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  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Bacteriophages: An Overlooked Intersection in Water Disinfection
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-23
    Ana Carolina Maganha de Almeida Kumlien; Carles M. Borrego; José Luis Balcázar

    This article focuses on how bacteriophages (phages), antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs), and disinfection practices intersect. Phages are considered to be the most abundant biological entities on Earth and they have the potential to transfer genes (including ARGs) among their bacterial hosts. In the urban water cycle, phages are used as indicators of fecal pollution and surrogates for human viral pathogens

  • When PARPs Meet Antiviral Innate Immunity
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-19
    Huifang Zhu; Chunfu Zheng

    The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) family contains 17 members in humans, sharing a PARP domain to transfer ADP-ribose groups to target proteins to trigger ADP-ribosylation. The roles of PARPs have evolved from DNA damage repair to diverse biological processes, such as gene transcription, cellular stress response, etc. Recently, seminal studies have demonstrated the critical roles of PAPRs in

  • Joining European Scientific Forces to Face Pandemics
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-04
    M. Helena Vasconcelos; Stefano Alcaro; Virginia Arechavala-Gomeza; Jan Baumbach; Fernanda Borges; Tiziana A.L. Brevini; Javier De Las Rivas; Yvan Devaux; Pavel Hozak; Minna M. Keinänen-Toivola; Giovanna Lattanzi; Thomas Mohr; Modra Murovska; Bhupesh K. Prusty; Roy A. Quinlan; Dolores Pérez-Sala; Carmen Scheibenbogen; Harald H.H.W. Schmidt; Chiara Riganti

    Despite the international guidelines on the containment of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the European scientific community was not sufficiently prepared to coordinate scientific efforts. To improve preparedness for future pandemics, we have initiated a network of nine European-funded Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Actions that can help facilitate inter-, multi-, and

  • Demystifying Cell Cycle Arrest by HIV-1 Vif
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-19
    Daniel J. Salamango; Reuben S. Harris

    Although APOBEC3 degradation is the canonical function of HIV-1 Vif, this viral protein also induces potent cell cycle arrest through a newly defined mechanism. Here, we review recent advances in this area and propose that the scope of this activity may go beyond subversion of the host cell cycle.

  • Forest and Trees: Exploring Bacterial Virulence with Genome-wide Association Studies and Machine Learning
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-14
    Jonathan P. Allen; Evan Snitkin; Nathan B. Pincus; Alan R. Hauser

    The advent of inexpensive and rapid sequencing technologies has allowed bacterial whole-genome sequences to be generated at an unprecedented pace. This wealth of information has revealed an unanticipated degree of strain-to-strain genetic diversity within many bacterial species. Awareness of this genetic heterogeneity has corresponded with a greater appreciation of intraspecies variation in virulence

  • Carbapenem and Colistin Resistance in Enterobacter: Determinants and Clones
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-08
    Zhiyong Zong; Yu Feng; Alan McNally

    Enterobacter is a globally important pathogen. Here we clarify its taxonomy and review recent developments in its resistance to carbapenem and colistin, illustrating that Enterobacter has a large arsenal of mechanisms to grow under antimicrobial pressure. Further studies are required to decipher colistin heteroresistance and understand why certain Enterobacter lineages have emerged clinically.

  • Mechanisms That Shape Microbial Pangenomes
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-08
    Maria Rosa Domingo-Sananes; James O. McInerney

    Analyses of multiple whole-genome sequences from the same species have revealed that differences in gene content can be substantial, particularly in prokaryotes. Such variation has led to the recognition of pangenomes, the complete set of genes present in a species – consisting of core genes, present in all individuals, and accessory genes whose presence is variable. Questions now arise about how pangenomes

  • Noncoding RNAs: Regulatory Molecules of Host–Microbiome Crosstalk
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-05
    Nilusha Malmuthuge; Le Luo Guan

    Recent emerging evidence has revealed that regulatory noncoding RNAs (microRNAs, circular RNAs) modulate host–microbe interactions and they have been proposed as potential biomarkers of the host’s response to microbiome-linked pathologies such as cancers, obesity, and neurodegenerative diseases. Interactions between microRNAs and circular RNAs, however, increase the complexity of the mechanisms that

  • Epigenetic Memories: The Hidden Drivers of Bacterial Persistence?
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2021-01-04
    Leise Riber; Lars Hestbjerg Hansen

    Epigenetic modifications, including DNA methylation, stably alter gene expression without modifying genomic sequences. Recent evidence suggests that epigenetic regulation coupled with a long-term 'memory' effect plays a major role within bacterial persistence formation. Today, emerging high-resolution, single-molecule sequencing technologies allow an increased focus on DNA modifications as regulatory

  • Endocannabinoids Attenuate the Virulence of Certain Enteropathogenic Bacteria
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-30
    Marwan Osman; Nicolas Papon; François-Xavier Weill

    The mammalian endocannabinoid system modulates gastrointestinal physiology and immunity via lipid hormones (endocannabinoids). Ellermann et al. have recently revealed the effect of the endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) on intestinal infection. They show that 2-AG directly modulates bacterial function by antagonizing the provirulence receptor QseC, thereby protecting mice against enteric

  • Microbial Genetics: Stress Management
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-25
    Shankar Iyer; Sonia Muliyil

    Microbes constitute the very core of our existence. Long believed to be a nuisance and proponents of various diseases, latest research point toward their functions in processes that can prove beneficial for human survival and afford long-term protection from disease. The wide range of functions exhibited by a host of microbes implies diversity and heterogeneity at the level of the molecular machinery

  • Bacterial Adaptation in Structured Environments: Lessons from Darwin’s Finches
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-10
    Joe J. Harrison; Matthew R. Parsek; Boo Shan Tseng

    Intricate gene regulatory networks control the transition between the planktonic and biofilm lifestyles in bacteria. New evidence from Mhatre et al. uncovers how various adaptive mutations that arose in a key gene at the nexus of signaling networks in Burkholderia cenocepacia led to the emergence of lineages with different ecological roles, enabling stable coexistence of multiple genotypes and increasing

  • Inherently and Conditionally Essential Protein Catabolism Genes of Porphyromonas gingivalis
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-15
    Daniel P. Miller; David A. Scott

    Proteases are critical virulence determinants of Porphyromonas gingivalis, an emerging Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and arthritis pathogen and established agent of periodontitis. Transposon sequencing has been employed to define the core essential genome of this bacterium and genes conditionally essential in multiple environments – abscess formation; epithelial colonization; and cigarette smoke toxin

  • Stress-Induced Catch-Bonds to Enhance Bacterial Adhesion
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-19
    Marion Mathelié-Guinlet; Felipe Viela; David Alsteens; Yves F. Dufrêne

    Physical forces have a profound influence on bacterial cell physiology and disease. A striking example is the formation of catch-bonds that reinforce under mechanical stress. While mannose-binding by the Escherichia coli FimH adhesin has long been the only thoroughly studied microbial catch-bond, it has recently become clear that proteins from other species, such as staphylococci, are also engaged

  • Emerging Role for MAIT Cells in Control of Antimicrobial Resistance
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-19
    Edwin Leeansyah; Caroline Boulouis; Andrea Lay Hoon Kwa; Johan K. Sandberg

    Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health as antibiotics are losing effectiveness due to rapid development of resistance. The human immune system facilitates control and clearance of resistant bacterial populations during the course of antimicrobial therapy. Here we review current knowledge of mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, an arm of the immune system on the

  • Dysregulation of cell signaling by SARS-CoV-2
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-19
    Rahul K. Suryawanshi; Raghuram Koganti; Alex Agelidis; Chandrashekhar D. Patil; Deepak Shukla

    Pathogens usurp host pathways to generate a permissive environment for their propagation. The current spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection presents the urgent need to understand the complex pathogen-host interplay for effective control of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 reorganizes the host cytoskeleton for efficient cell entry and controls host transcriptional processes

  • Type VII Toxin/Antitoxin Classification System for Antitoxins that Enzymatically Neutralize Toxins
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-17
    Xiaoxue Wang; Jianyun Yao; Yi-Cheng Sun; Thomas K. Wood

    Toxin/antitoxin (TA) systems are present in nearly all bacterial and archaeal strains and consist of a toxin that reduces growth and an antitoxin that masks toxin activity. Currently there are six primary classes for TA systems based on the nature of the antitoxin and the way that the antitoxin inactivates the toxin. Here we show that there now are at least three additional and distinct TA systems

  • Slaying SARS-CoV-2 One (Single-Domain) Antibody at a Time
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-16
    Timothy F. Czajka; David J. Vance; Nicholas J. Mantis

    Camelid-derived and synthetic single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) are emerging as potent weapons against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. SdAbs are small, compact, thermostable immunoglobulin elements capable of binding targets with sub-nanomolar affinities. By leveraging the power of phage- and yeast surface-display technologies, rare sdAbs can be isolated from highly diverse and complex antibody libraries

  • Microbial Inoculants: Silver Bullet or Microbial Jurassic Park?
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-10
    Chandra N. Jack; Renee H. Petipas; Tanya E. Cheeke; Jennifer L. Rowland; Maren L. Friesen

    The appeal of using microbial inoculants to mediate plant traits and productivity in managed ecosystems has increased over the past decade, because microbes represent an alternative to fertilizers, pesticides, and direct genetic modification of plants. Using microbes bypasses many societal and environmental concerns because microbial products are considered a more sustainable and benign technology

  • Heterogeneous Host–Pathogen Encounters Coordinate Antibiotic Resilience in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-10
    Richa Mishra; Vikas Yadav; Madhura Guha; Amit Singh

    Successful treatment of tuberculosis (TB) depends on the eradication of its causative agent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in the host. However, the emergence of phenotypically drug-resistant Mtb in the host environment tempers the ability of antibiotics to cure disease. Host immunity produces diverse microenvironmental niches that are exploited by Mtb to mobilize adaptation programs. Such differential

  • Microbial Modulation of the Development and Physiology of the Enteric Nervous System
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-09
    Amélie Joly; François Leulier; Filipe De Vadder

    The gastrointestinal tract harbors an intrinsic neuronal network, the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS controls motility, fluid homeostasis, and blood flow, but also interacts with other components of the intestine such as epithelial and immune cells. Recent studies indicate that gut microbiota diversification, which occurs alongside postnatal ENS maturation, could be critical for the development

  • Unappreciated Roles for K+ Channels in Bacterial Physiology
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-05
    Sarah D. Beagle; Steve W. Lockless

    Potassium (K+) channels are highly conserved proteins found in all domains of life, that allow for selective movement of K+ ions across membranes. Despite their broad distribution, the physiological roles of individual members of this diverse channel family have only been thoroughly explored in eukaryotic systems, where they have critical functions in a variety of cellular processes. Recent studies

  • The Next Million Names for Archaea and Bacteria
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-04
    Mark J. Pallen; Andrea Telatin; Aharon Oren

    Latin binomials, popularised in the 18th century by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, have stood the test of time in providing a stable, clear, and memorable system of nomenclature across biology. However, relentless and ever-deeper exploration and analysis of the microbial world has created an urgent need for huge numbers of new names for Archaea and Bacteria. Manual creation of such names remains

  • Advances in Transposon Mutagenesis of Staphylococcus aureus: Insights into Pathogenesis and Antimicrobial Resistance
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-03
    Fiona A. Sargison; J. Ross Fitzgerald

    Our capacity to investigate the biology of the major human and animal pathogen Staphylococcus aureus has been greatly enhanced by technological advances in transposon (Tn) mutagenesis. Here we provide a perspective on how these advances can further our understanding of pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance.

  • The Microbial Conveyor Belt: Connecting the Globe through Dispersion and Dormancy
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-03
    Mireia Mestre; Juan Höfer

    Despite the recent increase in knowledge concerning microorganisms, the processes determining their global distribution and functioning have not been disentangled. Microbial dormant stages are adapted to endure specific adverse conditions related to their dispersion path, suggesting that dispersion is not entirely a stochastic process. Long-term dormancy enhances microbial dispersion, promoting the

  • The Oral Host–Microbial Interactome: An Ecological Chronometer of Health?
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-12-02
    M. Freire; K.E. Nelson; A. Edlund

    An increasing number of studies reveal that host–microbial interactome networks are coordinated, impacting human health and disease. Recently, several lines of evidence have revealed associations between the acquisition of a complex microbiota and adaptive immunity, supporting that host–microbiota symbiotic relationships have evolved as a means to maintain homeostasis where the role of the microbiota

  • The Interplay of Sex Steroids, the Immune Response, and the Intestinal Microbiota
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-27
    Fernanda Pace; Paula I. Watnick

    The role of sex steroids in mammalian maturation is well established. Recently, it has been increasingly appreciated that sex steroids also play an important role in the propensity of adults to develop a myriad of diseases. The exposure and responsiveness of tissues to sex steroids varies among individuals and between the sexes, and this has been correlated with gender-specific differences in the composition

  • The Enemy of My Enemy: New Insights Regarding Bacteriophage–Mammalian Cell Interactions
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-23
    Katie Bodner; Arin L. Melkonian; Markus W. Covert

    Bacteriophages (phages) are the most abundant biological entity in the human body, but until recently the role that phages play in human health was not well characterized. Although phages do not cause infections in human cells, phages can alter the severity of bacterial infections by the dissemination of virulence factors amongst bacterial hosts. Recent studies, made possible with advances in genome

  • Sigma Factor Modulation for Cyanobacterial Metabolic Engineering
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-20
    Amit Srivastava; Rajeev K. Varshney; Pratyoosh Shukla

    Sigma (σ) factors are key regulatory proteins that control the transcription initiation in prokaryotes. In response to environmental or developmental cues, σ factors initiate the transcription of necessary genes responsible for maintaining a life-sustaining metabolic balance. Due to the significant role of σ factors in bacterial metabolism, their rational engineering for commercial metabolite production

  • Host Factors and Pathways Involved in the Entry of Mosquito-Borne Alphaviruses
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-16
    Lien De Caluwé; Kevin K. Ariën; Koen Bartholomeeusen

    Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus that has re-emerged recently and has spread to previously unaffected regions, resulting in millions of infections worldwide. The genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae, contains several members with a similar potential for epidemic emergence. In order for CHIKV to replicate in targeted cell types it is essential for the virus to enter these

  • Broadening Participation in Scientific Conferences during the Era of Social Distancing
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-22
    Michael R. Fulcher; Marian L. Bolton; Michael D. Millican; Matthew J. Michalska-Smith; José Pablo Dundore-Arias; Jo Handelsman; Jonathan L. Klassen; Kathryn C. Milligan-Myhre; Ashley Shade; Benjamin E. Wolfe; Linda L. Kinkel

    Virtual conferences can offer significant benefits but require considerable planning and creativity to be successful. Here we describe the successes and failures of a hybrid in-person/virtual conference model. The COVID-19 epidemic presents the scientific community with an opportunity to pioneer novel models that effectively engage virtual participants to advance conference goals.

  • Sex-biased Immune Responses Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-10
    Rebecca L. Ursin; Janna R. Shapiro; Sabra L. Klein

    Males are disproportionately affected by severe disease and death from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. In their recent article, Takahashi et al. found sex differences in immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and the predictors of disease progression. These findings contribute to elucidating the mechanisms that underlie the male bias in severe disease and death from

  • Candida auris Mannans and Pathogen–Host Interplay
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-21
    Vishnu Chaturvedi; Robert J. Linhardt; Nicolas Papon

    Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungal pathogen, is responsible for the recent global outbreaks in hospitalized and long-term care patients with significant mortality. A new study by Bruno et al. delineates innate host immune responses against C. auris and identifies critical roles for fungal mannans and mannoproteins.

  • The Mystery of MIS-C Post-SARS-CoV-2 Infection
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-14
    Nina N. Brodsky; Anjali Ramaswamy; Carrie L. Lucas

    Following emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a surge in the life-threatening illness now termed ‘multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children’ (MIS-C) has raised questions about the unique effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children and adolescents. Two important new studies by Consiglio et al. and Gruber et al. have begun to shine

  • Investigating the Concept and Origin of Viruses
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-03
    Arshan Nasir; Ethan Romero-Severson; Jean-Michel Claverie

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has piqued public interest in the properties, evolution, and emergence of viruses. Here, we discuss how these basic questions have surprisingly remained disputed despite being increasingly within the reach of scientific analysis. We review recent data-driven efforts that shed light into the origin and evolution of viruses and explain factors that resist the widespread

  • COVID-19 Antibody Tests: A Valuable Public Health Tool with Limited Relevance to Individuals
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-06
    Rachel West; Amanda Kobokovich; Nancy Connell; Gigi Kwik Gronvall

    Antibody tests for detecting past infection with SARS-CoV-2 have many uses for public health decision making, but demand has largely come from individual consumers. This review focuses on individual relevance of antibody tests: their accuracy in detecting prior infection, what past SARS-CoV-2 infection can currently infer about future immunity or possible medical sequelae, and the potential future

  • Intermicrobial Hitchhiking: How Nonmotile Microbes Leverage Communal Motility
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-11-05
    A.R. Muok; A. Briegel

    Motility allows many microbes to traverse their environment to find nutrient sources or escape unfavorable environments. However, some microbes are nonmotile and are restricted to their immediate conditions. Intriguingly, sporadic reports have demonstrated that many nonmotile microbes can utilize the motility machinery of other microbes in their vicinity. This form of transportation, called hitchhiking

  • Molecular Logic of Prokaryotic Surface Layer Structures
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-26
    Tanmay A.M. Bharat; Andriko von Kügelgen; Vikram Alva

    Most prokaryotic cells are encased in a surface layer (S-layer) consisting of a paracrystalline array of repeating lattice-forming proteins. S-layer proteins populate a vast and diverse sequence space, performing disparate functions in prokaryotic cells, including cellular defense, cell-shape maintenance, and regulation of import and export of materials. This article highlights recent advances in the

  • How Microbes Evolved to Tolerate Oxygen
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-24
    Maryam Khademian; James A. Imlay

    Ancient microbes invented biochemical mechanisms and assembled core metabolic pathways on an anoxic Earth. Molecular oxygen appeared far later, forcing microbes to devise layers of defensive tactics that fend off the destructive actions of both reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxygen itself. Recent work has pinpointed the enzymes that ROS attack, plus an array of clever protective strategies that

  • Host Delipidation Mediated by Bacterial Effectors
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-19
    Ligang Mei; Xiaofeng Qiu; Chen Jiang; Aimin Yang

    Protein lipidation, the covalent attachment of a lipid moiety to a target protein, plays a critical role in many cellular processes in eukaryotic cells. Bacterial pathogens secrete various effectors to subvert the host signaling pathway as a mechanism of microbial pathogenesis. An increasing number of effectors from diverse bacterial pathogens function as cysteine proteases to cause irreversible delipidation

  • Genome-based Taxonomy for Bacteria: A Recent Advance
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-24
    Zhiyong Zong

    Prokaryotic taxonomic assignments are shifting to genome-based algorithms. A recent study (Parks et al., 2020) has advanced genome-based taxonomy by constructing reference databases, computing average nucleotide identity and assigning tentative placeholder species names. However, prokaryotic taxonomy should be carefully curated and updated in a timely fashion; this requires coordinated efforts of prokaryotic

  • Anticipatory Stress Responses and Immune Evasion in Fungal Pathogens
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-12
    Arnab Pradhan; Qinxi Ma; Leandro J. de Assis; Ian Leaves; Daniel E. Larcombe; Alejandra V. Rodriguez Rondon; Olga A. Nev; Alistair J.P. Brown

    In certain niches, microbes encounter environmental challenges that are temporally linked. In such cases, microbial fitness is enhanced by the evolution of anticipatory responses where the initial challenge simultaneously activates pre-emptive protection against the second impending challenge. The accumulation of anticipatory responses in domesticated yeasts, which have been termed 'adaptive prediction'

  • Two Decades of Studying Functional Amyloids in Microorganisms
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-09
    Shon A. Levkovich; Ehud Gazit; Dana Laor Bar-Yosef

    In the past two decades, amyloids, typically associated with human diseases, have been described to play various functional roles in nearly all life forms. The structural and functional diversity of microbial 'functional amyloids' has dramatically increased in recent years, expanding the canonical definition of these assembled molecules. Here, we provide a broad review of the current understanding

  • A Growing Gap between the RNAP and the Lead Ribosome
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-10
    Bing Wang; Irina Artsimovitch

    In prokaryotes, transcription–translation coupling is thought to guarantee the synthesis of high-quality mRNAs and surveil foreign genes. Surprisingly, Johnson et al. show that translation is uncoupled from transcription in Bacillus subtilis, arguing that bacteria utilize very diverse gene expression strategies to meet their unique regulatory needs.

  • The Molecular Language of the Cnidarian–Dinoflagellate Symbiosis
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-08
    Sabrina L. Rosset; Clinton A. Oakley; Christine Ferrier-Pagès; David J. Suggett; Virginia M. Weis; Simon K. Davy

    The cnidarian–dinoflagellate symbiosis is of huge importance as it underpins the success of coral reefs, yet we know very little about how the host cnidarian and its dinoflagellate endosymbionts communicate with each other to form a functionally integrated unit. Here, we review the current knowledge of interpartner molecular signaling in this symbiosis, with an emphasis on lipids, glycans, reactive

  • Border Control: Regulating LPS Biogenesis
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-10-06
    Randi L. Guest; Steven T. Rutherford; Thomas J. Silhavy

    The outer membrane (OM) is a defining feature of Gram-negative bacteria that serves as a permeability barrier and provides rigidity to the cell. Critical to OM function is establishing and maintaining an asymmetrical bilayer structure with phospholipids in the inner leaflet and the complex glycolipid lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the outer leaflet. Cells ensure this asymmetry by regulating the biogenesis

  • Ins and Outs of Reovirus: Vesicular Trafficking in Viral Entry and Egress
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-29
    Alexa N. Roth; Pavithra Aravamudhan; Isabel Fernández de Castro; Raquel Tenorio; Cristina Risco; Terence S. Dermody

    Cell entry and egress are essential steps in the viral life cycle that govern pathogenesis and spread. Mammalian orthoreoviruses (reoviruses) are nonenveloped viruses implicated in human disease that serve as tractable models for studies of pathogen–host interactions. In this review we discuss the function of intracellular vesicular transport systems in reovirus entry, trafficking, and egress and comment

  • These Are the Genes You’re Looking For: Finding Host Resistance Genes
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-29
    Jeffrey S. Bourgeois; Clare M. Smith; Dennis C. Ko

    Humanity’s ongoing struggle with new, re-emerging and endemic infectious diseases serves as a frequent reminder of the need to understand host–pathogen interactions. Recent advances in genomics have dramatically advanced our understanding of how genetics contributes to host resistance or susceptibility to bacterial infection. Here we discuss current trends in defining host–bacterial interactions at

  • Bacillus cereus: Epidemiology, Virulence Factors, and Host–Pathogen Interactions
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-28
    Daniel Enosi Tuipulotu; Anukriti Mathur; Chinh Ngo; Si Ming Man

    The toxin-producing bacterium Bacillus cereus is an important and neglected human pathogen and a common cause of food poisoning. Several toxins have been implicated in disease, including the pore-forming toxins hemolysin BL (HBL) and nonhemolytic enterotoxin (NHE). Recent work revealed that HBL binds to the mammalian surface receptors LITAF and CDIP1 and that both HBL and NHE induce potassium efflux

  • Molecular Evolution of Transition Metal Bioavailability at the Host-Pathogen Interface.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-18
    Giuliano T Antelo,Alejandro J Vila,David P Giedroc,Daiana A Capdevila

    The molecular evolution of the adaptive response at the host–pathogen interface has been frequently referred to as an 'arms race' between the host and bacterial pathogens. The innate immune system employs multiple strategies to starve microbes of metals. Pathogens, in turn, develop successful strategies to maintain access to bioavailable metal ions under conditions of extreme restriction of transition

  • Bacterial Defense against the Type VI Secretion System.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-18
    Sophie Robitaille,Evan Trus,Benjamin D Ross

    Bacteria have evolved systems dedicated to interbacterial competition. Here we highlight defenses utilized by Gram-negative cells against type VI secretion system (T6SS)-wielding competitors, including physical barriers, genetically encoded antidotes, and stress responses. Further investigation of specific and general defenses will reveal the interbacterial selective pressures impacting bacterial survival

  • Structural and Biosynthetic Diversity of Nonulosonic Acids (NulOs) That Decorate Surface Structures in Bacteria.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-09-17
    Nathan D McDonald,E Fidelma Boyd

    Nonulosonic acids (NulOs) are a diverse family of 9-carbon α-keto acid sugars that are involved in a wide range of functions across all branches of life. The family of NulOs includes the sialic acids as well as the prokaryote-specific NulOs. Select bacteria biosynthesize the sialic acid N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac), and the ability to produce this sugar and its subsequent incorporation into cell-surface

  • Coral Disease Causes, Consequences, and Risk within Coral Restoration.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-07-29
    T Moriarty,W Leggat,M J Huggett,T D Ainsworth

    As a result of increased reef degradation, restoration efforts are now being widely applied on coral reefs. However, outplanted coral survival in restoration zones varies substantially, and coral mortality can be a significant limitation to the success of restoration efforts. With reef restoration now occurring within, and adjacent to, nationally preserved and managed marine parks, the potential risks

  • Virus-Host Cell Interplay during Hepatitis E Virus Infection.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-08-19
    Michael H Wißing,Yannick Brüggemann,Eike Steinmann,Daniel Todt

    The molecular interplay between cellular host factors and viral proteins is a continuous process throughout the viral life cycle determining virus host range and pathogenesis. The hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a long-neglected RNA virus and the major causative agent of acute viral hepatitis in humans worldwide. However, the mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease remain poorly understood for

  • How Pathogens Feel and Overcome Magnesium Limitation When in Host Tissues.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-08-14
    Anne-Béatrice Blanc-Potard,Eduardo A Groisman

    Host organisms utilize nutritional immunity to limit the availability of nutrients essential to an invading pathogen. Nutrients may include amino acids, nucleotide bases, and transition metals, the essentiality of which varies among pathogens. The mammalian macrophage protein Slc11a1 (previously Nramp1) mediates resistance to several intracellular pathogens. Slc11a1 is proposed to restrict growth of

  • Oceanic Hitchhikers - Assessing Pathogen Risks from Marine Microplastic.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-08-13
    Jake Bowley,Craig Baker-Austin,Adam Porter,Rachel Hartnell,Ceri Lewis

    As plastic debris in the environment continues to increase, an emerging concern is the potential for microplastic to act as vectors for pathogen transport. With aquaculture the fastest growing food sector, and microplastic contamination of shellfish increasingly demonstrated, understanding any risk of pathogen transport associated with microplastic is important for this industry. However, there remains

  • Development of Microbiome Biobanks - Challenges and Opportunities.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-08-13
    M J Ryan,M Schloter,G Berg,T Kostic,L L Kinkel,K Eversole,J A Macklin,B Schelkle,M Kazou,I Sarand,B K Singh,D Fischer,E Maguin,I Ferrocino,N Lima,R S McClure,T C Charles,R S C de Souza,G S Kiran,H L Krug,J Taffner,H Roume,J Selvin,D Smith,D Rybakova,A Sessitsch

    The microbiome research field is rapidly evolving, but the required biobanking infrastructure is currently fragmented and not prepared for the biobanking of microbiomes. The rapid advancement of technologies requires an urgent assessment of how biobanks can underpin research by preserving microbiome samples and their functional potential.

  • Two Dietary Metabolites Fuel Salmonella Colonization.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-07-08
    Sara Jepsen,Shuai Jiang

    Nguyen et al. used transposon sequencing analysis and competitive colonization assays to describe how aspartate/malate can trigger initial Salmonella Typhimurium gut-lumen colonization in mice, providing insight into the significance of certain key metabolites beyond the realm of Salmonella life. Metabolite-driven diagnostic and anti-infective strategies for preventing salmonellosis could rapidly emerge

  • Functions of Bacterial tRNA Modifications: From Ubiquity to Diversity.
    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-07-25
    Valérie de Crécy-Lagard,Marshall Jaroch

    Modified nucleotides in tRNA are critical components of the translation apparatus, but their importance in the process of translational regulation had until recently been greatly overlooked. Two breakthroughs have recently allowed a fuller understanding of the importance of tRNA modifications in bacterial physiology. One is the identification of the full set of tRNA modification genes in model organisms

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    Trends Microbiol. (IF 13.546) Pub Date : 2020-07-24
    Rob van Dalen,Andreas Peschel,Nina M van Sorge

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