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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525714/characterization-of-bitter-compounds-via-modulation-of-proton-secretion-in-human-gastric-parietal-cells-in-culture
#1
Kathrin I Liszt, Joachim Hans, Jakob P Ley, Elke Köck, Veronika Somoza
Humans perceive bitterness via around 25 different bitter receptors. Therefore, the identification of antagonists remains a complex challenge. We previously demonstrated several bitter tasting compounds such as caffeine to induce acid secretion in the stomach and in a human gastric tumor cell line (HGT-1). Here, the results of a fluorescent-based in vitro assay using HGT-1 cells and a human sensory panel testing nine selected potential bitter modulators with or without the bitter compounds caffeine or theobromine, were compared...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512626/anti-restriction-protein-klcahs-promotes-dissemination-of-carbapenem-resistance
#2
Wei Liang, Yingzhou Xie, Wei Xiong, Yu Tang, Gang Li, Xiaofei Jiang, Yuan Lu
Carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC) has emerged and spread throughout the world. A retrospective analysis was performed on carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae isolated at our teaching hospital during the period 2009-2010, when the initial outbreak occurred. To determine the mechanism(s) that underlies the increased infectivity exhibited by KPC, Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) was conducted. A series of plasmids was also extracted, sequenced and analyzed. Concurrently, the complete sequences of blaKPC-2-harboring plasmids deposited in GenBank were summarized and aligned...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500327/metazoan-ribosome-inactivating-protein-encoding-genes-acquired-by-horizontal-gene-transfer
#3
Walter J Lapadula, Paula L Marcet, María L Mascotti, M Virginia Sanchez-Puerta, Maximiliano Juri Ayub
Ribosome inactivating proteins (RIPs) are RNA N-glycosidases that depurinate a specific adenine residue in the conserved sarcin/ricin loop of 28S rRNA. These enzymes are widely distributed among plants and their presence has also been confirmed in several bacterial species. Recently, we reported for the first time in silico evidence of RIP encoding genes in metazoans, in two closely related species of insects: Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus. Here, we have experimentally confirmed the presence of these genes in mosquitoes and attempted to unveil their evolutionary history...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482857/horizontal-gene-transfer-is-not-a-hallmark-of-the-human-genome
#4
Steven L Salzberg
Crisp et al. recently reported that 145 human genes have been horizontally transferred from distant species. Here, I re-analyze those genes listed by Crisp et al. as having the highest certainty of having been horizontally transferred, as well as 17 further genes from the 2001 human genome article, and find little or no evidence to support claims of horizontal gene transfer (HGT).Please see related Research article: https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-015-0607-3.
May 8, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460114/differential-retention-of-gene-functions-in-a-secondary-metabolite-cluster
#5
Hannah Reynolds, Jason C Slot, Hege H Divon, Erik Lysøe, Robert H Proctor, Daren W Brown
In fungi, distribution of secondary metabolite (SM) gene clusters is often associated with host- or environment-specific benefits provided by SMs. In the plant pathogen Alternaria brassicicola (Dothideomycetes), the DEP cluster confers an ability to synthesize the SM depudecin, a histone deacetylase inhibitor that contributes weakly to virulence. The DEP cluster includes genes encoding enzymes, a transporter, and a transcription regulator. We investigated the distribution and evolution of the DEP cluster in 585 fungal genomes and found a wide but sporadic distribution among Dothideomycetes, Sordariomycetes, and Eurotiomycetes...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458094/in-and-out-contribution-of-natural-transformation-to-the-shuffling-of-large-genomic-regions
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REVIEW
Melanie Blokesch
Naturally competent bacteria can pull free DNA from their surroundings. This incoming DNA can serve various purposes, ranging from acting as a source of nutrients or DNA stretches for repair to the acquisition of novel genetic information. The latter process defines the natural competence for transformation as a mode of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) and led to its discovery almost a century ago. However, although it is widely accepted that natural competence can contribute to the spread of genetic material among prokaryotes, the question remains whether this mode of HGT can foster the transfer of larger DNA regions or only transfers shorter fragments, given that extracellular DNA is often heavily fragmented...
April 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441577/membrane-vesicles-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-prokaryotes
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REVIEW
Sara Domingues, Kaare M Nielsen
Membrane vesicles (MVs) are released from all living cells. MVs are lumen-containing spheres of lipid-bilayers derived from the cell surface. MVs are biologically active and contain various components, including genetic material. Both chromosomal and plasmid DNA, as well as different types of RNA have been detected in MVs. Vesicle-mediated transfer of genes coding for antibiotic resistance, virulence and metabolic traits has been reported in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and in Archaea. MVs can persist over time in natural environments...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440015/hypertriglyceridemia-during-asparaginase-treatment-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-correlates-with-antithrombin-activity-in-adolescents
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Lisa Persson, Arja Harila-Saari, Ida Hed Myrberg, Mats Heyman, Anna Nilsson, Susanna Ranta
BACKGROUND: Asparaginase (ASP) is a cornerstone in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is also known for its ability to cause side effects, such as allergy and pancreatitis, as well as lipid and coagulation disturbances. The most important laboratory abnormalities are hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) and low antithrombin (AT). HTG is usually considered to be transient and benign in children with ALL, whereas low AT activity predisposes to thrombosis. Studies on the incidence and significance of HTG in children with ALL are scarce, and their findings have not always been congruent...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432093/diversity-of-integrative-and-conjugative-elements-of-streptococcus-salivarius-and-their-intra-and-interspecies-transfer
#9
Narimane Dahmane, Virginie Libante, Florence Charron-Bourgoin, Eric Guédon, Gérard Guédon, Nathalie Leblond-Bourget, Sophie Payot
Integrative and Conjugative Elements (ICEs) are widespread chromosomal mobile genetic elements, which can transfer autonomously by conjugation in bacteria. Thirteen ICEs with a conjugation module closely related to that of ICESt3 of Streptococcus thermophilus were characterized in Streptococcus salivarius by whole genome sequencing. Sequence comparison highlighted ICE evolution by shuffling of 3 different integration/excision modules (for integration in the 3' end of fda, rpsI or rpmG genes) with the conjugation module of the ICESt3 subfamily...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426805/evidence-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transposase-gene-analyses-in-fervidobacterium-species
#10
Alba Cuecas, Wirojne Kanoksilapatham, Juan M Gonzalez
Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) plays an important role in the physiology and evolution of microorganisms above all thermophilic prokaryotes. Some members of the Phylum Thermotogae (i.e., Thermotoga spp.) have been reported to present genomes constituted by a mosaic of genes from a variety of origins. This study presents a novel approach to search on the potential plasticity of Fervidobacterium genomes using putative transposase-encoding genes as the target of analysis. Transposases are key proteins involved in genomic DNA rearrangements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424777/influence-of-cellular-composition-and-exogenous-activation-on-growth-factor-and-cytokine-concentrations-in-canine-platelet-rich-plasmas
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Samuel P Franklin, Kate E Birdwhistell, Alena Strelchik, Bridget C Garner, Benjamin M Brainard
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to (1) evaluate correlations among platelet, leukocyte, growth factor, and cytokine concentrations in canine platelet-rich plasmas (PRPs) produced from five different canine PRP-concentrating systems and (2) compare the effects of different activation protocols on platelet activation and growth factor release from one of these PRPs. METHODS: PRP was made using blood from 15 dogs and each of 5 different PRP systems in a cross-over design...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412524/antimicrobial-resistance-and-genetic-diversity-of-the-sxt-element-in-vibrio-cholerae-from-clinical-and-environmental-water-samples-in-northeastern-thailand
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Wanida Mala, Kiatichai Faksri, Kittipan Samerpitak, Umaporn Yordpratum, Wanlop Kaewkes, Unchalee Tattawasart, Chariya Chomvarin
Multidrug resistance in V. cholerae has been increasing around the world including northeastern Thailand. The aquatic environment is a reservoir of V. cholerae and might be an important source of resistant strains. The aims of this study were to investigate the phylogenetic relationships of intSXT gene sequences from 31 clinical and 14 environmental V. cholerae O1 and non-O1/non-O139 isolates and 11 sequences amplified directly from environmental water samples. We also amplified class 1 integrons, the SXT elements (targeting the intSXT gene) and antimicrobial resistance genes directly from water samples...
April 13, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390108/deciphering-conjugative-plasmid-permissiveness-in-wastewater-microbiomes
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Samuel Jacquiod, Asker Brejnrod, Stefan M Morberg, Waleed Abu Al-Soud, Søren J Sørensen, Leise Riber
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are designed to robustly treat polluted water. They are characterized by ceaseless flows of organic, chemical and microbial matter, followed by treatment steps before environmental release. WWTPs are hotspots of horizontal gene transfer between bacteria via conjugative plasmids, leading to dissemination of potentially hazardous genetic material such as antimicrobial resistance genes (AMRGs). While current focus is on the threat of AMRGs spreading and their environmental maintenance, conjugative plasmid transfer dynamics within and between bacterial communities still remains largely uncharted...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387730/mimilook-a-phylogenetic-workflow-for-detection-of-gene-acquisition-in-major-orthologous-groups-of-megavirales
#14
Sourabh Jain, Arup Panda, Philippe Colson, Didier Raoult, Pierre Pontarotti
With the inclusion of new members, understanding about evolutionary mechanisms and processes by which members of the proposed order, Megavirales, have evolved has become a key area of interest. The central role of gene acquisition has been shown in previous studies. However, the major drawback in gene acquisition studies is the focus on few MV families or putative families with large variation in their genetic structure. Thus, here we have tried to develop a methodology by which we can detect horizontal gene transfers (HGTs), taking into consideration orthologous groups of distantly related Megavirale families...
April 7, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377759/comparative-genomic-analysis-reveals-organization-function-and-evolution-of-ars-genes-in-pantoea-spp
#15
Liying Wang, Jin Wang, Chuanyong Jing
Numerous genes are involved in various strategies to resist toxic arsenic (As). However, the As resistance strategy in genus Pantoea is poorly understood. In this study, a comparative genome analysis of 23 Pantoea genomes was conducted. Two vertical genetic arsC-like genes without any contribution to As resistance were found to exist in the 23 Pantoea strains. Besides the two arsC-like genes, As resistance gene clusters arsRBC or arsRBCH were found in 15 Pantoea genomes. These ars clusters were found to be acquired by horizontal gene transfer (HGT) from sources related to Franconibacter helveticus, Serratia marcescens, and Citrobacter freundii...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376762/widespread-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-the-human-genome
#16
Wenze Huang, Lillian Tsai, Yulong Li, Nan Hua, Chen Sun, Chaochun Wei
BACKGROUND: A fundamental concept in biology is that heritable material is passed from parents to offspring, a process called vertical gene transfer. An alternative mechanism of gene acquisition is through horizontal gene transfer (HGT), which involves movement of genetic materials between different species. Horizontal gene transfer has been found prevalent in prokaryotes but very rare in eukaryote. In this paper, we investigate horizontal gene transfer in the human genome. RESULTS: From the pair-wise alignments between human genome and 53 vertebrate genomes, 1,467 human genome regions (2...
April 4, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362724/gene-mobility-promotes-the-spread-of-resistance-in-bacterial-populations
#17
Cagla Stevenson, James Pj Hall, Ellie Harrison, A Jamie Wood, Michael A Brockhurst
Theory predicts that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) expands the selective conditions under which genes spread in bacterial populations. Whereas vertically inherited genes can only spread by positively selected clonal expansion, mobile genetic elements can drive fixation of genes by infectious HGT. We tested this using populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens and the conjugative mercury resistance (Hg(R)) plasmid pQBR57. HGT expanded the selective conditions allowing the spread of Hg(R): Chromosomal Hg(R) only increased in frequency under positive selection, whereas plasmid-encoded Hg(R) reached fixation with or without positive selection...
March 31, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362383/methodology-for-the-study-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Fabio Cafini, Nguyen Thi Le Thuy, Federico Román, José Prieto, Sarah Dubrac, Tarek Msadek, Kazuya Morikawa
One important feature of the major opportunistic human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus is its extraordinary ability to rapidly acquire resistance to antibiotics. Genomic studies reveal that S. aureus carries many virulence and resistance genes located in mobile genetic elements, suggesting that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) plays a critical role in S. aureus evolution. However, a full and detailed description of the methodology used to study HGT in S. aureus is still lacking, especially regarding natural transformation, which has been recently reported in this bacterium...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344366/mercury-in-feathers-and-blood-of-gulls-from-the-southern-baltic-coast-poland
#19
Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska, Lucyna Falkowska, Agnieszka Grajewska, Włodzimierz Meissner
Gulls were assessed as sentinels of contamination in the coastal zone of the Southern Baltic, research material being obtained from dead birds collected on Polish beaches and near fishing ports in 2009-2012. In feathers and blood of four gull species: herring gull (Larus argentatus), common gull (Larus canus), black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), and great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), concentration of total mercury (HgT) was assayed, taking into account the type of feathers, sex, and age. Stable isotopes (δ(15)N, δ(13)C) were used as tracers of trophic position in the food web...
2017: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320321/evolution-of-group-i-introns-in-porifera-new-evidence-for-intron-mobility-and-implications-for-dna-barcoding
#20
Astrid Schuster, Jose V Lopez, Leontine E Becking, Michelle Kelly, Shirley A Pomponi, Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck, Paco Cárdenas
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial introns intermit coding regions of genes and feature characteristic secondary structures and splicing mechanisms. In metazoans, mitochondrial introns have only been detected in sponges, cnidarians, placozoans and one annelid species. Within demosponges, group I and group II introns are present in six families. Based on different insertion sites within the cox1 gene and secondary structures, four types of group I and two types of group II introns are known, which can harbor up to three encoding homing endonuclease genes (HEG) of the LAGLIDADG family (group I) and/or reverse transcriptase (group II)...
March 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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