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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430166/-french-phage-network-second-meeting-report
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Clara Torres-Barceló, Oliver Kaltz, Rémy Froissart, Sylvain Gandon, Nicolas Ginet, Mireille Ansaldi
The study of bacteriophages (viruses of bacteria) includes a variety of approaches, such as structural biology, genetics, ecology, and evolution, with increasingly important implications for therapeutic and industrial uses. Researchers working with phages in France have recently established a network to facilitate the exchange on complementary approaches, but also to engage new collaborations. Here, we provide a summary of the topics presented during the second meeting of the French Phage Network that took place in Marseille in November 2016...
April 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429059/a-novel-method-to-recover-inclusion-body-protein-from-recombinant-e-coli-fed-batch-processes-based-on-phage-%C3%AE-x174-derived-lysis-protein-e
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Daniela Ehgartner, Patrick Sagmeister, Timo Langemann, Andrea Meitz, Werner Lubitz, Christoph Herwig
Production of recombinant proteins as inclusion bodies is an important strategy in the production of technical enzymes and biopharmaceutical products. So far, protein from inclusion bodies has been recovered from the cell factory through mechanical or chemical disruption methods, requiring additional cost-intensive unit operations. We describe a novel method that is using a bacteriophage-derived lysis protein to directly recover inclusion body protein from Escherichia coli from high cell density fermentation process: The recombinant inclusion body product is expressed by using a mixed feed fed-batch process which allows expression tuning via adjusting the specific uptake rate of the inducing substrate...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426952/plant-viruses-and-bacteriophages-for-delivery-in-medicine-and-biotechnology
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REVIEW
Anna E Czapar, Nicole F Steinmetz
There are a wide variety of synthetic and naturally occurring nanomaterials under development for nanoscale cargo-delivery applications. Viruses play a special role in these developments, because they can be regarded as naturally occurring nanomaterials evolved to package and deliver cargos. While any nanomaterial has its advantage and disadvantages, viral nanoparticles (VNPs), in particular the ones derived from plant viruses and bacteriophages, are attractive options for cargo-delivery as they are biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-infectious to mammals...
April 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426329/mathematical-modelling-of-crispr-cas-system-effects-on-biofilm-formation
#4
Qasim Ali, Lindi M Wahl
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), linked with CRISPR associated (Cas) genes, can confer adaptive immunity to bacteria, against bacteriophage infections. Thus from a therapeutic standpoint, CRISPR immunity increases biofilm resistance to phage therapy. Recently, however, CRISPR-Cas genes have been implicated in reducing biofilm formation in lysogenized cells. Thus CRISPR immunity can have complex effects on phage-host-lysogen interactions, particularly in a biofilm. In this contribution, we develop and analyse a series of dynamical systems to elucidate and disentangle these interactions...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424939/characterization-and-complete-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-siphoviridae-bacteriophage-bs5
#5
Xue Meng, Min Wang, Siyuan You, Duobing Wang, Yan Li, Zhaoyang Liu, Yu Gao, Lu Liu, Yaoyuan Zhang, Zhenghao Yan, Chunyan Liu, Yong Jiang, Hongbing Shao
A novel Siphoviridae family Phage BS5, which infects Pseudoalteromonas atlantica, was isolated from the surface waters of the Yellow Sea. Morphological study by transmission electron microscopy revealed that the novel phage belongs to Siphoviridae. The complete genome sequence of PBS5 contained a linear, double-strand 39949-bp DNA molecule with a G + C content of 40.6% and 65 putative open reading frames. Twelve conserved domains were detected by BLASTP in NCBI, and of these the functions of 5 were known...
April 20, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424282/formation-of-a-viral-replication-focus-in-sulfolobus-cells-infected-by-the-rudivirus-sirv2
#6
Laura Martínez-Alvarez, Ling Deng, Xu Peng
Viral factories are compartmentalized centres for viral replication and assembly in infected eukaryotic cells. Here, we report the formation of a replication focus by the prototypical archaeal virus SIRV2 in the model archaeon Sulfolobus. This rod-shaped virus belongs to the viral family rudiviridae, carrying linear dsDNA genomes, which are very common in geothermal environments. We demonstrate that SIRV2 DNA synthesis is confined to a focus near the periphery of infected cells. Moreover, viral and cellular replication proteins are recruited to, and concentrated in, the viral replication focus...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421059/phages-in-the-human-body
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REVIEW
Ferran Navarro, Maite Muniesa
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have re-emerged as powerful regulators of bacterial populations in natural ecosystems. Phages invade the human body, just as they do other natural environments, to such an extent that they are the most numerous group in the human virome. This was only revealed in recent metagenomic studies, despite the fact that the presence of phages in the human body was reported decades ago. The influence of the presence of phages in humans has yet to be evaluated; but as in marine environments, a clear role in the regulation of bacterial populations could be envisaged, that might have an impact on human health...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421049/transcriptomic-and-metabolomics-profiling-of-phage-host-interactions-between-phage-pap1-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#8
Xia Zhao, Mengyu Shen, Xingyu Jiang, Wei Shen, Qiu Zhong, Yuhui Yang, Yinling Tan, Melissa Agnello, Xuesong He, Fuquan Hu, Shuai Le
The basic biology of bacteriophage-host interactions has attracted increasing attention due to a renewed interest in the therapeutic potential of bacteriophages. In addition, knowledge of the host pathways inhibited by phage may provide clues to novel drug targets. However, the effect of phage on bacterial gene expression and metabolism is still poorly understood. In this study, we tracked phage-host interactions by combining transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infected with a lytic bacteriophage, PaP1...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421038/bacteriophages-against-serratia-as-fish-spoilage-control-technology
#9
Igor Hernández
Bacteria of the genus Serratia, mainly S. proteamaculans and S. fonticola, are important spoilage agents in Atlantic horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus). In order to evaluate whether bacteriophages against Serratia could delay the spoilage process, 11 viral strains active against this genus were isolated from food and best candidate was applied to fresh mackerel filets. All the phages belong to the Siphoviridae and Podoviridae families and were active at multiplicity of infection (MOI) levels below 1:1 in Long & Hammer broth...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418081/assessment-of-biofilm-removal-capacity-of-a-broad-host-range-bacteriophage-jhp-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#10
Muafia Shafique, Iqbal Ahmad Alvi, Zaigham Abbas, Shafiq Ur Rehman
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an efficient biofilm-dwelling microbial pathogen, associated with nosocomial infections. These biofilm-associated infections are resistant to antibiotics and immune defenses, therefore pose major problem against their treatment. This scenario demands alternative therapeutic regimens, and bacteriophage therapy is one among potential strategies for clinical management of multiple drug resistance. In this investigation, the efficacy of a bacteriophage, JHP, is evaluated to eradicate P...
April 18, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416680/using-microsecond-single-molecule-fret-to-determine-the-assembly-pathways-of-t4-ssdna-binding-protein-onto-model-dna-replication-forks
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Carey Phelps, Brett Israels, Davis Jose, Morgan C Marsh, Peter H von Hippel, Andrew H Marcus
DNA replication is a core biological process that occurs in prokaryotic cells at high speeds (∼1 nucleotide residue added per millisecond) and with high fidelity (fewer than one misincorporation event per 10(7) nucleotide additions). The ssDNA binding protein [gene product 32 (gp32)] of the T4 bacteriophage is a central integrating component of the replication complex that must continuously bind to and unbind from transiently exposed template strands during DNA synthesis. We here report microsecond single-molecule FRET (smFRET) measurements on Cy3/Cy5-labeled primer-template (p/t) DNA constructs in the presence of gp32...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414914/designing-uniquely-addressable-bio-orthogonal-synthetic-scaffolds-for-dna-and-rna-origami
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Jerzy W Kozyra, Alessandro Ceccarelli, Emanuela Torelli, Annunziata Lopiccolo, Jing-Ying Gu, Harold Fellermann, Ulrich Stimming, Natalio Krasnogor
Nanotechnology and synthetic biology are rapidly converging, with DNA origami being one of the leading bridging technologies. DNA origami was shown to work well in a wide array of biotic environments. However, the large majority of extant DNA origami scaffolds utilize bacteriophages or plasmid sequences thus severely limiting its future applicability as bio-orthogonal nanotechnology platform. In this paper we present the design of biologically inert (i.e. "bio-orthogonal") origami scaffolds. The synthetic scaffolds have the additional advantage of being uniquely addressable (unlike biologically derived ones) and hence are better optimised for high-yield folding...
April 17, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414631/rathayibacter-toxicus-other-rathayibacter-species-inducing-bacterial-head-blight-of-grasses-and-the-potential-for-livestock-poisonings
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Timothy D Murray, Brenda K Schroeder, William Schneider, Doug Luster, Aaron Sechler, Elizabeth E Rogers, Sergei Subbotin
Rathayibacter toxicus, a Select Agent in the United States, is one of six recognized species in the genus Rathayibacter and the best known due to its association with Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (ARGT), which occurs only in parts of Australia. The Rathayibacter species are unusual among phytopathogenic bacteria in that they are transmitted by anguinid seed gall nematodes and produce extracellular polysaccharides in infected plants resulting in bacteriosis diseases with common names such as yellow slime and bacterial head blight...
April 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414441/suppression-of-enteric-bacteria-by-bacteriophages-importance-of-phage-polyvalence-in-the-presence-of-soil-bacteria
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412903/phage-life-cycles-behind-bacterial-biodiversity
#15
Tomasz Olszak, Agnieszka Latka, Bartosz Roszniowski, Miguel Angel Valvano, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Bacteriophages (phages or bacterial viruses) are the most abundant biological entities in our planet; their influence reaches far beyond the microorganisms they parasitize. Phages are present in every environment and shape up every bacterial population in both active and passive ways. They participate in the circulation of organic matter and drive the evolution of microorganisms by horizontal gene transfer at unprecedented scales. The mass flow of genetic information in the microbial world influences the biosphere and poses challenges for science and medicine...
April 13, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411223/modified-bacteriophage-s16-long-tail-fiber-proteins-for-rapid-and-specific-immobilization-and-detection-of-salmonella-cells
#16
Jenna M Denyes, Matthew Dunne, Stanislava Steiner, Maximilian Mittelviefhaus, Agnes Weiss, Herbert Schmidt, Jochen Klumpp, Martin J Loessner
Bacteriophage-based assays and biosensors rival traditional antibody-based immunoassays for detection of low-level Salmonella contaminations. In this study, we harnessed the binding specificity of the long tail fiber (LTF) from bacteriophage S16 as an affinity molecule for immobilization, enrichment, and detection of Salmonella We demonstrate that paramagnetic beads (MBs) coated with recombinant gp37-gp38 LTF complexes (LTF-MBs) are highly effective tools for rapid affinity magnetic separation and enrichment of Salmonella Within 45 minutes, the LTF-MBs consistently captured over 95% of Salmonella Typhimurium cells from suspensions containing 10-10(5) CFU...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410993/development-of-a-novel-recombinant-lhrh-fusion-protein-for-therapy-of-androgen-and-estrogen-dependent-cancers
#17
Jagdish C Gupta, Rohit S Hada, P Sahai, G P Talwar
LHRH based vaccines are promising candidates for therapy of androgen and estrogen dependent cancers. We report in this communication development of a novel recombinant protein vaccine candidate against LHRH. A synthetic gene was designed in which the codon sequence in the LHRH decapeptide was modified by substituting the codon for 6-glycine with that of l-leucine. Further the LHRH(6leu) gene was linked to heat-labile enterotoxin of E. coli (LTB) as carrier. This LHRH(6leu)-LTB gene was cloned into a prokaryotic expression vector under the control of inducible and strong bacteriophage T7 promoter to over-express LHRH(leu) fused to LTB as recombinant protein in E...
April 11, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409363/advances-in-the-treatment-of-problematic-industrial-biofilms
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REVIEW
D Xu, R Jia, Y Li, T Gu
In nature, microorganisms tend to form biofilms that consist of extracellular polymeric substances with embedded sessile cells. Biofilms, especially mixed-culture synergistic biofilm consortia, are notoriously difficult to treat. They employ various defense mechanisms against attacks from antimicrobial agents. Problematic industrial biofilms cause biofouling as well as biocorrosion, also known as microbiologically influenced corrosion. Biocides are often used to treat biofilms together with scrubbing or pigging...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409265/genomic-characterization-of-bacteriophage-vb_pcap_pp2-infecting-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-carotovorum-a-new-member-of-a-proposed-genus-in-the-subfamily-autographivirinae
#19
Jeong-A Lim, Sunggi Heu, Jinwoo Park, Eunjung Roh
Bacteriophage vB_PcaP_PP2 (PP2) is a novel virulent phage that infects the plant-pathogenic bacterium Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum. PP2 phage has a 41,841-bp double-stranded DNA encoding 47 proteins, and it was identified as a member of the family Podoviridae by transmission electron microscopy. Nineteen of its open reading frames (ORFs) show homology to functional proteins, and 28 ORFs have been characterized as hypothetical proteins. PP2 phage is homologous to Cronobacter phage vB_CskP_GAP227 and Dev-CD-23823...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406168/staphylococcus-sciuri-bacteriophages-double-convert-for-staphylokinase-and-phospholipase-mediate-interspecies-plasmid-transduction-and-package-meca-gene
#20
M Zeman, I Mašlaňová, A Indráková, M Šiborová, K Mikulášek, K Bendíčková, P Plevka, V Vrbovská, Z Zdráhal, J Doškař, R Pantůček
Staphylococcus sciuri is a bacterial pathogen associated with infections in animals and humans, and represents a reservoir for the mecA gene encoding methicillin-resistance in staphylococci. No S. sciuri siphophages were known. Here the identification and characterization of two temperate S. sciuri phages from the Siphoviridae family designated ϕ575 and ϕ879 are presented. The phages have icosahedral heads and flexible noncontractile tails that end with a tail spike. The genomes of the phages are 42,160 and 41,448 bp long and encode 58 and 55 ORFs, respectively, arranged in functional modules...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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