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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640804/boolean-analysis-reveals-systematic-interactions-among-low-abundance-species-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
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Jens Christian Claussen, Jurgita Skiecevičienė, Jun Wang, Philipp Rausch, Tom H Karlsen, Wolfgang Lieb, John F Baines, Andre Franke, Marc-Thorsten Hütt
The analysis of microbiome compositions in the human gut has gained increasing interest due to the broader availability of data and functional databases and substantial progress in data analysis methods, but also due to the high relevance of the microbiome in human health and disease. While most analyses infer interactions among highly abundant species, the large number of low-abundance species has received less attention. Here we present a novel analysis method based on Boolean operations applied to microbial co-occurrence patterns...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637301/eden-evolutionary-dynamics-within-environments
#2
Philipp C Münch, Bärbel Stecher, Alice C McHardy
Summary: Metagenomics revolutionized the field of microbial ecology, giving access to Gb-sized datasets of microbial communities under natural conditions. This enables fine-grained analyses of the functions of community members, studies of their association with phenotypes and environments, as well as of their microevolution and adaptation to changing environmental conditions. However, phylogenetic methods for studying adaptation and evolutionary dynamics are not able to cope with big data...
June 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637165/quantification-of-the-methane-concentration-using-anaerobic-oxidation-of-methane-coupled-to-extracellular-electron-transfer
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Yaohuan Gao, Hodon Ryu, Bruce E Rittmann, Abid Hussain, Hyung-Sool Lee
A biofilm anode acclimated with growth media containing acetate, then acetate+methane, and finally methane alone produced electrical current in a microbial electrochemical cell (MxC) fed with methane as the sole electron donor. Geobacter was the dominant genus for the bacterial domain (93%) in the biofilm anode, while methanogens (Methanocorpusculum labreanum and Methanosaeta concilii) accounted for 82% of the total archaeal clones in the biofilm. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) imaging clearly showed a biofilm of mixed bacteria and archaea, suggesting a syntrophic interaction between them for performing anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in the biofilm anode...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636958/protective-and-pathological-immunity-during-central-nervous-system-infections
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REVIEW
Robyn S Klein, Christopher A Hunter
The concept of immune privilege of the central nervous system (CNS) has dominated the study of inflammatory processes in the brain. However, clinically relevant models have highlighted that innate pathways limit pathogen invasion of the CNS and adaptive immunity mediates control of many neural infections. As protective responses can result in bystander damage, there are regulatory mechanisms that balance protective and pathological inflammation, but these mechanisms might also allow microbial persistence. The focus of this review is to consider the host-pathogen interactions that influence neurotropic infections and to highlight advances in our understanding of innate and adaptive mechanisms of resistance as key determinants of the outcome of CNS infection...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636321/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-induce-lysogenic-bacteriophage-and-metal-resistance-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
#5
Jianhua Guo, Shu-Hong Gao, Ji Lu, Philip L Bond, Willy Verstraete, Zhiguo Yuan
The intensive use of metal-based nanoparticles results in their continuous release into the environment, leading to potential risks for human health and microbial ecosystems. Although previous studies have indicated that nanoparticles may be toxic to microorganisms, there is a scarcity of data available to assess the underlying molecular mechanisms of inhibitory and biocidal effects of nanoparticles on microorganisms. This study used physiological experiments, microscopy, Live/Dead staining and the genome-wide RNA sequencing to investigate the multiple responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the exposure of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635647/virulence-genes-of-s-aureus-from-dairy-cow-mastitis-and-contagiousness-risk
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Giada Magro, Stefano Biffani, Giulietta Minozzi, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, Mario Luini, Renata Piccinini
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major agent of dairy cow intramammary infections: the different prevalences of mastitis reported might be related to a combination of S. aureus virulence factors beyond host factors. The present study considered 169 isolates from different Italian dairy herds that were classified into four groups based on the prevalence of S. aureus infection at the first testing: low prevalence (LP), medium-low (MLP), medium-high (MHP) and high (HP). We aimed to correlate the presence of virulence genes with the prevalence of intramammary infections in order to develop new strategies for the control of S...
June 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635591/camoptimus-a-tool-for-exploiting-complex-adaptive-evolution-to-optimize-experiments-and-processes-in-biotechnology
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Ayca Cankorur-Cetinkaya, Joao M L Dias, Jana Kludas, Nigel K H Slater, Juho Rousu, Stephen G Oliver, Duygu Dikicioglu
Multiple interacting factors affect the performance of engineered biological systems in synthetic biology projects. The complexity of these biological systems means that experimental design should often be treated as a multiparametric optimization problem. However, the available methodologies are either impractical, due to a combinatorial explosion in the number of experiments to be performed, or are inaccessible to most experimentalists due to the lack of publicly available, user-friendly software. Although evolutionary algorithms may be employed as alternative approaches to optimize experimental design, the lack of simple-to-use software again restricts their use to specialist practitioners...
June 21, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634591/examination-of-the-microbial-spectrum-in-the-etiology-of-erythema-nodosum-a-retrospective-descriptive-study
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Ozlem Ozbagcivan, Sevgi Akarsu, Ceylan Avci, Burcu Bahar Inci, Emel Fetil
Even though infections are the most common cause of erythema nodosum (EN), only certain microorganisms take the great interest such as streptococci in knowledge. Our aim was to examine the frequency and type of infections in EN, to determine the characteristics of patients with an infectious etiology, and to discuss the role of these microbes in EN pathology in the context of their interactions with humans. Charts of 81 patients with EN who were seen between 2003 and 2017 were retrospectively reviewed. Identified etiological factors were classified into three groups: infectious, noninfectious, and idiopathic...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634240/leucine-biosynthesis-is-involved-in-regulating-high-lipid-accumulation-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
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Eduard J Kerkhoven, Young-Mo Kim, Siwei Wei, Carrie D Nicora, Thomas L Fillmore, Samuel O Purvine, Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, Richard D Smith, Scott E Baker, Thomas O Metz, Jens Nielsen
The yeast Yarrowia lipolytica is a potent accumulator of lipids, and lipogenesis in this organism can be influenced by a variety of factors, such as genetics and environmental conditions. Using a multifactorial study, we elucidated the effects of both genetic and environmental factors on regulation of lipogenesis in Y. lipolytica and identified how two opposite regulatory states both result in lipid accumulation. This study involved comparison of a strain overexpressing diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGA1) with a control strain grown under either nitrogen or carbon limitation conditions...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633312/the-influence-of-dekkera-bruxellensis-on-the-transcriptome-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-and-on-the-aromatic-profile-of-synthetic-wine-must
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Janez Kosel, Neža Cadež, Dorit Schuller, Laura Carreto, Ricardo Franco-Duarte, Peter Raspor
A double compartment membrane system was constructed in order to systematically study possible microbial interactions between yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Dekkera bruxellensis and their impact on wine aroma. The presence of D. bruxellensis induced 77 transcripts of S. cerevisiae. These were mostly of unknown function; however, some were involved in thiamine biosynthesis and in amino acid and polyamine transport, suggesting a competitive relationship between the two yeast species. Among the transcripts with no biological function, 14 of them were found to be the members of the PAU gene family that is associated with response to anaerobiosis stress...
June 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632173/gene-expression-profiling-reveals-potential-players-of-left-right-asymmetry-in-female-chicken-gonads
#11
Zhiyi Wan, Yanan Lu, Lei Rui, Xiaoxue Yu, Fang Yang, Chengfang Tu, Zandong Li
Most female birds develop only a left ovary, whereas males develop bilateral testes. The mechanism underlying this process is still not completely understood. Here, we provide a comprehensive transcriptional analysis of female chicken gonads and identify novel candidate side-biased genes. RNA-Seq analysis was carried out on total RNA harvested from the left and right gonads on embryonic day 6 (E6), E12, and post-hatching day 1 (D1). By comparing the gene expression profiles between the left and right gonads, 347 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were obtained on E6, 3730 were obtained on E12, and 2787 were obtained on D1...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632016/the-bacteroides-fragilis-pathogenicity-island-links-virulence-and-strain-competition
#12
Benjamin W Casterline, Aaron L Hecht, Vivian M Choi, Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
The mature microbiome is a stable ecosystem that resists perturbation despite constant host exposure to exogenous microbes. However, the microbial mechanisms determining microbiome development and composition are poorly understood. We recently demonstrated that a non-toxigenic B. fragilis (NTBF) strain restricts enteric colonization by an enterotoxigenic (ETBF) strain dependent on a type VI secretion system (T6SS). We show here that a second enterotoxigenic strain is competent to colonize, dependent on the Bacteroides fragilis pathogenicity island (BFPAI)...
February 23, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631154/soil-derived-organic-particles-and-their-effects-on-the-community-of-culturable-microorganisms
#13
Lukáš Bystrianský, Marcel Štofik, Milan Gryndler
Soil microbial community interacts with a range of particulate material in the soil, consisting of both inorganic and organic compounds with different levels of water solubility. Though sparingly water-soluble and insoluble organic compounds in the soil may affect living organisms, they are difficult to introduce into microbiological media. Their biological activity (i.e., their effect on soil microorganisms) thus has been almost neglected in most of the cultivation assays. To fill this gap, we propose the use of fine organic particles prepared from soil organic matter that are introduced into a laboratory medium where microbial community is cultivated...
June 19, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630804/diversity-analysis-of-gut-microbiota-in-osteoporosis-and-osteopenia-patients
#14
Jihan Wang, Yangyang Wang, Wenjie Gao, Biao Wang, Heping Zhao, Yuhong Zeng, Yanhong Ji, Dingjun Hao
Some evidence suggests that bone health can be regulated by gut microbiota. To better understand this, we performed 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing to analyze the intestinal microbial diversity in primary osteoporosis (OP) patients, osteopenia (ON) patients and normal controls (NC). We observed an inverse correlation between the number of bacterial taxa and the value of bone mineral density. The diversity estimators in the OP and ON groups were increased compared with those in the NC group. Beta diversity analyses based on hierarchical clustering and principal coordinate analysis (PCoA) could discriminate the NC samples from OP and ON samples...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628835/low-frequency-sonic-waves-assisted-cloud-point-extraction-of-polyhydroxyalkanoate-from-cupriavidus-necator
#15
Sivananth Murugesan, Regupathi Iyyaswami
Low frequency sonic waves, less than 10kHz were introduced to assist cloud point extraction of polyhydroxyalkanoate from Cupriavidus necator present within the crude broth. Process parameters including surfactant system variables and sonication parameters were studied for their effect on extraction efficiency. Introduction of low frequency sonic waves assists in the dissolution of microbial cell wall by the surfactant micelles and release of cellular content, polyhydroxyalkanoate granules released were encapsulated by the micelle core which was confirmed by crotonic acid assay...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627424/channeling-in-native-microbial-pathways-implications-and-challenges-for-metabolic-engineering
#16
REVIEW
Mary H Abernathy, Lian He, Yinjie J Tang
Intracellular enzymes can be organized into a variety of assemblies, shuttling intermediates from one active site to the next. Eukaryotic compartmentalization within mitochondrion and peroxisomes and substrate tunneling within multi-enzyme complexes have been well recognized. Intriguingly, the central pathways in prokaryotes may also form extensive channels, including the heavily branched glycolysis pathway. In vivo channeling through cascade enzymes is difficult to directly measure, but can be inferred from in vitro tests, reaction thermodynamics, transport/reaction modeling, analysis of molecular diffusion and protein interactions, or steady state/dynamic isotopic labeling...
June 13, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626230/engineering-of-obligate-intracellular-bacteria-progress-challenges-and-paradigms
#17
REVIEW
Erin E McClure, Adela S Oliva Chávez, Dana K Shaw, Jason A Carlyon, Roman R Ganta, Susan M Noh, David O Wood, Patrik M Bavoil, Kelly A Brayton, Juan J Martinez, Jere W McBride, Raphael H Valdivia, Ulrike G Munderloh, Joao H F Pedra
It is estimated that approximately one billion people are at risk of infection with obligate intracellular bacteria, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms that govern their life cycles. The difficulty in studying Chlamydia spp., Coxiella spp., Rickettsia spp., Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia spp. and Orientia spp. is, in part, due to their genetic intractability. Recently, genetic tools have been developed; however, optimizing the genomic manipulation of obligate intracellular bacteria remains challenging...
June 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625920/c-terminal-tail-of-nadph-oxidase-organizer-1-noxo1-mediates-interaction-with-nadph-oxidase-activator-noxa1-in-the-nox1-complex
#18
Pravesh Shrestha, Ji-Hye Yun, Yoon-Joo Ko, Myeongkyu Kim, Yun Soo Bae, Weontae Lee
NOX1 (NADPH oxidase) similar to phagocyte NADPH oxidase, is expressed mainly in the colon epithelium and it is responsible for host defense against microbial infections by generating ROS (reactive oxygen species). NOX1 is activated by two regulatory cytosolic proteins that form a hetero-dimer, Noxo1 (NOX organizer 1) and Noxa1 (NOX activator 1). The interaction between Noxa1 and Noxo1 is critical for activating NOX1. However no structural studies for interaction between Noxa1 and Noxo1 has not been reported till date...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625914/prioritizing-disease-causing-microbes-based-on-random-walking-on-the-heterogeneous-network
#19
Xianjun Shen, Yao Chen, Xingpeng Jiang, Xiaohua Hu, Tingting He, Jincai Yang
As we all know, the microbiota show remarkable variability within individuals. At the same time, those microorganisms living in the human body play a very important role in our health and disease, so the identification of the relationships between microbes and diseases will contribute to better understanding of microbes interactions, mechanism of functions. However, the microbial data which are obtained through the related technical sequencing is too much, but the known associations between the diseases and microbes are very less...
June 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625349/ulva-biomass-as-a-co-substrate-for-stable-anaerobic-digestion-of-spent-coffee-grounds-in-continuous-mode
#20
Jaai Kim, Hakchan Kim, Changsoo Lee
Ulva biomass was evaluated as a co-substrate for anaerobic digestion of spent coffee grounds at varying organic loads (0.7-1.6g chemical oxygen demand (COD)/Ld) and substrate compositions. Co-digestion with Ulva (25%, COD basis) proved beneficial for SCG biomethanation in both terms of process performance and stability. The beneficial effect is much more pronounced at higher organic and hydraulic loads, with the highest COD removal and methane yield being 51.8% and 0.19L/g COD fed, respectively. The reactor microbial community structure changed dynamically during the experiment, and a dominance shift from hydrogenotrophic to aceticlastic methanogens occurred with increase in organic loading rate...
June 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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