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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4982, 2020 10 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33020474

RESUMO

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with obesity but also found in non-obese individuals. Gut microbiome profiles of 171 Asians with biopsy-proven NAFLD and 31 non-NAFLD controls are analyzed using 16S rRNA sequencing; an independent Western cohort is used for external validation. Subjects are classified into three subgroups according to histological spectra of NAFLD or fibrosis severity. Significant alterations in microbiome diversity are observed according to fibrosis severity in non-obese, but not obese, subjects. Ruminococcaceae and Veillonellaceae are the main microbiota associated with fibrosis severity in non-obese subjects. Furthermore, stool bile acids and propionate are elevated, especially in non-obese subjects with significant fibrosis. Fibrosis-related Ruminococcaceae and Veillonellaceae species undergo metagenome sequencing, and four representative species are administered in three mouse NAFLD models to evaluate their effects on liver damage. This study provides the evidence for the role of the microbiome in the liver fibrosis pathogenesis, especially in non-obese subjects.


Assuntos
Bactérias/isolamento & purificação , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/fisiologia , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/microbiologia , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/patologia , Animais , Bactérias/classificação , Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/metabolismo , Ácidos e Sais Biliares/análise , Ácidos e Sais Biliares/metabolismo , Biomarcadores , Fezes/química , Fezes/microbiologia , Fibrose , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/genética , Humanos , Cirrose Hepática/diagnóstico , Cirrose Hepática/metabolismo , Cirrose Hepática/microbiologia , Cirrose Hepática/patologia , Camundongos , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/metabolismo , Obesidade/metabolismo , Obesidade/microbiologia , Obesidade/patologia , Propionatos/análise , Propionatos/metabolismo , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes
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Chemosphere ; 254: 126880, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32957287

RESUMO

Electro-bioremediation is a promising technology for remediation of soil contaminated with persistent organic compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). During electro-bioremediation, electrical fields have been shown to increase pollutant degradation. However, it remains unclear whether there is an optimal strength for the electrical field applied that is conductive to the maximum role played by microbes. This study aimed to determine the optimal strength of electric field through the analysis of the effects of different voltages on the microbial community and activity. Four bench-scale experiments with voltages of 0, 1, 2 and 3 V cm-1 were conducted for 90 days in an aged PAH-contaminated soil. The spatiotemporal changes of the soil pH, moisture content and temperature, microbial biomass and community structure, and the degradation extent of PAHs were researched over 90 days. The results indicated that the total microbial biomass and degradation activity were highest at voltages of 2 V cm-1. The concentration of total phospholipid fatty acids, used to quantify soil microbial biomass, reached 65.7 nmol g-1 soil, and the mean degradation extent of PAHs was 44.0%. Similarly, the maximum biomass of actinomycetes, bacteria and fungus also occurred at the voltage of 2 V cm-1. The Gram-positive/Gram-negative and (cy17:0+cy 19:0)/(16:1ω7+18:1ω7) ratios also showed that the intensity of electric field and electrode reactions strongly influenced the microbial community structure. Therefore, to optimize the electro-bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soil, the strength of electric field needs to be selected carefully. This work provides reference for the development of novel electrokinetically enhanced bioremediation processes.


Assuntos
Biodegradação Ambiental , Microbiota , Hidrocarbonetos Policíclicos Aromáticos/metabolismo , Bactérias/metabolismo , Biomassa , Fungos/metabolismo , Hidrocarbonetos Policíclicos Aromáticos/análise , Solo/química , Microbiologia do Solo , Poluentes do Solo/análise
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4608, 2020 09 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32929085

RESUMO

Actinobacteria produce antibacterial and antifungal specialized metabolites. Many insects harbour actinobacteria on their bodies or in their nests and use these metabolites for protection. However, some actinobacteria produce metabolites that are toxic to insects and the evolutionary relevance of this toxicity is unknown. Here we explore chemical interactions between streptomycetes and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. We find that many streptomycetes produce specialized metabolites that have potent larvicidal effects against the fly; larvae that ingest spores of these species die. The mechanism of toxicity is specific to the bacterium's chemical arsenal: cosmomycin D producing bacteria induce a cell death-like response in the larval digestive tract; avermectin producing bacteria induce paralysis. Furthermore, low concentrations of volatile terpenes like 2-methylisoborneol that are produced by streptomycetes attract fruit flies such that they preferentially deposit their eggs on contaminated food sources. The resulting larvae are killed during growth and development. The phenomenon of volatile-mediated attraction and specialized metabolite toxicity suggests that some streptomycetes pose an evolutionary risk to insects in nature.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/citologia , Drosophila melanogaster/microbiologia , Actinobacteria/fisiologia , Animais , Antraciclinas/farmacologia , Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Canfanos/toxicidade , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Drosophila melanogaster/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/microbiologia , Metaboloma , Esporos Bacterianos/metabolismo , Esporos Bacterianos/fisiologia , Streptomyces/fisiologia , Análise de Sobrevida , Compostos Orgânicos Voláteis/farmacologia
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1267: 15-43, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894475

RESUMO

Diffusion within bacteria is often thought of as a "simple" random process by which molecules collide and interact with each other. New research however shows that this is far from the truth. Here we shed light on the complexity and importance of diffusion in bacteria, illustrating the similarities and differences of diffusive behaviors of molecules within different compartments of bacterial cells. We first describe common methodologies used to probe diffusion and the associated models and analyses. We then discuss distinct diffusive behaviors of molecules within different bacterial cellular compartments, highlighting the influence of metabolism, size, crowding, charge, binding, and more. We also explicitly discuss where further research and a united understanding of what dictates diffusive behaviors across the different compartments of the cell are required, pointing out new research avenues to pursue.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Fenômenos Biofísicos , Difusão
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1267: 81-100, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894478

RESUMO

Many bacteria are able to actively propel themselves through their complex environment, in search of resources and suitable niches. The source of this propulsion is the Bacterial Flagellar Motor (BFM), a molecular complex embedded in the bacterial membrane which rotates a flagellum. In this chapter we review the known physical mechanisms at work in the motor. The BFM shows a highly dynamic behavior in its power output, its structure, and in the stoichiometry of its components. Changes in speed, rotation direction, constituent protein conformations, and the number of constituent subunits are dynamically controlled in accordance to external chemical and mechanical cues. The mechano-sensitivity of the motor is likely related to the surface-sensing ability of bacteria, relevant in the initial stage of biofilm formation.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Flagelos/metabolismo , Biofilmes , Conformação Proteica , Rotação
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4365, 2020 08 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32868761

RESUMO

Current approaches explore bacterial genes that change transcriptionally upon stress exposure as diagnostics to predict antibiotic sensitivity. However, transcriptional changes are often specific to a species or antibiotic, limiting implementation to known settings only. While a generalizable approach, predicting bacterial fitness independent of strain, species or type of stress, would eliminate such limitations, it is unclear whether a stress-response can be universally captured. By generating a multi-stress and species RNA-Seq and experimental evolution dataset, we highlight the strengths and limitations of existing gene-panel based methods. Subsequently, we build a generalizable method around the observation that global transcriptional disorder seems to be a common, low-fitness, stress response. We quantify this disorder using entropy, which is a specific measure of randomness, and find that in low fitness cases increasing entropy and transcriptional disorder results from a loss of regulatory gene-dependencies. Using entropy as a single feature, we show that fitness and quantitative antibiotic sensitivity predictions can be made that generalize well beyond training data. Furthermore, we validate entropy-based predictions in 7 species under antibiotic and non-antibiotic conditions. By demonstrating the feasibility of universal predictions of bacterial fitness, this work establishes the fundamentals for potentially new approaches in infectious disease diagnostics.


Assuntos
Bactérias/genética , Evolução Molecular Direcionada , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Estresse Fisiológico , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Bactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias/metabolismo , Fenômenos Fisiológicos Bacterianos , Doenças Transmissíveis/diagnóstico , Entropia , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Genes Bacterianos , Genoma Bacteriano , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Streptococcus pneumoniae/efeitos dos fármacos , Streptococcus pneumoniae/genética , Streptococcus pneumoniae/metabolismo , Transcriptoma
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 36(8): 1471-1483, 2020 Aug 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32924346

RESUMO

Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation process that targets cytoplasmic components, maintains metabolic stability in cells, and combates infection with various pathogenic bacteria. Autophagy can help body to eliminate invading pathogens; however, some bacteria have evolved multiple strategies to interfere with the autophagy signaling pathway or inhibit the fusion of autophagosomes with lysosomes to form autolysosomes to escape autophagic degradation, and even use autophagy to promote their growth and proliferation. This review discusses the newest progress in the relationship between pathogens and autophagy of host cell, and the role of autophagy in bacterial infection. We hope that this review provides useful knowledge for the research on autophagy caused by pathogenic infection.


Assuntos
Autofagia , Fenômenos Fisiológicos Bacterianos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Autofagia/fisiologia , Bactérias/metabolismo , Citoplasma , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/fisiologia , Transdução de Sinais
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4887, 2020 09 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32985497

RESUMO

The rise in the availability of bacterial genomes defines a need for synthesis: abstracting from individual taxa, to see larger patterns of bacterial lifestyles across systems. A key concept for such synthesis in ecology is the niche, the set of capabilities that enables a population's persistence and defines its impact on the environment. The set of possible niches forms the niche space, a conceptual space delineating ways in which persistence in a system is possible. Here we use manifold learning to map the space of metabolic networks representing thousands of bacterial genera. The results suggest a metabolic niche space comprising a collection of discrete clusters and branching manifolds, which constitute strategies spanning life in different habitats and hosts. We further demonstrate that communities from similar ecosystem types map to characteristic regions of this functional coordinate system, permitting coarse-graining of microbiomes in terms of ecological niches that may be filled.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Bactérias/classificação , Bactérias/genética , Evolução Biológica , Ecossistema , Redes e Vias Metabólicas , Filogenia , Água do Mar/microbiologia , Microbiologia do Solo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4658, 2020 09 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32938931

RESUMO

Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is an important marine osmolyte. Aphotic environments are only recently being considered as potential contributors to global DMSP production. Here, our Mariana Trench study reveals a typical seawater DMSP/dimethylsulfide (DMS) profile, with highest concentrations in the euphotic zone and decreased but consistent levels below. The genetic potential for bacterial DMSP synthesis via the dsyB gene and its transcription is greater in the deep ocean, and is highest in the sediment.s DMSP catabolic potential is present throughout the trench waters, but is less prominent below 8000 m, perhaps indicating a preference to store DMSP in the deep for stress protection. Deep ocean bacterial isolates show enhanced DMSP production under increased hydrostatic pressure. Furthermore, bacterial dsyB mutants are less tolerant of deep ocean pressures than wild-type strains. Thus, we propose a physiological function for DMSP in hydrostatic pressure protection, and that bacteria are key DMSP producers in deep seawater and sediment.


Assuntos
Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/metabolismo , Água do Mar/química , Água do Mar/microbiologia , Compostos de Sulfônio/metabolismo , Bactérias/isolamento & purificação , Clorofila A/análise , Clorofila A/metabolismo , Genes Bacterianos , Sedimentos Geológicos/química , Pressão Hidrostática , Marinobacter/genética , Marinobacter/isolamento & purificação , Marinobacter/metabolismo , Metagenoma , Mutação , Oceanos e Mares , Prochlorococcus/genética , Prochlorococcus/isolamento & purificação , Prochlorococcus/metabolismo , RNA Ribossômico 16S , Sulfetos/análise , Sulfetos/metabolismo , Compostos de Sulfônio/análise , Synechococcus/genética , Synechococcus/isolamento & purificação , Synechococcus/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4822, 2020 09 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32973149

RESUMO

Abiraterone acetate (AA) is an inhibitor of androgen biosynthesis, though this cannot fully explain its efficacy against androgen-independent prostate cancer. Here, we demonstrate that androgen deprivation therapy depletes androgen-utilizing Corynebacterium spp. in prostate cancer patients and that oral AA further enriches for the health-associated commensal, Akkermansia muciniphila. Functional inferencing elucidates a coinciding increase in bacterial biosynthesis of vitamin K2 (an inhibitor of androgen dependent and independent tumor growth). These results are highly reproducible in a host-free gut model, excluding the possibility of immune involvement. Further investigation reveals that AA is metabolized by bacteria in vitro and that breakdown components selectively impact growth. We conclude that A. muciniphila is a key regulator of AA-mediated restructuring of microbial communities, and that this species may affect treatment response in castrate-resistant cohorts. Ongoing initiatives aimed at modulating the colonic microbiota of cancer patients may consider targeted delivery of poorly absorbed selective bacterial growth agents.


Assuntos
Acetato de Abiraterona/farmacologia , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias de Próstata Resistentes à Castração/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias da Próstata/tratamento farmacológico , Verrucomicrobia/efeitos dos fármacos , Acetato de Abiraterona/metabolismo , Acetato de Abiraterona/uso terapêutico , Antagonistas de Androgênios/farmacologia , Androgênios/metabolismo , Bactérias/metabolismo , Fezes/microbiologia , Humanos , Masculino , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Verrucomicrobia/genética , Verrucomicrobia/metabolismo , Vitamina K 2/metabolismo , Vitamina K 2/farmacologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4827, 2020 09 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32973167

RESUMO

In bacteria, translation re-initiation is crucial for synthesizing proteins encoded by genes that are organized into operons. The mechanisms regulating translation re-initiation remain, however, poorly understood. We now describe the ribosome termination structure (RTS), a conserved and stable mRNA secondary structure localized immediately downstream of stop codons, and provide experimental evidence for its role in governing re-initiation efficiency in a synthetic Escherichia coli operon. We further report that RTSs are abundant, being associated with 18%-65% of genes in 128 analyzed bacterial genomes representing all phyla, and are selectively depleted when translation re-initiation is advantageous yet selectively enriched so as to insulate translation when re-initiation is deleterious. Our results support a potentially universal role for the RTS in controlling translation termination-insulation and re-initiation across bacteria.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Óperon/genética , RNA Mensageiro/química , RNA Mensageiro/fisiologia , Bactérias/classificação , Bactérias/genética , Códon de Terminação/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Genes Bacterianos/genética , Iniciação Traducional da Cadeia Peptídica , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Ribossomos/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4897, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994415

RESUMO

Soil microbial respiration is an important source of uncertainty in projecting future climate and carbon (C) cycle feedbacks. However, its feedbacks to climate warming and underlying microbial mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here we show that the temperature sensitivity of soil microbial respiration (Q10) in a temperate grassland ecosystem persistently decreases by 12.0 ± 3.7% across 7 years of warming. Also, the shifts of microbial communities play critical roles in regulating thermal adaptation of soil respiration. Incorporating microbial functional gene abundance data into a microbially-enabled ecosystem model significantly improves the modeling performance of soil microbial respiration by 5-19%, and reduces model parametric uncertainty by 55-71%. In addition, modeling analyses show that the microbial thermal adaptation can lead to considerably less heterotrophic respiration (11.6 ± 7.5%), and hence less soil C loss. If such microbially mediated dampening effects occur generally across different spatial and temporal scales, the potential positive feedback of soil microbial respiration in response to climate warming may be less than previously predicted.


Assuntos
Carbono/análise , Metagenoma/genética , Microbiota/fisiologia , Microbiologia do Solo , Solo/química , Aclimatação/genética , Archaea/genética , Archaea/isolamento & purificação , Archaea/metabolismo , Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/isolamento & purificação , Bactérias/metabolismo , Carbono/metabolismo , Ciclo do Carbono , Celulose/metabolismo , DNA Ambiental/genética , DNA Ambiental/isolamento & purificação , Fungos/genética , Fungos/isolamento & purificação , Fungos/metabolismo , Aquecimento Global , Pradaria , Temperatura Alta/efeitos adversos , Metagenômica , Modelos Genéticos , Raízes de Plantas/química , Poaceae/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4708, 2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948758

RESUMO

While the field of microbiology has adapted to the study of complex microbiomes via modern meta-omics techniques, we have not updated our basic knowledge regarding the quantitative levels of DNA, RNA and protein molecules within a microbial cell, which ultimately control cellular function. Here we report the temporal measurements of absolute RNA and protein levels per gene within a mixed bacterial-archaeal consortium. Our analysis of this data reveals an absolute protein-to-RNA ratio of 102-104 for bacterial populations and 103-105 for an archaeon, which is more comparable to Eukaryotic representatives' humans and yeast. Furthermore, we use the linearity between the metaproteome and metatranscriptome over time to identify core functional guilds, hence using a fundamental biological feature (i.e., RNA/protein levels) to highlight phenotypical complementarity. Our findings show that upgrading multi-omic toolkits with traditional absolute measurements unlocks the scaling of core biological questions to dynamic and complex microbiomes, creating a deeper insight into inter-organismal relationships that drive the greater community function.


Assuntos
Microbiota/genética , Microbiota/fisiologia , Proteínas/genética , Proteínas/metabolismo , RNA/genética , RNA/metabolismo , Archaea/genética , Archaea/metabolismo , Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/metabolismo , DNA , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Genoma Microbiano , Humanos , Metabolômica , Fenótipo , Proteoma , Proteômica , Transcriptoma , Leveduras
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(8): e1008135, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810127

RESUMO

Social interaction between microbes can be described at many levels of details: from the biochemistry of cell-cell interactions to the ecological dynamics of populations. Choosing an appropriate level to model microbial communities without losing generality remains a challenge. Here we show that modeling cross-feeding interactions at an intermediate level between genome-scale metabolic models of individual species and consumer-resource models of ecosystems is suitable to experimental data. We applied our modeling framework to three published examples of multi-strain Escherichia coli communities with increasing complexity: uni-, bi-, and multi-directional cross-feeding of either substitutable metabolic byproducts or essential nutrients. The intermediate-scale model accurately fit empirical data and quantified metabolic exchange rates that are hard to measure experimentally, even for a complex community of 14 amino acid auxotrophies. By studying the conditions of species coexistence, the ecological outcomes of cross-feeding interactions, and each community's robustness to perturbations, we extracted new quantitative insights from these three published experimental datasets. Our analysis provides a foundation to quantify cross-feeding interactions from experimental data, and highlights the importance of metabolic exchanges in the dynamics and stability of microbial communities.


Assuntos
Microbiota , Bactérias/classificação , Bactérias/metabolismo , Modelos Biológicos
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(8): e1008156, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857772

RESUMO

Microbes face intense competition in the natural world, and so need to wisely allocate their resources to multiple functions, in particular to metabolism. Understanding competition among metabolic strategies that are subject to trade-offs is therefore crucial for deeper insight into the competition, cooperation, and community assembly of microorganisms. In this work, we evaluate competing metabolic strategies within an ecological context by considering not only how the environment influences cell growth, but also how microbes shape their chemical environment. Utilizing chemostat-based resource-competition models, we exhibit a set of intuitive and general procedures for assessing metabolic strategies. Using this framework, we are able to relate and unify multiple metabolic models, and to demonstrate how the fitness landscape of strategies becomes intrinsically dynamic due to species-environment feedback. Such dynamic fitness landscapes produce rich behaviors, and prove to be crucial for ecological and evolutionarily stable coexistence in all the models we examined.


Assuntos
Bactérias/metabolismo , Reatores Biológicos , Modelos Biológicos , Fenômenos Bioquímicos
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008542, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810151

RESUMO

Presently, the principal tools to combat malaria are restricted to killing the parasite in infected people and killing the mosquito vector to thwart transmission. While successful, these approaches are losing effectiveness in view of parasite resistance to drugs and mosquito resistance to insecticides. Clearly, new approaches to fight this deadly disease need to be developed. Recently, one such approach-engineering mosquito resident bacteria to secrete anti-parasite compounds-has proven in the laboratory to be highly effective. However, implementation of this strategy requires approval from regulators as it involves introduction of recombinant bacteria into the field. A frequent argument by regulators is that if something unexpectedly goes wrong after release, there must be a recall mechanism. This report addresses this concern. Previously we have shown that a Serratia bacterium isolated from a mosquito ovary is able to spread through mosquito populations and is amenable to be engineered to secrete anti-plasmodial compounds. We have introduced a plasmid into this bacterium that carries a fluorescent protein gene and show that when cultured in the laboratory, the plasmid is completely lost in about 130 bacterial generations. Importantly, when these bacteria were introduced into mosquitoes, the bacteria were transmitted from one generation to the next, but the plasmid was lost after three mosquito generations, rendering the bacteria non-recombinant (wild type). Furthermore, no evidence was obtained for horizontal transfer of the plasmid to other bacteria either in culture or in the mosquito. Prior to release, it is imperative to demonstrate that the genes that thwart parasite development in the mosquito are safe to the environment. This report describes a methodology to safely achieve this goal, utilizing transient expression from a plasmid that is gradually lost, returning the bacterium to wild type status.


Assuntos
Anopheles/microbiologia , Agentes de Controle Biológico/farmacologia , Mosquitos Vetores/microbiologia , Serratia/genética , Serratia/metabolismo , Animais , Bactérias/genética , Bactérias/metabolismo , Transmissão de Doença Infecciosa , Feminino , Malária , Masculino , Ovário/microbiologia , Plasmídeos/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3870, 2020 08 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32747621

RESUMO

Soils harbor a substantial fraction of the world's biodiversity, contributing to many crucial ecosystem functions. It is thus essential to identify general macroecological patterns related to the distribution and functioning of soil organisms to support their conservation and consideration by governance. These macroecological analyses need to represent the diversity of environmental conditions that can be found worldwide. Here we identify and characterize existing environmental gaps in soil taxa and ecosystem functioning data across soil macroecological studies and 17,186 sampling sites across the globe. These data gaps include important spatial, environmental, taxonomic, and functional gaps, and an almost complete absence of temporally explicit data. We also identify the limitations of soil macroecological studies to explore general patterns in soil biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, with only 0.3% of all sampling sites having both information about biodiversity and function, although with different taxonomic groups and functions at each site. Based on this information, we provide clear priorities to support and expand soil macroecological research.


Assuntos
Biodiversidade , Ecossistema , Microbiologia do Solo , Solo/parasitologia , Animais , Bactérias/classificação , Bactérias/metabolismo , Biomassa , Clima , Fungos/classificação , Fungos/metabolismo , Geografia , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Nematoides/classificação , Nematoides/metabolismo , Oligoquetos/classificação , Oligoquetos/metabolismo , Solo/química , Temperatura
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