different methods, and the bacterial diversity and distribution patterns of dominant bacteria in different tissues were compared...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436755/modes-of-action-for-mucosal-vaccine-adjuvants
#13
Taiki Aoshi
Vaccine adjuvants induce innate immune responses and the addition of adjuvants to the vaccine helps to induce protective immunity in the host. Vaccines utilizing live attenuated or killed whole pathogens usually contain endogenous adjuvants, such as bacterial cell wall products and their genomic nucleic acids, which act as pathogen-associated molecular patterns and are sufficient to induce adaptive immune responses. However, purified protein- or antigen-based vaccines, including component or recombinant vaccines, usually lose these endogenous innate immune stimulators, so the addition of an exogenous adjuvant is essential for the success of these vaccine types...
April 24, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435889/multidrug-resistance-salmonella-genomic-island-1-in-a-morganella-morganii-subsp-morganii-human-clinical-isolate-from-france
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Eliette Schultz, Olivier Barraud, Jean-Yves Madec, Marisa Haenni, Axel Cloeckaert, Marie-Cécile Ploy, Benoît Doublet
Salmonella genomic island 1 (SGI1) is a multidrug resistance integrative mobilizable element that harbors a great diversity of antimicrobial resistance gene clusters described in numerous Salmonella enterica serovars and also in Proteus mirabilis. A serious threat to public health was revealed in the recent description in P. mirabilis of a SGI1-derivative multidrug resistance island named PGI1 (Proteus genomic island 1) carrying extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL) and metallo-β-lactamase resistance genes, blaVEB-6 and blaNDM-1, respectively...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435379/shifts-of-subgingival-bacterial-population-after-nonsurgical-and-pharmacological-therapy-of-localized-aggressive-periodontitis-followed-for-1-year-by-ion-torrent-pgm-platform
#15
Giuseppina Campisciano, Annamaria Toschetti, Manola Comar, Rosanna Di Taranto, Federico Berton, Claudio Stacchi
The possibility of targeting the hypervariable region V3 of the 16S rRNA gene using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) could provide a complete analysis of subgingival plaque samples, potentially able to identify microbiological species missed by culture-based methods. A 16-year-old female smoker patient, affected by localized aggressive periodontitis, underwent a full-mouth disinfection protocol and was inserted in a 3-month recall program. Microbiological samples were collected at baseline and at 30, 100, 365 days follow-up and analyzed by Ion Torrent PGM...
January 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434972/one-bacillus-to-rule-them-all-investigating-broad-range-host-adaptation-in-mycobacterium-bovis
#16
REVIEW
Adrian R Allen
Recent advances are permitting researchers to undertake largescale comparative genomics studies within and between bacterial species to determine the types of genetic change that underpin the phenotypic spectrum that runs from strict host adaptation to generalist. Within the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) of bacilli, there is much heterogeneity in host specificity. Globally, Mycobacterium bovis exhibits a broad host range encompassing domesticated bovine and wildlife animals unlike the human adapted specialist M...
April 20, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434904/deep-sequencing-approaches-for-the-analysis-of-prokaryotic-transcriptional-boundaries-and-dynamics
#17
REVIEW
Katherine James, Simon J Cockell, Nikolay Zenkin
The identification of the protein-coding regions of a genome is straightforward due to the universality of start and stop codons. However, the boundaries of the transcribed regions, conditional operon structures, non-coding RNAs and the dynamics of transcription, such as pausing of elongation, are non-trivial to identify, even in the comparatively simple genomes of prokaryotes. Traditional methods for the study of these areas, such as tiling arrays, are noisy, labour-intensive and lack the resolution required for densely-packed bacterial genomes...
April 20, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432324/optimization-of-amino-acid-replacement-costs-by-mutational-pressure-in-bacterial-genomes
#18
Paweł Błażej, Dorota Mackiewicz, Małgorzata Grabińska, Małgorzata Wnętrzak, Paweł Mackiewicz
Mutations are considered a spontaneous and random process, which is important component of evolution because it generates genetic variation. On the other hand, mutations are deleterious leading to non-functional genes and energetically costly repairs. Therefore, one can expect that the mutational pressure is optimized to simultaneously generate genetic diversity and preserve genetic information. To check if empirical mutational pressures are optimized in these ways, we compared matrices of nucleotide mutation rates derived from bacterial genomes with their best possible alternatives that minimized or maximized costs of amino acid replacements associated with differences in their physicochemical properties (e...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432302/a-bacterial-abc-transporter-enables-import-of-mammalian-host-glycosaminoglycans
#19
Sayoko Oiki, Bunzo Mikami, Yukie Maruyama, Kousaku Murata, Wataru Hashimoto
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as hyaluronan, chondroitin sulfate, and heparin, constitute mammalian extracellular matrices. The uronate and amino sugar residues in hyaluronan and chondroitin sulfate are linked by 1,3-glycoside bond, while heparin contains 1,4-glycoside bond. Some bacteria target GAGs as means of establishing colonization and/or infection, and bacterial degradation mechanisms of GAGs have been well characterized. However, little is known about the bacterial import of GAGs. Here, we show a GAG import system, comprised of a solute-binding protein (Smon0123)-dependent ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter, in the pathogenic Streptobacillus moniliformis...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432121/the-lon-protease-like-domain-in-the-bacterial-reca-paralog-rada-is-required-for-dna-binding-and-repair
#20
Masao Inoue, Kenji Fukui, Yuki Fujii, Noriko Nakagawa, Takato Yano, Seiki Kuramitsu, Ryoji Masui
Homologous recombination (HR) plays an essential role in the maintenance of genome integrity. RecA/Rad51 paralogs have been recognized as an important factor of HR. Among them, only one bacterial RecA/Rad51 paralog - RadA - is involved in HR as an accessory factor of RecA recombinase. RadA has a unique Lon protease-like domain (LonC) at its C-terminus, in addition to a RecA-like ATPase domain. Unlike Lon protease, RadA's LonC domain does not show protease activity but is still essential for RadA-mediated DNA repair...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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