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Western Bats as a Reservoir of Novel Streptomyces Species with Antifungal Activity

Overview of attention for article published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, March 2017
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Title
Western Bats as a Reservoir of Novel Streptomyces Species with Antifungal Activity
Published in
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, March 2017
DOI 10.1128/aem.03057-16
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Authors

Paris S. Hamm, Nicole A. Caimi, Diana E. Northup, Ernest W. Valdez, Debbie C. Buecher, Christopher A. Dunlap, David P. Labeda, Shiloh Lueschow, Andrea Porras-Alfaro

Abstract

At least two-thirds of commercial antibiotics today are derived from Actinobacteria, more specifically from the genus Streptomyces Antibiotic resistance and new emerging diseases pose great challenges in the field of microbiology. Cave systems, in which Actinobacteria are ubiquitous and abundant, represent new opportunities for the discovery of novel bacteria species and the study of their interactions with emergent pathogens. White-nose syndrome is an invasive bat disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which has killed more than six million bats in the last seven years. In this study, we isolated naturally occurring Actinobacteria from WNS-free bats from five cave systems, and surface locations in the vicinity, in New Mexico and Arizona, USA. We sequenced the 16S rRNA region and tested 632 isolates from 12 different bat species using a bi-layer plate method to evaluate antifungal activity. Thirty-six Actinobacteria inhibited or stopped the growth of P. destructans with 32 (88.9%) belonging to the genus Streptomyces Isolates in the genera Rhodococcus, Streptosporangium, Luteipulveratus, and Nocardiopsis also showed inhibition. Twenty-five of the isolates with antifungal activity against P. destructans represent 15 novel Streptomyces spp. based on multi-locus sequence analysis. Our results suggest that bats in western North America caves possess novel bacterial microbiota with the potential to inhibit P. destructans IMPORTANCE: This study reports the largest collection of Actinobacteria from bats with activity against Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungal causative agent of white-nose syndrome. Using multi-gene analysis, we discovered 15 potential novel species. This research demonstrates bats and caves may serve as a rich reservoir for novel Streptomyces species with antimicrobial bioactive compounds.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 5%
Unknown 63 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 26%
Other 9 14%
Student > Master 9 14%
Researcher 8 12%
Student > Bachelor 5 8%
Other 8 12%
Unknown 10 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 22 33%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 30%
Environmental Science 4 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 3%
Other 3 5%
Unknown 12 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 November 2018.
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#677,674
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#275
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#20,821
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Outputs of similar age from Applied and Environmental Microbiology
#10
of 113 outputs
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