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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533218/involvement-of-two-component-signaling-in-bacterial-motility-and-biofilm-development
#1
Birgit M Prüβ
Two-component signaling is a specialized mechanism that bacteria use to respond to changes in their environment. Non-pathogenic strains of E. coli K-12 harbor 30 histidine kinases and 32 response regulators, which form a network of regulation that integrates many other global regulators that do not follow the two-component signaling mechanism, as well as signals from central metabolism. The output of this network is a multitude of phenotypic changes in response to changes in the environment. Among these phenotypic changes, many two-component systems control motility and/or the formation of biofilm, sessile communities of bacteria that form on surfaces...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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
#2
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/28522702/complete-genome-sequence-of-escherichia-coli-phage-vb_ecom_alf5
#3
Laurynas Alijošius, Eugenijus Šimoliūnas, Laura Kaliniene, Rolandas Meškys, Lidija Truncaitė
Here, we announce the complete genome sequence of the Escherichia coli myophage vB_EcoM_Alf5 belonging to the genus Felixo1virus, whose members have not been comprehensively studied at the molecular level. Phage vB_EcoM_Alf5 infects E. coli K-12-derived laboratory strains and therefore is well suited for functional studies.
May 18, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510572/1-2-million-kids-and-counting-mobile-science-laboratories-drive-student-interest-in-stem
#4
Amanda L Jones, Mary K Stapleton
In today's increasingly technological society, a workforce proficient in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills is essential. Research has shown that active engagement by K-12 students in hands-on science activities that use authentic science tools promotes student learning and retention. Mobile laboratory programs provide this type of learning in schools and communities across the United States and internationally. Many programs are members of the Mobile Lab Coalition (MLC), a nonprofit organization of mobile and other laboratory-based education programs built on scientist and educator collaborations...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507611/the-impact-of-extended-typing-on-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization-in-transfused-patients
#5
Tatjana Makarovska-Bojadzieva, Emilija Velkova, Milenka Blagoevska
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization is still an actual problem in our transfusion practice. In 2011, in addition to the regular ABO/D blood group typing, phenotyping for Rh (C, c, E, e) and Kell antigens was introduced for blood donors and patients undergoing blood transfusion. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of the extended RBC typing and donor/recipient matching on the incidence of RBC alloimmunization. METHODS: A retrospective comparative study was conducted by reviewing RBC request records for about 36,000 patients transfused with RBC in the period from 2013 to 2015 in comparison to the similar study conducted on 47,000 transfused patients in the period from 2005 to 2008...
April 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489862/novel-genes-associated-with-enhanced-motility-of-escherichia-coli-st131
#6
Asha Kakkanat, Minh-Duy Phan, Alvin W Lo, Scott A Beatson, Mark A Schembri
Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the cause of ~75% of all urinary tract infections (UTIs) and is increasingly associated with multidrug resistance. This includes UPEC strains from the recently emerged and globally disseminated sequence type 131 (ST131), which is now the dominant fluoroquinolone-resistant UPEC clone worldwide. Most ST131 strains are motile and produce H4-type flagella. Here, we applied a combination of saturated Tn5 mutagenesis and transposon directed insertion site sequencing (TraDIS) as a high throughput genetic screen and identified 30 genes associated with enhanced motility of the reference ST131 strain EC958...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483713/safety-assessment-of-astaxanthin-derived-from-engineered-escherichia-coli-k-12-using-a-13-week-repeated-dose-oral-toxicity-study-and-a-prenatal-developmental-toxicity-study-in-rats
#7
Yin-Ju Lin, Jian-Yu Lin, Di-Sheng Wang, Chien-Hao Chen, Ming-Hsi Chiou
Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid with strong antioxidant activity that has been used for decades as a nutrient/color additive and it has recently been marketed as a health supplement. Astaxanthin can be synthesized in a wide range of microalgae, yeast, and bacteria. As genes directing astaxanthin biosynthesis in various organisms have been cloned, this study assessed the safety of astaxanthin crystal produced by Escherichia coli K-12 harboring plasmids carrying astaxanthin biosynthetic genes. The astaxanthin crystal contains a total carotenoid content of 950 mg/g and an astaxanthin content of 795 mg/g...
May 5, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482909/characteristics-of-primary-rat-microglia-isolated-from-mixed-cultures-using-two-different-methods
#8
Li Lin, Rakhi Desai, Xiaoying Wang, Eng H Lo, Changhong Xing
BACKGROUND: Microglial cultures comprise a critically important model system for investigating inflammatory mechanisms in almost all CNS disorders. Mild trypsinization and shaking are the two most commonly used methods to isolate primary microglia from mixed glial cultures. In this study, we characterized and compared microglia obtained using these two methods. METHODS: Primary rat microglia cultures were prepared from cerebral cortices of 1-2-day-old neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479746/cloning-and-over-expression-of-non-coding-rna-rpra-in-e-coli-and-its-resistance-to-kanamycin-without-osmotic-shock
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Azita Sahni, Mohammadreza Hajjari, Jamshid Raheb, Ali Mohammad Foroughmand, Morteza Asgari
Recent reports have indicated that small RNAs have key roles in the response of the E.coli to stress and also in the regulating of virulence factors. It seems that some small non-coding RNAs are involved in multidrug resistance. Previous studies have indicated that rprA can increase the tolerance to Kanamycin in RcsB-deficient Escherichia coli K-12 following osmotic shock. The current study aims to clone and over-express the non-coding RNA rprA in E.coli and investigate its effect on the bacterial resistance to Kanamycin without any osmotic shock...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468259/thielavins-w-z%C3%A2-new-antifouling-thielavins-from-the-marine-derived-fungus-thielavia-sp-ust030930-004
#10
Zhuang Han, Yong-Xin Li, Ling-Li Liu, Liang Lu, Xian-Rong Guo, Xi-Xiang Zhang, Xiao-Yong Zhang, Shu-Hua Qi, Ying Xu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Eleven new depsides-thielavins W-Z (1-4) and thielavins Z₁-Z₇ (5-11)-and also four known thielavins-A, H, J, and K (12-15)-were isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of a marine-derived fungal strain Thielavia sp UST030930-004. All of these compounds were evaluated for antifouling activity against cyprids of the barnacle Balanus (=Amphibalanus) amphitrite. The results showed that compounds 1-3 and 6-13 were active, with EC50 values ranging from 2.95 ± 0.59 to 69.19 ± 9.51 μM, respectively. The inhibitive effect of compounds 1-3 and 7 was reversible...
April 29, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463442/understanding-perceptions-of-school-administrators-related-to-school-breakfast-in-a-low-school-breakfast-participation-state
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Natoshia M Askelson, Elizabeth H Golembiewski, Ann Bobst, Patti J Delger, Carrie A Scheidel
BACKGROUND: The National School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded program that allows states to offer nutritious breakfast to K-12 students. However, rates of SBP participation are low in some rural states, and the reasons are not well understood. The purpose of the study was to explore administrators' perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs related to the SBP, and factors they identify as barriers or facilitators to increased participation. METHODS: Data were collected from a cross-sectional, online survey of K-12 school administrators (N = 152) in a rural, midsized Midwestern state fielded over an academic year...
June 2017: Journal of School Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458663/h-ns-mutation-mediated-crispr-cas-activation-inhibits-phage-release-and-toxin-production-of-escherichia-coli-stx2-phage-lysogen
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Qiang Fu, Shiyu Li, Zhaofei Wang, Wenya Shan, Jingjiao Ma, Yuqiang Cheng, Hengan Wang, Yaxian Yan, Jianhe Sun
Shiga toxin-converting bacteriophages (Stx phages) carry the stx gene and convert nonpathogenic bacterial strains into Shiga toxin-producing bacteria. There is limited understanding of the effect that an Escherichia coli (E. coli) clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas adaptive immune system has on Stx phage lysogen. We investigated heat-stable nucleoid-structuring (H-NS) mutation-mediated CRISPR-Cas activation and its effect on E. coli Stx2 phage lysogen. The Δhns mutant (MG1655Δhns) of the E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458403/mindfulness-goes-to-school-things-learned-so-far-from-research-and-real-world-experiences
#13
Randye J Semple, Vita Droutman, Brittany Ann Reid
Mindfulness-based curricula are being implemented in K-12 schools across the nation. Many of these programs, although well-considered and implemented, have little or no research support for their effectiveness. Recognizing the paucity of published research in this area, a sampling of school-based programs currently being implemented in the schools is reviewed. The programs reviewed are Inner Explorer, Master Mind and Moment Program, Mindfulness and Mind-Body Skills for Children, Mindful Schools, Resilient Kids, Still Quiet Place, Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Curriculum and Mindful Moment, and Wellness and Resilience Program...
January 2017: Psychology in the Schools
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452689/assessing-the-network-of-agencies-in-local-communities-that-promote-healthy-eating-and-lifestyles-among-populations-with-limited-resources
#14
Ruopeng An, Naiman Khan, Emily Loehmer, Jennifer McCaffrey
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the network of agencies in local communities that promote healthy eating and lifestyles among populations with limited resources. METHODS: Network surveys were administered among 159 Illinois agencies identified as serving limited-resource audiences categorized into 8 types: K-12 schools, early childhood centers, emergency food providers, health-related agencies, social resource centers, low-income/subsidized housing complexes, continuing education organizations, and others...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443537/the-legacy-of-genetic-analysis-advances-contemporary-research-with-escherichia-coli-k-12-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-lt2
#15
Valley Stewart
Escherichia coli K-12 and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium LT2 became standard organisms for genetic analysis during the Truman administration. Half a century later, genetic analysis with these strains had become an art form, interpreted through 23 articles in the ambitious two-volume masterpiece edited by the late Fred Neidhardt and colleagues. These legacy articles now are available through EcoSal Plus, so as to inform and inspire contemporary genetic analyses in these standard organisms and their relatives...
April 2017: EcoSal Plus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432821/addition-of-hydrogen-peroxide-to-groundwater-with-natural-iron-induces-water-disinfection-by-photo-fenton-at-circumneutral-ph-and-other-photochemical-events
#16
Héctor Mario Gutiérrez-Zapata, John Jairo Alvear-Daza, Julián Andrés Rengifo-Herrera, Janeth Sanabria
Samples of natural groundwater (with low turbidity, neutral pH and 0.3 mg L(-1) iron concentration) inoculated with Escherichia coli K-12, were exposed to simulated solar light both in the presence and absence 10 mg L(-1) of H2 O2. Results demonstrated that the viability of E. coli (by DVC-FISH) was grounded to zero after 360 min of irradiation. This abatement could be caused by the oxidative stress induced by •OH radicals or another photo-induced reactive oxygen species. Two 2(3) factorial experimental designs enabled the evaluation of the effects of chemical factors on the inactivation of E...
April 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426191/genome-wide-abolishment-of-mobile-genetic-elements-using-genome-shuffling-and-crispr-cas-assisted-mage-allows-the-efficient-stabilization-of-a-bacterial-chassis
#17
Kinga Umenhoffer, Gábor Draskovits, Ákos Nyerges, Ildikó Karcagi, Balázs Bogos, Edit Tímár, Bálint Csörgő, Róbert Herczeg, István Nagy, Tamás Fehér, Csaba Pál, György Pósfai
The ideal bacterial chassis provides a simplified, stable and predictable host environment for synthetic biological circuits. Mutability and evolution can, however, compromise stability, leading to deterioration of artificial genetic constructs. By eliminating certain sources of instability, these undesired genetic changes can be mitigated. Specifically, deletion of prophages and insertion sequences, nonessential constituents of bacterial genomes, has been shown to be beneficial in cellular and genetic stabilization...
April 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421066/unveiling-the-hybrid-genome-structure-of-escherichia-coli-rr1-hb101-reca
#18
Haeyoung Jeong, Young Mi Sim, Hyun Ju Kim, Sang Jun Lee
There have been extensive genome sequencing studies for Escherichia coli strains, particularly for pathogenic isolates, because fast determination of pathogenic potential and/or drug resistance and their propagation routes is crucial. For laboratory E. coli strains, however, genome sequence information is limited except for several well-known strains. We determined the complete genome sequence of laboratory E. coli strain RR1 (HB101 RecA(+)), which has long been used as a general cloning host. A hybrid genome sequence of K-12 MG1655 and B BL21(DE3) was constructed based on the initial mapping of Illumina HiSeq reads to each reference, and iterative rounds of read mapping, variant detection, and consensus extraction were carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417062/community-partnerships-in-healthy-eating-and-lifestyle-promotion-a-network-analysis
#19
Ruopeng An, Emily Loehmer, Naiman Khan, Marci K Scott, Kimbirly Rindfleisch, Jennifer McCaffrey
Promoting healthy eating and lifestyles among populations with limited resources is a complex undertaking that often requires strong partnerships between various agencies. In local communities, these agencies are typically located in different areas, serve diverse subgroups, and operate distinct programs, limiting their communication and interactions with each other. This study assessed the network of agencies in local communities that promote healthy eating and lifestyles among populations with limited resources...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414441/suppression-of-enteric-bacteria-by-bacteriophages-importance-of-phage-polyvalence-in-the-presence-of-soil-bacteria
#20
Pingfeng Yu, Jacques Mathieu, Yu Yang, Pedro J J Alvarez
Bacteriophages are widely recognized for their importance in microbial ecology and bacterial control. However, little is known about how phage polyvalence (i.e., broad host range) affects bacterial suppression and interspecies competition in environments harboring enteric pathogens and soil bacteria. Here we compare the efficacy of polyvalent phage PEf1 versus coliphage T4 in suppressing a model enteric bacterium (E. coli K-12) in mixtures with soil bacteria (Pseudomonas putida F1 and Bacillus subtilis 168)...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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