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Cheng Zeng, Rongbin Zhao, Maomao Ma, Zheling Zeng, Deming Gong
The purpose of the present study was to increase the proteinase activity of the strain NCU116 by combining ultraviolet irradiation and N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitroso guanidine treatment, in order to enhance the efficiency of Cinnamomum camphora seed kernel oil (CCSKO) extraction by aqueous enzymatic method (AEM). The mutated strain, designated as NCU116-1, was screened out by the ratio of hydrolytic zone diameter to colony diameter on skim milk plate. The proteinase activity (9116.1 U/ml) of NCU116-1 was increased by 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
Cheng Xian Ling, Ying Ping Chang
Guava seeds are produced as a waste product by the guava processing industry. Their high carbohydrate contents may suit the carbohydrate needs of the feed sector but their high dietary fiber content limits their feed value. The feed values of fruit seeds can be improved through germination, which involves the mobilization of nutrients through seed enzymes and alters the seed carbohydrate composition. The changes of selected carbohydrates in guava (Psidium guajava L.) seeds brought by germination to those in red bean (Vigna angularis) and winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Xiaolong Han, Guodong Liu, Wenxia Song, Yinbo Qu
The production of sodium gluconate by enzymatic catalysis of delignified corn cob residue (DCCR) hydrolysate was studied. Penicillium oxalicum I1-13 was used for the production of cellulase with high β-glucosidase activity. A fed-batch saccharification process was developed to obtain high yields of glucose. At the end of hydrolysis, the concentration of glucose reached 145.80g/L. Glucose oxidase and catalase were co-immobilized to catalyze DCCR hydrolysate to produce sodium gluconate. Under the optimum conditions, 166...
June 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Dong Wei, Jinjie Gu, Zhongxi Zhang, Chenhong Wang, Dexin Wang, Chul Ho Kim, Biao Jiang, Jiping Shi, Jian Hao
Bamboo is an important biomass, and bamboo hydrolysate is used by Klebsiella pneumoniae as a feedstock for chemical production. Here, bamboo powder was pretreated with NaOH and washed to a neutral pH. Cellulase was added to the pretreated bamboo powder to generate the hydrolysate, which contained 30 g/L glucose and 15 g/L xylose and was used as the carbon source to prepare a medium for chemical production. When cultured in microaerobic conditions, 12.7 g/L 2,3-butanediol was produced by wildtype K. pneumoniae...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Vasundhera Gupta, Pradip Kumar Singh, Suresh Korpole, Naga Radha Srinivas Tanuku, Anil Kumar Pinnaka
A facultatively anaerobic, endospore forming, alkali-tolerant, Gram-stain-positive, motile, rod-shaped bacterium, designated strain AK61T, was isolated from a sediment sample collected from Coringa mangrove forest, India. Colonies were circular, 1.5 mm in diameter, shiny, smooth, yellowish and convex with entire margins after 48 h growth at 30 °C. Growth occurred at 15-42 °C, with 0-3 % (w/v) NaCl and at pH 6-9. AK61T was positive for amylase activity and negative for oxidase, catalase, aesculinase, caseinase, cellulase, DNase, gelatinase, lipase and urease activities...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Timothy Sibanda, Ramganesh Selvarajan, Memory Tekere, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Stephen Meddows-Taylor
Urban life has created man-made extreme environments like carwashes. These environments have, however, not been sufficiently explored for mycobiota that can be sources of biotechnologically useful products, as has been the case with natural extreme environments. Using a combination of culture and molecular techniques, fungi from carwash effluents was characterized for production of lipase and cellulase enzymes, nonpolar and polar biotechnologically relevant secondary metabolites and hydrocarbon utilization...
July 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
He Hao, Yonglan Tian, Huayong Zhang, Yang Chai
The effect of copper (added as CuCl2) on the anaerobic co-digestion of Phragmites straw and cow dung was studied in pilot experiments by investigating the biogas properties, process stability, substrate degradation and enzyme activities at different stages of mesophilic fermentation. The results showed that 30 and 100 mg/L Cu(2+) addition increased the cumulative biogas yields by up to 43.62 and 20.77% respectively, and brought forward the daily biogas yield peak, while 500 mg/L Cu(2+) addition inhibited biogas production...
July 15, 2017: Biodegradation
Uma Shankar Prasad Uday, Ria Majumdar, Onkar Nath Tiwari, Umesh Mishra, Abhijit Mondal, Tarun Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Biswanath Bhunia
In the present work, a potent xylanase producing fungal strain Aspergillus niger (KP874102.1) was isolated through cultural and morphological observations from soil sample of Baramura forest, Tripura west, India. 28S rDNA technique was applied for genomic identification of this fungal strain. The isolated strain was found to be phylogenetically closely related to Aspergillus niger. Kinetic constants such as Km and Vmax for extracellular xylanase were determined using various substrate such as beech wood xylan, oat spelt xylan and CM cellulose through Lineweaver-Burk plot...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
A Ortillés, J Belloc, E Rubio, M T Fernández, M Benito, J A Cristóbal, B Calvo, P Goñi
The aim of this study was to develop an in-vitro topical treatment for acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) effective against cysts and trophozoites. Qualitative assays were performed with voriconazole, chlorhexidine, propamidine, cellulase, tobramycin, ciprofloxacin and paromomycin as monotherapy and various combinations. Riboflavin with ultraviolet-A (R+UV-A) as monotherapy or combined with voriconazole and moxifloxacin was also tested. Quantitative assays to assess cyst viability after treatment were performed for the chemicals that showed the highest activity in the qualitative assays...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Mukesh Kumar Awasthi, Jonathan W C Wong, Sunil Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar Awasthi, Quan Wang, Meijing Wang, Xiuna Ren, Junchao Zhao, Hongyu Chen, Zengqiang Zhang
The aim of this work was to study the biodegradation of food waste employing thermostable α-amylase and cellulase enzymes producing bacteria. Four potential isolates were identified which were capable of producing maximum amylase and cellulase and belong to the amylolytic strains, Brevibacillus borstelensis and Bacillus licheniformis; cellulolytic strains, Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus licheniformis, respectively. These strains were selected based on its higher cell density, enzymatic activities and stability at a wide range of pH and temperature compared to other strains...
June 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Yanan Yin, Jie Gu, Xiaojuan Wang, Wen Song, Kaiyu Zhang, Xin Zhang, Chunya Lu, Jiayao Liu
The present study investigated the effects of different concentrations of chromium (i.e., 200 and 700mgkg(-1) Cr corresponding to Cr200 and Cr700, respectively) on the microorganisms in swine manure compost. The results demonstrated that a high concentration of Cr(III) could inhibit the activity of key microbial enzymes (i.e., dehydrogenase, cellulase, and urease) in the early composting stages, with maximal inhibition rates of 54.9%, 32.8%, and 46.7% for cellulase, urease, and dehydrogenase, respectively. Furthermore, the bacterial abundances were determined by quantitative PCR and their compositions were evaluated by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis...
July 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Laura Marcela Palma Medina, Diana Catalina Ardila, María Mercedes Zambrano, Silvia Restrepo, Andrés Fernando González Barrios
Diversification of raw material for biofuel production is of interest to both academia and industry. One attractive substrate is a renewable lignocellulosic material such as oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) empty fruit bunch (OPEFB), which is a byproduct of the palm oil industry. This study aimed to characterize cellulases active against this substrate. Cellulases with activity against OPEFB were identified from a metagenomic library obtained from DNA extracted from a high-Andean forest ecosystem. Our findings show that the highest cellulolytic activities were obtained at pH and temperature ranges of 4-10 and 30 °C-60 °C, respectively...
September 2017: Biotechnology Reports
Piotr Chylenski, Dejan M Petrović, Gerdt Müller, Marie Dahlström, Oskar Bengtsson, Martin Lersch, Matti Siika-Aho, Svein Jarle Horn, Vincent G H Eijsink
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the development of enzyme cocktails for degradation of lignocellulosic biomass, especially the discovery of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), have opened new perspectives for process design and optimization. Softwood biomass is an abundant resource in many parts of the world, including Scandinavia, but efficient pretreatment and subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis of softwoods are challenging. Sulfite pulping-based pretreatments, such as in the BALI™ process, yield substrates that are relatively easy to degrade...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Germano Siqueira, Valdeir Arantes, Jack N Saddler, André Ferraz, Adriane M F Milagres
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose in plant cell wall is strongly influenced by the access of enzymes to cellulose, which is at least in part limited by the presence of lignin. Although physicochemical treatments preceding the enzymatic catalysis significantly overcome this recalcitrance, the residual lignin can still play a role in the process. Lignin is suggested to act as a barrier, hindering cellulose and limiting the access of the enzymes. It can also unspecifically bind cellulases, reducing the amount of enzymes available to act on cellulose...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Lorena Cardoso Cintra, Amanda Gregorim Fernandes, Izadora Cristina Moreira de Oliveira, Saulo J Linhares Siqueira, Ilítia Ganaê Oliveira Costa, Francieli Colussi, Rosália Santos Amorim Jesuíno, Cirano José Ulhoa, Fabrícia Paula de Faria
One full-length β-xylosidase gene (hxylA) was identified from the Humicola grisea var. thermoidea genome and the cDNA was successfully expressed by Pichia pastoris SMD1168. An optimization of enzyme production was carried out, and methanol was found to be the most important parameter. The purified enzyme was characterized and showed the optimal conditions for the highest activity at pH 7.0 and 50°C, being thermostable by maintaining 41% of its activity after 12h incubated at 50°C. HXYLA is a bifunctional enzyme; it showed both β-xylosidase and α-arabinfuranosidase activities...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Z Sun, X Li, L Liu
Pre-treated maize stalk could be used for animal feed due to the improved digestibility. Steam explosion (SE) and solid-state fermentation (SSF) are two methods in maize stalk pre-treatment. To evaluate the effect of combination of SE and SSF on the maize stalk pre-treatment, the maize stalk was treated with steam explosion and microbial fermentation with Penicillium decumbens and Phanerochate chrysporium in this study. The steam explosion severity (logR0 ) affected component of the corn stover and then affected the SSF...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Yun-Hee Song, Kyung-Tai Lee, Jin-Young Baek, Min-Ju Kim, Mi-Ra Kwon, Young-Joo Kim, Mi-Rim Park, Haesu Ko, Jin-Sung Lee, Keun-Sung Kim
The various types of lignocellulosic biomass found in plants comprise the most abundant renewable bioresources on Earth. In this study, the ruminal microbial ecosystem of black goats was explored because of their strong ability to digest lignocellulosic forage. A metagenomic fosmid library containing 115,200 clones was prepared from the black-goat rumen and screened for a novel cellulolytic enzyme. The KG35 gene, containing a novel glycosyl hydrolase family 5 cellulase domain, was isolated and functionally characterized...
June 26, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Mingming Guo, Tony Jin, Nhuan P Nghiem, Xuetong Fan, Phoebe X Qi, Chan Ho Jang, Lingxiao Shao, Changqing Wu
Lignin accounts for 15-35% of dry biomass materials. Therefore, developing value-added co-products from lignin residues is increasingly important to improve the economic viability of biofuel production from biomass resources. The main objective of this work was to study the lignin extracts from corn stover residue obtained from a new and improved process for bioethanol production. Extraction conditions that favored high lignin yield were optimized, and antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of the resulting lignin were investigated...
July 7, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Zhonghai Li, Guodong Liu, Yinbo Qu
Filamentous fungi are considered as the most efficient producers expressing lignocellulose-degrading enzymes. Penicillium oxalicum strains possess extraordinary fungal lignocellulolytic enzyme systems and can efficiently utilize plant biomass. In recent years, the regulatory aspects of production of hydrolytic enzymes by P. oxalicum have been well established. This review aims to discuss the recent developments for the production of lignocellulolytic enzymes by P. oxalicum. The main cellulolytic transcription factors mediating the complex transcriptional-regulatory network are highlighted...
June 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Ian P Wood, Enriqueta Garcia-Gutierrez, Nikolaus Wellner, Keith W Waldron
Plant cell wall materials derived from a range of waste biomass sources have great potential as a source of sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals. Perhaps the most straightforward way of realising this potential would be to hydrolyse the most efficiently fermentable polymers into their constituent sugars and use yeast to ferment these into useful chemicals. However, it also makes sense to pre-extract components which have a greater value in polymeric form. This is particularly true for non-cellulosic polymers, which are rich in poorly-fermentable pentose sugars...
July 6, 2017: Faraday Discussions
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