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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933544/dissection-of-host-susceptibility-to-bacterial-infections-and-its-toxins
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Aysar Nashef, Mahmoud Agbaria, Ariel Shusterman, Nicola Ivan Lorè, Alessandra Bragonzi, Ervin Wiess, Yael Houri-Haddad, Fuad A Iraqi
Infection is one of the leading causes of human mortality and morbidity. Exposure to microbial agents is obviously required. However, also non-microbial environmental and host factors play a key role in the onset, development and outcome of infectious disease, resulting in large of clinical variability between individuals in a population infected with the same microbe. Controlled and standardized investigations of the genetics of susceptibility to infectious disease are almost impossible to perform in humans whereas mouse models allow application of powerful genomic techniques to identify and validate causative genes underlying human diseases with complex etiologies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933039/the-contribution-of-mathematical-modeling-to-understanding-dynamic-aspects-of-rumen-metabolism
#2
André Bannink, Henk J van Lingen, Jennifer L Ellis, James France, Jan Dijkstra
All mechanistic rumen models cover the main drivers of variation in rumen function, which are feed intake, the differences between feedstuffs and feeds in their intrinsic rumen degradation characteristics, and fractional outflow rate of fluid and particulate matter. Dynamic modeling approaches are best suited to the prediction of more nuanced responses in rumen metabolism, and represent the dynamics of the interactions between substrates and micro-organisms and inter-microbial interactions. The concepts of dynamics are discussed for the case of rumen starch digestion as influenced by starch intake rate and frequency of feed intake, and for the case of fermentation of fiber in the large intestine...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932084/a-novel-method-for-the-rapid-detection-of-microbes-in-blood-using-pleurocidin-antimicrobial-peptide-functionalized-piezoelectric-sensor
#3
Xiaohong Shi, Xiaoqing Zhang, Qiongqiong Yao, Fengjiao He
The rapid detection of microbes is critical in clinical diagnosis and food safety. Culture-dependent assays are the most widely used microbial detection methods, but these assays are time-consuming. In this study, a rapid microbial detection method was proposed using a pleurocidin/single-walled carbon nanotubes/interdigital electrode-multichannel series piezoelectric quartz crystal (pleurocidin/SWCNT/IDE-MSPQC) sensor. The selected pleurocidin antimicrobial peptide served as a recognition probe that exhibits broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and the SWCNT acted as the electronic transducer and cross-linker for the immobilization of pleurocidin on the IDE...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930319/co-synthesized-from-the-central-one-carbon-pool-as-source-for-the-iron-carbonyl-in-o2-tolerant-nife-hydrogenase
#4
Ingmar Bürstel, Elisabeth Siebert, Stefan Frielingsdorf, Ingo Zebger, Bärbel Friedrich, Oliver Lenz
Hydrogenases are nature's key catalysts involved in both microbial consumption and production of molecular hydrogen. H2 exhibits a strongly bonded, almost inert electron pair and requires transition metals for activation. Consequently, all hydrogenases are metalloenzymes that contain at least one iron atom in the catalytic center. For appropriate interaction with H2, the iron moiety demands for a sophisticated coordination environment that cannot be provided just by standard amino acids. This dilemma has been overcome by the introduction of unprecedented chemistry-that is, by ligating the iron with carbon monoxide (CO) and cyanide (or equivalent) groups...
December 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929021/host-genome-integration-and-giant-virus-induced-reactivation-of-the-virophage-mavirus
#5
Matthias G Fischer, Thomas Hackl
Endogenous viral elements are increasingly found in eukaryotic genomes, yet little is known about their origins, dynamics, or function. Here we provide a compelling example of a DNA virus that readily integrates into a eukaryotic genome where it acts as an inducible antiviral defence system. We found that the virophage mavirus, a parasite of the giant Cafeteria roenbergensis virus (CroV), integrates at multiple sites within the nuclear genome of the marine protozoan Cafeteria roenbergensis. The endogenous mavirus is structurally and genetically similar to eukaryotic DNA transposons and endogenous viruses of the Maverick/Polinton family...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924986/a-nasba-on-microgel-tethered-molecular-beacon-microarray-for-real-time-microbial-molecular-diagnostics
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Y Ma, X Dai, T Hong, G B Munk, M Libera
Despite their many advantages and successes, molecular beacon (MB) hybridization probes have not been extensively used in microarray formats because of the complicating probe-substrate interactions that increase the background intensity. We have previously shown that tethering to surface-patterned microgels is an effective means for localizing MB probes to specific surface locations in a microarray format while simultaneously maintaining them in as water-like an environment as possible and minimizing probe-surface interactions...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924596/methods-to-study-antagonistic-activities-among-oral-bacteria
#7
Fengxia Qi, Jens Kreth
Most bacteria in nature exist in multispecies communities known as biofilms. In the natural habitat where resources (nutrient, space, etc.) are usually limited, individual species must compete or collaborate with other neighboring species in order to perpetuate in the multispecies community. The human oral cavity is colonized by >700 microbial species known as the indigenous microbiota. This indigenous flora normally maintains an ecological balance through antagonistic as well as mutualistic interspecies interactions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924402/age-related-response-of-rumen-microbiota-to-mineral-salt-and-effects-of-their-interactions-on-enteric-methane-emissions-in-cattle
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C Liu, X H Li, Y X Chen, Z H Cheng, Q H Duan, Q H Meng, X P Tao, B Shang, H M Dong
Mineral salt bricks are often used in cow raising as compensation for mineral losses to improve milk yield, growth, and metabolic activity. Generally, effects of minerals are partially thought to result from improvement of microbial metabolism, but their influence on the rumen microbiota has rarely been documented to date. In this study, we investigated the response of microbiota to mineral salt in heifer and adult cows and evaluated ruminal fermentation and enteric methane emissions of cows fed mineral salts...
December 6, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924118/native-halo-tolerant-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-enterococcus-and-pantoea-sp-improve-seed-yield-of-mungbean-vigna-radiata-l-under-soil-salinity-by-reducing-sodium-uptake-and-stress-injury
#9
Meenu Panwar, Rupinder Tewari, Harsh Nayyar
The beneficial microbial-plant interaction plays important role in the soil health, crop growth and productivity. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are such beneficial microorganisms, which in association with plant roots not only promote their growth but also help in counteracting the detrimental effects of soil stresses. Salt stress is one such stress, frequently confronted by the plants. The present study aimed at isolation and identification of PGPR inhabiting the mungbean rhizosphere, testing them for salt (NaCl) tolerance and subsequently in salt-supplemented mungbean crop...
October 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923729/ph-gradient-ion-exchange-microbial-cell-chromatography-as-a-simple-method-for-microbial-separation
#10
Yoshiteru Aoi, Yuji Kaneko, Satoshi Tsuneda
Selective separation of specific microbial types from a heterogeneous microbial population, such as an environmental microbial community, is an important process for microbial research and biotechnological industries. In the present study, pH-gradient ion-exchange microbial cell chromatography (PIE-MCC) was developed as a new method for microbial separation. The proposed method enables target microorganisms to be separated from a microbial community based on differences in microbial surface characteristics, because these characteristics, such as the ζ (zeta)-potential, vary among microbial cells...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923385/field-effectiveness-of-microbial-larvicides-on-mosquito-larvae-in-malaria-areas-of-botswana-and-zimbabwe
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Mulamuli Mpofu, Piet Becker, Kaka Mudambo, Christiaan de Jager
BACKGROUND: The successful control of malaria vectors requires the control of both the larval and adult stages. The adult control methods through indoor residual spraying (IRS) and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) continue to be widely used with some high measure of success. Larval control methods are also being used by a number of National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) with limited understanding of its contribution. Larval control might be needed in some areas to move from malaria control to elimination...
December 6, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922565/a-perspective-on-brain-gut-communication-the-american-gastroenterology-association-and-american-psychosomatic-society-joint-symposium-on-brain-gut-interactions-and-the-intestinal-microenvironment
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Olga C Aroniadis, Douglas A Drossman, Magnus Simren
BACKGROUND: Alterations in brain-gut communication and the intestinal microenvironment have been implicated in a variety of medical and neuropsychiatric diseases. Three central areas require basic and clinical research: (1) how the intestinal microenvironment interacts with the host immune system, central nervous system and enteric nervous system; (2) the role of the intestinal microenvironment in the pathogenesis of medical and neuropsychiatric disease; (3) the effects of diet, prebiotics, probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation on the intestinal microenvironment and the treatment of disease...
December 2, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921148/metabolites-deciphering-the-molecular-language-between-dcs-and-their-environment
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REVIEW
Lucía Minarrieta, Peyman Ghorbani, Tim Sparwasser, Luciana Berod
Dendritic cells (DCs) determine the outcome of the immune response based on signals they receive from the environment. Presentation of antigen under various contexts can lead to activation and differentiation of T cells for immunity or dampening of immune responses by establishing tolerance, primarily through the priming of regulatory T cells. Infections, inflammation and normal cellular interactions shape DC responses through direct contact or via cytokine signaling. Although it is widely accepted that DCs sense microbial components through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), increasing evidence advocates for the existence of a set of signals that can profoundly shape DC function via PRR-independent pathways...
December 5, 2016: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920385/sublethal-streptomycin-concentrations-and-lytic-bacteriophage-together-promote-resistance-evolution
#14
Johannes Cairns, Lutz Becks, Matti Jalasvuori, Teppo Hiltunen
Sub-minimum inhibiting concentrations (sub-MICs) of antibiotics frequently occur in natural environments owing to wide-spread antibiotic leakage by human action. Even though the concentrations are very low, these sub-MICs have recently been shown to alter bacterial populations by selecting for antibiotic resistance and increasing the rate of adaptive evolution. However, studies are lacking on how these effects reverberate into key ecological interactions, such as bacteria-phage interactions. Previously, co-selection of bacteria by phages and antibiotic concentrations exceeding MICs has been hypothesized to decrease the rate of resistance evolution because of fitness costs associated with resistance mutations...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920384/antibiotic-resistance-in-the-wild-an-eco-evolutionary-perspective
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REVIEW
Teppo Hiltunen, Marko Virta, Anna-Liisa Laine
The legacy of the use and misuse of antibiotics in recent decades has left us with a global public health crisis: antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it harder to treat infections. At the same time, evolution of antibiotic resistance is probably the best-documented case of contemporary evolution. To date, research on antibiotic resistance has largely ignored the complexity of interactions that bacteria engage in. However, in natural populations, bacteria interact with other species; for example, competition and grazing are import interactions influencing bacterial population dynamics...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920201/the-streptococcus-gordonii-adhesin-csha-binds-host-fibronectin-via-a-catch-clamp-mechanism
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Catherine R Back, Maryta N Sztukowska, Marisa Till, Richard J Lamont, Howard F Jenkinson, Angela H Nobbs, Paul R Race
Adherence of bacteria to biotic or abiotic surfaces is a prerequisite for host colonization and represents an important step in microbial pathogenicity. This attachment is facilitated by bacterial adhesins at the cell surface. Due to their size and often elaborate multi-domain architectures, these polypeptides represent challenging targets for detailed structural and functional characterization. The multifunctional fibrillar adhesin CshA, which mediates binding to both host molecules and other microorganisms, is an important determinant of colonisation by Streptococcus gordonii, an oral commensal and opportunistic pathogen of animals and humans...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919551/defining-the-core-microbiome-in-corals-microbial-soup
#17
REVIEW
Alejandra Hernandez-Agreda, Ruth D Gates, Tracy D Ainsworth
Corals are considered one of the most complex microbial biospheres studied to date, hosting thousands of bacterial phylotypes in species-specific associations. There are, however, substantial knowledge gaps and challenges in understanding the functional significance of bacterial communities and bacterial symbioses of corals. The ubiquitous nature of some bacterial interactions has only recently been investigated and an accurate differentiation between the healthy (symbiotic) and unhealthy (dysbiotic) microbial state has not yet been determined...
December 2, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918315/the-gut-microbiota-as-a-key-regulator-of-visceral-pain
#18
Siobhain M O' Mahony, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
Visceral pain is a significant and prevalent feature of several disorders including the functional gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Treatment strategies are limited and often unsatisfactory which has opened up new research avenues into the aetiology of visceral pain. This research has led to an increased appreciation of the role of the brain gut axis in modulating viscera pain responses. More recently, the interactions between the gut microbiota and the central nervous system have emerged indicating that visceral pain related disorders may be prospective candidates for symptom relief via microbial manipulation...
November 29, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917379/current-understanding-of-the-correlation-of-lignin-structure-with-biomass-recalcitrance
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REVIEW
Mi Li, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J Ragauskas
Lignin, a complex aromatic polymer in terrestrial plants, contributes significantly to biomass recalcitrance to microbial and/or enzymatic deconstruction. To reduce biomass recalcitrance, substantial endeavors have been exerted on pretreatment and lignin engineering in the past few decades. Lignin removal and/or alteration of lignin structure have been shown to result in reduced biomass recalcitrance with improved cell wall digestibility. While high lignin content is usually a barrier to a cost-efficient application of bioresources to biofuels, the direct correlation of lignin structure and its concomitant properties with biomass remains unclear due to the complexity of cell wall and lignin structure...
2016: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917161/the-interaction-between-plants-and-bacteria-in-the-remediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-an-environmental-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Panagiotis Gkorezis, Matteo Daghio, Andrea Franzetti, Jonathan D Van Hamme, Wouter Sillen, Jaco Vangronsveld
Widespread pollution of terrestrial ecosystems with petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) has generated a need for remediation and, given that many PHCs are biodegradable, bio- and phyto-remediation are often viable approaches for active and passive remediation. This review focuses on phytoremediation with particular interest on the interactions between and use of plant-associated bacteria to restore PHC polluted sites. Plant-associated bacteria include endophytic, phyllospheric, and rhizospheric bacteria, and cooperation between these bacteria and their host plants allows for greater plant survivability and treatment outcomes in contaminated sites...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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