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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150512/a-genetic-system-for-the-thermophilic-acetogenic-bacterium-thermoanaerobacter-kivui
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Mirko Basen, Irina Geiger, Laura Henke, Volker Müller
Thermoanaerobacter kivui is one of the very few thermophilic acetogenic microorganisms. It grows optimally at 66°C on sugars but also lithotrophically with H2 + CO2 or with CO, producing acetate as major product. While a genome-derived model of acetogenesis has been developed, only few physiological or biochemical experiments towards the function of important enzymes in carbon and energy metabolism have been carried out. To address this issue, we developed a method for targeted, markerless gene deletions and for integration of genes into the genome of T...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150506/the-swinholide-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-from-a-terrestrial-cyanobacterium-nostoc-sp-uhcc-0450
#2
Anu Humisto, Jouni Jokela, Liwei Liu, Matti Wahlsten, Hao Wang, Perttu Permi, João Paulo Machado, Agostinho Antunes, David P Fewer, Kaarina Sivonen
Swinholides are 42-carbon ring polyketides with a twofold axis of symmetry. They are potent cytotoxins that disrupt the actin cytoskeleton. Swinholides were discovered from the marine sponge Theonella sp. and were long-suspected to be produced by symbiotic bacteria. Misakinolide, a structural variant of swinholide, was recently demonstrated to be the product of the symbiotic heterotrophic proteobacterium. Here we report the production of swinholide A by an axenic strain of the terrestrial cyanobacterium Nostoc sp...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150002/gene-editing-and-crispr-therapeutics-strategies-taught-by-cell-and-gene-therapy
#3
Juan C Ramirez
A few years ago, we assisted in the demonstration for the first time of the revolutionary idea of a type of adaptive-immune system in the bacteria kingdom. This system, named CRISPR, and variants engineered in the lab, have been demonstrated as functional with extremely high frequency and fidelity in almost all eukaryotic cells studied to date. The capabilities of this RNA-guided nuclease have added to the interest that was announced with the advent of previous technologies for genome editing tools, such as ZFN and TALEN...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150001/crispr-history-discovery-characterization-and-prosperity
#4
Wenyuan Han, Qunxin She
CRISPR research is a very young research field since it was only 10years ago when the system was found to confer antiviral defense. Nevertheless, there has been an explosion of publications in CRISPR research in the past 5years. The research was started with the comparative genomics of microbial genomes early this century, which revealed the prevalence of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) in bacteria and archaea. Series of hypotheses were made based on bioinformatics analyses and tested experimentally within a few years after the CRISPR acronym was coined...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149479/cripsr-cas-expands-dynamic-range-of-gene-expression-from-t7rnap-promoters
#5
Sean R McCutcheon, Kwan Lun Chiu, Daniel D Lewis, Cheemeng Tan
BACKGROUND: Reducing leaky gene expression is critical for improving protein yield of recombinant bacteria and stability of engineered cellular circuits in synthetic biology. Leaky gene expression occurs when a genetic promoter is not fully repressed, leading to unintended protein synthesis in the absence of stimuli. Existing work has devised specific molecular strategies for reducing leaky gene expression of each promoter. Main Method and Results: In contrast, we describe a repurposed, modular CRISPRi system that attenuates leaky gene expression using a series of single-guide RNAs targeting the PT7/LacO1 ...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149094/genomic-analysis-of-third-generation-cephalosporin-resistant-escherichia-coli-from-dairy-cow-manure
#6
Muhammad Attiq Rehman, Xianhua Yin, Dion Lepp, Chad Laing, Kim Ziebell, Guylaine Talbot, Edward Topp, Moussa Sory Diarra
The production of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) conferring resistance to new derivatives of β-lactams is a major public health threat if present in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. The objective of this study was to characterize ceftiofur (TIO)- or cefotaxime (FOX)-resistant Escherichia coli isolated from dairy cow manure. Twenty-four manure samples were collected from four farms and incubated under anaerobic conditions for 20 weeks at 4 °C or at 25 °C. A total of 37 TIO- or FOX-resistant E. coli were isolated from two of the four farms to determine their susceptibility to 14 antibiotics...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149017/the-ms6-mycolyl-arabinogalactan-esterase-lysb-is-essential-for-an-efficient-mycobacteriophage-induced-lysis
#7
Adriano M Gigante, Cheri M Hampton, Rebecca S Dillard, Filipa Gil, Maria João Catalão, José Moniz-Pereira, Elizabeth R Wright, Madalena Pimentel
All dsDNA phages encode two proteins involved in host lysis, an endolysin and a holin that target the peptidoglycan and cytoplasmic membrane, respectively. Bacteriophages that infect Gram-negative bacteria encode additional proteins, the spanins, involved in disruption of the outer membrane. Recently, a gene located in the lytic cassette was identified in the genomes of mycobacteriophages, which encodes a protein (LysB) with mycolyl-arabinogalactan esterase activity. Taking in consideration the complex mycobacterial cell envelope that mycobacteriophages encounter during their life cycle, it is valuable to evaluate the role of these proteins in lysis...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148103/extracytoplasmic-function-sigma-factor-%C3%AF-d-confers-resistance-to-environmental-stress-by-enhancing-mycolate-synthesis-and-modifying-peptidoglycan-structures-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#8
Koichi Toyoda, Inui Masayuki
Mycolates are α-branched, β-hydroxylated, long-chain fatty acid specifically synthesized in bacteria in the suborder Corynebacterineae of the phylum Actinobacteria. They form an outer membrane, which functions as a permeability barrier and confers pathogenic mycobacteria to resistance to antibiotics. Although the mycolate biosynthetic pathway has been intensively studied, knowledge of transcriptional regulation of genes involved in this pathway is limited. Here we report that the extracytoplasmic function sigma factor σ(D) is a key regulator of the mycolate synthetic genes in Corynebacterium glutamicum in the suborder...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147021/genome-scale-modeling-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-leuconostoc-mesenteroides-unravel-the-redox-governed-metabolic-states-in-obligate-heterofermentative-lactic-acid-bacteria
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Lokanand Koduru, Yujin Kim, Jeongsu Bang, Meiyappan Lakshmanan, Nam Soo Han, Dong-Yup Lee
Obligate heterofermentative lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are well-known for their beneficial health effects in humans. To delineate the incompletely characterized metabolism that currently limits their exploitation, at systems-level, we developed a genome-scale metabolic model of the representative obligate heterofermenting LAB, Leuconostoc mesenteroides (iLME620). Constraint-based flux analysis was then used to simulate several qualitative and quantitative phenotypes of L. mesenteroides, thereby evaluating the model validity...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146851/draft-whole-genome-sequences-of-periodontal-pathobionts-porphyromonas-gingivalis-prevotella-intermedia-and-tannerella-forsythia-contain-phase-variable-restriction-modification-systems
#10
Richard D Haigh, Liam A Crawford, Joseph D Ralph, Joseph J Wanford, Sonia R Vartoukian, Karolin Hijazi, William Wade, Marco R Oggioni
Periodontal disease comprises mild to severe inflammatory host responses to oral bacteria that can cause destruction of the tooth-supporting tissue. We report genome sequences for 18 clinical isolates of Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, and Tannerella forsythia, Gram-negative obligate anaerobes that play a role in the periodontal disease process.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145803/unraveling-the-evolution-and-coevolution-of-small-regulatory-rnas-and-coding-genes-in-listeria
#11
Franck Cerutti, Ludovic Mallet, Anaïs Painset, Claire Hoede, Annick Moisan, Christophe Bécavin, Mélodie Duval, Olivier Dussurget, Pascale Cossart, Christine Gaspin, Hélène Chiapello
BACKGROUND: Small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) are widely found in bacteria and play key roles in many important physiological and adaptation processes. Studying their evolution and screening for events of coevolution with other genomic features is a powerful way to better understand their origin and assess a common functional or adaptive relationship between them. However, evolution and coevolution of sRNAs with coding genes have been sparsely investigated in bacterial pathogens. RESULTS: We designed a robust and generic phylogenomics approach that detects correlated evolution between sRNAs and protein-coding genes using their observed and inferred patterns of presence-absence in a set of annotated genomes...
November 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145627/bacterial-communities-associated-with-the-ectoparasitic-mites-varroa-destructor-and-tropilaelaps-mercedesae-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Chonthicha Pakwan, Martin Kaltenpoth, Benjamin Weiss, Panuwan Chantawannakul, Guo Jun, Terd Disayathanoowat
Varroa and Tropilaelaps mites have been reported as serious ectoparasites of honey bees (Apis mellifera). In this study, bacterial communities associated with Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae from Northern Thailand were determined, using both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches. Adult female mites were collected from apiaries in Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces. Culturable bacteria were isolated from individual mites. On average, we observed approximately 1340 and 1140 CFU/mite in Varroa and Tropilaelaps, respectively...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144467/progress-in-and-promise-of-bacterial-quorum-sensing-research
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Marvin Whiteley, Stephen P Diggle, E Peter Greenberg
This Review highlights how we can build upon the relatively new and rapidly developing field of research into bacterial quorum sensing (QS). We now have a depth of knowledge about how bacteria use QS signals to communicate with each other and to coordinate their activities. In recent years there have been extraordinary advances in our understanding of the genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and signal diversity of QS. We are beginning to understand the connections between QS and bacterial sociality. This foundation places us at the beginning of a new era in which researchers will be able to work towards new medicines to treat devastating infectious diseases, and use bacteria to understand the biology of sociality...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143556/datalbase-a-database-for-genomic-and-transcriptomic-data-related-to-tal-effectors
#14
Alvaro L Pérez-Quintero, Léo Lamy, Carlos A Zarate, Sébastien Cunnac, Erin L Doyle, Adam J Bogdanove, Boris Szurek, Alexis Derepeer
Transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) are proteins found in the genus Xanthomonas of phytopathogenic bacteria. These proteins enter the nucleus of cells in the host plant and can induce the expression of susceptibility S genes, triggering disease. TALEs bind the promoter region of S genes following a specific code, which allows the prediction of binding sites based on TALEs' amino acid sequence. New candidate susceptibility genes can then be discovered by finding the intersection between genes induced in the presence of TALEs and genes containing predicted effector binding elements (EBEs)...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142288/identification-of-small-rnas-abundant-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia-biofilms-reveal-putative-regulators-with-a-potential-role-in-carbon-and-iron-metabolism
#15
Andrea Sass, Sanne Kiekens, Tom Coenye
Small RNAs play a regulatory role in many central metabolic processes of bacteria, as well as in developmental processes such as biofilm formation. Small RNAs of Burkholderia cenocepacia, an opportunistic pathogenic beta-proteobacterium, are to date not well characterised. To address that, we performed genome-wide transcriptome structure analysis of biofilm grown B. cenocepacia J2315. 41 unannotated short transcripts were identified in intergenic regions of the B. cenocepacia genome. 15 of these short transcripts, highly abundant in biofilms, widely conserved in Burkholderia sp...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142241/diverse-marinimicrobia-bacteria-may-mediate-coupled-biogeochemical-cycles-along-eco-thermodynamic-gradients
#16
Alyse K Hawley, Masaru K Nobu, Jody J Wright, W Evan Durno, Connor Morgan-Lang, Brent Sage, Patrick Schwientek, Brandon K Swan, Christian Rinke, Monica Torres-Beltrán, Keith Mewis, Wen-Tso Liu, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Tanja Woyke, Steven J Hallam
Microbial communities drive biogeochemical cycles through networks of metabolite exchange that are structured along energetic gradients. As energy yields become limiting, these networks favor co-metabolic interactions to maximize energy disequilibria. Here we apply single-cell genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics to study bacterial populations of the abundant "microbial dark matter" phylum Marinimicrobia along defined energy gradients. We show that evolutionary diversification of major Marinimicrobia clades appears to be closely related to energy yields, with increased co-metabolic interactions in more deeply branching clades...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139350/nemorella-caseinilytica-gen-nov-sp-nov-isolated-from-forest-soil
#17
Dhiraj Kumar Chaudhary, Ram Hari Dahal, Jaisoo Kim
Two novel strains, J116-2(T) and J116-1, were isolated from forest soil and were taxonomically characterized by a polyphasic approach. Both strains were yellow-coloured, Gram-stain-negative, strictly aerobic, non-motile and rod-shaped bacteria. The strains were non-sporulating, catalase-positive and oxidase-negative. Strains J116-2(T) and J116-1 were able to grow at 20-32 °C, pH 6.0-8.5, and 0-0.5 % (w/v) NaCl concentration. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analyses, strains J116-2(T) and J116-1 formed a distinct lineage within the family Chitinophagaceae of the phylum Bacteroidetes and were closely related to genera Taibaiella (89...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139344/aeropyrum-pernix-membrane-topology-of-protein-vkor-promotes-protein-disulfide-bond-formation-in-two-subcellular-compartments
#18
Stijntje Hibender, Cristina Landeta, Mehmet Berkmen, Jon Beckwith, Dana Boyd
Disulfide bonds confer stability and activity to proteins. Bioinformatic approaches allow predictions of which organisms make protein disulfide bonds and in which subcellular compartments disulfide bond formation takes place. Such an analysis, along with biochemical and protein structural data, suggests that many of the extremophile Crenarachaea make protein disulfide bonds in both the cytoplasm and the cell envelope. We have sought to determine the oxidative folding pathways in the sequenced genomes of the Crenarchaea, by seeking homologues of the enzymes known to be involved in disulfide bond formation in bacteria...
November 15, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138485/evaluating-the-impact-of-domestication-and-captivity-on-the-horse-gut-microbiome
#19
Jessica L Metcalf, Se Jin Song, James T Morton, Sophie Weiss, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, Frédéric Joly, Claudia Feh, Pierre Taberlet, Eric Coissac, Amnon Amir, Eske Willerslev, Rob Knight, Valerie McKenzie, Ludovic Orlando
The mammal gut microbiome, which includes host microbes and their respective genes, is now recognized as an essential second genome that provides critical functions to the host. In humans, studies have revealed that lifestyle strongly influences the composition and diversity of the gastrointestinal microbiome. We hypothesized that these trends in humans may be paralleled in mammals subjected to anthropogenic forces such as domestication and captivity, in which diets and natural life histories are often greatly modified...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138307/microdiversity-of-an-abundant-terrestrial-bacterium-encompasses-extensive-variation-in-ecologically-relevant-traits
#20
Alexander B Chase, Ulas Karaoz, Eoin L Brodie, Zulema Gomez-Lunar, Adam C Martiny, Jennifer B H Martiny
Much genetic diversity within a bacterial community is likely obscured by microdiversity within operational taxonomic units (OTUs) defined by 16S rRNA gene sequences. However, it is unclear how variation within this microdiversity influences ecologically relevant traits. Here, we employ a multifaceted approach to investigate microdiversity within the dominant leaf litter bacterium, Curtobacterium, which comprises 7.8% of the bacterial community at a grassland site undergoing global change manipulations. We use cultured bacterial isolates to interpret metagenomic data, collected in situ over 2 years, together with lab-based physiological assays to determine the extent of trait variation within this abundant OTU...
November 14, 2017: MBio
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