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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
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Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534829/variation-in-the-genetic-repertoire-of-viruses-infecting-micromonas-pusilla-reflects-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-links-to-their-environmental-distribution
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Jan F Finke, Danielle M Winget, Amy M Chan, Curtis A Suttle
Prasinophytes, a group of eukaryotic phytoplankton, has a global distribution and is infected by large double-stranded DNA viruses (prasinoviruses) in the family Phycodnaviridae. This study examines the genetic repertoire, phylogeny, and environmental distribution of phycodnaviruses infecting Micromonas pusilla, other prasinophytes and chlorophytes. Based on comparisons among the genomes of viruses infecting M. pusilla and other phycodnaviruses, as well as the genome from a host isolate of M. pusilla, viruses infecting M...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534821/from-genome-to-phenotype-an-integrative-approach-to-evaluate-the-biodiversity-of-lactococcus-lactis
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REVIEW
Valérie Laroute, Hélène Tormo, Christel Couderc, Muriel Mercier-Bonin, Pascal Le Bourgeois, Muriel Cocaign-Bousquet, Marie-Line Daveran-Mingot
Lactococcus lactis is one of the most extensively used lactic acid bacteria for the manufacture of dairy products. Exploring the biodiversity of L. lactis is extremely promising both to acquire new knowledge and for food and health-driven applications. L. lactis is divided into four subspecies: lactis, cremoris, hordniae and tructae, but only subsp. lactis and subsp. cremoris are of industrial interest. Due to its various biotopes, Lactococcus subsp. lactis is considered the most diverse. The diversity of L...
May 19, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534105/bacterial-diversity-of-cosmopolitan-culex-pipiens-and-invasive-aedes-japonicus-from-germany
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Sina Zotzmann, Antje Steinbrink, Kathrin Schleich, Felix Frantzmann, Chinhda Xoumpholphakdy, Manuela Spaeth, Claire Valiente Moro, Patrick Mavingui, Sven Klimpel
Symbiotic bacteria have gained significant attention in recent years. For example, microbiota of some mosquito species seems to influence the development and transmission of pathogens. Furthermore, several attempts using bacteria as a paratransgenetic tool have been made in order to assist the control of mosquito-borne diseases. In this study, we examined the bacterial diversity of wild-caught adult Culex (Cx.) pipiens and laboratory-reared adult Aedes japonicus (Ae. japonicus) in Germany using a culture-independent method...
May 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534009/genomic-insight-into-mechanisms-of-reversion-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-induced-by-a-nanomolecular-iodine-containing-complex-fs-1
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Aleksandr I Ilin, Murat E Kulmanov, Ilya S Korotetskiy, Rinat A Islamov, Gulshara K Akhmetova, Marina V Lankina, Oleg N Reva
Drug induced reversion of antibiotic resistance is a promising way to combat multidrug resistant infections. However, lacking knowledge of mechanisms of drug resistance reversion impedes employing this approach in medicinal therapies. Induction of antibiotic resistance reversion by a new anti-tuberculosis drug FS-1 has been reported. FS-1 was used in this work in combination with standard anti-tuberculosis antibiotics in an experiment on laboratory guinea pigs infected with an extensively drug resistant (XDR) strain Mycobacterium tuberculosis SCAID 187...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533768/novel-large-sulfur-bacteria-in-the-metagenomes-of-groundwater-fed-chemosynthetic-microbial-mats-in-the-lake-huron-basin
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Allison M Sharrar, Beverly E Flood, Jake V Bailey, Daniel S Jones, Bopaiah A Biddanda, Steven A Ruberg, Daniel N Marcus, Gregory J Dick
Little is known about large sulfur bacteria (LSB) that inhabit sulfidic groundwater seeps in large lakes. To examine how geochemically relevant microbial metabolisms are partitioned among community members, we conducted metagenomic analysis of a chemosynthetic microbial mat in the Isolated Sinkhole, which is in a deep, aphotic environment of Lake Huron. For comparison, we also analyzed a white mat in an artesian fountain that is fed by groundwater similar to Isolated Sinkhole, but that sits in shallow water and is exposed to sunlight...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533514/isolation-and-genomic-characterization-of-a-dehalococcoides-strain-suggests-genomic-rearrangement-during-culture
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Masafumi Yohda, Kentaro Ikegami, Yuto Aita, Mizuki Kitajima, Ayane Takechi, Megumi Iwamoto, Tomomi Fukuda, Noriyoshi Tamura, Junji Shibasaki, Seiji Koike, Daisuke Komatsu, Sakari Miyagi, Minoru Nishimura, Yoshihito Uchino, Akino Shiroma, Makiko Shimoji, Hinako Tamotsu, Noriko Ashimine, Misuzu Shinzato, Shun Ohki, Kazuma Nakano, Kuniko Teruya, Kazuhito Satou, Takashi Hirano, Osami Yagi
We have developed and characterized a bacterial consortium that reductively dechlorinates trichloroethene to ethene. Quantitative PCR analysis for the 16S rRNA and reductive dehalogenase genes showed that the consortium is highly enriched with Dehalococcoides spp. that have two vinyl chloride reductive dehalogenase genes, bvcA and vcrA, and a trichloroethene reductive dehalogenase gene, tceA. The metagenome analysis of the consortium by the next generation sequencer SOLiD 3 Plus suggests that a Dehalococcoides sp...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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REVIEW
J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532825/growth-performance-reproductive-traits-and-offspring-survivability-of-genetically-modified-rams-overexpressing-toll-like-receptor-4
#9
Yu-Chang Yao, Hong-Bing Han, Xu-Ting Song, Shou-Long Deng, Yu-Feng Liu, Ming-Hai Lu, Yun-Hai Zhang, Mei-Yu Qi, Hai-Juan He, Su-Mei Wang, Guo-Shi Liu, Wu Li, Zheng-Xing Lian
Genetic modification provides a means to enhancing disease resistance in animals. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a member of the TLR family, is critical for the recognition of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/endotoxin from Gram-negative bacteria by host immune cells, which initiates cell activation and subsequently triggers a proinflammatory response to the invading pathogens. In this study, the first generation of genetically modified (GM) sheep overexpressing TLR4 was produced by microinjection for better disease resistance...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532790/a-safe-and-molecular-tagged-brucella-canis-ghosts-confers-protection-against-virulent-challenge-in-mice
#10
Jing Qian, Zhaoyang Bu, Xulong Lang, Guangmou Yan, Yanling Yang, Xiuran Wang, Xinglong Wang
Canine brucellosis, caused by Brucella canis, is a persistent infectious reproductive disease in dogs. The absence of effective treatment to the intracellular pathogen and the irreversible consequence of infection makes the need of a specific vaccine urgent. Bacterial ghosts (BGs) are the empty envelopes of bacteria with no genome content inside, which emerge as a proper vaccine candidate due to its intact outer antigen. It is generally derived from a genetically engineered strain, through the expression of Bacteriophage phiX174 lysis E gene upon induction...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531104/stumbling-across-the-same-phage-comparative-genomics-of-widespread-temperate-phages-infecting-the-fish-pathogen-vibrio-anguillarum
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Panos G Kalatzis, Nanna Iben Rørbo, Daniel Castillo, Jesper Juel Mauritzen, Jóhanna Jørgensen, Constantina Kokkari, Faxing Zhang, Pantelis Katharios, Mathias Middelboe
Nineteen Vibrio anguillarum-specific temperate bacteriophages isolated across Europe and Chile from aquaculture and environmental sites were genome sequenced and analyzed for host range, morphology and life cycle characteristics. The phages were classified as Siphoviridae with genome sizes between 46,006 and 54,201 bp. All 19 phages showed high genetic similarity, and 13 phages were genetically identical. Apart from sporadically distributed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), genetic diversifications were located in three variable regions (VR1, VR2 and VR3) in six of the phage genomes...
May 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529729/characterization-of-the-novel-in1059-harbouring-vim-gene-cassette
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Dongguo Wang, Jinhong Yang, Meiyu Fang, Wei He, Ying Zhang, Caixia Liu, Dongsheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: VIM-type enzyme encodes the most widely acquired metallo-β-lactamases in Gram- negative bacteria. To obtain current epidemiological data for integrons from enterobacteriae in hospital, the study characterizes the genetic structure in In1059 by comparison with In846 integrons harbouring VIM gene and other class 1 integrons including In37, In62, In843 and In1021 with the aim of identifying the putative mechanisms involved integron mobilization and infer evolution of relevant integrons...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529507/a-novel-and-efficient-method-for-bacteria-genome-editing-employing-both-crispr-cas9-and-an-antibiotic-resistance-cassette
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Hong Zhang, Qiu-Xiang Cheng, Ai-Min Liu, Guo-Ping Zhao, Jin Wang
As Cas9-mediated cleavage requires both protospacer and protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) sequences, it is impossible to employ the CRISPR/Cas9 system to directly edit genomic sites without available PAM sequences nearby. Here, we optimized the CRISPR/Cas9 system and developed an innovative two-step strategy for efficient genome editing of any sites, which did not rely on the availability of PAM sequences. An antibiotic resistance cassette was employed as both a positive and a negative selection marker. By integrating the optimized two-plasmid CRISPR/Cas system and donor DNA, we achieved gene insertion and point mutation with high efficiency in Escherichia coli, and importantly, obtained clean mutants with no other unwanted mutations...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529505/comparative-genomics-unravels-the-functional-roles-of-co-occurring-acidophilic-bacteria-in-bioleaching-heaps
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Xian Zhang, Xueduan Liu, Yili Liang, Yunhua Xiao, Liyuan Ma, Xue Guo, Bo Miao, Hongwei Liu, Deliang Peng, Wenkun Huang, Huaqun Yin
The spatial-temporal distribution of populations in various econiches is thought to be potentially related to individual differences in the utilization of nutrients or other resources, but their functional roles in the microbial communities remain elusive. We compared differentiation in gene repertoire and metabolic profiles, with a focus on the potential functional traits of three commonly recognized members (Acidithiobacillus caldus, Leptospirillum ferriphilum, and Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans) in bioleaching heaps...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527117/non-viral-and-viral-delivery-systems-for-crispr-cas9-technology-in-the-biomedical-field
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REVIEW
Zhi-Yao He, Ke Men, Zhou Qin, Yang Yang, Ting Xu, Yu-Quan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) system provides a novel genome editing technology that can precisely target a genomic site to disrupt or repair a specific gene. Some CRISPR-Cas9 systems from different bacteria or artificial variants have been discovered or constructed by biologists, and Cas9 nucleases and single guide RNAs (sgRNA) are the major components of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. These Cas9 systems have been extensively applied for identifying therapeutic targets, identifying gene functions, generating animal models, and developing gene therapies...
May 2, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526858/expression-and-activity-of-the-bioh-esterase-of-biotin-synthesis-is-independent-of-genome-context
#16
Xinyun Cao, Lei Zhu, Zhe Hu, John E Cronan
BioH is an α/β-hydrolase required for synthesis of the pimelate moiety of biotin in diverse bacteria. The bioH gene is found in different genomic contexts. In some cases (e.g., Escherichia coli) the gene is not located within a biotin synthetic operon and its transcription is not coregulated with the other biotin synthesis genes. In other genomes such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa the bioH gene is within a biotin synthesis operon and its transcription is coregulated with the other biotin operon genes. The esterases of pimelate moiety synthesis show remarkable genomic plasticity in that in some biotin operons bioH is replaced by other α/ß hydrolases of diverse sequence...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526842/revealing-genome-scale-transcriptional-regulatory-landscape-of-ompr-highlights-its-expanded-regulatory-roles-under-osmotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli-k-12-mg1655
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Sang Woo Seo, Ye Gao, Donghyuk Kim, Richard Szubin, Jina Yang, Byung-Kwan Cho, Bernhard O Palsson
A transcription factor (TF), OmpR, plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation of the osmotic stress response in bacteria. Here, we reveal a genome-scale OmpR regulon in Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655. Integrative data analysis reveals that a total of 37 genes in 24 transcription units (TUs) belong to OmpR regulon. Among them, 26 genes show more than two-fold changes in expression level in an OmpR knock-out strain. Specifically, we find that: 1) OmpR regulates mostly membrane-located gene products involved in diverse fundamental biological processes, such as narU (encoding nitrate/nitrite transporter), ompX (encoding outer membrane protein X), and nuoN (encoding NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase); 2) by investigating co-regulation of entire sets of genes regulated by other stress-response TFs, stresses are surprisingly independently regulated among each other; and, 3) a detailed investigation of the physiological roles of the newly discovered OmpR regulon genes reveals that activation of narU represents a novel strategy to significantly improve osmotic stress tolerance of E...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526793/genomic-analysis-of-calderihabitans-maritimus-kkc1-a-thermophilic-hydrogenogenic-carboxydotrophic-bacterium-isolated-from-marine-sediment
#18
Kimiho Omae, Yasuko Yoneda, Yuto Fukuyama, Takashi Yoshida, Yoshihiko Sako
Calderihabitans maritimus KKC1 is a thermophilic hydrogenogenic carboxydotroph isolated from a submerged marine caldera. Here, we describe the de novo sequencing and feature analysis of the C. maritimus KKC1 genome. Genome-based phylogenetic analysis confirmed that C. maritimus KKC1 was most closely related to the genus Moorella, which includes well-studied acetogenic members. Comparative genomic analysis revealed that, like Moorella, C. maritimus KKC1 retained both the CO2-reducing Wood-Ljungdahl pathway and energy-converting hydrogenase-based module activated by reduced ferredoxin, but lacked the HydABC and NfnAB electron bifurcating enzymes and pyruvate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase required for ferredoxin reduction during acetogenic growth...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526791/pseudomonas-chlororaphis-produces-two-distinct-r-tailocins-that-contribute-to-bacterial-competition-in-biofilms-and-on-roots
#19
Robert J Dorosky, Jun Myoung Yu, Leland S Pierson, Elizabeth A Pierson
R-type tailocins are high molecular weight bacteriocins that resemble bacteriophage tails and are encoded within the genomes of many Pseudomonas species. In this study, analysis of the P. chlororaphis 30-84 R-tailocin gene cluster revealed that it encodes the structural components to produce two R-tailocins of different ancestral origin. Two distinct R-tailocin populations differing in length were observed in UV induced lysates of P. chlororaphis 30-84 via transmission electron microscopy. Mutants defective in the production of one or both R-tailocins demonstrated that the killing spectrum of each tailocin is limited to Pseudomonas species...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526785/effects-of-arginine-on-growth-virulence-gene-expression-and-stress-tolerance-by-streptococcus-mutans
#20
Brinta Chakraborty, Robert A Burne
Streptococcus mutans is a common constituent of oral biofilms and a primary etiologic agent of human dental caries. The bacteria associated with dental caries have a potent ability to produce organic acids from dietary carbohydrates and to grow and metabolize in acidic conditions. In contrast, many commensal bacteria produce ammonia through the arginine deiminase system (ADS), which moderates the pH of oral biofilms. Arginine metabolism by the ADS is a significant deterrent to the initiation and progression of dental caries...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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