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Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus

Ajay K Monnappa, Wasimul Bari, Seong Yeol Choi, Robert J Mitchell
One beguiling alternative to antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant infections are Bdellovibrio-and-like-organisms (BALOs), predatory bacteria known to attack human pathogens. Consequently, in this study, the responses from four cell lines (three human and one mouse) were characterized during an exposure to different predatory bacteria, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100, Bacteriovorus BY1 and Bacteriovorax stolpii EB1. TNF-α levels were induced in Raw 264.7 mouse macrophage cultures with each predator, but paled in comparison to those obtained with E...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mélanie J Boileau, Rinosh Mani, Melanie A Breshears, Margi Gilmour, Jared D Taylor, Kenneth D Clinkenbeard
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J for the treatment of calves with experimentally induced infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK). ANIMALS 12 healthy dairy calves. PROCEDURES For each calf, a grid keratotomy was performed on both eyes immediately before inoculation with Moraxella bovis hemolytic strain Epp63-300 (n = 11 calves) or nonhemolytic strain 12040577 (1 calf). For each calf inoculated with M bovis Epp63-300, the eyes were randomly assigned to receive an artificial tear solution with (treatment group) or without (control group) lyophilized B bacteriovorus 109J...
September 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Shilpi Gupta, Chi Tang, Michael Tran, Daniel E Kadouri
Predatory bacteria are Gram-negative bacteria that prey on other Gram-negative bacteria and have been considered as potential therapeutic agents against multi-drug resistant pathogens. In vivo animal models have demonstrated that predatory bacteria are non-toxic and non-immunogenic in rodents. In order to consider the use of predatory bacteria as live antibiotics, it is important to investigate their effect on human cells. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus strains 109J and HD100, and Micavibrio aeruginosavorus strain ARL-13 on cell viability and inflammatory responses of five human cell lines, representative of clinically relevant tissues...
2016: PloS One
Eric G Romanowski, Nicholas A Stella, Kimberly M Brothers, Kathleen A Yates, Martha L Funderburgh, James L Funderburgh, Shilpi Gupta, Sonal Dharani, Daniel E Kadouri, Robert M Q Shanks
Given the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistant microbes and the near absent development of new antibiotic classes, innovative new therapeutic approaches to address this global problem are necessary. The use of predatory bacteria, bacteria that prey upon other bacteria, is gaining interest as an "out of the box" therapeutic treatment for multidrug resistant pathogenic bacterial infections. Before a new antimicrobial agent is used to treat infections, it must be tested for safety. The goal of this study was to test the tolerability of bacteria on the ocular surface using in vitro and in vivo models...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shugeng Feng, Chuan Hao Tan, Yehuda Cohen, Scott A Rice
It is reported here that a predatory bacterium belonging to the Genus Bdellovibrio, was isolated from activated sludge at the Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant, Singapore. 16S rDNA gene sequencing analysis revealed that this isolate was 99% identical to 'Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus strain Tiberius' and hence is designated as 'Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus UP'. Using a novel approach based on fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), a prey cell density-dependent growth pattern of B. bacteriovorus UP was established...
June 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Eileen M Spain, Megan E Núñez, Hyeong-Jin Kim, Ryan J Taylor, Nicholas Thomas, Michael B Wengen, Nathan F Dalleska, Joseph P Bromley, Kimberly H Schermerhorn, Megan A Ferguson
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J, a predatory bacterium with potential as a bacterial control agent, can exist in several lifestyles that differ both in predatory capacity and color. We determined that levels of ubiquinone-8 contribute to the distinctive but variable yellow color of different types of Bdellovibrio cells. Steady-state ubiquinone-8 concentrations did not differ markedly between conventional predatory and host-independent B. bacteriovorus despite upregulation of a suite of ubiquinone-8 synthesis genes in host-independent cells...
June 2016: Research in Microbiology
Virginia Martínez, Cristina Herencias, Edouard Jurkevitch, M Auxiliadora Prieto
This work examines the potential of the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100, an obligate predator of other Gram-negative bacteria, as an external cell-lytic agent for recovering valuable intracellular bio-products produced by prey cultures. The bio-product targets to be recovered were polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) produced naturally by Pseudomonas putida and Cupriavidus necator, or by recombinant Escherichia coli strains. B. bacteriovorus with a mutated PHA depolymerase gene to prevent the unwanted breakdown of the bio-product allowed the recovery of up to 80% of that accumulated by the prey bacteria, even at high biomass concentrations...
2016: Scientific Reports
Felix J H Hol, Or Rotem, Edouard Jurkevitch, Cees Dekker, Daniel A Koster
Soil is a microenvironment with a fragmented (patchy) spatial structure in which many bacterial species interact. Here, we explore the interaction between the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and its prey Escherichia coli in microfabricated landscapes. We ask how fragmentation influences the prey dynamics at the microscale and compare two landscape geometries: a patchy landscape and a continuous landscape. By following the dynamics of prey populations with high spatial and temporal resolution for many generations, we found that the variation in predation rates was twice as large in the patchy landscape and the dynamics was correlated over shorter length scales...
February 10, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Carey Lambert, Ian T Cadby, Rob Till, Nhat Khai Bui, Thomas R Lerner, William S Hughes, David J Lee, Luke J Alderwick, Waldemar Vollmer, R Elizabeth Sockett, Andrew L Lovering
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2016: Nature Communications
Somdatta Mukherjee, Kimberly M Brothers, Robert M Q Shanks, Daniel E Kadouri
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a Gram-negative bacterium that belongs to the delta subgroup of proteobacteria and is characterized by a predatory life cycle. In recent years, work has highlighted the potential use of this predator to control bacteria and biofilms. Traditionally, the reduction in prey cells was used to monitor predation dynamics. In this study, we introduced pMQ414, a plasmid that expresses the tdTomato fluorescent reporter protein, into a host-independent strain and a host-dependent strain of B...
March 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Carey Lambert, Ian T Cadby, Rob Till, Nhat Khai Bui, Thomas R Lerner, William S Hughes, David J Lee, Luke J Alderwick, Waldemar Vollmer, R Elizabeth Sockett, Elizabeth R Sockett, Andrew L Lovering
Predatory Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus are natural antimicrobial organisms, killing other bacteria by whole-cell invasion. Self-protection against prey-metabolizing enzymes is important for the evolution of predation. Initial prey entry involves the predator's peptidoglycan DD-endopeptidases, which decrosslink cell walls and prevent wasteful entry by a second predator. Here we identify and characterize a self-protection protein from B. bacteriovorus, Bd3460, which displays an ankyrin-based fold common to intracellular pathogens of eukaryotes...
December 2, 2015: Nature Communications
Maria Carmela Bonaccorsi di Patti, Fabio Polticelli, Valentina Tortosa, Pier Antonio Furbetta, Giovanni Musci
A bacterial homologue of the human iron exporter ferroportin found in the predatory Gram-negative bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus has been investigated. Molecular modelling, expression in recombinant form and iron binding and transport assays demonstrate that B. bacteriovorus ferroportin (bdFpn) is indeed an orthologue of human ferroportin. Key residues corresponding to those essential for iron binding and transport in human ferroportin are conserved in the bacterial homologue and are predicted to be correctly clustered in the central cavity of the protein...
December 21, 2015: FEBS Letters
Andres H de la Peña, Allison Suarez, Krisna C Duong-Ly, Andrew J Schoeffield, Mario A Pizarro-Dupuy, Melissa Zarr, Silvia A Pineiro, L Mario Amzel, Sandra B Gabelli
Given the broad range of substrates hydrolyzed by Nudix (nucleoside diphosphate linked to X) enzymes, identification of sequence and structural elements that correctly predict a Nudix substrate or characterize a family is key to correctly annotate the myriad of Nudix enzymes. Here, we present the structure determination and characterization of Bd3179 -- a Nudix hydrolase from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus-that we show localized in the periplasmic space of this obligate Gram-negative predator. We demonstrate that the enzyme is a nucleoside diphosphate sugar hydrolase (NDPSase) and has a high degree of sequence and structural similarity to a canonical ADP-ribose hydrolase and to a nucleoside diphosphate sugar hydrolase (1...
2015: PloS One
Or Rotem, Zohar Pasternak, Eyal Shimoni, Eduard Belausov, Ziv Porat, Shmuel Pietrokovski, Edouard Jurkevitch
Predators feed on prey to acquire the nutrients necessary to sustain their survival, growth, and replication. In Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, an obligate predator of Gram-negative bacteria, cell growth and replication are tied to a shift from a motile, free-living phase of search and attack to a sessile, intracellular phase of growth and replication during which a single prey cell is consumed. Engagement and sustenance of growth are achieved through the sensing of two unidentified prey-derived cues. We developed a novel ex vivo cultivation system for B...
November 3, 2015: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Or Rotem, Jutta Nesper, Ilya Borovok, Rena Gorovits, Mikhail Kolot, Zohar Pasternak, Irina Shin, Timo Glatter, Shmuel Pietrokovski, Urs Jenal, Edouard Jurkevitch
UNLABELLED: Over the course of the last 3 decades the role of the second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) as a master regulator of bacterial physiology was determined. Although the control over c-di-GMP levels via synthesis and breakdown and the allosteric regulation of c-di-GMP over receptor proteins (effectors) and riboswitches have been extensively studied, relatively few effectors have been identified and most are of unknown functions. The obligate predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus has a peculiar dimorphic life cycle, in which a phenotypic transition from a free-living attack phase (AP) to a sessile, intracellular predatory growth phase (GP) is tightly regulated by specific c-di-GMP diguanylate cyclases...
January 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Jennifer A Page, Brian Lubbers, Joshua Maher, Linda Ritsch, Sara E Gragg
Cattle are an important reservoir for the foodborne pathogens Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7; they frequently harbor these microorganisms in their digestive tracts and shed them in their feces. Thus, there is potential for contamination of cattle hides and, subsequently, carcasses. Interventions aimed at reducing or eliminating pathogen shedding preharvest will also reduce the likelihood of beef product contamination by these pathogens. Therefore, this study used an in vitro model to evaluate Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, a gram-negative microorganism that preys upon other gram-negative microorganisms, as a preharvest intervention to control Salmonella and E...
September 2015: Journal of Food Protection
Kenneth Shatzkes, Richard Chae, Chi Tang, Gregory C Ramirez, Somdatta Mukherjee, Liana Tsenova, Nancy D Connell, Daniel E Kadouri
Bdellovibrio spp. and Micavibrio spp. are Gram-negative predators that feed on other Gram-negative bacteria, making predatory bacteria potential alternatives to antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant infections. While the ability of predatory bacteria to control bacterial infections in vitro is well documented, the in vivo effect of predators on a living host has yet to be extensively examined. In this study, respiratory and intravenous inoculations were used to determine the effects of predatory bacteria in mice...
2015: Scientific Reports
Haipeng Cao, Jian An, Weidong Zheng, Shan He
Vibriosis has become a major global economic problem in freshwater-farmed whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). The prevention and control of vibriosis are now priority research topics. In this study, a pathogenic strain (QH) was isolated from vibriosis-infected freshwater-farmed P. vannamei that resulted in leg yellowing and was identified as a Vibrio cholerae isolate through phylogenetic analysis and the API 32GN system. A phylogenetic tree that was constructed using the neighbor-joining method further confirmed the QH isolate as a V...
September 2015: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Naseer Sangwan, Carey Lambert, Anukriti Sharma, Vipin Gupta, Paramjit Khurana, Jitendra P Khurana, R Elizabeth Sockett, Jack A Gilbert, Rup Lal
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus are small Deltaproteobacteria that invade, kill and assimilate their prey. Metagenomic assembly analysis of the microbial mats of an arsenic rich, hot spring was performed to describe the genotypes of the predator Bdellovibrio and the ecogenetically adapted taxa Enterobacter. The microbial mats were enriched with Bdellovibrio (1.3%) and several Gram-negative bacteria including Bordetella (16%), Enterobacter (6.8%), Burkholderia (4.8%), Acinetobacter (2.3%) and Yersinia (1%). A high-quality (47 contigs, 25X coverage; 3...
December 2015: Environmental Microbiology Reports
Auxiliadora Prieto, Isabel F Escapa, Virginia Martínez, Nina Dinjaski, Cristina Herencias, Fernando de la Peña, Natalia Tarazona, Olga Revelles
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) metabolism has been traditionally considered as a futile cycle involved in carbon and energy storage. The use of cutting-edge technologies linked to systems biology has improved our understanding of the interaction between bacterial physiology, PHA metabolism and other cell functions in model bacteria such as Pseudomonas putida KT2440. PHA granules or carbonosomes are supramolecular complexes of biopolyester and proteins that are essential for granule segregation during cell division, and for the functioning of the PHA metabolic route as a continuous cycle...
February 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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