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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219529/challenges-and-prospects-of-xylitol-production-with-whole-cell-bio-catalysis-a-review
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REVIEW
Diptarka Dasgupta, Sheetal Bandhu, Dilip K Adhikari, Debashish Ghosh
Xylitol, as an alternative low calorie sweetener is well accepted in formulations of various confectioneries and healthcare products. Worldwide it is industrially produced by catalytic hydrogenation of pure d-xylose solution under high temperature and pressure. Biotechnological xylitol production is a potentially attractive replacement for chemical process, as it occurs under much milder process conditions and can be based on sugar mixtures derived from low-cost industrial and agri-waste. However, microbial fermentation route of xylitol production is not so far practiced industrially...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219528/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-rv1987-induces-th2-immune-responses-and-enhances-mycobacterium-smegmatis-survival-in-mice
#2
Shanshan Sha, Xiaoxia Shi, Guoying Deng, Lina Chen, Yi Xin, Yufang Ma
Mycobacterium tuberculosis can interfere with host immune response and escape clearance through its specific antigens. M. tuberculosis Rv1987 encoded by region of difference (RD)-2 gene is a secretory protein with immunogenic potency. Here, we investigated the impact of Rv1987 on host cytokine responses and T cell polarization in mouse aerosol model. A recombinant M. smegmatis mc(2)155 strain that overexpressed Rv1987 protein (named MS1987) was constructed and used to infect C57BL/6 mice. The mc(2)155 harbored the empty vector (named MSVec) was as a control...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219527/induced-systemic-resistance-and-symbiotic-performance-of-peanut-plants-challenged-with-fungal-pathogens-and-co-inoculated-with-the-biocontrol-agent-bacillus-sp-chep5-and-bradyrhizobium-sp-semia6144
#3
María Soledad Figueredo, María Laura Tonelli, Fernando Ibáñez, Federico Morla, Guillermo Cerioni, María Del Carmen Tordable, Adriana Fabra
Synergism between beneficial rhizobacteria and fungal pathogens is poorly understood. Therefore, evaluation of co-inoculation of bacteria that promote plant growth by different mechanisms in pathogen challenged plants would contribute to increase the knowledge about how plants manage interactions with different microorganisms. The goals of this work were a) to elucidate, in greenhouse experiments, the effect of co-inoculation of peanut with Bradyrhizobium sp. SEMIA6144 and the biocontrol agent Bacillus sp. CHEP5 on growth and symbiotic performance of Sclerotium rolfsii challenged plants, and b) to evaluate field performance of these bacteria in co-inoculated peanut plants...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219526/antifungal-activity-of-ionic-liquids-based-on-menthol-a-mechanism-study
#4
Jakub Suchodolski, Joanna Feder-Kubis, Anna Krasowska
The mechanism of toxicity of chiral ionic liquids with (1R,2S,5R)-(-)-menthol [Cn-Am-Men][Cl] (n=10, 11 or 12) in the fungus Candida albicans is reported here. Ionic liquids were more toxic towards Candida strain lacking all identified multidrug resistance efflux pumps. Moreover, the compounds tested inhibited C. albicans filamentation at the concentration at which detached fungal cells also adhered to the plastic surface. Our results showed the high activity of all the tested chiral ionic liquids in the permeabilization of C...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219525/acclimation-strategy-of-rhodopseudomonas-palustris-to-high-light-irradiance
#5
Dayana Muzziotti, Alessandra Adessi, Cecilia Faraloni, Giuseppe Torzillo, Roberto De Philippis
The ability of Rhodopseudomonas palustris cells to rapidly acclimate to high light irradiance is an essential issue when cells are grown under sunlight. The aim of this study was to investigate the photo-acclimation process in Rhodopseudomonas palustris 42OL under different culturing conditions: (i) anaerobic (AnG), (ii) aerobic (AG), and (iii) under H2-producing (HP) conditions both at low (LL) and high light (HL) irradiances. The results obtained clearly showed that the photosynthetic unit was significantly affected by the light irradiance at which Rp...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219524/the-function-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-a-bzip-transcription-factor-cgap1-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#6
Xiaoyu Li, Yateng Wu, Zhiqiang Liu, Chenghui Zhang
Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is an important pathogen of anthracnose, which is able to infect numerous crops in tropical and subtropical regions, causing great economic losses. To investigate the fungal response to host-generated reactive oxygen species (ROS), we cloned and characterized the CgAP1 gene of C. gloeosporioides. CgAP1 encoded a bZIP transcription factor which had a bZIP DNA-binding domain and two cysteine-rich domains structurally and functionally related to Saccharomyces cerevisiae YAP1. Deletion of CgAP1 in C...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219523/combinatorial-effect-of-mutagenesis-and-medium-component-optimization-on-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-antifungal-activity-and-efficacy-in-eradicating-botrytis-cinerea
#7
Fatma Masmoudi, Saoussen Ben Khedher, Amel Kamoun, Nabil Zouari, Slim Tounsi, Mohamed Trigui
This work is directed towards Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain BLB371 metabolite production for biocontrol of fungal phytopathogens. In order to maximise antifungal metabolite production by this strain, two approaches were combined: random mutagenesis and medium component optimization. After three rounds of mutagenesis, a hyper active mutant, named M3-7, was obtained. It produces 7 fold more antifungal metabolites (1800AU/mL) than the wild strain in MC medium. A hybrid design was applied to optimise a new medium to enhance antifungal metabolite production by M3-7...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219522/molecular-assessment-of-the-bacterial-community-associated-with-cassava-manihot-esculenta-crantz-cultivation-in-cameroon
#8
Papa Saliou Sarr, Akifumi Sugiyama, Aime Didier Boyogueno Begoude, Kazufumi Yazaki, Shigeru Araki, Eiji Nawata
Bacterial communities play an important role in nutrient cycles and plant development. Their distribution and activity may depend on location and environmental heterogeneity. This study characterized soil bacterial communities in cassava fields of Eastern (Andom) and Southern (Bityili) Cameroon using molecular tools. In both sites, two improved varieties (TMS-96/1414; TMS-92/0326) and a local variety (Local) were grown in a randomized block design. Composite bulk soils were collected at 10months after planting from cassava plots...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219521/butyrate-influences-intracellular-levels-of-adenine-and-adenine-derivatives-in-the-fungus-penicillium-restrictum
#9
Christoph Zutz, Yi Ming Chiang, Bettina Faehnrich, Markus Bacher, Roland Hellinger, Bernhard Kluger, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss, Kathrin Rychli
Butyrate, a small fatty acid, has an important role in the colon of ruminants and mammalians including the inhibition of inflammation and the regulation of cell proliferation. There is also growing evidence that butyrate is influencing the histone structure in mammalian cells by inhibition of histone deacetylation. Butyrate shows furthermore an antimicrobial activity against fungi, yeast and bacteria, which is linked to its toxicity at a high concentration. In fungi there are indications that butyrate induces the production of secondary metabolites potentially via inhibition of histone deacetylases...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164795/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-genus-enterococcus
#10
Zhi Zhong, Wenyi Zhang, Yuqin Song, Wenjun Liu, Haiyan Xu, Xiaoxia Xi, Bilige Menghe, Heping Zhang, Zhihong Sun
As important lactic acid bacteria, Enterococcus species are widely used in the production of fermented food. However, as some strains of Enterococcus are opportunistic pathogens, their safety has not been generally accepted. In recent years, a large number of new species have been described and classified within the genus Enterococcus, so a better understanding of the genetic relationships and evolution of Enterococcus species is needed. In this study, the genomes of 29 type strains of Enterococcus species were sequenced...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164794/genomic-and-metabolic-traits-endow-bacillus-velezensis-cc09-with-a-potential-biocontrol-agent-in-control-of-wheat-powdery-mildew-disease
#11
Xun-Chao Cai, Chang-Hong Liu, Bao-Tong Wang, Ya-Rong Xue
Bacillus velezensis CC09, which was isolated from healthy leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and previously identified as Bacillus amyloliquefaciens CC09, shows great potential as a new biocontrol agent, in control of many phytopathogenic diseases. To extend our understanding of the potential antifungal capacities, we did a whole genome analysis of strain CC09. Result shows that strain CC09 has a relatively large genome size (4.17Mb) with an average GC content of 46.1%, and 4021 predicted genes. Thirteen secondary metabolites encoding clusters have been identified within the genome of B...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164793/small-rnas-regulate-the-biocontrol-property-of-fluorescent-pseudomonas-strain-psd
#12
Anamika Upadhyay, Mandira Kochar, Ashutosh Upadhyay, Soumya Tripathy, Manchikatla Venkat Rajam, Sheela Srivastava
The production of biocontrol factors by Pseudomonads is reported to be controlled at the post-transcriptional level by the GacS/GacA signal transduction pathway. This involves RNA-binding translational repressor proteins, RsmA and RsmE, and the small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) RsmX, RsmY, and RsmZ. While the former represses genes involved in secondary metabolite production, the latter relieves this repression at the end of exponential growth. We have studied the fluorescent Pseudomonas strain Psd, possessing good biocontrol potential, and confirmed the presence of rsmY and rsmZ by PCR amplification...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164792/characterization-and-function-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-h37rv-lipase-rv1076-lipu
#13
Chunyan Li, Qiming Li, Yuan Zhang, Zhen Gong, Sai Ren, Ping Li, Jianping Xie
Lipids and lipases/esterases are essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) survival and persistence, even virulence. Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv Rv1076 (LipU), a member of lipase family, is homologous to the human Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL) based on the presence of conserved motif 'GXSXG'. To define the enzymatic characteristics of rv1076, the gene was cloned, and expressed in Escherichia coli. The protein was purified for enzymatic characterization. LipU showed high specific activity for the hydrolysis of short carbon chain substrates with optimal activity at 40°C/pH 8...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164791/characterization-and-distinction-of-two-flagellar-systems-in-extraintestinal-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-pcn033
#14
Feng Liu, Jiyang Fu, Canying Liu, Jing Chen, Minhua Sun, Huanchun Chen, Chen Tan, Xiangru Wang
Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) can invade and colonize multiple extraintestinal tissues and can cause a wide range of infections; however the mechanisms of its pathogenicity are not well understood. Flagella contribute to the infection of E. coli strains by mediating adhesion and invasion. Our previous bioinformatic analysis revealed two flagella gene clusters in the genome of an ExPEC isolate, PCN033. One encodes the conventional flagellum system (Flag-1) and the other encodes the Flag-2 system, whose function is uncharacterized...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164790/phytochemicals-for-human-disease-an-update-on-plant-derived-compounds-antibacterial-activity
#15
REVIEW
Ramona Barbieri, Erika Coppo, Anna Marchese, Maria Daglia, Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
In recent years, many studies have shown that phytochemicals exert their antibacterial activity through different mechanisms of action, such as damage to the bacterial membrane and suppression of virulence factors, including inhibition of the activity of enzymes and toxins, and bacterial biofilm formation. In this review, we summarise data from the available literature regarding the antibacterial effects of the main phytochemicals belonging to different chemical classes, alkaloids, sulfur-containing phytochemicals, terpenoids, and polyphenols...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164789/preliminary-data-on-antibacterial-activity-of-echinacea-purpurea-associated-bacterial-communities-against-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-strains-opportunistic-pathogens-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#16
Carolina Chiellini, Isabel Maida, Valentina Maggini, Emanuele Bosi, Stefano Mocali, Giovanni Emiliani, Elena Perrin, Fabio Firenzuoli, Alessio Mengoni, Renato Fani
Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria (Bcc) represent a serious threat for immune-compromised patient affected by Cystic Fibrosis (CF) since they are resistant to many substances and to most antibiotics. For this reason, the research of new natural compounds able to inhibit the growth of Bcc strains has raised new interest during the last years. A source of such natural compounds is represented by medicinal plants and, in particular, by bacterial communities associated with these plants able to produce molecules with antimicrobial activity...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164788/variations-in-the-bacterial-community-compositions-at-different-sites-in-the-tomb-of-emperor-yang-of-the-sui-dynasty
#17
Zhi Huang, Fei Zhao, Yonghui Li, Jianwei Zhang, Youzhi Feng
To fully understand the bacterial processes in tomb environments, it is necessary to investigate the details of the bacterial communities present under such oligotrophic conditions. Here, high-throughput sequencing based on partial 16S rRNA gene sequences was used to fully evaluate the bacterial communities at different sites in the tomb of Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty. We also aimed to identify the soil factors that were significant related to bacterial diversity and community composition. The results showed the presence of a broad taxonomic diversity that included nine major phyla...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164787/factor-h-specifically-capture-novel-factor-h-binding-proteins-of-streptococcus-suis-and-contribute-to-the-virulence-of-the-bacteria
#18
Quan Li, Caifeng Ma, Yang Fu, Yanan He, Yanfei Yu, Dechao Du, Huochun Yao, Chengping Lu, Wei Zhang
Factor H (FH), a regulatory protein of the complement system, can bind specifically to factor H-binding proteins (FHBPs) of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2), which contribute to evasion of host innate immune defenses. In the present study, we aimed to identify novel FHBPs and characterize the biological functions of FH in SS2 pathogenesis. Here, a method that combined proteomics and Far-western blotting was developed to identify the surface FHBPs of SS2. With this method, fourteen potential novel FHBPs were identified among SS2 surface proteins...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164786/application-of-modified-yeast-surface-display-technologies-for-non-antibody-protein-engineering
#19
REVIEW
Meng Mei, Yu Zhou, Wenfang Peng, Chan Yu, Lixin Ma, Guimin Zhang, Li Yi
Yeast surface display (YSD) system has been widely used in protein engineering since it was established 20 years ago. Combined with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) technology and directed evolution, YSD has been proven of its extraordinary effectiveness for molecular engineering of various target proteins, especially for antibodies. Recently, a few remarkable efforts were exploited to modify the original Aga1-Aga2 YSD for the non-antibody protein engineering with successful outcomes, expanding its application on oxidase, Class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC-II), protease, sortase, lipoic acid ligase etc...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164785/functions-of-the-magnaporthe-oryzae-flb3p-and-flb4p-transcription-factors-in-the-regulation-of-conidiation
#20
S Matheis, A Yemelin, D Scheps, K Andresen, S Jacob, E Thines, A J Foster
The Magnaporthe oryzae genes FLB3 and FLB4, orthologues of the Aspergillus nidulans regulators of conidiation FlbC and FlbD, were inactivated. These genes encode C2H2 zinc finger and Myb-like transcription factors, respectively, in A. nidulans. Analysis of the resultant mutants demonstrated that FLB4 is essential for spore formation and that strains lacking this gene are fluffy in their colony morphology due to an inability to complete conidiophore formation. Meanwhile, FLB3 is required for normal levels of aerial mycelium formation...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
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