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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094341/ecological-impact-of-a-secondary-bacterial-symbiont-on-the-clones-of-sitobion-avenae-fabricius-hemiptera-aphididae
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Chen Luo, Kun Luo, Linqin Meng, Bin Wan, Huiyan Zhao, Zuqing Hu
Many insects harbor heritable endosymbionts, whether obligatory or facultative, and the role of facultative endosymbionts in shaping the phenotype of these species has become increasingly important. However, little is known about whether micro-injected endosymbionts can have any effects on aphid clones, which was measured using various ecological parameters. We examined the effects between symbiotic treatments and the vital life history traits generated by Regiella insecticola on the life table parameters of Sitobion avenae...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091933/flagellar-regulation-and-virulence-in-the-entomopathogenic-bacteria-xenorhabdus-nematophila-and-photorhabdus-luminescens
#2
Alain Givaudan, Anne Lanois
There is a complex interplay between the regulation of flagellar motility and the expression of virulence factors in many bacterial pathogens. Here, we review the literature on the direct and indirect roles of flagellar motility in mediating the tripartite interaction between entomopathogenic bacteria (Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus), their nematode hosts, and their insect targets. First, we describe the swimming and swarming motility of insect pathogenic bacteria and its impact on insect colonization. Then, we describe the coupling between the expression of flagellar and virulence genes and the dynamic of expression of the flagellar regulon during invertebrate infection...
December 28, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091546/prebiotic-galactooligosaccharides-activate-mucin-and-pectic-galactan-utilization-pathways-in-the-human-gut-symbiont-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron
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Alicia Lammerts van Bueren, Marieke Mulder, Sander van Leeuwen, Lubbert Dijkhuizen
Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are prebiotic carbohydrates that impart changes in the gut bacterial composition of formula-fed infants to more closely resemble that of breast-fed infants. Consuming human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) provides specific bacterial strains with an advantage for colonizing the infant intestine. These same effects are seen in infants after GOS consumption, however GOS are very complex mixtures and the underlying molecular mechanisms of how GOS mimic HMOs are relatively unknown. Here we studied the effects of GOS utilization on a prominent gut symbiont, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, which has been previously shown to consume HMOs via mucin O-glycan degradation pathways...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086786/widespread-introgression-in-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-mussels
#4
Corinna Breusing, Robert C Vrijenhoek, Thorsten B H Reusch
BACKGROUND: The analysis of hybrid zones is crucial for gaining a mechanistic understanding of the process of speciation and the maintenance of species boundaries. Hybrid zones have been studied intensively in terrestrial and shallow-water ecosystems, but very little is known about their occurrence in deep-sea environments. Here we used diagnostic, single nucleotide polymorphisms in combination with one mitochondrial gene to re-examine prior hypotheses about a contact zone involving deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels, Bathymodiolus azoricus and B...
January 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076891/comparative-genomics-of-mortierella-elongata-and-its-bacterial-endosymbiont-mycoavidus-cysteinexigens
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J Uehling, A Gryganskyi, K Hameed, T Tschaplinski, P K Misztal, S Wu, A Desirò, N Vande Pol, Z Du, A Zienkiewicz, K Zienkiewicz, E Morin, E Tisserant, R Splivallo, M Hainaut, B Henrissat, R Ohm, A Kuo, J Yan, A Lipzen, M Nolan, K LaButti, K Barry, A H Goldstein, J Labbé, C Schadt, G Tuskan, I Grigoriev, F Martin, R Vilgalys, G Bonito
Endosymbiosis of bacteria by eukaryotes is a defining feature of cellular evolution. In addition to well known bacterial origins for mitochondria and chloroplasts, multiple origins of bacterial endosymbiosis are known within the cells of diverse animals, plants, and fungi. Early-diverging lineages of terrestrial fungi harbor endosymbiotic bacteria belonging to the Burkholderiaceae. We sequenced the metagenome of the soil-inhabiting fungus Mortierella elongata and assembled the complete circular chromosome of its endosymbiont, Mycoavidus cysteinexigens, which we place within in a lineage of endofungal symbionts that are sister clade to Burkholderia...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076289/from-bacteria-to-chloroplasts-evolution-of-the-chloroplast-srp-system
#6
Dominik Ziehe, Beatrix Dünschede, Danja Schünemann
Chloroplasts derive from a prokaryotic symbiont that lost most of its genes during evolution. As a result, the great majority of chloroplast proteins are encoded in the nucleus and are posttranslationally imported into the organelle. The chloroplast genome encodes only a few proteins. These include several multispan thylakoid membrane proteins which are synthesized on thylakoid-bound ribosomes and cotranslationally inserted into the membrane. During evolution, ancient prokaryotic targeting machineries were adapted and combined with novel targeting mechanisms to facilitate post- and cotranslational protein transport in chloroplasts...
January 10, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073072/life-cycle-of-blastocrithidia-papi-sp-n-kinetoplastea-trypanosomatidae-in-pyrrhocoris-apterus-hemiptera-pyrrhocoridae
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Alexander O Frolov, Marina N Malysheva, Anna I Ganyukova, Vyacheslav Yurchenko, Alexei Y Kostygov
Blastocrithidia papi sp. n. is a cyst-forming trypanosomatid parasitizing firebugs (Pyrrhocoris apterus). It is a member of the Blastocrithidia clade and a very close relative of B. largi, to which it is almost identical through its SSU rRNA gene sequence. However, considering the SL RNA gene these two species represent quite distinct, not even related typing units. Morphological analysis of the new species revealed peculiar or even unique features, which may be useful for future taxonomic revision of the genus Blastocrithidia...
November 16, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072559/control-of-endophytic-frankia-sporulation-by-alnus-nodule-metabolites
#8
Anne-Emmanuelle Hay De-Bettignies, Hasna Boubakri, Antoine Buonomo, Marjolaine Rey, Guillaume Meiffren, Laetitia Cotin-Galvan, Gilles Comte, Aude Herrera-Belaroussi
A unique case of microbial symbiont capable of dormancy within its living host cells has been reported in actinorhizal symbioses: some Frankia strains, named Sp+, are able to sporulate inside plant cells, contrarily to Sp- strains. The presence of metabolically slowed down bacterial structures in host cells alters our understanding of symbiosis based on reciprocal benefits between both partners, and its impact on the symbiotic processes remains unknown. The present work reports a metabolomic study of Sp+ and Sp- nodules (from Alnus glutinosa), in order to highlight variabilities associated with in-planta sporulation...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066711/metagenomic-analysis-of-microbial-community-of-a-parasitoid-wasp-megaphragma-amalphitanum
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A V Nedoluzhko, F S Sharko, S V Tsygankova, E S Boulygina, A S Sokolov, S M Rastorguev, V V Kadnikov, A V Mardanov, N V Ravin, A M Mazur, A A Polilov, N M Gruzdeva, E B Prokhortchouk, K G Skryabin
The vast majority of multicellular organisms coexist with bacterial symbionts that may play various roles during their life cycle. Parasitoid wasp Megaphragma amalphitanum (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) belongs to the smallest known insects whose size is comparable with some bacteria. Using 16S rRNA gene sequencing and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), we described microbiota diversity for this arthropod and its potential impact on their lifecycle. Metagenomic sequences were deposited to SRA database which is available at NCBI with accession number SRX2363723 and SRX2363724...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064360/greater-species-richness-of-bacterial-skin-symbionts-better-suppresses-the-amphibian-fungal-pathogen-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis
#10
Jonah Piovia-Scott, Daniel Rejmanek, Douglas C Woodhams, S Joy Worth, Heather Kenny, Valerie McKenzie, Sharon P Lawler, Janet E Foley
The symbiotic microbes that grow in and on many organisms can play important roles in protecting their hosts from pathogen infection. While species diversity has been shown to influence community function in many other natural systems, the question of how species diversity of host-associated symbiotic microbes contributes to pathogen resistance is just beginning to be explored. Understanding diversity effects on pathogen resistance could be particularly helpful in combating the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) which has caused dramatic population declines in many amphibian species and is a major concern for amphibian conservation...
January 7, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062985/morphological-and-molecular-characterisation-of-an-isolate-of-steinernema-diaprepesi-nguyen-duncan-2002-rhabditida-steinernematidae-from-argentina-and-identification-of-its-bacterial-symbiont
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Milena Caccia, Juan Rondan Dueñas, Eleodoro Del Valle, Marcelo E Doucet, Paola Lax
Entomopathogenic nematodes of the families Heterorhabditidae Poinar, 1976 and Steinernematidae Chitwood & Chitwood, 1937 are used for biological control of insect pests. An isolate of Steinernema diaprepesi Nguyen & Duncan, 2002 was recovered from a carrot field in the locality of Santa Rosa de Calchines (Santa Fe Province, Argentina). These nematodes were characterised based on morphological, morphometric and molecular studies. Their symbiotic bacterium was identified as Xenorhabdus doucetiae Tailliez, Pagès, Ginibre & Boemare, 2006 by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene...
January 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062461/diverse-bacteria-affiliated-with-the-genera-microvirga-phyllobacterium-and-bradyrhizobium-nodulate-lupinus-micranthus-growing-in-soils-of-northern-tunisia
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Abdelhakim Msaddak, David Durán, Mokhtar Rejili, Mohamed Mars, Tomás Ruiz-Argüeso, Juan Imperial, José Palacios, Luis Rey
: The genetic diversity of bacterial populations nodulating Lupinus micranthus in five geographical sites from Northern Tunisia was examined. Phylogenetic analyses of fifty isolates based on recA and gyrB gene partial sequences grouped strains in seven clusters, five of which belong to genus Bradyrhizobium (28 isolates), one to Phyllobacterium (2 isolates), and one, remarkably, to Microvirga (20 isolates). The largest Bradyrhizobium cluster (17 isolates) grouped with the B. lupini species and the other five clusters were close to different, recently defined Bradyrhizobium species...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055138/aphid-specialization-on-different-summer-hosts-is-associated-with-strong-genetic-differentiation-and-unequal-symbiont-communities-despite-a-common-mating-habitat
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C Vorburger, J Herzog, R Rouchet
Specialization on different host plants can promote evolutionary diversification of herbivorous insects. Work on pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum) has contributed significantly to the understanding of this process, demonstrating that populations associated with different host plants exhibit performance trade-offs across hosts, show adaptive host choice and genetic differentiation and possess different communities of bacterial endosymbionts. Populations specialized on different secondary host plants during the parthenogenetic summer generations are also described for the black bean aphid (Aphis fabae complex) and are usually treated as different (morphologically cryptic) subspecies...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049838/insights-into-the-lifestyle-of-uncultured-bacterial-natural-product-factories-associated-with-marine-sponges
#14
Gerald Lackner, Eike Edzard Peters, Eric J N Helfrich, Jörn Piel
The as-yet uncultured filamentous bacteria "Candidatus Entotheonella factor" and "Candidatus Entotheonella gemina" live associated with the marine sponge Theonella swinhoei Y, the source of numerous unusual bioactive natural products. Belonging to the proposed candidate phylum "Tectomicrobia," Candidatus Entotheonella members are only distantly related to any cultivated organism. The Ca E. factor has been identified as the source of almost all polyketide and modified peptides families reported from the sponge host, and both Ca Entotheonella phylotypes contain numerous additional genes for as-yet unknown metabolites...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049427/identification-of-candidate-infection-genes-from-the-model-entomopathogenic-nematode-heterorhabditis-bacteriophora
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Jonathan Vadnal, Ramesh Ratnappan, Melissa Keaney, Eric Kenney, Ioannis Eleftherianos, Damien O'Halloran, John M Hawdon
BACKGROUND: Despite important progress in the field of innate immunity, our understanding of host immune responses to parasitic nematode infections lags behind that of responses to microbes. A limiting factor has been the obligate requirement for a vertebrate host which has hindered investigation of the parasitic nematode infective process. The nematode parasite Heterorhabditis bacteriophora offers great potential as a model to genetically dissect the process of infection. With its mutualistic Photorhabdus luminescens bacteria, H...
January 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046065/infective-juveniles-of-the-entomopathogenic-nematode-steinernema-scapterisci-are-preferentially-activated-by-cricket-tissue
#16
Dihong Lu, Claudia Sepulveda, Adler R Dillman
Entomopathogenic nematodes are a subgroup of insect-parasitic nematodes that are used in biological control as alternatives or supplements to chemical pesticides. Steinernema scapterisci is an unusual member of the entomopathogenic nematode guild for many reasons including that it is promiscuous in its association with bacteria, it can reproduce in the absence of its described bacterial symbiont, and it is known to have a narrow host range. It is a powerful comparative model within the species and could be used to elucidate parasite specialization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039867/symbiotic-bacterial-communities-in-ants-are-modified-by-invasion-pathway-bottlenecks-and-alter-host-behavior
#17
Philip J Lester, Alexandra Sébastien, Andrew V Suarez, Rafael F Barbieri, Monica A M Gruber
Biological invasions are a threat to global biodiversity and provide unique opportunities to study ecological processes. Population bottlenecks are a common feature of biological invasions and the severity of these bottlenecks is likely to be compounded as an invasive species spreads from initial invasion sites to additional locations. Despite extensive work on the genetic consequences of bottlenecks, we know little about how they influence microbial communities of the invaders themselves. Due to serial bottlenecks, invasive species may lose microbial symbionts including pathogenic taxa (the enemy release hypothesis) and/or may accumulate natural enemies with increasing time after invasion (the pathogen accumulation and invasive decline hypothesis)...
December 31, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036141/expression-of-eukaryotic-like-protein-in-the-microbiome-of-sponges
#18
C Díez-Vives, L Moitinho-Silva, S Nielsen, D Reynolds, T Thomas
Eukaryotic-like proteins (ELPs) are classes of proteins that are found in prokaryotes, but have a likely evolutionary origin in eukaryotes. ELPs have been postulated to mediate host-microbiome interactions. Recent work has discovered that prokaryotic symbionts of sponges contain abundant and diverse genes for ELPs, which could modulate interactions with their filter-feeding and phagocytic host. However, the extent to which these ELP genes are actually used and expressed by the symbionts is poorly understood...
December 30, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026894/by-their-own-devices-invasive-argentine-ants-have-shifted-diet-without-clear-aid-from-symbiotic-microbes
#19
Yi Hu, David A Holway, Piotr Łukasik, Linh Chau, Adam D Kay, Edward G LeBrun, Katie A Miller, Jon G Sanders, Andrew V Suarez, Jacob A Russell
The functions and compositions of symbiotic bacterial communities often correlate with host ecology. Yet cause-and-effect relationships, and the order of symbiont versus host change, remain unclear in the face of ancient symbioses and conserved host ecology. Several groups of ants exemplify this challenge, as their low-nitrogen diets and specialized symbioses appear conserved and ancient. To address whether nitrogen-provisioning symbionts might be important in the early stages of ant trophic shifts we studied bacteria from the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile-an invasive species that has transitioned toward greater consumption of sugar-rich, nitrogen-poor foods in parts of its introduced range...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018322/potential-for-nitrogen-fixation-in-the-fungus-growing-termite-symbiosis
#20
Panagiotis Sapountzis, Jane de Verges, Kathrin Rousk, Magdeleen Cilliers, Barend J Vorster, Michael Poulsen
Termites host a gut microbiota of diverse and essential symbionts that enable specialization on dead plant material; an abundant, but nutritionally imbalanced food source. To supplement the severe shortage of dietary nitrogen (N), some termite species make use of diazotrophic bacteria to fix atmospheric nitrogen (N2). Fungus-growing termites (subfamily Macrotermitinae) host a fungal exosymbiont (genus Termitomyces) that provides digestive services and the main food source for the termites. This has been thought to obviate the need for N2-fixation by bacterial symbionts...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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