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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448436/role-of-archaeal-hera-protein-in-the-biology-of-the-bacterium-thermus-thermophilus
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Alba Blesa, Nieves G Quintans, Ignacio Baquedano, Carlos P Mata, José R Castón, José Berenguer
Intense gene flux between prokaryotes result in high percentage of archaeal genes in the genome of the thermophilic bacteria Thermus spp. Among these archaeal genes a homolog to the Sulfolobus spp. HerA protein appears in all of the Thermus spp. strains so far sequenced (HepA). The role of HepA in Thermus thermophilus HB27 has been analyzed using deletion mutants, and its structure resolved at low resolution by electron microscopy. Recombinant HepA shows DNA-dependent ATPase activity and its structure revealed a double ring, conically-shaped hexamer with an upper diameter of 150 Å and a bottom module of 95 Å...
April 27, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448066/structural-basis-of-crispr-spycas9-inhibition-by-an-anti-crispr-protein
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De Dong, Minghui Guo, Sihan Wang, Yuwei Zhu, Shuo Wang, Zhi Xiong, Jianzheng Yang, Zengliang Xu, Zhiwei Huang
The CRISPR-Cas9 systems are bacterial encoded adaptive immune systems to defend against phages infection, through RNA-guided endonuclease activity of Cas9 to degrade double-stranded DNA bearing a protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) and complementary sequences to the guide RNA1,2,3,4,5. Recently, two anti-CRISPR proteins AcrIIA2 and AcrIIA4 from Listeria monocytogenes (Lmo) prophages have been identified, both of which potently inhibit Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpyCas9) and LmoCas9 activity in bacteria and human cells6...
April 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446907/regulation-and-molecular-basis-of-environmental-muropeptide-uptake-and-utilization-in-fastidious-oral-anaerobe-tannerella-forsythia
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Angela Ruscitto, Kiyonobu Honma, Vamsee M Veeramachineni, Kiyoshi Nishikawa, Graham P Stafford, Ashu Sharma
Tannerella forsythia is a Gram-negative oral anaerobe associated with periodontitis. This bacterium is auxotrophic for the peptidoglycan amino sugar N-acetylmuramic (MurNAc) and likely relies on scavenging peptidoglycan fragments (muropeptides) released by cohabiting bacteria during their cell wall recycling. Many Gram-negative bacteria utilize an inner membrane permease, AmpG, to transport peptidoglycan fragments into their cytoplasm. In the T. forsythia genome, the Tanf_08365 ORF has been identified as a homolog of AmpG permease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446153/acceleration-and-suppression-of-resistance-development-by-antibiotic-combinations
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Shingo Suzuki, Takaaki Horinouchi, Chikara Furusawa
BACKGROUND: The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is becoming a global public health problem. Combination therapy, i.e., the simultaneous use of multiple antibiotics, is used for long-term treatment to suppress the emergence of resistant strains. However, the effect of the combinatorial use of multiple drugs on the development of resistance remains elusive, especially in a quantitative assessment. RESULTS: To understand the evolutionary dynamics under combination therapy, we performed laboratory evolution of Escherichia coli under simultaneous addition of two-drug combinations...
April 26, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444231/whole-genome-sequencing-of-7-strains-of-staphylococcus-lugdunensis-allows-identification-of-mobile-genetic-elements
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Xavier Argemi, Véronique Martin, Valentin Loux, Sandrine Dahyot, Jérémie Lebeurre, Aurélien Guffroy, Mickael Martin, Aurélie Velay, Daniel Keller, Philippe Riegel, Yves Hansmann, Nicodème Paul, Gilles Prévost
Coagulase negative staphylococci are normal inhabitant of the human skin flora that account for an increasing number of infections, particularly hospital-acquired infections. Staphylococcus lugdunensis has emerged as a most virulent species causing various infections with clinical characteristics close to what clinicians usually observe with Staphylococcus aureus and both bacteria share more than 70% of their genome. Virulence of S. aureus relies on a large repertoire of virulence factors, many of which are encoded on mobile genetic elements...
April 21, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443084/gene-expression-profiling-of-transcription-factors-of-helicobacter-pylori-under-different-environmental-conditions
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Miguel A De la Cruz, Miguel A Ares, Kristine von Bargen, Leonardo G Panunzi, Jessica Martínez-Cruz, Hilda A Valdez-Salazar, César Jiménez-Galicia, Javier Torres
Helicobacter pylori is a Gram-negative bacterium that colonizes the human gastric mucosa and causes peptic ulcers and gastric carcinoma. H. pylori strain 26695 has a small genome (1.67 Mb), which codes for few known transcriptional regulators that control bacterial metabolism and virulence. We analyzed by qRT-PCR the expression of 16 transcriptional regulators in H. pylori 26695, including the three sigma factors under different environmental conditions. When bacteria were exposed to acidic pH, urea, nickel, or iron, the sigma factors were differentially expressed with a particularly strong induction of fliA...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443071/deletion-of-lipoteichoic-acid-synthase-impacts-expression-of-genes-encoding-cell-surface-proteins-in-lactobacillus-acidophilus
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Kurt Selle, Yong J Goh, Brant R Johnson, Sarah O'Flaherty, Joakim M Andersen, Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R Klaenhammer
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM is a well-characterized probiotic microorganism, supported by a decade of genomic and functional phenotypic investigations. L. acidophilus deficient in lipoteichoic acid (LTA), a major immunostimulant in Gram-positive bacteria, has been shown to shift immune system responses in animal disease models. However, the pleiotropic effects of removing LTA from the cell surface in lactobacilli are unknown. In this study, we surveyed the global transcriptional and extracellular protein profiles of two strains of L...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443069/long-term-enrichment-of-stress-tolerant-cellulolytic-soil-populations-following-timber-harvesting-evidenced-by-multi-omic-stable-isotope-probing
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Roland C Wilhelm, Erick Cardenas, Hilary Leung, András Szeitz, Lionel D Jensen, William W Mohn
Soil management is vital for maintaining the productivity of commercial forests, yet the long-term impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities remains largely a matter of conjecture. Decomposition of plant biomass, comprised mainly of lignocellulose, has a broad impact on nutrient cycling, microbial activity and physicochemical characteristics of soil. At "Long-term Soil Productivity Study" sites in California dominated by Ponderosa pine, we tested whether clear-cut timber harvesting, accompanied by varying degrees of organic matter (OM) removal, affected the activity and structure of the cellulose-degrading microbial populations 16 years after harvesting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442708/the-complete-12%C3%A2-mb-genome-and-transcriptome-of-nonomuraea-gerenzanensis-with-new-insights-into-its-duplicated-magic-rna-polymerase
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Valeria D'Argenio, Mauro Petrillo, Daniela Pasanisi, Caterina Pagliarulo, Roberta Colicchio, Adelfia Talà, Maria Stella de Biase, Mario Zanfardino, Emanuela Scolamiero, Chiara Pagliuca, Antonio Gaballo, Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Piergiuseppe Cantiello, Irene Postiglione, Barbara Naso, Angelo Boccia, Miriana Durante, Luca Cozzuto, Paola Salvatore, Giovanni Paolella, Francesco Salvatore, Pietro Alifano
In contrast to the widely accepted consensus of the existence of a single RNA polymerase in bacteria, several actinomycetes have been recently shown to possess two forms of RNA polymerases due the to co-existence of two rpoB paralogs in their genome. However, the biological significance of the rpoB duplication is obscure. In this study we have determined the genome sequence of the lipoglycopeptide antibiotic A40926 producer Nonomuraea gerenzanensis ATCC 39727, an actinomycete with a large genome and two rpoB genes, i...
December 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442606/the-exit-strategy-an-approach-for-identifying-bacterial-proteins-exported-during-host-infection
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E F Perkowski, K E Zulauf, D Weerakoon, J D Hayden, T R Ioerger, D Oreper, S M Gomez, J C Sacchettini, M Braunstein
Exported proteins of bacterial pathogens function both in essential physiological processes and in virulence. Past efforts to identify exported proteins were limited by the use of bacteria growing under laboratory (in vitro) conditions. Thus, exported proteins that are exported only or preferentially in the context of infection may be overlooked. To solve this problem, we developed a genome-wide method, named EXIT (exported in vivotechnology), to identify proteins that are exported by bacteria during infection and applied it to Mycobacterium tuberculosis during murine infection...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442397/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-heat-shock-protein-90-in-albino-northern-snakehead-channa-argus
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Aiguo Zhou, Shaolin Xie, Zhenlu Wang, Muhammad Junaid, Lanfen Fan, Chao Wang, Qiao Ye, Yanfeng Chen, De-Sheng Pei, Jixing Zou
The great albino northern snakehead Channa argus is habitual to only the Sichuan Jialing Rivers System in China, making its introduction difficult to other riverine systems. Here, we characterized heat shock protein 90 (AcaHSP90) and probed its molecular responses toward the environmental stressors that C. argus can face during its introduction and breeding in the other southern latitudes of China. To serve the purpose, cDNA encoding of AcaHSP90 were cloned and characterized in albino C. argus. The cDNA was 2752bps that contained an open reading frame (ORF), encoding a 726-amino-acid polypeptide of 83...
April 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442346/identification-of-enzymes-involved-in-the-mevalonate-pathway-of-flavobacterium-johnsoniae
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Hajime Hayakawa, Fumiaki Sobue, Kento Motoyama, Tohru Yoshimura, Hisashi Hemmi
The mevalonate pathway is prevalent in eukaryotes, archaea, and a limited number of bacteria. This pathway yields the fundamental precursors for isoprenoid biosynthesis, i.e., isopentenyl diphosphate and dimethylally diphosphate. In the downstream part of the general eukaryote-type mevalonate pathway, mevalonate is converted into isopentenyl diphosphate by the sequential actions of mevalonate kinase, phosphomevalonate kinase, and diphosphomevalonte decarboxylase, while a partial lack of the putative genes of these enzymes is sometimes observed in archaeal and bacterial genomes...
April 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
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Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440326/complex-multifractal-nature-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-genome
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Saurav Mandal, Tanmoy Roychowdhury, Keilash Chirom, Alok Bhattacharya, R K Brojen Singh
The mutifractal and long range correlation (C(r)) properties of strings, such as nucleotide sequence can be a useful parameter for identification of underlying patterns and variations. In this study C(r) and multifractal singularity function f(α) have been used to study variations in the genomes of a pathogenic bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Genomic sequences of M. tuberculosis isolates displayed significant variations in C(r) and f(α) reflecting inherent differences in sequences among isolates. M. tuberculosis isolates can be categorised into different subgroups based on sensitivity to drugs, these are DS (drug sensitive isolates), MDR (multi-drug resistant isolates) and XDR (extremely drug resistant isolates)...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
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
#15
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/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
#17
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/28439259/increased-biological-activity-of-aneurinibacillus-migulanus-strains-correlates-with-the-production-of-new-gramicidin-secondary-metabolites
#18
Faizah N Alenezi, Imen Rekik, Ali Chenari Bouket, Lenka Luptakova, Hedda J Weitz, Mostafa E Rateb, Marcel Jaspars, Stephen Woodward, Lassaad Belbahri
The soil-borne gram-positive bacteria Aneurinibacillus migulanus strain Nagano shows considerable potential as a biocontrol agent against plant diseases. In contrast, A. migulanus NCTC 7096 proved less effective for inhibition of plant pathogens. Nagano strain exerts biocontrol activity against some gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and oomycetes through the production of gramicidin S (GS). Apart from the antibiotic effects, GS increases the rate of evaporation from the plant surface, reducing periods of surface wetness and thereby indirectly inhibiting spore germination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439033/genome-wide-identification-of-resd-nsrr-and-fur-binding-in-bacillus-subtilis-during-anaerobic-fermentative-growth-by-in-vivo-footprinting
#19
Onuma Chumsakul, Divya P Anantsri, Tai Quirke, Taku Oshima, Kensuke Nakamura, Shu Ishikawa, Michiko M Nakano
Upon oxygen limitation, the Bacillus subtilis ResE sensor kinase and its cognate ResD response regulator play primary roles in transcriptional activation of genes functioning in anaerobic respiration. The nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive NsrR repressor controls transcription to support nitrate respiration. In addition, the ferric uptake repressor (Fur) can modulate transcription under anaerobic conditions. However, whether these controls are direct or indirect has been investigated only in a gene-specific manner...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438943/presence-of-vim-positive-pseudomonas-species-in-chickens-and-their-surrounding-environment
#20
Rongmin Zhang, Zhihai Liu, Jiyun Li, Lei Lei, Wenjuan Yin, Mei Li, Congming Wu, Timothy R Walsh, Yang Wang, Shaolin Wang, Yongning Wu
Metallo-β-lactamase gene blaVIM was identified on the chromosome of four Pseudomonas spp. isolates from a chicken farm, including one P. aeruginosa from swallow (Yanornis martini), one P. putida from fly, and two P. putida from chickens. The four isolates shared two variants of blaVIM-carrying genomic contexts, which resemble the corresponding regions of clinical MBL-producing Pseudomonas species. Our study suggests the surveillance of carbapenemase-producing bacteria in livestock and their surrounding environment is urgently needed...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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