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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919044/susceptibility-of-colistin-resistant-pathogens-to-predatory-bacteria
#1
Sonal Dharani, Dong Hyun Kim, Robert M Q Shanks, Yohei Doi, Daniel E Kadouri
The increase in multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections has forced the reintroduction of antibiotics such as colistin. However, the spread of plasmid-borne mcr-1 colistin resistance genes have moved us closer to an era of untreatable Gram-negative infections. To evaluate whether predatory bacteria could be used as a potential therapeutic to treat this upcoming threat, the ability of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and Micavibrio aeruginosavorus to prey on several clinically relevant mcr-1-positive, colistin-resistant isolates was evaluated...
September 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886689/predator-versus-pathogen-how-does-predatory-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-interface-with-the-challenges-of-killing-gram-negative-pathogens-in-a-host-setting
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David Negus, Chris Moore, Michelle Baker, Dhaarini Raghunathan, Jess Tyson, R Elizabeth Sockett
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a small deltaproteobacterial predator that has evolved to invade, reseal, kill, and digest other gram-negative bacteria in soils and water environments. It has a broad host range and kills many antibiotic-resistant, clinical pathogens in vitro, a potentially useful capability if it could be translated to a clinical setting. We review relevant mechanisms of B. bacteriovorus predation and the physiological properties that would influence its survival in a mammalian host. Bacterial pathogens increasingly display conventional antibiotic resistance by expressing and varying surface and soluble biomolecules...
September 8, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871435/comparison-of-the-bacterial-community-composition-in-the-granular-and-the-suspended-phase-of-sequencing-batch-reactors
#3
Enikö Szabó, Raquel Liébana, Malte Hermansson, Oskar Modin, Frank Persson, Britt-Marie Wilén
Granulation of activated sludge is an increasingly important area within the field of wastewater treatment. Granulation is usually achieved by high hydraulic selection pressure, which results in the wash-out of slow settling particles. The effect of the harsh wash-out conditions on the granular sludge ecosystem is not yet fully understood, but different bacterial groups may be affected to varying degrees. In this study, we used high-throughput amplicon sequencing to follow the community composition in granular sludge reactors for 12 weeks, both in the granular phase and the suspended phase (effluent)...
September 5, 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827526/measuring-and-modelling-the-response-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-kpc-prey-to-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-predation-in-human-serum-and-defined-buffer
#4
Michelle Baker, David Negus, Dhaarini Raghunathan, Paul Radford, Chris Moore, Gemma Clark, Mathew Diggle, Jess Tyson, Jamie Twycross, R Elizabeth Sockett
In worldwide conditions of increasingly antibiotic-resistant hospital infections, it is important to research alternative therapies. Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus bacteria naturally prey on Gram-negative pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains and so B. bacteriovorus have been proposed as "living antibiotics" to combat antimicrobially-resistant pathogens. Predator-prey interactions are complex and can be altered by environmental components. To be effective B. bacteriovorus predation needs to work in human body fluids such as serum where predation dynamics may differ to that studied in laboratory media...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812884/controlling-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-gene-expression-and-predation-using-synthetic-riboswitches
#5
Mohammed Dwidar, Yohei Yokobayashi
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a predatory bacterium that feeds on Gram-negative bacteria including a wide range of pathogens and thus has potential applications as a biocontrol agent. Owing to its unique life cycle, however, there are limited tools that enable genetic manipulation of B. bacteriovorus. This work describes our first steps toward engineering the predatory bacterium for practical applications by developing basic genetic parts to control gene expression. Specifically, we evaluated four robust promoters that are active during the attack phase of B...
August 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725056/serum-albumin-and-osmolality-inhibit-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-predation-in-human-serum
#6
Hansol Im, Sangmo Son, Robert J Mitchell, Cheol-Min Ghim
We evaluated the bactericidal activity of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, strain HD100, within blood sera against bacterial strains commonly associated with bacteremic infections, including E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella enterica. Tests show that B. bacteriovorus HD100 is not susceptible to serum complement or its bactericidal activity. After a two hour exposure to human sera, the prey populations decreased 15- to 7,300-fold due to the serum complement activity while, in contrast, the B. bacteriovorus HD100 population showed a loss of only 33%...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710792/biophysical-investigation-of-type-a-putas-reveals-a-conserved-core-oligomeric-structure
#7
David A Korasick, Harkewal Singh, Travis A Pemberton, Min Luo, Richa Dhatwalia, John J Tanner
Many enzymes form homooligomers, yet the functional significance of self-association is seldom obvious. Herein, we examine the connection between oligomerization and catalytic function for proline utilization A (PutA) enzymes. PutAs are bifunctional enzymes that catalyze both reactions of proline catabolism. Type A PutAs are the smallest members of the family, possessing a minimal domain architecture consisting of N-terminal proline dehydrogenase and C-terminal l-glutamate-γ-semialdehyde dehydrogenase modules...
September 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704678/the-role-of-microbial-diversity-and-composition-in-minimizing-sludge-production-in-the-oxic-settling-anoxic-process
#8
Galilee U Semblante, Hop V Phan, Faisal I Hai, Zhi-Qiang Xu, William E Price, Long D Nghiem
The oxic-settling-anoxic (OSA) process, which involves an aerobic tank attached to oxygen- and substrate-deficient external anoxic reactors, minimizes sludge production in biological wastewater treatment. In this study, the microbial community structure of OSA was determined. Principal coordinate analysis showed that among the three operational factors, i.e., (i) redox condition, (ii) external reactor sludge retention time (SRText), and (iii) sludge interchange between aerobic and anoxic reactors, redox condition had the greatest impact on microbial diversity...
December 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612728/-bdellovibrio-and-like-organisms-outstanding-predators
#9
Édouard Jurkevitch, Stéphan Jacquet
Obligate predatory bacteria, i.e. bacteria requiring a Gram negative prey cell in order to complete their cell cycle, belong to the polyphyletic group referred to as the Bdellovibrio And Like Organisms (BALO). Predatory interactions between bacteria are complex, yet their dynamics and impact on bacterial communities in the environment are becoming better understood. BALO have unique life cycles: they grow epibiotically with the predator remaining attached to the prey's envelope, dividing in a binary manner or periplasmically, i...
May 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601973/attack-phase-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-responses-to-extracellular-nutrients-are-analogous-to-those-seen-during-late-intraperiplasmic-growth
#10
Mohammed Dwidar, Hansol Im, Jeong Kon Seo, Robert J Mitchell
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a predatory bacterium which lives by invading the periplasm of gram-negative bacteria and consuming them from within. This predator was thought to be dependent upon prey for nutrients since it lacks genes encoding for critical enzymes involved in amino acid biosynthesis. This study, however, found that planktonic attack-phase predators are not just dependent upon prey for nutrients, but rather, they respond to nutrients in the surrounding medium and, subsequently, synthesize and secrete proteases in a nutrient-dependent manner...
June 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594872/unraveling-the-environmental-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-bacterial-community-changes-in-the-estuary-of-bilbao-and-its-tributaries
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Mikel Aguirre, David Abad, Aitor Albaina, Lauren Cralle, María Soledad Goñi-Urriza, Andone Estonba, Iratxe Zarraonaindia
In this study, 16S rRNA gene sequencing was used to characterize the changes in taxonomic composition and environmental factors significantly influencing bacterial community structure across an annual cycle in the Estuary of Bilbao as well as its tributaries. In spite of this estuary being small and characterized by a short residence time, the environmental factors most highly correlated with the bacterial community mirrored those reported to govern larger estuaries, specifically salinity and temperature. Additionally, bacterial community changes in the estuary appeared to vary with precipitation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510364/lyophilization-of-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-109j-for-long-term-storage
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Mélanie J Boileau, Rinosh Mani, Kenneth D Clinkenbeard
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J is a Gram-negative predatory bacterium with obligate host dependency on other Gram-negative bacteria. This bacteriolytic predator collides with, enters, and establishes growth within the prey (host) periplasm, eventually lysing the prey cell wall to release fresh, motile B. bacteriovorus progeny. Laboratory maintenance of B. bacteriovorus has been previously described by other investigators. The protocols included in this unit deal with the technique required to lyophilize or freeze dry host-dependent B...
May 16, 2017: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500337/examining-the-efficacy-of-intravenous-administration-of-predatory-bacteria-in-rats
#13
Kenneth Shatzkes, Eric Singleton, Chi Tang, Michael Zuena, Sean Shukla, Shilpi Gupta, Sonal Dharani, Joseph Rinaggio, Daniel E Kadouri, Nancy D Connell
The proteobacteria Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and Micavibrio aeruginosavorus are obligate predators of Gram-negative bacteria, and have been proposed to be used to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. The ability of predatory bacteria to reduce bacterial burden in vivo within the lungs of rats has been demonstrated, but it was unknown if predatory bacteria can attenuate systemic bacterial burden administered intravenously. In this study, we first assessed the safety of intravenous inoculation of predatory bacteria in rats...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492178/isolation-of-bdellovibrio-and-like-organisms-and-potential-to-reduce-acute-hepatopancreatic-necrosis-disease-caused-by-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
#14
Jetnapang Kongrueng, Pimonsri Mitraparp-Arthorn, Khotchawan Bangpanwimon, William Robins, V Vuddhakul, John Mekalanos
Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease, a severe disease of shrimp, is caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus (AHPND Vp), a halophilic bacterium harboring a plasmid that contains toxin genes homologous to Photorhabdus insect-related toxins. We obtained 9 isolates of Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs) from water and sediment samples in Thailand. Using 16S rRNA sequencing, all of the organisms were identified as Bacteriovorax spp. and were able to attack all tested AHPND Vp isolates. In addition, their various susceptible hosts, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, were observed...
May 11, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444379/killing-the-killer-predation-between-protists-and-predatory-bacteria
#15
Julia Johnke, Jens Boenigk, Hauke Harms, Antonis Chatzinotas
Predation by microbes is one of the main drivers of bacterial mortality in the environment. In most ecosystems multiple micropredators compete at least partially for the same bacterial resource. Predatory interactions between these micropredators might lead to shifts within microbial communities. Integrating these interactions is therefore crucial for the understanding of ecosystem functioning. In this study, we investigated the predation between two groups of micropredators, i.e. phagotrophic protists and Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs)...
May 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432347/identification-and-characterization-of-differentially-regulated-type-ivb-pilin-genes-necessary-for-predation-in-obligate-bacterial-predators
#16
Ofir Avidan, Margarita Petrenko, René Becker, Sebastian Beck, Michael Linscheid, Shmuel Pietrokovski, Edouard Jurkevitch
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is an obligate predator of bacteria that grows and divides within the periplasm of its prey. Functions involved in the early steps of predation have been identified and characterized, but mediators of prey invasion are still poorly detailed. By combining omics data available for Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALO's), we identified 43 genes expressed in B. bacteriovorus during the early interaction with prey. These included genes in a tight adherence (TAD) operon encoding for two type IVb fimbriae-like pilin proteins (flp1 and flp2), and their processing and export machinery...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367880/predation-efficacy-of-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-on-multidrug-resistant-clinical-pathogens-and-their-corresponding-biofilms
#17
Yao Sun, Jianzhong Ye, Yuanbo Hou, Huale Chen, Jianming Cao, Tieli Zhou
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the predation efficacy of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus on multidrug-resistant (MDR) or extensive drug resistant (XDR) gram-negative pathogens and their corresponding biofilms. In this study, we examined the ability of B. bacteriovorus to prey on MDR and XDR gram-negative clinical bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii. Results showed that B. bacteriovorus was able to prey on all planktonic cultures, among which the most efficient predation was found for drug-resistant E...
March 28, 2017: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355554/hydrodynamic-hunters
#18
Hossein Jashnsaz, Mohammed Al Juboori, Corey Weistuch, Nicholas Miller, Tyler Nguyen, Viktoria Meyerhoff, Bryan McCoy, Stephanie Perkins, Ross Wallgren, Bruce D Ray, Konstantinos Tsekouras, Gregory G Anderson, Steve Pressé
The Gram-negative Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus (BV) is a model bacterial predator that hunts other bacteria and may serve as a living antibiotic. Despite over 50 years since its discovery, it is suggested that BV probably collides into its prey at random. It remains unclear to what degree, if any, BV uses chemical cues to target its prey. The targeted search problem by the predator for its prey in three dimensions is a difficult problem: it requires the predator to sensitively detect prey and forecast its mobile prey's future position on the basis of previously detected signal...
March 28, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334102/predation-by-bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus-significantly-reduces-viability-and-alters-the-microbial-community-composition-of-activated-sludge-flocs-and-granules
#19
Shugeng Feng, Chuan Hao Tan, Florentin Constancias, Gurjeet S Kohli, Yehuda Cohen, Scott A Rice
We recently isolated and characterised a predatory Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus strain from activated sludge (Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant, Singapore), and this strain, B. bacteriovorus UP, was able to prey upon a broad spectrum of bacterial isolates from the activated sludge when grown as planktonic cells or as biofilms. Here, we have tested the effect of Bdellovibrio predation on floccular and granular sludge to determine if the spatial organisation, loosely or tightly aggregated communities, was protective from predation...
April 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262674/effect-of-predatory-bacteria-on-the-gut-bacterial-microbiota-in-rats
#20
Kenneth Shatzkes, Chi Tang, Eric Singleton, Sean Shukla, Michael Zuena, Shilpi Gupta, Sonal Dharani, Joseph Rinaggio, Nancy D Connell, Daniel E Kadouri
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and Micavibrio aeruginosavorus are Gram-negative proteobacteria that are obligate predators of other Gram-negative bacteria and are considered potential alternatives to antibiotics. Most studies focusing on predatory bacteria have been performed in vitro, thus the effect of predatory bacteria on a live host, including the impact on the ecology of the native microbiota, has yet to be fully examined. In this study, intrarectal inoculations of Sprague-Dawley rats with predatory bacteria were performed...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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