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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821776/mineralization-and-preservation-of-an-extremotolerant-bacterium-isolated-from-an-early-mars-analog-environment
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F Gaboyer, C Le Milbeau, M Bohmeier, P Schwendner, P Vannier, K Beblo-Vranesevic, E Rabbow, F Foucher, P Gautret, R Guégan, A Richard, A Sauldubois, P Richmann, A K Perras, C Moissl-Eichinger, C S Cockell, P Rettberg, Marteinsson, E Monaghan, P Ehrenfreund, L Garcia-Descalzo, F Gomez, M Malki, R Amils, P Cabezas, N Walter, F Westall
The artificial mineralization of a polyresistant bacterial strain isolated from an acidic, oligotrophic lake was carried out to better understand microbial (i) early mineralization and (ii) potential for further fossilisation. Mineralization was conducted in mineral matrixes commonly found on Mars and Early-Earth, silica and gypsum, for 6 months. Samples were analyzed using microbiological (survival rates), morphological (electron microscopy), biochemical (GC-MS, Microarray immunoassay, Rock-Eval) and spectroscopic (EDX, FTIR, RAMAN spectroscopy) methods...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817263/responses-of-periphyton-to-fe2o3-nanoparticles-a-physiological-and-ecological-basis-for-defending-nanotoxicity
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Jun Tang, Ningyuan Zhu, Yan Zhu, Junzhuo Liu, Chenxi Wu, Philip G Kerr, Yonghong Wu, Kwan Sing Paul Kwan-Sing Lam
The toxic effects of nanoparticles on individual organisms have been widely investigated, while few studies have investigated the effects of nanoparticles on ubiquitous multi-community microbial aggregates. Here, periphyton as a model of microbial aggregates, was employed to investigate the responses of microbial aggregates exposed continuously to Fe2O3 nanoparticles (5.0 mg L-1) for 30 days. The Fe2O3 nanoparticles enter the microbial cells of the periphyton and disperse in the cytoplasm. The exposure to Fe2O3 nanoparticles results in the chlorophyll (a, b and c) contents of periphyton increasing and the total antioxidant capacity decreasing...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812152/native-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-symbiosis-alters-foliar-bacterial-community-composition
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Anbu Poosakkannu, Riitta Nissinen, Minna-Maarit Kytöviita
The effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on plant-associated microbes are poorly known. We tested the hypothesis that colonization by an AM fungus affects microbial species richness and microbial community composition of host plant tissues. We grew the grass, Deschampsia flexuosa in a greenhouse with or without the native AM fungus, Claroideoglomus etunicatum. We divided clonally produced tillers into two parts: one inoculated with AM fungus spores and one without AM fungus inoculation (non-mycorrhizal, NM)...
August 15, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811383/interleukin-36-cytokines-may-overcome-microbial-immune-evasion-strategies-that-inhibit-interleukin-1-family-signaling
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REVIEW
Liselotte E Jensen
Pathogens deploy immune evasion strategies to successfully establish infections within their hosts. Naturally, the host responds by acquiring mechanisms to counter these strategies. There is increasing evidence that the three interleukin-36 (IL-36) cytokines, IL-36α, IL-36β and IL-36γ, play important roles in host immunity. With a focus on the skin as a target for microbial and viral invasion, the current knowledge of IL-36 functions is reviewed. Furthermore, the hypothesis that the IL-36s have evolved to counteract virulence factors is presented using viruses as an example...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811339/heritable-bovine-rumen-bacteria-are-phylogenetically-related-and-correlated-with-the-cow-s-capacity-to-harvest-energy-from-its-feed
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Goor Sasson, Sheerli Kruger Ben-Shabat, Eyal Seroussi, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Naama Shterzer, Shamay Yaacoby, Margret E Berg Miller, Bryan A White, Eran Halperin, Itzhak Mizrahi
Ruminants sustain a long-lasting obligatory relationship with their rumen microbiome dating back 50 million years. In this unique host-microbiome relationship, the host's ability to digest its feed is completely dependent on its coevolved microbiome. This extraordinary alliance raises questions regarding the dependent relationship between ruminants' genetics and physiology and the rumen microbiome structure, composition, and metabolism. To elucidate this relationship, we examined the association of host genetics with the phylogenetic and functional composition of the rumen microbiome...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805306/bioprocess-scale-up-down-as-integrative-enabling-technology-from-fluid-mechanics-to-systems-biology-and-beyond
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Frank Delvigne, Ralf Takors, Rob Mudde, Walter van Gulik, Henk Noorman
Efficient optimization of microbial processes is a critical issue for achieving a number of sustainable development goals, considering the impact of microbial biotechnology in agrofood, environment, biopharmaceutical and chemical industries. Many of these applications require scale-up after proof of concept. However, the behaviour of microbial systems remains unpredictable (at least partially) when shifting from laboratory-scale to industrial conditions. The need for robust microbial systems is thus highly needed in this context, as well as a better understanding of the interactions between fluid mechanics and cell physiology...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804483/the-impact-of-western-diet-and-nutrients-on-the-microbiota-and-immune-response-at-mucosal-interfaces
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REVIEW
Donjete Statovci, Mònica Aguilera, John MacSharry, Silvia Melgar
Recent findings point toward diet having a major impact on human health. Diets can either affect the gut microbiota resulting in alterations in the host's physiological responses or by directly targeting the host response. The microbial community in the mammalian gut is a complex and dynamic system crucial for the development and maturation of both systemic and mucosal immune responses. Therefore, the complex interaction between available nutrients, the microbiota, and the immune system are central regulators in maintaining homeostasis and fighting against invading pathogens at mucosal sites...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799904/circadian-coordination-of-antimicrobial-responses
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REVIEW
Paola Tognini, Christoph A Thaiss, Eran Elinav, Paolo Sassone-Corsi
Microbial infection poses a threat to organismal homeostasis and therefore must be efficiently counteracted by host defense mechanisms. It has been recently demonstrated that the immune system may anticipate an emerging pathogenic exposure through a heightened inflammatory state. Such anticipatory responses to fluctuating environmental conditions are typically orchestrated by the circadian clock, an intrinsic time-keeping system that adapts tissue physiology to diurnal variations in external influences. Here, we review current knowledge about the interplay between the circadian clock and antimicrobial responses...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797902/effects-of-microcystins-contamination-on-soil-enzyme-activities-and-microbial-community-in-two-typical-lakeside-soils
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Qing Cao, Alan D Steinman, Xiaomei Su, Liqiang Xie
A 30-day indoor incubation experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of different concentrations of microcystin (1, 10, 100 and 1000 μg eq. MC-LR L(-1)) on soil enzyme activity, soil respiration, physiological profiles, potential nitrification, and microbial abundance (total bacteria, total fungi, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and archaea) in two lakeside soils in China (Soil A from the lakeside of Lake Poyanghu at Jiujiang; Soil B from the lakeside of Lake Taihu at Suzhou). Of the enzymes tested, only phenol oxidase activity was negatively affected by microcystin application...
August 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795524/resin-foraging-dynamics-in-varroa-destructor-infested-hives-a-case-of-medication-of-kin
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Michelina Pusceddu, Giannella Piluzza, Panagiotis Theodorou, Franco Buffa, Luca Ruiu, Simonetta Bullitta, Ignazio Floris, Alberto Satta
Social insects have evolved colony behavioral, physiological and organizational adaptations (social immunity) to reduce the risks of parasitization and/or disease transmission. The collection of resin from various plants and its use in the hive as propolis, is a clear example of behavioral defense. For Apis mellifera, an increased propolis content in the hive may correspond to variations in the microbial load of the colony and to a down-regulation of an individual bee's immune response. However, many aspects of such antimicrobial mechanism still need to be clarified...
August 10, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792501/a-3-dimensional-mathematical-model-of-microbial-proliferation-that-generates-the-characteristic-cumulative-relative-abundance-distributions-in-gut-microbiomes
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Lena Takayasu, Wataru Suda, Eiichiro Watanabe, Shinji Fukuda, Kageyasu Takanashi, Hiroshi Ohno, Misako Takayasu, Hideki Takayasu, Masahira Hattori
The gut microbiome is highly variable among individuals, largely due to differences in host lifestyle and physiology. However, little is known about the underlying processes or rules that shape the complex microbial community. In this paper, we show that the cumulative relative abundance distribution (CRAD) of microbial species can be approximated by a power law function, and found that the power exponent of CRADs generated from 16S rRNA gene and metagenomic data for normal gut microbiomes of humans and mice was similar consistently with ∼0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791878/role-of-ergothioneine-in-microbial-physiology-and-pathogenesis
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Bridgette M Cumming, Krishna C Chinta, Vineel P Reddy, Adrie Jc Steyn
SIGNIFICANCE: L-ergothioneine is synthesized in actinomycetes, cyanobacteria, methylobacteria and some fungi. In contrast to other low molecular weight redox buffers, glutathione and mycothiol, ergothioneine is primarily present as a thione rather than a thiol at physiological pH, which makes it resistant to autoxidation. Ergothioneine regulates microbial physiology and enables survival of the microbes under stressful conditions encountered in their natural environments. In particular, ergothioneine enables pathogenic microbes, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), to withstand hostile environments within the host to establish infection...
August 9, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790932/the-effects-of-weaning-methods-on-gut-microbiota-composition-and-horse-physiology
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Núria Mach, Aline Foury, Sandra Kittelmann, Fabrice Reigner, Marco Moroldo, Maria Ballester, Diane Esquerré, Julie Rivière, Guillaume Sallé, Philippe Gérard, Marie-Pierre Moisan, Léa Lansade
Weaning has been described as one of the most stressful events in the life of horses. Given the importance of the interaction between the gut-brain axis and gut microbiota under stress, we evaluated (i) the effect of two different weaning methods on the composition of gut microbiota across time and (ii) how the shifts of gut microbiota composition after weaning affect the host. A total of 34 foals were randomly subjected to a progressive (P) or an abrupt (A) weaning method. In the P method, mares were separated from foals at progressively increasing intervals every day, starting from five min during the fourth week prior to weaning and ending with 6 h during the last week before weaning...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789934/targeting-calpains-a-novel-immunomodulatory-approach-for-microbial-infections
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REVIEW
Vijay Kumar, Ahmad Ali
Calpains are a family of Ca(2+) dependent cytosolic non-lysosomal proteases with well conserved cysteine-rich domains for enzymatic activity. Due to their functional dependency on Ca(2+) concentrations, they are involved in various cellular processes that are regulated by intracellular ca(2+) concentration (i.e. embryo development, cell development and migration, maintenance of cellular architecture and structure etc.). Calpains are widely studied proteases in mammalian (i.e. mouse and human) physiology and pathophysiology due to their ubiquitous presence...
August 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783713/aging-and-sarcopenia-associate-with-specific-interactions-between-gut-microbes-serum-biomarkers-and-host-physiology-in-rats
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Jay Siddharth, Anirikh Chakrabarti, Alice Pannérec, Sonia Karaz, Delphine Morin-Rivron, Mojgan Masoodi, Jerome N Feige, Scott James Parkinson
The microbiome has been demonstrated to play an integral role in the maintenance of many aspects of health that are also associated with aging. In order to identify areas of potential exploration and intervention, we simultaneously characterized age-related alterations in gut microbiome, muscle physiology and serum proteomic and lipidomic profiles in aged rats to define an integrated signature of the aging phenotype. We demonstrate that aging skews the composition of the gut microbiome, in particular by altering the Sutterella to Barneseilla ratio, and alters the metabolic potential of intestinal bacteria...
July 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783184/geobacter-sulfurreducens-pili-support-ohmic-electronic-conduction-in-aqueous-solution
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Nicole L Ing, Tyler D Nusca, Allon I Hochbaum
The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens is a model biological catalyst in microbial electrochemical devices. G. sulfurreducens forms electrically conductive, electrode-associated biofilms, but the biological structures mediating electrical conduction from cells to the electrodes are a matter of debate. Bacteria in these communities produce a network of fiber-like Type IV pili, which have been proposed to act either as inherent, protein-based electronic conductors, or as electronically inert scaffolds for cytochromes mediating long-range charge transport...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782570/nanomedicine-and-advanced-technologies-for-burns-preventing-infection-and-facilitating-wound-healing
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Mirza Ali Mofazzal Jahromi, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, Seyed Masoud Moosavi Basri, Keyvan Sahandi Zangabad, Ameneh Ghamarypour, Amir R Aref, Mahdi Karimi, Michael R Hamblin
According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, an estimated 265,000 deaths still occur every year as a direct result of burn injuries. A widespread range of these deaths induced by burn wound happens in low- and middle-income countries, where survivors face a lifetime of morbidity. Most of the deaths occur due to infections when a high percentage of the external regions of the body area is affected. Microbial nutrient availability, skin barrier disruption, and vascular supply destruction in burn injuries as well as systemic immunosuppression are important parameters that cause burns to be susceptible to infections...
August 3, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782454/use-of-gifu-anaerobic-medium-for-culturing-32-dominant-species-of-human-gut-microbes-and-its-evaluation-based-on-short-chain-fatty-acids-fermentation-profiles
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Aina Gotoh, Misaki Nara, Yuta Sugiyama, Mikiyasu Sakanaka, Hiroyuki Yachi, Aya Kitakata, Akira Nakagawa, Hiromichi Minami, Shujiro Okuda, Toshihiko Katoh, Takane Katayama, Shin Kurihara
Recently, a "human gut microbial gene catalogue," which ranks the dominance of microbe genus/species in human fecal samples, was published. Most of the bacteria ranked in the catalog are currently publicly available; however, the growth media recommended by the distributors vary among species, hampering physiological comparisons among the bacteria. To address this problem, we evaluated Gifu anaerobic medium (GAM) as a standard medium. Forty-four publicly available species of the top 56 species listed in the "human gut microbial gene catalogue" were cultured in GAM, and out of these, 32 (72%) were successfully cultured...
August 7, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781938/foodborne-infectious-diseases-mediated-by-inappropriate-infection-control-in-food-service-businesses-and-relevant-countermeasures-in-korea
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REVIEW
Jong Myong Park, Young-Hyun You, Hyun-Min Cho, Ji Won Hong, Sa-Youl Ghim
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review is to propose an appropriate course of action for improving the guidelines followed by food handlers for control of infection. For this purpose, previous epidemiological reports related to acute gastroenteritis in food service businesses mediated by food handlers were intensively analyzed. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified in international databases. We selected eligible papers reporting foodborne infectious disease outbreaks...
June 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780492/known-unknowns-how-might-the-persistent-herpesvirome-shape-immunity-and-aging
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REVIEW
Janko Nikolich-Zugich, Felicia Goodrum, Kenneth Knox, Megan J Smithey
The microbial community that colonizes all living organisms is gaining appreciation for its contributions to both physiologic and pathogenic processes. The virome, a subset of the overall microbiome, large and diverse, including viruses that persistently inhabit host cells, endogenous viral elements genomically or epigenomically integrated into cells, and viruses that infect the other (bacterial, protozoan, fungal, and archaeal) microbiome phylla. These viruses live in the organism for its life, and therefore are to be considered part of the aging process experienced by the organism...
August 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
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