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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 (ARMs) 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...
May 19, 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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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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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502981/mechanisms-of-gene-flow-in-archaea
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Alexander Wagner, Rachel J Whitaker, David J Krause, Jan-Hendrik Heilers, Marleen van Wolferen, Chris van der Does, Sonja-Verena Albers
Archaea are diverse, ecologically important, single-celled microorganisms. They have unique functions and features, such as methanogenesis and the composition of their cell envelope, although many characteristics are shared with the other domains of life, either through ancestry or through promiscuous horizontal gene transfer. The exchange of genetic material is a major driving force for genome evolution across the tree of life and has a role in archaeal speciation, adaptation and maintenance of diversity. In this Review, we discuss our current knowledge of archaeal mechanisms of DNA transfer and highlight the role of gene transfer in archaeal evolution...
May 15, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459967/survival-and-electrotransformation-of-pseudomonas-syringae-strains-under-simulated-cloud-like-conditions
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Laurine S Blanchard, Anaïs Monin, Hounaïda Ouertani, Lamia Touaibia, Elisa Michel, François Buret, Pascal Simonet, Cindy E Morris, Sandrine Demanèche
To diversify their genetic material, and thereby allow adaptation to environmental disturbances and colonization of new ecological niches, bacteria use various evolutionary processes, including the acquisition of new genetic material by horizontal transfer mechanisms such as conjugation, transduction and transformation. Electrotransformation mediated by lightning-related electrical phenomena may constitute an additional gene transfer mechanism occurring in nature. The presence in clouds of bacteria such as Pseudomonas syringae capable of forming ice nuclei that lead to precipitation and that are likely to be involved in triggering lightning, led us to postulate that natural electrotransformation in clouds may contribute to the adaptive potential of these bacteria...
April 28, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458094/in-and-out-contribution-of-natural-transformation-to-the-shuffling-of-large-genomic-regions
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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/28443072/distribution-of-integrons-and-phylogenetic-groups-among-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-children-5-years-of-age-in-delhi-india
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Taru Singh, Shukla Das, V G Ramachandran, Sayim Wani, Dheeraj Shah, Khan A Maroof, Aditi Sharma
Integrons by means of horizontal gene transfer carry multidrug resistance genes (MDR) among bacteria, including E. coli. The aim of this study was to determine the antibiotic resistance profiles and the genes associated with them, to gain insights in the distribution of phylogroups, prevalence, and characterization of class 1, 2 and 3 integrons among Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) isolates, from children upto 5 years of age from Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR), India. A total of 120 E. coli isolates, including 80 from diarrheagenic E...
2017: Frontiers 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/28426805/evidence-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transposase-gene-analyses-in-fervidobacterium-species
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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/28424528/elucidation-of-quantitative-structural-diversity-of-remarkable-rearrangement-regions-shufflons-in-inci2-plasmids
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Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Michiko Kawanishi, Mamoru Ohnishi, Ayaka Shima, Kengo Kato, Akifumi Yamashita, Mari Matsui, Satowa Suzuki, Makoto Kuroda
A multiple DNA inversion system, the shufflon, exists in incompatibility (Inc) I1 and I2 plasmids. The shufflon generates variants of the PilV protein, a minor component of the thin pilus. The shufflon is one of the most difficult regions for de novo genome assembly because of its structural diversity even in an isolated bacterial clone. We determined complete genome sequences, including those of IncI2 plasmids carrying mcr-1, of three Escherichia coli strains using single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing and Illumina sequencing...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421059/phages-in-the-human-body
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REVIEW
Ferran Navarro, Maite Muniesa
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have re-emerged as powerful regulators of bacterial populations in natural ecosystems. Phages invade the human body, just as they do other natural environments, to such an extent that they are the most numerous group in the human virome. This was only revealed in recent metagenomic studies, despite the fact that the presence of phages in the human body was reported decades ago. The influence of the presence of phages in humans has yet to be evaluated; but as in marine environments, a clear role in the regulation of bacterial populations could be envisaged, that might have an impact on human health...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416702/massive-horizontal-transfer-of-transposable-elements-in-insects
#17
Jean Peccoud, Vincent Loiseau, Richard Cordaux, Clément Gilbert
Horizontal transfer (HT) of genetic material is central to the architecture and evolution of prokaryote genomes. Within eukaryotes, the majority of HTs reported so far are transfers of transposable elements (TEs). These reports essentially come from studies focusing on specific lineages or types of TEs. Because of the lack of large-scale survey, the amount and impact of HT of TEs (HTT) in eukaryote evolution, as well as the trends and factors shaping these transfers, are poorly known. Here, we report a comprehensive analysis of HTT in 195 insect genomes, representing 123 genera and 13 of the 28 insect orders...
May 2, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412903/phage-life-cycles-behind-bacterial-biodiversity
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Tomasz Olszak, Agnieszka Latka, Bartosz Roszniowski, Miguel Angel Valvano, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Bacteriophages (phages or bacterial viruses) are the most abundant biological entities in our planet; their influence reaches far beyond the microorganisms they parasitize. Phages are present in every environment and shape up every bacterial population in both active and passive ways. They participate in the circulation of organic matter and drive the evolution of microorganisms by horizontal gene transfer at unprecedented scales. The mass flow of genetic information in the microbial world influences the biosphere and poses challenges for science and medicine...
April 13, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411227/fate-and-persistence-of-a-pathogenic-ndm-1-positive-escherichia-coli-strain-in-anaerobic-and-aerobic-sludge-microcosms
#19
David Mantilla-Calderon, Pei-Ying Hong
The presence of emerging biological pollutants in treated wastewater effluents has gained attention due to increased interest in water reuse. To evaluate the effectiveness of the removal of such contaminants by the conventional wastewater treatment process, the fate and decay kinetics of NDM-1-positive Escherichia coli strain PI7 and its plasmid-encoded antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) were assessed in microcosms of anaerobic and aerobic sludge. Results showed that E. coli PI7 decayed at a significantly slower rate under anaerobic conditions...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411218/the-conjugative-relaxase-trwc-promotes-integration-of-foreign-dna-in-the-human-genome
#20
Coral González-Prieto, Richard Gabriel, Christoph Dehio, Manfred Schmidt, Matxalen Llosa
Bacterial conjugation is a mechanism of horizontal DNA transfer. The relaxase TrwC of the conjugative plasmid R388 cleaves one strand of the transferred DNA at the oriT, covalently attaches to it and leads the ssDNA into the recipient cell. In addition, TrwC catalyzes site-specific integration of the transferred DNA into its target sequence present in the genome of the recipient bacterium. Here, we report the analysis of the efficiency and specificity of the integrase activity of TrwC in human cells, using the Type IV Secretion System of the human pathogen Bartonella henselae to introduce relaxase-DNA complexes...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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