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Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

Xianhua Li, Yanhong Liu, Qian Jia, Virginia LaMacchia, Kathryn O'Donoghue, Zuyi Huang
Oleuropein and its hydrolysis products are olive phenolic compounds that have antimicrobial effects on a variety of pathogens, with the potential to be utilized in food and pharmaceutical products. While the existing research is mainly focused on individual genes or enzymes that are regulated by oleuropein for antimicrobial activities, little work has been done to integrate intracellular genes, enzymes and metabolic reactions for a systematic investigation of antimicrobial mechanism of oleuropein. In this study, the first genome-scale modeling method was developed to predict the system-level changes of intracellular metabolism triggered by oleuropein in Staphylococcus aureus, a common food-borne pathogen...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
C A Müller, A M Weingartner, A Dennig, A J Ruff, H Gröger, Ulrich Schwaneberg
A novel whole cell cascade for double oxidation of cyclooctane to cyclooctanone was developed. The one-pot oxidation cascade requires only a minimum of reaction components: resting E. coli cells in aqueous buffered medium (=catalyst), the target substrate and oxygen as environmental friendly oxidant. Conversion of cyclooctane was catalysed with high efficiency (50% yield) and excellent selectivity (>94%) to cyclooctanone. The reported oxidation cascade represents a novel whole cell system for double oxidation of non-activated alkanes including an integrated cofactor regeneration...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Zhaoyue Wang, Xuejing Bai, Xuena Guo, Xiuping He
2-Phenylethanol (2-PE) is widely used in food, perfume and pharmaceutical industry, but lower production in microbes and less known regulatory mechanisms of 2-PE make further study necessary. In this study, crucial genes like ARO8 and ARO10 of Ehrlich pathway for 2-PE synthesis and key transcription factor ARO80 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae were re-regulated using constitutive promoter; in the meantime, the effect of nitrogen source in synthetic complete (SC) medium with L-phenylalanine (L-Phe) on Aro8/Aro9 and Aro10 was investigated...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Kapil Tahlan, Marcus A Moore, Susan E Jensen
The δ-(L-α-aminoadipyl)-L-cysteinyl-D-valine (ACV) tripeptide is the first dedicated intermediate in the biosynthetic pathway leading to the penicillin and cephalosporin classes of β-lactam natural products in bacteria and fungi. It is synthesized nonribosomally by the ACV synthetase (ACVS) enzyme, which has been purified and partially characterized from many sources. Due to its large size and instability, many details regarding the reaction mechanism of ACVS are still not fully understood. In this review we discuss the chronology and associated methodology that led to the discovery of ACVS, some of the main findings regarding its activities, and some recent/current studies being conducted on the enzyme...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jizhe Sun, Huimin Yu, Jie Chen, Hui Luo, Zhongyao Shen
Rhodococcus ruber TH was selected as a parent strain to engineer for biomanufacturing of ammonium acrylate; the characteristics of this strain included accelerated growth rate, high cell tolerance and natively overexpressed nitrile hydratase (NHase). Transcriptome analysis revealed that the transcription levels of the native NHase, amidase and nitrilase were extremely high, moderate and extremely low, respectively. Through NHase-amidase double-knockout and amidase single-knockout, the engineered strains R. ruber THdAdN and R...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Xiao-Sheng Zhang, Hong-Dou Luo, Yang Tao, Yue-Yue Wang, Xin-Hang Jiang, Hui Jiang, Yong-Quan Li
FK506 (tacrolimus), which is produced by many Streptomyces strains, is clinically used as an immunosuppressive agent and for treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. Here, we identified that the FK506 biosynthetic gene cluster in an industrial FK506-producing strain Streptomyces tsukubaensis L19 is organized as eight transcription units. Two pathway-specific regulators, FkbN and Tcs7, involved in FK506 biosynthesis from S. tsukubaensis L19 were characterized in vivo and in vitro. FkbN activates the transcription of six transcription units in FK506 biosynthetic gene cluster, and Tcs7 activates the transcription of fkbN...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
J Tyler Youngquist, Travis C Korosh, Brian F Pfleger
Free fatty acids (FFA) are an attractive platform chemical that serves as a functional intermediate in metabolic pathways for producing oleochemicals. Many groups have established strains of Escherichia coli capable of producing various chain-length mixtures of FFA by heterologous expression of acyl-ACP thioesterases. For example, high levels of dodecanoic acid are produced by an E. coli strain expressing the Umbellularia californica FatB2 thioesterase, BTE. Prior studies achieved high dodecanoic acid yields and productivities under phosphate-limiting media conditions...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Si-Sun Choi, Hee-Ju Nah, Hye-Rim Pyeon, Eung-Soo Kim
Tautomycetin (TMC) is a natural product with a linear structure that includes an ester bond connecting a dialkylmaleic moiety to a type I polyketide chain. Although TMC was originally identified as an antifungal antibiotic in the late 1980s, follow-up studies revealed its novel immunosuppressant activity. Specifically, TMC exhibited a mechanistically unique immunosuppressant activity about 100 times higher than that of cyclosporine A, a widely used immunosuppressant drug. Interestingly, a structurally close relative, tautomycin (TTM), was reported to not possess TMC-like immunosuppressant activity, suggesting that a distinctive polyketide moiety of TMC plays a critical role in immunosuppressant activity...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Zhijie Liu, Tiangang Liu
Acrylic acid and propionic acid are important chemicals requiring affordable, renewable production solutions. Here, we metabolically engineered Escherichia coli with genes encoding components of the 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle from Metallosphaera sedula for conversion of glucose to acrylic and propionic acids. To construct an acrylic acid-producing pathway in E. coli, heterologous expression of malonyl-CoA reductase (MCR), malonate semialdehyde reductase (MSR), 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA synthetase (3HPCS), and 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA dehydratase (3HPCD) from M...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yue Zhang, Chun-Yan Lin, Xiao-Mei Li, Zheng-Kun Tang, Jianjun Qiao, Guang-Rong Zhao
The polyether ionophore antibiotic monensin is produced by Streptomyces cinnamonensis and is used as a coccidiostat for chickens and growth-promoting agent for cattle. Monensin biosynthetic gene cluster has been cloned and partially characterized. The GntR-family transcription factor DasR regulates antibiotic production and morphological development in Streptomyces coelicolor and Saccharopolyspora erythraea. In this study, we identified and characterized the two-level regulatory cascade of DasR to monensin production in S...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Antti J Rissanen, Anne Ojala, Markus Dernjatin, Jouni Jaakkola, Marja Tiirola
Which bacterial taxonomic groups can be used in monitoring saline water methanol-utilizing denitrification and whether nitrate is transformed into N2 in the process are unclear. Therefore, methylotrophic bacterial communities of two efficiently functioning (nitrate/nitrite reduction was 63-96 %) tropical and cool seawater reactors at a public aquarium were investigated with clone library analysis and 454 pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA genes. Transformation of nitrate into N2 was confirmed using (15)N labeling in incubation of carrier material from the tropical reactor...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
José Luis Revuelta, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Patricia Lozano-Martinez, David Díaz-Fernández, Rubén M Buey, Alberto Jiménez
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is an essential nutrient for humans and animals that must be obtained from the diet. To ensure an optimal supply, riboflavin is used on a large scale as additive in the food and feed industries. Here, we describe a historical overview of the industrial process of riboflavin production starting from its discovery and the need to produce the vitamin in bulk at prices that would allow for their use in human and animal nutrition. Riboflavin was produced industrially by chemical synthesis for many decades...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Young Ji Yoo, Hanseong Kim, Sung Ryeol Park, Yeo Joon Yoon
Rapamycin is an immunosuppressive metabolite produced from several actinomycete species. Besides its immunosuppressive activity, rapamycin and its analogs have additional therapeutic potentials, including antifungal, antitumor, neuroprotective/neuroregenerative, and lifespan extension activities. The core structure of rapamycin is derived from (4R,5R)-4,5-dihydrocyclohex-1-ene-carboxylic acid that is extended by polyketide synthase. The resulting linear polyketide chain is cyclized by incorporating pipecolate and further decorated by post-PKS modification enzymes...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yuta Miki, Seiji Okazaki, Yasuhisa Asano
We successfully engineered a new enzyme that catalyzes the formation of D-Ala amide (D-AlaNH2) from D-Ala by modifying ATP-dependent D-Ala:D-Ala ligase (EC from Thermus thermophilus, which catalyzes the formation of D-Ala-D-Ala from two molecules of D-Ala. The new enzyme was created by the replacement of the Ser293 residue with acidic amino acids, as it was speculated to bind to the second D-Ala of D-Ala-D-Ala. In addition, a replacement of the position with Glu performed better than that with Asp with regards to specificity for D-AlaNH2 production...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Juan F Martín
Penicillium chrysogenum is an excellent model fungus to study the molecular mechanisms of control of expression of secondary metabolite genes. A key global regulator of the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites is the LaeA protein that interacts with other components of the velvet complex (VelA, VelB, VelC, VosA). These components interact with LaeA and regulate expression of penicillin and PR-toxin biosynthetic genes in P. chrysogenum. Both LaeA and VelA are positive regulators of the penicillin and PR-toxin biosynthesis, whereas VelB acts as antagonist of the effect of LaeA and VelA...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Min-Kyoung Kang, Jens Nielsen
Advancement in metabolic engineering of microorganisms has enabled bio-based production of a range of chemicals, and such engineered microorganism can be used for sustainable production leading to reduced carbon dioxide emission there. One area that has attained much interest is microbial hydrocarbon biosynthesis, and in particular, alkanes and alkenes are important high-value chemicals as they can be utilized for a broad range of industrial purposes as well as 'drop-in' biofuels. Some microorganisms have the ability to biosynthesize alkanes and alkenes naturally, but their production level is extremely low...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Wisarut Payoungkiattikun, Seiji Okazaki, Atsutoshi Ina, Aran H-Kittikun, Yasuhisa Asano
α-Amino-ε-caprolactam (ACL) racemizing activity was detected in a putative dialkylglycine decarboxylase (EC from Citreicella sp. SE45. The encoding gene of the enzyme was cloned and transformed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). The molecular mass of the enzyme was shown to be 47.4 kDa on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The enzymatic properties including pH and thermal optimum and stabilities were determined. This enzyme acted on a broad range of amino acid amides, particularly unbranched amino acid amides including L-alanine amide and L-serine amide with a specific activity of 17...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Richard H Baltz
Actinomycetes are historically important sources for secondary metabolites (SMs) with applications in human medicine, animal health, and plant crop protection. It is now clear that actinomycetes and other microorganisms with large genomes have the capacity to produce many more SMs than was anticipated from standard fermentation studies. Indeed ~90 % of SM gene clusters (SMGCs) predicted from genome sequencing are cryptic under conventional fermentation and analytical analyses. Previous studies have suggested that among the actinomycetes with large genomes, some have the coding capacity to produce many more SMs than others, and that strains with the largest genomes tend to be the most gifted...
August 12, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Nikolay Vassilev, Eligio Malusa, Antonia Reyes Requena, Vanessa Martos, Ana López, Ivana Maksimovic, Maria Vassileva
This review highlights the importance of research for development of biofertilizer and biocontrol products based on the use of glycerol for further process scale-up to industrial microbiology. Glycerol can be used successfully in all stages of production of plant beneficial microorganisms. It serves as an excellent substrate in both submerged and solid-state fermentation processes with free and immobilized microbial cells. Glycerol is also one of the most attractive formulation agents that ensures high cell density and viability including in harsh environmental conditions...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jorick Franceus, Tom Verhaeghe, Tom Desmet
Statistical analysis of a protein multiple sequence alignment can reveal groups of positions that undergo interdependent mutations throughout evolution. At these so-called correlated positions, only certain combinations of amino acids appear to be viable for maintaining proper folding, stability, catalytic activity or specificity. Therefore, it is often speculated that they could be interesting guides for semi-rational protein engineering purposes. Because they are a fingerprint from protein evolution, their analysis may provide valuable insight into a protein's structure or function and furthermore, they may also be suitable target positions for mutagenesis...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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