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Xiaoqiong Gu, Qi Xiang Martin Tay, Shu Harn Te, Nazanin Saeidi, Shin Giek Goh, Ariel Kushmaro, Janelle R Thompson, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
This study seeks to understand the general distribution of virome abundance and diversity in tropical freshwater ecosystems in Singapore and the geospatial distribution of the virome under different landuse patterns. Correlations between diversity, environmental parameters and land use patterns were analyzed and significant correlations were highlighted. Overall, the majority (65.5%) of the annotated virome belonged to bacteriophages. The percentage of Caudovirales was higher in reservoirs whereas the percentages of Dicistroviridae, Microviridae and Circoviridae were higher in tributaries...
March 8, 2018: Water Research
Ravi Kant, Aida Llauró, Vamseedhar Rayaprolu, Shefah Qazi, Pedro J de Pablo, Trevor Douglas, Brian Bothner
The capsid of P22 bacteriophage undergoes a series of structural transitions during maturation that guide it from spherical to icosahedral morphology. The transitions include the release of scaffold proteins and capsid expansion. Although P22 maturation has been investigated for decades, a unified model that incorporates thermodynamic and biophysical analyses is not available. A general and specific model of icosahedral capsid maturation are of significant interest to theoreticians searching for fundamental principles as well as virologists and material scientists seeking to alter maturation to their advantage...
March 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jacob B Hall, Zhaoyuan Cong, Yuka Imamura-Kawasawa, Brian A Kidd, Joel T Dudley, Diane M Thiboutot, Amanda M Nelson
Our understanding of the microbiome and the role of P. acnes in skin homeostasis and acne pathogenesis is evolving. Multiple methods for sampling and identifying the skin's microbiome exist and understanding the differences between the abilities of various methods to characterize the microbial landscape is warranted. This study compared the microbial diversity of samples obtained from the cheeks of twenty volunteers, collected by surface swab, pore strips, and cyanoacrylate glue follicular biopsy, all sequenced with 16S rRNA sequencing (V1-V3) and whole-genome metagenomic sequencing (WGS)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Mohammad Sadekuzzaman, Md Furkanur Rahaman Mizan, Sungdae Yang, Hyung-Suk Kim, Sang-Do Ha
Microbial biofilms pose a serious threat to food industry, as they are difficult to inactivate or remove owing to their inherent resistance to traditional physical and antimicrobial treatments. Bacteriophages have been suggested as promising biocontrol agents for eliminating biofilms within the food industry. The efficacy of phages (BP 1369 and BP 1370) was evaluated against Salmonella spp. in biofilms. Biofilms were grown on food (lettuce), food contact surfaces (stainless steel and rubber), and MBEC biofilm devices...
January 1, 2018: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
Ekwu M Ameh, Sean Tyrrel, Jim Harris, Athanasios Ignatiou, Elena Orlova, Andreas Nocker
Disinfection aims at maximal inactivation of target organisms and the sustainable suppression of their regrowth. Whereas many disinfection efforts achieve efficient inactivation when the effect is measured directly after treatment, there are questions about the sustainability of this effect. One aspect is that the treated bacteria might recover and regain the ability to grow. In an environmental context, another question is how amenable surviving bacteria are to predation by omnipresent bacteriophages. Provisional data suggested that bacteria when subjected to sublethal heat stress might develop a phage-resistant phenotype...
March 15, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
A B Chetverin
Qβ replicase (RNA-directed RNA polymerase of bacteriophage Qβ) has an unsurpassed capacity to amplify polynucleotides in vitro. In 1986, the Group of Viral RNA Biochemistry was organized at the Institute of Protein Research in order to exploit this property for the synthesis of messenger RNAs to be used in cell-free translation systems. Although the task has not been implemented in full, this work has led to a number of unexpected important results including uncovering the nature of the "template-free" RNA synthesis by Qβ replicase, discovering the ability of RNA molecules for spontaneous recombination, revealing the unusual mechanism Qβ replicase uses to discriminate between its proper and improper templates, and discovering a new function of the largest ribosomal protein S1, that is also one of the replicase subunits...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Urmi Bajpai, Abhishek Kumar Mehta, Kandasamy Eniyan, Avni Sinha, Ankita Ray, Simran Virdi, Shazeb Ahmad, Aridni Shah, Deepanksha Arora, Devyani Marwaha, Gunjan Chauhan, Prarthna Saraswat, Punita Bathla, Ruchi Singh
Bacteriophages are being considered as a promising natural resource for the development of alternative strategies against mycobacterial diseases, especially in the context of the wide spread occurrence of drug-resistance amongst the clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis. However, there isn't much information documented on mycobacteriophages from India. Here, we report the isolation of 17 mycobacteriophages using M. smegmatis as the bacterial host where 9 phages also lyse M. tuberculosis H37Rv. We present detailed analysis of one of these mycobacteriophage (PDRPv)...
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Leron Khalifa, Daniel Gelman, Mor Shlezinger, Axel Lionel Dessal, Shunit Coppenhagen-Glazer, Nurit Beyth, Ronen Hazan
The deteriorating effectiveness of antibiotics is propelling researchers worldwide towards alternative techniques such as phage therapy: curing infectious diseases using viruses of bacteria called bacteriophages. In a previous paper, we isolated phage EFDG1, highly effective against both planktonic and biofilm cultures of one of the most challenging pathogenic species, the vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Thus, it is a promising phage to be used in phage therapy. Further experimentation revealed the emergence of a mutant resistant to EFDG1 phage: EFDG1r ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Katarzyna Brach, Akiko Hatakeyama, Claude Nogues, Joanna Olesiak-Banska, Malcolm Buckle, Katarzyna Matczyszyn
The anisotropic shape of DNA molecules allows them to form lyotropic liquid crystals (LCs) at high concentrations. This liquid crystalline arrangement is also found in vivo (e.g., in bacteriophage capsids, bacteria or human sperm nuclei). However, the role of DNA liquid crystalline organization in living organisms still remains an open question. Here we show that in vitro, the DNA spatial structure is significantly changed in mesophases compared to non-organized DNA molecules. DNA LCs were prepared from pBluescript SK (pBSK) plasmid DNA and investigated by photochemical analysis of structural transitions (PhAST)...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sylwia Bloch, Bożena Nejman-Faleńczyk, Karolina Pierzynowska, Ewa Piotrowska, Alicja Węgrzyn, Christelle Marminon, Zouhair Bouaziz, Pascal Nebois, Joachim Jose, Marc Le Borgne, Luciano Saso, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
Oxidative stress may be the major cause of induction of Shiga toxin-converting (Stx) prophages from chromosomes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in human intestine. Thus, we aimed to test a series of novel antioxidant compounds for their activities against prophage induction, thus, preventing pathogenicity of STEC. Forty-six compounds (derivatives of carbazole, indazole, triazole, quinolone, ninhydrine, and indenoindole) were tested. Fifteen of them gave promising results and were further characterized...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Carlos E Catalano
Viral particles provide an attractive platform for the engineering of semisynthetic therapeutic nanoparticles. They can be modified both genetically and chemically in a defined manner to alter their surface characteristics, for targeting specific cell types, to improve their pharmacokinetic features and to attenuate (or enhance) their antigenicity. These advantages derive from a detailed understanding of virus biology, gleaned from decades of fundamental genetic, biochemical, and structural studies that have provided mechanistic insight into virus assembly pathways...
March 13, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Xin Mu, Emily Greenwald, Sadeem Ahmad, Sun Hur
The emergence of RNA-based therapeutics demands robust and economical methods to produce RNA with few byproducts from aberrant activity. While in vitro transcription using the bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase is one such popular method, its transcripts are known to display an immune-stimulatory activity that is often undesirable and uncontrollable. We here showed that the immune-stimulatory activity of T7 transcript is contributed by its aberrant activity to initiate transcription from a promoter-less DNA end...
March 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Musemma K Muhammed, Mette L Olsen, Witold Kot, Horst Neve, Josué L Castro-Mejía, Thomas Janzen, Lars H Hansen, Dennis S Nielsen, Søren J Sørensen, Knut J Heller, Finn K Vogensen
To investigate the notion that starter cultures can be a reservoir of bacteriophages (phages) in the dairy environment, strains of three DL-starters (undefined mesophilic mixed-strain starters containing Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis and Leuconostoc species) were selected and induced by mitomycin C, and the whole starters were induced spontaneously as well as by mitomycin C. Frequency of induction of 17%, 26% and 12% was estimated among the isolates of the three starters, with majority of the induced phages mostly showing morphological similarity to known P335 phages, and with a fraction of them showing atypical features...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Fiona Newberry, Shen-Yuan Hsieh, Tom Wileman, Simon R Carding
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (ME/CFS) is a disabling and debilitating disease of unknown aetiology. It is a heterogeneous disease characterized by various inflammatory, immune, viral, neurological and endocrine symptoms. Several microbiome studies have described alterations in the bacterial component of the microbiome (dysbiosis) consistent with a possible role in disease development. However, in focusing on the bacterial components of the microbiome, these studies have neglected the viral constituent known as the virome...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Katherine Lavelle, James Murphy, Brian Fitzgerald, Gabriele A Lugli, Aldert Zomer, Horst Neve, Marco Ventura, Charles M Franz, Christian Cambillau, Douwe van Sinderen, Jennifer Mahony
Phages of Streptococcus thermophilus present a major threat to the production of many fermented dairy products. To date, only a handful of studies have assessed the biodiversity of S. thermophilus phages in dairy fermentations. In order to develop strategies to limit phage predation in this important industrial environment, it is imperative that such studies are undertaken and that phage-host interactions of this species are better defined. The present study investigated the biodiversity and evolution of phages within an Irish dairy fermentation facility over an eleven year period...
March 9, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
A V Letarov, E E Kulikov
The biological functions of bacteriophage virions come down to the solution of three basic problems: to provide protection of viral nucleic acid from the factors of extracellular environment, to recognize a host suitable for phage replication, and to provide the delivery of nucleic acid through bacterial cell envelopes. This review considers the main regularities of phage-cell interaction at the initial stages of infection of tailed bacteriophages, from the reversible binding with receptors on the surface to the beginning of phage DNA entry...
December 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Gal Ofir, Rotem Sorek
Bacteriophages, discovered about a century ago, have been pivotal as models for understanding the fundamental principles of molecular biology. While interest in phage biology declined after the phage "golden era," key recent developments, including advances in phage genomics, microscopy, and the discovery of the CRISPR-Cas anti-phage defense system, have sparked a renaissance in phage research in the past decade. This review highlights recently discovered unexpected complexities in phage biology, describes a new arsenal of phage genes that help them overcome bacterial defenses, and discusses advances toward documentation of the phage biodiversity on a global scale...
March 8, 2018: Cell
Jingchao Chen, Yi Li, Kun Zhang, Hailei Wang
The genomes of many strains of Escherichia coli have been sequenced, as this organism is a classic model bacterium. Here, we report the genome sequence of Escherichia coli DH5α, which is resistant to a T4 bacteriophage (CCTCC AB 2015375), while its other homologous E. coli strains, such as E. coli BL21, DH10B, and MG1655, are not resistant to phage invasions. Thus, understanding of the genome of the DH5α strain, along with comparative analysis of its genome sequence along with other sequences of E. coli strains, may help to reveal the bacteriophage resistance mechanism of E...
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Vinícius da Silva Duarte, Sabrina Giaretta, Laura Treu, Stefano Campanaro, Pedro M Pereira Vidigal, Armin Tarrah, Alessio Giacomini, Viviana Corich
Streptococcus thermophilus , a very important dairy species, is constantly threatened by phage infection. We report the genome sequences of three S. thermophilus bacteriophages isolated from a dairy environment in the Veneto region of Italy. These sequences will be used for the development of new strategies to detect and control phages in dairy environments.
March 8, 2018: Genome Announcements
Karthic Rajamanickam, Sidney Hayes
The temperate bacteriophage lambda (λ) CII protein is a positive regulator of transcription from promoter pE , a component of the lysogenic response. The expression of cII was examined in vectors devoid of phage transcription-modulating elements. Their removal enabled evaluating if the expression of the small RNA OOP, on its own, could suppress CII activities, including complementing for a lysogenic response, cell toxicity and causing rapid cellular loss of ColE1 plasmids. The results confirm that OOP RNA expression from the genetic element pO-oop-to can prevent the ability of plasmid-encoded CII to complement for a lysogenic response, suggesting that it serves as a powerful regulatory pivot in λ development...
March 7, 2018: Viruses
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