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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629190/biotechnological-potential-of-cold-adapted-pseudoalteromonas-spp-isolated-from-deep-sea-sponges
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Erik Borchert, Stephen Knobloch, Emilie Dwyer, Sinéad Flynn, Stephen A Jackson, Ragnar Jóhannsson, Viggó T Marteinsson, Fergal O'Gara, Alan D W Dobson
The marine genus Pseudoalteromonas is known for its versatile biotechnological potential with respect to the production of antimicrobials and enzymes of industrial interest. We have sequenced the genomes of three Pseudoalteromonas sp. strains isolated from different deep sea sponges on the Illumina MiSeq platform. The isolates have been screened for various industrially important enzymes and comparative genomics has been applied to investigate potential relationships between the isolates and their host organisms, while comparing them to free-living Pseudoalteromonas spp...
June 19, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629096/synthesis-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-and-their-dispersions-with-special-reference-to-applications-in-biomedicine-and-biotechnology
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REVIEW
R V Mehta
Biomedical and biotechnological applications of magnetic nanoparticles and their dispersions in liquids are found to be potentially useful. An exponential growth in publications of papers, reviews and patents has been observed. Possibilities of their indiscriminate use on individual as well as environmental health hazards are also investigated. Still, there appears to be a good scope for further research work in the field. Even a small improvement either in preparation method or development of novel nanoparticles may prove to be beneficial in longer run...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611737/de-novo-biosynthesis-of-apigenin-luteolin-and-eriodictyol-in-the-actinomycete-streptomyces-albus-and-production-improvement-by-feeding-and-spore-conditioning
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Laura Marín, Ignacio Gutiérrez-Del-Río, Paula Yagüe, Ángel Manteca, Claudio J Villar, Felipe Lombó
Nutraceutical compounds as plant flavonoids play an important role in prevention and modulation of diverse heath conditions, as they exert interesting antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antitumor effects. They also possess anti-inflammatory activities in arthritis, cardiovascular disease or neurological diseases, as well as modulatory effects on the CYP450 activity on diverse drugs. Most flavonoids are bioactive molecules of plant origin, but their industrial production is sometimes hindered due to reasons as low concentration in the plant tissues, presence in only some species or as a complex mixture or inactive glycosides in plant vacuolae...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602552/intensity-fading-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-and-functional-proteomics-assignments-to-identify-protease-inhibitors-in-marine-invertebrates
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Giovanni Covaleda, Sebastian A Trejo, Emir Salas-Sarduy, Maday Alonso Del Rivero, Maria Angeles Chavez, Francesc X Aviles
Proteases and their inhibitors have become molecules of increasing fundamental and applicative value. Here we report an integrated strategy to identify and analyze such inhibitors from Caribbean marine invertebrates extracts by a fast and sensitive functional proteomics-like approach. The strategy works in three steps: i) multiplexed enzymatic inhibition kinetic assays, ii) Intensity Fading MALDI-TOF MS to establish a link between inhibitory molecules and the related MALDI signal(s) detected in the extract(s), and iii) ISD-CID-T(3) MS fragmentation on the parent MALDI signals selected in the previous step, enabling the partial or total top-down sequencing of the molecules...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
#5
Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528949/synthesis-and-characterization-of-cellulose-silver-nanocomposites-from-bioflocculant-reducing-agent
#6
L Muthulakshmi, N Rajini, A Varada Rajalu, S Siengchin, T Kathiresan
Microbial secreted polymers have high molecular weight due to the presence of repeated units of macromolecules. Some of the polymers are derived from natural resources, including marine and soil microorganisms. In nano-biotechnology people are using different biological agents in the preparation of metal nanoparticles. In this study, the microbial bioflocculant polymer was used as an agent in preparation of silver nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles were immobilized into the cellulose matrix. The presence of silver nanoparticles inside the cellulose matrix was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analyses...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512003/towards-a-sustainable-biobased-industry-highlighting-the-impact-of-extremophiles
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REVIEW
Anna Krüger, Christian Schäfers, Carola Schröder, Garabed Antranikian
The transition of the oil-based economy towards a sustainable economy completely relying on biomass as renewable feedstock requires the concerted action of academia, industry, politics and civil society. An interdisciplinary approach of various fields such as microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, chemical engineering and agriculture in addition to cross-sectional technologies such as economy, logistics and digitalization is necessary to meet the future global challenges. The genomic era has contributed significantly to the exploitation of naturés biodiversity also from extreme habitats...
May 13, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511936/biotechnologies-for-marine-oil-spill-cleanup-indissoluble-ties-with-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Francesca Mapelli, Alberto Scoma, Grégoire Michoud, Federico Aulenta, Nico Boon, Sara Borin, Nicolas Kalogerakis, Daniele Daffonchio
The ubiquitous exploitation of petroleum hydrocarbons (HCs) has been accompanied by accidental spills and chronic pollution in marine ecosystems, including the deep ocean. Physicochemical technologies are available for oil spill cleanup, but HCs must ultimately be mineralized by microorganisms. How environmental factors drive the assembly and activity of HC-degrading microbial communities remains unknown, limiting our capacity to integrate microorganism-based cleanup strategies with current physicochemical remediation technologies...
May 13, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511892/occurrence-and-biosynthesis-of-carotenoids-in-phytoplankton
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REVIEW
Jim Junhui Huang, Shaoling Lin, Wenwen Xu, Peter Chi Keung Cheung
Naturally occurring carotenoids are important sources of antioxidants, anti-cancer compounds and anti-inflammatory agents and there is thus considerable market demand for their pharmaceutical applications. Carotenoids are widely distributed in marine and freshwater organisms including microalgae, phytoplankton, crustaceans and fish, as well as in terrestrial plants and birds. Recently, phytoplankton-derived carotenoids have received much attention due to their abundance, rapid rate of biosynthesis and unique composition...
May 13, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502748/cytochrome-p450-diversity-in-the-tree-of-life
#10
David R Nelson
Sequencing in all areas of the tree of life has produced >300,000 cytochrome P450 (CYP) sequences that have been mined and collected. Nomenclature has been assigned to >41,000 CYP sequences and the majority of the remainder has been sorted by BLAST searches into clans, families and subfamilies in preparation for naming. The P450 sequence space is being systematically explored and filled in. Well-studied groups like vertebrates are covered in greater depth while new insights are being added into uncharted territories like horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), tardigrades (Hypsibius dujardini), velvet worm (Euperipatoides_rowelli), and basal land plants like hornworts, liverworts and mosses...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480140/high-diversity-and-suggested-endemicity-of-culturable-actinobacteria-in-an-extremely-oligotrophic-desert-oasis
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Hector Fernando Arocha-Garza, Ricardo Canales-Del Castillo, Luis E Eguiarte, Valeria Souza, Susana De la Torre-Zavala
The phylum Actinobacteria constitutes one of the largest and anciently divergent phyla within the Bacteria domain. Actinobacterial diversity has been thoroughly researched in various environments due to its unique biotechnological potential. Such studies have focused mostly on soil communities, but more recently marine and extreme environments have also been explored, finding rare taxa and demonstrating dispersal limitation and biogeographic patterns for Streptomyces. To test the distribution of Actinobacteria populations on a small scale, we chose the extremely oligotrophic and biodiverse Cuatro Cienegas Basin (CCB), an endangered oasis in the Chihuahuan desert to assess the diversity and uniqueness of Actinobacteria in the Churince System with a culture-dependent approach over a period of three years, using nine selective media...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450504/complete-genome-sequence-of-the-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-producing-strain-streptococcus-thermophilus-apc151
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Daniel M Linares, Silvia Arboleya, R Paul Ross, Catherine Stanton
Here is presented the whole-genome sequence of Streptococcus thermophilus APC151, isolated from a marine fish. This bacterium produces gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in high yields and is biotechnologically suitable to produce naturally GABA-enriched biofunctional yogurt. Its complete genome comprises 2,097 genes and 1,839,134 nucleotides, with an average G+C content of 39.1%.
April 27, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443080/genome-sequencing-reveals-the-complex-polysaccharide-degrading-ability-of-novel-deep-sea-bacterium-flammeovirga-pacifica-wpaga1
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Boliang Gao, Min Jin, Li Li, Wu Qu, Runying Zeng
Flammeovirga pacifica strain WPAGA1 is a Gram-negative, polysaccharide-degrading bacterium isolated from the marine sediment of the West Pacific Ocean. This strain is a cosmopolitan marine bacterium that uses complex polysaccharides as exclusive source of carbon and energy and plays a key role in the marine carbon cycle. Genome sequence analysis of strain WPAGA1 revealed that the assembled fine genome contains 6,610,326 bp with 32.89% G+C content, 5036 open reading frames (ORFs) and abundant genomic elements...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430158/identification-of-tight-binding-plasmepsin-ii-and-falcipain-2-inhibitors-in-aqueous-extracts-of-marine-invertebrates-by-the-combination-of-enzymatic-and-interaction-based-assays
#14
Emir Salas-Sarduy, Yasel Guerra, Giovanni Covaleda Cortés, Francesc Xavier Avilés, María A Chávez Planes
Natural products from marine origin constitute a very promising and underexplored source of interesting compounds for modern biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. However, their evaluation is quite challenging and requires specifically designed assays to reliably identify the compounds of interest in a highly heterogeneous and interfering context. In the present study, we describe a general strategy for the confident identification of tight-binding protease inhibitors in the aqueous extracts of 62 Cuban marine invertebrates, using Plasmodium falciparum hemoglobinases Plasmepsin II and Falcipain 2 as model enzymes...
April 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427282/biofouling-in-photobioreactors-for-marine-microalgae
#15
Ouassim Zeriouh, José Vicente Reinoso-Moreno, Lorenzo López-Rosales, María Del Carmen Cerón-García, Asterio Sánchez-Mirón, Francisco García-Camacho, Emilio Molina-Grima
The economic and/or energetic feasibility of processes based on using microalgae biomass requires an efficient cultivation system. In photobioreactors (PBRs), the adhesion of microalgae to the transparent PBR surfaces leads to biofouling and reduces the solar radiation penetrating the PBR. Light reduction within the PBR decreases biomass productivity and, therefore, the photosynthetic efficiency of the cultivation system. Additionally, PBR biofouling leads to a series of further undesirable events including changes in cell pigmentation, culture degradation, and contamination by invasive microorganisms; all of which can result in the cultivation process having to be stopped...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399848/distinctive-molecular-and-biochemical-characteristics-of-a-glycoside-hydrolase-family-20-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidase-and-salt-tolerance
#16
Junpei Zhou, Zhifeng Song, Rui Zhang, Rui Liu, Qian Wu, Junjun Li, Xianghua Tang, Bo Xu, Junmei Ding, Nanyu Han, Zunxi Huang
BACKGROUND: Enzymatic degradation of chitin has attracted substantial attention because chitin is an abundant renewable natural resource, second only to lignocellulose, and because of the promising applications of N-acetylglucosamine in the bioethanol, food and pharmaceutical industries. However, the low activity and poor tolerance to salts and N-acetylglucosamine of most reported β-N-acetylglucosaminidases limit their applications. Mining for novel enzymes from new microorganisms is one way to address this problem...
April 11, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397770/prospecting-biotechnologically-relevant-monooxygenases-from-cold-sediment-metagenomes-an-in-silico-approach
#17
Matías A Musumeci, Mariana Lozada, Daniela V Rial, Walter P Mac Cormack, Janet K Jansson, Sara Sjöling, JoLynn Carroll, Hebe M Dionisi
The goal of this work was to identify sequences encoding monooxygenase biocatalysts with novel features by in silico mining an assembled metagenomic dataset of polar and subpolar marine sediments. The targeted enzyme sequences were Baeyer-Villiger and bacterial cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP153). These enzymes have wide-ranging applications, from the synthesis of steroids, antibiotics, mycotoxins and pheromones to the synthesis of monomers for polymerization and anticancer precursors, due to their extraordinary enantio-, regio-, and chemo- selectivity that are valuable features for organic synthesis...
April 9, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352560/systematic-characterization-of-potential-cellulolytic-marine-actinobacteria-actinoalloteichus-sp-mha15
#18
Gobalakrishnan Rajagopal, Sivakumar Kannan
Cellulose is the most abounding biopolymer in the world and there is a great interest in using this material as a substrate for various applications and it is the most important renewable resource for bioconversion. Therefore, it is necessary to screen the cellulolytic bioorganisms. In this context, actinobacteria are one of the most efficient prokaryotes, economically and biotechnologically, for their production of about half of the discovered bioactive secondary metabolites and they can metabolize many different compounds...
March 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346336/enzymatic-processes-in-marine-biotechnology
#19
REVIEW
Antonio Trincone
In previous review articles the attention of the biocatalytically oriented scientific community towards the marine environment as a source of biocatalysts focused on the habitat-related properties of marine enzymes. Updates have already appeared in the literature, including marine examples of oxidoreductases, hydrolases, transferases, isomerases, ligases, and lyases ready for food and pharmaceutical applications. Here a new approach for searching the literature and presenting a more refined analysis is adopted with respect to previous surveys, centering the attention on the enzymatic process rather than on a single novel activity...
March 25, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335516/marine-diterpenes-molecular-modeling-of-thrombin-inhibitors-with-potential-biotechnological-application-as-an-antithrombotic
#20
Rebeca Cristina Costa Pereira, André Luiz Lourenço, Luciana Terra, Paula Alvarez Abreu, Valéria Laneuville Teixeira, Helena Carla Castro
Thrombosis related diseases are among the main causes of death and incapacity in the world. Despite the existence of antithrombotic agents available for therapy, they still present adverse effects like hemorrhagic risks which justify the search for new options. Recently, pachydictyol A, isopachydictyol A, and dichotomanol, three diterpenes isolated from Brazilian marine brown alga Dictyota menstrualis were identified as potent antithrombotic molecules through inhibition of thrombin, a key enzyme of coagulation cascade and a platelet agonist...
March 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
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