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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815469/metagenome-analysis-a-powerful-tool-for-enzyme-bioprospecting
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Aravind Madhavan, Raveendran Sindhu, Binod Parameswaran, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Ashok Pandey
Microorganisms are found throughout every corner of nature, and vast number of microorganisms is difficult to cultivate by classical microbiological techniques. The advent of metagenomics has revolutionized the field of microbial biotechnology. Metagenomics allow the recovery of genetic material directly from environmental niches without any cultivation techniques. Currently, metagenomic tools are widely employed as powerful tools to isolate and identify enzymes with novel biocatalytic activities from the uncultivable component of microbial communities...
August 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800783/bioprospecting-saline-gradient-of-a-wildlife-sanctuary-for-bacterial-diversity-and-antimicrobial-activities
#2
Mara DeLuca, Riley King, Mustafa Morsy
OBJECTIVE: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming a global crisis, causing death of thousands of people and significant economic impact. The discovery of novel antibiotics is crucial to saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. To address the antibiotic-resistant crisis, in collaboration the Small World Initiative, which aims to crowdsource novel antibiotic discovery, this study aimed to identify antimicrobial producing bacteria and bacterial diversity in the soil of the Stimpson Wildlife Sanctuary, an inland area with a soil salt gradient...
August 11, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799253/production-of-bioethanol-in-sugarcane-bagasse-hemicellulosic-hydrolysate-by-scheffersomyces-parashehatae-scheffersomyces-illinoinensis-and-spathaspora-arborariae-isolated-from-brazilian-ecosystems
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R M Cadete, M A Melo-Cheab, K J Dussán, R C L B Rodrigues, S S da Silva, F C O Gomes, C A Rosa
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate new d-xylose-fermenting yeasts from Brazilian ecosystems for the production of second-generation ethanol. METHODS AND RESULTS: d-xylose-fermenting yeasts isolated from rotting wood and wood-boring insects were identified as the species Scheffersomyces parashehatae, Sc. illinoinensis, Spathaspora arborariae, and Wickerhamomyces rabaulensis. Among the yeasts tested, those of Scheffersomyces parashehatae exhibited the highest ethanol production when cultivated on complex medium (Yp/s(et) = 0...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745768/the-sos-chromotest-applied-for-screening-plant-antigenotoxic-agents-against-ultraviolet-radiation
#4
J L Fuentes, A García Forero, N Quintero Ruiz, C A Prada Medina, N Rey Castellanos, D A Franco Niño, D A Contreras García, Y Córdoba Campo, E E Stashenko
In this work, we investigated the usefulness of the SOS Chromotest for screening plant antigenotoxic agents against ultraviolet radiation (UV). Fifty Colombian plant extracts obtained by supercritical fluid (CO2) extraction, twelve plant extract constituents (apigenin, carvacrol, β-caryophyllene, 1,8-cineole, citral, p-cymene, geraniol, naringenin, pinocembrin, quercetin, squalene, and thymol) and five standard antioxidant and/or photoprotective agents (curcumin, epigallocatechin gallate, resveratrol, α-tocopherol, and Trolox®) were evaluated for their genotoxicity and antigenotoxicity against UV using the SOS Chromotest...
July 26, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734738/evaluation-of-the-biotechnological-potential-of-bacterioplankton-from-niter%C3%A3-i-coast-rj
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Marcelly Miranda Aybal Jayme, Rebeca Oliveira Castro, Carlos André Mandarino Silva, Mariana Muniz Silva, Flávia Lima do Carmo, Fábio Vieira de Araujo
Production of antibiotics and enzymes by microorganisms is well recognized for its economic benefits. Searching potentially exploitable microorganisms, strains of heterotrophic bacteria were isolated from marine and estuarine waters in Niterói-RJ, Brazil, and tested for the production of enzymes and antimicrobial substances. From the 76 isolated colonies, 09.21% showed antimicrobial potential, 63.16% showed enzymatic activity for at least one of the substrates tested and 91% showed multidrug resistance. Strains that presented the better results were identified by sequencing...
June 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730403/functional-characterization-of-potential-probiotic-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-kalarei-and-development-of-probiotic-fermented-oat-flour
#6
Mahak Gupta, Bijender Kumar Bajaj
Considerable variations among probiotics with respect to their health benefitting attributes fuel the research on bioprospecting of proficient probiotic strains from various ecological niches especially the poorly unexplored ones. In the current study, kalarei, an indigenous cheese-like fermented milk product, and other dairy-based sources like curd and raw milk were used for isolation of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Among 34 LAB isolates, 7 that could withstand simulated gastrointestinal (GI) conditions were characterized for functional probiotic attributes, viz...
July 20, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726963/comment-on-an-unexpected-formation-of-the-novel-7-oxa-2-azabicyclo-2-2-1-hept-5-ene-skeleton-during-the-reaction-of-furfurylamine-with-maleimides-and-their-bioprospection-using-a-zebrafish-embryo-model-by-c-e-puerto-galvis-and-v-v-kouznetsov-org-biomol-chem
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F I Zubkov, E A Kvyatkovskaya, E V Nikitina, P N-A Amoyaw, V V Kouznetsov, V A Lazarenko, V N Khrustalev
It has been proved that the reaction between furfuryl amines and N-R-maleimides leads to the formation of aza-Michael addition products - 3-(furylmethylamino)-N-R-pyrrolidine-2,5-diones, instead of 7-oxa-2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-enes, as this journal reported previously.
August 2, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704687/antimicrobial-polyketide-furanoterpenoids-from-seaweed-associated-heterotrophic-bacterium-bacillus-subtilis-mtcc-10403
#8
Kajal Chakraborty, Bini Thilakan, Vamshi Krishna Raola
Brown seaweed Anthophycus longifolius (Turner) Kützing (family Sargassaceae) associated heterotrophic bacterium Bacillus subtilis MTCC 10403 was found to be a potent isolate with broad range of antibacterial activity against important perceptive food pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus, and Aeromonas hydrophila. This bacterium was positive for polyketide synthetase gene (KC589397), and therefore, was selected to bioprospect specialized metabolites bearing polyketide backbone. Bioactivity-guided chromatographic fractionation of the ethyl acetate extract of the seaweed-associated bacterium segregated four homologous polyketide furanoterpenoids with potential antibacterial activities against clinically important pathogens...
July 10, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666142/distinct-sesquiterpene-pyridine-alkaloids-from-in-salvadoran-and-peruvian-celastraceae-species
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Oliver Callies, Marvin J Núñez, Nayra R Perestelo, Carolina P Reyes, David Torres-Romero, Ignacio A Jiménez, Isabel L Bazzocchi
As part of a bioprospecting program aimed at the discovery of undescribed natural products from Salvadoran and Peruvian flora, the phytochemical investigations of four Celastraceae species, Celastrus vulcanicola, Maytenus segoviarum, Maytenus jeslkii, and Maytenus cuzcoina, were performed. The current study reports the isolation and structural characterization of five previously undescribed macrolide sesquiterpene pyridine alkaloids, named vulcanicoline-A, cuzcoinine, vulcanicoline-B, jelskiine, and vulcanicoline-C, along with sixteen known alkaloids...
June 27, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651436/beyond-the-beaten-path-improving-natural-products-bioprospecting-using-an-eco-evolutionary-framework-the-case-of-the-octocorals
#10
Jean-Baptiste Ledoux, Agostinho Antunes
Marine natural products (NPs) represent an impressive source of novel bioactive molecules with major biotechnological applications. Nevertheless, the usual chemical and applied perspective leading most of bioprospecting projects come along with various limitations blurring our understanding of the extensive marine chemical diversity. Here, we propose several guidelines: (i) to optimize bioprospecting and (ii) to refine our knowledge on marine chemical ecology focusing on octocorals, one of the most promising sources of marine NPs...
June 26, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642991/extensive-overlap-of-tropical-rainforest-bacterial-endophytes-between-soil-plant-parts-and-plant-species
#11
Emmanuel Haruna, Noraziah M Zin, Dorsaf Kerfahi, Jonathan M Adams
The extent to which distinct bacterial endophyte communities occur between different plant organs and species is poorly known and has implications for bioprospecting efforts. Using the V3 region of the bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene, we investigated the diversity patterns of bacterial endophyte communities of three rainforest plant species, comparing leaf, stem, and root endophytes plus rhizosphere soil community. There was extensive overlap in bacterial communities between plant organs, between replicate plants of the same species, between plant species, and between plant organ and rhizosphere soil, with no consistent clustering by compartment or host plant species...
June 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614606/antagonism-of-trichoderma-isolates-against-leucoagaricus-gongylophorus-singer-m%C3%A3-ller
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Mariela Otoni do Nascimento, Renato de Almeida Sarmento, Gil Rodrigues Dos Santos, Cléia Almeida de Oliveira, Danival José de Souza
Filamentous fungi from the genus Trichoderma are commonly found in soil. They are considered facultative mycoparasites, and are antagonists of other fungi such as the cultivar of leaf-cutting ants (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus). The aim of the present study was to bioprospect Trichoderma spp. from different soils collected from Gurupi, Tocantins, Brazil, for antagonistic effects against the mutualistic fungus of leaf-cutting ants. To isolate filamentous fungi, samples were collected from six locations. Preliminarily, isolates were identified by morphological analysis as belonging to Trichoderma...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612429/bioprospecting-challenges-in-unusual-environments
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EDITORIAL
Kristie Tanner, Cristina Vilanova, Manuel Porcar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609211/bioprospecting-of-functional-cellulases-from-metagenome-for-second-generation-biofuel-production-a-review
#14
Rameshwar Tiwari, Lata Nain, Nikolaos E Labrou, Pratyoosh Shukla
Second generation biofuel production has been appeared as a sustainable and alternative energy option. The ultimate aim is the development of an industrially feasible and economic conversion process of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel molecules. Since, cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer and also represented as the photosynthetically fixed form of carbon, the efficient hydrolysis of cellulose is the most important step towards the development of a sustainable biofuel production process. The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by suites of hydrolytic enzymes underlines the importance of cellulase enzyme system in whole hydrolysis process...
June 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584911/bioprospecting-for-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance-genes-using-a-metagenomics-guided-strategy
#15
Chao Yang, Ying Yang, You Che, Yu Xia, Liguan Li, Wenguang Xiong, Tong Zhang
Emergence of new antibiotic resistance bacteria poses a serious threat to human health, which is largely attributed to the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). In this work, a metagenomics-guided strategy consisting of metagenomic analysis and function validation was proposed for rapidly identifying novel ARGs from hot spots of ARG dissemination, such as wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and animal feces. We used an antibiotic resistance gene database to annotate 76 putative β-lactam resistance genes from the metagenomes of sludge and chicken feces...
June 5, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571495/phytochemical-characterisation-and-bioprospection-for-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-lippia-alba-brown-ex-britton-wilson-verbenaceae
#16
Graziela Teixeira de Oliveira, Jaqueline Maria Siqueira Ferreira, William Gustavo Lima, Lucas Ferreira Alves, Joaquim Maurício Duarte-Almeida, Luciana Alves Rodrigues Dos Santos Lima
Ethanol extract and fractions obtained from fresh and dry aerial parts of Lippia alba were examined in order to determine their phytochemical composition, antioxidant capacity and antibacterial activities. The ethanol extracts and fractions exhibited an antioxidant effect by the DPPH assay, especially samples of fresh plant. HPLC analysis of the ethyl acetate fractions identified the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids. The ethanol extract and fractions showed activity against reference and multidrug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis (MIC range 2000-250 μg/mL)...
June 1, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545664/a-phenolic-glycoside-from-flacourtia-indica-induces-heme-mediated-oxidative-stress-in-plasmodium-falciparum-and-attenuates-malaria-pathogenesis-in-mice
#17
Shiv Vardan Singh, Ashan Manhas, Suriya P Singh, Sonali Mishra, Nimisha Tiwari, Parmanand Kumar, Karuna Shanker, Kumkum Srivastava, Koneni V Sashidhara, Anirban Pal
BACKGROUND: Flacourtia indica is especially popular among the various communities of many African countries where it is being used traditionally for the treatment of malaria. In our previous report, we have identified some phenolic glycosides from the aerial parts of F. indica as promising antiplasmodial agents under in vitro conditions. PURPOSE: Antimalarial bioprospection of F. indica derived phenolic glycoside in Swiss mice (in vivo) with special emphasis on its mode of action...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538688/in-silico-study-and-bioprospection-of-the-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-effects-of-flavone-and-its-hydroxylated-derivatives
#18
Camila de Albuquerque Montenegro, Gregório Fernandes Gonçalves, Abrahão Alves de Oliveira Filho, Andressa Brito Lira, Thays Thyara Mendes Cassiano, Natanael Teles Ramos de Lima, José Maria Barbosa-Filho, Margareth de Fátima Formiga Melo Diniz, Hilzeth Luna Freire Pessôa
Flavonoid compounds are widely used as natural protective species, which can act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antihypertensive and antitumor agents. This study set out to investigate the probable pharmacological activities, along with the antibacterial and antioxidant effects, of flavone and its hydroxy derivatives: 3-hydroxyflavone, 5-hydroxyflavone and 6-hydroxyflavone. To do so, we investigated their pharmacological characteristics, using in silico tests that indicate likelihood of activity or inactivity, with the PASS online software, and the antimicrobial potential against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria was also analyzed, including bacteria of clinical importance...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
#19
REVIEW
Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
June 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525726/characterization-of-an-ionic-liquid-tolerant-%C3%AE-xylosidase-from-a-marine-derived-fungal-endophyte
#20
Anindita Sengupta, Angela Zabala, Si Yu Tan, Arthur Broadstock, T S Suryanarayanan, Venkat Gopalan
Ionic liquids (ILs) are used in lignocellulosic biomass (LCB) pretreatment due to their ability to disrupt the extensive hydrogen-bonding network in cellulose and hemicellulose, and thereby decrease LCB recalcitrance to subsequent enzymatic degradation. However, this approach necessitates development of a cellulases and hemicellulases that can tolerate ~20% (w/v) IL, an amount that either co-precipitates with the sugar polymers after the initial pretreatment or is typically used in single-pot biomass deconstructions...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
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