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Ali Abdelmoteleb, Rosalba Troncoso-Rojas, Tania Gonzalez-Soto, Daniel González-Mendoza
The ability of Bacillus subtilis , strain ALICA to produce three mycolytic enzymes (chitinase, β-1,3-glucanase, and protease), was carried out by the chemical standard methods. Bacillus subtilis ALICA was screened based on their antifungal activity in dual plate assay and cell-free culture filtrate (25%) against five different phytopathogenic fungi Alternaria alternata , Macrophomina sp., Colletotrichum gloeosporioides , Botrytis cinerea , and Sclerotium rolfesii . The B. subtilis ALICA detected positive for chitinase, β-1,3-glucanase and protease enzymes...
December 2017: Mycobiology
Carolina Quintero-Gil, Jaime Parra-Suescún, Albeiro Lopez-Herrera, Sergio Orduz
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is considered the main etiological agent that causes acute hepatitis. It is estimated that 20 million cases occur annually worldwide, reaching mortality rates of 28% in pregnant women. To date, available treatments and vaccines have not been entirely effective. In this study, six antiviral peptides derived from the sequences of porcine Beta-Defensin-2 and bacteriocins Nisin and Subtilosin were generate using in silico tools in order to propose new antiviral agents. Through the use of molecular docking, interactions between the HEV capsid protein and the six new antiviral peptide candidates were evaluated...
September 2017: Virusdisease
Natsaran Saichana, Katsuyuki Tanizawa, Hiroshi Ueno, Jiří Pechoušek, Petr Novák, Jitka Frébortová
PqqE is a radical S -adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) enzyme that catalyzes the initial reaction of pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) biosynthesis. PqqE belongs to the SPASM (subtilosin/PQQ/anaerobic sulfatase/mycofactocin maturating enzymes) subfamily of the radical SAM superfamily and contains multiple Fe - S clusters. To characterize the Fe - S clusters in PqqE from Methylobacterium extorquens AM1, Cys residues conserved in the N-terminal signature motif (CX3 CX2 C) and the C-terminal seven-cysteine motif (CX9-15 GX4 CX n CX2 CX5 CX3 CX n C; n  = an unspecified number) were individually or simultaneously mutated into Ser...
December 2017: FEBS Open Bio
Andreza Freitas de Souza Duarte, Hilana Ceotto-Vigoder, Emile Santos Barrias, Thaïs Cristina Baeta Soares Souto-Padrón, Ingolf Figved Nes, Maria do Carmo de Freire Bastos
Hyicin 4244 is a small antimicrobial peptide with a broad spectrum of activity that was found in the culture supernatant of Staphylococcus hyicus 4244, the genome of which was then sequenced. The bacteriocin gene cluster (hyiSABCDEFG) was mined from its single chromosome and exhibited a genetic organization similar to that of subtilosin A. All genes involved in hyicin 4244 biosynthesis proved to be transcribed and encode proteins that share at least 42% similarity to proteins encoded by the subtilosin A gene cluster...
March 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
S Vinodkumar, S Nakkeeran, P Renukadevi, V G Malathi
Bacillus species are widely exploited as biocontrol agents because of their efficiency in impeding various plant pathogens with multifaceted approach. In this study, Bacillus species were isolated from rhizosphere of various plants viz., carnations, cotton, turmeric, and bananas in Tamil Nadu state of India. Their potential to control the mycelial growth of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum was assessed in vitro by dual plate and partition plate techniques. B. amyloliquefaciens strain VB7 was much effective in inhibiting mycelial growth (45% inhibition of over control) and sclerotial production (100%)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Karla J Perez, Jaime Dos Santos Viana, Fernanda C Lopes, Jamile Q Pereira, Daniel M Dos Santos, Jamil S Oliveira, Renata V Velho, Silvia M Crispim, Jacques R Nicoli, Adriano Brandelli, Regina M D Nardi
Several products of industrial interest are produced by Bacillus, including enzymes, antibiotics, amino acids, insecticides, biosurfactants and bacteriocins. This study aimed to investigate the potential of two bacterial isolates (P5 and C3) from puba, a regional fermentation product from cassava, to produce multiple substances with antimicrobial and surface active properties. Phylogenetic analyses showed close relation of isolates P5 and C3 with Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Bacillus thuringiensis, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Rizwana Parveen Rani, Marimuthu Anandharaj, Subramani Hema, Ramasamy Deepika, Abraham David Ravindran
This study focuses on isolation, screening, and characterization of novel probiotics from gastrointestinal tract of free-range chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). Fifty seven colonies were isolated and three isolates (FR4, FR9, and FR12) were selected and identified as Lactobacillus gasseri FR4, Bacillus tequilensis FR9, and L. animalis FR12 by 16S rRNA sequencing. Three strains were able to survive in stimulated acidic and bile conditions and inhibit the growth of pathogens. Especially, FR9 exhibited maximum inhibition against Listeria monocytogenes and none of them exhibited hemolytic activity...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ammar Algburi, Saskia Zehm, Victoria Netrebov, Anzhelica B Bren, Vladimir Chistyakov, Michael L Chikindas
Subtilosin, the cyclic lantibiotic protein produced by Bacillus subtilis KATMIRA1933, targets the surface receptor and electrostatically binds to the bacterial cell membrane. In this study, subtilosin was purified using ammonium sulfate ((NH4)2SO4) precipitation and purified via column chromatography. Subtilosin's antibacterial minimum and sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC and sub-MIC) and anti-biofilm activity (biofilm prevention) were established. Subtilosin was evaluated as a quorum sensing (QS) inhibitor in Gram-positive bacteria using Fe(III) reduction assay...
March 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Hongwei Liu, Shuli Yin, Likang An, Genwei Zhang, Huicai Cheng, Yanhua Xi, Guanhui Cui, Feiyan Zhang, Liping Zhang
Bacillus subtilis BSD-2, isolated from cotton (Gossypium spp.), had strong antagonistic activity to Verticillium dahlia Kleb and Botrytis cinerea. We sequenced and annotated the BSD-2 complete genome to help us the better use of this strain, which has surfactin, bacilysin, bacillibactin, subtilosin A, Tas A and a potential class IV lanthipeptide biosynthetic pathways.
July 20, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Alhosna Benjdia, Alain Guillot, Benjamin Lefranc, Hubert Vaudry, Jérôme Leprince, Olivier Berteau
AlbA is a radical SAM enzyme catalyzing the formation of three unusual thioether bonds in the antibiotic subtilosin A. We demonstrate here that AlbA catalyzes direct Cα H-atom abstraction and likely contains three essential [4Fe-4S] centers. This leads us to propose novel mechanistic perspectives for thioether bond catalysis by radical SAM enzymes.
May 7, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Paul M Himes, Scott E Allen, Sungwon Hwang, Albert A Bowers
Sactipeptides are peptide-derived natural products that are processed by remarkable, radical-mediated cysteine sulfur to α-carbon coupling reactions. The resulting sactionine thioether linkages give rise to the unique defined structures and concomitant biological activities of sactipeptides. An E. coli heterologous expression system, based on the biosynthesis of one such sactipeptide, subtilosin A, is described and this expression system is exploited to probe the promiscuity of the subtilosin A sactionine bond-forming enzyme, AlbA...
June 17, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Poochit Nonejuie, Rachelle M Trial, Gerald L Newton, Anne Lamsa, Varahenage Ranmali Perera, Julieta Aguilar, Wei-Ting Liu, Pieter C Dorrestein, Joe Pogliano, Kit Pogliano
Although most clinically used antibiotics are derived from natural products, identifying new antibacterial molecules from natural product extracts is difficult due to the complexity of these extracts and the limited tools to correlate biological activity with specific molecules. Here, we show that bacterial cytological profiling (BCP) provides a rapid method for mechanism of action determination on plates and in complex natural product extracts and for activity-guided purification. We prepared an extract from Bacillus subtilis 3610 that killed the Escherichia coli lptD mutant and used BCP to observe two types of bioactivities in the unfractionated extract: inhibition of translation and permeablization of the cytoplasmic membrane...
May 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
Harsh Mathur, Mary C Rea, Paul D Cotter, Colin Hill, R Paul Ross
The sactibiotics are a recently designated subclass of bacteriocins that contain characteristic cysteine sulphur to α -carbon linkages mediated through post-translational modifications. They are a relatively small subclass of bacteriocins compared to the most thoroughly studied lantibiotics. The sactibiotics that have been extensively studied thus far are thuricin CD, subtilosin A, thurincin H, and propionicin F. Despite their recent discovery, there have already been significant advances made in the study of sactibiotics, most notably the discovery of the narrow spectrum anti-Clostridium difficile sactibiotic, thuricin CD...
2015: Current Protein & Peptide Science
Xiaoming Liu, Jae Yong Lee, Seon-Ju Jeong, Kye Man Cho, Gyoung Min Kim, Jung-Hye Shin, Jong-Sang Kim, Jeong Hwan Kim
A Bacillus species, EMD4, with strong antibacterial activity was isolated from ganjang (soy sauce) and identified as B. subtilis. B. subtilis EMD4 strongly inhibited the growth of B. cereus ATCC14579 and B. thuringiensis ATCC33679. The antibacterial activity was stable at pH 3-9 but inactive at pH 10 and above. The activity was fully retained after 15 min at 80°C but reduced by 50% after 15 min at 90°C. The activity was completely destroyed by proteinase K and protease treatment, indicating its proteinaceous nature...
September 2015: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ammar Algburi, Anna Volski, Michael L Chikindas
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of clindamycin and metronidazole to synergize with natural antimicrobials against biofilms of bacterial vaginosis (BV)-associated Gardnerella vaginalis. Minimum bactericidal concentrations for biofilm cells (MBCs-B) were determined for each antimicrobial. The MBCs-B of lauramide arginine ethyl ester (LAE), subtilosin, clindamycin and metronidazole were 50, 69.5, 20 and 500 μg mL(-1), respectively. A checkerboard assay and isobologram were used to analyze the type of interactions between these antimicrobials...
July 2015: Pathogens and Disease
John A Latham, Anthony T Iavarone, Ian Barr, Prerak V Juthani, Judith P Klinman
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a product of a ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified pathway consisting of five conserved genes, pqqA-E. PqqE is a radical S-adenosylmethionine (RS) protein with a C-terminal SPASM domain, and is proposed to catalyze the formation of a carbon-carbon bond between the glutamate and tyrosine side chains of the peptide substrate PqqA. PqqD is a 10-kDa protein with an unknown function, but is essential for PQQ production. Recently, in Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kp), PqqD and PqqE were shown to interact; however, the stoichiometry and KD were not obtained...
May 15, 2015: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Veronica L Cavera, Anna Volski, Michael L Chikindas
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common, recurrent vaginal infection linked to increased chances of preterm delivery, incidence of sexually transmitted infections and fertility problems. BV is caused by a shift of the vaginal ecosystem from predominately Lactobacillus to a multispecies Actinomyces biofilm with the most common representatives identified as Gardnerella vaginalis and Prevotella spp. Current treatments have been associated with increased resistance as well as negative effects on healthy microbiota...
June 2015: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Alicja Daszczuk, Yonathan Dessalegne, Ismaêl Drenth, Elbrich Hendriks, Emeraldo Jo, Tom van Lente, Arjan Oldebesten, Jonathon Parrish, Wlada Poljakova, Annisa A Purwanto, Renske van Raaphorst, Mirjam Boonstra, Auke van Heel, Martijn Herber, Sjoerd van der Meulen, Jeroen Siebring, Robin A Sorg, Matthias Heinemann, Oscar P Kuipers, Jan-Willem Veening
Here, we developed a cell-based biosensor that can assess meat freshness using the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis as a chassis. Using transcriptome analysis, we identified promoters that are specifically activated by volatiles released from spoiled meat. The most strongly activated promoter was PsboA, which drives expression of the genes required for the bacteriocin subtilosin. Next, we created a novel BioBrick compatible integration plasmid for B. subtilis and cloned PsboA as a BioBrick in front of the gene encoding the chromoprotein amilGFP inside this vector...
December 19, 2014: ACS Synthetic Biology
Nalisa Khochamit, Surasak Siripornadulsil, Peerapol Sukon, Wilailak Siripornadulsil
The antimicrobial activity and probiotic properties of Bacillus subtilis strain KKU213, isolated from local soil, were investigated. The cell-free supernatant (CFS) of a KKU213 culture containing crude bacteriocins exhibited inhibitory effects on Gram-positive bacteria, including Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Micrococcus luteus, and Staphylococcus aureus. The antibacterial activity of the CFS precipitated with 40% ammonium sulfate (AS) remained even after treatment at 60 and 100 °C, at pH 4 and 10 and with proteolytic enzymes, detergents and heavy metals...
January 2015: Microbiological Research
V M Quintana, N I Torres, M B Wachsman, P J Sinko, V Castilla, M Chikindas
AIMS: In this study, we evaluated the antiviral activity of subtilosin, a cyclical peptide isolated from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) in cell cultures and we investigated subtilosin mode of action. METHODS AND RESULTS: We determined, using a virus yield inhibition assay, that noncytotoxic concentrations of subtilosin inhibit HSV-2 replication in Vero cell cultures. Subtilosin strongly inhibited extracellular and total virus production even when it was added at 8 h postinfection indicating that not only virus release but also viral particle formation is impeded by the antiviral peptide...
November 2014: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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