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X Liu, S Hiligsmann, R Gourdon, R Bayard
Fungal pretreatment by Ceriporiopsis subvermispora of two forest residues (hazel and acacia branches) and two agricultural lignocellulosic residues (barley straw and sugarcane bagasse) were studied as a pretreatment to improve their subsequent anaerobic digestion for methane production. Biomass samples were grinded to 2 ranges of particle sizes (<4 or 1 mm), autoclaved, inoculated with two strains of C. subvermispora (ATCC 90467 and ATCC 96608) and incubated at 28 °C for 28 days. The effects of fungal pretreatment were assessed by analyzing the samples before and after incubations for dry solids mass, biochemical composition, bio-methane production (BMP) and availability of cellulose to hydrolysis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Chao Huang, Piao Xu, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Cui Lai, Min Cheng, Linjing Deng, Chen Zhang, Jia Wan, Linshan Liu
In the present study, sediment was spiked with bisphenol A (BPA) solution to explore the interaction between indigenous bacterial communities and BPA biodegradation in sediment. Results showed that BPA could be adsorbed to the sediment and then biodegraded rapidly. Biodegradation efficiency of BPA in treatments with 10 and 50 mg/L BPA reached 64.3 and 61.8% on the first day, respectively. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis indicated that BPA affected the densities, species, and diversities of bacteria significantly...
February 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Tao Chen, Yuanhong Xu, Zhi Peng, Aihua Li, Jingquan Liu
Simultaneously enhancing the catalytic bioactivity and stability of enzyme is still an intractable issue in the enzymatic study. Herein, a facile and effective approach was designed to immobilize and modify laccase on a Cu(2+)-adsorbed pyrene-terminated block copolymer [poly(acrylic acid)/poly(poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate)] (PAA/PPEGA), which was prepared via well-controlled reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. PAA provided the supporting matrix for firm immobilization of Cu(2+), an enzyme bioactivity inducer, onto the microstructure of laccase, while avoiding any contamination of the heavy metal Cu(2+) into the following application system...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
P D Postemsky, M A Bidegain, R González-Matute, N D Figlas, M A Cubitto
Solid-state fermentation was evaluated at the pilot-scale for the bioconversion and valorization of rice husks and straw (RSH), or sunflower seed hulls (SSH), into medicinal mushrooms and crude extracts, with laccase activity. The average mushroom yield was 56kg dry weight per ton of agro-residues. Laccase activity in crude aqueous extracts showed its maximum value of 10,927Ukg(-1) in RSH (day 10, Exudate phase) and 16,442Ukg(-1) in SSH (day 5, Full colonization phase), the activity at the Residual substrate phase being 511Ukg(-1) in RSH and 803Ukg(-1) in SSH, respectively...
February 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Hui Lin, Amanda Hildebrand, Takao Kasuga, Zhiliang Fan
In a cellulosic biorefinery, the cellulase enzymes needed for hydrolysis are one of the major contributors to high processing costs, while the hydrolysis product, cellobiose, has strong inhibition to the cellulases. In this study, we report engineering recombinant Neurospora crassa strains which are able to produce cellobionate, an organic acid, from cellulose without any enzyme addition. Recombinant strains were constructed by heterologously expressing laccase genes from different sources under different promoters in N...
April 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Aiswarya Chenthamarakshan, Nayana Parambayil, Nafeesathul Miziriya, P S Soumya, M S Kiran Lakshmi, Anala Ramgopal, Anuja Dileep, Padma Nambisan
BACKGROUND: Fungal laccase has profound applications in different fields of biotechnology due to its broad specificity and high redox potential. Any successful application of the enzyme requires large scale production. As laccase production is highly dependent on medium components and cultural conditions, optimization of the same is essential for efficient product production. RESULTS: Production of laccase by fungal strain Marasmiellus palmivorus LA1 under solid state fermentation was optimized by the Taguchi design of experiments (DOE) methodology...
February 13, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
Lara F Stadlmair, Thomas Letzel, Jörg E Drewes, Johanna Graßmann
The ubiquitous presence of trace organic chemicals in wastewater and surface water leads to a growing demand for novel removal technologies. The use of isolated enzymes has been shown to possess the capability for a targeted application but requires a clearer mechanistic understanding. In this study, the potential of peroxidase from horseradish (HRP) and laccase from Pleurotus ostreatus (LccPO) to transform selected trace organic chemicals was studied using mass spectrometry (MS)-based in vitro enzyme assays...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
Hana Válková, Čeněk Novotný, Kateřina Malachová, Pavlína Šlosarčíková, Jindřich Fojtík
White-rot fungi are efficient degraders of lignin whose extracellular enzymes have a potential to degrade organopollutants. In natural conditions these fungi enter into interactions with other organisms, which may affect their biodegradation capacity. The aim was to investigate the ability of Pleurotus ostreatus to form stable biofilms and to test the capacity of the fungus to degrade Remazol Brilliant Blue R in mixed cultures with bacteria. Bacterial counts were determined to see the behavior of the bacterium in the mixed culture with the fungus...
February 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Maria Fátima Lucas, Emanuele Monza, Lise J Jørgensen, Heidi A Ernst, Klaus Piontek, Morten J Bjerrum, Ángel T Martinez, Susana Camarero, Víctor Guallar
To meet the very specific requirements demanded by industry, proteins must be appropriately tailored. Engineering laccases, to improve the oxidation of small molecules, with applications in multiple fields, is, however, a difficult task. Most efforts have concentrated on increasing the redox potential of the enzyme, but in recent work, we have pursued an alternate strategy to engineering these biocatalysts. In particular, we have found that redesigning substrate binding at the T1 pocket, guided by in silico methodologies, to be a more consistent option...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Leandro Ferreira Moreno, Peiying Feng, Vinicius Almir Weiss, Vania Aparecida Vicente, J Benjamin Stielow, Sybren de Hoog
The genus Fonsecaea comprises black yeast-like fungi of clinical relevance, including etiologic agents of chromoblastomycosis and cerebral phaeohyphomycosis. Presence of melanin and assimilation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons and alkylbenzenes have been proposed as virulence factors. Multicopper oxidase (MCO) is a family of enzymes including laccases, ferroxidases and ascorbate oxidases which are able to catalyze the oxidation of various aromatic organic compounds with the reduction of molecular oxygen to water...
2017: PloS One
Rahul Singh, Jinguang Hu, Matthew R Regner, James W Round, John Ralph, John N Saddler, Lindsay D Eltis
The recalcitrance of woody biomass, particularly its lignin component, hinders its sustainable transformation to fuels and biomaterials. Although the recent discovery of several bacterial ligninases promises the development of novel biocatalysts, these enzymes have largely been characterized using model substrates: direct evidence for their action on biomass is lacking. Herein, we report the delignification of woody biomass by a small laccase (sLac) from Amycolatopsis sp. 75iv3. Incubation of steam-pretreated poplar (SPP) with sLac enhanced the release of acid-precipitable polymeric lignin (APPL) by ~6-fold, and reduced the amount of acid-soluble lignin by ~15%...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ngieng Ngui Sing, Ahmad Husaini, Azham Zulkharnain, Hairul Azman Roslan
Marasmius cladophyllus was examined for its ability to degradatively decolourise the recalcitrant dye Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR) and screened for the production of ligninolytic enzymes using specific substrates. Monitoring dye decolourisation by the decrease in absorbance ratio of A592/A500 shows that the decolourisation of RBBR dye was associated with the dye degradation. Marasmius cladophyllus produces laccase and lignin peroxidase in glucose minimal liquid medium containing RBBR. Both enzyme activities were increased, with laccase activity recorded 70 times higher reaching up to 390 U L(-1) on day 12...
2017: BioMed Research International
Shahla Rezaei, Ahmad Reza Shahverdi, Mohammad Ali Faramarzi
The aim of the present work was to study the ability of a halophilic bacterial laccase to efficient delignification in extreme conditions. Here, a highly stable extracellular laccase showing ligninolytic activity from halophilic Aquisalibacillus elongatus is described. The laccase production was strongly influenced by NaCl and CuSO4 and under optimal conditions reached 4.8UmL(-1). The monomeric enzyme of 75kDa was purified by a synthetic affinity column with 68.2% yield and 99.8-fold purification. The enzyme showed some valuable features viz...
January 26, 2017: Bioresource Technology
J Artigas, F Rossi, M Gerphagnon, C Mallet
The present study investigates the sensitivity of laccase activity to the fungicide tebuconazole (TBZ) in order to seek for new functional toxicity descriptors in aquatic microbial communities associated to decomposing litter. With this aim, we analyzed the sensitivity of laccase from the different microbial components (fungi and bacteria growing separately and in co-existence), as well as that of their corresponding enzyme fractions (cell bound and diffusible), forming microbial communities in Alnus glutinosa leaves...
January 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Jing Chen, Juan Leng, Xiai Yang, Liping Liao, Liangliang Liu, Aiping Xiao
In this study, magnetic graphene oxide (MGO) nanomaterials were synthesized based on covalent binding of amino Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto the graphene oxide (GO), and the prepared MGO was successfully applied as support for the immobilization of laccase. The MGO-laccase was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Compared with free laccase, the MGO-laccase exhibited better pH and thermal stabilities. The optimum pH and temperature were confirmed as pH 3...
February 1, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Churapa Teerapatsakul, Lerluck Chitradon
Regulation of alkaline-resistant laccase from Perenniporia tephropora KU-Alk4 was proved to be controlled by several factors. One important factor was the initial pH, which drove the fungus to produce different kinds of ligninolytic enzymes. P. tephropora KU-Alk4 could grow at pH 4.5, 7.0, and 8.0. The fungus produced laccase and MnP at pH 7.0, but only laccase at pH 8.0. The specific activity of laccase in the pH 8.0 culture was higher than that in the pH 7.0 culture. At pH 8.0, glucose was the best carbon source for laccase production but growth was better with lactose...
December 2016: Mycobiology
Sazzad Hossen Toushik, Kyung-Tai Lee, Jin-Sung Lee, Keun-Sung Kim
Cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin (carbohydrate), and lignin (noncarbohydrate) polymers are the main substrates of lignocellulose-degrading enzymes. They are present in large amounts in the primary cell wall and dietary fibers of major fruits and vegetables. During processing of fruits and vegetables to the corresponding final food products, lignocellulosic substrates are hydrolyzed by different lignocellulolytic enzymes. Currently, lignocellulolytic enzymes such as cellulases, xylanases, pectinases, and laccases are extensively used during the processing of fruits and vegetables, in applications like texturizing and flavoring of products in the food industries...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Food Science
Chang Su, Zhiyang Chen, I-Son Ng
Proteus hauseri ZMd44, a biodecolorizing bacterium, has been known to produce electricity and multi-copper oxidase (Mco-laccase) under copper induction. However, optimization and regulation of production have not been explored. This study is the first attempt to evaluate several parameters on biomass and Mco-laccase production of P. hauseri ZMd44. Through orthogonal experiments with Taguchi's L9 found that P. hauseri ZMd44 was sensitive to pH value. The cells grew relatively quickly at pH 7, thus the biomass and Mco-laccase-production reached 1...
February 1, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
Vijaya Gupta, Neena Capalash, Naveen Gupta, Prince Sharma
Activated sludge is an artificial ecosystem known to harbor complex microbial communities. Bacterial diversity in activated sludge from pulp and paper industry was studied to bioprospect for laccase, the multicopper oxidase applicable in a large number of industries due to its ability to utilize a wide range of substrates. Bacterial diversity using 454 pyrosequencing and laccase diversity using degenerate primers specific to conserved copper binding domain of laccase like multicopper oxidase (LMCO) genes were investigated...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
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