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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905512/plant-phenolic-volatiles-inhibit-quorum-sensing-in-pectobacteria-and-reduce-their-virulence-by-potential-binding-to-expi-and-expr-proteins
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Janak Raj Joshi, Netaly Khazanov, Hanoch Senderowitz, Saul Burdman, Alexander Lipsky, Iris Yedidia
Quorum sensing (QS) is a population density-dependent regulatory system in bacteria that couples gene expression to cell density through accumulation of diffusible signaling molecules. Pectobacteria are causal agents of soft rot disease in a range of economically important crops. They rely on QS to coordinate their main virulence factor, production of plant cell wall degrading enzymes (PCWDEs). Plants have evolved an array of antimicrobial compounds to anticipate and cope with pathogens, of which essential oils (EOs) are widely recognized...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902921/complete-genome-sequence-of-fictibacillus-arsenicus-g25-54-a-strain-with-toxicity-to-nematodes
#2
Ziqiang Zheng, Jinshui Zheng, Donghai Peng, Ming Sun
Root-knot nematodes (RKNs) can infect almost all crops and cause huge economic losses in agriculture worldwide. An in-depth understanding of bacteria with nematicidal activity is essential for an effective and environmentally friendly control of RKNs. Fictibacillus arsenicus G25-54, a gram-positive and spore-forming bacterium isolated from a submerged sand bank, shows nematicidal activity against free-living Caenorhabditis elegans and RKNs. Here, we report the complete genome of F. arsenicus G25-54, which contains a circular chromosome and encodes ten potential nematicidal factors with twelve secondary metabolite gene clusters...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902872/happens-in-the-best-of-subfamilies-establishment-and-repeated-replacements-of-co-obligate-secondary-endosymbionts-within-lachninae-aphids
#3
Alejandro Manzano-Marín, Gitta Szabo, Jean-Christophe Simon, Matthias Horn, Amparo Latorre
Virtually all aphids maintain an obligate mutualistic symbiosis with bacteria from the Buchnera genus, which produce essential nutrients for their aphid hosts. Most aphids from the Lachninae subfamily have been consistently found to house additional endosymbionts, mainly Serratia symbiotica. This apparent dependence on secondary endosymbionts was proposed to have been triggered by the loss of the riboflavin biosynthetic capability by Buchnera in the Lachninae last common ancestor. However, an integral large-scale analysis of secondary endosymbionts in the Lachninae is still missing, hampering the interpretation of the evolutionary and genomic analyses of these endosymbionts...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902410/inhibition-of-quorum-sensing-controlled-virulence-factors-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-murraya-koenigii-essential-oil-a-study-in-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-infectious-model
#4
P Sankar Ganesh, Ravishankar Vittal Rai
The global emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa poses a major threat in hospital environments as well as in the community. P. aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen and it also infects a wide range of model organisms including the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Quorum sensing (QS) mediates cell-to-cell communication in bacteria and has an important role in regulating virulence genes, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation which are crucial for establishment of the infection...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900689/novel-tools-for-the-functional-expression-of-metagenomic-dna
#5
Nadine Katzke, Andreas Knapp, Anita Loeschcke, Thomas Drepper, Karl-Erich Jaeger
Functional expression of genes from metagenomic libraries is limited by various factors including inefficient transcription and/or translation of target genes as well as improper folding and assembly of the corresponding proteins caused by the lack of appropriate chaperones and cofactors. It is now well accepted that the use of different expression hosts of distinct phylogeny and physiology can dramatically increase the rate of success. In the following chapter, we therefore describe tools and protocols allowing for the comparative heterologous expression of genes in five bacterial expression hosts, namely Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas putida, Bacillus subtilis, Burkholderia glumae, and Rhodobacter capsulatus...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900259/dietary-fat-and-gut-microbiota-interactions-determine-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#6
Raphaela Kübeck, Catalina Bonet-Ripoll, Christina Hoffmann, Alesia Walker, Veronika Maria Müller, Valentina Luise Schüppel, Ilias Lagkouvardos, Birgit Scholz, Karl-Heinz Engel, Hannelore Daniel, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Dirk Haller, Thomas Clavel, Martin Klingenspor
OBJECTIVE: Gut microbiota may promote positive energy balance; however, germfree mice can be either resistant or susceptible to diet-induced obesity (DIO) depending on the type of dietary intervention. We here sought to identify the dietary constituents that determine the susceptibility to body fat accretion in germfree (GF) mice. METHODS: GF and specific pathogen free (SPF) male C57BL/6N mice were fed high-fat diets either based on lard or palm oil for 4 wks. Mice were metabolically characterized at the end of the feeding trial...
December 2016: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899661/duplication-insertion-recombineering-a-fast-and-scar-free-method-for-efficient-transfer-of-multiple-mutations-in-bacteria
#7
Joakim Näsvall, Anna Knöppel, Dan I Andersson
We have developed a new λ Red recombineering methodology for generating transient selection markers that can be used to transfer mutations between bacterial strains of both Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica The method is fast, simple and allows for the construction of strains with several mutations without any unwanted sequence changes (scar-free). The method uses λ Red recombineering to generate a marker-held tandem duplication, termed Duplication-Insertion (Dup-In). The Dup-Ins can easily be transferred between strains by generalized transduction and are subsequently rapidly lost by homologous recombination between the two copies of the duplicated sequence, leaving no scar sequence or antibiotic resistance cassette behind...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897378/subcellular-clustering-of-a-putative-c-di-gmp-dependent-exopolysaccharide-machinery-affecting-macro-colony-architecture-in-bacillus-subtilis
#8
Patricia Bedrunka, Peter L Graumann
The structure of bacterial biofilms is predominantly established through the secretion of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). We show that Bacillus subtilis contains an operon (ydaJ-N) whose induction leads to increased Congo Red staining of biofilms and strongly altered biofilm architecture, suggesting that it mediates the production of an unknown exopolysaccharide. Supporting this idea, overproduction of YdaJKLMN leads to cell clumping during exponential growth in liquid culture, and also causes colony morphology alterations in wild type cells, as well as in a mutant background lacking the major exopolysaccharide of B...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894863/molecular-evidence-for-toxoplasma-gondii-in-feeding-and-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
#9
Małgorzata Adamska, Bogumiła Skotarczak
The aim of the present study was to detect Toxoplasma gondii in ticks collected from ponies and field vegetation and to determine the role of Shetland ponies as a potential reservoir host for T. gondii. A total of 1737 feeding Ixodes ricinus collected from 49 horses and 371 questing ticks were tested by PCR and sequencing for the presence and genotyping of T. gondii. All ticks were examined in a previous study to detect and identify pathogenic bacterial species. The aim of this study was also to detect co-infection of ticks with these bacteria and T...
November 21, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893179/ctra-controls-cell-division-and-outer-membrane-composition-of-the-pathogen-brucella-abortus
#10
Nayla Francis, Katy Poncin, Antonella Fioravanti, Victoria Vassen, Kevin Willemart, Thi Anh Phuong Ong, Luca Rappez, Jean-Jacques Letesson, Emanuele G Biondi, Xavier De Bolle
Brucella abortus is a pathogen infecting cattle, able to survive, traffic and proliferate inside host cells. It belongs to the Alphaproteobacteria, a phylogenetic group comprising bacteria with free living, symbiotic and pathogenic lifestyles. An essential regulator of cell cycle progression named CtrA was described in the model bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. This regulator is conserved in many alphaproteobacteria, but the evolution of its regulon remains elusive. Here we identified promoters that are CtrA targets using ChIP-seq and we found that CtrA binds to promoters of genes involved in cell cycle progression, in addition to numerous genes encoding outer membrane components involved in export of membrane proteins and synthesis of lipopolysaccharide...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886654/essential-role-of-k-uptake-permease-kup-for-resistance-to-sucrose-induced-stress-in-gluconacetobacter-diazotrophicus-pal-5
#11
Marcos V V de Oliveira, Aline C Intorne, Luciano de, S Vespoli, Leandro F Andrade, Leandro de, M Pereira, Patrícia L Rangel, Gonçalo A de Souza Filho
Microorganisms are constantly challenged by stressful conditions, such as sugar-rich environments. Such environments can cause an imbalance of biochemical activities and compromise cell multiplication. Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus PAl 5 is among the most sugar-tolerant bacteria, capable of growing in the presence of up to 876 mM sucrose. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in its response to high sucrose remain unknown. The present work aimed to identify sucrose-induced stress resistance genes in G...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881071/genome-wide-analyses-of-chitin-synthases-identify-horizontal-gene-transfers-towards-bacteria-and-allow-a-robust-and-unifying-classification-into-fungi
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Isabelle R Gonçalves, Sophie Brouillet, Marie-Christine Soulié, Simonetta Gribaldo, Catherine Sirven, Noémie Charron, Martine Boccara, Mathias Choquer
BACKGROUND: Chitin, the second most abundant biopolymer on earth after cellulose, is found in probably all fungi, many animals (mainly invertebrates), several protists and a few algae, playing an essential role in the development of many of them. This polysaccharide is produced by type 2 glycosyltransferases, called chitin synthases (CHS). There are several contradictory classifications of CHS isoenzymes and, as regards their evolutionary history, their origin and diversity is still a matter of debate...
November 24, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879333/the-genome-wide-interaction-network-of-nutrient-stress-genes-in-escherichia-coli
#13
Jean-Philippe Côté, Shawn French, Sebastian S Gehrke, Craig R MacNair, Chand S Mangat, Amrita Bharat, Eric D Brown
: Conventional efforts to describe essential genes in bacteria have typically emphasized nutrient-rich growth conditions. Of note, however, are the set of genes that become essential when bacteria are grown under nutrient stress. For example, more than 100 genes become indispensable when the model bacterium Escherichia coli is grown on nutrient-limited media, and many of these nutrient stress genes have also been shown to be important for the growth of various bacterial pathogens in vivo To better understand the genetic network that underpins nutrient stress in E...
November 22, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873255/reporter-gene-based-screening-for-tpp-riboswitch-activators
#14
Christina E Lünse, Günter Mayer
With the rise of multidrug resistant bacteria and a growing number of nosocomial infections, there has been an increased interest in finding new antibacterial drugs and drug targets. Riboswitches represent attractive new antibacterial drug targets, because they not only inherently recognize a specific metabolite or ion with their RNA aptamer domain, but also often regulate essential metabolic pathways. Here, we describe a reporter gene-based screen to identify compounds that activate the thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP) riboswitch in bacteria...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871794/accessory-subunit-nuym-ndufs4-is-required-for-stability-of-the-electron-input-module-and-activity-of-mitochondrial-complex-i
#15
Flora Kahlhöfer, Katarzyna Kmita, Ilka Wittig, Klaus Zwicker, Volker Zickermann
Mitochondrial complex I is an intricate 1MDa membrane protein complex with a central role in aerobic energy metabolism. The minimal form of complex I consists of fourteen central subunits that are conserved from bacteria to man. In addition, eukaryotic complex I comprises some 30 accessory subunits of largely unknown function. The gene for the accessory NDUFS4 subunit of human complex I is a hot spot for fatal pathogenic mutations in humans. We have deleted the gene for the orthologous NUYM subunit in the aerobic yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, an established model system to study eukaryotic complex I and complex I linked diseases...
November 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865985/cfr-mediated-linezolid-resistant-clinical-isolates-of-methicillin-resistant-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-from-china
#16
Yunjia Song, Yuan Lv, Lanqing Cui, Yun Li, Qian Ke, Yixuan Zhao
Three linezolid-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (LR-CoNS), including two Staphylococcus cohnii and one Staphylococcus capitis, were isolated from 1104 clinical staphylococcal isolates across China in 2013-2014. Antibiotic susceptibilities of the bacteria were determined by the agar dilution method. PCR and DNA sequencing were performed to determine the potential molecular mechanism of linezolid resistance. The two linezolid-resistant S. cohnii isolates were subjected to pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to investigate their genetic relatedness...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864804/activity-of-norspermidine-on-bacterial-biofilms-of-multidrug-resistant-clinical-isolates-associated-with-persistent-extremity-wound-infections
#17
Anthony P Cardile, Ronald L Woodbury, Carlos J Sanchez, Sandra C Becerra, Rebecca A Garcia, Katrin Mende, Joseph C Wenke, Kevin S Akers
Biofilm formation is a major virulence factor for numerous pathogenic bacteria and is cited as a central event in the pathogenesis of chronic human infections, which is in large part due to excessive extracellular matrix secretion and metabolic changes that occur within the biofilm rendering them highly tolerant to antimicrobial treatments. Polyamines, including norspermidine, play central roles in bacterial biofilm development, but have also recently been shown to inhibit biofilm formation in select strains of various pathogenic bacteria...
November 19, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862540/buchnera-has-changed-flatmate-but-the-repeated-replacement-of-co-obligate-symbionts-is-not-associated-with-the-ecological-expansions-of-their-aphid-hosts
#18
A S Meseguer, A Manzano-Marín, A Coeur d'Acier, A-L Clamens, M Godefroid, E Jousselin
Symbiotic associations with bacteria have facilitated important evolutionary transitions in insects and resulted in long-term obligate interactions. Recent evidence suggests that these associations are not always evolutionarily stable and that symbiont replacement and/or supplementation of an obligate symbiosis by an additional bacterium has occurred during the history of many insect groups. Yet, the factors favoring one symbiont over another in this evolutionary dynamic are not well understood; progress has been hindered by our incomplete understanding of the distribution of symbionts across phylogenetic and ecological contexts...
November 14, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836849/identification-of-a-new-phosphatase-enzyme-potentially-involved-in-sugar-phosphate-stress-response-in-pseudomonas-fluorescens
#19
Susan Maleki, Radka Hrudikova, Sergey B Zotchev, Helga Ertesvåg
: The alginate-producing bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens utilizes the Entner-Doudoroff (ED) and pentose phosphate (PP) pathways to metabolize fructose, since the upper part of its Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway is defective. Our previous study indicated that perturbation of the central carbon metabolism by diminishing glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity could lead to sugar-phosphate stress when P. fluorescens was cultivated on fructose. In the present study, we demonstrate that PFLU2693, annotated as a haloacid dehalogenase-like enzyme, is a new sugar-phosphate phosphatase now designated Spp, which is able to dephosphorylate a range of phosphate substrates including glucose 6-phosphate and fructose 6-phosphate in vitro The effect of spp overexpression on growth and alginate production was investigated using both wild type and several mutant strains...
November 11, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836597/microbial-fuel-cell-anodic-microbial-population-dynamics-during-mfc-start-up
#20
Agathe Paitier, Alexiane Godain, Delina Lyon, Naoufel Haddour, Timothy M Vogel, Jean-Michel Monier
In order to optimize energy production in MFCs, a better understanding of anodic communities is essential. Our objective was to determine the taxonomic structure of the bacterial communities present at the surface of the anode during the formation and development of electro-active biofilms in MFCs inoculated with fresh primary clarifier overflow. Quantitative microbial community dynamics were evaluated as a function of time and electrical performance using 16S rRNA gene-based phylogenetic microarrays and flow cytometry...
November 2, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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