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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343243/fusarium-species-a-promising-tool-box-for-industrial-biotechnology
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REVIEW
Marina Gabriel Pessôa, Bruno Nicolau Paulino, Mario Cezar Rodrigues Mano, Iramaia Angélica Neri-Numa, Gustavo Molina, Glaucia Maria Pastore
Global demand for biotechnological products has increased steadily over the years. Thus, need for optimized processes and reduced costs appear as a key factor in the success of this market. A process tool of high importance is the direct or indirect use of enzymes to catalyze the generation of various substances. Also, obtaining aromas and pigments from natural sources has becoming priority in cosmetic and food industries in order to supply the demand from consumers to substitute synthetic compounds, especially when by-products can be used as starting material for this purpose...
March 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343242/identification-of-a-polysaccharide-produced-by-the-pyruvate-overproducer-candida-glabrata-cctcc-m202019
#2
Zhengshan Luo, Song Liu, Guocheng Du, Jingwen Zhou, Jian Chen
Candida glabrata has great potential for the accumulation of pyruvate as a preferred strain in pyruvate production by fermentation. However, its substrate conversion rate is relatively low. In this study, a novel polysaccharide containing α-1,4-glucosidic bonds was observed accidentally in screening a high-titer pyruvate strain by atmospheric and room temperature plasma mutagenesis of C. glabrata. Chemical analysis of the partially purified polysaccharide S4-C10 showed the main components were 1.2% (w/w) protein and 94...
March 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343241/in-vitro-activity-of-alpha-mangostin-in-killing-and-eradicating-staphylococcus-epidermidis-rp62a-biofilms
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Murugesan Sivaranjani, Manivannan Prakash, Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Janarthanam Rathna, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Alpha-mangostin (α-MG) has been reported to be an effective antibacterial agent against planktonic cells of many Gram-positive bacteria. However, the antibiofilm potency of α-MG remains unexplored till date. In this study, the antibiofilm and mature biofilm eradication ability of α-MG against Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A (ATCC 35984) biofilms were evaluated. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of α-MG against S. epidermidis RP62A were found to be 1...
March 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341887/understanding-the-biological-activity-of-high-rate-algae-ponds-through-the-calculation-of-oxygen-balances
#4
Zouhayr Arbib, Ignacio de Godos Crespo, Enrique Lara Corona, Frank Rogalla
Microalgae culture in high rate algae ponds (HRAP) is an environmentally friendly technology for wastewater treatment. However, for the implementation of these systems, a better understanding of the oxygenation potential and the influence of climate conditions is required. In this work, the rates of oxygen production, consumption, and exchange with the atmosphere were calculated under varying conditions of solar irradiance and dilution rate during six months of operation in a real scale unit. This analysis allowed determining the biological response of these dynamic systems...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341886/industrial-robustness-linked-to-the-gluconolactonase-from-zymomonas-mobilis
#5
Alfonsus Alvin, Junhyun Kim, Gwi-Taek Jeong, Yiu Fai Tsang, Eilhann E Kwon, Brett A Neilan, Young Jae Jeon
The physiological characteristics and the potential gluconolactone production of the gluconolactonase-deficient strain, Zymomonas mobilis ZM4 gnlΔ, were investigated via growth inhibitory assay and biotransformation of glucose and fructose into gluconolactone and sorbitol, respectively. The results of ethanol fermentation studies performed in the presence of high concentration of glucose (>200 g l(-1)) under fermentative or aerobic conditions indicated that a significant reduction of volumetric ethanol productivity from the strain of ZM4 gnlΔ was noticeable due to the reduced rates of specific growth, sugar uptake, and biomass yield as compared with those of the parental strain ZM4...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341885/transcriptomic-profiling-and-its-implications-for-the-h2-production-of-a-non-methanogen-deficient-in-the-frhagb-encoding-hydrogenase
#6
Seong Hyuk Lee, Min-Sik Kim, Yun Jae Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Sung Gyun Kang, Hyun Sook Lee
The F420-reducing hydrogenase of methanogens functions in methanogenesis by providing reduced coenzyme F420 (F420H2) as an electron donor. In non-methanogens, however, their physiological function has not been identified yet. In this study, we constructed an ΔfrhA mutant, whose frhA gene encoding the hydrogenase α subunit was deleted, in the non-methanogenic Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 as a model organism. There was no significant difference in the formate-dependent growth between the mutant and the wild-type strains...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341884/mitochondrial-genome-of-the-nematode-endoparasitic-fungus-hirsutella-vermicola-reveals-a-high-level-of-synteny-in-the-family-ophiocordycipitaceae
#7
Yong-Jie Zhang, Hong-Yue Zhang, Xing-Zhong Liu, Shu Zhang
Ophiocordycipitaceae is a diverse fungal family comprising multiple ecologically, economically, medicinally, and culturally important fungal species; however, only four species of the family have available mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes). In this study, the complete mitogenome of the nematode endoparasitic fungus Hirsutella vermicola in Ophiocordycipitaceae was sequenced, and a comparative mitogenomic analysis of Ophiocordycipitaceae was performed. We found that the 53,793-bp circular mitogenome of H. vermicola, except for standard fungal mitochondrial genes, harbors seven introns acquired possibly through lateral transfer from other fungi and three free-standing open reading frames (ORFs) coding for hypothetical proteins...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341883/conformational-dynamics-play-important-roles-upon-the-function-of-n-acetylglutamate-kinase
#8
REVIEW
Xiaorong Yang
N-acetylglutamate kinase (NAGK) catalyzes the phosphorylation of N-acetylglutamate. In many bacteria, NAGK catalysis is the rate controlling step in the L-arginine biosynthesis pathway from glutamate to L-arginine and is allosterically inhibited by L-arginine. Many data show that conformational dynamics of NAGKs are essential for their function. The demonstration of the conformational mechanism provides a potential way to improve the yield of arginine. Due to the lack of NAGK catalysis step in arginine synthesis route of mammals, the elucidation of the dynamic mechanism can also provide a way to design a new antivirus drug...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337581/high-lactic-acid-and-fructose-production-via-mn-2-mediated-conversion-of-inulin-by-lactobacillus-paracasei
#9
Kaloyan Petrov, Luiza Popova, Penka Petrova
Lactobacillus paracasei DSM 23505 is able to produce high amounts of lactic acid (LA) by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) of inulin. Aiming to obtain the highest possible amounts of LA and fructose, the present study is devoted to evaluate the impact of bivalent metal ions on the process of inulin conversion. It was shown that Mn(2+) strongly increases the activity of the purified key enzyme β-fructosidase. In vivo, batch fermentation kinetics revealed that the high Mn(2+) concentrations accelerated inulin hydrolysis by raise of the inulinase activity, and increased sugars conversion to LA through enhancement of the whole glycolytic flux...
March 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337580/bacteriophage-encoded-virion-associated-enzymes-to-overcome-the-carbohydrate-barriers-during-the-infection-process
#10
REVIEW
Agnieszka Latka, Barbara Maciejewska, Grazyna Majkowska-Skrobek, Yves Briers, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Bacteriophages are bacterial viruses that infect the host after successful receptor recognition and adsorption to the cell surface. The irreversible adherence followed by genome material ejection into host cell cytoplasm must be preceded by the passage of diverse carbohydrate barriers such as capsule polysaccharides (CPSs), O-polysaccharide chains of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules, extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs) forming biofilm matrix, and peptidoglycan (PG) layers. For that purpose, bacteriophages are equipped with various virion-associated carbohydrate active enzymes, termed polysaccharide depolymerases and lysins, that recognize, bind, and degrade the polysaccharide compounds...
March 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331945/from-a-metagenomic-source-to-a-high-resolution-structure-of-a-novel-alkaline-esterase
#11
Mariana Rangel Pereira, Thaís Carvalho Maester, Gustavo Fernando Mercaldi, Eliana Gertrudes de Macedo Lemos, Marko Hyvönen, Andrea Balan
Esterases catalyze the cleavage and formation of ester bonds and are members of the diverse family of α/β hydrolase fold. They are useful in industries from different sectors, such as food, detergent, fine chemicals, and biofuel production. In a previous work, 30 positive clones for lipolytic activity were identified from a metagenomic library of a microbial consortium specialized in diesel oil degradation. In this study, a putative gene encoding an esterase/lipase, denominated est8, has been cloned and the corresponding protein expressed recombinantly, purified to homogeneity and characterized functional and structurally...
March 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331944/modulation-of-fatty-acid-composition-and-growth-in-sporosarcina-species-in-response-to-temperatures-and-exogenous-branched-chain-amino-acids
#12
Kentaro Tsuda, Hideaki Nagano, Akinori Ando, Jun Shima, Jun Ogawa
Psychrotolerant endospore-forming Sporosarcina species have been predominantly isolated from minced fish meat (surimi), which is stored under refrigeration after heat treatment. To develop a better method for preserving surimi-based food products, we studied the growth and fatty acid compositions of the isolated strain S92h as well as Sporosarcina koreensis and Sporosarcina aquimarina at cold and moderate temperatures. The growth rates of strain S92h and S. koreensis were the fastest and slowest at cold temperatures, respectively, although these strains grew at a similar rate at moderate temperatures...
March 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331943/erratum-to-calcium-and-oxidative-stress-mediate-perillaldehyde-induced-apoptosis-in-candida-albicans
#13
Hui Tian, Su Qu, Yanzhen Wang, Zhaoqun Lu, Man Zhang, Yeyun Gan, Peng Zhang, Jun Tian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324143/rapid-customised-operon-assembly-by-yeast-recombinational-cloning
#14
Michael A Liu, Johanna J Kenyon, Jason Lee, Peter R Reeves
We have developed a system called the Operon Assembly Protocol (OAP), which takes advantage of the homologous recombination DNA repair pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to assemble full-length operons from a series of overlapping PCR products into a specially engineered yeast-Escherichia coli shuttle vector. This flexible, streamlined system can be used to assemble several operon clones simultaneously, and each clone can be expressed in the same E. coli tester strain to facilitate direct functional comparisons...
March 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321487/benzene-degradation-in-a-denitrifying-biofilm-reactor-activity-and-microbial-community-composition
#15
Marcelle J van der Waals, Siavash Atashgahi, Ulisses Nunes da Rocha, Bas M van der Zaan, Hauke Smidt, Jan Gerritse
Benzene is an aromatic compound and harmful for the environment. Biodegradation of benzene can reduce the toxicological risk after accidental or controlled release of this chemical in the environment. In this study, we further characterized an anaerobic continuous biofilm culture grown for more than 14 years on benzene with nitrate as electron acceptor. We determined steady state degradation rates, microbial community composition dynamics in the biofilm, and the initial anaerobic benzene degradation reactions...
March 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321486/congratulations-to-arnold-demain
#16
EDITORIAL
Alexander Steinbüchel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314873/exploring-the-bioprospecting-and-biotechnological-potential-of-white-rot-and-anaerobic-neocallimastigomycota-fungi-peptidases-esterases-and-lignocellulolytic-enzymes
#17
REVIEW
Ronivaldo Rodrigues da Silva, Rafael Pedezzi, Tatiane Beltramini Souto
Fungi constitute an invaluable natural resource for scientific research, owing to their diversity; they offer a promising alternative for bioprospecting, thus contributing to biotechnological advances. For a long time, extensive information has been exploited and fungal products have been tested as a source of natural compounds. In this context, enzyme production remains a field of interest, since it offers an efficient alternative to the hazardous processes of chemical transformations. Owing to their vast biodiversity and peculiar biochemical characteristics, two fungal categories, white-rot and anaerobic Neocallimastigomycota, have gathered considerable attention for biotechnological applications...
March 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314872/rt-qpcr-with-chimeric-du-stem-loop-primer-is-efficient-for-the-detection-of-bacterial-small-rnas
#18
Yangfan Wu, Xuejiao Xing, Ting You, Rubing Liang, Jianhua Liu
Small non-coding RNAs are considered be involved in the regulation of multiple cellular processes. Quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) is widely used in the detection of eukaryotic microRNA, and the stem-loop primers can improve the specificity and efficiency of reverse transcription. However, the loop structure of primers probably influence the next quantitative amplification due to the base stacking and steric hindrance. Here, we designed a chimeric stem-loop primer with a deoxyuracil (dU) base located near the RNA matching part...
March 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303296/sortase-a-aided-escherichia-coli-expression-system-for-functional-osteoprotegerin-cysteine-rich-domain
#19
Mengmeng Jin, Yuan Chen, Yunfeng Zhao, Luyang Che, Yanyan Ma, Jingzhe Li, Yi Wang, Hua Tao, Juan Ma, Bing Pan, Changzhen Liu, Peng Huang
As a natural inhibitor of the receptor activator of nuclear factor-кB ligand (RANKL), osteprotegerin (OPG) is considered a promising treatment for metabolic bone diseases. Typical approaches for preparing recombinant OPG or its derivatives employ eukaryotic expression systems. Due to the advantages of a prokaryotic expression system, which include its convenience, low cost, and abundant production, in this study, we establish a strategy for preparing functional OPG using the Escherichia coli expression system...
March 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299401/sodium-lauryl-ether-sulfate-sles-degradation-by-nitrate-reducing-bacteria
#20
Ana M S Paulo, Rozelin Aydin, Mauricio R Dimitrov, Harm Vreeling, Ana J Cavaleiro, Pedro A García-Encina, Alfons J M Stams, Caroline M Plugge
The surfactant sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) is widely used in the composition of detergents and frequently ends up in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). While aerobic SLES degradation is well studied, little is known about the fate of this compound in anoxic environments, such as denitrification tanks of WWTPs, nor about the bacteria involved in the anoxic biodegradation. Here, we used SLES as sole carbon and energy source, at concentrations ranging from 50 to 1000 mg L(-1), to enrich and isolate nitrate-reducing bacteria from activated sludge of a WWTP with the anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A(2)/O) concept...
March 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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