Terry J. Beveridge

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Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 produced electrically conductive pilus-like appendages called bacterial nanowires in direct response to electron-acceptor limitation. Mutants deficient in genes for c-type decaheme cytochromes MtrC and OmcA, and those that lacked a functional Type II secretion pathway displayed nanowires that were poorly conductive. These mutants(More)
Gram-negative cell walls are strong enough to withstand ;3 atm of turgor pressure (40), tough enough to endure extreme temperatures and pHs (e.g., Thiobacillus ferrooxidans grows at a pH of '1.5) and elastic enough to be capable of expanding several times their normal surface area (41). Strong, tough, and elastic . . . the gram-negative cell wall is a(More)
Burkholderia pseudomallei is the causative agent of melioidosis, a disease being increasingly recognized as an important cause of morbidity and mortality in many regions of the world. Several features of melioidosis suggest that B. pseudomallei is a facultative intracellular pathogen. This study was designed to assess the ability of B. pseudomallei to(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa blebs-off membrane vesicles (MVs) into culture medium during normal growth. Release of these vesicles increased approximately threefold after exposure of the organism to four times the MIC of gentamicin. Natural and gentamicin-induced membrane vesicles (n-MVs and g-MVs and g-MVs, respectively) were isolated by filtration and(More)
Intact magnetosomes of Aquaspirillum magnetotacticum were purified from broken cells by a magnetic separation technique. Electron microscopic and chemical analyses revealed the magnetite to be enclosed by a lipid bilayer admixed with proteins. Lipids were recovered in fractions expected to contain (i) neutral lipids and free fatty acids, (ii) glycolipids(More)
S-layers are produced by the self assembly of proteinaceous subunits on the surfaces of prokaryotes, so that planar, monomolecular-thick crystalline lattices are formed. Some archaeal and eubacterial S-layer proteins are glycosylated. These lattices typically have center-to-center spacings of less than 25 nm, which makes them attractive for biomimetic or(More)
The linear homopolymer poly-beta-1,6-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (beta-1,6-GlcNAc; PGA) serves as an adhesin for the maintenance of biofilm structural stability in diverse eubacteria. Its function in Escherichia coli K-12 requires the gene products of the pgaABCD operon, all of which are necessary for biofilm formation. PgaC is an apparent glycosyltransferase(More)
A newly discovered bacterium, Desulfotomaculum auripigmentum, precipitates arsenic trisulfide (As(inf2)S(inf3)). Precipitation of As(inf2)S(inf3) by this organism results from its reduction of As(V) to As(III) and S(VI) to S(-II). At the As(III) concentration range of interest (0.1 to 1 mM), the stability of As(inf2)S(inf3) is highly sensitive to pH and(More)
Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the thickness of air-dried, collapsed murein sacculi from Escherichia coli K-12 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Air-dried sacculi from E. coli had a thickness of 3.0 nm, whereas those from P. aeruginosa were 1.5 nm thick. When rehydrated, the sacculi of both bacteria swelled to double their anhydrous thickness.(More)
Natural membrane vesicles (n-MVs) produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 and PAO1 carrying plasmid pAK1900 (p-MVs) were purified and analysed for DNA content. The MVs were isolated by a procedure designed to ensure no cellular contamination from the parent MV-producing cells. Fluorometry analysis revealed that p-MVs were associated with 7.80 ng DNA (20(More)