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Olga C Rojas, Rafael B R León-Cachón, Maria Moreno-Treviño, Gloria M González
Mycetoma is a chronic granulomatous, subcutaneous disease endemic in tropical and subtropical countries. It is currently a health problem in rural areas of Africa, Asia and South America. Nine cases of mycetoma were analysed in a retrospective study. All isolates were identified by morphological features. The level of species identification was reached by molecular tools. Definitive identification of fungi was performed using sequence analysis of the ITS of the ribosomal DNA region and the ribosomal large-subunit D1/D2...
October 21, 2016: Mycoses
Samiha Mhamdi, Naourez Ktari, Sawssen Hajji, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami Kamoun
The present study was undertaken to characterize the extracellular thermostable serine alkaline proteases from newly actinomycete strain Micromonospora chaiyaphumensis S103 and to describe their evaluation in commercial detergents and shrimp waste deproteinization. This proteolytic crude extract was active and stable in alkaline solution. It was extremely stable in the pH range of 5.0-12.0. The optimum pH and temperature were 8.0 and 70°C, respectively, using casein as a substrate. The thermoactivity and thermostability of proteases were enhanced by the addition of 5mM Ca(2+)...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Rodney Lacret, Ignacio Pérez-Victoria, Daniel Oves-Costales, Mercedes de la Cruz, Elizabeth Domingo, Jesús Martín, Caridad Díaz, Francisca Vicente, Olga Genilloud, Fernando Reyes
A new napyradiomycin, MDN-0170 (1), was isolated from the culture broth of the marine-derived actinomycete strain CA-271078, together with three known related compounds identified as 4-dehydro-4a-dechloronapyradiomycin A1 (2), napyradiomycin A1 (3) and 3-chloro-6,8-dihydroxy-8-α-lapachone (4). The structure of the new compound was determined using a combination of spectroscopic techniques, including 1D and 2D NMR and electrospray-time of flight mass spectrometry (ESI-TOF MS). The relative configuration of compound 1, which contains two independent stereoclusters, has been established by molecular modelling in combination with nOe and coupling constant analyses...
October 18, 2016: Marine Drugs
Sandrine M A Lima, Janaína G S Melo, Gardênia C G Militão, Gláucia M S Lima, Maria do Carmo A Lima, Jaciana S Aguiar, Renata M Araújo, Raimundo Braz-Filho, Pascal Marchand, Janete M Araújo, Teresinha G Silva
Actinomycetes are known to produce numerous secondary bioactive metabolites of pharmaceutical interest. The purpose of this study was to isolate, characterize, and investigate the antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities of metabolites produced by Actinobacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of Paullinia cupana. The Actinobacteria was identified as Streptomyces hygroscopicus ACTMS-9H. Based on a bioguided study, the methanolic biomass extract obtained from submerged cultivation had the most potent antibacterial, antifungal, and cytotoxic activities...
October 18, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Fernando Ibáñez, Luis Wall, Adriana Fabra
Agricultural practices contribute to climate change by releasing greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide that are mainly derived from nitrogen fertilizers. Therefore, understanding biological nitrogen fixation in farming systems is beneficial to agriculture and environmental preservation. In this context, a better grasp of nitrogen-fixing systems and nitrogen-fixing bacteria-plant associations will contribute to the optimization of these biological processes. Legumes and actinorhizal plants can engage in a symbiotic interaction with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia or actinomycetes, resulting in the formation of specialized root nodules...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Geoffrey Masuyer, Gyles E Cozier, Glenna J Kramer, Brian O Bachmann, K Ravi Acharya
Several soil-derived actinobacteria produce secondary metabolites that are proven specific and potent inhibitors of the human angiotensin-I converting enzyme (ACE), a key target for the modulation of hypertension through its role in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. K-26-DCP is a zinc dipeptidyl carboxypeptidase produced by Astrosporangium hypotensionis, and an ancestral homologue of ACE. Here we report the high resolution crystal structures of K-26-DCP and of its complex with the natural microbial tripeptide product K-26...
October 18, 2016: FEBS Journal
Renwen Zhang, Xiaoxue Han, Zhanfeng Xia, Xiaoxia Luo, Chuanxing Wan, Lili Zhang
A novel actinomycete strain, designated TRM 49605(T), was isolated from a desert soil sample from Lop Nur, Xinjiang, north-west China, and characterised using a polyphasic taxonomic approach. The strain exhibited antifungal activity against the following strains: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Curvularia lunata, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium citrinum, Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis; Antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Micrococcus luteus; and no antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli...
October 17, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Jennifer M Willingham-Lane, Londa J Berghaus, Steeve Giguère, Mary K Hondalus
The soil-dwelling, saprophytic actinomycete Rhodococcus equi is a multihost, facultative intracellular pathogen of macrophages. When inhaled by susceptible foals, it causes severe bronchopneumonia. It is also a pathogen of pigs, which may develop submaxillary lymphadenitis upon exposure. R. equi isolates obtained from foals and pigs possess conjugative plasmids housing a pathogenicity island (PAI) containing a novel family of genes of unknown function called the virulence-associated protein or vap family. The PAI regions of the equine and swine plasmids differ in vap gene composition, with equine isolates possessing six vap genes, including the major virulence determinant vapA, while the PAIs of swine isolates house vapB and five other unique vap genes...
September 2016: MSphere
Upendra Kumar, J Berliner, Totan Adak, Prakash C Rath, Avro Dey, Somnath S Pokhare, Nitiprasad N Jambhulkar, P Panneerselvam, Anjani Kumar, Shyamranjan D Mohapatra
Application of pesticide in agricultural fields is "unnecessary evil" for non-target microflora and fauna. Hence, to identify the safer pesticide molecules against non-target microbes, a long-term pesticide experiment was initiated at National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India. In the present study, the effect of continuous application of chlorpyrifos (0.5kgha(-1)) in rice fields on non-target groups of soil microbes and nematodes was studied for seven seasons (four wet and three dry seasons) during 2009-2013...
October 13, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
C Navarrete-Dechent, F Fich, S Gonzalez
Trichomycosis (Trichobacteriosis) is an asymptomatic, superficial infection, caused by a corenyform-actinomycetes bacterium. Though classically affecting the armpits, when affecting atypical locations, such as the scalp or genitals, naked eye examination is vague with a broad differential diagnosis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Doongar R Chaudhary, Aditya P Rathore, Raghawendra Kumar, Bhavanath Jha
Microbial communities in intertidal coastal soils respond to a variety of environmental factors related to resources availability, habitat characteristics and vegetation. These intertidal soils of India are dominated with Salicornia brachiata, Aeluropus lagopoides and Suaeda maritima halophytes which play a significant role in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and improving micro-environment. However, the relative contribution of edaphic factors, halophytes, rhizosphere and bulk sediments on microbial community composition is poorly understood in the intertidal sediments...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Yutong Shi, Chengqian Pan, Bibi Nazia Auckloo, Xuegang Chen, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Kuiwu Wang, Xiaodan Wu, Ying Ye, Bin Wu
Marine hydrothermal microorganisms respond rapidly to the changes in the concentrations and availability of metals within hydrothermal vent microbial habitats which are strongly influenced by elevated levels of heavy metals. Most hydrothermal vent actinomycetes possess a remarkable capability for the synthesis of a broad variety of biologically active secondary metabolites. Major challenges in the screening of these microorganisms are to activate the expression of cryptic biosynthetic gene clusters and the development of technologies for efficient dereplication of known compounds...
October 11, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Xiufang Zhang, Xuewei Ye, Weiyun Chai, Xiao-Yuan Lian, Zhizhen Zhang
An extract prepared from the culture of a marine-derived actinomycete Streptomyces sp. ZZ338 was found to have significant antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities. A chemical investigation of this active extract resulted in the isolation of three known bioactive actinomycins (1-3) and two new metabolites (4 and 5). The structures of the isolated compounds were identified as actinomycins D (1), V (2), X0β (3), 2-acetylamino-3-hydroxyl-4-methyl-benzoic acid methyl ester (4), and N-1S-(4-methylaminophenylmethyl)-2-oxo-propyl acetamide (5) based on their nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (HRESIMS) data as well as their optical rotation...
October 11, 2016: Marine Drugs
A Brian Mochon, Den Sussland, Michael A Saubolle
The group of Gram-positive bacillary organisms broadly known as "aerobic actinomycetes" consists of heterogeneous and taxonomically divergent genera. They are found in a wide variety of natural and man-made environments but are rarely considered a part of the normal human flora, with infections normally originating from exogenous sources. An extensive number of genera have been described, but only a minority of these has been associated with human or veterinary health. The association with human disease is usually of an opportunistic nature, either through accidental means of inoculation or through involvement with immunocompromising conditions in the host...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Paul G Leonard, Nikunj Satani, David Maxwell, Yu-Hsi Lin, Naima Hammoudi, Zhenghong Peng, Federica Pisaneschi, Todd M Link, Gilbert R Lee, Duoli Sun, Basvoju A Bhanu Prasad, Maria Emilia Di Francesco, Barbara Czako, John M Asara, Y Alan Wang, William Bornmann, Ronald A DePinho, Florian L Muller
Despite being crucial for energy generation in most forms of life, few if any microbial antibiotics specifically inhibit glycolysis. To develop a specific inhibitor of the glycolytic enzyme enolase 2 (ENO2) for the treatment of cancers with deletion of ENO1 (encoding enolase 1), we modeled the synthetic tool compound inhibitor phosphonoacetohydroxamate (PhAH) into the active site of human ENO2. A ring-stabilized analog of PhAH, in which the hydroxamic nitrogen is linked to Cα by an ethylene bridge, was predicted to increase binding affinity by stabilizing the inhibitor in a bound conformation...
October 10, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Phillip L van der Peet, Masahiro Nagata, Sayali Shah, Jonathan M White, Sho Yamasaki, Spencer J Williams
Mincle (macrophage-inducible C-type lectin) is a C-type lectin receptor that provides the capacity for immune sensing of a range of pathogen- and commensal-derived glycolipids. Mincle can recognize mycolic and/or corynomycolic acid esters of trehalose, glycerol and glucose from mycobacteria and corynebacteria. While simple straight-chain long fatty acids (e.g. behenic acid) can substitute for mycolic acid on trehalose and glycerol and maintain robust signalling through Mincle, glucose monobehenate has been reported to be much less active than glucose monocorynomycolate (GMCM)...
October 4, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
J Mark Weber, Andrew Reeves, William H Cernota, Roy K Wesley
Transposon mutagenesis is an invaluable technique in molecular biology for the creation of random mutations that can be easily identified and mapped. However, in the field of microbial strain improvement, transposon mutagenesis has scarcely been used; instead, chemical and physical mutagenic methods have been traditionally favored. Transposons have the advantage of creating single mutations in the genome, making phenotype to genotype assignments less challenging than with traditional mutagens which commonly create multiple mutations in the genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Songsong Yu, Jing Wang, Qiuhong Fang, Jixin Zhang, Fengcai Yan
Nocardiosis is a rare bacterial infection of either the lungs (pulmonary) or body (systemic) that usually affects immunocompromised individuals. It is caused by Gram-positive, aerobic actinomycetes of the Nocardia genus. Multiple high-density sheet shadows in both lungs along with nodules or cavities are the most common presentations of nocardiosis, whereas a large pulmonary mass is considered to be rare. However, there is no specificity in the clinical manifestation of the disease. Therefore, isolation and identification of Nocardia strains is the only reliable diagnostic method...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Dhiana Efani Dahari, Raifana Mohamad Salleh, Fauze Mahmud, Lee Ping Chin, Noor Embi, Hasidah Mohd Sidek
Exploiting natural resources for bioactive compounds is an attractive drug discovery strategy in search for new anti-malarial drugs with novel modes of action. Initial screening efforts in our laboratory revealed two preparations of soil-derived actinomycetes (H11809 and FH025) with potent anti-malarial activities. Both crude extracts showed glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-inhibitory activities in a yeast-based kinase assay. We have previously shown that the GSK3 inhibitor, lithium chloride (LiCl), was able to suppress parasitaemia development in a rodent model of malarial infection...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
Takuji Nakashima, Yōko Takahashi, Satoshi Ōmura
The Ōmura research group of the Kitasato Institute has isolated multiple microorganisms over a period of five decades. The resulting collection comprises a broad spectrum of microbes, including strains producing novel and diverse compounds with biological activities. A bioassay-guided fractionation of microbial culture broths has been employed to screen the microbial collection for compounds with new biological activities. And numerous novel natural products have been discovered among the microbial metabolites produced by members of the collection...
September 26, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
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