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Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Carla Huarte-Bonnet, Suresh Kumar, Mario C N Saparrat, Juan R Girotti, Marianela Santana, John E Hallsworth, Nicolás Pedrini
Several filamentous fungi are able to concomitantly assimilate both aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are the biogenic by-products of some industrial processes. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases catalyze the first oxidation reaction for both types of substrate. Among the cytochrome P450 (CYP) genes, the family CYP52 is implicated in the first hydroxylation step in alkane-assimilation processes, while genes belonging to the family CYP53 have been linked with oxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons...
September 23, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Bishnu Prasad Pandey, Nahum Lee, Byung-Gee Kim
We have reported that the expression of CYP105D7 in Streptomyces avermitilis produces 112.5 mg L(-1) of 7,3',4'-trihydroxyisoflavone (3'ODI) in 15 h of the reaction time, when 7,4'-dihydroxyisoflavone (daidzein) is used as a substrate. Although production is significant, rapid degradation of 3'ODI after 15 h was observed in a whole-cell biotransformation system, suggesting the further modification of 3'ODI by endogenous enzymes. In this present study, the effect of deletion of extracellular tyrosinase (melC2) in S...
September 22, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Xin-Hong Zhang, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Ya-Ping Xue, Yuan-Shan Wang, Bo Yang, Yu-Guo Zheng
Recombinant Escherichia coli cells harboring nitrilase from Alcaligenes faecalis were immobilized using tris(hydroxymethyl)phosphine (THP) as the coupling agent. The optimal pH and temperature of the THP-immobilized cells were determined at pH 8.0 and 55 °C. The half-lives of THP-immobilized cells measured at 35, 40, and 50 °C were 1800, 965, and 163 h, respectively. The concentration of R-mandelic acid (R-MA) reached 358 mM after merely 1-h conversion by the immobilized cells with 500 mM R,S-mandelonitrile (R,S-MN), affording the highest productivity of 1307 g L(-1) day(-1) and the space-time productivity of 143...
September 22, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Neema Malik, Johnson K George
The oomycetes, Phytophthora capsici, cause foot rot disease in black pepper. Piper colubrinum Link, a distant relative of cultivated black pepper, is highly resistant to this destructive pathogen. Identification of resistance (R) genes in P. colubrinum and the study of its expression profile during interaction with the pathogen can help in understanding the resistance mechanism involved. In the present study, 1289 R gene-related transcripts were mined from P. colubrinum transcriptome, clustered, and classified according to the conserved motifs and domains...
September 20, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Xinyu Jin, Saisai Li, Nengbing Long, Ruifeng Zhang
A novel ZnO nanowire/macroporous SiO2 composite was used as a support to immobilize chloroperoxidase (CPO) by in situ cross-linking method. An anionic bi-epoxy compound was synthesized and used as a long-chained anionic cross-linker, and it was adsorbed on the surface of ZnO nanowires through static interaction before reaction with CPO, creating a new approach to change the structure, property, and catalytic performance of the produced cross-linking enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) of CPO. The immobilized CPO showed high activity in the decolorization of three azo dyes...
September 20, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Priya Fuke, Vaibhav V Gujar, Anshuman A Khardenavis
Stabilization and utilization of poultry waste demand efficient biodegradation either by mixture of enzymes or by microbial system that can produce different types of protein-hydrolyzing enzymes. For utilization of this keratinous biomass, in the present study, genome was sequenced and annotated for a bacterium having multiple enzymatic options for hydrolysis of different soluble and insoluble protein fractions of poultry waste. Among the soluble protein substrates, optimum production of enzyme and soluble protein was observed in case of casein, whereas among the insoluble protein substrates, maximum production of enzyme was achieved when broken nails were used...
September 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Nataliya Borzova, Olena Gudzenko, Lyudmila Varbanets
Naringinase which was extracted from the fermented broth of Cryptococcus albidus was purified about 42-folds with yield 0.7% by sulfate fractionation and chromatography on Toyopearl HW-60, Fractogel DEAE-650-s, and Sepharose 6B columns. Molecular weight of protein determined by gel filtration and SDS-PAGE was 50 kDa. Naringinase of C. albidus includes high content of the dicarbonic and hydrophobic amino acids. Enzyme contains also carbohydrate component, represented by mannose, galactose, rhamnose, ribose, arabinose, xylose, and glucose...
September 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Somayeh Khosravinia, Mahmood A Mahdavi, Reza Gheshlaghi, Hesam Dehghani
Numerous desulfurizing bacteria from the Rhodococcus genus harbor conserved dsz genes responsible for the degradation of sulfur compounds through 4S pathway. This study describes a newly identified desulfurizing bacterium, Rhodococcus sp. FUM94, which unlike previously identified strains encodes a truncated dsz operon. DNA sequencing revealed a frameshift mutation in the dszA gene, which led to an alteration of 66 amino acids and deletion of other C-terminal 66 amino acids. The resulting DszA polypeptide was shorter than DszA in Rhodococcus sp...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Angelina Stanley, H N Punil Kumar, Sarma Mutturi, S V N Vijayendra
In this study, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) accumulation by Halomonas venusta KT832796, a moderate halophilic bacteria isolated from marine source was studied. Both nutritional requirements and process parameters for submerged cultivation of the organism in bioreactor have been standardized. From the shake flask studies, glucose and ammonium citrate as carbon and nitrogen source produced maximum PHA at a ratio 20 with 3.52 g/L of dry cell weight and 70.56% of PHA content. However, ammonium sulfate as the nitrogen source was found to be more suitable for fed-batch cultivation...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Mostafa R Zaher, Hanaa A Ahmed, Kareem E Z Hamada, Reham H Tammam
Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) is considered an enzootic virus in Africa. RVFV has caused several outbreaks in Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and is responsible for high mortality in ruminants and haemorrhagic fever in severe human cases. Although there are several molecular and serological diagnostic techniques used to detect this arthropod-borne virus with high sensitivity and efficiency, there is a need for a fast and reliable field screening test for rapid outbreak recording and containment...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wichanee Bankeeree, Rinji Akada, Pongtharin Lotrakul, Hunsa Punnapayak, Sehanat Prasongsuk
From three cell-associated β-xylosidases produced by Aureobasidium pullulans CBS 135684, the principal enzyme was enriched to apparent homogeneity and found to be active at high temperatures (60-70 °C) over a pH range of 5-9 with a specific activity of 163.3 units (U) mg(-1). The enzyme was thermostable, retaining over 80% of its initial activity after a 12-h incubation at 60 °C, with half-lives of 38, 22, and 10 h at 60, 65, and 70 °C, respectively. Moreover, it was tolerant to xylose inhibition with a K i value of 18 mM...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
J M Fernández-Novell, M Díaz-Lobo
The compound 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-α-D-glucopyranosyl fluoride (F2Glc), which is a nonmetabolized superior glucose analogue, is a potent inhibitor of glycogen phosphorylase and pharmacological properties are reported. Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) and glycogen synthase (GS) are responsible of the degradation and synthesis, respectively, of glycogen which is a polymer of glucose units that provides a readily available source of energy in mammals. GP and GS are two key enzymes that modulate cellular glucose and glycogen levels; therefore, these proteins are suggested as potential targets for the treatment of diseases related to glycogen metabolism disorders...
September 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Baker A Martin, Paul D Frymier
Molecular hydrogen is a promising currency in the future energy economy due to the uncertain availability of finite fossil fuel resources and environmental effects from their combustion. It also has important uses in the production of fertilizers and platform chemicals as well as in upgrading conventional fuels. Conventional methods for producing molecular hydrogen from natural gas produce carbon dioxide and use a finite resource as feedstock. However, these issues can be overcome by using light energy from the Sun combined with microorganisms and their molecular machinery capable of photosynthesis...
September 14, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Bhavana V Mohite, Sunil H Koli, Chandrakant P Narkhede, Sucheta N Patil, Satish V Patil
Metals as a resource are depleting, and on another side, it fetches serious environmental pollution causing a threat to human health and ecosystem. The heavy metal accumulation due to anthropogenic activities results in toxicological manifestation. The traditional methods of remediation are not cost effective, efficient, and ecofriendly which necessitate and motivate towards the safe, effective, and ecofriendly biological methods. The increasing presence of heavy metals in the microbial habitat compels the microbes to develop the ability to tolerate or resist the presence of heavy metals...
September 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Paola Dos Santos da Rocha, Jaqueline Ferreira Campos, Valéria Nunes-Souza, Maria do Carmo Vieira, Ana Paula de Araújo Boleti, Luiza Antas Rabelo, Edson Lucas Dos Santos, Kely de Picoli Souza
Doxorubicin is an anticancer drug whose toxic effects on non-cancer cells are associated with increased oxidative stress. This study investigated the chemical composition, antioxidant activity of the methanolic extract of Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi leaves (MESL) as well as effects against doxorubicin-induced toxicity in human erythrocytes, K562 human erythroleukemia cells, and mouse hearts. The chemical composition indicated the presence of phenolic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, and ascorbic acid. MESL showed antioxidant activity by scavenging free radicals and inhibiting hemolysis and lipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes incubated with an oxidizing agent, and was able to increase the enzymatic activity of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase in human erythrocytes, without influencing the activity of enzyme catalase...
September 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Nurul Hamizah Hamidon, Siti Suraiya, Maria E Sarmiento, Armando Acosta, Mohd Nor Norazmi, Theam Soon Lim
B cells and in particular antibodies has always played second fiddle to cellular immunity in regard to tuberculosis (TB). However, recent studies has helped position humoral immunity especially antibodies back into the foray in relation to TB immunity. Therefore, the ability to correlate the natural antibody responses of infected individuals toward TB antigens would help strengthen this concept. Phage display is an intriguing approach that can be utilized to study antibody-mediated responses against a particular infection via harvesting the B cell repertoire from infected individuals...
September 7, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Gabrielly Terassi Bersaneti, Nicole Caldas Pan, Cristiani Baldo, Maria Antonia Pedrine Colabone Celligoi
Fructooligosaccharides and levan have a wide range of applications in the food industry due to their physiological and functional properties. The enzymatic synthesis of these molecules exhibits great advantages when compared with microbial fermentation. In this study, the production of levansucrase from Bacillus subtilis natto and its utilization in fructooligosaccharides and levan syntheses using different reaction conditions were described. The best condition for levansucrase production was 420.7 g L(-1) of sucrose at pH 7...
September 4, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
D S Arora, Himadri Mahajan
Nature is a generous source of compounds with the potential for prevention of infections. Antimicrobial screening of aqueous extract from bark of wild Himalayan cherry (Prunus cerasoides) was carried out against various pathogenic microorganisms with inhibition zone ranging from 19 to 24 mm. An optimization strategy, which included classical method and statistical method (RSM), was applied to optimize the effect of process variables. Fifteen percent plant material extracted at 40 °C for 60 min and at its natural pH (4...
September 4, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Edwin D Morales-Álvarez, Claudia M Rivera-Hoyos, Sergio A Poveda-Cuevas, Edwin A Reyes-Guzmán, Aura M Pedroza-Rodríguez, Edgar A Reyes-Montaño, Raúl A Poutou-Piñales
Laccases catalyze the oxidation of various aromatic organic compounds concomitantly with molecular oxygen reduction to water. Triphenylmethane dyes are synthetic compounds widely used in diverse industries. Their removal from effluents is difficult, due to their high degree of structural complexity; hence, their high concentration in effluents cause a negative impact on the environment. In the present work, molecular docking was used to evaluate interactions between rGlLCC1 or rPOXA 1B enzymes with Crystal Violet (CV) or Malachite Green (MG) dyes...
September 2, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
M M C Maroldi, V M Vasconcellos, P T Lacava, C S Farinas
The endophytic fungi represent a potential source of microorganisms for enzyme production. However, there have been only few studies exploiting their potential for the production of enzymes of industrial interest, such as the (hemi)cellulolytic enzymatic cocktail required in the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. Here, a collection of endophytic fungi isolated from mangrove tropical forests was evaluated for the production of carbohydrolases and performance on the hydrolysis of cellulose. For that, 41 endophytic strains were initially screened using a plate assay containing crystalline cellulose as the sole carbon source and the selected strains were cultivated under solid-state fermentation for endoglucanase, β-glucosidase, and xylanase enzyme quantification...
September 2, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
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