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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108865/transition-from-exponential-to-linear-photoautotrophic-growth-changes-the-physiology-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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R M Schuurmans, J C P Matthijs, K J Hellingwerf
Phototrophic microorganisms like cyanobacteria show growth curves in batch culture that differ from the corresponding growth curves of chemotrophic bacteria. Instead of the usual three phases, i.e., lag-, log-, and stationary phase, phototrophs display four distinct phases. The extra growth phase is a phase of linear, light-limited growth that follows the exponential phase and is often ignored as being different. Results of this study demonstrate marked growth phase-dependent alterations in the photophysiology of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp...
January 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107376/deletion-of-ph-regulator-pac-3-affects-cellulase-and-xylanase-activity-during-sugarcane-bagasse-degradation-by-neurospora-crassa
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Amanda Cristina Campos Antoniêto, Wellington Ramos Pedersoli, Lílian Dos Santos Castro, Rodrigo da Silva Santos, Aline Helena da Silva Cruz, Karoline Maria Vieira Nogueira, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Antonio Rossi, Roberto Nascimento Silva
Microorganisms play a vital role in bioethanol production whose usage as fuel energy is increasing worldwide. The filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa synthesize and secrete the major enzymes involved in plant cell wall deconstruction. The production of cellulases and hemicellulases is known to be affected by the environmental pH; however, the regulatory mechanisms of this process are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the pH regulator PAC-3 in N. crassa during their growth on sugarcane bagasse at different pH conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106796/preparative-scale-resolution-of-enantiomers-enables-accelerated-drug-discovery-and-development
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Hanna Leek, Shalini Andersson
The provision of pure enantiomers is of increasing importance not only for the pharmaceutical industry but also for agro-chemistry and biotechnology. In drug discovery and development, the enantiomers of a chiral drug depict unique chemical and pharmacological behaviors in a chiral environment, such as the human body, in which the stereochemistry of the chiral drugs determines their pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and toxicological properties. We present a number of challenging case studies of up-to-kilogram separations of racemic or enriched isomer mixtures using preparative liquid chromatography and super critical fluid chromatography to generate individual enantiomers that have enabled the development of new candidate drugs within AstraZeneca...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106351/real-time-ph-monitoring-of-industrially-relevant-enzymatic-reactions-in-a-microfluidic-side-entry-reactor-%C3%AE-ser-shows-potential-for-ph-control
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Pia Gruber, Marco P C Marques, Philipp Sulzer, Roland Wohlgemuth, Torsten Mayr, Frank Baganz, Nicolas Szita
Monitoring and control of pH is essential for the control of reaction conditions and reaction progress for any biocatalytic or biotechnological process. Microfluidic enzymatic reactors are increasingly proposed for process development, however typically lack instrumentation, such as pH monitoring. We present a microfluidic side-entry reactor (μSER) and demonstrate for the first time real-time pH monitoring of the progression of an enzymatic reaction in a microfluidic reactor as a first step towards achieving pH control...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105928/computer-aided-identification-of-a-hevein-like-antimicrobial-peptide-of-bell-pepper-leaves-for-biotechnological-use
#5
Patrícia Dias Games, Elói Quintas Gonçalves daSilva, Meire de Oliveira Barbosa, Hebréia Oliveira Almeida-Souza, Patrícia Pereira Fontes, Marcos Jorge deMagalhães-Jr, Paulo Roberto Gomes Pereira, Maura Vianna Prates, Gloria Regina Franco, Alessandra Faria-Campos, Sérgio Vale Aguiar Campos, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides from plants present mechanisms of action that are different from those of conventional defense agents. They are under-explored but have a potential as commercial antimicrobials. Bell pepper leaves ('Magali R') are discarded after harvesting the fruit and are sources of bioactive peptides. This work reports the isolation by peptidomics tools, and the identification and partially characterization by computational tools of an antimicrobial peptide from bell pepper leaves, and evidences the usefulness of records and the in silico analysis for the study of plant peptides aiming biotechnological uses...
December 15, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105601/gordonia-isolation-and-identification-in-clinical-samples-and-role-in-biotechnology
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Fatemeh Andalibi, Mehdi Fatahi-Bafghi
Gordonia spp. are members of the actinomycete family, and the environment, especially soil, is the natural habitat of this genus of bacteria. Gordonia spp. are important for two aspects: first, some Gordonia species cause a broad spectrum of diseases in healthy and immunocompromised individuals; second, these bacteria are capable of producing useful secondary metabolites, which may be used in various industries; therefore, discrimination of the genus Gordonia from other genera in the actinomycete family is important...
January 20, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105473/recent-applications-of-the-combination-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-with-nucleic-acids-development-of-bioresponsive-devices-carriers-and-sensors
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Rafael R Castillo, Alejandro Baeza, María Vallet-Regí
The discovery and control of the biological roles mediated by nucleic acids have turned them into a powerful tool for the development of advanced biotechnological materials. Such is the importance of these gene-keeping biomacromolecules that even nanomaterials have succumbed to the claimed benefits of DNA and RNA. Currently, there could be found in the literature a practically intractable number of examples reporting the use of combination of nanoparticles with nucleic acids, so boundaries are demanded. Following this premise, this review will only cover the most recent and powerful strategies developed to exploit the possibilities of nucleic acids as biotechnological materials when in combination with mesoporous silica nanoparticles...
January 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104900/extremozymes-a-potential-source-for-industrial-applications
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Kelly Dumorné, David Camacho Córdova, Marcia Astorga-Eló, Prabhaharan Renganathan
Extremophilic microorganisms have established a diversity of molecular strategies in order to survive in extreme conditions. Biocatalysts isolated by these organisms are termed extremozymes, possess extraordinary properties are salt allowance thermostability and cold adaptivity. Extremozymes are very resistant in extreme conditions due to their great solidity and they propose new opportunities for biocatalysis and biotransformations, also for the development of the economy and new line of research through their application...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104792/new-insight-into-chondroitin-and-heparosan-like-capsular-polysaccharide-synthesis-by-profiling-of-the-nucleotide-sugar-precursors
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Odile Francesca Restaino, Irene di Lauro, Rosaria Di Nuzzo, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
Escherichia coli K4 and K5 capsular polysaccharides have been used as starting material for the biotechnological production of chondroitin sulfate and heparin, respectively. The capsular polysaccharide covers the outer cell wall but in late exponential or stationary growth phase it is started to be released in the surrounding medium. The released capsular polysaccharide concentration was used, so far, as the only marker to connect the strain production ability to the different cultivation conditions employed...
January 19, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103776/small-and-hungry-micrornas-in-micronutrient-homeostasis-of-plants
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Prashanti Patel, Karuna Yadav, Thumballi Ramabhatta Ganapathi
MicroRNAs are emerging players in plant development and response to stresses, both biotic and abiotic such as micronutrient deficiency. These small RNAs regulate cognate downstream targets either by transcript cleavage or translational inhibition. Micronutrient deficiencies lead to poor quality and yield of crops and impaired human health. Over the years several microRNAs have been identified which regulate expression of genes controlling uptake, mobilization and homeostasis of macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur to ensure sufficiency without toxicity...
January 17, 2017: MicroRNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103583/angiogenesis-related-genes-may-be-a-more-important-factor-than-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-development
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Min Yang, Bo-Lin Chen, Jian-Bao Huang, Yan-Ni Meng, Xiao-Jun Duan, Lu Chen, Lin-Rui Li, Yan-Ping Chen
We characterized the expression profile of angiogenesis-related genes (ARG) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) genes in preterm infants, with and without bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We reanalyzed a gene expression dataset for preterm infants from the Gene Expression Omnibus database using the Gene-Cloud of Biotechnology Information platform. A total of 1,652 genes were differentially (1.2-fold change) expressed: 811 were highly expressed in infants with BPD, and 841 were highly expressed in those without BPD...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102516/production-of-lovastatin-and-itaconic-acid-by-aspergillus-terreus-a-comparative-perspective
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Tomasz Boruta, Marcin Bizukojc
Aspergillus terreus is a textbook example of an industrially relevant filamentous fungus. It is used for the biotechnological production of two valuable metabolites, namely itaconic acid and lovastatin. Itaconic acid serves as a precursor in polymer industry, whereas lovastatin found its place in the pharmaceutical market as a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and a precursor for semisynthetic statins. Interestingly, their biosynthetic gene clusters were shown to reside in the common genetic neighborhood. Despite the genomic proximity of the underlying biosynthetic genes, the production of lovastatin and itaconic acid was shown to be favored by different factors, especially with respect to pH values of the broth...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102365/viral-phylogenomics-using-an-alignment-free-method-a-three-step-approach-to-determine-optimal-length-of-k-mer
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Qian Zhang, Se-Ran Jun, Michael Leuze, David Ussery, Intawat Nookaew
The development of rapid, economical genome sequencing has shed new light on the classification of viruses. As of October 2016, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database contained >2 million viral genome sequences and a reference set of ~4000 viral genome sequences that cover a wide range of known viral families. Whole-genome sequences can be used to improve viral classification and provide insight into the viral "tree of life". However, due to the lack of evolutionary conservation amongst diverse viruses, it is not feasible to build a viral tree of life using traditional phylogenetic methods based on conserved proteins...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101966/the-free-energy-of-locking-a-ring-changing-a-deoxyribonucleoside-to-a-locked-nucleic-acid
#14
You Xu, Alessandra Villa, Lennart Nilsson
Locked nucleic acid (LNA), a modified nucleoside which contains a bridging group across the ribose ring, improves the stability of DNA/RNA duplexes significantly, and therefore is of interest in biotechnology and gene therapy applications. In this study, we investigate the free energy change between LNA and DNA nucleosides. The transformation requires the breaking of the bridging group across the ribose ring, a problematic transformation in free energy calculations. To address this, we have developed a 3-step (easy to implement) and a 1-step protocol (more efficient, but more complicated to setup), for single and dual topologies in classical molecular dynamics simulations, using the Bennett Acceptance Ratio method to calculate the free energy...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101872/properties-of-engineered-and-fabricated-silks
#15
Gregor Lang, Heike Herold, Thomas Scheibel
Silk is a protein-based material which is predominantly produced by insects and spiders. Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have enabled these animals to utilize different, highly adapted silk types in a broad variety of applications. Silk occurs in several morphologies, such as sticky glue or in the shape of fibers and can, depending on the application by the respective animal, dissipate a high mechanical energy, resist heat and radiation, maintain functionality when submerged in water and withstand microbial settling...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101462/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-genes-coding-pharmaceutically-important-enzymes-from-halo-thermo-tolerant-bacillus
#16
Azam Safary, Rezvan Moniri, Maryam Hamzeh-Mivehroud, Siavoush Dastmalchi
Purpose: Robust pharmaceutical and industrial enzymes from extremophile microorganisms are main source of enzymes with tremendous stability under harsh conditions which make them potential tools for commercial and biotechnological applications. Methods: The genome of a Gram-positive halo-thermotolerant Bacillus sp. SL1, new isolate from Saline Lake, was investigated for the presence of genes coding for potentially pharmaceutical enzymes. We determined gene sequences for the enzymes laccase (CotA), l-asparaginase (ansA3, ansA1), glutamate-specific endopeptidase (blaSE), l-arabinose isomerase (araA2), endo-1,4-β mannosidase (gmuG), glutaminase (glsA), pectate lyase (pelA), cellulase (bglC1), aldehyde dehydrogenase (ycbD) and allantoinases (pucH) in the genome of Bacillus sp...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100080/the-commercialization-of-genome-editing-technologies
#17
Katelyn Brinegar, Ali K Yetisen, Sun Choi, Emily Vallillo, Guillermo U Ruiz-Esparza, Anand M Prabhakar, Ali Khademhosseini, Seok-Hyun Yun
The emergence of new gene-editing technologies is profoundly transforming human therapeutics, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology. Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) have created a fertile environment for mass-scale manufacturing of cost-effective products ranging from basic research to translational medicine. In our analyses, we evaluated the patent landscape of gene-editing technologies and found that in comparison to earlier gene-editing techniques, CRISPR has gained significant traction and this has established dominance...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098337/characterisation-of-the-enzymatic-properties-of-mpapr1-an-aspartic-protease-secreted-by-the-wine-yeast-metschnikowia-pulcherrima
#18
Louwrens Wiid Theron, Marina Bely, Benoit Divol
BACKGROUND: MpAPr1, encoding an acid protease from the wine yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima IWBT Y1123, was previously isolated and shown to display potential activity against casein and grape proteins. However, its characterisation remained partial. RESULTS: MpAPr1 was cloned into the pGAPZαA vector and transformed into Komagataella pastoris X33 for heterologous expression. After verification of activity, the enzyme properties were characterised. Protease activity within the concentrated supernatant was retained over a pH range of 3...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097641/natural-products-diversity-of-marine-ascidians-tunicates-ascidiacea-and-successful-drugs-in-clinical-development
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REVIEW
Satheesh Kumar Palanisamy, N M Rajendran, Angela Marino
This present study reviewed the chemical diversity of marine ascidians and their pharmacological applications, challenges and recent developments in marine drug discovery reported during 1994-2014, highlighting the structural activity of compounds produced by these specimens. Till date only 5% of living ascidian species were studied from <3000 species, this study represented from family didemnidae (32%), polyclinidae (22%), styelidae and polycitoridae (11-12%) exhibiting the highest number of promising MNPs...
January 17, 2017: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097384/stress-response-physiology-of-thermophiles
#20
REVIEW
Preeti Ranawat, Seema Rawat
Thermo (or hyperthermo) philic microorganisms are ubiquitous having a wide range of habitats from freshly fallen snow to pasteurized milk to geothermal areas like hot springs. The variations in physicochemical conditions, viz., temperature, pH, nutrient availability and light intensity in the habitats always pose stress conditions for the inhabitants leading to slow growth or cell death. The industrial processes used for harvesting secondary metabolites such as enzymes, toxins and organic acids also create stressed environments for thermophiles...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
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