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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928206/microbial-metabolic-networks-at-the-mucus-layer-lead-to-diet-independent-butyrate-and-vitamin-b12-production-by-intestinal-symbionts
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Clara Belzer, Loo Wee Chia, Steven Aalvink, Bhawani Chamlagain, Vieno Piironen, Jan Knol, Willem M de Vos
Akkermansia muciniphila has evolved to specialize in the degradation and utilization of host mucus, which it may use as the sole source of carbon and nitrogen. Mucus degradation and fermentation by A. muciniphila are known to result in the liberation of oligosaccharides and subsequent production of acetate, which becomes directly available to microorganisms in the vicinity of the intestinal mucosa. Coculturing experiments of Amuciniphila with non-mucus-degrading butyrate-producing bacteria Anaerostipes caccae, Eubacterium hallii, and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii resulted in syntrophic growth and production of butyrate...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925024/complete-characterization-of-new-isolates-of-neptunomonas-phycophila-leads-to-emend-its-description-and-opens-possibilities-of-biotechnological-applications
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Ana L Diéguez, Phillip Pichon, Sabela Balboa, Thorolf Magnesen, Jesús L Romalde
Five strains were isolated from gonad of Great scallop (Pecten maximus) broodstock in a Norwegian hatchery. The study of 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that these isolates belong to Neptunomonas phycophila, a bacterium originally isolated from a symbiont of the anemone Aiptasia tagetes from Puerto Rico. The gyrB and rpoB genes sequences confirmed the affiliation of the scallop isolates to this species. Phenotypic characterization was performed and some differences between the Norwegian isolates and the type strain of N...
September 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923972/small-genome-symbiont-underlies-cuticle-hardness-in-beetles
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Hisashi Anbutsu, Minoru Moriyama, Naruo Nikoh, Takahiro Hosokawa, Ryo Futahashi, Masahiko Tanahashi, Xian-Ying Meng, Takashi Kuriwada, Naoki Mori, Kenshiro Oshima, Masahira Hattori, Manabu Fujie, Noriyuki Satoh, Taro Maeda, Shuji Shigenobu, Ryuichi Koga, Takema Fukatsu
Beetles, representing the majority of the insect species diversity, are characterized by thick and hard cuticle, which plays important roles for their environmental adaptation and underpins their inordinate diversity and prosperity. Here, we report a bacterial endosymbiont extremely specialized for sustaining beetle's cuticle formation. Many weevils are associated with a γ-proteobacterial endosymbiont lineage Nardonella, whose evolutionary origin is estimated as older than 100 million years, but its functional aspect has been elusive...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923926/host-modification-of-a-bacterial-quorum-sensing-signal-induces-a-phenotypic-switch-in-bacterial-symbionts
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Cleo Pietschke, Christian Treitz, Sylvain Forêt, Annika Schultze, Sven Künzel, Andreas Tholey, Thomas C G Bosch, Sebastian Fraune
Bacterial communities colonize epithelial surfaces of most animals. Several factors, including the innate immune system, mucus composition, and diet, have been identified as determinants of host-associated bacterial communities. Here we show that the early branching metazoan Hydra is able to modify bacterial quorum-sensing signals. We identified a eukaryotic mechanism that enables Hydra to specifically modify long-chain 3-oxo-homoserine lactones into their 3-hydroxy-HSL counterparts. Expression data revealed that Hydra's main bacterial colonizer, Curvibacter sp...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922872/ancient-occasional-host-switching-of-maternally-transmitted-bacterial-symbionts-of-chemosynthetic-vesicomyid-clams
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Genki Ozawa, Shigeru Shimamura, Yoshihiro Takaki, Kiyotaka Takishita, Tetsuro Ikuta, James P Barry, Tadashi Maruyama, Katsunori Fujikura, Takao Yoshida
Vesicomyid clams in deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems harbor sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in their gill epithelial cells. These symbionts, which are vertically transmitted, are species-specific and thought to have cospeciated with their hosts. However, recent studies indicate incongruent phylogenies between some vesicomyid clams and their symbionts, suggesting that symbionts are horizontally transmitted. To more precisely understand the evolution of vesicomyid clams and their symbionts, we compared the evolution of vesicomyid clams and their symbionts through phylogenetic analyses using multi-gene data sets...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919360/the-roles-of-antimicrobial-peptide-rip-thanatin-in-the-midgut-of-riptortus-pedestris
#6
Kyoung-Eun Park, Seong Han Jang, Junbeom Lee, Seung Ah Lee, Yoshitomo Kikuchi, Young-Su Seo, Bok Luel Lee
Recently, we have reported the structural determination of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), such as riptocin, rip-defensin, and rip-thanatin, from Riptortus pedestris. However, the biological roles of AMPs in the host midgut remain elusive. Here, we compared the expression levels of AMP genes in apo-symbiotic insects with those of symbiotic insects. Interestingly, the expression level of rip-thanatin was only significantly increased in the posterior midgut region of symbiotic insects. To further determine the role of rip-thanatin, we checked antimicrobial activity in vitro...
September 14, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919016/metarhizium-brunneum-an-enzootic-wireworm-disease-and-evidence-for-its-suppression-by-bacterial-symbionts
#7
Todd Kabaluk, Erica Li-Leger, Sean Nam
Wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) are serious agricultural pests, with soil-dwelling larvae attacking subterranean tissues of crop plants and their fruit when in contact with the soil surface. Researchers collect wireworms for laboratory experiments to study their behaviour and test pest control agents but frequently lose them to Metarhizium Petch (Ascomycota: Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) infection. We found latent M. brunneum infection in 13-100% of live, asymptomatic Agriotes obscurus and A. lineatus wireworms acquired from agricultural fields and in wireworms maintained indoors, indicating its enzootic presence...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911536/biopharmaceutical-potentials-of-prosopis-spp-mimosaceae-leguminosa
#8
REVIEW
Santhaseelan Henciya, Prabha Seturaman, Arthur Rathinam James, Yi-Hong Tsai, Rahul Nikam, Yang-Chang Wu, Hans-Uwe Dahms, Fang Rong Chang
Prosopis is a commercially important plant genus, which has been used since ancient times, particularly for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, Paste, gum, and smoke from leaves and pods are applied for anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial purposes. Components of Prosopis such as flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, quinones, or phenolic compounds demonstrate potentials in various biofunctions, such as analgesic, anthelmintic, antibiotic, antiemetic, microbial antioxidant, antimalarial, antiprotozoal, antipustule, and antiulcer activities; enhancement of H(+), K(+), ATPases; oral disinfection; and probiotic and nutritional effects; as well as in other biopharmaceutical applications, such as binding abilities for tablet production...
January 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892512/grape-microbiome-as-a-reliable-and-persistent-signature-of-field-origin-and-environmental-conditions-in-cannonau-wine-production
#9
Valerio Mezzasalma, Anna Sandionigi, Ilaria Bruni, Antonia Bruno, Gianni Lovicu, Maurizio Casiraghi, Massimo Labra
Grape berries harbor a wide range of microbes originating from the vineyard environment, many of which are recognized for their role in the must fermentation process shaping wine quality. To better clarify the contribution of the microbiome of grape fruits during wine fermentation, we used high-throughput sequencing to identify bacterial and fungi communities associated with berries and musts of Cannonau. This is the most important cultivar-wine of Sardinia (Italy) where most vineyards are cultivated without phytochemical treatments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892304/redefining-the-sponge-symbiont-acquisition-paradigm-sponge-microbes-exhibit-chemotaxis-towards-host-derived-compounds
#10
Jessica Tout, Carmen Astudillo-García, Michael W Taylor, Gene W Tyson, Roman Stocker, Peter J Ralph, Justin R Seymour, Nicole S Webster
Marine sponges host stable and species-specific microbial symbionts that are thought to be acquired and maintained by the host through a combination of vertical transmission and filtration from the surrounding seawater. To assess whether the microbial symbionts also actively contribute to the establishment of these symbioses, we performed in situ experiments on Orpheus Island, Great Barrier Reef, to quantify the chemotactic responses of natural populations of seawater microorganisms towards cellular extracts of the reef sponge Rhopaloeides odorabile...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892274/biosynthesis-and-function-of-simple-amides-in-xenorhabdus-doucetiae
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Edna Bode, Yue He, Tien Duy Vo, Roland Schultz, Marcel Kaiser, Helge B Bode
Xenorhabdus doucetiae, the bacterial symbiont of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema diaprepesi produces several different fatty acid amides. Their biosynthesis has been studied using a combination of analysis of gene deletions and promoter exchanges in X. doucetiae and heterologous expression of candidate genes in E. coli. While a decarboxylase is required for the formation of all observed phenylethylamides and tryptamides, the acyltransferase XrdE encoded in the xenorhabdin biosynthesis gene cluster is responsible for the formation of short chain acyl amides...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889012/effect-of-pea-crab-pinnotheres-vicajii-chhapgar-1957-on-immunocompetence-of-bivalve-paphia-malabarica-chemnitz-1782
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Deodatta S Gajbhiye, Lidita Khandeparker
The endosymbiont-host relationship between a pea crab and its bivalve host has been studied previously using bivalve's multi-physiological parameters. The present study is first of its kind that uses hemocyte's immune functionality to evaluate the symbiotic relationship between bivalve Paphia malabarica and its symbiont crab, Pinnotheres vicajii. The sampling was carried out at two stations (differed in nutrient concentration, productivity, and bacterial abundance) located along the southwest coast of India...
September 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887506/introduced-ascidians-harbor-highly-diverse-and-host-specific-symbiotic-microbial-assemblages
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James S Evans, Patrick M Erwin, Noa Shenkar, Susanna López-Legentil
Many ascidian species have experienced worldwide introductions, exhibiting remarkable success in crossing geographic borders and adapting to local environmental conditions. To investigate the potential role of microbial symbionts in these introductions, we examined the microbial communities of three ascidian species common in North Carolina harbors. Replicate samples of the globally introduced species Distaplia bermudensis, Polyandrocarpa anguinea, and P. zorritensis (n = 5), and ambient seawater (n = 4), were collected in Wrightsville Beach, NC...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875073/the-microbial-biosphere-of-the-coral-acropora-cervicornis-in-northeastern-puerto-rico
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Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Claudia P Ruiz-Diaz, Abigail Rivera-Seda, Juan S Ramírez-Lugo, Carlos Toledo-Hernández
BACKGROUND: Coral reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystems in the marine realm, and they not only contribute a plethora of ecosystem services to other marine organisms, but they also are beneficial to humankind via, for instance, their role as nurseries for commercially important fish species. Corals are considered holobionts (host + symbionts) since they are composed not only of coral polyps, but also algae, other microbial eukaryotes and prokaryotes. In recent years, Caribbean reef corals, including the once-common scleractinian coral Acropora cervicornis, have suffered unprecedented mortality due to climate change-related stressors...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871241/inhibition-of-fungal-pathogens-across-genotypes-and-temperatures-by-amphibian-skin-bacteria
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Carly R Muletz-Wolz, Jose G Almario, Samuel E Barnett, Graziella V DiRenzo, An Martel, Frank Pasmans, Kelly R Zamudio, Luís Felipe Toledo, Karen R Lips
Symbiotic bacteria may dampen the impacts of infectious diseases on hosts by inhibiting pathogen growth. However, our understanding of the generality of pathogen inhibition by different bacterial taxa across pathogen genotypes and environmental conditions is limited. Bacterial inhibitory properties are of particular interest for the amphibian-killing fungal pathogens (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans), for which probiotic applications as conservation strategies have been proposed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869059/soybeans-inoculated-with-root-zone-soils-of-canadian-native-legumes-harbour-diverse-and-novel-bradyrhizobium-spp-that-possess-agricultural-potential
#16
Eden S P Bromfield, Sylvie Cloutier, James T Tambong, Thu Van Tran Thi
An assessment was made of the evolutionary relationships of soybean nodulating bacteria associated with legumes native to eastern Canada to identify potential new sources of soybean inoculant strains. Short season soybeans were used to selectively trap bacteria from root zone soils of four native legume species. Screening of more than 800 bacterial isolates from soybean root nodules by analysis of recA gene sequences followed by analyses of selected genotypes using six core and two symbiosis (nodC and nifH) gene sequences permitted identification of diverse taxa that included eight novel and four named Bradyrhizobium species as well as lineages attributed to the genera Afipia and Tardiphaga...
August 18, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863779/optimization-of-a-metatranscriptomic-approach-to-study-the-lignocellulolytic-potential-of-the-higher-termite-gut-microbiome
#17
Martyna Marynowska, Xavier Goux, David Sillam-Dussès, Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre, Yves Roisin, Philippe Delfosse, Magdalena Calusinska
BACKGROUND: Thanks to specific adaptations developed over millions of years, the efficiency of lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose decomposition of higher termite symbiotic system exceeds that of many other lignocellulose utilizing environments. Especially, the examination of its symbiotic microbes should reveal interesting carbohydrate-active enzymes, which are of primary interest for the industry. Previous metatranscriptomic reports (high-throughput mRNA sequencing) highlight the high representation and overexpression of cellulose and hemicelluloses degrading genes in the termite hindgut digestomes, indicating the potential of this technology in search for new enzymes...
September 1, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859671/the-structure-of-the-brassica-napus-seed-microbiome-is-cultivar-dependent-and-affects-the-interactions-of-symbionts-and-pathogens
#18
Daria Rybakova, Riccardo Mancinelli, Mariann Wikström, Ann-Sofie Birch-Jensen, Joeke Postma, Ralf-Udo Ehlers, Simon Goertz, Gabriele Berg
BACKGROUND: Although the plant microbiome is crucial for plant health, little is known about the significance of the seed microbiome. Here, we studied indigenous bacterial communities associated with the seeds in different cultivars of oilseed rape and their interactions with symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms. RESULTS: We found a high bacterial diversity expressed by tight bacterial co-occurrence networks within the rape seed microbiome, as identified by llumina MiSeq amplicon sequencing...
September 1, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837113/orally-delivered-scorpion-antimicrobial-peptides-exhibit-activity-against-pea-aphid-acyrthosiphon-pisum-and-its-bacterial-symbionts
#19
Karen Luna-Ramirez, Marisa Skaljac, Jens Grotmann, Phillipp Kirfel, Andreas Vilcinskas
Aphids are severe agricultural pests that damage crops by feeding on phloem sap and vectoring plant pathogens. Chemical insecticides provide an important aphid control strategy, but alternative and sustainable control measures are required to avoid rapidly emerging resistance, environmental contamination, and the risk to humans and beneficial organisms. Aphids are dependent on bacterial symbionts, which enable them to survive on phloem sap lacking essential nutrients, as well as conferring environmental stress tolerance and resistance to parasites...
August 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836372/aphid-specialism-as-an-example-of-ecological-evolutionary-divergence
#20
Hugh D Loxdale, Adalbert Balog
Debate still continues around the definition of generalism and specialism in nature. To some, generalism is equated solely with polyphagy, but this cannot be readily divorced from other essential biological factors, such as morphology, behaviour, genetics, biochemistry, chemistry and ecology, including chemical ecology. Viewed in this light, and accepting that when living organisms evolve to fill new ecological-evolutionary niches, this is the primal act of specialisation, then perhaps all living organisms are specialist in the broadest sense...
August 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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