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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345748/kudingcha-and-fuzhuan-brick-tea-prevent-obesity-and-modulate-gut-microbiota-in-high-fat-diet-fed-mice
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Guijie Chen, Minhao Xie, Zhuqing Dai, Peng Wan, Hong Ye, Xiaoxiong Zeng, Yi Sun
SCOPE: Kudingcha (KDC) from Ilex kudingcha and Fuzhuan brick tea (FBT) are popular beverages in China, and their preventive and therapeutic roles in metabolic disorders have been reported. However, the relationship between the gut microbiota modulatory effects of KDC and FBT and prevention of obesity is still not clearly understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: KDC and FBT were tested individually for their capacities to prevent obesity and modulate the gut microbiota in high-fat diet (HFD) fed C57BL/6J mice...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345191/enhanced-sulfide-removal-and-bioelectricity-generation-in-microbial-fuel-cells-with-anodes-modified-by-vertically-oriented-nanosheets
#2
Meng Yang, Yuezhi Zhong, Baogang Zhang, Jiaxin Shi, Xueyang Huang, Yi Xing, Lin Su, Huipeng Liu, Alistair G L Borthwick
Anode materials and structures are of critical importance for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) recovering energy from toxic substrates. Carbon-fiber-felt anodes modified by layers of vertically oriented TiO2 and Fe2O3 nanosheets respectively were applied in present study. Enhanced sulfide removal efficiencies (both over 90%) were obtained after 48 h operation, with maximum power densities improved by 1.53 and 1.36 folds compared with MFCs with raw carbon-fiber-felt anode, respectively. The modified anodes provided more active sites for microbial adhesion with increasing biomass densities...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344709/microbial-characterization-of-methanogenic-and-iron-reducing-consortium-in-reactors-with-polychlorinated-biphenyls
#3
Mara R de Lima E Silva, Regiane C Correa, Isabel K Sakamoto, Maria B A Varesche
Recent papers have confirmed current environmental pollution and the continuous release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) despite the prohibition of its manufacture worldwide. As the dehalogenating microorganisms are able to remove halogens from various analogous compounds, the characterization of PCB metabolisms can improve the degradation of similar compounds. Thus, this study extensively evaluated the microbial community developed in methanogenic and iron-reducing reactors. The horizontal-flow anaerobic reactor (HAIB) with real waste of Aroclor (1 mL L-1) was fed with mineral medium, ethanol, and sodium formate...
January 17, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342414/bacilli-community-of-saline-alkaline-soils-from-the-ararat-plain-armenia-assessed-by-molecular-and-culture-based-methods
#4
Hovik Panosyan, Anna Hakobyan, Nils-Kåre Birkeland, Armen Trchounian
The bacterial community composition in the A horizon of a natural saline-alkaline soil located in Ararat Plain (Armenia) was studied using molecular and culture-based methods The sequence analysis of a 16S rRNA gene clone library and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) profiles indicated dominance of Firmicutes populations. The majority of the sequences of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene library were close relatives of representatives belonging to the genera Halobacillus (41.2%), Piscibacillus (23.5%), Bacillus (23...
January 5, 2018: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341956/microbiome-associated-with-denture-malodour
#5
S Yitzhaki, L Reshef, U Gophna, M Rosenberg, N Sterer
In the past, our inability to cultivate most of the oral microorganisms has limited our view of this complex ecosystem. In the present study, we utilized next generation deep sequencing techniques to revisit the microbiome associated with denture malodour, a growing field with the rise in life expectancy. The study population comprised 26 full dentures patients (mean age 71 ± 6.4, 10 males, 16 females) who visited the Tel Aviv University dental geriatric clinic. Denture malodour was rated organoleptically by a single odour judge, and dentures scoring 2 and above were considered malodour positive...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341193/impact-of-trans-fats-on-heat-shock-protein-expression-and-the-gut-microbiota-profile-of-mice
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Gessika Cristina Borges Castro Carvalho, Carolina Soares Moura, Aline Rissetti Roquetto, Daniel Barrera-Arellano, Aureo Tatsumi Yamada, Andrey Dos Santos, Mário José Abdalla Saad, Jaime Amaya-Farfan
Partially hydrogenated oils are known to cause metabolic stress and dyslipidemia. This paper explores a new dimension about the interaction between dietary trans-fats and the defense heat-shock protein (HSP) system, inflammation, and the gut microbiota of mice consuming a hyperlipidic diet containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil free of animal fat. Five diet groups were installed: control diet, 2 hyperlipidic-partially hydrogenated-oil diets, each containing either casein or whey-protein hydrolysate (WPH) as protein source, and 2 consuming hyperlipidic-unhydrogenated-oil diets containing either WPH or casein as a protein source...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331688/coproheme-decarboxylases-phylogenetic-prediction-versus-biochemical-experiments
#7
Vera Pfanzagl, Laurenz Holcik, Daniel Maresch, Giulia Gorgone, Hanna Michlits, Paul G Furtmüller, Stefan Hofbauer
Coproheme decarboxylases (ChdCs) are enzymes responsible for the catalysis of the terminal step in the coproporphyrin-dependent heme biosynthesis pathway. Phylogenetic analyses confirm that the gene encoding for ChdCs is widespread throughout the bacterial world. It is found in monoderm bacteria (Firmicutes, Actinobacteria), diderm bacteria (e. g. Nitrospirae) and also in Archaea. In order to test phylogenetic prediction ChdC representatives from all clades were expressed and examined for their coproheme decarboxylase activity...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330494/characterizing-the-bacterial-microbiota-in-different-gastrointestinal-tract-segments-of-the-bactrian-camel
#8
Jing He, Li Yi, Le Hai, Liang Ming, Wanting Gao, Rimutu Ji
The bacterial community plays important roles in the gastrointestinal tracts (GITs) of animals. However, our understanding of the microbial communities in the GIT of Bactrian camels remains limited. Here, we describe the bacterial communities from eight different GIT segments (rumen, reticulum, abomasum, duodenum, ileum, jejunum, caecum, colon) and faeces determined from 11 Bactrian camels using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. Twenty-seven bacterial phyla were found in the GIT, with Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobia and Bacteroidetes predominating...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330433/effect-of-atorvastatin-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-high-fat-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemic-rats
#9
Tariq Jamal Khan, Youssri M Ahmed, Mazin A Zamzami, Saleh A Mohamed, Imran Khan, Othman A S Baothman, Mohamed G Mehanna, Muhammad Yasir
The aim of the present study was to investigate alterations in gut microbiota associated with hypercholesterolemia and treatment with atorvastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug. In this study, seven experimental groups of rats were developed based on diets [high-fat diet (HFD) and normal chow diet (NCD)] and various doses of atorvastatin in HFD and NCD groups. 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing was used to analyze the gut microbiota. Atorvastatin significantly reduced the cholesterol level in treated rats...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330119/temporal-changes-of-the-bacterial-community-colonizing-wheat-straw-in-the-cow-rumen
#10
Wei Jin, Ying Wang, Yuanfei Li, Yanfen Cheng, Weiyun Zhu
This study used Miseq pyrosequencing and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the temporal changes in the bacterial community tightly attached to wheat straw in the cow rumen. The wheat straw was incubated in the rumens and samples were recovered at various times. The wheat straw degradation exhibited three phases: the first degradation phase occurred within 0.5 h, and the second degradation phase occurred after 6 h, with a stalling phase occurring between 0.5 and 6 h. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the colonization of the microorganisms on the wheat straw over time...
January 9, 2018: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326168/cyclic-di-adenosine-monophosphate-c-di-amp-is-required-for-osmotic-regulation-in-staphylococcus-aureus-but-dispensable-for-viability-in-anaerobic-conditions
#11
Merve S Zeden, Christopher F Schuster, Lisa Bowman, Qiyun Zhong, Huw D Williams, Angelika Gründling
Cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a recently discovered signaling molecule important for the survival of Firmicutes, a large bacterial group that includes notable pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. However, the exact role of this molecule has not been identified. dacA, the S. aureus gene encoding the diadenylate cyclase enzyme required for c-di-AMP production, cannot be deleted when bacterial cells are grown in rich medium, indicating that c-di-AMP is required for growth in this condition...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326162/structural-basis-for-p-ppgpp-synthesis-by-the-staphylococcus-aureus-small-alarmone-synthetase-relp
#12
Melek Cemre Manav, Jelena Beljantseva, Martin Saxtorph Bojer, Tanel Tenson, Hanne Ingmer, Vasili Hauryliuk, Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen
The stringent response is a global reprogramming of bacterial physiology that renders cells more tolerant to antibiotics and induces virulence gene expression in pathogens in response to stress. This process is driven by accumulation of the intracellular alarmone guanosine-5'-di(tri)phosphate-3'-diphosphate ([p]ppGpp), which is produced by enzymes of the RelA SpoT homologue (RSH) family. The Gram-positive Firmicute pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, encodes three RSH enzymes: a multi-domain RSH (Rel) that senses amino acid starvation on the ribosome and two small alarmone synthetase (SAS) enzymes, RelQ (SAS1) and RelP (SAS2)...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325042/biochemistry-of-complex-glycan-depolymerisation-by-the-human-gut-microbiota
#13
Didier Ndeh, Harry J Gilbert
The human gut microbiota (HGM) makes an important contribution to health and disease. It is a complex microbial community of trillions of microbes with a majority of its members represented within two phyla, the Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes, although it also contains species of Actinobacteria and Proteobacteria. Reflecting its importance, the HGM is sometimes referred to as an 'organ' as it performs functions analogous to systemic tissues within the human host. The major nutrients available to the HGM are host and dietary complex carbohydrates...
January 9, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324644/nanocomposite-of-half-fin-anchovy-hydrolysates-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-exhibits-actual-non-toxicity-and-regulates-intestinal-microbiota-short-chain-fatty-acids-production-and-oxidative-status-in-mice
#14
Ru Song, Jianbin Yao, Qingqing Shi, Rongbian Wei
The nanocomposite of half-fin anchovy hydrolysates (HAHp) and zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) (named as HAHp(3.0)/ZnO NPs) demonstrated increased antibacterial activity compared to either HAHp(3.0) or ZnO NPs as per our previous studies. Also, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation was detected in Escherichia coli cells after treatment with HAHp(3.0)/ZnO NPs. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the acute toxicity of this nanocomposite and to investigate its effect on intestinal microbiota composition, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) production, and oxidative status in healthy mice...
January 11, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324294/microbial-community-of-a-gasworks-aquifer-and-identification-of-nitrate-reducing-azoarcus-and-georgfuchsia-as-key-players-in-btex-degradation
#15
Martin Sperfeld, Charlotte Rauschenbach, Gabriele Diekert, Sandra Studenik
We analyzed a coal tar polluted aquifer of a former gasworks site in Thuringia (Germany) for the presence and function of aromatic compound-degrading bacteria (ACDB) by 16S rRNA Illumina sequencing, bamA clone library sequencing and cultivation attempts. The relative abundance of ACDB was highest close to the source of contamination. Up to 44% of total 16S rRNA sequences were affiliated to ACDB including genera such as Azoarcus, Georgfuchsia, Rhodoferax, Sulfuritalea (all Betaproteobacteria) and Pelotomaculum (Firmicutes)...
December 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322139/effects-of-polysaccharides-from-purple-sweet-potatoes-on-immune-response-and-gut-microbiota-composition-in-normal-and-cyclophosphamide-treated-mice
#16
Chao Tang, Jian Sun, Bo Zhou, Changhai Jin, Jun Liu, Juan Kan, Chunlu Qian, Nianfeng Zhang
In this study, three polysaccharides including water-soluble polysaccharide (WSP), dilute alkali-soluble polysaccharide (DASP) and concentrated alkali-soluble polysaccharide (CASP) were extracted from purple sweet potatoes and then administered to normal and cyclophosphamide (CTX) treated mice by gavage. The results showed that WSP and CASP could restore the spleen index and immune cytokine (IL-2 and IL-6) levels in CTX treated mice, while DASP could enhance the levels of TNF-α, IL-2 and IL-6. As compared to the normal control group, WSP and CASP treatment groups exhibited increased levels of Bacteroidetes, Lachnospiraceae and Oscillospira, but decreased levels of Firmicutes, Alcaligenaceae and Sutterella in normal mice...
January 11, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319512/comparison-of-microbial-communities-associated-with-halophyte-salsola-stocksii-and-non-halophyte-triticum-aestivum-using-culture-independent-approaches
#17
Salma Mukhtar, Ayesha Ishaq, Sara Hassan, Samina Mehnaz, Muhammad S Mirza, Kauser A Malik
Halophyte microbiome contributes significantly to plant performance and can provide information regarding complex ecological processes involved in osmoregulation of these plants. The objective of this study is to investigate the microbiomes associated with belowground (rhizosphere), internal (endosphere) and aboveground (phyllosphere) tissues of halophyte (Salsola stocksii) through metagenomics approach. Plant samples were collected from Khewra Salt Mines. The metagenomic DNA from soil, root and shoot samples was isolated with the help of FastDNA spin kit...
September 27, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319506/bacterial-communities-from-the-arsenic-mine-in-z%C3%A5-oty-stok-sudety-mountains-poland
#18
Tomasz Cłapa, Dorota Narożna, Rafał Siuda, Andrzej Borkowski, Marek Selwet, Cezary J Mądrzak, Ewa Koźlecka
Investigations of bacterial communities and characterization of mineralogy of the environment in the Złoty Stok As-Au deposit were carried out. PXRD analysis revealed the presence of picropharmacolite as the most common secondary arsenic mineral in the mine. Total DNA was extracted from slime streams or slime biofilms samples to investigate the bacterial communities. PCR amplification of 16S rDNA was performed followed by subcloning of its products. Over 170 clones were analyzed by means of RFLP method. Eight group of clones representing different restriction patterns were identified...
September 27, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314657/molecular-and-genetic-interactions-of-the-rna-degradation-machineries-in-firmicute-bacteria
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REVIEW
Peter Redder
Correct balance between bacterial RNA degradation and synthesis is essential for controlling expression level of all RNAs. The RNA polymerase, which performs the RNA synthesis, is highly conserved across the bacterial domain. However, this is surprisingly not the case for the RNA degradation machinery, which is composed of different subunits and performs different enzymatic reactions, depending on the organism. In Escherichia coli, the RNA decay is performed by the degradosome complex, which forms around the membrane-associated endoribonuclease RNase E, and is stable enough to be purified without falling apart...
January 5, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313897/influence-of-fruit-and-invertebrate-consumption-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-wild-white-faced-capuchins-cebus-capucinus
#20
Elizabeth K Mallott, Katherine R Amato, Paul A Garber, Ripan S Malhi
OBJECTIVES: Invertebrate consumption is thought to be an integral part of early hominin diets, and many modern human populations regularly consume insects and other arthropods. This study examines the response of gut microbial community structure and function to changes in diet in wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus), a primate that incorporates a large proportion of invertebrates in its diet. The goal of the study is to better understand the role of both fruit and invertebrate prey consumption on shaping primate gut microbiomes...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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