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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432442/smokeless-tobacco-products-harbor-diverse-bacterial-microbiota-that-differ-across-products-and-brands
#1
Eoghan M Smyth, Prachi Kulkarni, Emma Claye, Stephen Stanfill, Robert Tyx, Cynthia Maddox, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Amy R Sapkota
Smokeless tobacco products contain numerous chemical compounds, including known human carcinogens. Other smokeless tobacco constituents, including bacteria, may also contribute to adverse health effects among smokeless tobacco users. However, there is a lack of data regarding the microbial constituents of smokeless tobacco. Our goal was to characterize the bacterial microbiota of different smokeless tobacco products and evaluate differences across product types and brands. DNA was extracted from 15 brands of smokeless tobacco products (including dry snuff, moist snuff, snus, and Swedish snus) and 6 handmade products (e...
April 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432441/direct-quantification-of-lipopeptide-biosurfactants-in-biological-samples-via-hplc-and-uplc-ms-requires-sample-modification-with-an-organic-solvent
#2
Piotr Biniarz, Marcin Łukaszewicz
The rapid and accurate quantification of biosurfactants in biological samples is challenging. In contrast to the orcinol method for rhamnolipids, no simple biochemical method is available for the rapid quantification of lipopeptides. Various liquid chromatography (LC) methods are promising tools for relatively fast and exact quantification of lipopeptides. Here, we report strategies for the quantification of the lipopeptides pseudofactin and surfactin in bacterial cultures using different high- (HPLC) and ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) systems...
April 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432440/application-of-recombinant-pediococcus-acidilactici-bd16-fcs-ech-for-bioconversion-of-agrowaste-to-vanillin
#3
Debkumar Chakraborty, Ammaiyappan Selvam, Baljinder Kaur, Jonathan Woon Chung Wong, Obulisamy Parthiba Karthikeyan
Biotechnological production of vanillin is gaining momentum as the natural synthesis of vanillin that is very expensive. Ferulic acid (FA), a costly compound, is used as the substrate to produce vanillin biotechnologically and the making process is still expensive. Therefore, this study investigated the practical use of an agrobiomass waste, rice bran, and provides the first evidence of a cost-effective production of vanillin within 24 h of incubation using recombinant Pediococcus acidilactici BD16 (fcs (+)/ech (+))...
April 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432439/characterization-of-a-functional-recombinant-human-creatine-kinase-mb-isoenzyme-prepared-by-tandem-affinity-purification-from-escherichia-coli
#4
Lihui Zou, Wen Su, Meng Wang, Wei Huang, Haijian Zhao, Enyi Zhang, Junhua Jin, Hongtao Xu, Fei Xiao
Creatine kinase isoform CK-MB has been widely applied as a biomarker of myocardial injury. While a variety of methods have been used to measure CK-MB activity or mass in clinical laboratories, a CK-MB standard is needed to eliminate between-method bias. Because the in vitro expression of human creatine kinase generates three isoenzymes, CK-MM, CK-MB, and CK-BB, it is important to establish an effective method to purify the isoform CK-MB from the mixture. In this study, we aimed at using tandem affinity purification (TAP) to purify recombinant CK-MB protein and evaluate its value in clinical laboratories...
April 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429060/engineered-jadomycin-analogues-with-altered-sugar-moieties-revealing-jads-as-a-substrate-flexible-o-glycosyltransferase
#5
Liyuan Li, Guohui Pan, Xifen Zhu, Keqiang Fan, Wubin Gao, Guomin Ai, Jinwei Ren, Mingxin Shi, Carlos Olano, José A Salas, Keqian Yang
Glycosyltransferases (GTs)-mediated glycodiversification studies have drawn significant attention recently, with the goal of generating bioactive compounds with improved pharmacological properties by diversifying the appended sugars. The key to achieving glycodiversification is to identify natural and/or engineered flexible GTs capable of acting upon a broad range of substrates. Here, we report the use of a combinatorial biosynthetic approach to probe the substrate flexibility of JadS, the GT in jadomycin biosynthesis, towards different non-native NDP-sugar substrates, enabling us to identify six jadomycin B analogues with different sugar moieties...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429059/a-novel-method-to-recover-inclusion-body-protein-from-recombinant-e-coli-fed-batch-processes-based-on-phage-%C3%AE-x174-derived-lysis-protein-e
#6
Daniela Ehgartner, Patrick Sagmeister, Timo Langemann, Andrea Meitz, Werner Lubitz, Christoph Herwig
Production of recombinant proteins as inclusion bodies is an important strategy in the production of technical enzymes and biopharmaceutical products. So far, protein from inclusion bodies has been recovered from the cell factory through mechanical or chemical disruption methods, requiring additional cost-intensive unit operations. We describe a novel method that is using a bacteriophage-derived lysis protein to directly recover inclusion body protein from Escherichia coli from high cell density fermentation process: The recombinant inclusion body product is expressed by using a mixed feed fed-batch process which allows expression tuning via adjusting the specific uptake rate of the inducing substrate...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429058/effects-of-genome-duplication-on-phenotypes-and-industrial-applications-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strains
#7
Ke Zhang, Ya-Hong Fang, Ke-Hui Gao, Yang Sui, Dao-Qiong Zheng, Xue-Chang Wu
Polyploidy is common in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains, but the physiological and phenotypic effects of ploidy changes have not been fully clarified. Here, isogenic diploid, triploid, and tetraploid S. cerevisiae strains were constructed from a haploid strain, CEN.PK2-1C. Stress tolerance and ethanol fermentation performance of the four euploid strains were compared. Each euploid strain had strengths and weaknesses in tolerance to certain stressors, and no single strain was tolerant of all stressors. The diploid had higher ethanol production than the other strains in normal fermentation medium, while the triploid strain showed the fastest fermentation rate in the presence of inhibitors found in lignocellulosic hydrolysate...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429057/characterisation-of-three-fungal-glucuronoyl-esterases-on-glucuronic-acid-ester-model-compounds
#8
Silvia Hüttner, Sylvia Klaubauf, Ronald P de Vries, Lisbeth Olsson
The glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) that have been identified so far belong to family 15 of the carbohydrate esterases in the CAZy classification system and are presumed to target ester bonds between lignin alcohols and (4-O-methyl-)D-glucuronic acid residues of xylan. Few GEs have been cloned, expressed and characterised to date. Characterisation has been done on a variety of synthetic substrates; however, the number of commercially available substrates is very limited. We identified novel putative GEs from a wide taxonomic range of fungi and expressed the enzymes originating from Acremonium alcalophilum and Wolfiporia cocos as well as the previously described PcGE1 from Phanerochaete chrysosporium...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424846/summary-of-the-preservation-techniques-and-the-evolution-of-the-anammox-bacteria-characteristics-during-preservation
#9
REVIEW
Hui Chen, Ren-Cun Jin
The anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process is a promising wastewater treatment method for biological nitrogen removal. A sufficient amount of active anammox sludge as a seed is crucial to the fast establishment and stability of the anammox process. Anammox bacteria is a kind of microorganism which is sensitive to the environmental conditions, e.g., oxygen, temperature. The optimum temperature and pH for the growth of the anammox bacteria are 30-40 °C and 6.7-8.3. A proper preservation technique allows fast start-up of the anammox process, overcoming the long doubling time of anammox biomass...
April 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424845/the-regulatory-role-of-the-transcription-factor-crz1-in-stress-tolerance-pathogenicity-and-its-target-gene-expression-in-metarhizium-acridum
#10
Xing Chen, Yuanze Liu, Nemat O Keyhani, Yuxian Xia, Yueqing Cao
In fungi, the Ca(2+)/calcineurin signaling pathway is critical in mediating growth, morphology, stress responses, and pathogenicity. Crz1 is a calcineurin-responsive zinc finger transcription factor. Here, MaCrz1 was identified and functionally characterized in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum by characterization of a targeted gene knockout strain. Conidia of the ΔMacrz1 mutant were aberrant in cell surface features and lacked the characteristic hydrophobic rodlet layer, and the mutant displayed increased sensitivity to oxidative stress, cell wall perturbing agents, heat stress, and ultraviolet irradiation as compared to the wild-type and complemented strains...
April 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424844/microbial-reductive-dehalogenation-of-trihalomethanes-by-a-dehalobacter-containing-co-culture
#11
Siyan Zhao, Matthew J Rogers, Jianzhong He
Trihalomethanes such as chloroform and bromoform, although well-known as a prominent class of disinfection by-products, are ubiquitously distributed in the environment due to widespread industrial usage in the past decades. Chloroform and bromoform are particularly concerning, of high concentrations detected and with long half-lives up to several hundred days in soils and groundwater. In this study, we report a Dehalobacter- and Desulfovibrio-containing co-culture that exhibits dehalogenation of chloroform (~0...
April 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421241/effect-of-methyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-gene-expression-in-microbial-conversion-of-phytosterol
#12
Victoria Y Shtratnikova, Mikhail I Schelkunov, Dmitry V Dovbnya, Eugeny Y Bragin, Marina V Donova
Modified β-cyclodextrins are widely used for the enhancement of microbial conversions of lipophilic compounds such as steroids. Multiple mechanisms of cyclodextrin-mediated enhancement of phytosterol bioconversion by mycobacteria had previously been shown to include steroid solubilization, alterations in the cell wall permeability for both steroids and nutrients, facilitation of protein leaking, and activity suppression of some steroid-transforming enzymes.In this work, we studied whether cyclodextrins might affect expression of the genes involved in the steroid catabolic pathway...
April 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417169/rational-design-of-substrate-binding-pockets-in-polyphosphate-kinase-for-use-in-cost-effective-atp-dependent-cascade-reactions
#13
Hao Cao, Kaili Nie, Chengcheng Li, Haijun Xu, Fang Wang, Tianwei Tan, Luo Liu
Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is the energy equivalent of the living system. Polyphosphate (polyP) is the ancient energy storage equivalent of organisms. Polyphosphate kinases (PPKs) catalyze the polyP formation or ATP formation, to store energy or to regenerate ATP, respectively. However, most PPKs are active only in the presence of long polyPs, which are more difficult and more expensive to generate than the short polyPs. We investigated the PPK preference towards polyPs by site-directed mutagenesis and computational simulation, to understand the mechanism and further design enzymes for effective ATP regeneration using short polyPs for in vitro cascade reactions, which are highly desired for research and applications...
April 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417168/rdx-degradation-in-bioaugmented-model-aquifer-columns-under-aerobic-and-low-oxygen-conditions
#14
Mark E Fuller, Paul B Hatzinger, Charles W Condee, Christina Andaya, Rachel Rezes, Mandy M Michalsen, Fiona H Crocker, Karl J Indest, Carina M Jung, G Alon Blakeney, Jonathan D Istok, Steven A Hammett
Degradation of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) in laboratory columns following biostimulation and bioaugmentation was investigated using sediment and groundwater from a contaminated aquifer at a US Navy facility. No RDX degradation was observed following aerobic biostimulation with either fructose or lactate (both 0.1 mM) prior to bioaugmentation. Replicate columns were then bioaugmented with either Gordonia sp. KTR9, Pseudomonas fluorescens I-C (Ps I-C), or both strains. Under aerobic conditions (influent dissolved oxygen (DO) >6 mg/L), RDX was degraded following the addition of fructose, and to a lesser extent with lactate, in columns bioaugmented with KTR9...
April 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411325/a-literature-update-elucidating-production-of-panax-ginsenosides-with-a-special-focus-on-strategies-enriching-the-anti-neoplastic-minor-ginsenosides-in-ginseng-preparations
#15
REVIEW
Tanya Biswas, A K Mathur, Archana Mathur
Ginseng, an oriental gift to the world of healthcare and preventive medicine, is among the top ten medicinal herbs globally. The constitutive triterpene saponins, ginsenosides, or panaxosides are attributed to ginseng's miraculous efficacy towards anti-aging, rejuvenating, and immune-potentiating benefits. The major ginsenosides such as Rb1, Rb2, Rc, Rd., Re, and Rg1, formed after extensive glycosylations of the aglycone "dammaranediol," dominate the chemical profile of this genus in vivo and in vitro. Elicitations have successfully led to appreciable enhancements in the production of these major ginsenosides...
April 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409384/microbial-response-to-environmental-stresses-from-fundamental-mechanisms-to-practical-applications
#16
REVIEW
Ningzi Guan, Jianghua Li, Hyun-Dong Shin, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Long Liu
Environmental stresses are usually active during the process of microbial fermentation and have significant influence on microbial physiology. Microorganisms have developed a series of strategies to resist environmental stresses. For instance, they maintain the integrity and fluidity of cell membranes by modulating their structure and composition, and the permeability and activities of transporters are adjusted to control nutrient transport and ion exchange. Certain transcription factors are activated to enhance gene expression, and specific signal transduction pathways are induced to adapt to environmental changes...
April 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409383/functional-analysis-of-arabinofuranosidases-and-a-xylanase-of-corynebacterium-alkanolyticum-for-arabinoxylan-utilization-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#17
Takayuki Kuge, Akira Watanabe, Satoshi Hasegawa, Haruhiko Teramoto, Masayuki Inui
Xylooligosaccharides (XOSs) and arabinoxylooligosaccharides (AXOSs) are major oligosaccharides derived from arabinoxylan. In our previous report, Corynebacterium glutamicum was engineered to utilize XOSs by introducing Corynebacterium alkanolyticum xyloside transporter and β-xylosidase. However, this strain was unable to consume AXOSs due to the absence of α-L-arabinofuranosidase activity. In this study, to confer AXOS utilization ability on C. glutamicum, two putative arabinofuranosidase genes (abf51A and abf51B) were isolated from C...
April 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409382/yeast-response-and-tolerance-to-benzoic-acid-involves-the-gcn4-and-stp1-regulated-multidrug-multixenobiotic-resistance-transporter-tpo1
#18
Cláudia P Godinho, Nuno P Mira, Tânia R Cabrito, Miguel C Teixeira, Kaur Alasoo, Joana F Guerreiro, Isabel Sá-Correia
The action of benzoic acid in the food and beverage industries is compromised by the ability of spoilage yeasts to cope with this food preservative. Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants and is an intermediate compound in the biosynthesis of many secondary metabolites. The understanding of the mechanisms underlying the response and resistance to benzoic acid stress in the eukaryotic model yeast is thus crucial to design more suitable strategies to deal with this toxic lipophilic weak acid. In this study, the Saccharomyces cerevisiae multidrug transporter Tpo1 was demonstrated to confer resistance to benzoic acid...
April 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409381/dash-type-cryptochromes-regulate-fruiting-body-development-and-secondary-metabolism-differently-than-cmwc-1-in-the-fungus-cordyceps-militaris
#19
Fen Wang, Xinhua Song, Xiaoming Dong, Jiaojiao Zhang, Caihong Dong
Cryptochromes (CRYs) belong to the photolyase/cryptochrome flavoprotein family, which is widely distributed in all kingdoms. A phylogenetic analysis indicated that three Cordyceps militaris proteins [i.e., cryptochrome DASH (CmCRY-DASH), (6-4) photolyase, and cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) class I photolyase] belong to separate fungal photolyase/cryptochrome subfamilies. CmCRY-DASH consists of DNA photolyase and flavin adenine dinucleotide-binding domains, with RGG repeats in a C-terminal extension. Considerably, more carotenoids and cordycepin accumulated in the ΔCmcry-DASH strain than in the wild-type or ΔCmwc-1 strains, indicating an inhibitory role for CmCRY-DASH in these biosynthetic pathways...
April 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409380/bacterial-thiol-oxidoreductases-from-basic-research-to-new-antibacterial-strategies
#20
REVIEW
Katarzyna M Bocian-Ostrzycka, Magdalena J Grzeszczuk, Anna M Banaś, Elżbieta Katarzyna Jagusztyn-Krynicka
The recent, rapid increase in bacterial antimicrobial resistance has become a major public health concern. One approach to generate new classes of antibacterials is targeting virulence rather than the viability of bacteria. Proteins of the Dsb system, which play a key role in the virulence of many pathogenic microorganisms, represent potential new drug targets. The first part of the article presents current knowledge of how the Dsb system impacts function of various protein secretion systems that influence the virulence of many pathogenic bacteria...
April 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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