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3 Biotech     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Advanced Biomedical Research     Open Access  
Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Advances in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Regenerative Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
African Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Algal Research     Partially Free   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 66)
American Journal of Bioinformatics Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
American Journal of Polymer Science     Open Access   (Followers: 32)
Anadolu University Journal of Science and Technology : C Life Sciences and Biotechnology     Open Access  
Animal Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Annales des Sciences Agronomiques     Full-text available via subscription  
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Applied Biosafety     Hybrid Journal  
Applied Food Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
Applied Mycology and Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Arthroplasty Today     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Asia Pacific Biotech News     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Australasian Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Banat's Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access  
BBR : Biochemistry and Biotechnology Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Beitr?ge zur Tabakforschung International/Contributions to Tobacco Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Bio-Algorithms and Med-Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Bio-Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bioactive Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Biocybernetics and Biological Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Bioethics UPdate     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Biofuels     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Biofuels Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Biological Cybernetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Biomarkers and Genomic Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Biomarkers in Drug Development     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Biomaterials Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BioMed Research International     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Biomédica     Open Access  
Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Journal     Open Access  
Biomedical Engineering Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Biomedical Glasses     Open Access  
Biomedical Reports     Full-text available via subscription  
BioMedicine     Open Access  
Biomedika     Open Access  
Bioprinting     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Bioresource Technology Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Biosensors Journal     Open Access  
Biosimilars     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biosurface and Biotribology     Open Access  
Biotechnic and Histochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
BioTechniques : The International Journal of Life Science Methods     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Biotechnologia Acta     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Biotechnology Advances     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Biotechnology and Bioengineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 154)
Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Biotechnology and Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology Annual Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Biotechnology for Biofuels     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Biotechnology Frontier     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Biotechnology Law Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Biotechnology Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Biotechnology Progress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Biotechnology Reports     Open Access  
Biotechnology Research International     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biotechnology Techniques     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Biotecnología Aplicada     Open Access  
Bioteknologi (Biotechnological Studies)     Open Access  
BIOTIK : Jurnal Ilmiah Biologi Teknologi dan Kependidikan     Open Access  
Biotribology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
BMC Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Cell Biology and Development     Open Access  
Chinese Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Communications in Mathematical Biology and Neuroscience     Open Access  
Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Copernican Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Critical Reviews in Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Current Bionanotechnology     Hybrid Journal  
Current Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Opinion in Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Current Research in Bioinformatics     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Current Trends in Biotechnology and Chemical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Current trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
EBioMedicine     Open Access  
Electronic Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access  
Entomologia Generalis     Full-text available via subscription  
Environmental Science : Processes & Impacts     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Experimental Biology and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Folia Medica Indonesiana     Open Access  
Food Bioscience     Hybrid Journal  
Food Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Food Science and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Frontiers in Systems Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fungal Biology and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
GM Crops and Food: Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
GSTF Journal of BioSciences     Open Access  
HAYATI Journal of Biosciences     Open Access  
Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
IET Nanobiotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
IIOAB Letters     Open Access  
IN VIVO     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Indian Journal of Biotechnology (IJBT)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Indonesia Journal of Biomedical Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Indonesian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indonesian Journal of Medicine     Open Access  
Industrial Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Biomechanics     Open Access  
International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Biomechatronics and Biomedical Robotics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Biotechnology for Wellness Industries     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalised Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Radiation Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Iranian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access  
ISABB Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics     Open Access  
Italian Journal of Food Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
JMIR Biomedical Engineering     Open Access  
Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Advanced Therapies and Medical Innovation Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Advances in Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal Of Agrobiotechnology     Open Access  
Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Applied Biomedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Applied Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Applied Biotechnology Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Applied Mathematics & Bioinformatics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Biologically Active Products from Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Biomedical Photonics & Engineering     Open Access  
Journal of Biomedical Practitioners     Open Access  
Journal of Bioprocess Engineering and Biorefinery     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques     Open Access  
Journal of Biosecurity Biosafety and Biodefense Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
Journal of Biotechnology and Strategic Health Research     Open Access  
Journal of Chemical and Biological Interfaces     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Chitin and Chitosan Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Colloid Science and Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Essential Oil Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Experimental Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Ginseng Research     Open Access  
Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics     Open Access  
Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology     Open Access  
Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Nano Education     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Nanobiotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Nanofluids     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Organic and Biomolecular Simulations     Open Access  
Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Science and Applications : Biomedicine     Open Access  
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Tropical Microbiology and Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Yeast and Fungal Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Marine Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Meat Technology     Open Access  
Messenger     Full-text available via subscription  
Metabolic Engineering Communications     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Metalloproteinases In Medicine     Open Access  
Microbial Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
MicroMedicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Molecular Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Nanobiomedicine     Open Access  
Nanobiotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology     Open Access  
Nanomedicine and Nanobiology     Full-text available via subscription  
Nanomedicine Research Journal     Open Access  

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Biotechnology Letters
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.621
Citation Impact (citeScore): 2
Number of Followers: 34  
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ISSN (Print) 1573-6776 - ISSN (Online) 0141-5492
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2350 journals]
  • Gram-negative bacilli-derived peptide antibiotics developed since 2000
    • Authors: Yun Xue; Mengya Wang; Pengchao Zhao; Chunshan Quan; Xin Li; Lina Wang; Weina Gao; Jinghua Li; Xiangyang Zu; Dongliao Fu; Shuxiao Feng; Ping Li
      Pages: 1271 - 1287
      Abstract: Abstract Gram-negative bacilli such as Pseudomonas spp., Pseudoalteromonas sp., Angiococcus sp., Archangium sp., Burkholderia spp., Chromobacterium sp., Chondromyces sp., Cystobacter sp., Jahnella sp., Janthinobacterium sp., Lysobacter spp., Paraliomyxa sp., Photobacterium spp., Photorhabdus sp., Pontibacter sp., Ruegeria sp., Serratia sp., Sorangium sp., Sphingomonas sp., and Xenorhabdus spp. produce an enormous array of short peptides of 30 residues or fewer that are potential pharmaceutical drugs and/or biocontrol agents. The need for novel lead antibiotic compounds is urgent due to increasing drug resistance, and this review summarises 150 Gram-negative bacilli-derived compounds reported since 2000, including 40 cyclic lipopeptides from Pseudomonas spp.; nine aromatic peptides; eight glycopeptides; 45 different cyclic lipopeptides; 24 linear lipopeptides; eight thiopeptides; one lasso peptide; ten typical cyclic peptides; and five standard linear peptides. The current and potential therapeutic applications of these peptides, including structures and antituberculotic, anti-cyanobacterial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, insecticidal, and antiprotozoal activities are discussed.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2589-1
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Oxidative fermentations and exopolysaccharides production by acetic acid
           bacteria: a mini review
    • Authors: Salvatore La China; Gabriele Zanichelli; Luciana De Vero; Maria Gullo
      Pages: 1289 - 1302
      Abstract: Abstract Acetic acid bacteria are versatile organisms converting a number of carbon sources into biomolecules of industrial interest. Such properties, together with the need to limit chemical syntheses in favor of more sustainable biological processes, make acetic acid bacteria appropriate organisms for food, chemical, medical, pharmaceutical and engineering applications. At current, well-established bioprocesses by acetic acid bacteria are those derived from the oxidative pathways that lead to organic acids, ketones and sugar derivates. Whereas emerging applications include biopolymers, such as bacterial cellulose and fructans, which are getting an increasing interest for the biotechnological industry. However, considering the industrial demand of high performing bioprocesses, the production yield of metabolites obtained by acetic acid bacteria, is still not satisfying. In this paper we review the major acetic acid bacteria industrial applications, considering the current status of bioprocesses. We will also describe new biotechnological advances in order to optimize the industrial production, offering also an overview on future directions.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2591-7
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Current state of the art in continuous bioprocessing
    • Authors: Mark Schofield
      Pages: 1303 - 1309
      Abstract: Abstract There is an upsurge of interest in continuous bioprocessing, but currently continuous downstream bioprocessing has not been implemented to generate clinical material. This review focusses on the current state of the art of continuous downstream processing, highlighting the key advantages over traditional batch manufacturing. This allows the identification of scenarios where continuous downstream processing may be critical for commercial manufacturing success.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2593-5
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Simulation of algal photobioreactors: recent developments and challenges
    • Authors: Xi Gao; Bo Kong; R. Dennis Vigil
      Pages: 1311 - 1327
      Abstract: Abstract Widespread cultivation of phototrophic microalgae for sustainable production of a variety of renewable products, for wastewater treatment, and for atmospheric carbon mitigation requires not only improved microorganisms but also significant improvements to process design and scaleup. The development of simulation tools capable of providing quantitative predictions for photobioreactor performance could contribute to improved reactor designs and it could also support process scaleup, as it has in the traditional petro-chemical industries. However, the complicated dependence of cell function on conditions in the microenvironment, such as light availability, temperature, nutrient concentration, and shear strain rate render simulation of photobioreactors much more difficult than chemical reactors. Although photobioreactor models with sufficient predictive ability suitable for reactor design and scaleup do not currently exist, progress towards this goal has occurred in recent years. The current status of algal photobioreactor simulations is reviewed here, with an emphasis on the integration of and interplay between sub-models describing hydrodynamics, radiation transport, and microalgal growth kinetics. Some limitations of widely used models and computational methods are identified, as well as current challenges and opportunities for the advancement of algal photobioreactor simulation.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2595-3
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Dearomatization of diesel oil using Pseudomonas sp.
    • Authors: Samiya Khan; Sanjay Gupta; Nidhi Gupta
      Pages: 1329 - 1333
      Abstract: Objectives To improve the quality of diesel fuel via removal of aromatic compounds using Pseudomonas sp. Results In the present study Pseudomonas sp. was able to remove 94% of fluorene, 59% of phenanthrene, 49% of anthracene, 52% of fluoranthene, 45% of pyrene and 75% carbazole present in diesel oil. Additionally, it also does not affect the aliphatic content of fuel thus maintaining the carbon backbone of the fuel. Conclusions Pseudomonas sp. is a potential biocatalyst that can be used in the refining industry.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2579-3
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Enhancing the production of phenolic compounds during barley germination
           by using chitooligosaccharides to improve the antioxidant capacity of malt
    • Authors: Xiaoyu Guo; Zhimin Yu; Meihui Zhang; Wenzhu Tang; Yumei Sun; Xianzhen Li
      Pages: 1335 - 1341
      Abstract: Objective To enhance the production of phenolic compounds during barley germination using chitooligosaccharide as an elicitor to improve the antioxidant capacity of malt. Results When used as an elicitor for barley germination, chitooligosaccharide with a molecular weight of 3 kDa, added at 10 mg/kg barley kernels during the first steeping cycle, led to the maximum production of phenolic compounds. Compared with the control with no chitooligosaccharide added to the steeping water, the total phenolic content was increased by 54.8%. Increases in the total phenolic content of the barley malt occurred when chitooligosaccharide was applied during the first or both the first and the second steeping cycles. Thus the antioxidant capacity of barley malt was increased significantly by adding chitooligosaccharide during the steeping process. Conclusion Applying chitooligosaccharides during the steeping process increased the content of phenolic compounds thus improving the antioxidant capacity of the barley malt.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2582-8
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Immobilization of lactoperoxidase on graphene oxide nanosheets with
           improved activity and stability
    • Authors: Seyed Ziyae Aldin Samsam Shariat; Fatemeh Borzouee; Mohammad Reza Mofid; Jaleh Varshosaz
      Pages: 1343 - 1353
      Abstract: Objectives The purpose of this study was to develop a facile and efficient method to enhance the stability and activity of lactoperoxidase (LPO) by using its immobilization on graphene oxide nanosheets (GO-NS). Methods Following the LPO purification from bovine whey, it was immobilized onto functionalized GO-NS using glutaraldehyde as cross-linker. Kinetic properties and stability of free and immobilized LPO were investigated. Results LPO was purified 59.13 fold with a specific activity of 5.78 U/mg protein. The successful immobilization of LPO on functionalized GO-NS was confirmed by using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The overall results showed that the stability of the immobilized LPO was considerably improved compared to free LPO. Apparent Km and Vmax of LPO also indicated that the immobilized enzyme had greater affinity to the substrate than the native enzyme. Conclusions Graphene oxide nanosheets are effective means for immobilization of LPO.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2583-7
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Purification of active recombinant human histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1)
           overexpressed in Escherichia coli
    • Authors: Alessandra Stefan; Natalia Calonghi; Fabrizio Schipani; Fabrizio Dal Piaz; Giorgio Sartor; Alejandro Hochkoeppler
      Pages: 1355 - 1363
      Abstract: Objective We attempted to overexpress Human Histone Deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) in Escherichia coli. Results A synthetic gene coding for HDAC1, and optimised for E. coli codon usage, was cloned into pBADHisB, generating pBAD-rHDAC1. This construct was used to transform E. coli TOP10, and the target protein was overexpressed and partially purified. According to its elution volume from a Superdex 200 column, the partially purified rHDAC1 was obtained in aggregated form, i.e., as an octamer. The dissociation of octameric HDAC1 was tested using several agents, among which sodium dodecyl sulfate was competent in partially dissociating rHDAC1 aggregates. When the enzyme activity was tested in vitro using 3H-acetyl-labelled histones both protein samples, aggregated and dissociated, were active. Hence, our results suggest that E. coli represents an alternative system for the production of the recombinant HDAC1. Conclusions We described a procedure for the overexpression in E. coli of recombinant HDAC1, the purification of which in active form can be successfully performed, although yielding an octameric aggregate.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2585-5
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • PiggyBac transposon-mediated mutagenesis and application in yeast
           Komagataella phaffii
    • Authors: Jinxiang Zhu; Qiaoyun Zhu; Ruiqing Gong; Qin Xu; Menghao Cai; Tianyi Jiang; Xiangshan Zhou; Mian Zhou; Yuanxing Zhang
      Pages: 1365 - 1376
      Abstract: Objective Around one-fourth of the Komagataella phaffii genes encode hypothetical proteins with unknown functions. However, lack of powerful tools for genetic screening in K. phaffii significantly limits the functional analysis of these unknown genes. Transposon mutagenesis has been utilized as an insertional mutagenesis tool in many other organisms and would be extremely valuable if it could be applied in K. phaffii. Results In this study, we investigated in K. phaffii the transposition activity and efficiency of piggyBac (PB) transposon, a DNA transposon from the cabbage looper moth Trichoplusia ni through the integrated-plasmid system. We also designed a binary-plasmid system which could generate stable mutants. Finally we evaluated the quality of this mutagenesis system by a simple screening for functional genes involved in K. phaffii carbon catabolite repression. Conclusions Our results demonstrate that PB-mediated mutagenesis could be a feasible and useful tool for functional gene screening in K. phaffii.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2592-6
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Statin resistance in Candida glabrata
    • Authors: Mishal Subhan; Rani Faryal; Ian Macreadie
      Pages: 1389 - 1394
      Abstract: Objectives Reduced efficacy of statins has been observed in people but the mechanism of this resistance is unclear and no statin-resistance mutations in the catalytic domain of HMGCR have been reported. The present study focused on looking for statin-resistance mutations and examining the mechanism of statin resistance using Candida glabrata as a model organism. Results C. glabrata was cultured in media containing lovastatin, simvastatin or atorvastatin to obtain lovastatin-, simvastatin- and atorvastatin-resistant mutants. A single mutant from each was purified for further analysis. In each mutant, gene sequencing showed there were no changes in the catalytic domain of HMGCR. HMGCR was overexpressed in two resistant isolates suggesting that increased production of HMGCR can lead to resistance. In a third mutant, HMGCR activity was unaltered, suggesting a non-HMGCR related mechanism, such as increased drug efflux, could be operating. Conclusions Candida glabrata is a useful model organism for examining resistance to statins. Further studies are warranted to examine the precise molecular mechanisms of statin resistance.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2597-1
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Plant growth-promoting bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens FR1 secrets a
           novel type of extracellular polyhydroxybutyrate polymerase involved in
           abiotic stress response in plants
    • Authors: Margarita Stritzler; Ana Diez Tissera; Gabriela Soto; Nicolás Ayub
      Pages: 1419 - 1423
      Abstract: Objectives Identification of novel microbial factors contributing to plant protection against abiotic stress. Results The genome of plant growth-promoting bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens FR1 contains a short mobile element encoding a novel type of extracellular polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) polymerase (PhbC) associated with a type I secretion system. Genetic analysis using a phbC mutant strain and plants showed that this novel extracellular enzyme is related to the PHB production in planta and suggests that PHB could be a beneficial microbial compound synthesized during plant adaptation to cold stress. Conclusion Extracellular PhbC can be used as a new tool for improve crop production under abiotic stress.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2576-6
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Forced expression of CD200 improves the differentiation capability and
           immunoregulatory functions of mesenchymal stromal cells
    • Authors: Hye Joung Kim; Kyoung-Woon Kim; Yong-Rim Kwon; Bo-Mi Kim; Yoo-Jin Kim
      Pages: 1425 - 1433
      Abstract: Objective In order to identify specific mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) populations with enhanced therapeutic efficacy, we evaluated the functional changes associated with the stable expression of CD200, which is associated with immune regulatory function and osteogenic differentiation, in human bone marrow-derived MSCs (CD200/MSCs). Results We detected significantly greater osteogenesis and chondrogenesis in CD200/MSCs than in mock-transfected MSCs. In addition, the immune regulatory function of MSCs in mixed lymphocyte reactions was enhanced by CD200 gene transfection. In CD200/MSCs, the secretion of inflammatory cytokines, i.e., IL-6 and IL-8, was reduced, and levels of the anti-inflammatory factors IL-10, FOXP3, and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 were elevated. Finally, CD200 transfection increased the stemness of MSCs, as evidenced by greater colony numbers in colony-forming unit fibroblast assays and analyses of NANOG and OCT-4 expression. Conclusions These results suggest that CD200/MSCs have therapeutic applications, and further in-depth research should focus on the development of a clinically applicable cell-based therapeutic strategy.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2561-0
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Correction to: An efficient biocatalytic synthesis of imidazole-4-acetic
    • Authors: Weirui Zhao; Huanru Ding; Sheng Hu; Jun Huang; Changjiang Lv; Jiaqi Mei; Zhihua Jin; Shanjing Yao; Lehe Mei
      Pages: 1435 - 1435
      Abstract: In the original publication of the article, the affiliations of authors Jun Huang, Changjiang Lv and Jiaqi Mei were misplaced. The correct information for author affiliations is provided in this correction.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2587-3
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Correction to: Characterization of biomarkers in stroke based on
           ego-networks and pathways
    • Authors: Haixia Li; Qian Guo
      Pages: 1437 - 1437
      Abstract: In the original publication of the article, the second author name was published incorrectly. The corrected author name is given in this correction.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2590-8
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Correction to: Genetically engineered cell lines for α1-antitrypsin
    • Authors: Qianqian Ji; Caiping Guo; Chen Xie; Yingdan Wu; Pei Zhang; Hui Li; Yongjun Lu
      Pages: 1439 - 1439
      Abstract: In the original publication of the article, the Acknowledgement section was published incompletely. The complete Acknowledgement is given in this Correction.
      PubDate: 2018-10-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2594-4
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 9-10 (2018)
  • Cell culture medium supplemented with taurine decreases basic charge
           variant levels of a monoclonal antibody
    • Abstract: Objective To explore the impact of taurine on monoclonal antibody (mAb) basic charge variants in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell culture. Results In fed-batch culture, adding taurine in the feed medium slightly increased the maximum viable cell density and mAb titers in CHO cells. What’s more, taurine significantly decreased the lysine variant and oxidized variant levels, which further decreased basic variant contents from 32 to 27%. The lysine variant content in the taurine culture was approximately 4% lower than that in control condition, which was the main reason for the decrease in basic variants. Real-time PCR and cell-free assay revealed that taurine played a critical role in the upregulation of relative basic carboxypeptidase and stimulating extracellular basic carboxypeptidase activities. Conclusion Taurine exhibits noticeable impact on lower basic charge variants, which are mainly due to the decrease of lysine variant and oxidized protein variants.
      PubDate: 2018-09-18
  • Improved nucleic acid extraction protocols for Ganoderma boninense , G.
           miniatocinctum and G. tornatum
    • Authors: Jayanthi Nagappan; Chiew Foan Chin; Lee Pei Lee Angel; Richard M. Cooper; Sean T. May; Eng-Ti Leslie Low
      Abstract: Abstract The first and most crucial step of all molecular techniques is to isolate high quality and intact nucleic acids. However, DNA and RNA isolation from fungal samples are usually difficult due to the cell walls that are relatively unsusceptible to lysis and often resistant to traditional extraction procedures. Although there are many extraction protocols for Ganoderma species, different extraction protocols have been applied to different species to obtain high yields of good quality nucleic acids, especially for genome and transcriptome sequencing. Ganoderma species, mainly G. boninense causes the basal stem rot disease, a devastating disease that plagues the oil palm industry. Here, we describe modified DNA extraction protocols for G. boninense, G. miniatocinctum and G. tornatum, and an RNA extraction protocol for G. boninense. The modified salting out DNA extraction protocol is suitable for G. boninense and G. miniatocinctum while the modified high salt and low pH protocol is suitable for G. tornatum. The modified DNA and RNA extraction protocols were able to produce high quality genomic DNA and total RNA of ~ 140 to 160 µg/g and ~ 80 µg/g of mycelia respectively, for Single Molecule Real Time (PacBio Sequel® System) and Illumina sequencing. These protocols will benefit those studying the oil palm pathogens at nucleotide level.
      PubDate: 2018-09-10
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2603-7
  • Characterization of an inhibitor-resistant endo-1,4-β-mannanase from the
           gut microflora metagenome of Hermetia illucens
    • Authors: Jaeeun Song; Su-Yeon Kim; Dae-Hyuk Kim; Young-Seok Lee; Joon-Soo Sim; Bum-Soo Hahn; Chang-Muk Lee
      Abstract: Objective Hermetia illucens is a voracious insect scavenger that efficiently decomposes food waste. To exploit novel hydrolytic enzymes from this insect, we constructed a fosmid metagenome library using unculturable H. illucens intestinal microorganisms. Results Functional screening of the library on carboxymethyl cellulose plates identified a fosmid clone with a product displaying hydrolytic activity. Fosmid sequence analysis revealed a novel mannan-degrading gene (ManEM17) composed of 1371 base pairs, encoding 456 amino acids with a deduced 54 amino acid N-terminal signal peptide sequence. Conceptual translation and domain analysis revealed that sequence homology was highest (46%) with endo-1,4-β-mannosidase of Anaerophaga thermohalophila. Phylogenetic and domain analysis indicated that ManEM17 belongs to a novel β-mannanase containing a glycoside hydrolase family 26 domain. The recombinant protein (rManEM17) was expressed in Escherichia coli, exhibiting the highest activity at 55 °C and pH 6.5. The protein hydrolyzed substrates with β-1,4-glycosidic mannoses; maximum specific activity (5467 U mg−1) occurred toward locust bean gum galactomannan. However, rManEM17 did not hydrolyze p-Nitrophenyl-β-pyranosides, demonstrating endo-form mannanase activity. Furthermore, rManEM17 was highly stable under stringent conditions, including polar organic solvents as well as chemical reducing and denaturing reagents. Conclusions ManEM17 is an attractive candidate for mannan degradation under the high-organic-solvent and protein-denaturing processes in food and feed industries.
      PubDate: 2018-08-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2596-2
  • Structural and functional characterization of a novel lipolytic enzyme
           from a Brazilian Cerrado soil metagenomic library
    • Authors: Paula Istvan; Amanda Araújo Souza; Aisel Valle Garay; Debora Farage Knupp dos Santos; Gideane Mendes de Oliveira; Renata Henrique Santana; Fabyano Alvares Cardoso Lopes; Sonia Maria de Freitas; João Alexandre Ribeiro Gonçalves Barbosa; Ricardo Henrique Krüger
      Abstract: Objective To isolate putative lipase enzymes by screening a Cerrado soil metagenomic library with novel features. Results Of 6720 clones evaluated, Clone W (10,000 bp) presented lipolytic activity and four predicted coding sequences, one of them LipW. Characterization of a predicted esterase/lipase, LipW, showed 28% sequence identity with an arylesterase from Pseudomonas fluorescens (pdb 3HEA) from protein database (PDB). Phylogenetic analysis showed LipW clustered with family V lipases; however, LipW was clustered in different subclade belonged to family V, suggesting a different subgroup of family V. In addition, LipW presented a difference in family V GH motif, a glycine replaced by a serine in GH motif. Estimated molecular weight and stokes radius values of LipW were 29,338.67–29,411.98 Da and 2.58–2.83 nm, respectively. Optimal enzyme activity was observed at pH 9.0–9.5 and at 40 °C. Circular dichroism analysis estimated secondary structures percentages as approximately 45% α-helix and 15% β-sheet, consistent with the 3D structure predicted by homology. Conclusion Our results demonstrate the isolation of novel family V lipolytic enzyme with biotechnological applications from a metagenomic library.
      PubDate: 2018-07-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2598-0
  • Purification, characterization, and biocatalytic potential of a novel
           dextranase from Chaetomium globosum
    • Authors: Liu Yang; Nandi Zhou; Yaping Tian
      Abstract: Objective We aimed to identify new high-yield dextranase strains and study the catalytic potential of dextranase from the strain in industrial applications. Results Dextranase-producing strains were screened from soil samples, and a potential strain was identified as Chaetomium globosum according to its phenotype, biochemical characteristics, and rDNA analysis. Crude dextranase was purified to reach 10.97-fold specific activity and 18.7% recovery. The molecular weight of the enzyme was 53 kDa with an optimum temperature and pH of 60 °C and 5.5, respectively. Enzyme activity was stable at pH 4.0–7.0 and displayed sufficient thermal stability at temperatures < 50 °C. Mn2+ (10 mM) enhanced dextranase activity by 134.44%. The enzyme was identified as an endodextranase. It displayed very high hydrolytic affinity toward high-molecular weight dextran T2000, reaching 97.9% hydrolysis within 15 min at 2 U/mL. Conclusion Collectively, these results suggest that Chaetomium globosum shows higher production and specificity of dextranase than that from other reported strains. These findings may offer new insights into the potential of dextranase in the sugar, medical, and food industries. Graphical abstract
      PubDate: 2018-07-27
      DOI: 10.1007/s10529-018-2599-z
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