Comparative transcriptome analysis was used to determine the differentially expressed genes in Escherichia coli during aerosolization from liquid suspension. Isogenic mutant studies were then used to examine the potential part played by some of these genes in bacterial survival in the air. Bioaerosols were sampled after 3 min of nebulization, which aerosolized the bacteria from the liquid suspension to an aerosol chamber (A0), and after further 30 min of airborne suspension in the chamber (A30). Bacteria at A0 showed 65 differentially expressed genes (30 downregulated and 35 upregulated) as compared to the original bacteria in the nebulizer. Droplet evaporation models predicted a drop in temperature in the bioaerosols, which coincides with the change in the expression of cold shock protein genes—cspB and cspG in the bacteria. The most notable group of differentially expressed genes was sorbitol transport and metabolism genes (srlABDEMR). Other genes associated with osmotic stress, nutrient limitation, DNA damage, and other stresses were differentially expressed in the bacteria at A0. After further airborne suspension, one gene (ypfM, which encodes a hypothetical protein with unknown function) was downregulated in the bacteria at A30 as compared to those at A0. Finally, isogenic mutants with either the dps or srlA gene deleted (both genes were upregulated at A0) had lower survival than the parental strain, which is a sign of their potential ability to protect the bacteria in the air.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology – Springer Journals
Published: May 28, 2018
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera