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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630398/hcf-1-encoded-by-baculovirus-acmnpv-is-required-for-productive-nucleopolyhedrovirus-infection-of-non-permissive-tn368-cells
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Ami Tachibana, Rina Hamajima, Moe Tomizaki, Takuya Kondo, Yoshie Nanba, Michihiro Kobayashi, Hayato Yamada, Motoko Ikeda
Baculovirus Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) replicates in both Spodoptera frugiperda Sf21 and Trichoplusia ni Tn368 cells, whereas AcMNPV defective in hcf-1 (host cell-factor 1) gene productively infects only Sf21 cells, indicating that HCF-1 is indispensable for the AcMNPV productive infection of Tn368 cells. Here, we demonstrated that HCF-1 protein transiently expressed in Tn368 cells promotes the DNA synthesis of Hyphantria cunea MNPV (HycuMNPV), Orygia pseudotsugata MNPV and Bombyx mori NPV, which are normally unable to replicate in Tn368 cells...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621762/the-landscape-of-the-emergence-of-life
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Sohan Jheeta
This paper reports on the various nuances of the origins of life on Earth and highlights the latest findings in that arena as reported at the Network of Researchers on Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor (NoR HGT and LUCA) which was held from the 3-4th November 2016 at the Open University, UK. Although the answers to the question of the origin of life on Earth will not be fathomable anytime soon, a wide variety of subject matter was able to be covered, ranging from examining what constitutes a LUCA, looking at viral connections and "from RNA to DNA", i...
June 16, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620358/the-transcriptional-regulators-of-the-crp-family-regulate-different-essential-bacterial-functions-and-can-be-inherited-vertically-and-horizontally
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Gloria Soberón-Chávez, Luis D Alcaraz, Estefanía Morales, Gabriel Y Ponce-Soto, Luis Servín-González
One of the best-studied transcriptional regulatory proteins in bacteria is the Escherichia coli catabolite repressor protein (CRP) that when complexed with 3'-5'-cyclic AMP (cAMP) changes its conformation and interacts with specific DNA-sequences. CRP DNA-binding can result in positive or negative regulation of gene expression depending on the position of its interaction with respect to RNA polymerase binding site. The aim of this work is to review the biological role and phylogenetic relations that some members of the CRP family of transcriptional regulators (also known as cAMP receptor protein family) have in different bacterial species...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612702/genetic-variability-and-population-structure-of-the-new-world-begomovirus-euphorbia-yellow-mosaic-virus
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Talita Bernardon Mar, César Augusto Diniz Xavier, Alison Talis Martins Lima, Angélica Maria Nogueira, José Cleydson Ferreira Silva, Roberto Ramos-Sobrinho, Douglas Lau, F Murilo Zerbini
The emergence of begomoviruses (whitefly-transmitted viruses classified in the genus Begomovirus, family Geminiviridae) in Brazil probably occurred by horizontal transfer from non-cultivated plants after the introduction of Bemisia tabaci MEAM1. The centre of diversity of Euphorbia heterophylla (Euphorbiaceae) is located in Brazil and Paraguay, where it is an invasive species in soybean and other crops. Reports of possible begomovirus infection of E. heterophylla in Brazil date back to the 1950s. In 2011, Euphorbia yellow mosaic virus (EuYMV) was described in symptomatic plants collected in the Brazilian state of Goiás...
June 13, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600959/beyond-the-canonical-strategies-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-prokaryotes
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REVIEW
Cristina García-Aljaro, Elisenda Ballesté, Maite Muniesa
Efforts to identify and characterize strategies for horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in prokaryotes could have overlooked some mechanisms that do not entirely fit in with the canonical ones most often described (conjugation of plasmids, phage transduction and transformation). The difficulty in distinguishing the different HGT strategies could have contributed to underestimate their real extent. Here we review non classical HGT strategies: some that require mobile genetic elements (MGEs) and others independent of MGE...
June 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596758/a-functional-metagenomic-analysis-of-tetracycline-resistance-in-cheese-bacteria
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Ana B Flórez, Lucía Vázquez, Baltasar Mayo
Metagenomic techniques have been successfully used to monitor antibiotic resistance genes in environmental, animal and human ecosystems. However, despite the claim that the food chain plays a key role in the spread of antibiotic resistance, metagenomic analysis has scarcely been used to investigate food systems. The present work reports a functional metagenomic analysis of the prevalence and evolution of tetracycline resistance determinants in a raw-milk, blue-veined cheese during manufacturing and ripening...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592722/release-and-constancy-of-an-antibiotic-resistance-gene-in-seawater-under-grazing-stress-by-ciliates-and-heterotrophic-nanoflagellates
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Thi Lan Thanh Bien, Ngo Vy Thao, Shin-Ichi Kitamura, Yumiko Obayashi, Satoru Suzuki
Extracellular DNA (exDNA) is released from bacterial cells through various processes. The antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) coded on exDNA may be horizontally transferred among bacterial communities by natural transformation. We quantitated the released/leaked tetracycline resistance gene, tet(M) over time under grazing stress by ciliates and heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNFs), and found that extracellular tet(M) (ex-tetM) increased with bacterial grazing. Separate microcosms containing tet(M)-possessing bacteria with ciliates or HNFs were prepared...
June 8, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591314/complete-plasmid-sequence-carrying-type-iv-like-and-type-vii-secretion-systems-from-an-atypical-mycobacteria-strain
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Sergio Mascarenhas Morgado, Michel Abanto Marín, Fernanda S Freitas, Erica Lourenço Fonseca, Ana Carolina Paulo Vicente
The genus Mycobacterium is highly diverse and ubiquitous in nature, comprehending fast- and slow-growing species with distinct impact in public health. The plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer represents one of the major events in bacteria evolution. Here, we report the complete sequence of a 160,489 bp circular plasmid (pCBMA213_2) from an atypical and fast-growing environmental mycobacteria. This is a unique plasmid, in comparison with the characterised mycobacteria plasmids, harboring a type IV-like and ESX-P2 type VII secretion systems...
July 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567486/xenobiology-state-of-the-art-ethics-and-philosophy-of-new-to-nature-organisms
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Markus Schmidt, Lei Pei, Nediljko Budisa
The basic chemical constitution of all living organisms in the context of carbon-based chemistry consists of a limited number of small molecules and polymers. Until the twenty-first century, biology was mainly an analytical science and has now reached a point where it merges with engineering science, paving the way for synthetic biology. One of the objectives of synthetic biology is to try to change the chemical compositions of living cells, that is, to create an artificial biological diversity, which in turn fosters a new sub-field of synthetic biology, xenobiology...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559293/a-conserved-metal-binding-motif-in-the-bacillus-subtilis-competence-protein-comfa-enhances-transformation
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Scott S Chilton, Tanya G Falbel, Susan Hromada, Briana M Burton
Genetic competence is a process in which cells are able to take up DNA from their environment, resulting in horizontal gene transfer, a major mechanism for generating diversity in bacteria. Many bacteria carry homologs of the central DNA uptake machinery that has been well characterized in Bacillus subtilis It has been postulated that the B. subtilis competence helicase ComFA belongs to the DEAD-box family of helicases/translocases. Here, we make a series of mutants to analyze conserved amino acid motifs in several regions of B...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550453/exchange-of-genetic-sequences-between-viruses-and-hosts
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Robin A Weiss
Although genetic transfer between viruses and vertebrate hosts occurs less frequently than gene flow between bacteriophages and prokaryotes, it is extensive and has affected the evolution of both parties. With retroviruses, the integration of proviral DNA into chromosomal DNA can result in the activation of adjacent host gene expression and in the transduction of host transcripts into retroviral genomes as oncogenes. Yet in contrast to lysogenic phage, there is little evidence that viral oncogenes persist in a chain of natural transmission or that retroviral transduction is a significant driver of the horizontal spread of host genes...
May 28, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548042/new-insights-into-reovirus-evolution-implications-from-a-newly-characterized-mycoreovirus
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Lijiang Liu, Jiasen Cheng, Yanping Fu, Huiquan Liu, Daohong Jiang, Jiatao Xie
We performed molecular cloning and complete genome sequencing of a novel mycoreovirus, Sclerotinia sclerotiorumreovirus 1 (SsReV1), isolated from an isolate of the phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. SsReV1 has a genome of 28 055 bp and is composed of 11 double-stranded RNA segments. With a combination of unique molecular features, virion shape and composition, and phylogenetic analysis, SsReV1 is significantly distinct from all known reoviruses and defines a novel genus in the family Reoviridae...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543018/multiple-ice-binding-proteins-of-probable-prokaryotic-origin-in-an-antarctic-lake-alga-chlamydomonas-sp-ice-mdv-chlorophyceae
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James A Raymond
Ice-associated algae produce ice-binding proteins (IBPs) to prevent freezing damage. The IBPs of the three chlorophytes that have been examined so far share little similarity across species, making it likely that they were acquired by horizontal gene transfer (HGT). To clarify the importance and source of IBPs in chlorophytes, we sequenced the IBP genes of another Antarctic chlorophyte, Chlamydomonas sp. ICE-MDV (Chlamy-ICE). Genomic DNA and total RNA were sequenced and screened for known ice-associated genes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541905/inferring-gene-species-assignments-in-the-presence-of-horizontal-gene-transfer
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Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Pawel Szczesny, Pawel Gorecki
BACKGROUND: Microbial communities from environmental samples show great diversity as bacteria quickly response to changes in their ecosystems. To assess the scenario of the actual changes, metagenomics experiments aimed at sequencing genomic DNA from such samples are performed. These new obtained sequences together with already known are used to infer phylogenetic trees assessing the taxonomic groups the species with these genes belong to. Here we propose the first approach to the gene-species assignment problem by using reconciliation with horizontal gene transfer...
May 24, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534829/variation-in-the-genetic-repertoire-of-viruses-infecting-micromonas-pusilla-reflects-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-links-to-their-environmental-distribution
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Jan F Finke, Danielle M Winget, Amy M Chan, Curtis A Suttle
Prasinophytes, a group of eukaryotic phytoplankton, has a global distribution and is infected by large double-stranded DNA viruses (prasinoviruses) in the family Phycodnaviridae. This study examines the genetic repertoire, phylogeny, and environmental distribution of phycodnaviruses infecting Micromonas pusilla, other prasinophytes and chlorophytes. Based on comparisons among the genomes of viruses infecting M. pusilla and other phycodnaviruses, as well as the genome from a host isolate of M. pusilla, viruses infecting M...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525986/the-lspc3-41i-restriction-modification-system-is-the-major-determinant-for-genetic-manipulations-of-lysinibacillus-sphaericus-c3-41
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Pan Fu, Yong Ge, Yiming Wu, Ni Zhao, Zhiming Yuan, Xiaomin Hu
BACKGROUND: Lysinibacillus sphaericus has been widely used in integrated mosquito control program and it is one of the minority bacterial species unable to metabolize carbohydrates. In consideration of the high genetic conservation at genomic level and difficulty of genetic horizontal transfer, it is hypothesized that effective restriction-modification (R-M) systems existed in mosquitocidal L. sphaericus. RESULTS: In this study, six type II R-M systems including LspC3-41I were predicted in L...
May 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525571/one-year-genome-evolution-of-lausannevirus-in-allopatric-versus-sympatric-conditions
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Linda Mueller, Claire Bertelli, Trestan Pillonel, Nicolas Salamin, Gilbert Greub
Amoeba-resisting microorganisms raised a great interest during the last decade. Among them, some large DNA viruses present huge genomes up to 2.5 Mb long, exceeding the size of small bacterial genomes. The rate of genome evolution in terms of mutation, deletion, and gene acquisition in these genomes is yet unknown. Given the suspected high plasticity of viral genomes, the microevolution of the 346 kb genome of Lausannevirus, a member of Megavirales, was studied. Hence, Lausannevirus was co-cultured within the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii over one year...
June 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523739/mechanisms-of-peptide-sex-pheromone-regulation-of-conjugation-in-enterococcus-faecalis
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Yuqing Chen, Arpan Bandyopadhyay, Briana K Kozlowicz, Heather A H Haemig, Albert Tai, Wei-Shou Hu, Gary M Dunny
In many gram positive bacteria, horizontal transfer and virulence are regulated by peptide-mediated cell-cell signaling. The heptapeptide cCF10 (C) activates conjugative transfer of the Enterococcus faecalis plasmid pCF10, whereas the iCF10 (I) peptide inhibits transfer. Both peptides bind to the same domain of the master transcription regulator PrgX, a repressor of transcription of the prgQ operon encoding conjugation genes. We show that repression of prgQ by PrgX tetramers requires formation of a pCF10 DNA loop where each of two PrgX DNA-binding sites is occupied by a dimer...
May 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510224/dna-supercoiling-is-a-fundamental-regulatory-principle-in-the-control-of-bacterial-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Charles J Dorman, Matthew J Dorman
Although it has become routine to consider DNA in terms of its role as a carrier of genetic information, it is also an important contributor to the control of gene expression. This regulatory principle arises from its structural properties. DNA is maintained in an underwound state in most bacterial cells and this has important implications both for DNA storage in the nucleoid and for the expression of genetic information. Underwinding of the DNA through reduction in its linking number potentially imparts energy to the duplex that is available to drive DNA transactions, such as transcription, replication and recombination...
September 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510216/dna-supercoiling-is-a-fundamental-regulatory-principle-in-the-control-of-bacterial-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Charles J Dorman, Matthew J Dorman
Although it has become routine to consider DNA in terms of its role as a carrier of genetic information, it is also an important contributor to the control of gene expression. This regulatory principle arises from its structural properties. DNA is maintained in an underwound state in most bacterial cells and this has important implications both for DNA storage in the nucleoid and for the expression of genetic information. Underwinding of the DNA through reduction in its linking number potentially imparts energy to the duplex that is available to drive DNA transactions, such as transcription, replication and recombination...
November 2016: Biophysical Reviews
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