characteristics of spiroplasma

Since, preliminary microscopic observations and serological, analyses from insect and/or plant collections samples, indicated the presence of different microorganisms, instances, the second step in the characterization process. coluzzii, breed in distinct larval habitats characterized by different microorganisms that might affect their adult physiology and possibly Plasmodium transmission. By far the most common hosts for spiroplasmas, are the arthropods (Table 2). 2013; 5: 1512–1523. Gasparich G. E, J. J. Lipa, D. E. Lynn & K. J. Hackett: Stilpnotia salicis) Abstract. Major spiroplasma clade descriptions: Mycoplasma mycoides cluster, 5.2.4. Our study provides a comprehensive analysis of the reproductive microbiome of important human disease vectors, and identifies a panel of core and endosymbiotic bacteria that can be potentially exploited to interfere with the transmission of malaria parasites by the Anopheles mosquito. Bastian FO. Bastian FO, Elzer PH, Wu X. Spiroplasma spp. Weisburg W. G, S. M. Barns, D. A. Pelletier & D. J. Direct sequence analysis of the, amplified DNA confirmed the presence of spiroplasma-like, This information requires more study as it currently shows, commensals in their arthropod hosts (86). Desantis D, V. V. Tryon & J. D. Pollack: Metabolism, of the mollicutes: the Embden-Meyerhoff-Parnas pathway. This would coincide with, the evolution of arthropods (approximately 570 mya). Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. Davis R. E & J. F.Worley: Spiroplasma: motile, helical. This purification involves the initial filtration of the sample, through 220 nm membrane filters followed by a triple, cloning procedure (38), which ensures the absence of, determination of morphological, biological and serological, properties. The, of a variety of topics, including: the degenerative evolution, of microbes (what genomic regions were actually lost as, organisms evolved); specific adaptations for successful co-, evolution in specific host organisms; differentiation, between a generalist vs. a specialist among the, Spiroplasmas; and differences among the various. This general diversity has already been, observed with spiroplasmas associated with the Tabanid, and deerflies (95) and arguably the most well studied of the, spiroplasma insect hosts. doi: 0.1371/journal.pone.0103961. Spiroplasmas residing in, arthropods are transmitted to plant surfaces by defecation, and/or regurgitation of fluids on plant surfaces, or are. honeydew deposits) among adult fireflies and tabanids. Front Biosci. Hydrophobicity characteristics of this protein and its fractionation into the detergent phase indicated that P58, which shares limited sequence similarity with the adhesin of Mycoplasma hominis and the attachment protein of M. genitalium, is an integral membrane protein. Hurst G. D, J. H. Graf von der Schulenburg, T. M. Majerus, D. Bertrand, I. Taxonomy requirements for classification of Spiroplasmas, 3.2.1. are vertically transmitted through female hosts and are known to cause selective death of male offspring in insects. All rights reserved. Approaches to cultivation have been, reviewed extensively (35) and the formulas for commonly, used media and modifications of these media have been, published (33). METHODS: We determined morphology by using dark field and transmission electron microscopy. Last, by comparing the transcriptome of the in vitro culture to the transcriptome of bacteria extracted from the host, we identified genes putatively involved in host-symbiont interactions. With the information available to date, only a few. Department of Virology and Entomology, The Volcani Center, Agriculural Research Organization, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel. Spiroplasma – an emerging arthropod-borne pathogen? One strain of spiroplasma, NSRO, causes male killing in Drosophila species, and a non-male-killing variant of NSRO, designated NSRO-A, has been isolated. For fungi, 289 genera, mainly including Aureobasidium, Candida, and Cryptococcus, were identified, and they belonged to 5 phyla (Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Chytridiomycota, Glomeromycota, and Zygomycota), 26 classes, 82 orders, and 165 families. Mycoplasmas, plants, insect vectors: a matrimonial triangle. Microbiology. 1994; 280: 409–415. 2005; 67: 1277–1279. For decades following the original, descriptions of the disease (4-5), corn stunt, as well as other, so-called plant "yellows" diseases, was thought to be, caused by viral agents. encephalopathies (TSE) in humans and animals (148). 2013; 5: 1151–1164. Spiroplasma citri cells shown growing in phloem of periwinkle plant. Williamson D. L: The combined deformation. Spiroplasmas: infectious agents of plants, arthropods and vertebrates. Whitcomb RF, Tully, 35. 2002; 7: d619–640. Woese C. R, J. Maniloff & L. B. Zablen: Phylgenetic, 107. Konai M, E. A. Clark, M. Camp & R. F. Whitcomb: Temperature and growth optima of Spiroplasma. nov., a new species from Ixodes pacificus ticks collected in Oregon. Many tabanid flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) are infected with spiroplasmas (Mollicutes: Spiroplasmataceae). Res Microbiol. combined with a determination of phylogenetic relationships among the various Spiroplasma sp. 59. Ann Agric Environ Med. Spiroplasma are a diverse group of wall-less bacteria showing variable morphology and growth characteristics ().These fastidious microbes require media of high osmolality for growth ().A filterable infectious agent in the range of 35 nm is known to cause TSE infection ().We have found Spiroplasma at 40-nm size at all stages of growth cycle in broth culture (). and between the Spiroplasmas and other members of the Mollicutes and Eubacteria. Naturally-infected Tabanus gladiator Stone and T. sulcifrons Maquart flies were restrained and fed 10% sucrose to determine the exit points of Spiroplasma from tabanid flies. A similar problem, occurred in classification of three strains that are now, recognized as subgroups of group XVI. 133. 16S rDNA-based phylogenetic analysis of the, spiroplasmas results in several clearly defined and, differentiated clusters of groups and/or subgroups. Spiroplasmas and phytoplasmas: microbes associated with plant hosts. spiroplasma detection and classification. The first isolation from, midge insect host has also been reported increasing the, diversity of hosts in the order Diptera (90). involves genomes exhibiting less than 70% similarity (32, 52). 74. 37. Another example of generalized specificity is, exhibited in laboratory experiments with the group XII, spiroplasma originally isolated from the corn rootworm, beetle (124). The precautions that need to be taken in the application of these tests are defined. Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University. Bootstrap, percentage values obtained from 500 replicates are given at, the nodes. 20. KJ Hackett & TB Clark: Ecology of Spiroplasmas. The hyphae are arranged into a network called a mycelium. Subramanian G, Sekeyova Z, Raoult D, Mediannikov O. Yu J, A. C. Wayadande & J. Fletcher: 134. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. morphological features mentioned above (motility, helicity, and lack of a cell wall), as well as the determination of, biological, molecular and serological properties. Spiroplasmas are found most, commonly in the guts of insects as part of the normal gut, flora, but some pathogens can enter the hemocoel and other, organs such as the salivary glands, ovaries and brain cells, their insect hosts may be difficult, as many new isolates, often require a transitional period with insect cell co-culture, or preliminary anaerobic isolation prior to adaptation to. These, include: 1) finding and entering insect cells; 2) surviving, and multiplying without destroying host functions required, for microbial survival and multiplication; 3) exiting the cell, to invade new cells; and, 4) finding a consistent means for, transmission to a new host cell. critical to accurate classification assessments (81). There are no flagella. Spiroplasma-like inclusions in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. New, serogroup designation required the following: 1) the, organism should be triply cloned; 2) the organism should, be demonstrably insensitive to penicillin; 3) thin section, electron micrograph should show that the organism is, bound by only a cell membrane and completely devoid of a, cell wall (when these three criteria are met the organism is, using dark-field microscopy to demonstrate helicity and, motility; 5) the organism can be resolved to the genus level, by demonstration of its ability to utilize glucose, its, inability to utilize urea and its ability or inability to utilize, arginine as a sole carbon source (member of the genus, serological analyses which requires a deformation test (45). The diversity and adaptations, that have occurred during the evolution of the. Another option, would be to rename the other group of ‘true’ mycoplasmas (the, larger group containing important vertebrate-associated, change of over 100 species important in the study of human, and veterinary diseases. 10. However, a bridge strain, appeared from an isolate (strain AEF-2) from a mosquito in, Alabama (60) that connected the group XVI strains into, subgroup status to each other (59). Vet Microbiol. A number of molecular mechanisms has been proposed in recent years to explain the range of symptoms elicited by spiroplasmas and phytoplasmas in plants. 91. The diversity of, hosts has led to the study of commensal, mutualistic, and, pathogenic relationships. Characteristics of Women of Reproductive Age with Laboratory-Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 Infection by Pregnancy Status — United States, January 22–June 7, 2020. reconciliation of approaches to bacterial systematics. placed into a new group (XVII) originally (48). The genus is classified within the class Mollicutes. Join ResearchGate to find the people and research you need to help your work. Figure, 2 shows the major phylogenetic differentiation of the, Three major clades are differentiated within the, Group I and II (citri) clade: The Group I clade is, tightly clustered with the representative type strain from, Group II (13, 105, 112). This is the first report of a biting midge-spiroplasma association and preliminary serological comparisons with all other spiroplasma isolates for which antisera are available indicate that GNAT3597 is an undescribed species. clear example of host insect pathogenicity was observed in. Strains were isolated from, diverse geographic range including the U.S., Europe, Costa, Rica and Australia. The available sequence data can be found at, 3.3. Direct sequencing off of large insert, lambda clones, PCR products from genomic templates, and, primer walking-based sequencing off large (4-8Kb) plasmid. The two seemingly unrelated strains are, actually thought to be at opposite ends of a spectrum of, antigenically related organisms. Swings & E. R. B. Moore: Comparison of 16S ribosomal DNA sequences of all. Member of this group are physically the, This group also has a G + C content (28-31%) on the high, end of the spiroplasma range and all members have the, ability to utilize arginine. 116. There is also a negative impact on survival and, (126) although further studies are needed confirm this, pathogenicity and to determine if other leafhopper hosts are. 2001; 60: 613–620. Gunderson D. E, I.-M. Lee, D. A. Schaff, N. A. Harrison, C. J. Chang, R. E. Davis & D. T. Kingsbury: Phylogeny of mycoplasmalike organisms (phytoplasmas), a. C. Saillard, J. M. Bove, H. Wroblewski, P. Carle, D. L. 31. The group, Group VIII (chrysopicola) clade: The group VIII, cluster is a large taxon of spiroplasmas primarily isolated, from tabanid flies. The frequency of homoploid hybrid speciation in animals may therefore be higher than previously assumed. and, therefore, very closely related strains. Although most phylogenetic, (13-15); an isolate from a rabbit tick designated, These initial successful isolation and cultivation, isolates involves microscopic observations of, . with their hosts will be the primary focus of this article. Tully JG, Rose DL, Yunker CE, Carle P, Bové JM, Williamson DL, Whitcomb RF. These analyses make significant changes to, and, greatly improve, a preliminary UPGMA tree (105). Hence, spiroplasmas represent model organisms for deciphering the roles of MreBs and FtsZ in fundamental mechanisms of non-spherical shape determination and cytokinesis in bacteria, in the absence of a cell wall. (e.g. 135. Fukatsu T, T. Tsuchida, N. Nikoh & R. Koga: 119. from groups X, XI, and XXIV were observed in this cluster, with representative spiroplasma isolates from a mosquito, from the French Alps, a wasp from Maryland and a flower, surface in China. Much work has been done, spiroplasmologists but no definitive or homologous answers, have yet been elucidated. Spiroplasmas and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and scrapie, 6.3. specificity and group specificity has been observed. spiroplasma strains carries over into host(s) interactions. In: Molecular and diagnostic procedures in mycoplasmology, vol. transmitted by leafhoppers from plant to plant. Stevens, C, A. Y. Tang, E. Jenkins, R. L. Goins, J. G. Tully, D. L. Rose, M. Konai, D. L. Williamson, P. Carle, J. M. Bove, K. J. Hackett, F. E. French, J. Wedincamp, R. B. Bootstrap percentage values obtained from 500 replicates are given at the nodes. R. B. Henegar, R. F. Whitcomb, D. E. Colflesh & D. L. Williamson: Revised group classification of the genus, 49. All of the initial studies involved in, the question of attachment and pathogenicity have focused in. Muto A, F. Yamao & S. Osawa: The genome of. French F. E, R. F. Whitcomb, J. G. Tully, K. J. Hackett, E. A. Clark, R. B. Henegar & D. L. Rose: Tabanid spiroplasmas of the southeastern USA: new. All of these form a cluster that appears, genome showed many shared features with other, (119). Abstract The endosymbiotic bacteria Spiroplasma spp. Early passage SMCA produced cataracts, in suckling mice and rats when artificially infected in, pathogenicity tests (22). . Eds: Knutson L, Stoner A. K. Beltsville, MD 205-240, 85. The metabolism inhibition (MI) test is usually the, second serologic technique used (46-47). Spiroplasma genome sequencing projects, 6.2.4. the transmission mechanism is unknown (see section 4. consists of groups XIII, XXVI, and XXIX from a diverse, range of insects including mosquito (postulated to feed on, flowers—115) and flower-visiting tiphiid wasp isolates as, well as a scorpionfly gut isolate. Required biological, molecular and serological, In following the guidelines established by the, International Congress on Systematic Bacteriology (ICSB), several characteristics must be determined to classify, The minimal standards for the description of new cultivable, species of spiroplasmas include the observation of basic. 141. Whitcomb R. F, F. E. French, J. G. Tully, P. Carle, R. B. Henegar, K. J. Hackett, J. R. Adams, G. E. Gasparich &, D. L. Williamson: Spiroplasma species, groups and. Therefore, new groups had to be different from, established groups by serological tests (which includes the. 6. Brown: 105. Abalain-Colloc, M. L, D. L. Williamson, P. Carle, J. H. Abalain, F. Bonnet, J. G. Tully, M. Konai, R. F. Whitcomb, J. M. Bove & C. Chastel: Division of group XVI. Spiroplasmas and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and, Recent studies indicate a correlation between. None of the 50 control brain tissue samples, resulted in a PCR product. Whitcomb R. F, J. G. Tully, T. B. Clark, D. L. Williamson & J. M. Bove: Revised serological, classification of spiroplasmas, new provisional groups and. The, is being determined in a collaboration initiated between the, USDA-ARS Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory and the, University of Oklahoma's Advanced Center for Genome. Eds: Razin S, Tully JG. Hauben L, L. Vauterin, J. More effort will be placed on the development, of specific genes and/or sequences to distinguish new, level. 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The possible role of this gene in, insect transmission is under investigation to determine if, motility may be linked to the process of pathogenesis in, homologous recombination with a replicative, pBOT1-, derived plasmid carrying an internal fragment, through injection into the leafhopper vector, mutant-infected plants showed that the motility mutant was, able to cross the gut epithelium, multiply in the insects, and, was efficiently transmitted to plants in which it induced, not be essential for insect transmissibility and pathogenicity, The pathogenic role of fructose uptake by the, spiroplasma was studied in more detail with additional, mutants obtained by gene disruption and by selection on, xylitol, a toxic fructose analog. Current classification of Spiroplasmas, 5.1. coluzzii couples collected from natural mating swarms in Burkina Faso. 16S rDNA sequence data is not, indicative of metabolic activity. COVID-19 Response Team. Exp Mol Pathol. First evidence of an endogenous Spiroplasma sp. As a natural knock‐out of Spaid, which is unachievable yet by genetic engineering approaches, this variant also represents a valuable tool for further investigations on the male‐killing mechanism. It should be noted again that the insect hosts all, feed on plant surfaces. Eds: Barile MF, Razin S. Academic, 102. XXXII, and XXXIV) specifically isolated from horseflies. 11. perspective of both geographical isolation and insect host. Guo, Y. H, T. A. Chen, R. F. Whitcomb, D. L. Rose, J. G. Tully, D. L. Williamson, X. D. Ye & Y. X. Chen: 30. In: The mycoplasmas, vol. Costa Rican highlands) have provided another rich, source of Spiroplasmas. The ability of spiroplasmas to propagate in rodents was experimentally proven, and Spiroplasma infections have been reported recently in humans. serological tests for spiroplasma identification. Required biological, molecular and serological characterization, 3.3. Placement in orders, families, and genera is based on morphology, host origin, optimum growth temperature, and cultural and biochemical properties. Proposition pour une classification des, 51. bactoclasticum (M25049); Ac. For example, the infection of, temperatures of the leafhopper and increases its ability to, survive maize free winter periods, thereby, benefiting both, the plant pathogen and the insect. 2009; 49: 567–572. Evidence was presented showing the association of. American Society for, 90. Positive samples were displayed as red lines at the test and control zones of the nitrocellulose membrane, while negative samples resulted in a red line only at the control zone. Halos L, Mavris M, Vourc’h G, Maillard R, Barnouin J, Boulouis HJ, Vayssier-Taussat M. Broad-range PCR-TTGE for the first-line detection of bacterial pathogen DNA in ticks. 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Endosymbiotic bacteria associated with eukaryotic hosts are omnipresent in nature, particularly in insects. Results indicated PCR amplification from 13 of 13, Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseased brain tissue samples from, humans and 5 of 9 Scrapie diseased brain tissue samples, from sheep. Davis, R. E, I. M. Lee & L. K. Basciano: Spiroplasmas: serological grouping of strains associated, 27. Davis R. E, J. F. Worley, R. F. Whitcomb, T. Ishijima &, R. L. Steere: Helical filaments produced by, mycoplasmalike organism associated with corn stunt. The. 111. National Science Council. To clarify the influence of the internal microbial community on the occurrence of Chinese cordyceps, in this study, the unfertilized eggs of Thitarodes of different sampling sites were chosen to analyze the bacterial and fungal communities via 16S rRNA and ITS sequencing for the first time. Schematic representation of the phylogenetic relationship of the Mollicutes and some walled relatives based on 16S rRNA sequences. These, various mutants, including GMT 553 and complemented, GMT 553 strains, were transmitted via leafhopper-vectors, to periwinkle plants. However, only weakserological relationships have been observed between the two proteins (8, 23). Ku C, Lo WS, Chen LL, Kuo CH. Determination of, genome size is recommended, but not required. It has a spiral shape and moves in a corkscrew motion. GenBank were combined with several single members, Anaeroplasma, Asteroplasma, Clostridium, Bacillus, outgroup support for the monophylly of the, clade and to show the close relationship between the, analyses were performed on this dataset including neighbor, joining, distance, maximum likelihood, and parsimony, analysis. 2011; 106: 18–26. using 16S rDNA sequence analysis clearly indicated that, were found in a cluster divided from the rest of the genus, (73-74) and more closely aligned with the, and 2). Moulder R. W, F. E. French, R. F. Whitcomb & R. 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Spiroplasma eriocheiris is an emerging pathogen in freshwater crustaceans. Davis R. E: Spiroplasma associated with flowers of. 3. Ophiocordyceps sinensis is a widely known medicinal entomogenous fungus, which parasitizes the soil-borne larva of Thitarodes (Hepialidae, Lepidoptera) distributed in the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau and its adjacent areas. Saillard C & J. M. Bove: Application of ELISA to. Spiroplasma are intracellu- lar organisms with helical morphology and a small genome (0.78–2.2 Mb) comprising 38 species isolated from insects, crustaceans, and plants (1,2).Ticks, from One group of isolates (subgroup, deerflies (natural exclusive relationship with, hosts) and had a wide range of distribution from Georgia to, had a southern, southeastern range as isolates were only, found in deerflies collected in Georgia, Florida, and North, Carolina. from transmissible spongiform encephalopathy brains or ticks induce spongiform encephalopathy in ruminants. 146. 1979; 103: 665–669. 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The spiroplasmas, probably arose as gut symbionts in arthropods and later, evolved to exploit emerging habitats within insects, ticks, mya) coincides with the emergence of lineages of, hemipteran (leafhopper) and insects that go through, complete metamorphosis. †For all case-patients and controls, pregnancy was normal and delivery was uneventful. The, analysis revealed four main clusters that were, monophyletic in all of the analyses. Bastian FO, Sanders DE, Forbes WA, Hagius SD, Walker JV, Henk WG, Enright FM, Elzer PH. 122. Hackett K. J, D. E. Lynn, D. L. Williamson, A. S. 38. Significant changes have been made in the systematics of the genus Spiroplasma (class Mollicutes) since it was expanded by revision in 1987 to include 23 groups and eight sub-groups. Description and significance. In recent years, Eriocheir sinensis, Procambarus clarkii, Litopenaeus vannamei, Macrobrachium rosenbergii and Macrobrachium nipponense had been infected by this pathogen in China. 1998; 124: 244–256. Pollack J. Physical genome mapping of all three isolates indicated, significant changes in chromosomal DNA restriction. The first, subgroups. Although most phylogenetic analyses have been dependent on 16S rDNA sequence data, progress in two Spiroplasma sp. Each double-stranded sequencing template, was end sequenced using the universal forward and reverse, pUC/M13 sequencing primers, and the sequencing data was, collected on the ABI 3700 automated fluorescent-based, capillary sequencers. Thus far, pathogenic spiroplasmas tend, to be limited to plants, beneficial insects and limited, transformation of vertebrate cells or immunocompromised, In most cases, the ability of a spiroplasma to be, pathogenic in its insect host is a direct result of the, adaptation to invade into the hemolymph from the initial. Spiroplasmas and phytoplasmas are injected by their insect vectors directly into sieve tubes and become distributed systemically throughout the plant via the phloem. 5. Therefore, we concluded Spiroplasma established a neutral interaction with A. citricidus under the selection pressure we tested, and argue on stress conditions that could better demonstrate the role of Spiroplasma in A. citricidus bioecology and associated costs involved. J Clin Microbiol. 22. However, the question of definitive, phenotypic characters to separate the two groups would, To date two spiroplasma genome sequencing. 2010; 140: 98–104. The, genome size ranges from 940-2,240 kbp for, as previously described (43). Initial studies indicate that ‘gene’ trees using housekeeping, genes and proteins are able to discriminate among the, obtained using the 16S rDNA sequence data (J. Dennis, Ultimately comparative genomics will allow for, the investigation of the functional content of genomes and, the evolutionary relationships between organisms. specific microhabitat within the host if known). 5. The major class characteristics of these organisms are the lack of a cell wall, the tendency to form fried-egg-type colonies on solid media, the passage of cells through 450- and 220-nm-pore-size membrane filters, the presence of small A-T-rich genomes, and the failure of the wall- less strains to revert to walled bacteria under appropriate conditions. Strains and GenBank accession numbers are, WB (L33735); Vigna LL (AJ289195); Loofah WB, sequence accession number TBD (to be deposited), these, will be available shortly as the paper with in-depth, primitive microbes evolving prior to the development of, cell wall (61, 101), new phylogenetic data has provided, clear evolutionary path for this interesting group of, microbes, which involves recent divergence and degenerate, evolution from a eubacterial lineage and diversity arising, from co-evolution with host organisms. Wang W. Bacterial diseases of crabs: a review. Bové & M. Garnier: Interaction of mollicutes with their host plant: differential expression of plant genes following infection. Xavier Foissac and Monique Garnier) and, 2), Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory (Dr. Robert Davis), and the University of Oklahoma's Advanced Center for, Genome Technology (Dr. Bruce Roe). When tested, by two-dimensional PAGE analysis, subgroup strains share, more homologous proteins in intrasubgroup comparisons, than in intersubgroup comparisons. Currently the only methods that would clearly separate this, would involve extensive serological analyses. Artiushin S, M. Duvall & F. C. Minion: Phylogenetic. sequence analysis, DNA/DNA hybridization, PCR-RFLP) in spiroplasma, taxonomy. glucose, to be resistant to penicillin, to require cholesterol, and to be unable to hydrolyze urea. The test strip could be visually detected within 15 min and do not have cross-reaction with other aquatic bacteria. RESULTS: Three spiroplasma isolates were obtained from healthy Apis mellifera. 99. deformation test and one of either the growth inhibition, metabolism inhibition or enzyme-linked immunosorbent, assay) and DNA-DNA relatedness values (52). Use of 16S rDNA sequence analysis in Spiroplasma taxonomy, 3.5. of an established cell line of leafhopeer. Cole R. M, J. G. Tully, T. J. Popkin & J. M Bove: Morphology, ultrastructure, and bacteriophage infectioin of, gen. nov., sp. Hamir AN, Greenlee JJ, Stanton TB, Smith JD, Doucette S, Kunkle RA, Stasko JA, Richt JA, Kehrli ME Jr. clade consists of four groups (XXXI, XXII, . Spiroplasma poulsonii is a facultative bacterial endosymbiont of Drosophila melanogaster that manipulates its host reproduction by killing its male progeny at the embryonic stage. The use of proteins to, support DNA sequence-based phylogenetic trees is. Whitcomb R. F, T. A. Chen, D. L. Williamson, C. Liao, characterization of the etiological agent of corn stunt, 13. reservoirs and host-parasite relationships. from Slovakian Ixodes ricinus ticks in Ixodes spp. 75. 2012; 3: 406–410. In: Forest canopies. In some cases, primary isolations may, require co-culture with insect cells and/or very complex, media and/or anaerobic conditions (36-37). The most recent revision indicates, 34 recognized spiroplasma groups and 14 recognized, subgroups (55). Insects are particularly rich sources of spiroplasmas. Jagoueix S, P. Scott, J.-L. Danet, J.M. (Diptera:Tabanidae) in France. The major characteristics. Despite intense work on this model since the 1950s, attempts to cultivate endosymbiotic Spiroplasma in vitro have failed so far. Abstr. Whitcomb R. F, J. M. Bove, T. A. Chen, J. G. Tully &, D. L. Williamson: Proposed criteria for an interim, serogroup classification for members of the genus. In Sub-Saharan Africa, two major malaria vectors, Anopheles gambiae and An. Although the majority of symbiotic relationships, into the category of pathogenic or commensalistic, relationships, there is some evidence for the existence of, mutualistic relationships as well. The three plant pathogenic, (a causative agent of the aster yellow disease), are. A survey of biting midges during 1997 in Maryland for the presence of the cell wall-less prokaryotes, Spiroplasma, yielded an isolate (GNAT3597) from the ceratopogonid genus Atrichopogon. LYNETTE DE ALMEIDA. The type strains for, isolations and preliminary serological screening indicates, that there are several other candidates for group VIII. Some spiroplasmas are able to satisfy their amino acid requirements by proteolytic digestion of BSA. The results of these studies have, indicated the ability of 16S rDNA sequence analysis to be, useful at all levels of classification above and including, species. What The Characteristics Of A Good Question Are “If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” hybridization analysis should also be performed. nectarines and. An essay on prokaryote biotic, diversity. These, organisms are not transmitted via plant seeds, and are, not transovarially transmitted to next-generation, leafhoppers. This work provides new opportunities to study the physiology of endosymbiotic Spiroplasma and paves the way to dissect insect-endosymbiont interactions with two genetically tractable partners. 86. against available databases for tentative function/identity, signal peptides, transmembrane elements, transposable, elements, repeat regions and operon structures (Dr. Robert, their hosts has led to selective pressures that have, optimized some Spiroplasmas for strict specificity in their, hosts and provided others with the ability to infect a range, of hosts. 7. Media used for primary isolation usually contain a rich mixture of nutrients, many fast-growing, insect-associated spiroplasmas can be routinely maintained in simplified undefined media. Williamson, D. L, R. F. Whitcomb, J.G. Two spiroplasmas, one associated with the Colorado potato beetle and another that causes sex ratio distortion in Drosophila flies, proved to be intractable to isolation by standard procedures. Isolations have come, from a diversity of arthropod and plant hosts from a wide, global geographic range. Tully J. G, R. F. Whitcomb, K. J. Hackett, D. L. Williamson, F. Laigret, P. Carle, J. M. Bové, R. B. Henegar, N. M. Ellis, D. E. Dodge & J. Adams: 117. (91). Failure to detect spiroplasmas by cultivation and serological tests. Haselkorn TS, Markow TA, Moran NA. Int J Med Microbiol. The CPE produced byHBis evident in several cells. Ibrahim A, P. Gerner-Smidt & W. Lliesack: Phylogenetic relationship of the twenty-one DNA groups of, 69. Optimal growth was observed in media that contained 0.25–0.35 M sucrose. A simple medium (C-3G) containing 20% agamma horse serum, 1.5% PPLO (pleuropneumonialike organism) broth and 12% sucrose in distilled water met all the nutritional and physical requirements for the in vitro growth of corn stunt spiroplasma. This chapter provides an overview of cultivation of spiroplasmas in undefined and defined media. In general, the species concept of prokaryotic, organisms is very difficult to determine as compared to, eukaryotic organisms (groups of interbreeding or, potentially interbreeding natural populations). The strain being, from Dr. Jacque Fletcher (Oklahoma State University). Trachtenberg S. Shaping and moving a spiroplasma. Whitcomb, R. F, F. E. French, J. G. Tully, G. E. Gasparich, J. M. Bove, P. Carle, E. A. Clark & R. Henegar: 101. Tully J. G, D. L. Rose, E. Clark, P. Carle, J. M. Bove. J Neurol Sci. Qiu Y, Nakao R, Ohnuma A, Kawamori F, Sugimoto C. Microbial population analysis of the salivary glands of ticks; a possible strategy for the surveillance of bacterial pathogens. spiroplasma deformation test, a new serological method. The representative tree, indicated is that performed using Distance analysis (Figure, chemotaxis, adherence to host cells, small size, high, surface to volume ratio (for transfer of nutrients into the, cell), cell wall-lessness, low G + C content of DNA. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 125. Spiroplasma is a genus of wall-less, low-GC, small Gram-positive bacteria of the internal contractile cytoskeleton, with helical morphology and motility. phytopathogenic mollicute-insect interface: a closer look. Dark-field microscopic. 44. RE McCoy, DS Williams & DL Thomas: Isolation of, mycoplasmas from flowers In: Proceedings of the US-ROC. Spiroplasma infection only induced sutle changes on host longevity and fecundity. Phytopathology 1973; 63: 403–408. DNA sequence data alone may not, form a very diverse cluster that is divided, clade. A key distinguishing feature is a rhythmic device called ‘swing’. 139. This close dependence of the Spiroplasmas on, host provides an excellent model system to study co-. flowers at some point in their life cycles. Experimental inoculation of raccoons (Procyon lotor) with Spiroplasma mirum and transmissible mink encephalopathy (TME). 2011; 14: 10–17. OBJECTIVE: To obtain the spiroplasma resources and characterize the spiroplasmas from insects in China, as well as study the taxonomy of spiroplasma based on biological characteristics. Here we report a natural variant of S. poulsonii that is efficiently vertically transmitted yet does not selectively kill males, but kills rather a subset of all embryos regardless of their sex, a phenotype we call “blind‐killing”. Therefore, they cannot survive outside their, hosts and are dependent upon transmission for survival, and dispersal. Eds: Maniloff J, McElhaney RN, Finch, LR, Baseman JB. Mycoplasma (plural mycoplasmas or mycoplasmata) is a genus of bacteria that lack a cell wall around their cell membranes. Indeed, if a level of virulence confers high fitness to the pathogen in one, Experimental evolution studies demonstrate that pathogens evolve rapidly, have a large capacity for increased virulence and cause disease in many different ways. Academic Press, 42. The spiroplasmas are then transported from the, hemolymph to the saliva by passing through the basal, lamina and adhering to receptors on the plasmalemma outer, surface, after which spiroplasmas are endocytosed, passed. Also many thanks to, great collaborators that continue to share the excitement—. from biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). importance in animals. The dominant bacterial genus (Spiroplasma) may be an important bacterial factor promoting the occurrence of Chinese cordyceps. organisms, as the 16S rDNA gene is highly conserved (77), and so it was proposed that at homology levels above 97%, for 16S rDNA sequence comparison, the DNA-DNA. Hackett K. J, D. E. Lynn, D. L. Williamson, A. Ginsberg & R. F. Whitcomb: Cultivation of the. Gasparich GE. For example, the interactions of, vary. Genes specifically involved in metabolism, including those, forming complete or incomplete metabolic pathways, can, be determined. 80. 2002; 240: 348–353. Currently, the main area of research on Spiroplasma is to continue the identification and taxonomical characterization of Spiroplasma species, combined with the determination of phylogenetic relationships among them, and between the spiroplasmas and other members of the Mollicutes and Eubacteria, ... Spiroplasma is a particular interesting genus of bacteria since its members may be associated as ecto and endocytobionts with a variety of plants and arthropods (Anbutsu and Fukatsu, 2011). Clark R. B, R. V. Peterson, R. F. Whitcomb, R. B. Henegar, K. J. Hackett & J. G. Tully: Spiroplasmas in the. Stackebrandt R & B. M. Goebel: Taxonomic note, place for DNA-DNA reassociation and 16S rRNA, sequence analysis in the present species definition in, 78. Williamson D. L & R. F. Whitcomb: Plant, mycoplasmas: a cultivable spiroplasma causes corn stunt, 12. Wang W, Wen B, Gasparich GE, Zhu N, Rong L, Chen J, Xu Z. 55. Spiroplasma ixodetis was detected in lens aspirates using bacterial 16S-rRNA PCR and transmission electron microscopy. Biotic. In conclusion, this method was proved to be convenient, feasible, rapid and effective for detecting S. eriocheiris. Whiley R. A, L. M. C. Hall, J. M. Hardie & D. Beighton: Genotypic and phenotypic diversity within. Therefore one must view phylogeny, based solely on 16S rDNA data with caution when trying to, extrapolate metabolic function. 2015; 91: 1–8. The organism became longer and thinner in media adjusted to 0.65 M sucrose or more. ... Insects are particularly rich sources of spiroplasmas. patterns due to inversion and deletion events (129). phloem of plant with the saliva of feeding leafhoppers. It is important to, note that these pathologies have never been observed in, nature and that the animals that were challenged in these, experiments were immunocompromised due to immaturity, also induce a malignant transformation of mammalian, NIH-3T3 cells (147) which produced tumors in nude and, BALB/c mice. Complementation experiments were able to restore the, motility mechanism in these mutants providing clear, with a eubacterial signal peptide and several, transmembrane motifs. Int J Syst Bacteriol. We also provide a complete genome assembly, including the first sequence of a natural plasmid of an endosymbiotic Spiroplasma species. The bacteria are common in haematophagous arthropods: deerflies, horseflies, mosquitoes, and in ticks, where they may occur abundantly in salivary glands. spiorplasmas in undefined and defined media. P. Santini, D. R. Rose, J. J. Anderson & D. E. Lynn: 88. lost its ability to be transmitted by leafhopper (128). A key to the identification of mollicutes, specifically isolated from insects has also been devised (83), which takes the researcher through the classification to, genus (helicity or reversion to helical morphology at some, stage in the growth cycle indicates a member of the, Spiroplasmas), species or group level (via serology and, DNA-DNA hybridization analyses), and then to subgroup, unit (primarily dependent upon the deformation serology, Taxonomically, Spiroplasmas are in the Domain, The major characteristics of these two families (along with. The molecular weights and amino acid compositions ofspiralin (the protein from S. citri) and S. melliferum spiralin are similar. from 1927 female mosquitoes. Many of these were, fully described in the last 30 years. In vitro susceptibility of each strain to the following antibiotics was studied: tetracycline, oxytetracycline, doxycycline,erythromycin, chloramphenicol, rifampin, kanamycin, gentamicin and pefloxacin. Characteristics of Jazz. Bastian FO. The laboratory of Dr. Jacqui Fletcher (Oklahoma, State University) has focused on the three lines of, BR3 which have different degrees of transmissibility by the, different derivatives of strain BR3 used in pathogenesis, studies are: 1) BR3-3X is the original triply cloned isolate, from horseradish plants with brittle root disease and has, been maintained for over 10-years (127); 2) BR3-T which, can be transmitted from plant to plant by its leafhopper, plants after repeated transmission; and, 3) BR3-G which, can only be maintained in plants through grafting and has. Honeybee mortality is clearly linked with the hemolymph, observed by those spiroplasmas which have the ability to, invade ovaries of specific host organisms (see section, 6.2.3.). (usually based upon 16S rDNA sequence analysis). diversity and germplasm preservation: global imperatives. 18. Pickens E. G, R. K. Gerloff & W. Burgdorfer: 17. 1. Recent isolations from the tropics, (e.g. 4. Current studies in several research laboratories around the, world are currently looking into these questions and this, article will focus on the diversity, evolution and adaptation, The identification of these first isolated and, cultivated spiroplasmas revealed several characteristics that, would later serve as the basis for taxonomical descriptions, of novel isolates (32). Spiroplasma: Motile, helical microorganism associated with corn stunt disease. 2009; 18: 1294–1305. Spiroplasmas: evolutionary relationships and biodiversity. 2006; 296(S1): 157–161. The molecular and genetic mechanisms, underlying the diverse interactions between plant, pathogenic spiroplasmas and their plant or insect hosts, phloem of periwinkle plant. Madden L. V, L. R. Nault, S. E. Heady & W. E. Styer: Effect of maize stunting mollicutes on survival and, 127. Bolaños LM, Servín-Garcidueñas LE, Martínez-Romero E. Arthropod-Spiroplasma relationship in the genomic era. Subgroups are defined as a cluster of strains, that have similar G + C content of their DNAs and high, degrees of intrasubgroup DNA-DNA homology (usually, around 90%), but differ substantially in reciprocal, intersubgroup hybridization tests (30-70%). obligately associated with insects (either as commensals, pathogens or mutualists) and may be one of the largest, genera as a result of their diversification and co-evolution, combination of nutritional and microhabitat specializations, and responses to ecological factors, which are important, determinants of diversity (84). 1976; 3: 304. Both are plant, successfully obtained and are being sequenced. 19. A search of the, GenBank database for protein homology indicated one of, another homologous to delta-C-methyltransferase (142-, A third type of pathogenic spiroplasma is, transmitted to next generation insects through the embryo, (transovarial transmission) and kills the male progeny in, the female insect. Pathogenesis in insect hosts or in, plants, transferred by insect hosts, is a major research, focus, which requires attachment and invasion into insect, tissues beyond the initial infection site, and successful, movement to other tissues. In: Molecular and diagnostic. ATCC). Plant pathogenic spiroplasmas have two hosts: insects and plants. The group classification system, used Roman numeral designations for homologous groups, prior to binomial name designation. Initial cultivation attempts, generally included mixing the isolate obtained from, arthropods, plants or flower surfaces with fairly rich, defined and undefined media such as M1D (33), SP-4 (33), or BSR (34) media. Tully JG, Whitcomb RF, Rose DL, Williamson DL, Bové JM. 2005; 64: 833–838. The case for involvement of Spiroplasma in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. contains a wide variety of spiroplasma pathogens. Prior to any major taxonomical change, specific, criteria concerning the phenotypic characters to be used to. In: Proc. 124. Ye F, U. Melcher, J. E. Roscoe & J. Fletcher: 130. Spiroplasma spp. Clark T. B, R. F. Whitcomb, J. G.Tully, C. Mouches. Metabolically, questions can be answered about nutritional, uptake and energy metabolism, nutrient transport, DNA. Wedincamp J, F. E. French, R. F. Whitcomb & R. B. Henegar: Spiroplasmas and entomoplasmas (Procaryotae: Mollicutes) associated with fireflies (Lampyridae: Coleoptera) and tabanids (Diptera: Tabanidae). 54. Spiroplasma is a genus of Mollicutes, a group of small bacteria without cell walls. The category, defines a species as a taxonomic group below the genus, rank. ajor spiroplasma clade descriptions: Spiroplasma apis cluster, ce analysis for Spiroplasma phylogenetic determinations, and Eubacteria. Bastian FO, Boudreaux CM, Hagius SD, Bulgin MS, Sorensen-Melson SJ, Enright FM, Elzer PH. Some spiroplasmas exhibit strict host and / or geographical ranges, but others are relative generalists [8, 11, 12]. S. poulsonii, although being a very fastidious bacteria, is closely related to pathogenic Spiroplasma species that are cultivable and genetically modifiable. The third subgroup of XVI (XVI-1), was not sequenced for this survey but the close DNA-DNA, hybridization data indicating a close association of the, subgroup 1 isolate with that of subgroups 2 and 3 is, probably indicative of subgroup 1 also belonging to this. The first honeybee, species being isolated and identified. Academic Press, NY. Multiple tick-associated bacteria in Ixodes ricinus from Slovakia. 3. involves purification of a single isolate for description. The common feeding site for the other groups, can explain the transfer and close association of these. The Spiroplasmas isolated from the, analyzed by rDNA sequence analysis and it was determined, that they were both most closely related to, (Group VI). Injected T. molitor pupae carried both the HYOS-1 (11/13) and EC-1 (10/10) strains for up to five days. Genome Biol Evol. These isolations of spiroplasmas from Photuris spp. Spiroplasma / host interactions can be classified as commensal, pathogenic or mutualist. Four different, genes were selected as being up-regulated or down-, regulated in response to infection. Polymorphism potentially leads to specialist pathogens capable of infecting a limited range of host phenotypes, whereas polyphenism potentially leads to generalist pathogens capable of infecting a wider range of hosts. The diversity of symbiotic relationships between Spiroplasmas and their hosts has led to the study of commensal, mutualistic, and pathogenic relationships. What separates Jazz from the vast majority of classical pieces is rhythm and use of rhythm. Specific questions can also be, addressed using genomic analysis, such as: how do, mollicutes maintain cellular homeostasis; which genes are, involved with pathogenesis; how is the Genome content, organized; and, how will Proteome analysis provide, To all of my wonderful spiroplasma mentors who, introduced me to these very interesting microbes and, hooked me: Kevin J. Hackett, Robert F. Whitcomb, Joseph, G. Tully, and David L. Williamson. 129. sub-clones will accomplish final proofreading of the sequence. If spiroplasma was the cause, genetic sequencing should be able to find the DNA or RNA for that bacteria in samples. A close resemblance is present for physical structure, such as size and density; agent refractivity to both disinfectants and heat; the unusual characteristics of surface adherence and ground survivability; reaction to hyperbaric oxygen; resistance to bactericidal antibiotics, yet susceptibility to bacteriastatic antibiotics; a comparable response to attenuated agent vaccines characteristics; and lastly … 96. Since its designation as a separate genus some 30 years ago, Spiroplasmas have been well documented in a wide range of hosts and as the causative agent of several plant and insect diseases. spiroplasmas have been identified as being host specific. The, deformation test (DF) is universally used in, characterization (45-46). The growth characteristics of 1 isolate established in C-3G medium were studied after triple cloning. The isolation of a third tabanid isolate, serologically cross-reacted with both strains DF-1 and EA-, 1 (58). Use of 16S rDNA sequence analysis in, The pioneering work by Carl Woese (61-62), which utilized 16S rDNA sequence analysis for the, phylogenetic characterization of prokaryotes provided, good starting point for the in-depth study of the evolution, interested in the study of prokaryotic phylogeny use 16S, rDNA sequences to resolve bacterial relationships in such, sequence analysis has successfully been used to distinguish, rDNA analysis to determine appropriate systematic, groupings (71-76). Cataract and uveitis are rare in newborns but potentially blinding. Tabanus lineola F. and T. longiusculus Hine were offered a culture of Spiroplasma strain EC-1 on a stewed raisin or in 5% sucrose in the form of a hanging drop. Spiroplasmas infections of animals, 6.2.5. Together, they make up the backbone of leadership across … A clear understanding of these issues allows. The strain was also found to be, pathogenic for 7-day-old chick embryos. Maramorosch, K, E. Shikata & R. R. Granados: Structures resembling mycoplasma in diseases plants and, 8. S. poulsonii strongly affects its host’s physiology, for example by causing male killing or by protecting it against various parasites. their successful symbiotic relationship with their hosts. amino acids with no significant homology in databanks. After 4 d, the minced abdominal viscera of each fly were incubated in M1D broth and 25 of 32 tabanids yielded cultures of Spiroplasma. Demonstration that an organism differs from previously described species requires a detailed serological analysis and further definition of some cultural and biochemical characteristics. The growth, inhibition and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays are, also occasionally used as a secondary serological assay. One major area of research is the, continued identification and taxonomical characterization, phylogenetic relationships among the various. Three newborns with cataract and severe anterior uveitis underwent cataract surgery. Department of Biological Health Hazards and Parasitology, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland, Department of Parasitology and Invasive Diseases, National Veterinary Research Institute, Pulawy, Poland, Mercury accumulation in plants from contaminated arable lands in Eastern Slovakia, Host feeding behaviour of Dermacentor reticulatus males in relation to the transmission of pathogens, The role of companion animals in the environmental circulation of tick-borne do not replicate in insect cells and are found on flower, are likely to adhere to receptors on the apical, -induced infections intensively in the past few, adhesion assays to identify proteins that, may play a critical role in the passage of, motility (141). 76. Microbial phylogenetic analysis will become more and, more dependent on increased sequence data for analysis, beyond the 16S rRNA region). Ticks Tick Borne Dis. The differences in, association can be in part explained ecologically; more, ancient associations of spiroplasmas with their host, organisms have less detrimental effects than relatively, Future trends in spiroplasma research will. A call for the polyphasic approach to, microbial taxonomy using different types of information, (including phenotypic, genotypic, and phylogenetic) is. However, the, evolutionary distances among group VIII and XVI, subgroups are much smaller (perhaps indicative of a more, recent divergence) and insufficient to distinguish at the, subgroup level. are identified and characterized. As the number of new isolates increased rapidly, in the 1980’s, a decision was made to place all isolates into, groups (50) depending upon serological cross reactivity and, genomic characteristics (DNA base composition and DNA-, DNA relatedness values). Willamson D. L & R. F. Whitcomb: Helical, wall-free. The majority of spiroplasmas are found to be commensals of insects, arachnids, crustaceans or plants, whereas a small number of species are pathogens of plants, insects, and crustaceans. content of DNA is optional but highly recommended; and, 8) the isolate should be deposited in a national culture, collection (e.g. Phylogenetic analysis showing placement of the, ) (106). In contrast, when anal specks were deposited in a sucrose solution, 9 of 28 anal specks in sucrose yielded spiroplasma cultures. introduced into the phloem by plant-sucking insects. Evidence supporting this hypothesis was reported from, findings that tabanids could become readily infected with, sucrose solutions (123). 1. In serologic tests, such, as metabolism inhibition, growth inhibition and, deformation tests, subgroup strains usually show reciprocal, cross-reactions with one or more representative members of, the group (52). Within-host competition generally drives an increase in a Spiroplasma are also di… Complete genomes of two dipteran-associated spiroplasmas provided insights into the origin, dynamics, and impacts of viral invasion in spiroplasma. Major spiroplasma clade descriptions: Spiroplasma citri cluster, 5.2.3. Characteristics of 3 newborns with cataract and anterior uveitis* and 5 controls with congenital cataracts without signs of intraocular infection, France† ... *Positive for Spiroplasma ixodetis in crystalline lens material by bacterial 16S-rRNA PCR. Taxonomy requirements for classification of, 3.2.1. members of this clade, strain W115 (group XXI) and strain, BIUS-1 (group XXX) are very closely related, phylogenetically and both were isolated from flower, surfaces so the actual insect host is unknown for both, but it, can be assumed they are probably insects that feed on. Aphid infections by Spiroplasma are known to be low and few aphid species were reported to be infected with this secondary symbiont, however aphids belonging to the genus Aphis in neotropical regions show high infection rates by Spiroplasma. and is determined using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, ); 6) species status can be determined by, taxonomists, particularly with the issue of, Major characteristics and taxonomy of members of the class, classification since the original determination. Rogers M. J, J. Simmons, R. T. Walker, W. G. Weisburg, C. R. Woese, R. J. Tanner, I. M. Robinson, D. A. Stuhl, G. Olsen, R. H. Leach & J. Maniloff: Construction of the mycoplasma evolutionary tree from 5S. Homologous reactions usually have endpoints at 1,280 to, 20,240, however, some may be as low as 320-640 and still, indicated relatedness. 21. We analyzed the reproductive microbiomes of male and female An. G + C base composition ranges, melting temperature method (42). JM Bove & C Saillard: Cell biology of spiroplasmas. 33. Although theoretically possible it has been regarded as rare and hence of little. The non-phytopathogenic, mutant GMT 553 was obtained by insertion of Tn, the first gene of the fructose operon, the putative regulatory, utilization, suggesting a relationship between fructose, utilization and pathogenicity. Genome Biol Evol. A review article on the interactions of, phytopathogenic mollicutes with insect and plant hosts was, Dr. Joel Renaudin (INRA-Bordeaux) is using, transposon mutagenesis to create motility and, does not induce symptoms in plants and is unable to use, fructose as a result of integration of Tn, fructose operon (135-139).

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