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Journal of General and Applied Microbiology

Md Abdul Aziz, Rie Ushirokita, Yoshinao Azuma
Chlamydia pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular pathogen responsible for respiratory diseases, including pneumonia and bronchitis, and is highly involved in chronic diseases, including atherosclerosis, asthma, and Alzheimer's disease. We previously showed that the host apoptotic factor caspase-9 played a crucial role for chlamydial multiplication and host apoptosis inhibition by chlamydial infection. To identify chlamydial genes interacting with human caspase-9, yeast two-hybrid screening was performed and 5 chlamydial genes, including Cpj0838 and pmpG were isolated from the C...
May 15, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Hui-Zhong Wang, Min Gou, Yue Yi, Zi-Yuan Xia, Yue-Qin Tang
Acetate is a significant intermediate of anaerobic fermentation. There are two pathways for converting acetate to CH4 and CO2 : acetoclastic methanogenesis by acetoclastic methanogens, and syntrophic acetate oxidation by acetate-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and hydrogenotrophic methanogens. Detailed investigations of syntrophic acetate-oxidizing bacteria (SAOB) should contribute to the elucidation of the microbial mechanisms of methanogenesis. In this study, we investigated the major phylogenetic groups of acetate-utilizing bacteria (AUB) in a mesophilic methanogenic chemostat fed with acetate as the sole carbon source by using DNA stable isotope probing (SIP) technology...
May 11, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Shigekazu Yano, Wasana Suyotha, Sumika Zanma, Hiroyuki Konno, Vipavee Cherdvorapong, Mamoru Wakayama
α-1,3-Glucanase (Agl-KA) of Bacillus circulans KA-304 consists of an N-terminal discoidin domain (DS1), a carbohydrate binding module family 6 (CBM6), threonine and proline repeats (TP), a second discoidin domain (DS2), an uncharacterized conserved domain (UCD), and a C-terminal catalytic domain. Previously, we reported that DS1, CBM6, and DS2 have α-1,3-glucan-binding activity and contribute to α-1,3-glucan hydrolysis. In this study, UCD deletion mutant (AglΔUCD) was constructed, and its properties were compared with those of Agl-KA...
May 8, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Taejun Chin, Masahiko Ikeuchi
Sorbitol-6-phosphatase (EC catalyzes sorbitol production from sorbitol-6-phosphate in certain organisms, but has not been identified unequivocally. We screened the activity of the haloacid dehalogenase-like hydrolases (HAD) superfamily and identified four HAD proteins from Escherichia coli as sorbitol-6-phosphatase. Of these proteins, HAD2 (YfbT) exhibited catalytic activity (kcat /Km ) that was better than that of the previously reported "preferred" substrate. HAD1 (YniC) and HAD2 exhibited higher sorbitol-6-phosphatase activity than that of HAD12 (YbiV) and HAD13 (YidA)...
May 8, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Kaori Inoue-Sakamoto, Ehsan Nazifi, Chieri Tsuji, Tomoya Asano, Takumi Nishiuchi, Seiichi Matsugo, Kenji Ishihara, Yu Kanesaki, Hirofumi Yoshikawa, Toshio Sakamoto
The aquatic cyanobacterium Nostoc verrucosum forms macroscopic colonies in streams, and its appearance is superficially similar to that of the terrestrial cyanobacterium Nostoc commune. N. verrucosum is sensitive to desiccation, unlike N. commune, although these Nostoc cyanobacterial species share physiological features, including massive extracellular polysaccharide production and trehalose accumulation capability. In this study, water-soluble sunscreen pigments of mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) were characterized in N...
April 30, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Keitaro Take, Hidehisa Fujiki, Wasana Suyotha, Junji Hayashi, Kazuyoshi Takagi, Shigekazu Yano, Mamoru Wakayama
Chitinase 1 (Chi1) is an acidic and thermostable hydrolytic enzyme capable of the breakdown of chitin, a resilient biopolymer that is the primary building block of fungi cell walls and marine exoskeletons. In this study, Chi1 was purified from the bacterium Streptomyces thermodiastaticus HF 3-3, and its properties were carefully characterized. The molecular mass of Chi1 was estimated to be approximately 46 kDa and, through sequencing, its N-terminal amino acid sequence was identified as ADSGKVKL. Although the optimal operating temperature and pH for Chi1 were determined to be 65°C and pH 5...
April 27, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Jiwei Mao, Quanli Liu, Yuanzi Li, Jiuxia Yang, Xinhao Song, Xiao Liu, Haijin Xu, Mingqiang Qiao
A biosensor screening assay based on the synthesis of betaxanthin was applied to relatively high throughput screening of the L-tyrosine mutant library. In the assays, fluorescence output showed a linear relationship between extracellular L-tyrosine content and yellow pigment formation. In addition, the yellow pigment accumulation of the L-tyrosine high-yield strain can be easily distinguished with the naked eye compared with the wild-type strain. As a result, numerous mutants that exhibited significantly increased coloration, were screened out after random mutagenesis, and p-coumaric acid production in mutants NK-A3 and NK-B4, were remarkably improved by 4-fold more than that of the wild-type strain...
April 25, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Vidya Pradeep Kumar, Atul P Kolte, Arindam Dhali, Chandrashekar Naik, Manpal Sridhar
Utilization of energy-rich crop residues by ruminants is restricted by the presence of lignin, which is recalcitrant to digestion. Application of lignin degrading enzymes on the lignocellulosic biomass exposes the cellulose for easy digestion by ruminants. Laccases have been found to be considerably effective in improving the digestibility by way of delignification. However, laccase yields from natural hosts are not sufficient for industrial scale applications, which restricts their use. A viable option would be to express the laccase gene in compatible hosts to achieve higher production yields...
April 25, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Minoru Sasaki, Yoshitoyo Kodama, Yu Shimoyama, Taichi Ishikawa, Shigenobu Kimura
Although Streptococcus anginosus constitutes a proportion of the normal flora of the gastrointestinal and genital tracts, and the oral cavity, it has been reported that S. anginosus infection could be closely associated with abscesses at various body sites, infective endocarditis, and upper gastrointestinal cancers. The colonization in an acidic environment due to the aciduricity of S. anginosus could be the etiology of the systemic infection of the bacteria. To elucidate the aciduricity and acid tolerance mechanisms of the microbe, we examined the viability and growth of S...
April 17, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Hung-Yin Pan, Carton W Chen, Chih-Hung Huang
Soil bacteria Streptomyces are the most important producers of secondary metabolites, including most known antibiotics. These bacteria and their close relatives are unique in possessing linear chromosomes, which typically harbor 20 to 30 biosynthetic gene clusters of tens to hundreds of kb in length. Many Streptomyces chromosomes are accompanied by linear plasmids with sizes ranging from several to several hundred kb. The large linear plasmids also often contain biosynthetic gene clusters. We have developed a targeted recombination procedure for arm exchanges between a linear plasmid and a linear chromosome...
April 17, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Hao Song, Zheng-Lin Yu, Mei-Jie Yang, Tao Zhang, Hai-Yan Wang
The rapa whelk Rapana venosa is a commercially important gastropod in China, but a major invader worldwide. There is little information on the bacterial community composition in the digestive system of this species, despite the microflora has important roles in digestion, nutrition, disease resistance, and immune response. The present study investigated the bacterial flora community in the esophagus and intestinal tract of wild R. venosa by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The esophagus and intestine had 1175 and 526 unique operational taxonomic units, respectively, with 616 common to both tissues...
April 11, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Nobushige Nakazawa, Himiko Yanata, Natsumi Ito, Eri Kaneta, Keitaro Takahashi
We analyzed the stress response in a spore clone from Shirakami kodama yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with an exceptional high tolerance to oxidative stress. The levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in this clone were very low, whereas the genes for superoxide dismutase (SOD2) and catalase (CTT1) were highly expressed and those enzymes also had high activities even under non-stress conditions. Both genes are regulated by general stress-responsive transcription factors Msn2 and Msn4, and Yap1, a transcription factor required for oxidative stress tolerance, and the removal of Msn2 or Yap1 caused a significant decrease in CTT1-expression...
March 31, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Tomoo Ogata, Katsuaki Kuroki, Koki Ito, Akifumi Kondo, Kensuke Nakamura
Variations of chromosomal structures and nucleotide sequences around mating-type-like (MTL) loci among Zygosaccharomyces species have been reported. We have analyzed these differences in more detail and, on the basis of PCR- and next-generation sequencing data, we describe the MTL loci on chromosomes C and F for Z. rouxii type-strain NBRC1130, Z. rouxii NBRC0740 and Zygosaccharomyces sp. NBRC1876. We developed a mating strategy for Zygosaccharomyces sp. NBRC1876 and Z. rouxii NBRC0740, and found that the mated stains could be identified from parental strains on the basis of nucleotide sequence variations of the MTL loci...
March 31, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Hao Ji, Xinyao Lu, Hong Zong, Bin Zhuge
Candida glycerinogenes is an osmotolerant yeast used for commercial glycerol production, as well as a glycerol utilization yeast which produces high biomass on glycerol medium. In the present study, two STL1 homologues CgSTL1 and CgSTL2 encoding the putative glycerol transporters were identified, and their products were found to be localized to plasma membranes by tagging GFP protein. The functions of CgSTL1 and CgSTL2 on glycerol transport were confirmed by their expression in S. cerevisiae STL1 null mutant and simultaneous deletion in C...
March 31, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Koki Nishino, Sawako Takahashi, Hiromi Nishida
We compared the gene expression levels of the blue-light-responsive genes, appA (encoding photosynthesis promoting protein AppA), ppsR (encoding photosynthesis suppressing protein PpsR), and EL368 (encoding a blue-light-activated histidine kinase with a light, oxygen, or voltage domain) between aerobic and anaerobic conditions in spheroplasts of the aerobic photosynthetic bacterium Erythrobacter litoralis. The spheroplasts conducted photosynthesis under red light but not under blue light. All three blue-light-responsive genes showed higher expression under aerobic conditions than under anaerobic conditions under blue light...
March 31, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Jiyoung Kim, Gi-Ho Sung
Beauvericin is a mycotoxin which has insecticidal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-cancer activities. Beauvericin biosynthesis is rapidly catalyzed by the beauvericin synthetase (BEAS) in Beauveria bassiana. Ca2+ plays crucial roles in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cells. These Ca2+ signals are partially decoded by Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM). In this report, we describe that B. bassiana BEAS (BbBEAS) can interact with CaM in a Ca2+ -dependent manner. A synthetic BbBEAS peptide, corresponding to the putative CaM-binding motif, formed a stable complex with CaM in the presence of Ca2+ ...
March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Tai-Yen Liu, Shu-Hung Chu, Gwo-Chyuan Shaw
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March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Katsuyuki Sakai, Yukihiro Asami, Takuya Chiba, Takuya Suga, Kenichi Nonaka, Masato Iwatsuki, Satoshi Ōmura, Kazuro Shiomi
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March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Thi Huyen Do, Ngoc Giang Le, Trong Khoa Dao, Thi Mai Phuong Nguyen, Tung Lam Le, Han Ly Luu, Khanh Hoang Viet Nguyen, Van Lam Nguyen, Lan Anh Le, Thu Nguyet Phung, Nico M van Straalen, Dick Roelofs, Nam Hai Truong
The scarcity of enzymes having an optimal activity in lignocellulose deconstruction is an obstacle for industrial-scale conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels. With the aim of mining novel lignocellulolytic enzymes, a ~9 Gb metagenome of bacteria in Vietnamese native goats' rumen was sequenced by Illumina platform. From the data, 821 ORFs encoding carbohydrate esterases (CEs) and polysaccharide lyases (PLs) serving for lignocellulose pre-treatment, 816 ORFs encoding 11 glycoside hydrolase families (GHs) of cellulases, and 2252 ORFs encoding 22 GHs of hemicellulases, were mined...
March 12, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Hiroyuki Komatsu, Junya Yamamoto, Hiromichi Suzuki, Nobuyoshi Nagao, Yuu Hirose, Takashi Ohyama, So Umekage, Yo Kikuchi
The marine bacterium Rhodovulum sulfidophilum is a nonsulfur phototrophic bacterium, which is known to produce extracellular nucleic acids in soluble form in culture medium. In the present paper, constructing the response regulator ctrA-deficient mutant of R. sulfidophilum, we found that this mutation causes a significant decrease in the extracellular DNA production. However, by the introduction of a plasmid containing the wild type ctrA gene into the mutant, the amount of extracellular DNA produced was recovered...
March 12, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
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