Matias Soares

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Mutations in the extracellular domain of the 55-kD tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) receptor (TNFRSF1A), a key regulator of inflammation, define a periodic-fever syndrome, TRAPS (TNF receptor-associated periodic syndrome [MIM 142680]), which is characterized by attacks of fever, sterile peritonitis, arthralgia, myalgia, skin rash, and/or conjunctivitis; some(More)
The exploration of spatial patterns of abundance and diversity patterns along precipitation gradients has focused for centuries on plants and animals; microbial profiles along such gradients are largely unknown. We studied the effects of soil pH, nutrient concentration, salinity, and water content on bacterial abundance and diversity in soils collected from(More)
Autotrophic denitrification was studied in laboratory columns packed with granular elemental sulfur only and operated in an upflow mode. Soluble inorganic carbon, sodium bicarbonate, was supplied as source of carbon for microbial growth. Denitrification rates of up to 0.20 kg N removed m(-3) d(-1) were obtained at a hydraulic retention time of I h, and a(More)
For centuries, biodiversity has spellbound biologists focusing mainly on macroorganism's diversity and almost neglecting the geographic mediated dynamics of microbial communities. We surveyed the diversity of soil bacteria and archaea along a steep precipitation gradient ranging from the Negev Desert in the south of Israel (<100 mm annual rain) to the(More)
The relationship between total and metabolically active soil microbial communities can change drastically with environment. In dry lands, water availability is a key factor limiting cells' activity. We surveyed the diversity of total and active Archaea and Bacteria in soils ranging from arid desert to Mediterranean forests. Thirty composited soil samples(More)
The bacterial population in an H2-dependent denitrification system was studied. The laboratory set-up was designed for the treatment of potable water and consisted of an electrochemical cell, where the water to be treated was enriched with H2 prior to entering a bioreactor. Bioreactors (columns packed with granulated active carbon) were inoculated with(More)
Bacteria and nutrients were determined in upper soil samples collected underneath and between canopies of the dominant perennial in each of three sites along a steep precipitation gradient ranging from the Negev desert in the south of Israel to a Mediterranean forest in the north. Bacterial abundance, monitored by phospholipid fatty acid analysis, was(More)
Bacteriocins produced by Enterobacteriaceae are high molecular weight toxic proteins that kill target cells through a variety of mechanisms, including pore formation and nucleic acid degradation. What is remarkable about these toxins is that their expression results in death to the producing cells and therefore bacteriocin induction have to be tightly(More)
Colicins, proteinaceous antibiotics produced by Escherichia coli, specifically target competing strains killing them through one of a variety of mechanisms, including pore formation and nucleic acid degradation. The genes encoding colicins display a unique form of expression, which is tightly regulated, involving the DNA damage response regulatory system(More)
Amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis (ARDRA) and restriction fragment length polymorphism were originally used for strain typing and for screening clone libraries to identify phylogenetic clusters within a microbial community. Here we used ARDRA as a model to examine the capacity of restriction-based techniques for clone identification, and the(More)