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World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology

Patricia Díaz-Hellín, Victoria Naranjo, Juan Úbeda, Ana Briones
When exposed to mixtures of glucose and fructose, as occurs during the fermentation of grape juice into wine, Saccharomyces cerevisiae uses these sugars at different rates. Moreover, glucose and fructose are transported by the same hexose transporters (HXT), which present a greater affinity for glucose, so that late in fermentation, fructose becomes the predominant sugar. Only a few commercial fermentation activators are available to optimally solve the problems this entails. The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between HXT3 gene expression and fructose/glucose discrepancy in two different media inoculated with a commercial wine strain of S...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Wen Xu, Xi Ma, Yang Wang
Squalene, a naturally occurring linear triterpene formed via MVA or MEP biosynthetic pathway, is widely distributed in microorganisms, plants and animals. At present, squalene is used extensively in the food, cosmetic and medicine industries because of its antioxidant, antistatic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Increased consumer demand has led to the development of microbial bioprocesses for the commercial production of squalene, in addition to the traditional methods of isolating squalene from the liver oils of deep-sea sharks and plant seed oils...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Chanchal Kumar, Jitendra Wagh, G Archana, G Naresh Kumar
Enterobacter asburiae PSI3 solubilizes mineral phosphates in the presence of glucose by the secretion of gluconic acid generated by the action of a periplasmic pyrroloquinoline quinone dependent glucose dehydrogenase. In order to achieve mineral phosphate solubilization phenotype in the presence of sucrose, plasmids pCNK4 and pCNK5 containing genes encoding the invertase enzyme of Zymomonas mobilis (invB) and of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (suc2) under constitutive promoters were constructed with malE signal sequence (in case of invB alone as the suc2 is secreted natively)...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Anna Antecka, Marcin Bizukojc, Stanislaw Ledakowicz
Morphological engineering techniques have recently gained popularity as they are used for increasing the productivity of a variety of metabolites and enzymes in fungi growing in submerged cultures. Their action is mainly associated with the changes they evoke in fungal morphology. Traditional morphological engineering approaches include manipulation of spore concentration, pH-shifting and mechanical stress exerted by stirring and aeration. As the traditional methods proved to be insufficient, modern techniques such as changes of medium osmolality or addition of mineral microparticles to the media (microparticle-enhanced cultivation, MPEC) were proposed...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Dan Yu, Fangfang Bu, Jiaojiao Hou, Yongxiang Kang, Zhongdong Yu
A post-fire morel collected from Populus simonii stands in Mt. Qingling was identified as Morchella crassipes Mes-20 by using nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer phylogeny. It was inoculated into sweet corn to observe colonized roots in purified culture and in greenhouse experiments. The elongation and maturation zones of sweet corn were remarkably colonized at the cortex intercellular and intracellular cells, vessel cells, and around the Casparian strip, forming ectendomycorrhiza-like structures...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
J F Gutiérrez-Corona, P Romo-Rodríguez, F Santos-Escobar, A E Espino-Saldaña, H Hernández-Escoto
Chromium (Cr) is a highly toxic metal for microorganisms as well as plants and animal cells. Due to its widespread industrial use, Cr has become a serious pollutant in diverse environmental settings. The hexavalent form of the metal, Cr(VI), is considered a more toxic species than the relatively innocuous and less mobile Cr(III) form. The study of the interactions between microorganisms and Cr has been helpful to unravel the mechanisms allowing organisms to survive in the presence of high concentrations of Cr(VI) and to detoxify and remove the oxyanion...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Fabrício Rocha Vieira, Meire Cristina Nogueira de Andrade
In recent years, oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) has become one of the most cultivated mushrooms in the world, mainly in Brazil. Among many factors involved in a mushroom production, substrate preparation is the most critical step, which can be influenced by composting management techniques. Looking forward to optimizing the substrate preparation process, were tested different composting conditions (7 and 14 days of composting with or without conditioning), potential raw materials (decumbens grass, brizantha grass and sugarcane straw) and nitrogen supplementation (with or without wheat bran) on oyster mushroom yield and biological efficiency (BE)...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Kelly Justin da Silva, Rafael Dutra de Armas, Cláudio Roberto F S Soares, Juliana Bernardi Ogliari
The diversity of endophytic microorganisms may change due to the genotype of the host plant and its phenological stage. In this study we evaluated the effect of phenological stage, transgenes and genetic composition of maize on endophytic bacterial and fungal communities. The maize populations were composed of a local variety named Rosado (RS) and three isogenic hybrids. One isogenic hybrid was not genetically modified (NGM). Another hybrid (Hx) contained the transgenes cry1F and pat (T1507 event), which provide resistance to insects of the order Lepidoptera and tolerance to the glufosinate-ammonium herbicide, respectively...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Xiaowei Gong, Guanghui Ma, Yanqing Duan, Donglai Zhu, Yongkuan Chen, Ke-Qin Zhang, Jinkui Yang
Nicotine in tobacco is harmful to health and the environment, so there is an environmental requirement to remove nicotine from tobacco and tobacco wastes. In this study, the biotransformation of nicotine by Rhodococcus sp. Y22 was investigated, and three metabolites (NIC1, NIC4 and NIC5) were isolated by column separation, preparative TLC and solid plate's method, respectively. NIC1 was identified as 6-hydoxynicotine based on the results of NMR, MS, HPLC-UV and HRESIMS analysis; NIC4 was a novel compound and identified as 5-(3-methyl-[1,3]oxazinan-2-ylidene)-5H-pyridin-2-one based on the results of NMR, MS and UV analysis; NIC5 was identified as nicotine blue based on the results of NMR and MS analysis...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Eva Kvasničková, Vít Paulíček, Martina Paldrychová, Richard Ježdík, Olga Maťátková, Jan Masák
The biofilms of filamentous-forming fungi are a novel and still insufficiently understood research topic. We have studied Aspergillus fumigatus, an ubiquitous opportunistic pathogenic fungus, as a representative model for a study of biofilm formation by filamentous fungi and for assessing the potential anti-biofilm activity of natural substances. The activity of antibiotic amphotericin B and selected natural substances: baicalein, chitosan and rhamnolipid was studied. The minimum suspension inhibitory concentrations (MIC) were determined and the biofilm susceptibility was investigated by determining the metabolic activity of sessile cells (XTT assay) and total biofilm biomass (crystal violet staining)...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Hiroyuki Inoue, Chiaki Kitao, Shinichi Yano, Shigeki Sawayama
On-site cellulase and hemicellulase production is a promising way to reduce enzyme cost in the commercialization of the lignocellulose-to-ethanol process. A hemicellulase-producing fungal strain suitable for on-site enzyme production was selected from cultures prepared using wet disc-milling rice straw (WDM-RS) and identified as Trichoderma asperellum KIF125. KIF125 hemicellulase showed uniquely high abundance of β-xylosidase in the xylanolytic enzyme system compared to other fungal hemicellulase preparations...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Ana C Maganha de Almeida, Bríd Quilty
UV radiation is a spread method used worldwide for the disinfection of water. However, much of the research on the disinfection of bacterial cells by UV has focused on planktonic cells. Many bacterial cells in nature are present in clumps or aggregates, and these aggregates, which are more resistant to disinfection than their planktonic counterparts, can be problematic in engineered water systems. The current research used Pseudomonas putida (P. putida) CP1, an environmental and non-pathogenic microorganism which autoaggregates when grown under certain conditions, as a model organism to simulate aggregated cells...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Haifa Hammami, Paula Baptista, Fátima Martins, Teresa Gomes, Chedly Abdelly, Ouissal Metoui-Ben Mahmoud
Occurrence and distribution pattern of fungal endophytes in different tissues of halophytic plants across saline depressions are poorly studied. We investigated the endophytic fungal communities inhabiting roots, stems and leaves of Hordeum maritimum collected in a soil salinity gradient, i.e. non-saline, slightly saline and saline, using a culture-dependent approach. A total of 20 taxa belonging to Ascomycota phylum were identified by ITS rRNA gene sequence. Pyronema domesticum and Alternaria spp. were the most frequently isolated...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Chu-Ning Huang, Chan-Pin Lin, Feng-Chia Hsieh, Sook-Kuan Lee, Kuan-Chen Cheng, Chi-Te Liu
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain WF02, isolated from soil collected at Wufeng Mountain, Taiwan, has siderophore-producing ability and in vitro antagonistic activity against bacterial wilt pathogen. To determine the impact of plant genotype on biocontrol effectiveness, we treated soil with this strain before infecting susceptible (L390) and moderately resistant (Micro-Tom) tomato cultivars with Ralstonia solanacearum strain Pss4. We also compared the efficacy of this strain with that of commercial Bacillus subtilis strain Y1336...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Erika Y Rios-Iribe, Oscar M Hernández-Calderón, Eleazar M Escamilla-Silva
This study determined the specific uptake rate of glucose and corn oil substrates used as carbon sources in batch cultures of Gibberella fujikuroi. We tested three biological models of growth rate: Monod, logistic and lag-exponential. With respect to the substrate consumption rate, we tested two models: constant cell yield (CCY) and law of mass action (LMA). The experimental data obtained from the culture with glucose as substrate correlated satisfactorily with the logistic/LMA model, indicating that the cell yield was variable...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Naila Abbas, Sabir Hussain, Farrukh Azeem, Tanvir Shahzad, Sajjad Haider Bhatti, Muhammad Imran, Zulfiqar Ahmad, Zahid Maqbool, Muhammad Abid
Microbial biotechnologies for the decolorization of textile wastewaters have attracted worldwide attention because of their economic suitability and easiness in handling. However, the presence of high amounts of salts and metal ions in textile wastewaters adversely affects the decolorization efficiency of the microbial bioresources. In this regard, the present study was conducted to isolate salt tolerant bacterial strains which might have the potential to decolorize azo dyes even in the presence of multi-metal ion mixtures...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Christopher Chibueze Azubuike, Chioma Blaise Chikere, Gideon Chijioke Okpokwasili
Environmental pollution has been on the rise in the past few decades owing to increased human activities on energy reservoirs, unsafe agricultural practices and rapid industrialization. Amongst the pollutants that are of environmental and public health concerns due to their toxicities are: heavy metals, nuclear wastes, pesticides, green house gases, and hydrocarbons. Remediation of polluted sites using microbial process (bioremediation) has proven effective and reliable due to its eco-friendly features. Bioremediation can either be carried out ex situ or in situ, depending on several factors, which include but not limited to cost, site characteristics, type and concentration of pollutants...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Edgardo Rubén Donati, Camila Castro, María Sofía Urbieta
Biomining is an applied biotechnology for mineral processing and metal extraction from ores and concentrates. This alternative technology for recovering metals involves the hydrometallurgical processes known as bioleaching and biooxidation where the metal is directly solubilized or released from the matrix for further solubilization, respectively. Several commercial applications of biomining can be found around the world to recover mainly copper and gold but also other metals; most of them are operating at temperatures below 40-50 °C using mesophilic and moderate thermophilic microorganisms...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yongsheng Dong, Hua Jiang
High environmental pressure exerts an external stress on the survival of microorganisms that are commonly found under normal pressure. In response, many growth traits alter, including cell morphology and physiology, cellular structure, metabolism, physical and chemical properties, the reproductive process, and defense mechanisms. The high-pressure technology (HP) has been industrially utilized in pressurized sterilization, synthesis of stress-induced products, and microbial/enzymatic transformation of chemicals...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Gabriel Moura Mascarin, Stefan T Jaronski
Among invertebrate fungal pathogens, Beauveria bassiana has assumed a key role in management of numerous arthropod agricultural, veterinary and forestry pests. Beauveria is typically deployed in one or more inundative applications of large numbers of aerial conidia in dry or liquid formulations, in a chemical paradigm. Mass production is mainly practiced by solid-state fermentation to yield hydrophobic aerial conidia, which remain the principal active ingredient of mycoinsecticides. More robust and cost-effective fermentation and formulation downstream platforms are imperative for its overall commercialization by industry...
November 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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