Monday, July 16, 2018

BacterioFiles 347 - Adenovirus Adapter Allows Assignment

Virus and shielded virus
Schmid et al, 2018, Nat Commun
This episode: Adding adapters to anti-cancer virus helps it avoid destruction by the body so it can target the tumors!

Thanks to Dr. Andreas Plückthun for his contribution!

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Microbe of the episode: Tomato leaf curl Vietnam virus

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Journal Paper:
Schmid M, Ernst P, Honegger A, Suomalainen M, Zimmermann M, Braun L, Stauffer S, Thom C, Dreier B, Eibauer M, Kipar A, Vogel V, Greber UF, Medalia O, Plückthun A. 2018. Adenoviral vector with shield and adapter increases tumor specificity and escapes liver and immune control. Nat Commun 9:450.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

BacterioFiles 346 - Prokaryote Prey Plug Picoalgae

Alga (C) with bacterial prey (P)
By: Kamennaya et al,
PLOS Biol 2018
This episode: Very small ocean algae consume bacterial prey of a similar size to themselves by engulfing them only partially!

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Microbe of the episode: Bradyrhizobium japonicum

Journal Paper:
Kamennaya NA, Kennaway G, Fuchs BM, Zubkov MV. 2018. “Pomacytosis”—Semi-extracellular phagocytosis of cyanobacteria by the smallest marine algae. PLOS Biol 16:e2003502.

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  • Using nanomagnets to control quorum sensing by pulling bacteria together (paper)

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    Monday, July 2, 2018

    BacterioFiles 345 - Super Sonic Cell Sacs

    Anabaena flos-aquae,
    a source for gas vesicle genes
    This episode: Protein bags of gas in bacteria could help make ultrasound imaging more versatile!

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    Microbe of the episode: Cronobacter virus Esp2949-1

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    Journal Paper:
    Bourdeau RW, Lee-Gosselin A, Lakshmanan A, Farhadi A, Kumar SR, Nety SP, Shapiro MG. 2018. Acoustic reporter genes for noninvasive imaging of microorganisms in mammalian hosts. Nature 553:86–90.

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  • Laxatives shown very disruptive to gut microbes in mice
  • Evidence not good that probiotics can reduce anxiety in people

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    Monday, June 25, 2018

    BacterioFiles 344 - Bacteriophages Bypass Body Barriers

    Cell culture setup
    Nguyen et al, 2017,
    mBio 8:e01874-17
    This episode: Phages may be passing through the barriers in our body all the time!

    Thanks to Dr. Jeremy Barr for his contribution!
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    Show notes:
    Microbe of the episode: Rhodobacter virus RcCronus

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    Journal Paper:
    Nguyen S, Baker K, Padman BS, Patwa R, Dunstan RA, Weston TA, Schlosser K, Bailey B, Lithgow T, Lazarou M, Luque A, Rohwer F, Blumberg RS, Barr JJ. 2017. Bacteriophage Transcytosis Provides a Mechanism To Cross Epithelial Cell Layers. mBio 8:e01874-17.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Yeast species uses same codon for two different amino acids (paper)

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    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    BacterioFiles 343 - Super Cells Save Susceptible Species

    Deinococcus radiodurans
    This episode: Very radiation-resistant bacteria can protect other, less-resistant microbes from some of the effects of chronic radiation!

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    Microbe of the episode: Paramecium bursaria Chlorella virus CA4A

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    Journal Paper:
    Shuryak I, Matrosova VY, Gaidamakova EK, Tkavc R, Grichenko O, Klimenkova P, Volpe RP, Daly MJ. 2017. Microbial cells can cooperate to resist high-level chronic ionizing radiation. PLOS ONE 12:e0189261.

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  • Panda gut microbes help them detoxify cyanide in their diet (paper)
  • Modified probiotics can detect and inhibit cholera in baby mice

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    Monday, June 11, 2018

    BacterioFiles 342 - Cyanide Stops Cell Suckers

    Chromobacterium growing on agar
    This episode: Some bacteria can defend themselves from bacterial predators by producing cyanide!

    Thanks to Dr. Robert Mitchell for his contribution!

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    Show notes:
    Microbe of the episode: Dyoepsilonpapillomavirus 1

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    Journal Paper:
    Mun W, Kwon H, Im H, Choi SY, Monnappa AK, Mitchell RJ. 2017. Cyanide Production by Chromobacterium piscinae Shields It from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus HD100 Predation. mBio 8:e01370-17.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Using bacterial DNA to estimate movement of river water
  • Making bacteria produce biologic drugs that last longer in the body
  • Fungal pigment could be a useful semiconductor
  • Parasitic microbe uses chemical defense against defenses of fungus-growing ants

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    Monday, June 4, 2018

    BacterioFiles 341 - Cancer Killer Could Cure Cryptic Contagion

    HIV particles on infected cell
    By Liza Gross,
    PLOS Biology 2006, e445
    CC BY 2.5
    This episode: A virus designed to target cancer could also help eliminate hidden HIV infections!

    Thanks to Nischal Ranganath for his contribution!

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    Show notes:
    Microbe of the episode: Streptomyces pluricolorescens

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    Journal Paper:
    Ranganath N, Sandstrom TS, Schinkel B, C S, Côté SC, Angel JB. 2018. The Oncolytic Virus MG1 Targets and Eliminates Cells Latently Infected With HIV-1: Implications for an HIV Cure. J Infect Dis 217:721–730.

    Other interesting stories:
  • Gut microbes could affect immune defense against liver cancer

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