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bacterial symbionts

Sten König, Olivier Gros, Stefan E Heiden, Tjorven Hinzke, Andrea Thürmer, Anja Poehlein, Susann Meyer, Magalie Vatin, Didier Mbéguié-A-Mbéguié, Jennifer Tocny, Ruby Ponnudurai, Rolf Daniel, Dörte Becher, Thomas Schweder, Stephanie Markert
The shallow water bivalve Codakia orbicularis lives in symbiotic association with a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium in its gills. The endosymbiont fixes CO2 and thus generates organic carbon compounds, which support the host's growth. To investigate the uncultured symbiont's metabolism and symbiont-host interactions in detail we conducted a proteogenomic analysis of purified bacteria. Unexpectedly, our results reveal a hitherto completely unrecognized feature of the C. orbicularis symbiont's physiology: the symbiont's genome encodes all proteins necessary for biological nitrogen fixation (diazotrophy)...
October 24, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Martha S Hunter, Peter Asiimwe, Anna G Himler, Suzanne E Kelly
Arthropods commonly carry maternally-inherited intracellular bacterial symbionts that may profoundly influence host biology and evolution. The intracellular symbiont Rickettsia sp. nr. bellii swept rapidly into populations of the sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci in the southwestern USA. Previous laboratory experiments showed female-bias and fitness benefits were associated with Rickettsia infection, potentially explaining the high frequencies of infection observed in field populations, but the effects varied with whitefly genetic line...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Marcus M Dillon, Way Sung, Robert Sebra, Michael Lynch, Vaughn S Cooper
The vast diversity in nucleotide composition and architecture among bacterial genomes may be partly explained by inherent biases in the rates and spectra of spontaneous mutations. Bacterial genomes with multiple chromosomes are relatively unusual but some are relevant to human health, none more so than the causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae Here, we present the genome-wide mutation spectra in wild-type and mismatch repair (MMR) defective backgrounds of two Vibrio species, the low-%GC squid symbiont V...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Franziska Szokoli, Michele Castelli, Elena Sabaneyeva, Martina Schrallhammer, Sascha Krenek, Thomas G Doak, Thomas U Berendonk, Giulio Petroni
In the past ten years, the number of endosymbionts described within the bacterial order Rickettsiales has constantly grown. Since 2006, 18 novel Rickettsiales genera inhabiting protists, such as ciliates and amoebae, have been described. In this work, we characterize two novel bacterial endosymbionts from Paramecium collected near Bloomington, Indiana (USA). Both endosymbiotic species inhabit the cytoplasm of the same host. The Gram-negative bacterium "Candidatus Bealeia paramacronuclearis" occurs in clumps and is frequently associated with the host macronucleus...
October 14, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Andrew G Palmer, Arijit Mukherjee, Danielle M Stacy, Stephen Lazar, Jean-Michel Ané, Helen E Blackwell
Density-dependent phenotypic switching in bacteria, the phenomenon of quorum sensing (QS), is instrumental in many pathogenic and mutualistic behaviors. In many Gram-negative bacteria, QS is regulated by N-acylated-l-homoserine lactones (AHLs). Synthetic analogues of these AHLs hold significant promise for regulating QS at the host-symbiont interface. Regulation depends on refined temporal and spatial models of quorums under native conditions. Critical to this is an understanding of how the presence of these signals may affect a prospective host...
October 14, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Timothy L Haskett, Jason J Terpolilli, Amanuel Bekuma, Graham W O'Hara, John T Sullivan, Penghao Wang, Clive W Ronson, Joshua P Ramsay
Integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs) are ubiquitous mobile genetic elements present as "genomic islands" within bacterial chromosomes. Symbiosis islands are ICEs that convert nonsymbiotic mesorhizobia into symbionts of legumes. Here we report the discovery of symbiosis ICEs that exist as three separate chromosomal regions when integrated in their hosts, but through recombination assemble as a single circular ICE for conjugative transfer. Whole-genome comparisons revealed exconjugants derived from nonsymbiotic mesorhizobia received three separate chromosomal regions from the donor Mesorhizobium ciceri WSM1271...
October 12, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yu Nakashima, Yoko Egami, Miki Kimura, Toshiyuki Wakimoto, Ikuro Abe
Sponge metagenomes are a useful platform to mine cryptic biosynthetic gene clusters responsible for production of natural products involved in the sponge-microbe association. Since numerous sponge-derived bioactive metabolites are biosynthesized by the symbiotic bacteria, this strategy may concurrently reveal sponge-symbiont produced compounds. Accordingly, a metagenomic analysis of the Japanese marine sponge Discodermia calyx has resulted in the identification of a hybrid type I polyketide synthase-nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene (kas)...
2016: PloS One
Amparo Latorre, Alejandro Manzano-Marín
Symbiosis has played a major role in eukaryotic evolution beyond the origin of the eukaryotic cell. Thus, organisms across the tree of life are associated with diverse microbial partners, conferring to the host new adaptive traits that enable it to explore new niches. This is the case for insects thriving on unbalanced diets, which harbor mutualistic intracellular microorganisms, mostly bacteria that supply them with the required nutrients. As a consequence of the lifestyle change, from free-living to host-associated mutualist, a bacterium undergoes many structural and metabolic changes, of which genome shrinkage is the most dramatic...
October 10, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Jessica Dittmer, Edward J van Opstal, J Dylan Shropshire, Seth R Bordenstein, Gregory D D Hurst, Robert M Brucker
The parasitoid wasp genus Nasonia (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) is a well-established model organism for insect development, evolutionary genetics, speciation, and symbiosis. The host-microbiota assemblage which constitutes the Nasonia holobiont (a host together with all of its associated microbes) consists of viruses, two heritable bacterial symbionts and a bacterial community dominated in abundance by a few taxa in the gut. In the wild, all four Nasonia species are systematically infected with the obligate intracellular bacterium Wolbachia and can additionally be co-infected with Arsenophonus nasoniae...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Didier Bouchon, Martin Zimmer, Jessica Dittmer
Bacterial symbionts represent essential drivers of arthropod ecology and evolution, influencing host traits such as nutrition, reproduction, immunity, and speciation. However, the majority of work on arthropod microbiota has been conducted in insects and more studies in non-model species across different ecological niches will be needed to complete our understanding of host-microbiota interactions. In this review, we present terrestrial isopod crustaceans as an emerging model organism to investigate symbiotic associations with potential relevance to ecosystem functioning...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Brittany F Peterson, Michael E Scharf
BACKGROUND: Symbioses throughout the animal kingdom are known to extend physiological and ecological capabilities to hosts. Insect-microbe associations are extremely common and are often related to novel niche exploitation, fitness advantages, and even speciation events. These phenomena include expansions in host diet, detoxification of insecticides and toxins, and increased defense against pathogens. However, dissecting the contributions of individual groups of symbionts at the molecular level is often underexplored due to methodological and analytical limitations...
October 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
Hayato Tanaka, Moriaki Yasuhara
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields are among the most extreme habitats on Earth. Major research interests in these ecosystems have focused on the anomalous macrofauna, which are nourished by chemoautotrophic bacterial endosymbionts. In contrast, the meiofauna is largely overlooked in this chemosynthetic environment. The present study describes a new species, Thomontocypris shimanagai sp. nov. (Crustacea: Ostracoda), which was collected from the surface of colonies of neoverrucid barnacles and paralvinellid worms on the chimneys at the Myojin-sho submarine caldera...
October 2016: Zoological Science
Yoshitomo Kikuchi, Akiyo Tada, Dmitry L Musolin, Nobuhiro Hari, Takahiro Hosokawa, Kenji Fujisaki, Takema Fukatsu
: Global warming impacts diverse organisms not only directly but also indirectly via other organisms with which they interact. Recently, the possibility that elevated temperatures resulting from global warming may substantially affect biodiversity through disrupting mutualistic/parasitic associations has been highlighted. Here we report an experimental demonstration that global warming can affect a pest insect via suppression of its obligate bacterial symbiont. The southern green stinkbug Nezara viridula depends on a specific gut bacterium for its normal growth and survival...
October 4, 2016: MBio
Danilo Tosta Souza, Diego Bonaldo Genuário, Fabio Sérgio Paulino Silva, Camila Cristiane Pansa, Vanessa Nessner Kavamura, Fernando Coreixas Moraes, Rodrigo Gouvea Taketani, Itamar Soares Melo
Bacterial communities associated with sponges are influenced by environmental factors; however, some degree of genetic influence of the host on the microbiome is also expected. In this work, 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing revealed diverse bacterial phylotypes based on the phylogenies of three tropical sponges (Aplysina fulva, Aiolochroia crassa and Chondrosia collectrix). Despite their sympatric occurrence, the studied sponges presented different bacterial compositions that differed from those observed in seawater...
October 3, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Eric Robert Lucien Gordon, Quinn McFrederick, Christiane Weirauch
: The insect order Hemiptera, one of the best-studied insect lineages with respect to bacterial symbioses, still contains major branches which lack comprehensive characterization of associated bacterial symbionts. The Pyrrhocoroidea (Largidae [220 species]; Pyrrhocoridae [∼300 species]) is a clade of the hemipteran infraorder Pentatomomorpha. Studies on bacterial symbionts of this group have focused on members of Pyrrhocoridae, but recent examination of species of two genera of Largidae demonstrated divergent symbiotic complexes between these putative sister families...
September 30, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Chelsie E Rohrscheib, Francesca D Frentiu, Emilie Horn, Fiona K Ritchie, Bruno van Swinderen, Michael W Weible, Scott L O'Neill, Jeremy C Brownlie
Wolbachia are maternally transmitted intracellular bacterial symbionts that infect approximately 40% of all insect species. Though several strains of Wolbachia naturally infect Drosophila melanogaster and provide resistance against viral pathogens, or provision metabolites during periods of nutritional stress, one virulent strain, wMelPop, reduces fly lifespan by half, possibly as a consequence of over-replication. While the mechanisms that allow wMelPop to over-replicate are still of debate, a unique tandem repeat locus in the wMelPop genome that contains eight genes, referred to as the "Octomom" locus has been identified and is thought to play an important regulatory role...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Naoya Shinzato, Hiroaki Aoyama, Seikoh Saitoh, Naruo Nikoh, Kazuma Nakano, Makiko Shimoji, Misuzu Shinzato, Kazuhito Satou, Kuniko Teruya, Takashi Hirano, Takanori Yamada, Masaru K Nobu, Hideyuki Tamaki, Yumi Shirai, Sanghwa Park, Takashi Narihiro, Wen-Tso Liu, Yoichi Kamagata
A free-living ciliate, Trimyema compressum, found in anoxic freshwater environments harbors methanogenic archaea and a bacterial symbiont named TC1 in its cytoplasm. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of the TC1 symbiont, consisting of a 1.59-Mb chromosome and a 35.8-kb plasmid, which was determined using the PacBio RSII sequencer.
2016: Genome Announcements
Eva Nováková, Václav Hypša, Petr Nguyen, Filip Husník, Alistair C Darby
Candidatus Arsenophonus lipopteni (Enterobacteriaceae, Gammaproteobacteria) is an obligate intracellular symbiont of the blood feeding deer ked, Lipoptena cervi (Diptera: Hippoboscidae). The bacteria reside in specialized cells derived from host gut epithelia (bacteriocytes) forming a compact symbiotic organ (bacteriome). Compared to the closely related complex symbiotic system in the sheep ked, involving four bacterial species, Lipoptena cervi appears to maintain its symbiosis exclusively with Ca. Arsenophonus lipopteni...
2016: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Samantha M Gromek, Andrea M Suria, Matthew S Fullmer, Jillian L Garcia, Johann Peter Gogarten, Spencer V Nyholm, Marcy J Balunas
Female members of many cephalopod species house a bacterial consortium in the accessory nidamental gland (ANG), part of the reproductive system. These bacteria are deposited into eggs that are then laid in the environment where they must develop unprotected from predation, pathogens, and fouling. In this study, we characterized the genome and secondary metabolite production of Leisingera sp. JC1, a member of the roseobacter clade (Rhodobacteraceae) of Alphaproteobacteria isolated from the jelly coat of eggs from the Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Casey L Edwards, Phillip G Byrne, Peter Harlow, Aimee J Silla
The rapid spread of infectious disease has resulted in the decline of animal populations globally. Amphibians support a diversity of microbial symbionts on their skin surface that help to inhibit pathogen colonisation and reduce disease susceptibility and virulence. These cutaneous microbial communities represent an important component of amphibian immune defence, however, very little is known about the environmental factors that influence the cutaneous microbiome. Here, we characterise the cutaneous bacterial communities of a captive colony of the critically endangered Australian southern corroboree frog, Pseudophyrne corroboree, and examine the effect of dietary carotenoid supplementation on bacterial abundance, species richness and community composition...
September 13, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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