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Serena Fraraccio, Michal Strejcek, Iva Dolinova, Tomas Macek, Ondrej Uhlik
Cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cDCE), which is a common hazardous compound, often accumulates during incomplete reductive dechlorination of higher chlorinated ethenes (CEs) at contaminated sites. Simple monoaromatics, such as toluene and phenol, have been proven to induce biotransformation of cDCE in microbial communities incapable of cDCE degradation in the absence of other carbon sources. The goal of this microcosm-based laboratory study was to discover non-toxic natural monoaromatic secondary plant metabolites (SPMEs) that could enhance cDCE degradation in a similar manner to toluene and phenol...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Alicja Dolzblasz, Alicja Banasiak, Danny Vereecke
Extensive de novo vascularization of leafy galls emerging upon Rhodococcus fascians infection is achieved by fascicular/interfascicular cambium activity and transdifferentiation of parenchyma cells correlated with increased auxin signaling. A leafy gall consisting of fully developed yet growth-inhibited shoots, induced by the actinomycete Rhodococcus fascians, differs in structure compared to the callus-like galls induced by other bacteria. To get insight into the vascular development accompanying the emergence of the leafy gall, the anatomy of infected axillary regions of the inflorescence stem of wild-type Arabidopsis thaliana accession Col-0 plants and the auxin response in pDR5:GUS-tagged plants were followed in time...
August 12, 2017: Planta
Kimberly A Lackey, Janet E Williams, William J Price, Janae M Carrothers, Sarah L Brooker, Bahman Shafii, Mark A McGuire, Michelle K McGuire
BACKGROUND: Inhibiting changes to bacteria in human milk between sample collection and analysis is necessary for unbiased characterization of the milk microbiome. Although cold storage is considered optimal, alternative preservation is sometimes necessary. RESEARCH AIM/QUESTION: The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of several commercially-available preservatives with regard to maintaining bacterial DNA in human milk for delayed microbiome analysis...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Ana Ceniceros, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Mirjan Petrusma, Marnix H Medema
BACKGROUND: Bacteria of the genus Rhodococcus are well known for their ability to degrade a large range of organic compounds. Some rhodococci are free-living, saprophytic bacteria; others are animal and plant pathogens. Recently, several studies have shown that their genomes encode putative pathways for the synthesis of a large number of specialized metabolites that are likely to be involved in microbe-microbe and host-microbe interactions. To systematically explore the specialized metabolic potential of this genus, we here performed a comprehensive analysis of the biosynthetic coding capacity across publicly available rhododoccal genomes, and compared these with those of several Mycobacterium strains as well as that of their mutual close relative Amycolicicoccus subflavus...
August 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
Carla C C R de Carvalho, Patrick L Inácio, Rosa M Miranda, Telmo G Santos
In an increasingly miniaturised technological world, non-destructive testing (NDT) methodologies able to detect defects at the micro scale are necessary to prevent failures. Although several existing methods allow the detection of defects at that scale, their application may be hindered by the small size of the samples to examine. In this study, the application of bacterial cells to help the detection of fissures, cracks, and voids on the surface of metals is proposed. The application of magnetic and electric fields after deposition of the cells ensured the distribution of the cells over the entire surfaces and helped the penetration of the cells inside the defects...
July 12, 2017: Materials
Belen Carboneras, José Villaseñor, Francisco Jesus Fernandez-Morales
The aim of this work was to study and to model the biodegradation of atrazine and 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid by aerobic mixed cultures. Slow removal rates were observed when biodegrading atrazine, in spite of the initial concentrations. However, high removal rates were obtained when biodegrading 2,4-D, removing up to 100mg/L in about 2months. Regarding the 2,4-D it must be highlighted that a lag phase appears, being its length proportional to the initial 2,4-D concentration. The biodegradation trends were fitted to a Monod based model and the value of the main parameters determined...
July 18, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Gabriel Gutiérrez, Ludmila V Chistyakova, Eduardo Villalobo, Alexei Y Kostygov, Alexander O Frolov
Pelomyxa palustris is a giant anaerobic/microaerobic amoeba, characterized by a number of exceptional cytological and physiological features, among them the presumed absence of energy producing organelles and the presence of endosymbiotic bacteria. These endosymbionts have been previously distinguished as: a large rectangular-shaped Gram-variable rod with a central cleft; a slender Gram-negative rod; and a slender Gram-positive rod. Using DNA extracted from P. palustris cysts, we have obtained three SSU rRNA gene sequences...
June 23, 2017: Protist
Muhammad Rafiq, Muhammad Hayat, Alexandre M Anesio, Syed Umair Ullah Jamil, Noor Hassan, Aamer Ali Shah, Fariha Hasan
Cultureable bacterial diversity of previously unexplored Siachen glacier, Pakistan, was studied. Out of 50 isolates 33 (66%) were Gram negative and 17 (34%) Gram positive. About half of the isolates were pigment producers and were able to grow at 4-37°C. 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed Gram negative bacteria dominated by Proteobacteria (especially γ-proteobacteria and β-proteobacteria) and Flavobacteria. The genus Pseudomonas (51.51%, 17) was dominant among γ- proteobacteria. β-proteobacteria constituted 4 (12...
2017: PloS One
Drew M DeLorenzo, William R Henson, Tae Seok Moon
Rhodococcus opacus PD630 is a non-model, gram positive bacterium that possesses desirable traits for biomass conversion, including consumption capabilities for lignocellulose-based sugars and toxic lignin-derived aromatic compounds, significant triacylglycerol accumulation, relatively rapid growth rate, and genetic tractability. However, few genetic elements have been directly characterized in R. opacus, limiting its application for lignocellulose bioconversion. Here, we report the characterization and development of genetic tools for tunable gene expression in R...
July 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
Rui Tang, Yanbing Shen, Min Wang, Ying Zhai, Qian Gao
Chemoselective biocatalytic hydrolysis of nitriles is a valuable alternative to chemical hydrolysis that operates under harsh conditions. 2,6-Difluorobenzamide (DFBAM) is an essential intermediate derived from synthesis of benzoyl urea insecticide from 2,6-difluorobenzonitrile (DFBN). High yield of DFBAM was achieved, and the method using resting cells of Rhodococcus ruber CGMCC3090 exhibited excellent product specificity. The reaction parameters for DFBAM biosynthesis were also investigated. The resting cells effectively converted DFBN at high concentrations of up to 3...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Yu G Maksimova, A N Gorbunova, V A Demakov
We studied the effect of a heterogeneous environment on the stereoselectivity of transformation of racemic phenylglycine nitrile. Immobilized biocatalysts were prepared by adhesion of Pseudomonas fluorescens C2 cells on carbon-containing supports and covalent crosslinking of nitrile hydratase and amidase of Rhodococcus rhodochrous 4-1 to activated chitosan as well as by the method of cross-linked aggregates. At a reaction duration of 20 h, the ratio of phenylglycine stereoisomers changes depending on the presence of support in medium...
May 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Anderson R Santos, Thalita Gilda S Benghi, Angelita Nepel, Francisco A Marques, Adriana Q Lobão, Marta Cristina T Duarte, Ana Lúcia T G Ruiz, João E Carvalho, Beatriz H L N S Maia
The essential oils extracted from four species of the genus Guatteria, G.australis, G. ferruginea, G. latifolia and G. sellowiana were analyzed. A total of 24, 22, 25 and 19 constituents of the oils from four species, respectively, were identified by GC-MS. These oils showed qualitative and quantitative differences. All the oils contained the oxygenated sesquiterpenes spathulenol (11.04 - 40.29%) and caryophyllene oxide (7.74 - 40.13%) as predominant constituents. Evaluation of antiproliferative activity of the essential oils showed strong selectivity (1...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Fei Pan, Yang Yu, Aihua Xu, Dongsheng Xia, Youmin Sun, Zhengqing Cai, Wen Liu, Jie Fu
The potential and mechanism of synthesized magnetic octahedral molecular sieve (Fe3O4@OMS-2) nanoparticles in enhancing the aerobic microbial ability of sequencing batch reactor (SBR) for treating dye wastewater have been revealed in this study. The addition of Fe3O4@OMS-2 of 0.25g/L enhanced the decolorization of SBRs with an operation cycle of 24h by more than 20%. The 16S rRNA gene high-throughput sequencing indicated Fe3O4@OMS-2 increased the microbial richness and diversity of SBRs, and more importantly, promoted the potential dye-degrading bacteria...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Govinda Guevara, Julián Perera, Juana-María Navarro-Llorens
Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) is a useful and convenient method for the analysis of steroids due to: its simple sample preparation, low time-consuming process, high sensitivity, low equipment investment and capacity to work on many samples simultaneously. Here we describe a TLC easy protocol very useful to analyze steroid molecules derived from a biotransformation carried out in wild-type and mutant resting cells of Rhodococcus ruber strain Chol-4. Following this protocol, we were able to detect the presence or the absence of some well-known intermediates of cholesterol catabolism in Rhodococcus, namely AD, ADD, and 9OHAD...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xueting Chen, Junbin Ji, Leizhen Zhao, Jiguo Qiu, Chen Dai, Weiwu Wang, Jian He, Jiandong Jiang, Qing Hong, Xin Yan
Buprofezin is a widely used insect growth regulator whose residue has been frequently detected in the environment, posing a threat to aquatic organisms and non-target insects. Microorganisms play an important role in the degradation of buprofezin in the natural environment. However, the relevant catabolic pathway has not been fully characterized, and the molecular mechanism of catabolism is still completely unknown. Rhodococcus qingshengii YL-1 can utilize buprofezin as a sole source of carbon and energy for growth...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Sven Thierbach, Franziska S Birmes, Matthias C Letzel, Ulrich Hennecke, Susanne Fetzner
2-Heptyl-4-hydroxyquinoline N-oxide (HQNO), a major secondary metabolite and virulence factor produced by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, acts as a potent inhibitor of respiratory electron transfer and thereby affects host cells as well as microorganisms. In this study, we demonstrate the previously unknown capability of environmental and pathogenic bacteria to transform and detoxify this compound. Strains of Arthrobacter and Rhodococcus spp. as well as Staphylococcus aureus introduced a hydroxyl group at C-3 of HQNO, whereas Mycobacterium abscessus, M...
July 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
Sharon Tirosh-Levy, Sevil E Gürbilek, Osman Y Tel, Oktay Keskin, Amir Steinman
Rhodococcus equi is a common cause of pneumonia in foals and has extensive clinical, economic and possibly zoonotic consequences. This bacterium survives well in the environment and may be considered as normal flora of adult horses. Certain strains of this bacterium are extremely virulent in foals, and early identification and intervention is crucial for prognosis. Rhodococcus equi is endemic in many parts of the world and occasionally isolated in Israel. This study was designed to evaluate R. equi seroprevalence in adult horses in Israel to indirectly indicate the potential level of exposure of susceptible foals...
June 26, 2017: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
Aneta K Urbanek, Waldemar Rymowicz, Mateusz C Strzelecki, Waldemar Kociuba, Łukasz Franczak, Aleksandra M Mirończuk
The increasing amount of plastic waste causes significant environmental pollution. In this study, screening of Arctic microorganisms which are able to degrade bioplastics was performed. In total, 313 microorganisms were isolated from 52 soil samples from the Arctic region (Spitsbergen). Among the isolated microorganisms, 121 (38.66%) showed biodegradation activity. The ability of clear zone formation on emulsified poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate) (PBSA) was observed for 116 microorganisms (95.87%), on poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) for 73 microorganisms (60...
December 2017: AMB Express
Nuttapone Sangkanjanavanich, Masanori Kawai, Tsutomu Kakuda, Shinji Takai
Rhodococcus equi is a facultative intracellular bacterium that can escape from bactericidal mechanisms associated with phagocytosis. Virulence-associated protein A (VapA), encoded on a virulence-associated plasmid, is essential for intracellular survival in macrophages, but its function is not known. Here, we show that the extracellular addition of recombinant glutathione S-transferase (GST)-VapA fusion protein rescued the intracellular replication defect of a mutant lacking the vapA gene. Furthermore, the virulence-plasmid-cured strain could also multiply to nearly wild-type levels by the addition of GST-VapA...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
E Eschapasse, C Hussenet, A Bergeron, D Lebeaux
INTRODUCTION: Pneumonia caused by slow-growing bacteria is rare but sometimes severe. STATE OF THE ART: These infections share many similarities such as several differential diagnoses, difficulties to identify the pathogen, the importance of involving the microbiologist in the diagnostic investigation and the need for prolonged antibiotic treatment. However, major differences distinguish them: Nocardia and Rhodococcus infect mainly immunocompromised patients while actinomycosis also concerns immunocompetent patients; the severity of nocardioses is related to their hematogenous spread while locoregional extension by contiguity makes the gravity of actinomycosis...
July 5, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
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