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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428773/mutation-at-g103-of-mtbftsz-altered-their-sensitivity-to-coumarins
#1
Duggirala Sridevi, Karpagam U Sudhakar, Ragamanvitha Ananthathatmula, Rakesh P Nankar, Mukesh Doble
Coumarins are natural polyphenol lactones comprising of fused rings of benzene and α-pyrone. The current study demonstrates the inhibitory effect of coumarins with various substitutions on Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2) 155. We also demonstrate the effect of pomegranate (Punica granatum) extract containing ellagic acid, on M. smegmatis as well as their affect on MtbFtsZ (FtsZ from Mycobacterium tuberculosis). The ellagic acid extracts from pomegranate peels inhibit mycobacteria with a MIC of 25 μM and 0.3 to 3...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426995/antibacterial-activity-of-n-methylbenzofuro-3-2-b-quinoline-and-n-methylbenzoindolo-3-2-b-quinoline-derivatives-and-study-of-their-mode-of-action
#2
Ning Sun, Ruo-Lan Du, Yuan-Yuan Zheng, Bao-Hua Huang, Qi Guo, Rui-Fang Zhang, Kwok-Yin Wong, Yu-Jing Lu
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria causes an urgent need for new generation of antibiotics, which may have a different mechanism of inhibition or killing action from the existing. Targeting at the inhibition of bacterial cell division via the control of FtsZ function is one of the effective and promising approaches. Some natural extracts from plants such as sanguinarine and berberine (analogs of pyridinium compounds) are known to alter FtsZ function. In this study, a series of novel quaternary pyridinium compounds was constructed based on the N-methylbenzofuro[3,2-b]quinoline and N-methylbenzoindolo[3,2-b]-quinoline derivatives and their antibacterial activity against nine significant pathogens was investigated using broth microdilution method...
April 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419231/antibiotic-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus-current-status-and-future-prospects
#3
Timothy J Foster
The major targets for antibiotics in staphylococci are (i) the cell envelope, (ii) the ribosome and (iii) nucleic acids. Several novel targets emerged from recent targeted drug discovery programmes including the ClpP protease and FtsZ from the cell division machinery. Resistance can either develop by horizontal transfer of resistance determinants encoded by mobile genetic elements viz plasmids, transposons and the staphylococcal cassette chromosome or by mutations in chromosomal genes. Horizontally acquired resistance can occur by one of the following mechanisms: (i) enzymatic drug modification and inactivation, (ii) enzymatic modification of the drug binding site, (iii) drug efflux, (iv) bypass mechanisms involving acquisition of a novel drug-resistant target, (v) displacement of the drug to protect the target...
April 13, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408469/cell-wall-deficient-l-form-bacteria-in-the-21st-century-a-personal-perspective
#4
REVIEW
Jeff Errington
The peptidoglycan (PG) cell wall is a defining feature of the bacteria. It emerged very early in evolution and must have contributed significantly to the success of these organisms. The wall features prominently in our thinking about bacterial cell function, and its synthesis involves the action of several dozen proteins that are normally essential for viability. Surprisingly, it turns out to be relatively simple to generate bacterial genetic variants called L-forms that completely lack PG. They grow robustly provided that lack of the cell wall is compensated for by an osmoprotective growth medium...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405268/revisiting-the-phylogeny-of-wolbachia-in-collembola
#5
Yao Ma, Wan-Jun Chen, Zhao-Hui Li, Feng Zhang, Yan Gao, Yun-Xia Luan
The endosymbiont Wolbachia has been detected in a few parthenogenetic collembolans sampled in Europe and America, including three species of Poduromorpha, two species of Entomobryomorpha, and two species of Neelipleona. Based on 16S rRNA and ftsZ gene sequences, most of the Wolbachia infecting parthenogenetic collembolans were characterized as members of supergroup E and showed concordant phylogeny with their hosts. However, the two neelipleonan symbionts form another unique group, indicating that Wolbachia has infected parthenogenetic collembolans multiple times...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381263/engineering-halomonas-species-td01-for-enhanced-polyhydroxyalkanoates-synthesis-via-crispri
#6
Wei Tao, Li Lv, Guo-Qiang Chen
BACKGROUND: Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats interference (CRISPRi) has provided an efficient approach for targeted gene inhibition. A non-model microorganism Halomonas species TD01 has been developed as a promising industrial producer of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), a family of biodegradable polyesters accumulated by bacteria as a carbon and energy reserve compound. A controllable gene repression system, such as CRISPRi, is needed for Halomonas sp. TD01 to regulate its gene expression levels...
April 6, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361149/encapsulation-of-a-compartmentalized-cytoplasm-mimic-within-a-lipid-membrane-by-microfluidics
#7
Marta Sobrinos-Sanguino, Silvia Zorrilla, Christine D Keating, Begoña Monterroso, Germán Rivas
There is growing interest in analyzing the effect of microenvironments, which may be mimicked through liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), on the reactivity of biological macromolecules. We report the encapsulation by microfluidics of the division protein FtsZ and a LLPS system inside microdroplets and their conversion into permeable vesicles (allowing ligand uptake), with higher yield, homogeneity and biomolecular compatibility than those previously described.
March 31, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358838/metal-dependent-spoiie-oligomerization-stabilizes-ftsz-during-asymmetric-division-in-bacillus-subtilis
#8
Ewa Król, Anabela de Sousa Borges, Malgorzata Kopacz, Dirk-Jan Scheffers
SpoIIE is a bifunctional protein involved in asymmetric septum formation and in activation of the forespore compartment-specific transcription factor σF through dephosphorylation of SpoIIAA-P. The phosphatase activity of SpoIIE requires Mn2+ as a metal cofactor. Here, we show that the presence of a metal cofactor also influences SpoIIE oligomerization and asymmetric septum formation. Absence of Mn2+ from sporulation medium results in a delay of the formation of polar FtsZ-rings, similar to a spoIIE null mutant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346866/prevalence-and-potential-risk-factors-for-bartonella-infection-in-tunisian-stray-dogs
#9
Jaber Belkhiria, Bruno B Chomel, Taoufik Ben Hamida, Rickie W Kasten, Matthew J Stuckey, Drew A Fleischman, Mary M Christopher, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Thomas B Farver
Bartonellae are blood-borne and vector-transmitted pathogens, some are zoonotic, which have been reported in several Mediterranean countries. Transmission from dogs to humans is suspected, but has not been clearly demonstrated. Our objectives were to determine the seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella clarridgeiae, and Bartonella bovis (as a proxy for Candidatus Bartonella merieuxii) in stray dogs from Tunisia, identify the Bartonella species infecting the dogs and evaluate potential risk factors for canine infection...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300142/late-assembly-of-the-vibrio-cholerae-cell-division-machinery-postpones-septation-to-the-last-10-of-the-cell-cycle
#10
Elisa Galli, Evelyne Paly, François-Xavier Barre
Bacterial cell division is a highly regulated process, which involves the formation of a complex apparatus, the divisome, by over a dozen proteins. In the few model bacteria in which the division process was detailed, divisome assembly occurs in two distinct steps: a few proteins, including the FtsZ tubulin-like protein, form a membrane associated contractile ring, the Z-ring, at ~30% of the cell cycle. The Z-ring serves as a scaffold for the recruitment of a second series of proteins, including integral membrane and periplasmic cell wall remodelling enzymes, at ~50% of the cell cycle...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285910/synthesis-and-antibacterial-activity-of-3-benzylamide-derivatives-as-ftsz-inhibitors
#11
Zhongping Hu, Shasha Zhang, Weicheng Zhou, Xiang Ma, Guangya Xiang
The emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant strains of the human pathological bacteria are generating a threat to public health worldwide. In the current study, a series of PC190723 derivatives was synthesized and investigated for their antimicrobial activity. The compounds exhibited good activity against several Gram-positive bacteria as determined by comparison of diameters of the zone of inhibition of test compounds and standard antibiotics. Compound 9 with a fluorine substitution on the phenyl ring showed the best antibacterial activity in the series against M...
February 17, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266315/physiology-and-pathogenicity-of-cpdb-deleted-mutant-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli
#12
Huifang Liu, Liping Chen, Wei Si, Chunlai Wang, Fangna Zhu, Guangxing Li, Siguo Liu
Avian colibacillosis is one of the most common infectious diseases caused partially or entirely by avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) in birds. In addition to spontaneous infection, APEC can also cause secondary infections that result in greater severity of illness and greater losses to the poultry industry. In order to assess the role of 2', 3'-cyclic phosphodiesterase (cpdB) in APEC on disease physiology and pathogenicity, an avian pathogenic Escherichia coli-34 (APEC-34) cpdB mutant was obtained using the Red system...
April 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258494/three-rings-for-the-evolution-of-plastid-shape-a-tale-of-land-plant-ftsz
#13
Christopher Grosche, Stefan A Rensing
Nuclear-encoded plant FtsZ genes are derived from endosymbiotic gene transfer of cyanobacteria-like genes. The green lineage (Chloroplastida) and red lineage (Rhodophyta) feature FtsZ1 and FtsZ2 or FtsZB and FtsZA, respectively, which are involved in plastid division. These two proteins show slight differences and seem to heteropolymerize to build the essential inner plastid division ring. A third gene, encoding FtsZ3, is present in glaucophyte and charophyte algae, as well as in land plants except ferns and angiosperms...
March 3, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257056/interaction-of-type-iv-toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-cryptic-prophages-of-escherichia-coli-k-12
#14
Zhongling Wen, Pengxia Wang, Chenglong Sun, Yunxue Guo, Xiaoxue Wang
Toxin/antitoxin (TA) systems are widespread in prokaryotic chromosomes and in mobile genetic elements including plasmids and prophages. The first characterized Type IV TA system CbtA/CbeA was found in cryptic prophage CP4-44 in Escherichia coli K-12. Two homologous TA loci of CbtA/CbeA also reside in cryptic prophages of E. coli K-12, YkfI/YafW in CP4-6 and YpjF/YfjZ in CP4-57. In this study, we demonstrated that YkfI and YpjF inhibited cell growth and led to the formation of "lemon-shaped" cells. Prolonged overproduction of YkfI led to the formation of "gourd-shaped" cells and immediate cell lysis...
March 1, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254403/the-divisome-at-25-the-road-ahead
#15
REVIEW
Tanneke den Blaauwen, Leendert W Hamoen, Petra Anne Levin
The identification of the FtsZ ring by Bi and Lutkenhaus in 1991 was a defining moment for the field of bacterial cell division. Not only did the presence of the FtsZ ring provide fodder for the next 25 years of research, the application of a then cutting-edge approach-immunogold labeling of bacterial cells-inspired other investigators to apply similarly state-of-the-art technologies in their own work. These efforts have led to important advances in our understanding of the factors underlying assembly and maintenance of the division machinery...
February 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249098/zapa-and-zapb-form-an-ftsz-independent-structure-at-midcell
#16
Jackson A Buss, Nick T Peters, Jie Xiao, Thomas G Bernhardt
Cell division in Escherichia coli begins with the polymerization of FtsZ into a ring-like structure, the Z-ring, at midcell. All other division proteins are thought to require the Z-ring for recruitment to the future division site. Here, it is reported that the Z-ring associated proteins ZapA and ZapB form FtsZ-independent structures at midcell. Upon Z-ring disruption by the FtsZ polymerization antagonist SulA, ZapA remained at midcell as a cloud-like accumulation. Using ZapA(N60Y), a variant defective for interaction with FtsZ, it was established that these ZapA structures form without a connection to the Z-ring...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248291/structural-insights-into-the-coordination-of-plastid-division-by-the-arc6-pdv2-complex
#17
Wenhe Wang, Jinyu Li, Qingqing Sun, Xiaoyu Yu, Weiwei Zhang, Ning Jia, Chuanjing An, Yiqiong Li, Yanan Dong, Fengjiao Han, Ning Chang, Xiaomin Liu, Zhiling Zhu, You Yu, Shilong Fan, Maojun Yang, Shi-Zhong Luo, Hongbo Gao, Yue Feng
Chloroplasts divide by binary fission, which is accomplished by the simultaneous constriction of the FtsZ ring on the stromal side of the inner envelope membrane, and the ARC5 ring on the cytosolic side of the outer envelope membrane. The two rings are connected and coordinated mainly by the interaction between the inner envelope membrane protein ARC6 and the outer envelope membrane protein PDV2 in the intermembrane space. The underlying mechanism of this coordination is unclear to date. Here, we solved the crystal structure of the intermembrane space region of the ARC6-PDV2 complex...
March 1, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235875/engineering-cyanobacterial-cell-morphology-for-enhanced-recovery-and-processing-of-biomass
#18
Adam Jordan, Jenna Chandler, Joshua S MacCready, Jingcheng Huang, Katherine W Osteryoung, Daniel C Ducat
Cyanobacteria are emerging as alternative crop species for the production of fuels, chemicals, and biomass. Yet, the success of these microbes depends upon the development of cost-effective technologies that permit scaled cultivation and cell harvesting. Here, we investigate the feasibility of engineering cell morphology in order to improve biomass recovery and decrease energetic costs associated with lysing cyanobacterial cells. Specifically, we modify the levels of Min system proteins in Synechococcus elongatus sp...
February 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231272/vibrio-japonicus-sp-nov-a-novel-member-of-the-nereis-clade-in-the-genus-vibrio-isolated-from-the-coast-of-japan
#19
Hiroyasu Doi, Ikuko Osawa, Hayamitsu Adachi, Manabu Kawada
A novel Vibrio strain, JCM 31412T, was isolated from seawater collected from the Inland Sea (Setonaikai), Japan, and characterized as a Gram-negative, oxidase-positive, catalase-negative, facultatively anaerobic, motile, ovoid-shaped bacterium with one polar flagellum. Based on 16S rDNA gene identity, strain JCM 31412T showed a close relationship with type strains of Vibrio brasiliensis (LMG 20546T, 98.2% identity), V. harveyi (NBRC 15634T, 98.2%), V. caribbeanicus (ATCC BAA-2122T, 97.8%) and V. proteolyticus (NBRC 13287T, 97...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209899/gtpase-activity-coupled-treadmilling-of-the-bacterial-tubulin-ftsz-organizes-septal-cell-wall-synthesis
#20
Xinxing Yang, Zhixin Lyu, Amanda Miguel, Ryan McQuillen, Kerwyn Casey Huang, Jie Xiao
The bacterial tubulin FtsZ is the central component of the cell division machinery, coordinating an ensemble of proteins involved in septal cell wall synthesis to ensure successful constriction. How cells achieve this coordination is unknown. We found that in Escherichia coli cells, FtsZ exhibits dynamic treadmilling predominantly determined by its guanosine triphosphatase activity. The treadmilling dynamics direct the processive movement of the septal cell wall synthesis machinery but do not limit the rate of septal synthesis...
February 17, 2017: Science
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