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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812142/tcdd-administered-on-activated-carbon-eliminates-bioavailability-and-subsequent-shifts-to-a-key-murine-gut-commensal
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Robert D Stedtfeld, J Brett Sallach, Robert B Crawford, Tiffany M Stedtfeld, Maggie R Williams, Hassan Waseem, Cliff T Johnston, Hui Li, Brian J Teppen, Norbert E Kaminski, Stephen A Boyd, James M Tiedje, Syed A Hashsham
Activated carbon (AC) is an increasingly attractive remediation alternative for the sequestration of dioxins at contaminated sites globally. However, the potential for AC to reduce the bioavailability of dioxins in mammals and the residing gut microbiota has received less attention. This question was partially answered in a recent study examining 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-induced hallmark toxic responses in mice administered with TCDD sequestered by AC or freely available in corn oil by oral gavage...
August 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811582/a-new-class-of-hybrid-secretion-system-is-employed-in-pseudomonas-amyloid-biogenesis
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Sarah L Rouse, William J Hawthorne, Jamie-Lee Berry, Dror S Chorev, Sandra A Ionescu, Sebastian Lambert, Fisentzos Stylianou, Wiebke Ewert, Uma Mackie, R Marc L Morgan, Daniel Otzen, Florian-Alexander Herbst, Per H Nielsen, Morten Dueholm, Hagan Bayley, Carol V Robinson, Stephen Hare, Stephen Matthews
Gram-negative bacteria possess specialised biogenesis machineries that facilitate the export of amyloid subunits for construction of a biofilm matrix. The secretion of bacterial functional amyloid requires a bespoke outer-membrane protein channel through which unfolded amyloid substrates are translocated. Here, we combine X-ray crystallography, native mass spectrometry, single-channel electrical recording, molecular simulations and circular dichroism measurements to provide high-resolution structural insight into the functional amyloid transporter from Pseudomonas, FapF...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811339/heritable-bovine-rumen-bacteria-are-phylogenetically-related-and-correlated-with-the-cow-s-capacity-to-harvest-energy-from-its-feed
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Goor Sasson, Sheerli Kruger Ben-Shabat, Eyal Seroussi, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Naama Shterzer, Shamay Yaacoby, Margret E Berg Miller, Bryan A White, Eran Halperin, Itzhak Mizrahi
Ruminants sustain a long-lasting obligatory relationship with their rumen microbiome dating back 50 million years. In this unique host-microbiome relationship, the host's ability to digest its feed is completely dependent on its coevolved microbiome. This extraordinary alliance raises questions regarding the dependent relationship between ruminants' genetics and physiology and the rumen microbiome structure, composition, and metabolism. To elucidate this relationship, we examined the association of host genetics with the phylogenetic and functional composition of the rumen microbiome...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810197/photochemical-formation-of-chitosan-stabilized-near-infrared-absorbing-silver-nanoworms-a-green-synthetic-strategy-and-activity-on-gram-negative-pathogenic-bacteria
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Sreekar Marpu, Samar S Kolailat, Daniel Korir, Brian L Kamras, Ratnesh Chaturvedi, Abel Joseph, Christopher M Smith, Misael C Palma, Jyoti Shah, Mohammad A Omary
A facile, single-step, non-seeded photochemical protocol for producing a new type of anisotropic silver nanostructure, "nanoworms", with curved longer dimensions and smooth, rounded edges. The nanoworms exhibit surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the near-infrared window (NIRW) region and are stabilized using biocompatible polymer chitosan, rendering biocompatibility and amplified safety for biological utility of the composition. Both NIRW-absorbing nanoworms and visible-absorbing nanospheres herein are attained exclusively by employing green chemistry principles...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809946/structure-function-analyses-of-metal-binding-sites-of-hypa-reveal-residues-important-for-hydrogenase-maturation-in-helicobacter-pylori
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Faith C Blum, Heidi Q Hu, Stephanie L Servetas, Stéphane L Benoit, Robert J Maier, Michael J Maroney, D Scott Merrell
The nickel-containing enzymes of Helicobacter pylori, urease and hydrogenase, are essential for efficient colonization in the human stomach. The insertion of nickel into urease and hydrogenase is mediated by the accessory protein HypA. HypA contains an N-terminal nickel-binding site and a dynamic structural zinc-binding site. The coordination of nickel and zinc within HypA is known to be critical for urease maturation and activity. Herein, we test the hydrogenase activity of a panel of H. pylori mutant strains containing point mutations within the nickel- and zinc-binding sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809850/function-related-replacement-of-bacterial-siderophore-pathways
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Hilke Bruns, Max Crüsemann, Anne-Catrin Letzel, Mohammad Alanjary, James O McInerney, Paul R Jensen, Stefan Schulz, Bradley S Moore, Nadine Ziemert
Bacterial genomes are rife with orphan biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) associated with secondary metabolism of unrealized natural product molecules. Often up to a tenth of the genome is predicted to code for the biosynthesis of diverse metabolites with mostly unknown structures and functions. This phenomenal diversity of BGCs coupled with their high rates of horizontal transfer raise questions about whether they are really active and beneficial, whether they are neutral and confer no advantage, or whether they are carried in genomes because they are parasitic or addictive...
August 15, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809455/a-nanophotonic-structure-containing-living-photosynthetic-bacteria
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David Coles, Lucas C Flatten, Thomas Sydney, Emily Hounslow, Semion K Saikin, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Vlatko Vedral, Joseph Kuo-Hsiang Tang, Robert A Taylor, Jason M Smith, David G Lidzey
Photosynthetic organisms rely on a series of self-assembled nanostructures with tuned electronic energy levels in order to transport energy from where it is collected by photon absorption, to reaction centers where the energy is used to drive chemical reactions. In the photosynthetic bacteria Chlorobaculum tepidum, a member of the green sulfur bacteria family, light is absorbed by large antenna complexes called chlorosomes to create an exciton. The exciton is transferred to a protein baseplate attached to the chlorosome, before migrating through the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex to the reaction center...
August 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808685/structure-of-a-1-5-mda-adhesin-that-binds-its-antarctic-bacterium-to-diatoms-and-ice
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Shuaiqi Guo, Corey A Stevens, Tyler D R Vance, Luuk L C Olijve, Laurie A Graham, Robert L Campbell, Saeed R Yazdi, Carlos Escobedo, Maya Bar-Dolev, Victor Yashunsky, Ido Braslavsky, David N Langelaan, Steven P Smith, John S Allingham, Ilja K Voets, Peter L Davies
Bacterial adhesins are modular cell-surface proteins that mediate adherence to other cells, surfaces, and ligands. The Antarctic bacterium Marinomonas primoryensis uses a 1.5-MDa adhesin comprising over 130 domains to position it on ice at the top of the water column for better access to oxygen and nutrients. We have reconstructed this 0.6-μm-long adhesin using a "dissect and build" structural biology approach and have established complementary roles for its five distinct regions. Domains in region I (RI) tether the adhesin to the type I secretion machinery in the periplasm of the bacterium and pass it through the outer membrane...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808436/ewald-an-extended-wide-angle-laue-diffractometer-for-the-second-target-station-of-the-spallation-neutron-source
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Leighton Coates, Lee Robertson
Visualizing hydrogen atoms in biological materials is one of the biggest remaining challenges in biophysical analysis. While X-ray techniques have unrivaled capacity for high-throughput structure determination, neutron diffraction is uniquely sensitive to hydrogen atom positions in crystals of biological materials and can provide a more complete picture of the atomic and electronic structures of biological macromolecules. This information can be essential in providing predictive understanding and engineering control of key biological processes, for example, in catalysis, ligand binding and light harvesting, and to guide bioengineering of enzymes and drug design...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Crystallography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808132/defining-electron-bifurcation-in-the-electron-transferring-flavoprotein-family
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Amaya M Garcia Costas, Saroj Poudel, Anne-Frances Miller, Gerrit J Schut, Rhesa N Ledbetter, Kathryn R Fixen, Lance C Seefeldt, Michael W W Adams, Caroline S Harwood, Eric S Boyd, John W Peters
Electron bifurcation is the coupling of exergonic and endergonic redox reactions to simultaneously generate (or utilize) low and high potential electrons. It is the third recognized form of energy conservation in biology and has recently been described in select electron transferring flavoproteins (Etfs). Etfs are flavin-containing heterodimers best known for donating electrons derived from fatty acid and amino acid oxidation to an electron transfer respiratory chain via ETF quinone oxidoreductase. Canonical examples contain a flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) that is involved in electron transfer as well as a non-redox active adenosine monophosphate (AMP)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808061/structural-analyses-of-the-bacterial-primosomal-protein-dnab-reveal-that-it-is-a-tetramer-and-forms-a-complex-with-a-primosomal-re-initiation-protein
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Yi-Ching Li, Vankadari Naveen, Min-Guan Lin, Chwan-Deng Hsiao
The DnaB primosomal protein from Gram-positive bacteria plays a key role in DNA replication and restart as a loader protein for the recruitment of replisome cascade proteins. Previous investigations have established that DnaB is composed of an N-terminal domain, a middle domain, and a C-terminal domain. However, structural evidence for how DnaB functions at the atomic level is lacking. Here, we report the crystal structure of DnaB, encompassing the N-terminal and middle domains (residues 1-300), from Geobacillus stearothermophilus (GstDnaB1-300) at 2...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808028/immune-evasion-by-a-staphylococcal-inhibitor-of-myeloperoxidase
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Nienke W M de Jong, Kasra X Ramyar, Fermin E Guerra, Reindert Nijland, Cindy Fevre, Jovanka M Voyich, Alex J McCarthy, Brandon L Garcia, Kok P M van Kessel, Jos A G van Strijp, Brian V Geisbrecht, Pieter-Jan A Haas
Staphylococcus aureus is highly adapted to its host and has evolved many strategies to resist opsonization and phagocytosis. Even after uptake by neutrophils, S. aureus shows resistance to killing, which suggests the presence of phagosomal immune evasion molecules. With the aid of secretome phage display, we identified a highly conserved protein that specifically binds and inhibits human myeloperoxidase (MPO), a major player in the oxidative defense of neutrophils. We have named this protein "staphylococcal peroxidase inhibitor" (SPIN)...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808024/structural-and-functional-studies-of-pyruvate-carboxylase-regulation-by-cyclic-di-amp-in-lactic-acid-bacteria
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Philip H Choi, Thu Minh Ngoc Vu, Huong Thi Pham, Joshua J Woodward, Mark S Turner, Liang Tong
Cyclic di-3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a broadly conserved bacterial second messenger that has been implicated in a wide range of cellular processes. Our earlier studies showed that c-di-AMP regulates central metabolism in Listeria monocytogenes by inhibiting its pyruvate carboxylase (LmPC), a biotin-dependent enzyme with biotin carboxylase (BC) and carboxyltransferase (CT) activities. We report here structural, biochemical, and functional studies on the inhibition of Lactococcus lactis PC (LlPC) by c-di-AMP...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807687/influence-of-tween-80-on-the-production-and-structure-of-water-insoluble-curdlan-from-agrobacterium-sp
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Ying Liang, Li Zhu, Minjie Gao, Zhiyong Zheng, Jianrong Wu, Xiaobei Zhan
In order to explore the mechanism by which Tween-80 enhances the production of curdlan produced by Agrobacterium sp., the effects of Tween-80 on the production and structure of curdlan and Agrobacterium sp. were evaluated. Maximum curdlan production (51.94g/L) was achieved when 16g/L Tween-80 was added at the beginning of the cell growth stage. The addition of Tween-80 at higher concentration inhibited cell growth. However, the addition of 16g/L Tween-80 enhanced the production of curdlan with a looser ultrastructure, significantly weakened the envelopment of curdlan on Agrobacterium sp...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807561/mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-intact-francisella-bacteria-identifies-lipid-a-structure-remodeling-in-response-to-acidic-ph-stress
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Camille B Robert, Michael Thomson, Alain Vercellone, Francesca Gardner, Robert K Ernst, Gérald Larrouy-Maumus, Jérôme Nigou
Structural modification of lipid A, the lipid anchor of LPS, is one of the strategies used by Gram-negative bacteria to evade host innate immunity. Francisella tularensis is a human pathogen that infects and replicates within phagocytic cells. It produces an atypical lipid A, whose structure precludes an efficient recognition by both innate immune players, TLR4 and cationic antimicrobial peptides. Interestingly, a recent report indicates that the lipid A of Francisella (LVS vaccinal strain) undergoes polar modifications when bacteria are grown in human macrophages as compared to in broth...
August 11, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807152/structure-of-thrombospondin-type-3-repeats-in-bacterial-outer-membrane-protein-a-reveals-its-intra-repeat-disulfide-bond-dependent-calcium-binding-capability
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Shuyan Dai, Cancan Sun, Kemin Tan, Sheng Ye, Rongguang Zhang
Eukaryotic thrombospondin type 3 repeat (TT3R) is an efficient calcium ion (Ca(2+)) binding motif only found in mammalian thrombospondin family. TT3R has also been found in prokaryotic cellulase Cel5G, which was thought to forfeit the Ca(2+)-binding capability due to the formation of intra-repeat disulfide bonds, instead of the inter-repeat ones possessed by eukaryotic TT3Rs. In this study, we have identified an enormous number of prokaryotic TT3R-containing proteins belonging to several different protein families, including outer membrane protein A (OmpA), an important structural protein connecting the outer membrane and the periplasmic peptidoglycan layer in gram-negative bacteria...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806924/essential-genome-of-campylobacter-jejuni
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Rabindra K Mandal, Tieshan Jiang, Young Min Kwon
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter species are a leading cause of bacterial foodborne illness worldwide. Despite the global efforts to curb them, Campylobacter infections have increased continuously in both developed and developing countries. The development of effective strategies to control the infection by this pathogen is warranted. The essential genes of bacteria are the most prominent targets for this purpose. In this study, we used transposon sequencing (Tn-seq) of a genome-saturating library of Tn5 insertion mutants to define the essential genome of C...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806750/characterization-of-novel-bangle-lectin-from-photorhabdus-asymbiotica-with-dual-sugar-binding-specificity-and-its-effect-on-host-immunity
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Gita Jančaříková, Josef Houser, Pavel Dobeš, Gabriel Demo, Pavel Hyršl, Michaela Wimmerová
Photorhabdus asymbiotica is one of the three recognized species of the Photorhabdus genus, which consists of gram-negative bioluminescent bacteria belonging to the family Morganellaceae. These bacteria live in a symbiotic relationship with nematodes from the genus Heterorhabditis, together forming a complex that is highly pathogenic for insects. Unlike other Photorhabdus species, which are strictly entomopathogenic, P. asymbiotica is unique in its ability to act as an emerging human pathogen. Analysis of the P...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806548/seasonal-variation-characteristic-of-inhalable-microbial-communities-in-pm2-5-in-beijing-city-china
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Pengrui Du, Rui Du, Weishan Ren, Zedong Lu, Pingqing Fu
Bacteria and fungi are primary constituents of airborne microbes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and significantly impact human health. However, hitherto, seasonal variation and effect of air pollution on microbial community composition and structure are poorly understood. This study analyzed the bacterial and fungal composition of PM2.5 under different air pollution levels during different seasons in Beijing. We altogether collected 75PM2.5 samples during four seasons from April 2014 to January 2015, under different air pollution levels and employed high-throughput sequencing methods to analyze microbial composition...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806153/expression-purification-and-refolding-of-human-lipocalin-6-and-production-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-this-protein
#20
Jiong Chen, Wei Feng, Yue Zhao, Yaqin Li, Fei Zhan
Human lipocalin 6 (hLCN6) is a member of the lipocalin family, which is a group of structurally conserved hydrophobic ligand binding proteins, and widely distributed in animal, plant, and bacteria. Specific expression of hLCN6 in the epididymis and localization of this protein on the surface of spermatozoa suggest a role played by hLCN6, which may function as a transporter to carry ligands in the epididymal channel. However, the role of hLCN6 in sperm maturation has been largely unknown due to the lack of effective antibodies...
August 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
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