Cameron R Currie

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Affiliation: University of Wisconsin
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Microbial community structure of leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens and refuse dumps
    Jarrod J Scott
    United States Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 5:e9922. 2010
  2. pmc Chemical analyses of wasp-associated streptomyces bacteria reveal a prolific potential for natural products discovery
    Michael Poulsen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 6:e16763. 2011
  3. pmc Complete Genome of Serratia sp. Strain FGI 94, a Strain Associated with Leaf-Cutter Ant Fungus Gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Genome Announc 1:e0023912. 2013
  4. pmc An insect herbivore microbiome with high plant biomass-degrading capacity
    Garret Suen
    Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS Genet 6:e1001129. 2010
  5. pmc Aerobic deconstruction of cellulosic biomass by an insect-associated Streptomyces
    Taichi E Takasuka
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    Sci Rep 3:1030. 2013
  6. pmc Complex host-pathogen coevolution in the Apterostigma fungus-growing ant-microbe symbiosis
    Nicole M Gerardo
    Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 6:88. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Coevolved crypts and exocrine glands support mutualistic bacteria in fungus-growing ants
    Cameron R Currie
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Science 311:81-3. 2006
  8. pmc Leucoagaricus gongylophorus produces diverse enzymes for the degradation of recalcitrant plant polymers in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, USA
    Appl Environ Microbiol 79:3770-8. 2013
  9. pmc Cellulose-degrading bacteria associated with the invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio
    Aaron S Adams
    Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    ISME J 5:1323-31. 2011
  10. pmc Metagenomic and metaproteomic insights into bacterial communities in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    ISME J 6:1688-701. 2012

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Publications44

  1. pmc Microbial community structure of leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens and refuse dumps
    Jarrod J Scott
    United States Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 5:e9922. 2010
    ..Little is known about the microbial community structure in gardens and dumps or variation between lab and field colonies...
  2. pmc Chemical analyses of wasp-associated streptomyces bacteria reveal a prolific potential for natural products discovery
    Michael Poulsen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 6:e16763. 2011
    ..Finding phylogenetically diverse and chemically prolific Actinobacteria from solitary wasps suggests that insect-associated Actinobacteria can provide a valuable source of novel natural products of pharmaceutical interest...
  3. pmc Complete Genome of Serratia sp. Strain FGI 94, a Strain Associated with Leaf-Cutter Ant Fungus Gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Genome Announc 1:e0023912. 2013
    ..Analysis of its 4.86-Mbp chromosome will help advance our knowledge of symbiotic interactions and plant biomass degradation in this ancient ant-fungus mutualism...
  4. pmc An insect herbivore microbiome with high plant biomass-degrading capacity
    Garret Suen
    Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS Genet 6:e1001129. 2010
    ..Given the recent interest in cellulosic biofuels, understanding how large-scale and rapid plant biomass degradation occurs in a highly evolved insect herbivore is of particular relevance for bioenergy...
  5. pmc Aerobic deconstruction of cellulosic biomass by an insect-associated Streptomyces
    Taichi E Takasuka
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    Sci Rep 3:1030. 2013
    ....
  6. pmc Complex host-pathogen coevolution in the Apterostigma fungus-growing ant-microbe symbiosis
    Nicole M Gerardo
    Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 6:88. 2006
    ....
  7. ncbi request reprint Coevolved crypts and exocrine glands support mutualistic bacteria in fungus-growing ants
    Cameron R Currie
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Science 311:81-3. 2006
    ....
  8. pmc Leucoagaricus gongylophorus produces diverse enzymes for the degradation of recalcitrant plant polymers in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, USA
    Appl Environ Microbiol 79:3770-8. 2013
    ..Our study provides a detailed analysis of plant biomass degradation in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens and insight into the enzymes underlying the symbiosis between these dominant herbivores and their obligate fungal cultivar...
  9. pmc Cellulose-degrading bacteria associated with the invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio
    Aaron S Adams
    Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    ISME J 5:1323-31. 2011
    ..noctilio, thus contributing to its ability to be established in forested habitats worldwide...
  10. pmc Metagenomic and metaproteomic insights into bacterial communities in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens
    Frank O Aylward
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    ISME J 6:1688-701. 2012
    ..Together with recent investigations into the microbial symbionts of vertebrates, our work underscores the importance of microbial communities in the ecology and evolution of herbivorous metazoans...
  11. pmc Specificity in the symbiotic association between fungus-growing ants and protective Pseudonocardia bacteria
    Matias J Cafaro
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 4325 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 278:1814-22. 2011
    ..Our findings support a model that many fungus-growing ants maintain specialized Pseudonocardia symbionts that help with garden defence...
  12. pmc Bacterial protection of beetle-fungus mutualism
    Jarrod J Scott
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Science 322:63. 2008
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  13. doi request reprint Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in the fungus gardens of leaf-cutter ants
    Adrián A Pinto-Tomás
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Science 326:1120-3. 2009
    ..The discovery of N2 fixation within the leaf-cutter ant-microbe symbiosis reveals a previously unrecognized nitrogen source in neotropical ecosystems...
  14. pmc Comparison of 26 sphingomonad genomes reveals diverse environmental adaptations and biodegradative capabilities
    Frank O Aylward
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, USA
    Appl Environ Microbiol 79:3724-33. 2013
    ..Our work provides a basis for understanding the ecological strategies employed by sphingomonads and their role in environmental nutrient cycling...
  15. pmc Mountain pine beetles colonizing historical and naive host trees are associated with a bacterial community highly enriched in genes contributing to terpene metabolism
    Aaron S Adams
    Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, USA
    Appl Environ Microbiol 79:3468-75. 2013
    ..Our work provides the first metagenome of bacterial communities associated with a bark beetle and is consistent with a potential microbial contribution to detoxification of tree defenses needed to survive the subcortical environment...
  16. ncbi request reprint Symbiont recognition of mutualistic bacteria by Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants
    Mingzi M Zhang
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    ISME J 1:313-20. 2007
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  17. ncbi request reprint Black yeast symbionts compromise the efficiency of antibiotic defenses in fungus-growing ants
    Ainslie E F Little
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
    Ecology 89:1216-22. 2008
    ..This is further evidence that a full understanding of symbiotic associations requires examining the direct and indirect interactions of symbionts in their ecological community context...
  18. pmc The complete genome sequence of Fibrobacter succinogenes S85 reveals a cellulolytic and metabolic specialist
    Garret Suen
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 6:e18814. 2011
    ..The F. succinogenes genome reveals a bacterium that specializes in cellulose as its sole energy source, and provides insight into a novel strategy for cellulose degradation...
  19. pmc Symbiont interactions in a tripartite mutualism: exploring the presence and impact of antagonism between two fungus-growing ant mutualists
    Michael Poulsen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 5:e8748. 2010
    ..Our findings suggest that inter-mutualist antagonism does not limit what combinations of cultivar and Pseudonocardia strains Acromyrmex fungus-growing ants can maintain within nests...
  20. ncbi request reprint Association between Pseudonocardia symbionts and Atta leaf-cutting ants suggested by improved isolation methods
    Sarah E Marsh
    Dept of Bacteriology, Univ of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Int Microbiol 16:17-25. 2013
    ..Our findings suggest that Pseudonocardia may be associated with Atta fungus-growing ants, potentially internalized, and that localizing the symbiont and exploring its role is necessary to shed further light on the association...
  21. doi request reprint The population structure of antibiotic-producing bacterial symbionts of Apterostigma dentigerum ants: impacts of coevolution and multipartite symbiosis
    Eric J Caldera
    Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
    Am Nat 180:604-17. 2012
    ..Overall, the population dynamics of symbiotic Pseudonocardia are more consistent with a specialized mutualistic association than with recently proposed models of low specificity and frequent horizontal acquisition...
  22. pmc Antagonistic bacterial interactions help shape host-symbiont dynamics within the fungus-growing ant-microbe mutualism
    Michael Poulsen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    PLoS ONE 2:e960. 2007
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  23. ncbi request reprint Insect symbioses: a case study of past, present, and future fungus-growing ant research
    Eric J Caldera
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 4325 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Environ Entomol 38:78-92. 2009
    ..Finally, we discuss future directions in insect-microbe research, with particular focus on applying recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies...
  24. pmc Draft genome sequence of Streptomyces sp. strain Wigar10, isolated from a surface-sterilized garlic bulb
    Jonathan L Klassen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
    J Bacteriol 193:6999-7000. 2011
    ..Purple Stripe). Its genome encodes several novel secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters and provides a genetic basis for further investigation of this strain's chemical biology and potential for interaction with its garlic host...
  25. pmc The genome sequence of the leaf-cutter ant Atta cephalotes reveals insights into its obligate symbiotic lifestyle
    Garret Suen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS Genet 7:e1002007. 2011
    ..cephalotes genome provides new insights into the symbiotic lifestyle of this ant and advances our understanding of host-microbe symbioses...
  26. pmc The role of symbiont genetic distance and potential adaptability in host preference towards Pseudonocardia symbionts in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants
    Michael Poulsen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 6145 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    J Insect Sci 11:120. 2011
    ..These findings are discussed in relation to the role of adaptive recognition, potential ecological flexibility in symbiont preference, and more broadly, in relation to self versus non-self recognition...
  27. pmc Parasites may help stabilize cooperative relationships
    Ainslie E F Little
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 9:124. 2009
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  28. pmc Symbiotic complexity: discovery of a fifth symbiont in the attine ant-microbe symbiosis
    Ainslie E F Little
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Biol Lett 3:501-4. 2007
    ..The prevalence, distribution, localization and monophyly indicate that the black yeast is a fifth symbiont within the attine ant-microbe association, further exemplifying the complexity of symbiotic associations...
  29. doi request reprint Ephemeral windows of opportunity for horizontal transmission of fungal symbionts in leaf-cutting ants
    Michael Poulsen
    Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Evolution 63:2235-47. 2009
    ..We discuss how brief stages of low commitment between partners may increase the evolutionary stability of ancient coevolved mutualisms...
  30. pmc Defending against parasites: fungus-growing ants combine specialized behaviours and microbial symbionts to protect their fungus gardens
    Ainslie E F Little
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Biol Lett 2:12-6. 2006
    ....
  31. pmc Biochemical Properties and Atomic Resolution Structure of a Proteolytically Processed β-Mannanase from Cellulolytic Streptomyces sp. SirexAA-E
    Taichi E Takasuka
    Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 9:e94166. 2014
    ....
  32. pmc SREB, a GATA transcription factor that directs disparate fates in Blastomyces dermatitidis including morphogenesis and siderophore biosynthesis
    Gregory M Gauthier
    Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    PLoS Pathog 6:e1000846. 2010
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first gene identified that promotes the conversion from yeast to mold in the dimorphic fungi, and may shed light on environmental persistence of these pathogens...
  33. pmc ORFcor: identifying and accommodating ORF prediction inconsistencies for phylogenetic analysis
    Jonathan L Klassen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    PLoS ONE 8:e58387. 2013
    ..The ORFcor package is implemented in Perl, multithreaded to handle large datasets, includes related scripts to facilitate high-throughput phylogenomic analyses, and is freely available at www.currielab.wisc.edu/downloads.html...
  34. pmc Genome sequence of Streptomyces griseus strain XylebKG-1, an ambrosia beetle-associated actinomycete
    Kirk J Grubbs
    Department of Bacteriology, 6155 MSB, 1550 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    J Bacteriol 193:2890-1. 2011
    ..Given its similarity to free-living S. griseus subsp. griseus NBRC13350, comparative genomics will elucidate critical components of bacterial interactions with insects...
  35. ncbi request reprint Minimization of chloroplast contamination in 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing of insect herbivore bacterial communities
    Alissa S Hanshew
    Department of Bacteriology, 6145 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Dr, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI 53706, United States Electronic address
    J Microbiol Methods 95:149-55. 2013
    ..We provide a methodological framework for reducing chloroplast reads in high-throughput sequencing data sets that can be applied to a number of environmental samples and sequencing techniques. ..
  36. pmc Gene fragmentation in bacterial draft genomes: extent, consequences and mitigation
    Jonathan L Klassen
    Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    BMC Genomics 13:14. 2012
    ..In this study we quantify ORF fragmentation in draft microbial genomes and its effect on annotation efficacy, and we propose a solution to ameliorate this problem...
  37. doi request reprint Geographic variation in bacterial communities associated with the red turpentine beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
    Aaron S Adams
    Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, 237 Russell Labs, Madison, WI 53706, USA
    Environ Entomol 39:406-14. 2010
    ..There were significant differences of bacterial communities between sites. The strength of these differences was positively correlated with distance between sites, although additional unexplained factors also contribute to the variation...
  38. ncbi request reprint The infrabuccal pellet piles of fungus-growing ants
    Ainslie E F Little
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
    Naturwissenschaften 90:558-62. 2003
    ....
  39. pmc Exploiting a mutualism: parasite specialization on cultivars within the fungus-growing ant symbiosis
    Nicole M Gerardo
    Section of Integrative Biology, Patterson Laboratories, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 271:1791-8. 2004
    ..e. ants and their antibiotic-producing bacteria) within the coevolved fungus-growing ant symbiosis...
  40. pmc Ancient host-pathogen associations maintained by specificity of chemotaxis and antibiosis
    Nicole M Gerardo
    Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
    PLoS Biol 4:e235. 2006
    ..Targeted chemotactic and antibiotic responses therefore explain why Escovopsis pathogens do not readily switch to novel hosts, consequently constraining long-term dynamics of host-parasite coevolution within this ancient association...
  41. ncbi request reprint Phylogenetic analysis of mutualistic filamentous bacteria associated with fungus-growing ants
    Matias J Cafaro
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
    Can J Microbiol 51:441-6. 2005
    ..Ant-associated Pseudonocardia isolates did not form a monophyletic group, suggesting multiple acquisitions of actinomycetes by fungus-growing ants over their evolutionary history...
  42. pmc Low host-pathogen specificity in the leaf-cutting ant-microbe symbiosis
    Stephen J Taerum
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 274:1971-8. 2007
    ..Thus, our findings indicate that this host-pathogen association is shaped by the farming ants having to protect their cultivated fungus from phylogenetically diverse Escovopsis garden pathogens...
  43. ncbi request reprint Ancient tripartite coevolution in the attine ant-microbe symbiosis
    Cameron R Currie
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
    Science 299:386-8. 2003
    ..At recent phylogenetic levels, coevolution has been punctuated by occasional host-switching by the parasite, thus intensifying continuous coadaptation between symbionts in a tripartite arms race...