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Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology

Jilai Zhou, Xiongjun Shao, Daniel G Olson, Sean Jean-Loup Murphy, Liang Tian, Lee R Lynd
Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus is a promising candidate for biofuel production due to the broad range of substrates it can utilize and its high ethanol yield compared to other thermophilic bacteria, such as Clostridium thermocellum. Three alcohol dehydrogenases, AdhA, AdhB and AdhE, play key roles in ethanol formation. To study their physiological roles during ethanol formation, we deleted them separately and in combination. Previously, it has been thought that both AdhB and AdhE were bifunctional alcohol dehydrogenases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Odile Francesca Restaino, Maria Giovanna Borzacchiello, Ilaria Scognamiglio, Elena Porzio, Giuseppe Manco, Luigi Fedele, Cinzia Donatiello, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
Thermostable phosphotriesterase-like lactonases (PLLs) from extremophile archaea, like SsoPox from Sulfolobus solfataricus, are attractive biotechnological tools with industrial applications as organophosphate decontaminants, but their manufacturing still remains an unresolved issue because of the high costs and the low production yields. In this paper, for the first time, an efficient biotechnological process for the production and purification of a recombinant, engineered PLL, SsoPox W263F, expressed in E...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Guo-Chang Zhang, Timothy L Turner, Yong-Su Jin
Accumulation of reduced byproducts such as glycerol and xylitol during xylose fermentation by engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae hampers the economic production of biofuels and chemicals from cellulosic hydrolysates. In particular, engineered S. cerevisiae expressing NADPH-linked xylose reductase (XR) and NAD(+)-linked xylitol dehydrogenase (XDH) produces substantial amounts of the reduced byproducts under anaerobic conditions due to the cofactor difference of XR and XDH. While the additional expression of a water-forming NADH oxidase (NoxE) from Lactococcus lactis in engineered S...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Sarah Refai, Stefanie Berger, Kati Wassmann, Melanie Hecht, Thomas Dickhaus, Uwe Deppenmeier
A method was developed to quantify the performance of microorganisms involved in different digestion levels in biogas plants. The test system was based on the addition of butyrate (BCON), ethanol (ECON), acetate (ACON) or propionate (PCON) to biogas sludge samples and the subsequent analysis of CH4 formation in comparison to control samples. The combination of the four values was referred to as BEAP profile. Determination of BEAP profiles enabled rapid testing of a biogas plant's metabolic state within 24 h and an accurate mapping of all degradation levels in a lab-scale experimental setup...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jong Myoung Park, Chelladurai Rathnasingh, Hyohak Song
Klebsiella pneumoniae naturally produces relatively large amounts of 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) and 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) along with various byproducts using glycerol as a carbon source. The ldhA and mdh genes in K. pneumoniae were deleted based on its in silico gene knockout simulation with the criteria of maximizing 1,3-PD and 2,3-BD production and minimizing byproducts formation and cell growth retardation. In addition, the agitation speed, which is known to strongly affect 1,3-PD and 2,3-BD production in Klebsiella strains, was optimized...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Xu Zhang, Liming Xia
CBH1 (cellobiohydrolase) comprises the majority of secreted proteins by Trichoderma reesei. For expression of Talaromyces thermophilus lipase gene in T. reesei, a self-designed CBH1 promoter was applied to drive the lipase gene expression cassette which was bracketed by flanking sequences of cbh1 gene for homologous recombination. Protoplast and Agrobacterium-mediated plasmid transformations were performed and compared, resultantly, transformation mediated by Agrobacterium was overall proved to be more efficient...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Julio Berrios, María-Olga Flores, Alvaro Díaz-Barrera, Claudia Altamirano, Irene Martínez, Zaida Cabrera
The production of recombinant proteins by Pichia pastoris under AOX1 promoter is usually performed using methanol together with either glycerol or sorbitol as co-substrate. Although both co-substrates have been widely used, comparative studies are scarce. In addition, these comparisons have been performed at different specific growth rate (µ) that it is well known that has an important effect on productivity. Thus, the effect of using these co-substrates on the production of Rhyzopus oryzae lipase (ROL) by P...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yuan Zhu, James Mahaney, Jody Jellison, Jinzhen Cao, Julia Gressler, Dirk Hoffmeister, Barry Goodell
This study aims to clarify the role of variegatic acid (VA) in fungal attack by Serpula lacrymans, and also the generation and scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the fungus. VA promotes a mediated Fenton reaction to generated ROS after oxalate solubilizes oxidized forms of iron. The fungal extracellular matrix (ECM) β-glucan scavenged ROS, and we propose this as a mechanism to protect the fungal hyphae while ROS generation is promoted to deconstruct the lignocellulose cell wall. A relatively high pH (4...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Abdul Samad, Ji Zhang, Da Chen, Xiaowen Chen, Melvin Tucker, Yanna Liang
To make the process of producing sophorolipids by Candida bombicola truly sustainable, we investigated production of these biosurfactants on biomass hydrolysates. This study revealed: (1) yield of sophorolipds on bagasse hydrolysate decreased from 0.56 to 0.54 and to 0.37 g/g carbon source when yellow grease was dosed at 10, 40 and 60 g/L, respectively. In the same order, concentration of sophorolipids was 35.9, 41.9, and 39.3 g/L; (2) under similar conditions, sophorolipid yield was 0.12, 0.05 and 0.04 g/g carbon source when corn stover hydrolysate was mixed with soybean oil at 10, 20 and 40 g/L...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Athenia L Oldham, Mia K Steinberg, Kathleen E Duncan, Zakari Makama, Iwona Beech
Navy vessels consist of various metal alloys and biofilm accumulation at the metal surface is thought to play a role in influencing metal deterioration. To develop better strategies to monitor and control metallic biofilms, it is necessary to resolve the bacterial composition within the biofilm. This study aimed to determine if differences in electrochemical current could influence the composition of dominant bacteria in a metallic biofilm, and if so, determine the level of resolution using metagenomic amplicon sequencing...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yu-Qi Zhang, Ruo-Han Li, Hong-Bin Zhang, Min Wu, Xue-Qin Hu
Dextranase can hydrolyze dextran to low-molecular-weight polysaccharides, which have important medical applications. In the study, dextranase-producing strains were screened from various soil sources. The strain H6 was identified as Talaromyces pinophilus by a standard ITS rDNA analysis. Crude dextranase was purified by ammonium sulfate fractionation and Sepharose 6B chromatography, which resulted in a 6.69-fold increase in the specific activity and an 11.27% recovery. The enzyme was 58 kDa, lower than most dextranase, with an optimum temperature of 45 °C and an optimum pH of 6...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Marvin Kadisch, Andreas Schmid, Bruno Bühler
Fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) originating from plant oils are most interesting renewable feedstocks for biofuels and bio-based materials. FAMEs can also be produced and/or functionalized by engineered microbes to give access to, e.g., polymer building blocks. Yet, they are often subject to hydrolysis yielding free fatty acids, which typically are degraded by microbes. We identified BioH as the key enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of medium-chain length FAME derivatives in different E. coli K-12 strains...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Longfei Chen, Yingying Li, Qian Zhang, Dan Wang, Oren Akhberdi, Dongsheng Wei, Jiao Pan, Xudong Zhu
Pestalotiollide B, an analog of dibenzodioxocinones which are inhibitors of cholesterol ester transfer proteins, is produced by Pestalotiopsis microspora NK17. To increase the production of pestalotiollide B, we attempted to eliminate competing polyketide products by deleting the genes responsible for their biosynthesis. We successfully deleted 41 out of 48 putative polyketide synthases (PKSs) in the genome of NK17. Nine of the 41 PKS deleted strains had significant increased production of pestalotiollide B (P < 0...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jingjing Zhang, Meijuan Xu, Xiaoxun Ge, Xian Zhang, Taowei Yang, Zhenghong Xu, Zhiming Rao
N-acetyl-L-glutamate kinase (NAGK) catalyzes the second step of L-arginine biosynthesis and is inhibited by L-arginine in Corynebacterium crenatum. To ascertain the basis for the arginine sensitivity of CcNAGK, residue E19 which located at the entrance of the Arginine-ring was subjected to site-saturated mutagenesis and we successfully illustrated the inhibition-resistant mechanism. Typically, the E19Y mutant displayed the greatest deregulation of L-arginine feedback inhibition. An equally important strategy is to improve the catalytic activity and thermostability of CcNAGK...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Oscar Pardo-Planas, Rolf A Prade, Mark R Wilkins
Aryl alcohol oxidase (MtGloA) is an enzyme that belongs to the ligninolytic consortium and can play an important role in the bioenergy industry. This study investigated production of an MtGloA client enzyme by a mutant strain of Aspergillus nidulans unable to synthesize its own pyridoxine. Pyridoxine limitation can be used to control cell growth, diverting substrate to protein production. In agitated culture, enzyme production was similar when using media with 1 mg/L and without pyridoxine (26.64 ± 6.14 U/mg mycelia and 26...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
M Mahfuza Khatun, Chen-Guang Liu, Xin-Qing Zhao, Wen-Jie Yuan, Feng-Wu Bai
Ethanol fermentation from Jerusalem artichoke tubers was performed at elevated temperatures by the consolidated bioprocessing strategy using Saccharomyces cerevisiae MK01 expressing inulinase through cell surface display. No significant difference was observed in yeast growth when temperature was controlled at 38 and 40 °C, respectively, but inulinase activity with yeast cells was substantially enhanced at 40 °C. As a result, enzymatic hydrolysis of inulin was facilitated and ethanol production was improved with 89...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Pingping Tian, Peng Cao, Dong Hu, Depei Wang, Jian Zhang, Lin Wang, Yan Zhu, Qiang Gao
It was found that S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) could effectively improve avermectin titer with 30-60 μg/mL addition to FH medium. To clearly elucidate the mechanism of SAM on intracellular metabolites of Streptomyces avermitilis, a GC-MS-based comparative metabolomics approach was carried out. First, 230 intracellular metabolites were identified and 14 of them remarkably influenced avermectin biosynthesis were discriminative biomarkers between non-SAM groups and SAM-treated groups by principal components analysis (PCA) and partial least squares (PLS)...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Badal C Saha
Recently, itaconic acid (IA), an unsaturated C5-dicarboxylic acid, has attracted much attention as a biobased building block chemical. It is produced industrially (>80 g L(-1)) from glucose by fermentation with Aspergillus terreus. The titer is low compared with citric acid production (>200 g L(-1)). This review summarizes the latest progress on enhancing the yield and productivity of IA production. IA biosynthesis involves the decarboxylation of the TCA cycle intermediate cis-aconitate through the action of cis-aconitate decarboxylase (CAD) enzyme encoded by the CadA gene in A...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Mathew C Halter, James A Zahn
White biotechnology has made a positive impact on the chemical industry by providing safer, more efficient chemical manufacturing processes that have reduced the use of toxic chemicals, harsh reaction conditions, and expensive metal catalysts, which has improved alignment with the principles of Green Chemistry. The genetically-modified (GM) biocatalysts that are utilized in these processes are typically separated from high-value products and then recycled, or eliminated. Elimination routes include disposal in sanitary landfills, incineration, use as a fuel, animal feed, or reuse as an agricultural soil amendment or other value-added products...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Lanqing Dang, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Huanhuan Liu, Jianping Wen
Rapamycin, as a macrocyclic polyketide with immunosuppressive, antifungal, and anti-tumor activity produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus, is receiving considerable attention for its significant contribution in medical field. However, the production capacity of the wild strain is very low. Hereby, a computational guided engineering approach was proposed to improve the capability of rapamycin production. First, a genome-scale metabolic model of Streptomyces hygroscopicus ATCC 29253 was constructed based on its annotated genome and biochemical information...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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