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Journal of Basic Microbiology

Aatif Amin, Zakia Latif
Mercury resistant (Hg(R) ) bacteria were screened from industrial effluents and effluents-polluted rhizosphere soils near to districts Kasur and Sheikhupura, Pakistan. Out of 60 isolates, three bacterial strains, Bacillus sp. AZ-1, Bacillus cereus AZ-2, and Enterobacter cloacae AZ-3 showed Hg-resistance as 20 μg ml(-1) of HgCl2 and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) production as 8-38 μg ml(-1) . Biochemical and molecular characterization of selected bacteria was confirmed by 16S ribotyping. Mercury resistant genes merA, merB, and merE of mer operon in Bacillus spp...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Emre M Ipekoğlu, Koray Göçmen, Mehmet T Öz, Muazzez Gürgan, Meral Yücel
Rhodobacter sphaeroides is a purple non-sulfur bacterium which photoheterotrophically produces hydrogen from organic acids under anaerobic conditions. A gene coding for putative chlorophyll a synthase (chlG) from cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus was amplified by nested polymerase chain reaction and cloned into an inducible-expression plasmid which was subsequently transferred to R. sphaeroides for heterologous expression. Induced expression of chlG in R. sphaeroides led to changes in light absorption spectrum within 400-700 nm...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Xuesong Luo, Shun Han, Songsong Lai, Qiaoyun Huang, Wenli Chen
Nitrospira are the most widespread and well known nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) and putatively key nitrite-oxidizers in acidic ecosystems. Nevertheless, their ecology in agriculture soils has not been well studied. To understand the impact of straw incorporation on soil Nitrospira-like bacterial community, a cloned library analysis of the nitrite oxidoreductase gene-nxrB was performed for a long-term rapeseed-rice rotation system. In this study, most members of the Nitrospira-like NOB in the paddy soils from the Wuxue field experiment station were phylogenetically related with Nitrospira lineages II...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Sourav Bhattacharya, Arijit Das, Muthusamy Palaniswamy, Jayaraman Angayarkanni
Benzo[a]pyrene, a high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon possesses carcinogenic, teratogenic, and mutagenic properties. The present study focuses on benzo[a]pyrene degradation by Pleurotus ostreatus PO-3, characterization and identification of metabolites produced and the extent of degradation in the presence of axenic culture of P. ostreatus PO-3 and defined co-cultures of the basidiomycete with bacteria and non-basidiomycete fungi. Thin-layer chromatography revealed that P. ostreatus PO-3 transformed benzo[a]pyrene to polar metabolites...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Juan Chen, Junni Tang, Hui Shi, Cheng Tang, Rong Zhang
The characteristics of volatile compounds from five different bacterial species, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Enteritidis, Shigella flexneri, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes, growing, respectively, in trypticase soy broth were monitored by headspace solid-phase micro-extraction/gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The results showed that most volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of five pathogens started to increase after the sixth to tenth hour. Methyl ketones and long chain alcohols were representative volatiles for three Gram-negative bacteria...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Syed Ghazanfar Ali, Mohammad Azam Ansari, Haris M Khan, Mohammad Jalal, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Swaranjit Singh Cameotra
Green synthesized nanoparticles have gained great attention due to their non-toxic and non-hazardous nature. In the present study, bark extract of the medicinal plant in Ayurveda Crataeva nurvala (Buch-Ham) (CN) was chosen for the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). These NPs were characterized by Ultra violet visible spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infra Red, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The average particle size of green synthesized CN-AgNPs was 15.2 ± 1...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Marzia Salzillo, Valeria Vastano, Ugo Capri, Lidia Muscariello, Rosangela Marasco
Multi-functional surface proteins have been observed in a variety of pathogenic bacteria, where they mediate host cell adhesion and invasion, as well as in commensal bacterial species, were they mediate positive interaction with the host. Among these proteins, some glycolytic enzymes, expressed on the bacterial cell surface, can bind human extracellular matrix components (ECM). A major target for them is collagen, an abundant glycoprotein of connective tissues. We have previously shown that the enolase EnoA1 of Lactobacillus plantarum, one of the most predominant species in the gut microbiota of healthy individuals, is involved in binding with collagen type I (CnI)...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Fatima Nehal, Raida Jallouli, Najeh Krayem, Madiha Bou Ali, Abdelkader Dilmi Bouras, Ahmed Fendri, Youssef Gargouri
A Staphylococcus aureus strain, isolated from an Algerian biotope, secretes a non-induced lipase in the culture medium. The S. aureus lipase (SAL) was purified to homogeneity. Pure SAL is a monomeric protein (43 kDa). The 20 N-terminal amino acid residues showed a high degree of homology with other staphylococcal lipase sequences. SAL presents specific activities of about 1600 and 555 U mg(-1) using tributyrin and olive oil emulsion as substrates, respectively. In contrast to other staphylococcal lipases previously characterized, SAL was stable at a pH range from 6 to 9 after 1 h incubation, and retained 50% of its activity after 10 min incubation at 50 °C...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Jia Chun Lim, Suganthi Thevarajoo, Chitra Selvaratnam, Kian Mau Goh, Mohd Shahir Shamsir, Zaharah Ibrahim, Chun Shiong Chong
Anoxybacillus sp. SK 3-4 is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium and a member of family Bacillaceae. We had previously reported that the strain is an aluminum resistant thermophilic bacterium. This is the first report to provide a detailed analysis of the global transcriptional response of Anoxybacillus when the cells were exposed to 600 mg L(-1) of aluminum. The transcriptome was sequenced using Illumina MiSeq sequencer. Total of 708 genes were differentially expressed (fold change >2.00) with 316 genes were up-regulated while 347 genes were down-regulated, in comparing to control with no aluminum added in the culture...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Lobna Daoud, Mouna Jlidi, Houda Hmani, Adel Hadj Brahim, Mahdi El Arbi, Mamdouh Ben Ali
About 110 newly isolated halophilic and halotolerant bacteria were screened for protease production. A moderately halophilic strain (CJ4), isolated from Chott Eldjerid Hypersaline lake in Tunisia, showed the highest activity on agar plate and was then selected. The biochemical and physiological characterization of the isolate along with the 16S rRNA sequence analysis placed it in the genus Halobacillus. Protease production was maximal at 120 g/L NaCl (2 M) and it started from the post-exponential phase reaching a maximum level at the early decline phase of bacterial growth...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Krishna Kumar, K Manigundan, Natarajan Amaresan
In the present study, a total of 70 Trichoderma spp. were isolated from the rhizosphere soils of vegetable and spice crops that were grown in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Initial screening of Trichoderma spp. for salt tolerant properties showed 32 isolates were able to tolerate 10% NaCl. Furthermore, these isolates were screened for their potential plant growth-promoting characteristics such as IAA production, phosphate solubilization, and siderophore production. Among 32 isolates, nine isolates were able to produce IAA, siderophore, and solubilize phosphate...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Pimpikar Kanchanadumkerng, Makiko Sakka, Kazuo Sakka, Chanpen Wiwat
The newly isolated Paenibacillus sp. M33 from freshwater swamp forest soil in Thailand demonstrated its potential as a cellulose degrader. One of its endoglucanase genes from Paenibacillus sp., celP, was cloned to study the molecular characteristics of its gene product. The celP gene was recognized firstly by degenerate primer designed from Paenibacillus endoglucanase gene, and subsequently identified flanking region by inverse PCR technique. The celP gene consists of an open reading frame of 1707 bp encoding for 569 amino acids including 33-amino acids signal sequence...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Sedigheh Kianpour, Alireza Ebrahiminezhad, Milad Mohkam, Ali Mohammad Tamaddon, Ali Dehshahri, Reza Heidari, Younes Ghasemi
There is an increasing interest in the nanostructured polysaccharide-iron hydrogel produced by Klebsiella oxytoca. Critical physicochemical and biological characteristics of these nanostructures should be revealed for biomedical applications. Accordingly, an iron reducing strain K. oxytoca, which synthesizes biogenic polysaccharide-iron hydrogel nanoparticles, known as Fe (III)-exopolysaccharide (Fe-EPS) was isolated from a mineral spring. For microbiological identification purpose 16S rRNA sequence analysis and different morphological, physiological, and biochemical characteristics of the isolate were studied...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Qitao Song, Xiaoyue Zhang, Na Li, Jie Shen, Jiansong Cheng
Despite the absence of any homologs of Tannerella forsythia KLIKK proteases in Tannerella sp.6_1_58FAA_CT1, the strain possesses a putative cysteine protease (G9S4N1) closely related to RgpB of Porphyromonas gingivalis. G9S4N1 lacks obvious propeptide that behaves as inhibitor of proteases and was proven to be a propeptide-independent protease. Unlike RgpB, which exclusively cleaves ArgXaa bonds, G9S4N1 exhibits both arginine- and citrulline-specific activities. Mutations of Asp177, a potential P1-Arg binding site, to uncharged or positively charged residues did not alter the substrate specificity of G9S4N1 significantly...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Xuying Qin, Qinghui Sun, Baixue Yang, Xuewei Pan, Yang He, Hongjiang Yang
Bacterial growth phase has been reported affecting phage infection. To underpin the related mechanism, infection efficiency of Pseudomonas aeruginosa phage K5 is characterized. When infecting the logarithmic cells, phage K5 produced significantly more infection centers than the stationary cells, well concordant with the viable cell ratio in the different growth phases. Additionally, the burst size decreased dramatically in the stationary cells, implying that the physiological state of the viable cells contributed to the productivity of phage K5, and it was consistent with the expression variation of the phage RNA polymerase...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Arijit Das, Sourav Bhattacharya, Srividya Shivakumar, Sujina Shakya, Swathi Shankar Sogane
Filamentous fungi are efficient producers of lipases. The present study focuses on identification of a potent lipolytic fungus and enhancement of lipase production through optimization of nutritional and cultural conditions under submerged fermentation. Molecular characterization of the fungus by 18S rDNA sequencing revealed its identity as Aspergillus tamarii with 98% homology. Maximum lipase production was noted in mineral salts medium supplemented with coconut oil (2.5%, v/v). A combination of ammonium chloride (2%, w/v) and tryptone (2%, w/v) facilitated maximum lipase production at pH 5 of the production medium...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Cuiping Pang, Yuting Cao, Xiangdong Zhu
Nowadays, there are a few steroid drugs or intermediates that have been obtained via the transformation of microorganisms, and many strains of transformed steroids have not been found yet. Therefore, it is very significant to screen for the strains that have the abilities to transform steroids to produce valuable products. This study has focused on the screen and identification of strains, the structural identification of converted products, and the optimization of transformation conditions, as well as the establishment of transformation systems...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Jing Yang, Jiajia Yu, Jing Jiang, Chen Liang, Yongjun Feng
D-amino acids have been proved to disassemble biofilms by disassociating the matrix. Pantoea agglomerans is characterized by the formation of another kind of multicellular structure called symplasmata, which also remains the ability to form biofilms. In this study, a rice diazotrophic endophyte P. agglomerans YS19 was selected as a model strain to explore the effects of D-amino acids on these two kinds of cell aggregate structures. It was discovered that D-tyrosine disassociates biofilm, yet promotes symplasmata formation...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Jiaojiao Niu, Jin Chao, Yunhua Xiao, Wu Chen, Chao Zhang, Xueduan Liu, Zhongwen Rang, Huaqun Yin, Linjian Dai
Rotation is an effective strategy to control crop disease and improve plant health. However, the effects of crop rotation on soil bacterial community composition and structure, and crop health remain unclear. In this study, using 16S rRNA gene sequencing, we explored the soil bacterial communities under four different cropping systems, continuous tobacco cropping (control group), tobacco-maize rotation, tobacco-lily rotation, and tobacco-turnip rotation. Results of detrended correspondence analysis and dissimilarity tests showed that soil bacterial community composition and structure changed significantly among the four groups, such that Acidobacteria and Actinobacteria were more abundant in the maize rotation group (16...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
Tonka Vasileva, Veselin Bivolarski, Galya Michailova, Ayshe Salim, Yavor Rabadjiev, Iskra Ivanova, Ilia Iliev
Twenty fructophilic isolates from the stomachs of honeybee Apis mellifera ligustica from the region of Plovdiv, Bulgaria were obtained. Fructophilic isolates H3 and H25 showed formation of mucous colonies during cultivation on medium with sucrose, suggesting exopolysaccharide synthesis. The sequencing analysis of 16S rRNA identified isolates H3 and H25 as fructophilic lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus kunkeei. The in situ analysis and periodic acid-Schiff's staining, showed that Lb. kunkeei H3 and H25 produce extracellular glucansucrases with molecular weight of about 300 kDa...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
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