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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932276/the-why-and-how-of-amino-acid-analytics-in-cancer-diagnostics-and-therapy
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Friederike Manig, Konstantin Kuhne, Cläre von Neubeck, Uwe Schwarzenbolz, Zhanru Yu, Benedikt M Kessler, Jens Pietzsch, Leoni A Kunz-Schughart
Pathological alterations in cell functions are frequently accompanied by metabolic reprogramming including modifications in amino acid metabolism. Amino acid detection is thus integral to the diagnosis of many hereditary metabolic diseases. The development of malignant diseases as metabolic disorders comes along with a complex dysregulation of genetic and epigenetic factors affecting metabolic enzymes. Cancer cells might transiently or permanently become auxotrophic for non-essential or semi-essential amino acids such as asparagine or arginine...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923737/halotag%C3%A2-evaluation-of-a-covalent-one-step-immobilization-for-biocatalysis
#2
Johannes Döbber, Martina Pohl
Easy, fast and gentle immobilization for the efficient reuse of important biocatalysts is highly demanded. We used the commercially available HaloTag™ technology (Promega), so far relatively unknown in the context of biocatalysis, to immobilize the benzaldehyde lyase from P. fluorescence (PfBAL). Immobilization mediated by this fusion tag proceeds rapidly within minutes from crude extracts yielding covalently attached enzymes in high purity, making expensive and laborious previous chromatographic purification steps obsolete, which strongly reduces the costs for biocatalyst immobilization...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923736/genomic-and-phenotypic-analyses-of-serratia-fonticola-strain-gs2-a-rhizobacterium-isolated-from-sesame-rhizosphere-that-promotes-plant-growth-and-produces-n-acyl-homoserine-lactone
#3
Byung Kwon Jung, Abdur Rahim Khan, Sung-Jun Hong, Gun-Seok Park, Yeong-Jun Park, Chang Eon Park, Hwang-Ju Jeon, Sung-Eun Lee, Jae-Ho Shin
The genus Serratia incorporates many agriculturally important species. Serratia fonticola strain GS2, isolated from a sesame rhizosphere, can produce N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing signal molecules and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). Here we report the complete genome sequence and phenotypic characteristics based on genomic information of this bacterium. The complete genome sequence of S. fonticola strain GS2 consists of a chromosome of 6.1 Mbp and two plasmids of 132 kbp and 94 kbp. The genome clusters for IAA and N-acyl homoserine lactone biosynthesis were identified in the genome...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919692/improved-production-of-2-fucosyllactose-in-engineered-escherichia-coli-by-expressing-putative-%C3%AE-1-2-fucosyltransferase-wcfb-from-bacteroides-fragilis
#4
Young-Wook Chin, Ji-Yeong Kim, Jae-Han Kim, Sang-Min Jung, Jin-Ho Seo
2'-Fucosyllactose (2-FL) is one of most abundant oligosaccharides in human milk, which is involved in many biological functions for infant health. Since 2-FL has a great potential in application to functional food materials and pharmaceuticals, several microbial systems for mass production of 2-FL have been developed in recent years. Microbial production of 2-FL was suggested to be influenced by a number of factors including fucosylation activity of α-1,2-fucosyltransferase. In the present study, the wcfB gene coding for α-1,2-fucosyltransferase from Bacteroides fragilis was screened from eleven candidates of putative α-1,2-fucosyltransferase...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919691/one-pot-synthesis-of-glutathione-by-a-two-enzyme-cascade-using-a-thermophilic-atp-regeneration-system
#5
Xing Zhang, Hui Wu, Bing Huang, Zhimin Li, Qin Ye
In vitro cascade catalysis using enzyme-based system is becoming a promising biomanufacturing platform for biofuels and biochemicals production. Glutathione is a pivotal non-protein thiol compound and widely applied in food and pharmaceutical industries. In this study, glutathione was synthesized by a bifunctional glutathione synthetase together with a thermophilic ATP regeneration system through a two-enzyme cascade in vitro. Four bifunctional glutathione synthetases from Streptococcus sanguinis, S. gordonii, S...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919690/comparative-analysis-of-different-xanthan-samples-by-atomic-force-microscopy
#6
Julia Teckentrup, Orooba Al-Hammood, Tim Steffens, Hanna Bednarz, Volker Walhorn, Karsten Niehaus, Dario Anselmetti
The polysaccharide xanthan which is produced by the γ-proteobacterium Xanthomonas campestris is used as a food thickening agent and rheologic modifier in numerous food, cosmetics and technical applications. Its great commercial importance stimulated biotechnological approaches to optimize the xanthan production. By targeted genetic modification the metabolism of Xanthomonas can be modified in such a way that the xanthan production efficiency and/or the shear-thickening potency is optimized. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) the secondary structure of single xanthan polymers produced by the wild type Xanthomonas campestris B100 and several genetically modified variations were analyzed...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914892/straightforward-approach-to-produce-recombinant-scorpion-toxins-pore-blockers-of-potassium-channels
#7
Oksana Nekrasova, Ksenia Kudryashova, Arkadiy Fradkov, Sergey Yakimov, Maria Savelieva, Mikhail Kirpichnikov, Alexey Feofanov
Scorpion venom peptide blockers (KTx) of potassium channels are a valuable tool for structure-functional studies and prospective candidates for medical applications. Low yields of recombinant KTx hamper their wide application. We developed convenient and efficient bioengineering approach to a large-scale KTx production that meets increasing demands for such peptides. Maltose-binding protein was used as a carrier for cytoplasmic expression of folded disulfide-rich KTx in E. coli. TEV protease was applied for in vitro cleavage of the target peptide from the carrier...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914891/antioxidant-capacities-of-fucoxanthin-producing-algae-as-influenced-by-their-carotenoid-and-phenolic-contents
#8
Su Chern Foo, Fatimah Md Yusoff, Maznah Ismail, Mahiran Basri, Sook Kun Yau, Nicholas M H Khong, Kim Wei Chan, Mahdi Ebrahimi
Natural antioxidants from sustainable sources are favoured to accommodate worldwide antioxidant demand. In addition to bioprospecting for natural and sustainable antioxidant sources, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between the bioactives (i.e. carotenoid and phenolic acids) and the antioxidant capacities in fucoxanthin-producing algae. Total carotenoid, phenolic acid, fucoxanthin contents and fatty acid profile of six species of algae (five microalgae and one macroalga) were quantified followed by bioactivity evaluation using four antioxidant assays...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914890/biomass-and-oil-production-by-chlorella-vulgaris-and-four-other-microalgae-effects-of-salinity-and-other-factors
#9
Tiyaporn Luangpipat, Yusuf Chisti
Five nominally freshwater microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris, Choricystis minor, Neochloris sp., Pseudococcomyxa simplex, Scenedesmus sp.) with a known ability to produce high-levels of lipids for possible use as fuel oils were evaluated for their ability to thrive and produce lipids in seawater and brackish water. Only C. vulgaris was found to thrive and produce lipids in full strength seawater. Seawater tolerant strains of C. vulgaris are unusual. Lipid productivity in nutrient sufficient seawater exceeded 37mgL(-1)d(-1) and was nearly 2-fold greater than in freshwater...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913218/methylotrophic-yeast-pichia-pastoris-as-a-chassis-organism-for-polyketide-synthesis-via-the-full-citrinin-biosynthetic-pathway
#10
Ying Xue, Chuixing Kong, Wei Shen, Chenxiao Bai, Yanna Ren, Xiangshan Zhou, Yuanxing Zhang, Menghao Cai
With the rapid development of synthetic biology, exploring various chassis organisms has become necessary to improve the heterologous biosynthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals. In this study, we tested the potential of the industrial methylotrophic yeast strain Pichia pastoris for the heterologous synthesis of polyketides. A recombinant P. pastoris GS-pksCT-npgA carrying the Monascus purpureus citrinin polyketide synthase gene pksCT and the Aspergillus nidulans phosphopantetheinyl transferase gene npgA was constructed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913217/integration-of-whole-cell-reaction-and-product-isolation-highly-hydrophobic-solvents-promote-in-situ-substrate-supply-and-simplify-extractive-product-isolation
#11
Dorothea Leis, Bernhard Lauß, Robert Macher-Ambrosch, Andreas Pfennig, Bernd Nidetzky, Regina Kratzer
Product isolation from aqueous-organic reaction mixtures that contain high concentrations of whole cells constitutes a challenging task in bioprocessing. Stirring of the biphasic reaction media leads to the formation of solvent droplets coated by cells and other surface active components and an emulsion forms. We used an early focus on phase separation to simplify a whole-cell bioreduction. Octanol, heptanol, hexanol, hexane and dipropylether were tested as co-solvents in the E. coli catalyzed reduction of o-chloroacetophenone...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908775/regulation-of-general-amino-acid-permeases-gap1p-gata-transcription-factors-gln3p-and-gat1p-on-2-phenylethanol-biosynthesis-via-ehrlich-pathway
#12
Xianrui Chen, Zhaoyue Wang, Xuena Guo, Sha Liu, Xiuping He
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, when L-phenylalanine (L-Phe) is used as the sole nitrogen source, 2-phenylethanol (PE) is mainly synthesized via the Ehrlich pathway. General amino acid permease Gap1p is response of aromatic amino acids transportation, and GATA transcription factors Gln3p and Gat1p regulate the transcription of permease gene and catabolic enzyme genes for nitrogen sources and aromatic amino acids utilization. In this study, it was demonstrated that over-expressing GLN3 gene from industrial yeast strain MT2 or S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908774/increased-incorporation-of-gaseous-co2-into-succinate-by-escherichia-coli-overexpressing-carbonic-anhydrase-and-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase-genes
#13
Soohyun Park, Jae-Ung Lee, Sukhyeong Cho, Hyeonsoo Kim, Han Bin Oh, Seung Pil Pack, Jinwon Lee
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an abundant and cheap carbon source that is partly responsible for global warming in the atmosphere. The objective of this study was to construct a recombinant E. coli strain that can show enhanced production of succinate derived from CO2. In this study, we confirmed the enhancement of utilization by analyzing succinate containing one carbon-13 ((13)C) derived from (13)CO2. Firstly, the carbonic anhydrase gene (SP(-)HCCA) derived from Hahella chejuensis KCTC 2396 was over-expressed to enhance carbon flux toward bicarbonate ion (HCO3(-)) synthesis in E...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902921/complete-genome-sequence-of-fictibacillus-arsenicus-g25-54-a-strain-with-toxicity-to-nematodes
#14
Ziqiang Zheng, Jinshui Zheng, Donghai Peng, Ming Sun
Root-knot nematodes (RKNs) can infect almost all crops and cause huge economic losses in agriculture worldwide. An in-depth understanding of bacteria with nematicidal activity is essential for an effective and environmentally friendly control of RKNs. Fictibacillus arsenicus G25-54, a gram-positive and spore-forming bacterium isolated from a submerged sand bank, shows nematicidal activity against free-living Caenorhabditis elegans and RKNs. Here, we report the complete genome of F. arsenicus G25-54, which contains a circular chromosome and encodes ten potential nematicidal factors with twelve secondary metabolite gene clusters...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899336/complete-genome-sequence-of-stenotrophomonas-sp-kacc-91585-an-efficient-bacterium-for-unsaturated-fatty-acid-hydration
#15
Kyoung-Rok Kim, Woo-Ri Kang, Deok-Kun Oh
Hydroxy fatty acids (HFAs) such as 10-hydroxystearic acid (10-HSA) and 10-hydroxy-12(Z)-octadecenoic acid (10-HOD), which are similar to ricinoleic acid, are important starting materials and intermediates for the industrial manufacture of many commodities. Stenotrophomonas sp. KACC 91585, which was isolated from lake sediment, is an efficient bacterium for unsaturated fatty acid hydration that produces 10-HSA and 10-HOD from oleic acid and linoleic acid, respectively, with high conversion rates. The complete genome of this strain is 4,541,729bp with 63...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899335/design-and-characterization-of-plasmids-encoding-antigenic-peptides-of-aha1-from-aeromonas-hydrophila-as-prospective-fish-vaccines
#16
Pradipta R Rauta, Bismita Nayak, Gabriel A Monteiro, Marília Mateus
The current investigation aimed at designing DNA vaccines against Aeromonas hydrophila infections. The DNA vaccine candidates were designed to express two antigenic outer membrane protein (Aha1) peptides and to be delivered by a nanoparticle-based delivery system. Gene sequences of conserved regions of antigenic Aha1 [aha1(211-381), aha1(211-381)opt, aha1(703-999) and aha1(703-999)opt] were cloned into pVAX-GFP expression vector. The selected DNA vaccine candidates were purified from E. coli DH5α and transfected into Chinese hamster ovary cells...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899334/complete-genome-sequence-of-bacillus-velezensis-m75-a-biocontrol-agent-against-fungal-plant-pathogens-isolated-from-cotton-waste
#17
Sang Yoon Kim, Sang Yeob Lee, Hang-Yeon Weon, Mee Kyung Sang, Jaekyeong Song
Bacillus species have been widely used as biological control agents in agricultural fields due to their ability to suppress plant pathogens. Bacillus velezensis M75 was isolated from cotton waste used for mushroom cultivation in Korea, and was found to be antagonistic to fungal plant pathogens. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of the M75 strain, which has a 4,007,450-bp single circular chromosome with 3921 genes and a G+C content of 46.60%. The genome contained operons encoding various non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and polyketide synthases, which are responsible for the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899337/furfural-and-glucose-can-enhance-conversion-of-xylose-to-xylitol-by-candida-magnoliae-tistr-5663
#18
Siwaporn Wannawilai, Wen-Chien Lee, Yusuf Chisti, Sarote Sirisansaneeyakul
Xylitol production from xylose by the yeast Candida magnoliae TISTR 5663 was enhanced by supplementing the fermentation medium with furfural (300mg/L) and glucose (3g/L with an initial mass ratio of glucose to xylose of 1:10) together under oxygen limiting conditions. In the presence of furfural and glucose, the final concentration of xylitol was unaffected relative to control cultures but the xylitol yield on xylose increased by about 5%. Supplementation of the culture medium with glucose alone at an initial concentration of 3g/L, stimulated the volumetric and specific rates of xylose consumption and the rate of xylitol production from xylose...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890772/integrative-analysis-of-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-in-butyrate-treated-cho-cells
#19
Anna Wippermann, Oliver Rupp, Karina Brinkrolf, Raimund Hoffrogge, Thomas Noll
The cellular mechanisms responsible for the versatile properties of CHO cells as the major production cell line for biopharmaceutical molecules are not entirely understood yet, although several 'omics' data facilitate the understanding of CHO cells and their reactions to environmental conditions. However, genome-wide studies of epigenetic processes such as DNA methylation are still limited. To prove the applicability and usefulness of integrating DNA methylation and gene expression data in a biotechnological context, we exemplarily analyzed the time course of cellular reactions upon butyrate addition in antibody-producing CHO cells by whole-genome bisulfite sequencing and CHO-specific cDNA microarrays...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888122/the-sunflower-transcription-factor-hahb11-confers-tolerance-to-water-deficit-and-salinity-to-transgenic-arabidopsis-and-alfalfa-plants
#20
Julieta V Cabello, Jorge I Giacomelli, María C Gómez, Raquel L Chan
Homeodomain-leucine zipper (HD-Zip) transcription factors are unique to the plant kingdom; members of subfamily I are known to be involved in abiotic stress responses. HaHB11 belongs to this subfamily and it was previously shown that it is able to confer improved yield and tolerance to flooding via a quiescent strategy. Here we show that HaHB11 expression is induced by ABA, NaCl and water deficit in sunflower seedlings and leaves. Arabidopsis transgenic plants expressing HaHB11, controlled either by its own promoter or by the constitutive 35S CaMV, presented rolled leaves and longer roots than WT when grown under standard conditions...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
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