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Microbial Biotechnology

María Hidalgo, Elena Puerta-Fernández
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February 21, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Servé W M Kengen
Pyrococcus furiosus has come of age. In 1986 the first publication on a remarkable microorganism, Pyrococcus furiosus, appeared. Now, 30 years later it is still "the fast and the furious".
February 20, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Xiaolong You, Ranhui Li, Kanglin Wan, Liangzhuan Liu, Xiaoping Xie, Lanhua Zhao, Ning Wu, Xiangying Deng, Li Wang, Yanhua Zeng
Tuberculosis (TB), the leading cause of death among infectious diseases worldwide, is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). Early accurate diagnosis means earlier prevention, treatment and control of TB. To confirm efficient diagnostic antigens for M. tuberculosis, the serodiagnosis value of four recombinant proteins including Rv0220, Rv2958c, Rv2994 and Rv3347c was evaluated in this study. The specificities and sensitivities of four recombinant proteins were determined based on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) by screening sera from smear-positive pulmonary TB patients (n = 92), uninfected individuals (n = 60) and patients with Mycoplasma pneumoniae (n = 32) that potentially cross-react with M...
February 20, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Ewelina Celińska, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Macarena Larroude, Tristan Rossignol, Cyrille Pauthenier, Jean-Marc Nicaud
In this study, we have adopted Golden Gate modular cloning strategy to develop a robust and versatile DNA assembly platform for the nonconventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. To this end, a broad set of destination vectors and interchangeable building blocks have been constructed. The DNA modules were assembled on a scaffold of predesigned 4 nt overhangs covering three transcription units (each bearing promoter, gene and terminator), selection marker gene and genomic integration targeting sequences, constituting altogether thirteen elements...
February 19, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Caroline Pandin, Dominique Le Coq, Alexis Canette, Stéphane Aymerich, Romain Briandet
Almost one-third of crop yields are lost every year due to microbial alterations and diseases. The main control strategy to limit these losses is the use of an array of chemicals active against spoilage and unwanted pathogenic microorganisms. Their massive use has led to extensive environmental pollution, human poisoning and a variety of diseases. An emerging alternative to this chemical approach is the use of microbial biocontrol agents. Biopesticides have been used with success in several fields, but a better understanding of their mode of action is necessary to better control their activity and increase their use...
February 16, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Matthew W Keller, Gina L Lipscomb, Diep M Nguyen, Alexander T Crowley, Gerrit J Schut, Israel Scott, Robert M Kelly, Michael W W Adams
Ethanol is an important target for the renewable production of liquid transportation fuels. It can be produced biologically from pyruvate, via pyruvate decarboxylase, or from acetyl-CoA, by alcohol dehydrogenase E (AdhE). Thermophilic bacteria utilize AdhE, which is a bifunctional enzyme that contains both acetaldehyde dehydrogenase and alcohol dehydrogenase activities. Many of these organisms also contain a separate alcohol dehydrogenase (AdhA) that generates ethanol from acetaldehyde, although the role of AdhA in ethanol production is typically not clear...
February 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Kathryn M Wright, Louise Crozier, Jacqueline Marshall, Bernhard Merget, Ashleigh Holmes, Nicola J Holden
Internalization of food-borne bacteria into edible parts of fresh produce plants represents a serious health risk. Therefore, internalization of verocytotoxigenic E. coli O157:H7 isolate Sakai was assessed in two species associated with outbreaks, spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and compared to the model species Nicotiana benthamiana. Internalization occurred in the leaves and roots of spinach and lettuce throughout a 10 day time-course. The plant species, tissue type and inoculum dose all impacted the outcome...
February 7, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Julien Farasin, Sandrine Koechler, Hugo Varet, Julien Deschamps, Marie-Agnès Dillies, Caroline Proux, Mathieu Erhardt, Aline Huber, Bernd Jagla, Romain Briandet, Jean-Yves Coppée, Florence Arsène-Ploetze
Bacteria of the genus Thiomonas are found ubiquitously in arsenic contaminated waters such as acid mine drainage (AMD), where they contribute to the precipitation and the natural bioremediation of arsenic. In these environments, these bacteria have developed a large range of resistance strategies among which the capacity to form particular biofilm structures. The biofilm formation is one of the most ubiquitous adaptive response observed in prokaryotes to various stresses, such as those induced in the presence of toxic compounds...
February 7, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Clément Naudin, Ariane Schumski, Outi M H Salo-Ahen, Heiko Herwald, Emanuel Smeds
Species tropism constitutes a serious problem for developing relevant animal models of infection. Human pathogens can express virulence factors that show specific selectivity to human proteins, while their affinity for orthologs from other species can vary significantly. Suitable animal species must be used to analyse whether virulence factors are potential targets for drug development. We developed an assay that rapidly predicts applicable animal species for studying virulence factors binding plasma proteins...
February 7, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Alessandro Tanca, Cristina Fraumene, Valeria Manghina, Antonio Palomba, Marcello Abbondio, Massimo Deligios, Daniela Pagnozzi, Maria Filippa Addis, Sergio Uzzau
Little is currently known on the microbial populations colonizing the sheep large intestine, despite their expected key role in host metabolism, physiology and immunity. This study reports the first characterization of the sheep faecal microbiota composition and functions, obtained through the application of a multi-omic strategy. An optimized protocol was first devised for DNA extraction and amplification from sheep stool samples. Then, 16S rDNA sequencing, shotgun metagenomics and shotgun metaproteomics were applied to unravel taxonomy, genetic potential and actively expressed functions and pathways respectively...
February 6, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Sabina Górska, Martin Schwarzer, Dagmar Srutkova, Petra Hermanova, Ewa Brzozowska, Hana Kozakova, Andrzej Gamian
Here, we compared the abilities of polysaccharides L900/2 and L900/3, which were previously isolated from Lactobacillus rhamnosus LOCK 0900, to modulate the immune response to bystander antigens in a mouse model of ovalbumin (OVA) sensitization. In vivo, both polysaccharides reduced the levels of OVA-specific IgE, IgE-dependent basophil degranulation and IgG2a antibodies, but had no effect on the levels of OVA-specific IgA or IgG1. Interestingly, both polysaccharides triggered recall cellular responses with distinct properties...
February 6, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Antonio Caballero, Ana Segura
Wine industry is engaged in finding technological ways to decrease alcohol concentration in wines without spoiling their organoleptic properties. Such challenge requires, among other strategies, modification of the yeast strains carrying out the fermentation. In this issue of Microb. Biotechnol., Goold and colleagues have reviewed one of the most straightforward yeast modification, altering its metabolism to produce glycerol instead of alcohol.
January 29, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Jesús Muñoz-Rojas
The manuscript published by Microb Biotechnol, volume 10, highlights the relevance of the fungus Nigrospora sphaerica, an endophyte isolated from Catharanthus roseus, as an alternative source to obtain vinblastine, a compound used in chemotherapy schemes to treat several types of cancer. Authors showed that purification of vinblastine from extracts of the fungus has higher activity and yield in comparison with that obtained from the plant Catharanthus roseus. This work represents a biotechnological approach to obtain vinblastine with promising results to decrease the production cost...
January 26, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Alexander J Webb, Richard Kelwick, Paul S Freemont
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January 26, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Wei Zhuang, Xiaojing Liu, Jing Yang, Jinglan Wu, Jingwei Zhou, Yong Chen, Dong Liu, Hanjie Ying
Immobilized fermentation has several advantages over traditional suspended fermentation, including simple and continuous operation, improved fermentation performance and reduced cost. Carrier is the most adjustable element among three elements of immobilized fermentation, including carrier, bacteria and environment. In this study, we characterized carrier roughness and surface properties of four types of natural fibres, including linen, cotton, bamboo fibre and silk, to assess their effects on cell immobilization, fermentation performance and stability...
January 23, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Kai Antweiler, Susanne Schreiter, Jens Keilwagen, Petr Baldrian, Siegfried Kropf, Kornelia Smalla, Rita Grosch, Holger Heuer
A statistical method was developed to test for equivalence of microbial communities analysed by next-generation sequencing of amplicons. The test uses Bray-Curtis distances between the microbial community structures and is based on a two-sample jackknife procedure. This approach was applied to investigate putative effects of the antifungal biocontrol strain RU47 on fungal communities in three arable soils which were analysed by high-throughput ITS amplicon sequencing. Two contrasting workflows to produce abundance tables of operational taxonomic units from sequence data were applied...
January 23, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Frederick von Netzer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Helen Y Buse, Pan Ji, Vicente Gomez-Alvarez, Amy Pruden, Marc A Edwards, Nicholas J Ashbolt
It is unclear how the water-based pathogen, Legionella pneumophila (Lp), and associated free-living amoeba (FLA) hosts change or are changed by the microbial composition of drinking water (DW) biofilm communities. Thus, this study characterized the bacterial community structure over a 7-month period within mature (> 600-day-old) copper DW biofilms in reactors simulating premise plumbing and assessed the impact of temperature and introduction of Lp and its FLA host, Vermamoeba vermiformis (Vv), co-cultures (LpVv)...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Daniela Lucio-Hernández, Isabel Martínez-Ángeles, Nicola Demitri, Maurizio Polentarutti, María J Rosales-Hoz, Abel Moreno
Nature produces biominerals (biogenic minerals) that are synthesized as complex structures, in terms of their physicochemical properties. These biominerals are composed of minerals and biological macromolecules. They are produced by living organisms and are usually formed through a combination of chemical, biochemical and biophysical processes. Microorganisms like Candida in the presence of heavy metals can biomineralize those metals to form microcrystals (MCs) and nanocrystals (NCs). In this work, MCs and NCs of PbS, HgS or HgCl2 as well as CdS are synthesized both in vitro (gels) and in vivo by four Candida species...
January 16, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
Hugh D Goold, Heinrich Kroukamp, Thomas C Williams, Ian T Paulsen, Cristian Varela, Isak S Pretorius
Alcohol is fundamental to the character of wine, yet too much can put a wine off-balance. A wine is regarded to be well balanced if its alcoholic strength, acidity, sweetness, fruitiness and tannin structure complement each other so that no single component dominates on the palate. Balancing a wine's positive fruit flavours with the optimal absolute and relative concentration of alcohol can be surprisingly difficult. Over the past three decades, consumers have increasingly demanded wine with richer and riper fruit flavour profiles...
January 13, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
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