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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814973/photoautotrophic-production-of-polyhydroxyalkanoates-in-a-synthetic-mixed-culture-of-synechococcus-elongatus-cscb-and-pseudomonas-putida-cscab
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Hannes Löwe, Karina Hobmeier, Manuel Moos, Andreas Kremling, Katharina Pflüger-Grau
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges for the present and future generations is to find suitable substitutes for the fossil resources we rely on today. Cyanobacterial carbohydrates have been discussed as an emerging renewable feedstock in industrial biotechnology for the production of fuels and chemicals, showing promising production rates when compared to crop-based feedstock. However, intrinsic capacities of cyanobacteria to produce biotechnological compounds are limited and yields are low...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813409/the-rise-of-algae-in-cryogenian-oceans-and-the-emergence-of-animals
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Jochen J Brocks, Amber J M Jarrett, Eva Sirantoine, Christian Hallmann, Yosuke Hoshino, Tharika Liyanage
The transition from dominant bacterial to eukaryotic marine primary productivity was one of the most profound ecological revolutions in the Earth's history, reorganizing the distribution of carbon and nutrients in the water column and increasing energy flow to higher trophic levels. But the causes and geological timing of this transition, as well as possible links with rising atmospheric oxygen levels and the evolution of animals, remain obscure. Here we present a molecular fossil record of eukaryotic steroids demonstrating that bacteria were the only notable primary producers in the oceans before the Cryogenian period (720-635 million years ago)...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808107/structure-of-psb29-thf1-and-its-association-with-the-ftsh-protease-complex-involved-in-photosystem-ii-repair-in-cyanobacteria
#4
Martina Bec Ková, Jianfeng Yu, Vendula Krynická, Amanda Kozlo, Shengxi Shao, Peter Koník, Josef Komenda, James W Murray, Peter J Nixon
One strategy for enhancing photosynthesis in crop plants is to improve their ability to repair photosystem II (PSII) in response to irreversible damage by light. Despite the pivotal role of thylakoid-embedded FtsH protease complexes in the selective degradation of PSII subunits during repair, little is known about the factors involved in regulating FtsH expression. Here we show using the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 that the Psb29 subunit, originally identified as a minor component of His-tagged PSII preparations, physically interacts with FtsH complexes in vivo and is required for normal accumulation of the FtsH2/FtsH3 hetero-oligomeric complex involved in PSII repair...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808098/overexpression-of-plastid-terminal-oxidase-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-alters-cellular-redox-state
#5
Kathleen Feilke, Ghada Ajlani, Anja Krieger-Liszkay
Cyanobacteria are the most ancient organisms performing oxygenic photosynthesis, and they are the ancestors of plant plastids. All plastids contain the plastid terminal oxidase (PTOX), while only certain cyanobacteria contain PTOX. Many putative functions have been discussed for PTOX in higher plants including a photoprotective role during abiotic stresses like high light, salinity and extreme temperatures. Since PTOX oxidizes PQH2 and reduces oxygen to water, it is thought to protect against photo-oxidative damage by removing excess electrons from the plastoquinone (PQ) pool...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808031/changes-in-aggregation-states-of-light-harvesting-complexes-as-a-mechanism-for-modulating-energy-transfer-in-desert-crust-cyanobacteria
#6
Leeat Bar Eyal, Reza Ranjbar Choubeh, Eyal Cohen, Ido Eisenberg, Carmen Tamburu, Márta Dorogi, Renata Ünnep, Marie-Sousai Appavou, Reinat Nevo, Uri Raviv, Ziv Reich, Győző Garab, Herbert van Amerongen, Yossi Paltiel, Nir Keren
In this paper we propose an energy dissipation mechanism that is completely reliant on changes in the aggregation state of the phycobilisome light-harvesting antenna components. All photosynthetic organisms regulate the efficiency of excitation energy transfer (EET) to fit light energy supply to biochemical demands. Not many do this to the extent required of desert crust cyanobacteria. Following predawn dew deposition, they harvest light energy with maximum efficiency until desiccating in the early morning hours...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808007/early-photosynthetic-eukaryotes-inhabited-low-salinity-habitats
#7
Patricia Sánchez-Baracaldo, John A Raven, Davide Pisani, Andrew H Knoll
The early evolutionary history of the chloroplast lineage remains an open question. It is widely accepted that the endosymbiosis that established the chloroplast lineage in eukaryotes can be traced back to a single event, in which a cyanobacterium was incorporated into a protistan host. It is still unclear, however, which Cyanobacteria are most closely related to the chloroplast, when the plastid lineage first evolved, and in what habitats this endosymbiotic event occurred. We present phylogenomic and molecular clock analyses, including data from cyanobacterial and chloroplast genomes using a Bayesian approach, with the aim of estimating the age for the primary endosymbiotic event, the ages of crown groups for photosynthetic eukaryotes, and the independent incorporation of a cyanobacterial endosymbiont by Paulinella Our analyses include both broad taxon sampling (119 taxa) and 18 fossil calibrations across all Cyanobacteria and photosynthetic eukaryotes...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806958/responses-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-to-heterologous-biosynthetic-pathways
#8
Konstantinos Vavitsas, Emil Østergaard Rue, Lára Kristín Stefánsdóttir, Thiyagarajan Gnanasekaran, Andreas Blennow, Christoph Crocoll, Steinn Gudmundsson, Poul Erik Jensen
BACKGROUND: There are an increasing number of studies regarding genetic manipulation of cyanobacteria to produce commercially interesting compounds. The majority of these works study the expression and optimization of a selected heterologous pathway, largely ignoring the wholeness and complexity of cellular metabolism. Regulation and response mechanisms are largely unknown, and even the metabolic pathways themselves are not fully elucidated. This poses a clear limitation in exploiting the rich biosynthetic potential of cyanobacteria...
August 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803467/not-gate-genetic-circuits-to-control-gene-expression-in-cyanobacteria
#9
Arnaud Taton, Amy T Ma, Mizuho Ota, Susan Golden, James W Golden
To downregulate gene expression in cyanobacteria, we constructed NOT gate genetic circuits using orthogonal promoters and their cognate repressors regulated translationally by synthetic riboswitches. Four NOT gates were tested and characterized in five cyanobacterial strains using fluorescent reporter-gene assays. In comparison to alternative systems used to downregulate gene expression in cyanobacteria, these NOT gates performed well, reducing YFP reporter expression by 4 to 50-fold. We further evaluated these NOT gates by controlling the expression of the ftsZ gene, which encodes a prokaryotic tubulin homolog that is required for cell division and is essential for Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942...
August 14, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800136/feathermoss-and-epiphytic-nostoc-cooperate-differently-expanding-the-spectrum-of-plant-cyanobacteria-symbiosis
#10
Denis Warshan, Josh L Espinoza, Rhona K Stuart, R Alexander Richter, Sea-Yong Kim, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, Nikos C Kyrpides, Kerrie Barry, Vasanth Singan, Erika Lindquist, Charles Ansong, Samuel O Purvine, Heather M Brewer, Philip D Weyman, Christopher L Dupont, Ulla Rasmussen
Dinitrogen (N2)-fixation by cyanobacteria in symbiosis with feathermosses is the primary pathway of biological nitrogen (N) input into boreal forests. Despite its significance, little is known about the cyanobacterial gene repertoire and regulatory rewiring needed for the establishment and maintenance of the symbiosis. To determine gene acquisitions and regulatory changes allowing cyanobacteria to form and maintain this symbiosis, we compared genomically closely related symbiotic-competent and -incompetent Nostoc strains using a proteogenomics approach and an experimental set up allowing for controlled chemical and physical contact between partners...
August 11, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798763/maturation-of-plastid-c-type-cytochromes
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REVIEW
Stéphane T Gabilly, Patrice P Hamel
Cytochromes c are hemoproteins, with the prosthetic group covalently linked to the apoprotein, which function as electron carriers. A class of cytochromes c is defined by a CXXCH heme-binding motif where the cysteines form thioether bonds with the vinyl groups of heme. Plastids are known to contain up to three cytochromes c. The membrane-bound cytochrome f and soluble cytochrome c6 operate in photosynthesis while the activity of soluble cytochrome c6A remains unknown. Conversion of apo- to holocytochrome c occurs in the thylakoid lumen and requires the independent transport of apocytochrome and heme across the thylakoid membrane followed by the stereospecific attachment of ferroheme via thioether linkages...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798742/preservation-and-significance-of-extracellular-dna-in-ferruginous-sediments-from-lake-towuti-indonesia
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Aurèle Vuillemin, Fabian Horn, Mashal Alawi, Cynthia Henny, Dirk Wagner, Sean A Crowe, Jens Kallmeyer
Extracellular DNA is ubiquitous in soil and sediment and constitutes a dominant fraction of environmental DNA in aquatic systems. In theory, extracellular DNA is composed of genomic elements persisting at different degrees of preservation produced by processes occurring on land, in the water column and sediment. Extracellular DNA can be taken up as a nutrient source, excreted or degraded by microorganisms, or adsorbed onto mineral matrices, thus potentially preserving information from past environments. To test whether extracellular DNA records lacustrine conditions, we sequentially extracted extracellular and intracellular DNA from anoxic sediments of ferruginous Lake Towuti, Indonesia...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798489/periphyton-effects-on-bacterial-assemblages-and-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms-in-a-eutrophic-freshwater-lake-a-mesocosm-study
#13
Yingshun Cui, Long Jin, So-Ra Ko, Seong-Jun Chun, Hyung-Seok Oh, Chang Soo Lee, Ankita Srivastava, Hee-Mock Oh, Chi-Yong Ahn
Periphyton comprises a broad range of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms that grow on submerged surfaces in aquatic environments. To investigate the ecological roles of periphyton and their symbiotic bacterial assemblages related to the control of cyanobacterial blooms, mesocosm experiments were performed in a eutrophic lake that is usually infested with harmful cyanobacterial blooms. Our results showed that periphyton, together with their symbionts, reduced Chl-a concentrations (up to 94%), improved water clarity and effectively controlled cyanobacterial blooms in the treatment mesocosm...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794262/super-resolution-microscopy-of-the-%C3%A3-carboxysome-reveals-a-homogenous-matrix
#14
Matthew J Niederhuber, Talley J Lambert, Clarence Yapp, Pamela A Silver, Jessica K Polka
Carbon fixation in cyanobacteria makes a major contribution to the global carbon cycle. The cyanobacterial carboxysome is a proteinaceous microcompartment that protects and concentrates the carbon-fixing enzyme RuBisCO in a paracrystalline lattice, making it possible for these organisms to fix CO2 from the atmosphere. The protein responsible for the organization of this lattice in beta-type carboxysomes of the freshwater cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus, CcmM, occurs in two isoforms thought to localize differentially within the carboxysome matrix...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791878/role-of-ergothioneine-in-microbial-physiology-and-pathogenesis
#15
Bridgette M Cumming, Krishna C Chinta, Vineel P Reddy, Adrie Jc Steyn
SIGNIFICANCE: L-ergothioneine is synthesized in actinomycetes, cyanobacteria, methylobacteria and some fungi. In contrast to other low molecular weight redox buffers, glutathione and mycothiol, ergothioneine is primarily present as a thione rather than a thiol at physiological pH, which makes it resistant to autoxidation. Ergothioneine regulates microbial physiology and enables survival of the microbes under stressful conditions encountered in their natural environments. In particular, ergothioneine enables pathogenic microbes, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), to withstand hostile environments within the host to establish infection...
August 9, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790992/the-cyanobacteria-dominated-sponge-dactylospongia-elegans-in-the-south-china-sea-prokaryotic-community-and-metagenomic-insights
#16
Zhao-Ming Gao, Guo-Wei Zhou, Hui Huang, Yong Wang
The South China Sea is a special reservoir of sponges of which prokaryotic communities are less studied. Here, a new record of the sponge Dactylospongia elegans is reported near the coast of Jinqing Island in the South China Sea, and its prokaryotic community is comprehensively investigated. Sponge specimens displayed lower microbial diversity compared with surrounding seawater. At the phylum level, prokaryotic communities were consistently dominated by Proteobacteria, followed by Cyanobacteria, Chloroflexi, Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes, Thaumarchaeota, and Poribacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783081/culturing-toxic-benthic-blooms-the-fate-of-natural-biofilms-in-a-microcosm-system
#17
Francesca Di Pippo, Roberta Congestri
A microcosm designed for culturing aquatic phototrophic biofilms on artificial substrata was used to perform experiments with microphytobenthos sampled during summer toxic outbreaks of Ostreopsis cf. ovata along the Middle Tyrrhenian coast. This dynamic approach aimed at exploring the unique and complex nature of O. cf. ovata bloom development in the benthic system. Epibenthic assemblages were used as inocula for co-cultures of bloom organisms on polycarbonate slides at controlled environmental conditions. Biofilm surface adhesion, growth, and spatial structure were evaluated along with shifts in composition and matrix production in a low disturbance regime, simulating source habitat...
August 6, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782566/small-monomeric-and-highly-stable-near-infrared-fluorescent-markers-derived-from-the-thermophilic-phycobiliprotein-apcf2
#18
Wen-Long Ding, Dan Miao, Ya-Nan Hou, Su-Ping Jiang, Bao-Qin Zhao, Ming Zhou, Hugo Scheer, Kai-Hong Zhao
Biliproteins have extended the spectral range of fluorescent proteins into the region of maximal transmission of most tissues and are favorable for multiplexing, but their application presents considerable challenges. Their fluorescence derives from open-chain tetrapyrrole chromophores which often require the introduction of dedicated reductases and lyases. In addition, their fluorescence yield generally decreases with increasing wavelengths and depends strongly on the state of the binding protein. We report fluorescent biliproteins, termed BDFPs, that are derived from the phycobilisome core subunit, ApcF2: this subunit is induced in the thermophilic cyanobacterium, Chroococcidiopsis thermalis, by far-red light and binds phycocyanobilin non-covalently...
August 3, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780704/regulatory-components-of-carbon-concentrating-mechanisms-in-aquatic-unicellular-photosynthetic-organisms
#19
REVIEW
Vandana Tomar, Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu, Panchsheela Nogia, Rajesh Mehrotra, Sandhya Mehrotra
This review provides an insight into the regulation of the carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in lower organisms like cyanobacteria, proteobacteria, and algae. CCMs evolved as a mechanism to concentrate CO2 at the site of primary carboxylating enzyme Ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase oxygenase (Rubisco), so that the enzyme could overcome its affinity towards O2 which leads to wasteful processes like photorespiration. A diverse set of CCMs exist in nature, i.e., carboxysomes in cyanobacteria and proteobacteria; pyrenoids in algae and diatoms, the C4 system, and Crassulacean acid metabolism in higher plants...
August 5, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779889/seasonal-influence-of-scallop-culture-on-nutrient-flux-bacterial-pathogens-and-bacterioplankton-diversity-across-estuaries-off-the-bohai-sea-coast-of-northern-china
#20
Yaodong He, Biswarup Sen, Junyang Shang, Yike He, Ningdong Xie, Yongfeng Zhang, Jianle Zhang, Zackary I Johnson, Guangyi Wang
In this study, we investigated the environmental impacts of scallop culture on two coastal estuaries adjacent the Bohai Sea including developing a quantitative PCR assay to assess the abundance of the bacterial pathogens Escherichia coli and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Scallop culture resulted in a significant reduction of nitrogen, Chlorophyll a, and phosphorous levels in seawater during summer. The abundance of bacteria including V. parahaemolyticus varied significantly across estuaries and breeding seasons and was influenced by nitrate as well as nutrient ratios (Si/DIN, N/P)...
August 2, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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