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Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Mun Su Rhee, Neha Sawhney, Young Sik Kim, Hyun Jee Rhee, Jason C Hurlbert, Franz J St John, Guang Nong, John D Rice, James F Preston
Paenibacillus sp. JDR-2 (Pjdr2) has been studied as a model for development of bacterial biocatalysts for efficient processing of xylans, methylglucuronoxylan, and methylglucuronoarabinoxylan, the predominant hemicellulosic polysaccharides found in dicots and monocots, respectively. Pjdr2 produces a cell-associated GH10 endoxylanase (Xyn10A1) that catalyzes depolymerization of xylans to xylobiose, xylotriose, and methylglucuronoxylotriose with methylglucuronate-linked α-1,2 to the nonreducing terminal xylose...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Barbara Maciejewska, Bartosz Roszniowski, Akbar Espaillat, Agata Kęsik-Szeloch, Grazyna Majkowska-Skrobek, Andrew M Kropinski, Yves Briers, Felipe Cava, Rob Lavigne, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Lytic bacteriophages and phage-encoded endolysins (peptidoglycan hydrolases) provide a source for the development of novel antimicrobial strategies. In the present study, we focus on the closely related (96 % DNA sequence identity) environmental myoviruses vB_KpnM_KP15 (KP15) and vB_KpnM_KP27 (KP27) infecting multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella oxytoca strains. Their genome organisation and evolutionary relationship are compared to Enterobacter phage phiEap-3 and Klebsiella phages Matisse and Miro...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Hajime Suzuki, Takahiro Sakabe, Yuu Hirose, Toshihiko Eki
We aimed to develop the bioassays for genotixicity and/or oxidative damage using the recombinant yeast. A genotoxicity assay was developed using recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain BY4741 with a green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter plasmid, driven by the DNA damage-responsive RNR3 promoter. Enhanced fluorescence induction was observed in DNA repair-deficient strains treated with methyl methanesulfonate, but not with hydrogen peroxide. A GFP reporter yeast strain driven by the oxidative stress-responsive TRX2 promoter was newly developed to assess oxidative damage, but fluorescence was poorly induced by oxidants...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jing Chen, Richard Dick, Jih-Gaw Lin, Ji-Dong Gu
Nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) process uniquely links microbial nitrogen and carbon cycles. Research on n-damo bacteria progresses quickly with experimental evidences through enrichment cultures. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods for detecting them in various natural ecosystems and engineered systems play a very important role in the discovery of their distribution, abundance, and biodiversity in the ecosystems. Important characteristics of n-damo enrichments were obtained and their key significance in microbial nitrogen and carbon cycles was investigated...
October 20, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Sushant K Sinha, Shubhasish Goswami, Shibashis Das, Supratim Datta
β-glucosidase (EC; BG) cleaves β-glucosidic linkages in disaccharide or glucose-substituted molecules. In an effort towards designing better BGs, we focused on the role of non-conserved residues across an otherwise homologous BG active site tunnel and designed mutants across the aglycone-binding site (V169C) and the gatekeeper residues (I246A) of the active site tunnel. We expressed in Escherichia coli, the Hore_15280 gene encoding a β-glucosidase (BG) in Halothermothrix orenii. The overexpressed and purified wild-type (B8CYA8) has a high specific activity of 345 μmol/min/mg on pNPGlc and a half-life of 1...
October 20, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Kunihiko Watanabe
It is becoming well-known that bacterial cells produce membrane vesicles (MVs) from the cell surface in a budding manner, whereas the detailed mechanisms of MV biogenesis remain unclear. MVs are not authentic cells, since they are observed to be between 20 and 300 nm in size but have a structure close to the subcellular compartments. In a sense, the structure of MVs containing biogenic and cellular substances and their behavior look similar to those of viruses. Due to these scientific facts, several potent applications employing MVs as a promising tool have been proposed and reported...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jingqing Liu, Hongxing Ren, Xianbei Ye, Wei Wang, Yan Liu, Liping Lou, Dongqing Cheng, Xiaofang He, Xiaoyan Zhou, Shangde Qiu, Liusong Fu, Baolan Hu
Biofilms in the pipe wall may lead to water quality deterioration and biological instability in drinking water distribution systems (DWDSs). In this study, bacterial community radial-spatial distribution in biofilms along the pipe wall in a chlorinated DWDS of East China was investigated. Three pipes of large diameter (300, 600, and 600 mm) were sampled in this DWDS, including a ductile cast iron pipe (DCIP) with pipe age of 11 years and two gray cast iron pipes (GCIP) with pipe ages of 17 and 19 years, and biofilms in the upper, middle, and lower parts of each pipe wall were collected...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Suzhen Wei
Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic waste is considered to be an efficient way to answer present-day energy crisis and environmental challenges. However, the recalcitrance of lignocellulosic material forms a major obstacle for obtaining maximum biogas production. The use of biological pretreatment and bioaugmentation for enhancing the performance of anaerobic digestion is quite recent and still needs to be investigated. This paper reviews the status and perspectives of recent studies on biotechnology concept and investigates its possible use for enhancing biogas production from lignocellulosic waste with main emphases on biological pretreatment and bioaugmentation techniques...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Meng Wang, Guoqing Wang, Ting Zhang, Lihai Fan, Tianwei Tan
1,3-Propanediol (1,3-PDO) is a monomer for the synthesis of various polyesters. It is widely used in industries including cosmetics, solvents, and lubricants. Here, the multi-modular engineering was used to improve the concentration and tolerance of 1,3-PDO in Klebsiella pneumoniae. Firstly, the concentration of 1,3-PDO was increased by 25 %, while the concentrations of by-products were reduced considerably through one-step evolution which focused on the glycerol pathway. In addition, the 1,3-PDO tolerance was improved to 150 g L(-1)...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Dongyan Zhang, Haifeng Ji, Hui Liu, Sixin Wang, Jing Wang, Yamin Wang
The gut microbiota plays important roles in the health and well-being of animals, and high-throughput sequencing facilitates exploration of microbial populations in the animal gut. However, previous studies have focused on fecal samples instead of the gastrointestinal tract. In this study, we compared the microbiota diversity and composition of intestinal contents of weaned piglets treated with Lactobacillus reuteri or chlortetracycline (aureomycin) using high-throughput sequencing. Nine weaned piglets were randomly divided into three groups and supplemented with L...
October 19, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Sandrine M A Lima, Janaína G S Melo, Gardênia C G Militão, Gláucia M S Lima, Maria do Carmo A Lima, Jaciana S Aguiar, Renata M Araújo, Raimundo Braz-Filho, Pascal Marchand, Janete M Araújo, Teresinha G Silva
Actinomycetes are known to produce numerous secondary bioactive metabolites of pharmaceutical interest. The purpose of this study was to isolate, characterize, and investigate the antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities of metabolites produced by Actinobacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of Paullinia cupana. The Actinobacteria was identified as Streptomyces hygroscopicus ACTMS-9H. Based on a bioguided study, the methanolic biomass extract obtained from submerged cultivation had the most potent antibacterial, antifungal, and cytotoxic activities...
October 18, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Bharat Bhushan, S K Tomar, Arun Chauhan
An appropriate selection of Lactobacillus strain (probiotic/starter/functional) on the basis of its techno-functional characteristics is required before developing a novel fermented functional food. We compared vitamin B12 (B12, cobalamin) producing Lactobacillus plantarum isolates, BHM10 and BCF20, for functional (vitamin over-production, genomic insight to B12 structural genes, and probiotic attributes) and technological [milks (skim and soy) fermentation and B12 bio-fortification] characteristics. Addition of B12 precursors (5-amonolevulinate and dimethylbenzimidazole) to cobalamin-free fermentation medium increased vitamin production in BHM10, BCF20, and DSM20016 (a positive standard) by 3...
October 17, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jacob Barlow, Kevin Gozzi, Chase P Kelley, Benjamin M Geilich, Thomas J Webster, Yunrong Chai, Srinivas Sridhar, Anne L van de Ven
Encapsulating bacteria within constrained microenvironments can promote the manifestation of specialized behaviors. Using double-emulsion droplet-generating microfluidic synthesis, live Bacillus subtilis bacteria were encapsulated in a semi-permeable membrane composed of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid) (mPEG-PDLLA). This polymer membrane was sufficiently permeable to permit exponential bacterial growth, metabolite-induced gene expression, and rapid biofilm growth. The biodegradable microparticles retained structural integrity for several days and could be successfully degraded with time or sustained bacterial activity...
October 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Cecilia Andreu, Marcel Lí Del Olmo
Yeast surface display is a powerful tool widely used for many biotechnological and biomedical applications. It consists in exposing peptides and proteins of interest on the surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and other yeasts. These molecules are fused to the amino or carboxy terminus of an appropriate cell wall protein, usually bound by glycosylphosphatidylinositol. Several systems for this purpose have been reported to date. In this work, we describe a new yeast surface display strategy based on cell wall protein Spi1 as an anchor, which is expressed in centromeric and episomal plasmids under the control of its own promoter or that corresponding to the PGK1 glycolytic gene...
October 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ana V Ferreira, Ilana Perelshtein, Nina Perkas, Aharon Gedanken, Joana Cunha, Artur Cavaco-Paulo
Chronic wound fluids have elevated concentration of human neutrophil elastase (HNE) which can be used as inflammation/infection marker. Our goal is to develop functional materials for fast diagnosis of wound inflammation/infection by using HNE as a specific marker. For that, fluorogenic peptides with a HNE-specific cleavage sequence were incorporated into traditional textile dressings, to allow real-time detection of the wound status. Two different fluorogenic approaches were studied in terms of intensity of the signal generated upon HNE addition: a fluorophore 7-amino-4-trifluormethylcoumarin (AFC) conjugated to a HNE-specific peptide and two fluorophore/quencher pairs (FAM/Dabcyl and EDANS/Dabcyl) coupled to a similar peptide as a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) strategy...
October 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Weili Zhou, Yang Li, Xu Liu, Shengbing He, Jung Chen Huang
Sulfur-based autotrophic denitrification is a useful approach for the eutrophication control in lakes and rivers, yet the microorganisms in this process are still not clearly known. In order to reveal the bacterial composition in these denitrification reactors, high-throughput sequencing was performed over the sludge samples. And the results indicated that when using thiosulfate, elemental sulfur, and sulfide as electron donors, the microbial communities were clearly different. Besides the well-known Thiobacillus, many other genera of denitrifiers were identified...
October 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Salwa Mansur Ali, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Seng-Kai Ong, Muhammad Raza Shah, Ayaz Anwar, Peter J Heard, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Infectious diseases remain a significant threat to human health, contributing to more than 17 million deaths, annually. With the worsening trends of drug resistance, there is a need for newer and more powerful antimicrobial agents. We hypothesized that animals living in polluted environments are potential sources of antimicrobials. Under polluted milieus, organisms such as cockroaches encounter different types of microbes, including superbugs. Such creatures survive the onslaught of superbugs and are able to ward off disease by producing antimicrobial substances...
October 14, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Christian Hernández, Anne-Marie Farnet Da Silva, Fabio Ziarelli, Isabelle Perraud-Gaime, Beatriz Gutiérrez-Rivera, José Antonio García-Pérez, Enrique Alarcón
The use of synthetic dyes for laccase induction in vivo has been scarcely explored. We characterized the effect of adding different synthetic dyes to liquid cultures of Pycnoporus sanguineus on laccase production. We found that carminic acid (CA) can induce 722 % and alizarin yellow 317 % more laccase than control does, and they promoted better fungal biomass development in liquid cultures. Aniline blue and crystal violet did not show such positive effect. CA and alizarin yellow were degraded up to 95 % during P...
October 14, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Sirilak Baramee, Thitiporn Teeravivattanakit, Paripok Phitsuwan, Rattiya Waeonukul, Patthra Pason, Chakrit Tachaapaikoon, Akihiko Kosugi, Kazuo Sakka, Khanok Ratanakhanokchai
We recently discovered a novel glycoside hydrolase family 6 (GH6) cellobiohydrolase from Paenibacillus curdlanolyticus B-6 (PcCel6A), which is rarely found in bacteria. This enzyme is a true exo-type cellobiohydrolase which exhibits high substrate specificity on amorphous cellulose and low substrate specificity on crystalline cellulose, while this showed no activity on substitution substrates, carboxymethyl cellulose and xylan, distinct from all other known GH6 cellobiohydrolases. Product profiles, HPLC analysis of the hydrolysis products and a schematic drawing of the substrate-binding subsites catalysing cellooligosaccharides can explain the new mode of action of this enzyme which prefers to hydrolyse cellopentaose...
October 14, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Tian-Nyu Wang, Min Zhao
Laccases are green oxidases with a number of potential industrial applications. In this study, recombinant Bacillus subtilis CotA laccase was secreted by Escherichia coli via both the α-hemolysin secretion system and the YebF secretion system after microaerobic induction. Meanwhile, we discovered a much simpler approach for extracellular production of recombinant CotA laccase from E. coli, involving alternation of induction conditions to release recombinant CotA following intracellular expression. By optimizing the induction parameters, the extracellular yield of recombinant CotA laccase was improved from 157...
October 13, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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