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Jun Min, Jinpei Wang, Weiwei Chen, Xiaoke Hu
Cupriavidus sp. strain CNP-8 isolated from a pesticide-contaminated soil was able to utilize 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (2C4NP) as a sole source of carbon, nitrogen and energy, together with the release of nitrite and chloride ions. It could degrade 2C4NP at temperatures from 20 to 40 °C and at pH values from 5 to 10, and degrade 2C4NP as high as 1.6 mM. Kinetics assay showed that biodegradation of 2C4NP followed Haldane substrate inhibition model, with the maximum specific growth rate (μmax ) of 0.148/h, half saturation constant (Ks ) of 0...
March 20, 2018: AMB Express
Anna J Komor, Andrew J Jasniewski, Lawrence Que, John D Lipscomb
Covering: up to 2017The participation of non-heme dinuclear iron cluster-containing monooxygenases in natural product biosynthetic pathways has been recognized only recently. At present, two families have been discovered. The archetypal member of the first family, CmlA, catalyzes β-hydroxylation of l-p-aminophenylalanine (l-PAPA) covalently linked to the nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) CmlP, thereby effecting the first step in the biosynthesis of chloramphenicol by Streptomyces venezuelae. CmlA houses the diiron cluster in a metallo-β-lactamase protein fold instead of the 4-helix bundle fold of nearly every other diiron monooxygenase...
March 19, 2018: Natural Product Reports
Ondrej Kuda, Marie Brezinova, Jan Silhavy, Vladimir Landa, Vaclav Zidek, Chandra Dodia, Franziska Kreuchwig, Marek Vrbacky, Laurence Balas, Thierry Durand, Norbert Hübner, Aron B Fisher, Jan Kopecky, Michal Pravenec
Fatty acid esters of hydroxy fatty acids (FAHFAs) are lipid mediators with promising anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties that are formed in white adipose tissue (WAT) via de novo lipogenesis, but their biosynthetic enzymes are unknown. Using a combination of lipidomics in WAT, QTL mapping and correlation analyses in rat BXH/HXB recombinant inbred strains, and response to oxidative stress in murine models, we elucidated the potential pathway of biosynthesis of several FAHFAs.Comprehensive analysis of WAT samples identified ∼160 regioisomers documenting the complexity of this lipid class...
March 16, 2018: Diabetes
Christine Ludwin Wanjala, Eliningaya J Kweka
Background: Malaria vector control efforts have taken malaria related cases down to appreciable number per annum after large scale of intervention tools. Insecticides-based tools remain the major control option for malaria vectors in Kenya and, therefore, the potential of such programs to be compromised by the reported insecticide resistance is of major concern. The objective of this study was to evaluate the status of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors in different agro ecosystems from western Kenya...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Igor Y Oshkin, Kirill K Miroshnikov, Svetlana E Belova, Aleksei A Korzhenkov, Stepan V Toshchakov, Svetlana N Dedysh
Methylovulum psychrotolerans Sph1T is an aerobic, obligate methanotroph, which was isolated from cold methane seeps in West Siberia. This bacterium possesses only a particulate methane monooxygenase and is widely distributed in low-temperature environments. Strain Sph1T has the genomic potential for biosynthesis of hopanoids required for the maintenance of intracytoplasmic membranes.
March 15, 2018: Genome Announcements
Dhivya Kumar, Rebecca T Thomason, Maya Yankova, Jonathan D Gitlin, Richard E Mains, Betty A Eipper, Stephen M King
The assembly of membranous extensions such as microvilli and cilia in polarized cells is a tightly regulated, yet poorly understood, process. Peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase (PAM), a membrane enzyme essential for the synthesis of amidated bioactive peptides, was recently identified in motile and non-motile (primary) cilia and has an essential role in ciliogenesis in Chlamydomonas, Schmidtea and mouse. In mammalian cells, changes in PAM levels alter secretion and organization of the actin cytoskeleton...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shun Tamaki, Mitsuhiko Yagi, Yuki Nishihata, Hideki Yamaji, Yasushi Shigeri, Tomohide Uno, Hiromasa Imaishi
The aromatic compound p -hydroxybenzoate (PHBA) is an important material with multiple applications, including as a building block of liquid crystal polymers in chemical industries. The cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes are beneficial monooxygenases for the synthesis of chemicals and CYP53A15 from fungus Cochliobolus lunatus is capable of the hydroxylation from benzoate to PHBA. Here we constructed a system for the bioconversion of benzoate to PHBA in Escherichia coli cells co-expressing CYP53A15 and human NADPH-P450 oxidoreductase ( CPR ) genes as a redox partner...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Chandran Sathesh-Prabu, Sung Kuk Lee
The production of α,ω-dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) by whole-cell biocatalysis is often limited by cofactor regeneration. Here, ω-oxidation pathway genes (monooxygenase, alcohol dehydrogenase, and aldehyde dehydrogenase) were co-expressed with a xylose reductase (XR) gene to regenerate cofactors in an engineered Escherichia coli strain that co-metabolizes glucose and xylose. The resulting strain exhibited a 180% increase in DCA production compared with the control strain without XR, and produced xylitol in the presence of xylose...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Xiao-Long Dong, Cai-Xia Pan, Min-Juan Zhang
Carotenoids are the precursors of Vitamin A. They are cleaved by carotenoid oxygenase and then isomerized by retinoid isomerase. In this study, we identified a gene, Bombyx mori Carotenoid Oxygenases and Retinal Isomerase (BmCORI), which was the homolog of β-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase and the retinal pigment epithelium protein of 65 kD. Further analysis indicated that the expression of BmCORI in silkworms was significantly higher in females than in males. We also found that the β-carotene content in BmCORI-expressed human embryonic kidney 293 cells was significantly lower than in the controls, while the lutein content showed a slight difference...
March 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
Hanan L Messiha, Syed T Ahmed, Vijaykumar Karuppiah, Reynier Suardiaz, Gabriel A Ascue Avalos, Natalie Fey, Stephen Yeates, Helen S Toogood, Adrian J Mulholland, Nigel S Scrutton
Monoterpenoids offer potential as bio-derived monomer feedstocks for high performance renewable polymers. We describe a biocatalytic route to lactone monomers menthide and dihydrocarvide employing Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs) from Pseudomonas sp. HI-70 (CPDMO) and Rhodococcus sp. Phi1 (CHMOPhi1) as an alternative to organic synthesis. The regio-selectivity of dihydrocarvide isomer formation was controlled by site-directed mutagenesis of three key active site residues in CHMOPhi1. A combination of crystal structure determination, molecular dynamics simulations and mechanistic modeling using density functional theory (DFT) on a range of models provides insight into the origins of discrimination of wild type (WT) and a variant CHMOPhi1 for producing different regio-isomers of the lactone product...
March 13, 2018: Biochemistry
Rim Mtibaà, Dario Rafael Olicón-Hernández, Clementina Pozo, Moncef Nasri, Tahar Mechichi, Jesus González, Elisabet Aranda
Four different laccase-producing strains were isolated from arid soils and used for bisphenol A (BPA) degradation. These strains were identified as Chaetomium strumarium G5I, Thielavia arenaria CH9, Thielavia arenaria HJ22 and Thielavia arenaria SM1(III) by internal transcribed spacer 5.8 S rDNA analysis. Residual BPA was evaluated by HPLC analysis during 48 h of incubation. A complete removal of BPA was observed by the whole cell fungal cultures within different times, depending on each strain. C. strumarium G5I was the most efficient degrader, showing 100% of removal within 8 h of incubation...
March 13, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Su Liu, Yu-Xing Zhang, Wen-Long Wang, Ye Cao, Shuai Li, Bang-Xian Zhang, Shi-Guang Li
The small white butterfly, Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), is an important pest on Brassicaceae plants, causing heavy crop loss each year. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (CYP) is a superfamily of enzymes involved in the detoxification of various xenobiotic compounds, including insecticides. However, little is known about the role of CYP genes in P. rapae. In this study, we identified 63 CYP genes in P. rapae, and analyzed their phylogenetic relationships, exon-intron structures and genomic locations. Moreover, our insecticide-response transcription profiling showed that LD5 doses of lambda-cyhalothrin, chlorantraniliprole, and abamectin significantly increased expression of five (CYP4M59, CYP6AE119, CYP6AE120, CYP6AE121, and CYP6BD18), three (CYP4AU1, CYP6AE120, and CYP6AW1), and five (CYP4L40, CYP4AU1, CYP6AE119, CYP6AW1, and CYP6BD19) CYP genes, respectively; and LD20 doses of the three pesticides significantly upregulated six (CYP4M59, CYP6AE119, CYP6AE120, CYP6AE121, CYP4AU1, and CYP6BD18), six (CYP4G168, CYP4L40, CYP4AU1, CYP6AE120, CYP6AW1, and CYP6BD19), and five (CYP4L40, CYP4AU1, CYP6AB108, CYP6AE119, and CYP6BD19) genes, respectively...
March 13, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Valerio Ferrario, Niels Hansen, Jürgen Pleiss
The experimentally determined Michaelis constant Km c results from a combination of two effects: the recognition of the substrate by the enzyme and the molecular interactions between substrate and solvent. By separating substrate recognition from solvent effects, the thermodynamic activity-based Michaelis constant Km a allows for an unambiguous comparison of how different substrates fit into the substrate binding site. Km a of a poorly water-soluble substrate is calculated from the experimentally determined concentration-based Michaelis constant Km c and its activity coefficient at infinite dilution γ∞ ...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Alex Veith, Bhagavatula Moorthy
The cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes are a diverse group of heme monooxygenases that, through the course of their reaction cycle, contribute to cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). CYP enzymes play a crucial role in human physiology and are involved in drug and xenobiotic metabolism as well as biosynthesis of endogenous molecules and are expressed throughout the human body. However, during the course of the CYP catalytic cycle, ROS can be generated through uncoupling of the enzymatic cycle. ROS is known to modify endogenous molecules, included lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, which can lead to cell damage and death and contribute to disease development...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Toxicology
Shaghayegh Dezvarei, Hiroki Onoda, Osami Shoji, Yoshihito Watanabe, Stephen G Bell
The wild-type cytochrome P450 (CYP) monooxygenase enzyme CYP102A1 (P450Bm3) has low activity for cycloalkane oxidation. The oxidation of these substrates by variants of this enzyme in combination with perfluorinated decoy molecules (PFCs) was investigated to improve productivity. The use of rate accelerating variants, which have mutations located outside of the substrate binding pocket as well as an active site variant of CYP102A1 (A74G/F87V/L188Q) all enhanced cycloalkane oxidation (C5 to C10). The addition of the decoy molecules to the wild-type and the rate accelerating mutants of CYP102A1 boosted the substrate oxidation rates even further...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Yujia Zhao, Jingjing Fan, Chen Wang, Xudong Feng, Chun Li
Oleanolic acid is a plant-derived pentacyclic triterpenoid compound with various biological activities. Recently, biosynthesis of oleanolic acid in microbes has been demonstrated as a promising and green way, but the production is too low for industrialization. To improve oleanolic acid production, this study constructed a novel pathway for biosynthesis of oleanolic acid in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by improving the pairing efficiency between cytochrome P450 monooxygenase and reductase. Furthermore, to improve the transcriptional efficiency of heterologous genes, the cellular galactose regulatory network was reconstructed by knocking out galactose metabolic genes GAL80 and GAL1...
February 23, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Jeong Sang Yi, Minsuk Kim, Eun-Jung Kim, Byung-Gee Kim
Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are catabolized into various acyl-CoA compounds, which are key precursors used in polyketide productions. Because of that, BCAA catabolism needs fine tuning of flux balances for enhancing the production of polyketide antibiotics. To enhance BCAA catabolism for pikromycin production in Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 15439, three key enzymes of BCAA catabolism, 3-ketoacyl acyl carrier protein synthase III, acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and branched chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase (BCDH) were manipulated...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Lukas Reisky, Hanna C Büchsenschütz, Jennifer Engel, Tao Song, Thomas Schweder, Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Uwe T Bornscheuer
In the version of this article originally published, the line of conditions shown for NADH in Figure 2b was shifted out of place. The error has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article.
March 8, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Jiyoung Shin, Jung-Eun Kim, Yin-Won Lee, Hokyoung Son
Cytochrome P450s (CYPs), heme-containing monooxygenases, play important roles in a wide variety of metabolic processes important for development as well as biotic/trophic interactions in most living organisms. Functions of some CYP enzymes are similar across organisms, but some are organism-specific; they are involved in the biosynthesis of structural components, signaling networks, secondary metabolisms, and xenobiotic/drug detoxification. Fungi possess more diverse CYP families than plants, animals, or bacteria...
March 7, 2018: Toxins
Shenghua Liu, Haowen Jiang, Hui Wen, Qiang Ding, Chenchen Feng
Bladder cancer is the most common tumor of the urinary tract. Tyrosine 3-monooxygenase/tryptophan 5-monooxygenase activation protein zeta (YWHAZ), a gene encoding the 14-3-3ζ protein, has been observed to be frequently amplified in bladder cancer. However, the role of 14-3-3ζ in various types of cancer is controversial. With reproduction of The Cancer Genome Atlas database, we searched the correlation of YWHAZ expression with survival outcomes of multiple cancers in silico. Our results revealed that only in bladder cancer was there a positive survival trend with YWHAZ overexpression...
March 5, 2018: Oncology Reports
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