Monthly Archives: March 2013

Metformin Retards Aging in C. elegans by Altering Microbial Folate and Methionine Metabolism

Paper about how metformin, a drug used for diabetes, impacts c elegans longevity via its influence on the ‘gut microbiota’ (E. coli) http://download.cell.com/pdf/PIIS0092867413002675.pdf?intermediate=true Advertisements

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Bioinformed design: Good germs make healthy buildings?

I came across a recent TED talk on microbial communities and thought you all would be interested! The speaker, Jessica Green, is faculty at the University of Oregon and discusses the manipulation of environmental microbiomes in buildings. The data are … Continue reading

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Facilitating Cytokine-Mediated Cancer Cell Death by Proteobacterial N-Acylhomoserine Lactones

Nifty!! Abstract: Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) preferentially induces apoptosis in cancer cells over normal cells; however, tumor cells may develop TRAIL resistance. Here, we demonstrate that this resistance can be overcome in the presence of bacterial acylhomoserine lactones … Continue reading

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The root microbiota—a fingerprint in the soil?

Kristin, Aleklett, and Hart Miranda. “The root microbiota—a fingerprint in the soil?.” Plant and Soil (2013): 1-16. PDF here Background The root system of a plant is known to host a wide diversity of microbes that can be essential or … Continue reading

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Gene transfer from bacteria and archaea facilitated evolution of an extremophilic eukaryote

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Killing by bactericidal antibiotics does not depend on ROS

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Cell Death from antibiotics without the involvement of ROS

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