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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719873/characteristics-of-electron-transport-chain-and-affecting-factors-for-thiosulfate-driven-perchlorate-reduction
#1
Chao Zhang, Jianbo Guo, Jing Lian, Caicai Lu, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Yuanyuan Song, Yankai Guo
The mechanism for perchlorate reduction was investigated using thiosulfate-driven (T-driven) perchlorate reduction bacteria. The influences of various environmental conditions on perchlorate reduction, including pH, temperature and electron acceptors were examined. The maximum perchlorate removal rate was observed at pH 7.5 and 40 °C. Perchlorate reduction was delayed due to the coexistence of perchlorate-chlorate and perchlorate-nitrate. The mechanism of the T-driven perchlorate reduction electron transport chain (ETC) was also investigated by utilizing different inhibitors...
July 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719845/the-effects-of-ibuprofen-on-activated-sludge-shift-in-bacterial-community-structure-and-resistance-to-ciprofloxacin
#2
Madars Davids, Dita Gudra, Ilze Radovica-Spalvina, Davids Fridmanis, Vadims Bartkevics, Olga Muter
Ibuprofen (IBP) is ranked at the 4th place among 57 pharmaceutical compounds according to the number of citations in prioritization documents. The response of microbial community of activated sludge to IBP was studied at the concentrations of 50-5000mg/L. Batch incubation was performed in an OxiTop® device for 21days. The reduction of biological oxygen demand depended on the IBP concentration and varied in the range from 321 to 107mg O2/L. Massive DNA sequencing analysis of the activated sludge revealed that Proteobacteria became more dominant when grown in the presence of IBP...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719054/evolutionary-cell-biology-of-proteins-from-protists-to-humans-and-plants
#3
REVIEW
Helmut Plattner
During evolution, the cell as a fine-tuned machine had to undergo permanent adjustments to match changes in its environment, while "closed for repair work" was not possible. Evolution from protists (protozoa and unicellular algae) to multicellular organisms may have occurred in basically two lineages, Unikonta and Bikonta, culminating in mammals and angiosperms (flowering plants), respectively. Unicellular models for unikont evolution are myxamoebae (Dictyostelium) and increasingly also choanoflagellates, whereas, for bikonts, ciliates are preferred models...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718982/design-and-solution-phase-synthesis-of-membrane-targeting-lipopeptides-with-selective-antibacterial-activity
#4
Mohini Mohan Konai, Utsarga Adhikary, Jayanta Haldar
Designing selective antibacterial molecules remains an unmet goal in the field of membrane targeting agents. To this aim, herein we report the rational design and synthesis of a new class of lipopeptides which possess highly selective bacterial killing over mammalian cells. The selective interaction with bacterial over mammalian membranes was established through various spectroscopic as well as microscopic experiments including biophysical studies with the model membranes. A detailed antibacterial structure-activity relationship was delineated after preparing a series of molecules consisting of the peptide moieties with varied sequence of amino acids such as D-phenylalanine, D-leucine and D-lysine...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718834/dna-interacting-characteristics-of-the-archaeal-rudiviral-protein-sirv2_gp1
#5
Eveline Peeters, Maarten Boon, Clare Rollie, Ronnie G Willaert, Marleen Voet, Malcolm F White, David Prangishvili, Rob Lavigne, Tessa E F Quax
Whereas the infection cycles of many bacterial and eukaryotic viruses have been characterized in detail, those of archaeal viruses remain largely unexplored. Recently, studies on a few model archaeal viruses such as SIRV2 (Sulfolobus islandicus rod-shaped virus) have revealed an unusual lysis mechanism that involves the formation of pyramidal egress structures on the host cell surface. To expand understanding of the infection cycle of SIRV2, we aimed to functionally characterize gp1, which is a SIRV2 gene with unknown function...
July 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718795/novel-molecular-insights-about-lactobacillar-sortase-dependent-piliation
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REVIEW
Ingemar von Ossowski
One of the more conspicuous structural features that punctuate the outer cell surface of certain bacterial Gram-positive genera and species is the sortase-dependent pilus. As these adhesive and variable-length protrusions jut outward from the cell, they provide a physically expedient and useful means for the initial contact between a bacterium and its ecological milieu. The sortase-dependent pilus displays an elongated macromolecular architecture consisting of two to three types of monomeric protein subunits (pilins), each with their own specific function and location, and that are joined together covalently by the transpeptidyl activity of a pilus-specific C-type sortase enzyme...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717130/polymicrobial-infections-in-brain-tissue-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#7
Diana Pisa, Ruth Alonso, Ana M Fernández-Fernández, Alberto Rábano, Luis Carrasco
Several studies have advanced the idea that the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) could be microbial in origin. In the present study, we tested the possibility that polymicrobial infections exist in tissue from the entorhinal cortex/hippocampus region of patients with AD using immunohistochemistry (confocal laser scanning microscopy) and highly sensitive (nested) PCR. We found no evidence for expression of early (ICP0) or late (ICP5) proteins of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in brain sections. A polyclonal antibody against Borrelia detected structures that appeared not related to spirochetes, but rather to fungi...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717038/a-human-biofilm-disrupting-monoclonal-antibody-potentiates-antibiotic-efficacy-in-rodent-models-of-both-staphylococcus-aureus-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-infections
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Yan Q Xiong, Angeles Estellés, L Li, W Abdelhady, R Gonzales, Arnold S Bayer, Edgar Tenorio, Anton Leighton, Stefan Ryser, Lawrence M Kauvar
Many serious bacterial infections are antibiotic-refractory due to biofilm formation. A key structural component of biofilm is extracellular DNA which is stabilized by bacterial proteins, including those from the DNABII family. TRL1068 is a high affinity human monoclonal antibody against a DNABII epitope conserved across both gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial species. In the current study, the efficacy of TRL1068 for disruption of biofilm was demonstrated in vitro in the absence of antibiotics by scanning electron microscopy...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716960/bacterial-tubulin-a-b-exhibit-polarized-growth-mixed-polarity-bundling-and-destabilization-by-gtp-hydrolysis
#9
César Díaz-Celis, Viviana I Risca, Felipe Hurtado, Jessica K Polka, Scott D Hansen, Daniel Maturana, Rosalba Lagos, R Dyche Mullins, Octavio Monasterio
Bacteria of the genus Prosthecobacter express homologs of eukaryotic α- and β-tubulin, called BtubA and BtubB, that have been observed to assemble into filaments in presence of GTP. BtubA/B polymers are proposed to be composed in vitro by two to six protofilaments, in contrast to in vivo where they have been reported to form 5-protofilaments tubes named bacterial microtubules (bMTs). The btubAB genes likely entered the Prosthecobacter lineage via horizontal gene transfer and may derive from an early ancestor of the modern eukaryotic microtubule (MT)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716923/molecular-mechanism-of-environmental-d-xylose-perception-by-a-xylfii-lyts-complex-in-bacteria
#10
Jianxu Li, Chengyuan Wang, Gaohua Yang, Zhe Sun, Hui Guo, Kai Shao, Yang Gu, Weihong Jiang, Peng Zhang
d-xylose, the main building block of plant biomass, is a pentose sugar that can be used by bacteria as a carbon source for bio-based fuel and chemical production through fermentation. In bacteria, the first step for d-xylose metabolism is signal perception at the membrane. We previously identified a three-component system in Firmicutes bacteria comprising a membrane-associated sensor protein (XylFII), a transmembrane histidine kinase (LytS) for periplasmic d-xylose sensing, and a cytoplasmic response regulator (YesN) that activates the transcription of the target ABC transporter xylFGH genes to promote the uptake of d-xylose...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716734/crystal-structure-analysis-of-3-6-anhydro-l-galactonate-cycloisomerase-suggests-emergence-of-novel-substrate-specificity-in-the-enolase-superfamily
#11
Saeyoung Lee, Kyoung Heon Kim, Hye-Yeon Kim, In-Geol Choi
3,6-Anydro-l-galatonate cycloisomerase (ACI) catalyzes the cycloisomerization of a 3,6-anhydro-l-galactonic acid (AHGA) known as a novel metabolite in agarolytic bacteria. Here, we present 3-D structures of ACI from Vibrio sp. strain EJY3 (VejACI) in native and mutant forms at 2.2 Å and 2.6 Å resolutions, respectively. The enzyme belongs to the mandelate racemase subgroup of the enolase superfamily catalyzing common β-elimination reactions by α-carbon deprotonation of substrates. The structure of VejACI revealed a notable 20s loop region in the capping domain, which can be a highly conserved structural motif in ACI homologs of agar metabolism...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715739/antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-efficacy-of-self-cleaning-surfaces-functionalized-by-tio2-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-putida
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Blanca Jalvo, Marisol Faraldos, Ana Bahamonde, Roberto Rosal
A photocatalytic sol of TiO2 nanoparticles has been used for creating self-cleaning antimicrobial flat and porous glass surfaces. The substrates were irradiated to study their photocatalytic properties and behavior in the presence of biofilm-forming bacteria. Smooth glass surfaces and glass microfiber filters were covered with 1.98×10(-3)±1.5×10(-4)gcm(-2) and 8.55×10(-3)±3.0×10(-4)gcm(-2) densities, respectively. Self-cleaning properties were analyzed using the methylene blue 365nm UV-A photodegradation test...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715501/diversity-and-distribution-of-nuclease-bacteriocins-in-bacterial-genomes-revealed-using-hidden-markov-models
#13
Connor Sharp, James Bray, Nicholas G Housden, Martin C J Maiden, Colin Kleanthous
Bacteria exploit an arsenal of antimicrobial peptides and proteins to compete with each other. Three main competition systems have been described: type six secretion systems (T6SS); contact dependent inhibition (CDI); and bacteriocins. Unlike T6SS and CDI systems, bacteriocins do not require contact between bacteria but are diffusible toxins released into the environment. Identified almost a century ago, our understanding of bacteriocin distribution and prevalence in bacterial populations remains poor. In the case of protein bacteriocins, this is because of high levels of sequence diversity and difficulties in distinguishing their killing domains from those of other competition systems...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715439/knowledge-attitude-and-perceived-stigma-towards-tuberculosis-among-pastoralists-do-they-differ-from-sedentary-communities-a-comparative-cross-sectional-study
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Bezawit Temesgen Sima, Tefera Belachew, Fekadu Abebe
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia is ninth among the world high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries, pastoralists being the most affected population. However, there is no published report whether the behavior related to TB are different between pastoralist and the sedentary communities. Therefore, the main aim of this study is to assess the pastoralist community knowledge, attitude and perceived stigma towards tuberculosis and their health care seeking behavior in comparison to the neighboring sedentary communities and this may help to plan TB control interventions specifically for the pastoralist communities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714993/a-two-helix-motif-positions-the-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase-active-site-for-catalysis-within-the-membrane-bilayer
#15
Rosanna M Robertson, Jiangwei Yao, Stefan Gajewski, Gyanendra Kumar, Erik W Martin, Charles O Rock, Stephen W White
Phosphatidic acid (PA), the central intermediate in membrane phospholipid synthesis, is generated by two acyltransferases in a pathway conserved in all life forms. The second step in this pathway is catalyzed by 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase, called PlsC in bacteria. Here we present the crystal structure of PlsC from Thermotoga maritima, revealing an unusual hydrophobic/aromatic N-terminal two-helix motif linked to an acyltransferase αβ-domain that contains the catalytic HX4D motif. PlsC dictates the acyl chain composition of the 2-position of phospholipids, and the acyl chain selectivity 'ruler' is an appropriately placed and closed hydrophobic tunnel...
July 17, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714967/architecture-of-the-type-iv-coupling-protein-complex-of-legionella-pneumophila
#16
Mi-Jeong Kwak, J Dongun Kim, Hyunmin Kim, Cheolhee Kim, James W Bowman, Seonghoon Kim, Keehyoung Joo, Jooyoung Lee, Kyeong Sik Jin, Yeon-Gil Kim, Nam Ki Lee, Jae U Jung, Byung-Ha Oh
Many bacteria, including Legionella pneumophila, rely on the type IV secretion system to translocate a repertoire of effector proteins into the hosts for their survival and growth. Type IV coupling protein (T4CP) is a hexameric ATPase that links translocating substrates to the transenvelope secretion conduit. Yet, how a large number of effector proteins are selectively recruited and processed by T4CPs remains enigmatic. DotL, the T4CP of L. pneumophila, contains an ATPase domain and a C-terminal extension whose function is unknown...
July 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714536/the-evaluation-of-acute-toxicity-antimicrobial-activity-of-1-phenyl-5-p-tolyl-1h-1-2-3-triazole-and-binding-to-human-serum-albumin
#17
Hong-Ye Duan, Jian-Ling Li, Lu-Yong Wu, Huo-Ming Shu, Yu-Xue Chen, Guo-Hua Ding, Run-Cong Dong, Hong-Zong Si, Xia Zhong, Wen-Ying He
1-Phenyl-5-p-tolyl-1H-1, 2, 3-triazole (PPTA) was a synthesized compound. The result of acute toxicities to mice of PPTA by intragastric administration indicated that PPTA did not produce any significant acute toxic effect on Kunming strain mice. It exhibited the various potent inhibitory activities against two kinds of bananas pathogenic bacteria, black sigatoka and freckle, when compared with that of control drugs and the inhibitory rates were up to 64.14% and 43.46%, respectively, with the same concentration of 7...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713777/a-novel-chimeric-endolysin-with-antibacterial-activity-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Hamed Haddad Kashani, Hossein Fahimi, Yasaman Dasteh Goli, Rezvan Moniri
Cysteine/histidine-dependent amidohydrolase/peptidase (CHAP) and amidase are known as catalytic domains of the bacteriophage-derived endolysin LysK and were previously reported to show lytic activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In the current study, the in silico design and analysis of chimeric CHAP-amidase model was applied to enhance the stability and solubility of protein, which was achieved through improving the properties of primary, secondary and tertiary structures. The coding gene sequence of the chimeric CHAP-amidase was synthesized and subcloned into the pET-22(+) expression vector, and the recombinant protein was expressed in E...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713340/distinct-network-interactions-in-particle-associated-and-free-living-bacterial-communities-during-a-microcystis-aeruginosa-bloom-in-a-plateau-lake
#19
Caiyun Yang, Qi Wang, Paulina N Simon, Jinyu Liu, Lincong Liu, Xianzhu Dai, Xiaohui Zhang, Jialiang Kuang, Yasuo Igarashi, Xuejun Pan, Feng Luo
Particle-associated bacteria (PAB) and free-living bacteria (FLB) from aquatic environments during phytoplankton blooms differ in their physical distance from algae. Both the interactions within PAB and FLB community fractions and their relationship with the surrounding environmental properties are largely unknown. Here, by using high-throughput sequencing and network-based analyses, we compared the community and network characteristics of PAB and FLB from a plateau lake during a Microcystis aeruginosa bloom...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712849/structure-function-and-mechanism-of-proline-utilization-a-puta
#20
REVIEW
Li-Kai Liu, Donald F Becker, John J Tanner
Proline has important roles in multiple biological processes such as cellular bioenergetics, cell growth, oxidative and osmotic stress response, protein folding and stability, and redox signaling. The proline catabolic pathway, which forms glutamate, enables organisms to utilize proline as a carbon, nitrogen, and energy source. FAD-dependent proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) and NAD(+)-dependent glutamate semialdehyde dehydrogenase (GSALDH) convert proline to glutamate in two sequential oxidative steps. Depletion of PRODH and GSALDH in humans leads to hyperprolinemia, which is associated with mental disorders such as schizophrenia...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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