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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214735/rna-based-control-mechanisms-of-clostridium-difficile
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REVIEW
Olga Soutourina
Clostridium difficile (CD)-associated diarrhoea is currently the most prevalent nosocomial diarrhoea worldwide. Many characteristics of CD pathogenicity remain poorly understood. Recent data strongly indicate the importance of an RNA network for the control of gene expression in CD. More than 200 regulatory RNAs have been identified by deep sequencing and targeted approaches, including Hfq-dependent trans riboregulators, cis-antisense RNAs, CRISPR RNAs, and c-di-GMP-responsive riboswitches. These regulatory RNAs are involved in the control of major processes in the CD infection cycle, for example motility, biofilm formation, adhesion, sporulation, stress response, and defence against bacteriophages...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213325/carbon-dots-based-fret-for-the-detection-of-dna-damage
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Jiri Kudr, Lukas Richtera, Kledi Xhaxhiu, David Hynek, Zbynek Heger, Ondrej Zitka, Vojtech Adam
Here, we aimed our attention at the synthesis of carbon dots (C-dots) with the ability to interact with DNA to suggest an approach for the detection of DNA damage. Primarily, C-dots modified with amine moieties were synthesized using the one-step microwave pyrolysis of citric acid in the presence of diethylenetriamine. The C-dots showed strong photoluminescence with a quantum yield of 4%. In addition, the C-dots (2.8±0.8nm) possessed a good colloidal stability and exhibited a positive surface charge (ζ=36mV) at a neutral pH...
February 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213279/tethering-rna-to-chromatin-for-fluorescence-microscopy-based-analysis-of-nuclear-organization
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Teresa Pankert, Thibaud Jegou, Maïwen Caudron-Herger, Karsten Rippe
Nuclear RNAs emerge as important factors to orchestrate the dynamic organization of the nucleus into functional subcompartments. By tethering RNAs to distinct genomic loci, the RNA-dependent chromatin changes can be dissected by fluorescence microscopic analysis. Here we describe how this approach is implemented in mammalian cells. It involves two high-affinity protein-nucleic acid interactions that can established with number of different protein domains and DNA and RNA sequences. A prototypic system is described here in detail: It consists of the binding of MS2 bacteriophage coat protein to its RNA recognition sequence and the interaction between the bacterial LacI repressor protein to its target lacO operator DNA sequences...
February 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213104/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-virulent-bacteriophage-infecting-acinetobacter-johnsonii-from-activated-sludge
#4
Niansi Fan, Rong Qi, Min Yang
A double-stranded DNA phage named AJO1, infecting Acinetobacter johnsonii, which plays an important role in wastewater treatment, was isolated from activated sludge in a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. Based on morphological taxonomy, AJO1, with an icosahedral head 55 ± 2 nm in diameter and a non-contractile tail 8 ± 2 nm in length, was classified as a member of the Podoviridae family. Bacterial infection characteristics were as follows: no polyvalent infectivity, optimal multiplicity of infection of 10(-2); eclipse and burst size of 30 min and 51...
February 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211904/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-deep-sea-thermophilic-bacteriophage-gve2-hnh-endonuclease
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Likui Zhang, Dandan Xu, Yanchao Huang, Xinyuan Zhu, Mianwen Rui, Ting Wan, Xin Zheng, Yulong Shen, Xiangdong Chen, Kesen Ma, Yong Gong
HNH endonucleases in bacteriophages play a variety of roles in the phage lifecycle as key components of phage DNA packaging machines. The deep-sea thermophilic bacteriophage Geobacillus virus E2 (GVE2) encodes an HNH endonuclease (GVE2 HNHE). Here, the crystal structure of GVE2 HNHE is reported. This is the first structural study of a thermostable HNH endonuclease from a thermophilic bacteriophage. Structural comparison reveals that GVE2 HNHE possesses a typical ββα-metal fold and Zn-finger motif similar to those of HNH endonucleases from other bacteriophages, apart from containing an extra α-helix, suggesting conservation of these enzymes among bacteriophages...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210242/biocidal-inactivation-of-lactococcus-lactis-bacteriophages-efficacy-and-targets-of-commonly-used-sanitizers
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Stephen Hayes, James Murphy, Jennifer Mahony, Gabriele A Lugli, Marco Ventura, Jean-Paul Noben, Charles M A P Franz, Horst Neve, Arjen Nauta, Douwe Van Sinderen
Lactococcus lactis strains, being intensely used in the dairy industry, are particularly vulnerable to members of the so-called 936 group of phages. Sanitization and disinfection using purpose-made biocidal solutions is a critical step in controlling phage contamination in such dairy processing plants. The susceptibility of 36 936 group phages to biocidal treatments was examined using 14 biocides and commercially available sanitizers. The targets of a number of these biocides were investigated by means of electron microscopic and proteomic analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209973/structural-basis-for-fragmenting-the-exopolysaccharide-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-by-bacteriophage-%C3%AE-ab6-tailspike-protein
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I-Ming Lee, I-Fan Tu, Feng-Ling Yang, Tzu-Ping Ko, Jiahn-Haur Liao, Nien-Tsung Lin, Chung-Yi Wu, Chien-Tai Ren, Andrew H-J Wang, Ching-Ming Chang, Kai-Fa Huang, Shih-Hsiung Wu
With an increase in antibiotic-resistant strains, the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii has become a serious threat to global health. Glycoconjugate vaccines containing fragments of bacterial exopolysaccharide (EPS) are an emerging therapeutic to combat bacterial infection. Herein, we characterize the bacteriophage ΦAB6 tailspike protein (TSP), which specifically hydrolyzed the EPS of A. baumannii strain 54149 (Ab-54149). Ab-54149 EPS exhibited the same chemical structure as two antibiotic-resistant A...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208306/highly-specific-bacteriophage-affinity-strategy-for-rapid-separation-and-sensitive-detection-of-viable-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Yong He, Mengyao Wang, Enci Fan, Hui Ouyang, Huan Yue, Xiaoxiao Su, Guojian Liao, Lin Wang, Shuguang Lu, Zhifeng Fu
A virulent bacteriophage highly specific to Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) was isolated from hospital sewage using a lambda bacteriophage isolation protocol. The bacteriophage, named as PAP1, was used to functionalize tosyl-activated magnetic beads to establish a bacteriophage-affinity strategy for separation and detection of viable P. aeruginosa. Recognition of the target bacteria by tail fibers and baseplate of the bacteriophage led to capture of P. aeruginosa onto the magnetic beads. After a replication cycle of about 100 min, the progenies lysed the target bacteria and released the intracellular adenosine triphosphate...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208254/electrochemical-detection-of-escherichia-coli-from-aqueous-samples-using-engineered-phages
#9
Danhui Wang, Juhong Chen, Sam R Nugen
In this study, an enzyme-based electrochemical method was developed for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) using the T7 bacteriophages engineered with lacZ operon encoding for beta-galactosidase (β-gal). The T7lacZ phages can infect E. coli, and have the ability to trigger the overexpression of β-gal during the infection of E. coli. The use of the engineered phages resulted in a more sensitive detection of E. coli by (1) overexpression of β-gal in E. coli during the specific infection and (2) release of the endogenous intracellular β-gal from E...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208059/designer-protein-disaggregases-to-counter-neurodegenerative-disease
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REVIEW
James Shorter
Protein misfolding and aggregation unify several devastating neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are no effective therapeutics for these disorders and none that target the reversal of the aberrant protein misfolding and aggregation that cause disease. Here, I showcase important advances to define, engineer, and apply protein disaggregases to mitigate deleterious protein misfolding and counter neurodegeneration. I focus on two exogenous protein disaggregases, Hsp104 from yeast and gene 3 protein from bacteriophages, as well as endogenous human protein disaggregases, including: (a) Hsp110, Hsp70, Hsp40, and small heat-shock proteins; (b) HtrA1; and (c) NMNAT2 and Hsp90...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207977/adaptation-of-the-pathogen-pseudomonas-syringae-during-experimental-evolution-on-a-native-versus-alternative-host-plant
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Sean Meaden, Britt Koskella
The specialization and distribution of pathogens among species has substantial impact on disease spread, especially when reservoir hosts can maintain high pathogen densities or select for increased pathogen virulence. Theory predicts that optimal within-host growth rate will vary among host genotypes/species, and therefore that pathogens infecting multiple hosts should experience different selection pressures depending on the host environment in which they are found. This should be true for pathogens with broad host ranges, but also those experiencing opportunistic infections on novel hosts or that spill over among host populations...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207864/characterisation-and-genome-sequence-of-the-lytic-acinetobacter-baumannii-bacteriophage-vb_abas_loki
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Dann Turner, Matthew E Wand, Yves Briers, Rob Lavigne, J Mark Sutton, Darren M Reynolds
Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged as an important nosocomial pathogen in healthcare and community settings. While over 100 of Acinetobacter phages have been described in the literature, relatively few have been sequenced. This work describes the characterisation and genome annotation of a new lytic Acinetobacter siphovirus, vB_AbaS_Loki, isolated from activated sewage sludge. Sequencing revealed that Loki encapsulates a 41,308 bp genome, encoding 51 predicted open reading frames. Loki is most closely related to Acinetobacter phage IME_AB3 and more distantly related to Burkholderia phage KL1, Paracoccus phage vB_PmaS_IMEP1 and Pseudomonas phages vB_Pae_Kakheti25, vB_PaeS_SCH_Ab26 and PA73...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205130/isolation-and-characterization-of-bacillus-cereus-bacteriophages-from-foods-and-soil
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Hyejin Oh, Dong Joo Seo, Su Been Jeon, Hyunkyung Park, Suntak Jeong, Hyang Sook Chun, Mihwa Oh, Changsun Choi
The aim of this study was to isolate and characterize Bacillus cereus bacteriophages of various origins. Twenty-seven bacteriophages against B. cereus were isolated from various Korean traditional fermented foods and soils. Plaque size, transmission electron microscopy, virulence profile, and in vitro lytic activity of bacteriophage isolates were examined. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed B. cereus bacteriophages belonging to the family Siphoviridae. Among B. cereus bacteriophages with broad host range, 18 isolates (66...
February 15, 2017: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203234/inducible-prophage-mutant-of-escherichia-coli-can-lyse-new-host-and-the-key-sites-of-receptor-recognition-identification
#14
Mianmian Chen, Lei Zhang, Sipei Xin, Huochun Yao, Chengping Lu, Wei Zhang
The use of bacteriophages as therapeutic agents is hindered by their narrow and specific host range, and by a lack of the knowledge concerning the molecular mechanism of receptor recognition. Two P2-like coliphages, named P88 and pro147, were induced from Escherichia coli strains K88 and DE147, respectively. A comparison of the genomes of these two and other P2-like coliphages obtained from GenBank showed that the tail fiber protein genes, which are the key genes for receptor recognition in other myoviridae phages, showed more diversity than the conserved lysin, replicase, and terminase genes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197137/different-behavior-of-enteric-bacteria-and-viruses-in-clay-and-sandy-soils-after-biofertilization-with-swine-digestate
#15
Gislaine Fongaro, María C García-González, Marta Hernández, Airton Kunz, Célia R M Barardi, David Rodríguez-Lázaro
Enteric pathogens from biofertilizer can accumulate in the soil, subsequently contaminating water and crops. We evaluated the survival, percolation and leaching of model enteric pathogens in clay and sandy soils after biofertilization with swine digestate: PhiX-174, mengovirus (vMC0), Salmonella enterica Typhimurium and Escherichia coli O157:H7 were used as biomarkers. The survival of vMC0 and PhiX-174 in clay soil was significantly lower than in sandy soil (iT90 values of 10.520 ± 0.600 vs. 21.270 ± 1.100 and 12...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196958/transcription-profiling-of-bacillus-subtilis-cells-infected-with-ar9-a-giant-phage-encoding-two-multisubunit-rna-polymerases
#16
Daria Lavysh, Maria Sokolova, Marina Slashcheva, Konrad U Förstner, Konstantin Severinov
Bacteriophage AR9 is a recently sequenced jumbo phage that encodes two multisubunit RNA polymerases. Here we investigated the AR9 transcription strategy and the effect of AR9 infection on the transcription of its host, Bacillus subtilis Analysis of whole-genome transcription revealed early, late, and continuously expressed AR9 genes. Alignment of sequences upstream of the 5' ends of AR9 transcripts revealed consensus sequences that define early and late phage promoters. Continuously expressed AR9 genes have both early and late promoters in front of them...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196397/evolved-distal-tail-carbohydrate-binding-modules-of-lactobacillus-phage-j-1-a-novel-type-of-anti-receptor-widespread-among-lactic-acid-bacteria-phages
#17
Maria-Eugenia Dieterle, Silvia Spinelli, Irina Sadovskaya, Mariana Piuri, Christian Cambillau
Bacteriophage replication requires specific host-recognition. Some siphophages harbour a large complex, the baseplate, at the tip of their non-contractile tail. This baseplate holds receptor binding proteins (RBPs) that can recognize the host cell-wall polysaccharide (CWPS) and specifically attach the phage to its host. While most phages possess a dedicated RBP, the phage J-1 that infects Lactobacillus casei seemed to lack one. We have shown that the phage J-1 distal tail protein (Dit) plays a role in host recognition and that its sequence comprises two inserted modules compared to "classical" Dits...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193211/display-of-single-chain-variable-fragments-on-bacteriophage-ms2-virus-like-particles
#18
Christopher A Lino, Jerri C Caldeira, David S Peabody
BACKGROUND: Virus-like particles (VLPs) of the RNA bacteriophage MS2 have many potential applications in biotechnology. MS2 VLPs provide a platform for peptide display and affinity selection (i.e. biopanning). They are also under investigation as vehicles for targeted drug delivery, using display of receptor-specific peptides or nucleic acid aptamers to direct their binding to specific cell-surface receptors. However, there are few molecules more suited to the precise targeting and binding of a cellular receptor than antibodies...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191503/differences-in-gut-metabolites-and-microbial-composition-and-functions-between-egyptian-and-u-s-children-are-consistent-with-their-diets
#19
V Shankar, M Gouda, J Moncivaiz, A Gordon, N V Reo, L Hussein, O Paliy
Previous studies indicated that populations consuming a Mediterranean diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than populations of industrialized societies consuming diets enriched in processed carbohydrates, animal proteins, and fats. To explore the potential contributions of gut microbiota to the observed diet-related metabolic effects, we conducted an integrative analysis of distal gut microbiota composition and functions and intestinal metabolites in Egyptian and U...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188816/a-chemical-genomics-approach-to-drug-reprofiling-in-oncology-antipsychotic-drug-risperidone-as-a-potential-adenocarcinoma-treatment
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Suzanne J Dilly, Andrew J Clark, Andrew Marsh, Daniel A Mitchell, Ricky Cain, Colin W G Fishwick, Paul C Taylor
Drug reprofiling is emerging as an effective paradigm for discovery of cancer treatments. Herein, an antipsychotic drug is immobilised using the Magic Tag(®) chemical genomics tool and screened against a T7 bacteriophage displayed library of polypeptides from Drosophila melanogaster, as a whole genome model, to uncover an interaction with a section of 17-β-HSD10, a proposed prostate cancer target. A computational study and enzyme inhibition assay with full length human 17-β-HSD10 identifies risperidone as a drug reprofiling candidate...
February 8, 2017: Cancer Letters
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