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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917155/aerobic-lineage-of-the-oxidative-stress-response-protein-rubrerythrin-emerged-in-an-ancient-microaerobic-hyper-thermophilic-environment
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Juan P Cardenas, Raquel Quatrini, David S Holmes
Rubrerythrins (RBRs) are non-heme di-iron proteins belonging to the ferritin-like superfamily. They are involved in oxidative stress defense as peroxide scavengers in a wide range of organisms. The vast majority of RBRs, including classical forms of this protein, contain a C-terminal rubredoxin-like domain involved in electron transport that is used during catalysis in anaerobic conditions. Rubredoxin is an ancient and large protein family of short length (<100 residues) that contains a Fe-S center involved in electron transfer...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916886/cyanobacteria-as-chassis-for-industrial-biotechnology-progress-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Lamya Al-Haj, Yuen Tin Lui, Raeid M M Abed, Mohamed A Gomaa, Saul Purton
Cyanobacteria hold significant potential as industrial biotechnology (IB) platforms for the production of a wide variety of bio-products ranging from biofuels such as hydrogen, alcohols and isoprenoids, to high-value bioactive and recombinant proteins. Underpinning this technology, are the recent advances in cyanobacterial "omics" research, the development of improved genetic engineering tools for key species, and the emerging field of cyanobacterial synthetic biology. These approaches enabled the development of elaborate metabolic engineering programs aimed at creating designer strains tailored for different IB applications...
November 30, 2016: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912017/cyanobacteria-facilitate-parasite-epidemics-in-daphnia
#3
C Tellenbach, N Tardent, F Pomati, B Keller, N G Hairston, J Wolinska, P Spaak
The seasonal dominance of cyanobacteria in the phytoplankton community of lake ecosystems can have severe implications for higher trophic levels. For herbivorous zooplankton such as Daphnia, cyanobacteria have poor nutritional value and some species can produce toxins affecting zooplankton survival and reproduction. Here we present another, hitherto largely unexplored aspect of cyanobacteria, namely that they can increase Daphnia susceptibility to parasites. In a 12-yr monthly time-series analysis of the Daphnia community in Greifensee (Switzerland), we observed that cyanobacteria density correlated significantly with the epidemics of a common gut parasite of Daphnia, Caullerya mesnili, regardless of what cyanobacteria species was present or whether it was colonial or filamentous...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911809/unique-attributes-of-cyanobacterial-metabolism-revealed-by-improved-genome-scale-metabolic-modeling-and-essential-gene-analysis
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Jared T Broddrick, Benjamin E Rubin, David G Welkie, Niu Du, Nathan Mih, Spencer Diamond, Jenny J Lee, Susan S Golden, Bernhard O Palsson
The model cyanobacterium, Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, is a genetically tractable obligate phototroph that is being developed for the bioproduction of high-value chemicals. Genome-scale models (GEMs) have been successfully used to assess and engineer cellular metabolism; however, GEMs of phototrophic metabolism have been limited by the lack of experimental datasets for model validation and the challenges of incorporating photon uptake. Here, we develop a GEM of metabolism in S. elongatus using random barcode transposon site sequencing (RB-TnSeq) essential gene and physiological data specific to photoautotrophic metabolism...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909777/quantitative-determination-of-the-neurotoxin-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-by-capillary-electrophoresis-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#5
Elliott S Kerrin, Robert L White, Michael A Quilliam
Recent reports of the widespread occurrence of the neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in cyanobacteria and particularly seafood have raised concerns for public health. LC-MS/MS is currently the analytical method of choice for BMAA determinations but incomplete separation of isomeric and isobaric compounds, matrix suppression and conjugated forms are plausible limitations. In this study, capillary electrophoresis (CE) coupled with MS/MS has been developed as an alternative method for the quantitative determination of free BMAA...
December 1, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909431/the-microbiota-of-recreational-freshwaters-and-the-implications-for-environmental-and-public-health
#6
Chang Soo Lee, Minseok Kim, Cheonghoon Lee, Zhongtang Yu, Jiyoung Lee
The microbial communities in recreational freshwaters play important roles in both environmental and public health perspectives. In this study, the bacterial community structure and its associations with freshwater environments were investigated by analyzing the summertime microbiomes of three beach waters in Ohio (East Fork, Delaware, and Madison lakes) together with environmental and microbial water quality parameters. From the swimming season of 2009, 21 water samples were collected from the three freshwater beaches...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909430/bacterial-active-community-cycling-in-response-to-solar-radiation-and-their-influence-on-nutrient-changes-in-a-high-altitude-wetland
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Verónica Molina, Klaudia Hernández, Cristina Dorador, Yoanna Eissler, Martha Hengst, Vilma Pérez, Chris Harrod
Microbial communities inhabiting high-altitude spring ecosystems are subjected to extreme changes in solar irradiance and temperature throughout the diel cycle. Here, using 16S rRNA gene tag pyrosequencing (cDNA) we determined the composition of actively transcribing bacteria from spring waters experimentally exposed through the day (morning, noon, and afternoon) to variable levels of solar radiation and light quality, and evaluated their influence on nutrient recycling. Solar irradiance, temperature, and changes in nutrient dynamics were associated with changes in the active bacterial community structure, predominantly by Cyanobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, Proteobacteria, and 35 other Phyla, including the recently described Candidate Phyla Radiation (e...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909300/cyanobacterial-photoprotection-by-the-orange-carotenoid-protein
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REVIEW
Diana Kirilovsky, Cheryl A Kerfeld
In photosynthetic organisms, the production of dangerous oxygen species is stimulated under high irradiance. To cope with this stress, these organisms have evolved photoprotective mechanisms. One type of mechanism functions to decrease the energy arriving at the photochemical centres by increasing thermal dissipation at the level of antennae. In cyanobacteria, the trigger for this mechanism is the photoactivation of a soluble carotenoid protein, the orange carotenoid protein (OCP), which is a structurally and functionally modular protein...
December 2, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908241/molecular-cloning-biochemical-characterization-and-antitumor-properties-of-a-novel-l-asparaginase-from-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc6803
#9
R Kebeish, A El-Sayed, H Fahmy, A Abdel-Ghany
L-asparaginase (EC 3.5.1.1), which catalyzes the deamidation of L-asparagine to L-aspartic acid and ammonia, has been widely used as a key therapeutic tool in the treatment of tumors. The current commercially available L-asparaginases, produced from bacteria, have signs of toxicity and hypersensitivity reactions during the course of tumor therapy. Therefore, searching for L-asparaginases with unique biochemical properties and fewer adverse effects was the objective of this work. In this study, cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus elongatus PCC6803 was found as a novel source of L-asparaginase...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907245/biodegradation-of-the-aminopolyphosphonate-dtpmp-by-the-cyanobacterium-anabaena-variabilis-proceeds-via-a-c-p-lyase-independent-pathway
#10
Damian Drzyzga, Giuseppe Forlani, Jochen Vermander, Paweł Kafarski, Jacek Lipok
Cyanobacteria, the only prokaryotes capable of oxygenic photosynthesis, play a major role in carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus global cycling. Under conditions of increased P availability and nutrient loading, some cyanobacteria are capable of blooming, rapidly multiplying and possibly altering the ecological structure of the ecosystem. Because of their ability of using non-conventional P sources, these microalgae can be used for bioremediation purposes. Under this perspective, the metabolization of the polyphosphonate diethylenetriaminepenta(methylenephosphonic) acid (DTPMP) by the strain CCALA 007 of Anabaena variabilis was investigated using (31) P NMR analysis...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907126/variability-in-the-sxt-gene-clusters-of-psp-toxin-producing-aphanizomenon-gracile-strains-from-norway-spain-germany-and-north-america
#11
Andreas Ballot, Leonardo Cerasino, Vladyslava Hostyeva, Samuel Cirés
Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin production has been detected worldwide in the cyanobacterial genera Anabaena, Lyngbya, Scytonema, Cuspidothrix and Aphanizomenon. In Europe Aphanizomenon gracile and Cuspidothrix issatschenkoi are the only known producers of PSP toxins and are found in Southwest and Central European freshwater bodies. In this study the PSP toxin producing Aphanizomenon sp. strain NIVA-CYA 851 was isolated from the Norwegian Lake Hillestadvannet. In a polyphasic approach NIVA-CYA 851 was morphologically and phylogenetically classified, and investigated for toxin production...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904937/separation-of-cyclic-lipopeptide-puwainaphycins-from-cyanobacteria-by-countercurrent-chromatography-combined-with-polymeric-resins-and-hplc
#12
José Cheel, Petra Urajová, Jan Hájek, Pavel Hrouzek, Marek Kuzma, Elodie Bouju, Karine Faure, Jiří Kopecký
Puwainaphycins are a recently described group of β-amino fatty acid cyclic lipopeptides of cyanobacterial origin that possess interesting biological activities. Therefore, the development of an efficient method for their isolation from natural sources is necessary. Following the consecutive adsorption of the crude extract on Amberlite XAD-16 and XAD-7 resins, countercurrent chromatography (CCC) was applied to separate seven puwainaphycin variants from a soil cyanobacterium (Cylindrospermum alatosporum CCALA 988)...
November 30, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902432/self-replicating-shuttle-vectors-based-on-pans-a-small-endogenous-plasmid-of-the-unicellular-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942
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You Chen, Arnaud Taton, Michaela Go, Ross E London, Lindsey M Pieper, Susan S Golden, James W Golden
To facilitate development of synthetic biology tools for genetic engineering of cyanobacterial strains, we constructed pANS-derived self-replicating shuttle vectors that are based on the minimal replication element of the Synechococcus elongatus strain PCC 7942 plasmid pANS. To remove the possibility of homologous recombination events between the shuttle plasmids and the native pANS plasmid, the endogenous pANS was cured through plasmid incompatibility-mediated spontaneous loss. A heterologous toxin-antitoxin cassette was incorporated into the shuttle vectors for stable plasmid maintenance in the absence of antibiotic selection...
October 14, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902306/description-of-gloeomargarita-lithophora-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-thylakoid-bearing-basal-branching-cyanobacterium-with-intracellular-carbonates-and-proposal-for-gloeomargaritales-ord-nov
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David Moreira, Rosaluz Tavera, Karim Benzerara, Fériel Skouri-Panet, Estelle Couradeau, Emmanuelle Gérard, Céline Loussert Fonta, Eberto Novelo, Yvan Zivanovic, Purificación López-García
A unicellular cyanobacterium, strain Alchichica-D10, was isolated from microbialites of the alkaline Lake Alchichica, Mexico. The cells were short rods (3.9 ± 0.6 μm in length and 1.1 ± 0.1 μm in width) forming biofilms of intense emerald green color. They exhibited red autofluorescence under UV light excitation. UV-visible absorption spectra revealed that they contain chlorophyll a and phycocyanin, and electron microscopy showed the presence of thylakoids. The strain grew within a temperature range of 15-30 °C...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899668/cyanobase-%C3%A2-a-large-scale-update-on-its-20th-anniversary
#15
Takatomo Fujisawa, Rei Narikawa, Shin-Ichi Maeda, Satoru Watanabe, Yu Kanesaki, Koichi Kobayashi, Jiro Nomata, Mitsumasa Hanaoka, Mai Watanabe, Shigeki Ehira, Eiji Suzuki, Koichiro Awai, Yasukazu Nakamura
The first ever cyanobacterial genome sequence was determined two decades ago and CyanoBase (http://genome.microbedb.jp/cyanobase), the first database for cyanobacteria was simultaneously developed to allow this genomic information to be used more efficiently. Since then, CyanoBase has constantly been extended and has received several updates. Here, we describe a new large-scale update of the database, which coincides with its 20th anniversary. We have expanded the number of cyanobacterial genomic sequences from 39 to 376 species, which consists of 86 complete and 290 draft genomes...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891682/robust-min-system-oscillation-in-the-presence-of-internal-photosynthetic-membranes-in-cyanobacteria
#16
Joshua S MacCready, Jory Schossau, Katherine W Osteryoung, Daniel C Ducat
The oscillatory Min system of Escherichia coli defines the cell division plane by regulating the site of FtsZ-ring formation and represents one of the best-understood examples of emergent protein self-organization in nature. The oscillatory patterns of the Min-system proteins MinC, MinD and MinE (MinCDE) are strongly dependent on the geometry of membranes they bind. Complex internal membranes within cyanobacteria could disrupt this self-organization by sterically occluding or sequestering MinCDE from the plasma membrane...
November 5, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890412/spatial-distributions-of-%C3%AE-cyclocitral-and-%C3%AE-ionone-in-the-sediment-and-overlying-water-of-the-west-shore-of-taihu-lake
#17
Xiansheng Liu, Chenfei Shi, Xiaoguang Xu, Xiaojun Li, Yuan Xu, Heyong Huang, Yanping Zhao, Yiwen Zhou, Huichao Shen, Chong Chen, Guoxiang Wang
After large-scale outbreaks of algal blooms in eutrophic water, considerable amounts of algae residue accumulate in near-shore zones before fermenting rapidly and becoming malodorous. Taste and odor pollution caused by secondary metabolites from cyanobacterial blooms has become a serious and widespread environmental problem. Two typical odorous compounds, β-cyclocitral and β-ionone, have gained increasing attention in recent years. In this paper, the spatial distributions of β-cyclocitral and β-ionone in the sediments and overlying water off the west shore of Taihu Lake were investigated...
November 24, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888776/bioavailable-phosphorus-p-reduction-is-less-than-mobile-p-immobilization-in-lake-sediment-for-eutrophication-control-by-inactivating-agents
#18
Changhui Wang, Rui He, Yu Wu, Miquel Lürling, Haiyuan Cai, He-Long Jiang, Xin Liu
Phosphorus (P) immobilization by inactivating agents in the sediment of eutrophic lakes to reduce immediately available P in lake water is often crucial for mitigating nuisance eutrophication symptoms, such as cyanobacterial blooms. Macrophytes and phytoplankton, however, can directly utilize P from the sediment for growth. Accordingly, a comprehensive analysis of the P bioavailability in lake sediment amended with two promising P-inactivation agents, namely Phoslock(®) and drinking water treatment residue (DWTR), was investigated in both short- and long-term studies (20 and 180 d)...
November 16, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888364/in-vitro-reconstitution-of-the-cyclosporine-specific-p450-hydroxylases-using-heterologous-redox-partner-proteins
#19
Yue Sun, Li Ma, Dongfei Han, Lei Du, Fengxia Qi, Wei Zhang, Jingran Sun, Shan Huang, Eung-Soo Kim, Shengying Li
The cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs) CYP-sb21 from Sebekia benihana and CYP-pa1 from Pseudonocardia autotrophica are able to hydroxylate the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A (CsA) in a regioselective manner, giving rise to the production of two hair-stimulating agents (with dramatically attenuated immunosuppressant activity), γ-hydroxy-N-methyl-L-Leu4-CsA (CsA-4-OH) and γ-hydroxy-N-methyl-L-Leu9-CsA (CsA-9-OH). Recently, the in vitro activity of CYP-sb21 was identified using several surrogate redox partner proteins...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887824/reconstructing-a-long-term-record-of-microcystins-from-the-analysis-of-lake-sediments
#20
A Zastepa, Z E Taranu, L E Kimpe, J M Blais, I Gregory-Eaves, R W Zurawell, F R Pick
Based on an analysis of sediment cores from Baptiste Lake (Alberta, Canada), we quantified century-scale trends in cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, and identified possible drivers of toxigenic cyanobacteria. We measured concentrations of microcystins and pigments preserved in the sediment as proxies of toxigenic cyanobacteria and phytoplankton communities, respectively, while fossil diatom assemblages were used to infer past nutrient concentrations. Microcystins were detected in older sediments (ca. 1800s), pre-dating any significant alteration to the watershed...
November 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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