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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636310/sensing-mechanisms-in-the-redox-regulated-2fe-2s-cluster-containing-bacterial-transcriptional-factor-soxr
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Kazuo Kobayashi
Bacteria possess molecular biosensors that enable responses to a variety of stressful conditions, including oxidative stress, toxic compounds, and interactions with other organisms, through elaborately coordinated regulation of gene expression. In Escherichia coli and related bacteria, the transcription factor SoxR functions as a sensor of oxidative stress and nitric oxide (NO). SoxR protein contains a [2Fe-2S] cluster essential for its transcription-enhancing activity, which is regulated by redox changes in the [2Fe-2S] cluster...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631141/cell-labeling-with-magneto-endosymbionts-and-the-dissection-of-the-subcellular-location-fate-and-host-cell-interactions
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Kayla R Lee, Abdul Wakeel, Papia Chakraborty, Chandler S Foote, Lauren Kajiura, Joyce C Barrozo, Andrea C Chan, Alexey V Bazarov, Ryan Spitler, Peter M Kutny, Jim M Denegre, Rob A Taft, Joachim Seemann, Bradley W Rice, Christopher H Contag, Brian K Rutt, Caleb B Bell
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study are to characterize magneto-endosymbiont (ME) labeling of mammalian cells and to discern the subcellular fate of these living contrast agents. MEs are novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are being used for cell tracking studies. Understanding the fate of MEs in host cells is valuable for designing in vivo cell tracking experiments. PROCEDURES: The ME's surface epitopes, contrast-producing paramagnetic magnetosomal iron, and genome were studied using immunocytochemistry (ICC), Fe and MRI contrast measurements, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), respectively...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618865/streptococcus-thermophilus-ncimb-41856-ameliorates-signs-of-colitis-in-an-animal-model-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#3
J R Bailey, V Vince, N A Williams, T A Cogan
Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is mainly based on suppression of symptoms, often with numerous side effects. Trials of probiotics in IBD have frequently produced disappointing results. The majority of probiotics are unusual, since they do not require iron for growth, unlike many bacteria resident in the intestine. The IBD intestine is iron-rich due to bleeding and use of oral iron supplements; conventional probiotics would be rapidly outcompeted. We have evaluated an iron-responsive Streptococcus thermophilus strain for its potential to reduce signs of colitis...
June 16, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593521/identification-of-siderophore-producing-and-cynogenic-fluorescent-pseudomonas-and-a-simple-confrontation-assay-to-identify-potential-bio-control-agent-for-collar-rot-of-chickpea
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Anil S Kotasthane, Toshy Agrawal, Najam Waris Zaidi, U S Singh
In soil, plant roots coexist with bacteria and fungi that produce siderophores capable of sequestering the available iron. Microbial cyanogenesis has been demonstrated in many species of fungi and in a few species of bacteria (e.g., Chromobacterium and Pseudomonas). Fluorescent Pseudomonas isolates P29, P59, P144, P166, P174, P187, P191 and P192 were cyanogenic and produced siderophores in the presence of a strong chelater 8-Hydroxyquinoline (50 mg/l). A simple confrontation assay for identifying potential antagonists was developed...
June 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585174/a-patent-landscape-on-application-of-microorganisms-in-construction-industry
#5
REVIEW
Dipti Dapurkar, Manasi Telang
Construction biotechnology includes research and development of construction materials and processes that make use of various microbes. The present technology landscape gives a perspective on how microbes have been used in construction industry as cement and concrete additives by analyzing patents filed in this technology arena. All patents related to the technology of interest published globally to date have been reviewed. The earliest patent filing in this technology domain was recorded in the year 1958 and the patenting activity reached its peak around mid to late 1990s...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548659/metatranscriptomic-analysis-of-prokaryotic-communities-active-in-sulfur-and-arsenic-cycling-in-mono-lake-california-usa
#6
Christian F Edwardson, James T Hollibaugh
This study evaluates the transcriptionally active, dissimilatory sulfur- and arsenic-cycling components of the microbial community in alkaline, hypersaline Mono Lake, CA, USA. We sampled five depths spanning the redox gradient (10, 15, 18, 25 and 31 m) during maximum thermal stratification. We used custom databases to identify transcripts of genes encoding complex iron-sulfur molybdoenzyme (CISM) proteins, with a focus on arsenic (arrA, aioA and arxA) and sulfur cycling (dsrA, aprA and soxB), and assigned them to taxonomic bins...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542634/crystallographic-characterization-of-the-high-potential-iron-sulfur-protein-in-the-oxidized-state-at-0-8-%C3%A3-resolution
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Hiraku Ohno, Kazuki Takeda, Satomi Niwa, Tomotaka Tsujinaka, Yuya Hanazono, Yu Hirano, Kunio Miki
High-potential iron-sulfur protein (HiPIP) is a soluble electron carrier protein of photosynthetic bacteria with an Fe4S4 cluster. Although structural changes accompanying the electron transfer are important for understanding of the functional mechanism, the changes have not been clarified in sufficient detail. We previously reported the high-resolution crystal structures of HiPIP from a thermophilic purple bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum in the reduced state. In order to perform a detailed comparison between the structures in different redox states, the oxidized structure should also be revealed at high resolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533366/mechanism-of-h2s-mediated-protection-against-oxidative-stress-in-escherichia-coli
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Alexander Mironov, Tatyana Seregina, Maxim Nagornykh, Lyly G Luhachack, Natalya Korolkova, Liubov Errais Lopes, Vera Kotova, Gennady Zavilgelsky, Rustem Shakulov, Konstantin Shatalin, Evgeny Nudler
Endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) renders bacteria highly resistant to oxidative stress, but its mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we report that 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3MST) is the major source of endogenous H2S in Escherichia coli Cellular resistance to H2O2 strongly depends on the activity of mstA, a gene that encodes 3MST. Deletion of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) renders ∆mstA cells hypersensitive to H2O2 Conversely, induction of chromosomal mstA from a strong pLtetO-1 promoter (P tet -mstA) renders ∆fur cells fully resistant to H2O2 Furthermore, the endogenous level of H2S is reduced in ∆fur or ∆sodA ∆sodB cells but restored after the addition of an iron chelator dipyridyl...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512090/the-vibrio-cholerae-vexgh-rnd-efflux-system-maintains-cellular-homeostasis-by-effluxing-vibriobactin
#9
Dillon E Kunkle, X Renee Bina, James E Bina
Resistance-nodulation-division (RND) superfamily efflux systems have been widely studied for their role in antibiotic resistance, but their native biological functions remain poorly understood. We previously showed that loss of RND-mediated efflux in Vibrio cholerae resulted in activation of the Cpx two-component regulatory system, which mediates adaptation to stress resulting from misfolded membrane proteins. Here, we investigated the mechanism linking RND-mediated efflux to the Cpx response. We performed transposon mutagenesis screening of RND-deficient V...
May 16, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487680/diversity-of-metabolically-active-bacteria-in-water-flooded-high-temperature-heavy-oil-reservoir
#10
Tamara N Nazina, Natalya M Shestakova, Ekaterina M Semenova, Alena V Korshunova, Nadezda K Kostrukova, Tatiana P Tourova, Liu Min, Qingxian Feng, Andrey B Poltaraus
The goal of this work was to study the overall genomic diversity of microorganisms of the Dagang high-temperature oilfield (PRC) and to characterize the metabolically active fraction of these populations. At this water-flooded oilfield, the microbial community of formation water from the near-bottom zone of an injection well where the most active microbial processes of oil degradation occur was investigated using molecular, cultural, radiotracer, and physicochemical techniques. The samples of microbial DNA and RNA from back-flushed water were used to obtain the clone libraries for the 16S rRNA gene and cDNA of 16S rRNA, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475687/the-quinoline-bromoquinol-exhibits-broad-spectrum-antifungal-activity-and-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Dafna Ben Yaakov, Yana Shadkchan, Nathaniel Albert, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Nir Osherov
Objectives: Over the last 30 years, the number of invasive fungal infections among immunosuppressed patients has increased significantly, while the number of effective systemic antifungal drugs remains low. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize antifungal compounds that inhibit fungus-specific metabolic pathways not conserved in humans. Methods: We screened a diverse compound library for antifungal activity in the pathogenic mould Aspergillus fumigatus ...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470848/iron-catalysis-at-the-origin-of-life
#12
Eloi Camprubi, Sean F Jordan, Rafaela Vasiliadou, Nick Lane
Iron-sulphur proteins are ancient and drive fundamental processes in cells, notably electron transfer and CO2 fixation. Iron-sulphur minerals with equivalent structures could have played a key role in the origin of life. However, the 'iron-sulphur world' hypothesis has had a mixed reception, with questions raised especially about the feasibility of a pyrites-pulled reverse Krebs cycle. Phylogenetics suggests that the earliest cells drove carbon and energy metabolism via the acetyl CoA pathway, which is also replete in Fe(Ni)S proteins...
May 3, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463500/iruo-uses-an-fad-semiquinone-intermediate-for-iron-siderophore-reduction
#13
Marek J Kobylarz, Graham A Heieis, Slade A Loutet, Michael E P Murphy
Many pathogenic bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus use iron-chelating siderophores to acquire iron. IruO, an FAD-containing NADPH-dependent reductase from S. aureus, functions as a reductase for IsdG and IsdI, two paralogous heme degrading enzymes. Also, the gene encoding for IruO was shown to be required for growth of S. aureus on hydroxamate siderophores as a sole iron source. Here, we show that IruO binds the hydroxamate-type siderophores desferrioxamine B and ferrichrome A with low micromolar affinity and in the presence of NADPH, Fe(II) was released...
May 2, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454040/the-role-of-dissimilatory-arsenate-reducing-bacteria-in-the-biogeochemical-cycle-of-arsenic-based-on-the-physiological-and-functional-analysis-of-aeromonas-sp-o23a
#14
Witold Uhrynowski, Klaudia Debiec, Aleksandra Sklodowska, Lukasz Drewniak
Dissimilatory arsenate reducing bacteria (DARB) are known to contribute to the mobilization of arsenic and other elements from minerals. Despite this, metabolic capabilities of only a few DARB strains have been thoroughly investigated so far, and the influence of these bacteria on the bioavailability of arsenic in the environment is still a topic for discussion. In this study, Aeromonas sp. O23A, one of the dominant DARB strains found in the Zloty Stok mine (SW Poland), was subjected to a detailed physiological and functional analysis aimed to identify the actual environmental impact of this strain...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445245/ectopic-expression-of-innate-immune-protein-lipocalin-2-in-lactococcus-lactis-protects-against-gut-and-environmental-stressors
#15
Piu Saha, Benoit Chassaing, Beng San Yeoh, Emilie Viennois, Xia Xiao, Mary J Kennett, Vishal Singh, Matam Vijay-Kumar
BACKGROUND: Lipocalin-2 (Lcn2) is a multifunctional innate immune protein that exhibits antimicrobial activity by the sequestration of bacterial siderophores, regulates iron homeostasis, and augments cellular tolerance to oxidative stress. Studies in the murine model of colitis have demonstrated that Lcn2 deficiency exacerbates colitogenesis; however, the therapeutic potential of Lcn2 supplementation has yet to be elucidated. In light of its potential mucoprotective functions, we, herein, investigated whether expression of Lcn2 in the probiotic bacterium can be exploited to alleviate experimental colitis...
July 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443246/genetic-and-dietary-iron-overload-differentially-affect-the-course-of-salmonella-typhimurium-infection
#16
Manfred Nairz, Andrea Schroll, David Haschka, Stefanie Dichtl, Piotr Tymoszuk, Egon Demetz, Patrizia Moser, Hubertus Haas, Ferric C Fang, Igor Theurl, Günter Weiss
Genetic and dietary forms of iron overload have distinctive clinical and pathophysiological features. HFE-associated hereditary hemochromatosis is characterized by overwhelming intestinal iron absorption, parenchymal iron deposition, and macrophage iron depletion. In contrast, excessive dietary iron intake results in iron deposition in macrophages. However, the functional consequences of genetic and dietary iron overload for the control of microbes are incompletely understood. Using Hfe(+/+) and Hfe(-/-) mice in combination with oral iron overload in a model of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection, we found animals of either genotype to induce hepcidin antimicrobial peptide expression and hypoferremia following systemic infection in an Hfe-independent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440618/design-of-antibacterial-poly-ether-sulfone-membranes-via-covalently-attaching-hydrogel-thin-layers-loaded-with-ag-nanoparticles
#17
Min He, Qian Wang, Rui Wang, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
To inhibit bacteria attachment and the subsequent formation of biofilms on poly(ether sulfone) (PES) membranes, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate)/poly(sodium acrylate) antibacterial hydrogel thin layers were covalently attached onto the membranes, followed by loading with Ag nanoparticles. In our strategy, double bonds were firstly introduced onto the PES membrane surfaces to provide anchoring sites, and then the hydrogel layers were synthesized on the membrane surfaces via UV light-initiated crosslinking copolymerization...
May 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428774/biochar-addition-increases-the-rates-of-dissimilatory-iron-reduction-and-methanogenesis-in-ferrihydrite-enrichments
#18
Guo-Wei Zhou, Xiao-Ru Yang, Christopher W Marshall, Hu Li, Bang-Xiao Zheng, Yu Yan, Jian-Qiang Su, Yong-Guan Zhu
Biochar contains quinones and aromatic structures that facilitate extracellular electron transfer between microbial cells and insoluble minerals. In this study, granulated biochar (1.2-2 mm) and powdered biochar (<0.15 mm) were amended to two ferrihydrite (in situ ferrihydrite and ex situ ferrihydrite) enrichments to investigate the effect of biochar with different particle sizes on dissimilatory iron(III)-reducing bacteria (DIRB) and methanogens. Biochar addition significantly stimulated the reduction of both in situ ferrihydrite and ex situ ferrihydrite and the production of methane...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402894/reductive-dechlorination-of-carbon-tetrachloride-by-bioreduction-of-nontronite
#19
Sungjun Bae, Ji Bong Joo, Woojin Lee
Reductive dechlorination of carbon tetrachloride (CT) was investigated during bioreduction of iron-containing clay mineral (i.e., nontronite) by iron-reducing bacteria (Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 (CN32)). In the absence of CT, the production of Fe(II) significantly increased in nontronite suspension with CN32 in 124 d (11.1% of Fe(III) reduction), resulting in formation of new secondary Fe(II) mineral phase (i.e., vivianite (Fe(II)3(PO4)2·8H2O)). In the presence of CT, an acceleration of CT dechlorination was observed after 13 d and it reached almost 68% of removal efficiency at 32 d in nontronite suspension with CN32, which was 1...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402041/inactivation-of-ferric-uptake-regulator-fur-attenuates-helicobacter-pylori-j99-motility-by-disturbing-the-flagellar-motor-switch-and-autoinducer-2-production
#20
Ai-Yun Lee, Cheng-Yen Kao, Yao-Kuan Wang, Ssu-Yuan Lin, Tze-Ying Lai, Bor-Shyang Sheu, Chien-Jung Lo, Jiunn-Jong Wu
BACKGROUND: Flagellar motility of Helicobacter pylori has been shown to be important for the bacteria to establish initial colonization. The ferric uptake regulator (Fur) is a global regulator that has been identified in H. pylori which is involved in the processes of iron uptake and establishing colonization. However, the role of Fur in H. pylori motility is still unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Motility of the wild-type, fur mutant, and fur revertant J99 were determined by a soft-agar motility assay and direct video observation...
April 12, 2017: Helicobacter
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