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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921137/vertical-profiles-of-water-and-sediment-denitrifiers-in-two-plateau-freshwater-lakes
#1
Guozhu Mao, Ling Chen, Yuyin Yang, Zhen Wu, Tianli Tong, Yong Liu, Shuguang Xie
The present study investigated the abundance, richness, diversity, and community composition of denitrifiers (based on nirS and nosZ genes) in the stratified water columns and sediments in eutrophic Dianchi Lake and mesotrophic Erhai Lake using quantitative PCR assay and high-throughput sequencing analysis. Both nirS- and nosZ denitrifiers were detected in waters of these two lakes. Surface water showed higher nosZ gene density than bottom water, and Dianchi Lake waters had larger nirS gene abundance than Erhai Lake waters...
December 6, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921136/penicillium-roqueforti-pr-toxin-gene-cluster-characterization
#2
Pedro I Hidalgo, Elisabeth Poirier, Ricardo V Ullán, Justine Piqueras, Laurence Meslet-Cladière, Emmanuel Coton, Monika Coton
PR toxin is a well-known isoprenoid mycotoxin almost solely produced by Penicillium roqueforti after growth on food or animal feed. This mycotoxin has been described as the most toxic produced by this species. In this study, an in silico analysis allowed identifying for the first time a 22.4-kb biosynthetic gene cluster involved in PR toxin biosynthesis in P. roqueforti. The pathway contains 11 open reading frames encoding for ten putative proteins including the major fungal terpene cyclase, aristolochene synthase, involved in the first farnesyl-diphosphate cyclization step as well as an oxidoreductase, an oxidase, two P450 monooxygenases, a transferase, and two dehydrogenase enzymes...
December 5, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917435/analysis-of-the-ionic-interaction-between-the-hydrophobin-roda-and-two-cutinases-of-aspergillus-nidulans-obtained-via-an-aspergillus-oryzae-expression-system
#3
Takumi Tanaka, Mayumi Nakayama, Toru Takahashi, Kei Nanatani, Youhei Yamagata, Keietsu Abe
Hydrophobins are amphipathic secretory proteins with eight conserved cysteine residues and are ubiquitous among filamentous fungi. In the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, the hydrophobin RolA and the polyesterase CutL1 are co-expressed when the sole available carbon source is the biodegradable polyester polybutylene succinate-co-adipate (PBSA). RolA promotes the degradation of PBSA by attaching to the particle surface, changing its structure and interacting with CutL1 to concentrate CutL1 on the PBSA surface. We previously reported that positively charged residues in RolA and negatively charged residues in CutL1 are cooperatively involved in the ionic interaction between RolA and CutL1...
December 5, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915377/crystal-structure-and-characterization-of-esterase-est25-mutants-reveal-improved-enantioselectivity-toward-s-ketoprofen-ethyl-ester
#4
Jinyeong Kim, Seung-Hyeon Seok, Eunsoo Hong, Tae Hyeon Yoo, Min-Duk Seo, Yeonwoo Ryu
Esterases comprise a group of enzymes that catalyze the cleavage and synthesis of ester bonds. They are important in biotechnological applications owing to their enantioselectivity, regioselectivity, broad substrate specificity, and the fact that they do not require cofactors. In a previous study, we isolated the esterase Est25 from a metagenomic library. Est25 showed catalytic activity toward the (R,S)-ketoprofen ethyl ester but had low enantioselectivity toward the (S)-ketoprofen ethyl ester. Because (S)-ketoprofen has stronger anti-inflammatory effects and fewer side effects than (R)-ketoprofen, enantioselectivity of this esterase is important...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915376/eco-friendly-approach-for-nanoparticles-synthesis-and-mechanism-behind-antibacterial-activity-of-silver-and-anticancer-activity-of-gold-nanoparticles
#5
REVIEW
Maheshkumar Prakash Patil, Gun-Do Kim
This review covers general information about the eco-friendly process for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) and gold nanoparticles (AuNP) and focuses on mechanism of the antibacterial activity of AgNPs and the anticancer activity of AuNPs. Biomolecules in the plant extract are involved in reduction of metal ions to nanoparticle in a one-step and eco-friendly synthesis process. Natural plant extracts contain wide range of metabolites including carbohydrates, alkaloids, terpenoids, phenolic compounds, and enzymes...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915375/identification-of-enzymes-responsible-for-extracellular-alginate-depolymerization-and-alginate-metabolism-in-vibrio-algivorus
#6
Hidetaka Doi, Yuriko Tokura, Yukiko Mori, Kenichi Mori, Yoko Asakura, Yoshihiro Usuda, Hiroo Fukuda, Akito Chinen
Alginate is a marine non-food-competing polysaccharide that has potential applications in biorefinery. Owing to its large size (molecular weight >300,000 Da), alginate cannot pass through the bacterial cell membrane. Therefore, bacteria that utilize alginate are presumed to have an enzyme that degrades extracellular alginate. Recently, Vibrio algivorus sp. SA2(T) was identified as a novel alginate-decomposing and alginate-utilizing species. However, little is known about the mechanism of alginate degradation and metabolism in this species...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913852/differential-effect-of-early-antibiotic-intervention-on-bacterial-fermentation-patterns-and-mucosal-gene-expression-in-the-colon-of-pigs-under-diets-with-different-protein-levels
#7
Chuanjian Zhang, Miao Yu, Yuxiang Yang, Chunlong Mu, Yong Su, Weiyun Zhu
The study aimed to evaluate the effects of early antibiotic intervention (EAI) on bacterial fermentation patterns and mucosal immune markers in the colon of pigs with different protein level diets. Eighteen litters of piglets at day (d) 7 were fed creep feed without or with growth promoting antibiotics until d 42. At d 42, pigs within each group were further randomly assigned to a normal- or low-crude protein (CP) diet. At d 77 and d 120, five pigs per group were slaughtered for analyzing colonic bacteria, metabolites, and mucosal gene expressions...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913851/impact-of-oxygenation-on-the-performance-of-three-non-saccharomyces-yeasts-in-co-fermentation-with-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#8
Kirti Shekhawat, Florian F Bauer, Mathabatha E Setati
The sequential or co-inoculation of grape must with non-Saccharomyces yeast species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast strains has recently become a common practice in winemaking. The procedure intends to enhance unique aroma and flavor profiles of wine. The extent of the impact of non-Saccharomyces strains depends on their ability to produce biomass and to remain metabolically active for a sufficiently long period. However, mixed-culture wine fermentations tend to become rapidly dominated by S. cerevisiae, reducing or eliminating the non-Saccharomyces yeast contribution...
December 2, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913850/two-novel-cyclic-hexapeptides-from-the-genetically-engineered-actinosynnema-pretiosum
#9
Chunhua Lu, Fei Xie, Chuan Shan, Yuemao Shen
Two novel cyclic hexapeptides designated actinosynneptides A (1) and B (2), together with three tryptophan containing diketopiperazines, namely cyclo(L-Trp-L-Trp) (3), cyclo(L-Trp-N-MeL-Trp) (4), and cyclo(N-MeL-Trp-N-MeL-Trp) (5), were isolated from the culture of the genetically engineered strain HGF052::asm18 derived from Actinosynnema pretiosum ATCC31565. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analyses and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. Compound 1 is the first example of 3-amino-6-hydroxy-2-piperidone-containing cyclic peptides, and 1 and 2 showed moderate cytotoxic activities against HeLa and PC3 cell lines...
December 2, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909745/dechlorination-of-three-tetrachlorobenzene-isomers-by-contaminated-harbor-sludge-derived-enrichment-cultures-follows-thermodynamically-favorable-reactions
#10
Yue Lu, Javier Ramiro-Garcia, Pieter Vandermeeren, Steffi Herrmann, Danuta Cichocka, Dirk Springael, Siavash Atashgahi, Hauke Smidt
Dechlorination patterns of three tetrachlorobenzene isomers, 1,2,3,4-, 1,2,3,5-, and 1,2,4,5-TeCB, were studied in anoxic microcosms derived from contaminated harbor sludge. The removal of doubly, singly, and un-flanked chlorine atoms was noted in 1,2,3,4- and 1,2,3,5-TeCB fed microcosms, whereas only singly flanked chlorine was removed in 1,2,4,5-TeCB microcosms. The thermodynamically more favorable reactions were selectively followed by the enriched cultures with di- and/or mono-chlorobenzene as the main end products of the reductive dechlorination of all three isomers...
December 1, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909744/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-the-probiotic-attributes-of-lactobacillus-kefiranofaciens-xl10-isolated-from-tibetan-kefir-grain
#11
Zhuqing Xing, Wei Tang, Weitao Geng, Yongna Zheng, Yanping Wang
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens XL10, with a high yield of extracellular polysaccharide (EPS), is isolated from Tibetan kefir grain and benefits the health of human beings and has been considered to exhibit probiotic potential in vitro and in vivo. The probiotic function of the strain was studied extensively, viz., acid and bile salt tolerances, cell surface hydrophobicity and autoaggregation, the modulation of gut microbiota, and the distribution and colonization of XL10 in the mouse intestinal tract after oral administration...
December 1, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904924/sequential-lignin-depolymerization-by-combination-of-biocatalytic-and-formic-acid-formate-treatment-steps
#12
Christoph A Gasser, Monika Čvančarová, Erik M Ammann, Andreas Schäffer, Patrick Shahgaldian, Philippe F-X Corvini
Lignin, a complex three-dimensional amorphous polymer, is considered to be a potential natural renewable resource for the production of low-molecular-weight aromatic compounds. In the present study, a novel sequential lignin treatment method consisting of a biocatalytic oxidation step followed by a formic acid-induced lignin depolymerization step was developed and optimized using response surface methodology. The biocatalytic step employed a laccase mediator system using the redox mediator 1-hydroxybenzotriazole...
November 30, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900438/start-up-and-bacterial-community-compositions-of-partial-nitrification-in-moving-bed-biofilm-reactor
#13
Tao Liu, Yan-Jun Mao, Yan-Ping Shi, Xie Quan
Partial nitrification (PN) has been considered as one of the promising processes for pretreatment of ammonium-rich wastewater. In this study, a kind of novel carriers with enhanced hydrophilicity and electrophilicity was implemented in a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) to start up PN process. Results indicated that biofilm formation rate was higher on modified carriers. In comparison with the reactor filled with traditional carriers (start-up period of 21 days), it took only 14 days to start up PN successfully with ammonia removal efficiency and nitrite accumulation rate of 90 and 91%, respectively, in the reactor filled with modified carriers...
November 30, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900444/effect-of-humic-acid-on-anaerobic-digestion-of-cellulose-and-xylan-in-completely-stirred-tank-reactors-inhibitory-effect-mitigation-of-the-inhibition-and-the-dynamics-of-the-microbial-communities
#14
Samet Azman, Ahmad F Khadem, Caroline M Plugge, Alfons J M Stams, Sabina Bec, Grietje Zeeman
Inhibition effect of humic acid (HA) on anaerobic digestion of cellulose and xylan and the mitigation potential of the inhibition were evaluated in controlled fed batch reactors at 30 °C and a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20 days. Reactor performances were evaluated by biogas production and metabolite measurements for 220 days. Microbial population dynamics of the reactors were monitored with next-generation 16S rRNA gene sequencing at nine different sampling times. Our results showed that increasing levels of HA inhibited the hydrolysis efficiency of the digestion by 40% and concomitantly reduced the methane yield...
November 29, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900443/p450bm3-fused-to-phosphite-dehydrogenase-allows-phosphite-driven-selective-oxidations
#15
Nina Beyer, Justyna K Kulig, Anette Bartsch, Martin A Hayes, Dick B Janssen, Marco W Fraaije
To facilitate the wider application of the NADPH-dependent P450BM3, we fused the monooxygenase with a phosphite dehydrogenase (PTDH). The resulting monooxygenase-dehydrogenase fusion enzyme acts as a self-sufficient bifunctional catalyst, accepting phosphite as a cheap electron donor for the regeneration of NADPH.The well-expressed fusion enzyme was purified and analyzed in comparison to the parent enzymes. Using lauric acid as substrate for P450BM3, it was found that the fusion enzyme had similar substrate affinity and hydroxylation selectivity while it displayed a significantly higher activity than the non-fused monooxygenase...
November 29, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896382/the-mechanism-of-improved-intracellular-organic-selenium-and-glutathione-contents-in-selenium-enriched-candida-utilis-by-acid-stress
#16
Gao-Chuan Zhang, Da-Hui Wang, Dong-Hua Wang, Gong-Yuan Wei
Batch culture of Candida utilis CCTCC M 209298 for the preparation of selenium (Se)-enriched yeast was carried out under different pH conditions, and maximal intracellular organic Se and glutathione (GSH) contents were obtained in a moderate acid stress environment (pH 3.5). In order to elucidate the physiological mechanism of improved performance of Se-enriched yeast by acid stress, assays of the key enzymes involved in GSH biosynthesis and determinations of energy supply and regeneration were performed. The results indicated that moderate acid stress increased the activity of γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase and the ratios of NADH/NAD(+) and ATP/ADP, although no significant changes in intracellular pH were observed...
November 28, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889801/production-and-purification-of-an-untagged-recombinant-pneumococcal-surface-protein-a-pspa4pro-with-high-purity-and-low-endotoxin-content
#17
Douglas B Figueiredo, Eneas Carvalho, Mauricio P Santos, Stefanie Kraschowetz, Rafaela T Zanardo, Gilson Campani, Gabriel G Silva, Cíntia R Sargo, Antonio Carlos L Horta, Roberto de C Giordano, Eliane N Miyaji, Teresa C Zangirolami, Joaquin Cabrera-Crespo, Viviane Maimoni Gonçalves
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the main cause of pneumonia, meningitis, and other conditions that kill thousands of children every year worldwide. The replacement of pneumococcal serotypes among the vaccinated population has evidenced the need for new vaccines with broader coverage and driven the research for protein-based vaccines. Pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) protects S. pneumoniae from the bactericidal effect of human apolactoferrin and prevents complement deposition. Several studies indicate that PspA is a very promising target for novel vaccine formulations...
November 26, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888334/capacity-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-in-immunity-enhancement-and-cancer-prevention
#18
REVIEW
Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka, Junling Shi, Jing Zhu, Dongyan Shao, Qingsheng Huang, Hui Yang, Mingliang Jin
Lactic acid bacteria are associated with the human gastrointestinal tract. They are important for maintaining the balance of microflora in the human gut. An increasing number of published research reports in recent years have denoted the importance of producing interferon-gamma and IgA for treatment of disease. These agents can enhance the specific and nonspecific immune systems that are dependent on specific bacterial strains. The mechanisms of these effects were revealed in this investigation, where the cell walls of these bacteria were modulated by the cytokine pathways, while the whole bacterial cell mediated the host cell immune system and regulated the production of tumor necrosis factors and interleukins...
November 26, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888333/fusion-of-agarase-and-neoagarobiose-hydrolase-for-mono-sugar-production-from-agar
#19
Bassam Alkotaini, Nam Soo Han, Beom Soo Kim
In enzymatic saccharification of agar, endo- and exo-agarases together with neoagarobiose hydrolase (NABH) are important key enzymes for the sequential hydrolysis reactions. In this study, a bifunctional endo/exo-agarase was fused with NABH for production of mono-sugars (D-galactose and 3,6-anhydro-L-galactose) from agar using only one fusion enzyme. Two fusion enzymes with either bifunctional agarase (Sco3476) or NABH (Zg4663) at the N-terminus, Sco3476-Zg4663 (SZ) and Zg4663-Sco3476 (ZS), were constructed...
November 25, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888332/interaction-of-gut-microbiota-with-bile-acid-metabolism-and-its-influence-on-disease-states
#20
REVIEW
Christopher Staley, Alexa R Weingarden, Alexander Khoruts, Michael J Sadowsky
Primary bile acids serve important roles in cholesterol metabolism, lipid digestion, host-microbe interactions, and regulatory pathways in the human host. While most bile acids are reabsorbed and recycled via enterohepatic cycling, ∼5% serve as substrates for bacterial biotransformation in the colon. Enzymes involved in various transformations have been characterized from cultured gut bacteria and reveal taxa-specific distribution. More recently, bioinformatic approaches have revealed greater diversity in isoforms of these enzymes, and the microbial species in which they are found...
November 25, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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