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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334919/antibiotics-trigger-initiation-of-sccmec-transfer-by-inducing-sos-responses
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Pilong Liu, Zhaowei Wu, Huping Xue, Xin Zhao
The rise of antimicrobial resistance limits therapeutic options for infections by methicillin-resistant staphylococci. The staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) is a mobile genetic element as the only carrier of the methicillin-resistance determinants, the mecA or mecC gene. The use of antibiotics increases the spread of antibiotic resistance, but the mechanism by which antibiotics promote horizontal dissemination of SCCmec is largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that many antibiotics, including β-lactams, can induce the expression of ccrC1 and SCCmec excision from the bacterial chromosome...
March 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333270/environmental-and-genetic-modulation-of-the-phenotypic-expression-of-antibiotic-resistance
#2
Diarmaid Hughes, Dan I Andersson
Antibiotic resistance can be acquired by mutation or horizontal transfer of a resistance gene, and generally an acquired mechanism results in a predictable increase in phenotypic resistance. However, recent findings suggest that the environment and/or the genetic context can modify the phenotypic expression of specific resistance genes/mutations. An important implication from these findings is that a given genotype does not always result in the expected phenotype. This dissociation of genotype and phenotype has important consequences for clinical bacteriology and for our ability to predict resistance phenotypes from genetics and DNA sequences...
March 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327522/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-shewanella-phage-host-system-from-the-gut-of-the-tunicate-ciona-intestinalis
#3
Brittany Leigh, Charlotte Karrer, John P Cannon, Mya Breitbart, Larry J Dishaw
Outnumbering all other biological entities on earth, bacteriophages (phages) play critical roles in structuring microbial communities through bacterial infection and subsequent lysis, as well as through horizontal gene transfer. While numerous studies have examined the effects of phages on free-living bacterial cells, much less is known regarding the role of phage infection in host-associated biofilms, which help to stabilize adherent microbial communities. Here we report the cultivation and characterization of a novel strain of Shewanella fidelis from the gut of the marine tunicate Ciona intestinalis, inducible prophages from the S...
March 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321006/genetic-characterization-of-soybean-rhizobia-isolated-from-different-ecological-zones-in-north-eastern-afghanistan
#4
Safiullah Habibi, Abdul Ghani Ayubi, Naoko Ohkama-Ohtsu, Hitoshi Sekimoto, Tadashi Yokoyama
Seventy rhizobial isolates were obtained from the root nodules of two soybean (Glycine max) cultivars: Japanese cultivar Enrei and USA cultivar Stine3300, which were inoculated with different soil samples from Afghanistan. In order to study the genetic properties of the isolates, the DNA sequences of the 16S rRNA gene and symbiotic genes (nodD1 and nifD) were elucidated. Furthermore, the isolates were inoculated into the roots of two soybean cultivars, and root nodule numbers and nitrogen fixation abilities were subsequently evaluated in order to assess symbiotic performance...
March 17, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274202/identification-of-constraints-influencing-the-bacterial-genomes-evolution-in-the-pvc-super-phylum
#5
Sandrine Pinos, Pierre Pontarotti, Didier Raoult, Vicky Merhej
BACKGROUND: Horizontal transfer plays an important role in the evolution of bacterial genomes, yet it obeys several constraints, including the ecological opportunity to meet other organisms, the presence of transfer systems, and the fitness of the transferred genes. Bacteria from the Planctomyctetes, Verrumicrobia, Chlamydiae (PVC) super-phylum have a compartmentalized cell plan delimited by an intracytoplasmic membrane that might constitute an additional constraint with particular impact on bacterial evolution...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265569/functional-roles-and-therapeutic-applications-of-exosomes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Laura Santangelo, Cecilia Battistelli, Claudia Montaldo, Franca Citarella, Raffaele Strippoli, Carla Cicchini
Exosomes are important in intercellular communication. They assure the horizontal transfer of specific functional contents (i.e., proteins, lipids, RNA molecules, and circulating DNA) from donor to recipient cells. Notably, tumor-derived exosomes (TDEs) appear to be an important vehicle of specific signals in cancer, impacting on tumor growth and metastasis. Recent researches point to the characterization of exosomes in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), the major adult liver malignancy. In this review, we summarize current findings on HCC exosomes, focusing on the identification of noncoding RNAs as exosome-enriched functional regulators and new potential biomarkers...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256033/extracellular-vesicles-as-trans-genomic-agents-emerging-roles-in-disease-and-evolution
#7
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Yumi Kawamura, Yusuke Yamamoto, Taka-Aki Sato, Takahiro Ochiya
The composition of genetic material in extracellular vesicles (EVs) has sparked interest particularly in the potential for horizontal gene transfer by EVs. While the RNA content of EVs has been studied extensively, few reports have examined the DNA content of EVs. It is still unclear how DNA is packaged inside EVs, and whether they are functional in recipient cells. In this review paper we describe the biological significance of genetic material in EVs and their possible impacts in recipient cells, with focus on DNA from cancer cell-derived EVs and the potential roles they may play in the cancer microenvironment...
March 3, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223970/tet-c-gene-transfer-between-chlamydia-suis-strains-occurs-by-homologous-recombination-after-co-infection-implications-for-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-among-chlamydiaceae
#8
Hanna Marti, Hoyon Kim, Sandeep J Joseph, Stacey Dojiri, Timothy D Read, Deborah Dean
Chlamydia suis is a swine pathogen that has also recently been found to cause zoonotic infections of the human eye, pharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Many strains contain a tetracycline class C gene [tet(C)] cassette that confers tetracycline resistance. The cassette was likely originally acquired by horizontal gene transfer from a Gram-negative donor after the introduction of tetracycline into animal feed in the 1950s. Various research groups have described the capacity for different Chlamydia species to exchange DNA by homologous recombination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211334/adsorption-capacity-of-multiple-dna-sources-to-clay-minerals-and-environmental-soil-matrices-less-than-previously-estimated
#9
Courtney M Gardner, Claudia K Gunsch
The cultivation and consumption of transgenic crops continues to be a widely debated topic, as the potential ecological impacts are not fully understood. In particular, because antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) have historically been used as selectable markers in the genetic engineering of transgenic crops, it is important to determine if the genetic constructs found in decomposing transgenic crops persist long enough in the environment and if they can be transferred horizontally to indigenous microorganisms...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207825/discovery-of-a-new-family-of-relaxases-in-firmicutes-bacteria
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Gayetri Ramachandran, Andrés Miguel-Arribas, David Abia, Praveen K Singh, Isidro Crespo, César Gago-Córdoba, Jian An Hao, Juan Roman Luque-Ortega, Carlos Alfonso, Ling J Wu, D Roeland Boer, Wilfried J J Meijer
Antibiotic resistance is a serious global problem. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARG), which are widespread in environmental bacteria, can be transferred to pathogenic bacteria via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Gut microbiomes are especially apt for the emergence and dissemination of ARG. Conjugation is the HGT route that is predominantly responsible for the spread of ARG. Little is known about conjugative elements of Gram-positive bacteria, including those of the phylum Firmicutes, which are abundantly present in gut microbiomes...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195532/horizontal-transfer-of-whole-mitochondria-restores-tumorigenic-potential-in-mitochondrial-dna-deficient-cancer-cells
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Lan-Feng Dong, Jaromira Kovarova, Martina Bajzikova, Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta, David Svec, Berwini Endaya, Karishma Sachaphibulkij, Ana R Coelho, Natasa Sebkova, Anna Ruzickova, An S Tan, Katarina Kluckova, Kristyna Judasova, Katerina Zamecnikova, Zuzana Rychtarcikova, Vinod Gopalan, Margaryta Sobol, Bing Yan, Bijay Pattnaik, Naveen Bhatraju, Jaroslav Truksa, Pavel Stopka, Pavel Hozak, Alfred Lam, Radislav Sedlacek, Paulo J Oliveira, Mikael Kubista, Anurag Agrawal, Katerina Dvorakova-Hortova, Jakub Rohlena, Michael V Berridge, Jiri Neuzil
Recently we showed that generation of tumours in syngeneic mice by cells devoid of mitochondrial (mt) DNA (ρ(0) cells) is linked to acquisition of the host mtDNA. However, the mechanism of mtDNA movement between cells remains unresolved. To determine whether transfer of mtDNA involves whole mitochondria, we injected B16ρ(0) mouse melanoma cells into syngeneic C57BL/6N(su9-DsRed2) mice that express red fluorescent protein in their mitochondria. We document that mtDNA is acquired by transfer of whole mitochondria from the host animal, leading to normalisation of mitochondrial respiration...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184216/porphyromonas-gingivalis-uses-specific-domain-rearrangements-and-allelic-exchange-to-generate-diversity-in-surface-virulence-factors
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Stuart G Dashper, Helen L Mitchell, Christine A Seers, Simon L Gladman, Torsten Seemann, Dieter M Bulach, P Scott Chandry, Keith J Cross, Steven M Cleal, Eric C Reynolds
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen of chronic periodontitis. The virulence of P. gingivalis is reported to be strain related and there are currently a number of strain typing schemes based on variation in capsular polysaccharide, the major and minor fimbriae and adhesin domains of Lys-gingipain (Kgp), amongst other surface proteins. P. gingivalis can exchange chromosomal DNA between strains by natural competence and conjugation. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic variability of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137844/multiple-horizontal-transfers-of-nuclear-ribosomal-genes-between-phylogenetically-distinct-grass-lineages
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Václav Mahelka, Karol Krak, David Kopecký, Judith Fehrer, Jan Šafář, Jan Bartoš, Roman Hobza, Nicolas Blavet, Frank R Blattner
The movement of nuclear DNA from one vascular plant species to another in the absence of fertilization is thought to be rare. Here, nonnative rRNA gene [ribosomal DNA (rDNA)] copies were identified in a set of 16 diploid barley (Hordeum) species; their origin was traceable via their internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequence to five distinct Panicoideae genera, a lineage that split from the Pooideae about 60 Mya. Phylogenetic, cytogenetic, and genomic analyses implied that the nonnative sequences were acquired between 1 and 5 Mya after a series of multiple events, with the result that some current Hordeum sp...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128333/comb-proteins-expression-levels-determine-helicobacter-pylori-competence-capacity
#14
Christopher Corbinais, Aurélie Mathieu, Prashant P Damke, Thierry Kortulewski, Didier Busso, Mariano Prado-Acosta, J Pablo Radicella, Stéphanie Marsin
Helicobacter pylori chronically colonises half of the world's human population and is the main cause of ulcers and gastric cancers. Its prevalence and the increase in antibiotic resistance observed recently reflect the high genetic adaptability of this pathogen. Together with high mutation rates and an efficient DNA recombination system, horizontal gene transfer through natural competence makes of H. pylori one of the most genetically diverse bacteria. We show here that transformation capacity is enhanced in strains defective for recN, extending previous work with other homologous recombination genes...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104347/bacterial-resistance-to-antibodies-a-model-evolutionary-study
#15
Lawrence S Schulman
The tangled nature model of evolution (reviewed in the main text) is adapted for use in the study of antibody resistance acquired by horizontal gene transfer. Exchanges of DNA and the acquisition of resistant gene sequences are considered. For the parameters used, resistant strains rapidly proliferate and dominate, although initial intense antibiotic treatment can occasionally prevent this. Variation in genome distribution appears to be long tailed. If this is reflected in nature, the occurrence of resistant bacterial strains can be expected, as well as considerable variation in patient outcomes...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096488/novel-superspreader-bacteriophages-promote-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transformation
#16
Eric C Keen, Valery V Bliskovsky, Francisco Malagon, James D Baker, Jeffrey S Prince, James S Klaus, Sankar L Adhya
Bacteriophages infect an estimated 10(23) to 10(25) bacterial cells each second, many of which carry physiologically relevant plasmids (e.g., those encoding antibiotic resistance). However, even though phage-plasmid interactions occur on a massive scale and have potentially significant evolutionary, ecological, and biomedical implications, plasmid fate upon phage infection and lysis has not been investigated to date. Here we show that a subset of the natural lytic phage population, which we dub "superspreaders," releases substantial amounts of intact, transformable plasmid DNA upon lysis, thereby promoting horizontal gene transfer by transformation...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096446/the-rpn-yhga-like-proteins-of-escherichia-coli-k-12-and-their-contribution-to-reca-independent-horizontal-transfer
#17
Anthony W Kingston, Christine Ponkratz, Elisabeth A Raleigh
Bacteria use a variety of DNA mobilizing enzymes to facilitate environmental niche adaptation via horizontal gene transfer. This has led to real world problems, like the spread of antibiotic resistance, yet many mobilization proteins remain undefined. Here, we investigate the uncharacterized family of YhgA-like "transposase_31" proteins (PF04754). Our primary focus was the genetic and biochemical properties of the five E. coli K-12 members of this family, which we designate RpnA-RpnE for recombination promoting nuclease...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077296/extracellular-vesicle-communication-pathways-as-regulatory-targets-of-oncogenic-transformation
#18
REVIEW
Dongsic Choi, Tae Hoon Lee, Cristiana Spinelli, Shilpa Chennakrishnaiah, Esterina D'Asti, Janusz Rak
Pathogenesis of human cancers bridges intracellular oncogenic driver events and their impact on intercellular communication. Among multiple mediators of this 'pathological connectivity' the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their subsets (exosomes, ectosomes, oncosomes) is of particular interest for several reasons. The release of EVs from cancer cells represents a unique mechanism of regulated expulsion of bioactive molecules, a process that also mediates cell-to-cell transfer of lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids...
January 8, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067866/horizontally-acquired-at-rich-genes-in-escherichia-coli-cause-toxicity-by-sequestering-rna-polymerase
#19
Lisa E Lamberte, Gabriele Baniulyte, Shivani S Singh, Anne M Stringer, Richard P Bonocora, Mathew Stracy, Achillefs N Kapanidis, Joseph T Wade, David C Grainger
Horizontal gene transfer permits rapid dissemination of genetic elements between individuals in bacterial populations. Transmitted DNA sequences may encode favourable traits. However, if the acquired DNA has an atypical base composition, it can reduce host fitness. Consequently, bacteria have evolved strategies to minimize the harmful effects of foreign genes. Most notably, xenogeneic silencing proteins bind incoming DNA that has a higher AT content than the host genome. An enduring question has been why such sequences are deleterious...
January 9, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067311/supra-operonic-clusters-of-functionally-related-genes-socs-are-a-source-of-horizontal-gene-co-transfers
#20
Tin Yau Pang, Martin J Lercher
Adaptation of bacteria occurs predominantly via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). While it is widely recognized that horizontal acquisitions frequently encompass multiple genes, it is unclear what the size distribution of successfully transferred DNA segments looks like and what evolutionary forces shape this distribution. Here, we identified 1790 gene family pairs that were consistently co-gained on the same branches across a phylogeny of 53 E. coli strains. We estimated a lower limit of their genomic distances at the time they were transferred to their host genomes; this distribution shows a sharp upper bound at 30 kb...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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