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3D Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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Acta Polytechnica : Journal of Advanced Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Active and Passive Electronic Components     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Adaptive Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi     Open Access  
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African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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AMB Express     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 28)
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American Journal of Industrial and Business Management     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Analele Universitatii Ovidius Constanta - Seria Chimie     Open Access  
Annals of Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Applicable Analysis: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Applied Catalysis A: General     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
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Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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ASEE Prism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Asia-Pacific Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access  
Asian Engineering Review     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Applied Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Asian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Asian Journal of Control     Hybrid Journal  
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Asian Journal of Technology Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Assembly Automation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
at - Automatisierungstechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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ATZextra worldwide     Hybrid Journal  
Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Autonomous Mental Development, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Avances en Ciencias e Ingeniería     Open Access  
Balkan Region Conference on Engineering and Business Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research     Open Access  
Basin Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Batteries     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bautechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Bell Labs Technical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BER : Manufacturing Survey : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Bharatiya Vaigyanik evam Audyogik Anusandhan Patrika (BVAAP)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biofuels Engineering     Open Access  
Biointerphases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biomaterials Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Biomedical Engineering Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Reviews in     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Biomedical Microdevices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Biomedical Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Biomedizinische Technik - Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal  
Biomicrofluidics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BioNanoMaterials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology Progress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Boletin Cientifico Tecnico INIMET     Open Access  
Botswana Journal of Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Boundary Value Problems     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Broadcasting, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory     Hybrid Journal  
Cahiers, Droit, Sciences et Technologies     Open Access  
Calphad     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Geotechnical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Studies in Thermal Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Catalysis Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Catalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Catalysis Science and Technology     Free   (Followers: 7)
Catalysis Surveys from Asia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Today     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
CEAS Space Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Central European Journal of Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CFD Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Chaos : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Science Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencia e Ingenieria Neogranadina     Open Access  
Ciencia en su PC     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CienciaUAT     Open Access  
Cientifica     Open Access  
CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
City, Culture and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Clay Minerals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Clean Air Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Coal Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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  • Comparative assessment of four RNA extraction methods and modification to
           obtain high-quality RNA from Parthenium hysterophorus leaf

    • Abstract: Abstract Isolation of high-quality RNA from weed plants such as Parthenium hysterophorus is a difficult task due to the hindrance caused by numerous secondary metabolites. Such metabolites not only affect the quality and yield of RNA, but also limit the quality of downstream applications. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to design a protocol for yielding RNA with better quality and quantity from P. hysterophorus leaf which could be suitable for functional genomics. To achieve the objective, four different important RNA extraction protocols, viz. acid guanidinium thiocyanate–phenol–chloroform, phenol–LiCl precipitation, TRIzol®, and PVP–ethanol were tested. The PVP–ethanol method proved to be best among the tested protocols. This method was further modified for obtaining improved quality and yield of RNA. The modified method successfully enhanced the yield of RNA from 280 to 334 µg g−1 fresh weight. The absorbance ratio (A 260/A 280) was in the purity range of 1.9 that indicated the good quality of RNA. To prove the feasibility of the extracted RNA in PCR-based cDNA synthesis, actin transcripts were targeted and successfully amplified using suitable primers. The improved protocol thus not only improved the yield and quality of RNA, but also gave better results in reverse transcriptase PCR.
      PubDate: 2017-10-16
  • Draft genome sequence of a thermostable, alkaliphilic α-amylase and
           protease producing Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain KCP2

    • Abstract: Abstract Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain KCP2 was isolated from municipal food waste samples collected in Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India. Strain KCP2 is noteworthy due to its ability to produce a thermostable, alkaliphilic α-amylase and a protease. These enzymes have importance in several industrial processes including bread making, brewing, starch processing, pharmacy, and textile industries. Whole genome sequencing of strain KCP2 showed that the estimated genome size was 3.9 Mb, the G + C content was 46%, and it coded for 4113 genes.
      PubDate: 2017-10-13
  • 16S rDNA analysis of the effect of fecal microbiota transplantation on
           pulmonary and intestinal flora

    • Abstract: Abstract This study aims to explore the effect of FMT on regulations of dysbacteriosis of pulmonary and intestinal flora in rats with 16S rDNA sequencing technology. A total of 27 SPF rats (3–4 weeks old) were randomly divided into three groups: normal control group (K), model control group (MX), and fecal microbiota transplantation group (FMT); each group contained nine rats. The OTU values of the pulmonary and intestinal flora of the MX group decreased significantly compared with the normal control group. After FMT, the OTU value of pulmonary flora increased, while the value of OTU in intestinal flora declined. At the phylum level, FMT down-regulated Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Bacteroidetes in the pulmonary flora. At the genus level, FMT down-regulated Pseudomonas, Sphingobium, Lactobacillus, Rhizobium, and Acinetobacter, thus maintaining the balance of the pulmonary flora. Moreover, FMT could change the structure and diversity of the pulmonary and intestinal flora by positively regulating the pulmonary flora and negatively regulating intestinal flora. This study may provide a scientific basis for FMT treatment of respiratory diseases.
      PubDate: 2017-10-12
  • Bacterial community of a spider, Marpiss magister (Salticidae)

    • Abstract: Abstract Arthropods are associated with various microorganisms which confer benefits to their hosts. Recently, research has been conducted on bacterial communities of insects to provide an insight into the potential interactions of the symbiotic bacteria and their hosts. Spiders are interesting to study as they are perceived to be natural enemies of pests. The effect of endosymbionts on spiders has been reported, but little is known about the overall bacterial communities present in spiders. Here, we report on the characterization of bacterial communities present in the whole body of the spider Marpiss magister using Illumina sequencing of 16S rRNA amplicons. Our study shows that the most abundant phyla of bacteria included Proteobacteria, Tenericutes, Bacteroidetes and Actinobacteria. At the genus level, the most abundant genera included Rickettsia, Wolbachia, Spiroplasma, and Cardinium. Besides these dominant endosymbionts, our study also showed the existence of bacteria in the genera Arthrobacter, Novosphingobium, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Aquabacterium and Sphingomonas at an abundance ranging from 0.65 to 0.84%, and the existence of bacterial in genera Lactobacillus, Sphingobium, Methylobacterium, Bradyrhizobium, Propionibacterium, Brevundimonas, Achromobacter, Microbacterium, Corynebacterium, and Flavobacterium at a slightly lower abundance ranging from 0.1 to 0.5%. Therefore, our finding indicates that endosymbionts are not the only microbiota present in the spider M. magister, and other bacterial taxa also exist in its bacterial community.
      PubDate: 2017-10-12
  • Pseudomonas sp. BUP6 produces a thermotolerant alkaline lipase with trans
           -esterification efficiency in producing biodiesel

    • Abstract: Abstract The present study describes the characteristics of a thermotolerant and alkaline lipase secreted by Pseudomonas sp. BUP6, a novel rumen bacterium isolated from Malabari goat, and its trans-esterification efficiency in producing biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO). The extracellular lipase was purified to homogeneity (35.8 times purified with 14.8% yield) employing (NH4)2SO4 salt precipitation and Sephadex G-100 chromatography. The apparent molecular weight of this lipase on SDS-PAGE was 35 kDa, the identity of which was further confirmed by MALDI-TOF/MS. The purified lipase was found stable at a pH range of 7–9 with the maximum activity (707 U/ml) at pH 8.2; and was active at the temperature ranging from 35 to 50 °C with the optimum at 45 °C (891 U/ml). Triton X-100 and EDTA had no effect on the activity of lipase; whereas SDS, Tween-80 and β-mercaptoethanol inhibited its activity significantly. Moreover, Ca2+ (1.0 mM) enhanced the activity of lipase (1428 U/ml) by 206% vis-à-vis initial activity; while Zn2+, Fe2+ and Cu2+ decreased the activity significantly. Using para-nitrophenyl palmitate as substrate, the K m (11.6 mM) and V max [668.9 μmol/(min/mg)] of the purified lipase were also determined. Crude lipase was used for analyzing its trans-esterification efficiency with used cooking oil and methanol which resulted in the worthy yield of fatty acid methyl esters, FAME (45%) at 37 °C, indicating its prospects in biodiesel industry. Thus, the lipase secreted by the rumen bacterium, Pseudomonas sp. BUP6, offers great potentials to be used in various industries including the production of biodiesel by trans-esterification.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
  • Genome sequence of Talaromyces piceus 9-3 provides insights into
           lignocellulose degradation

    • Abstract: Abstract Many species of Penicillium have exhibited great potential for lignocellulose hydrolysis. The filamentous fungus Talaromyces piceus 9-3 (anamorph: Penicillium piceum), which was isolated from compost wastes in China, was sequenced in this study. Compared with the cellulase producer T. reesei, T. piceus 9-3 processes a lignocellulolytic enzyme system comprising more diverse enzymatic components, especially hemicellulases. This report will facilitate the use of this strain for biomass degradation.
      PubDate: 2017-10-10
  • Assessment of hazelnut husk as a lignocellulosic feedstock for the
           production of fermentable sugars and lignocellulolytic enzymes

    • Abstract: Abstract The present work focuses firstly on the evaluation of the effect of laccase on enzymatic hydrolysis of hazelnut husk which is one of the most abundant lignocellulosic agricultural residues generated in Turkey. In this respect, the co-enzymatic treatment of hazelnut husk by cellulase and laccase, without a conventional pretreatment step is evaluated. Using 2.75 FPU/g substrate (40 g/L substrate) and a ratio of 131 laccase U/FPU achieved the highest reducing sugars concentration. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry confirmed that the hydrolysate was composed of glucose, xylose, mannose, arabinose and galactose. The inclusion of laccase in the enzyme mixture [carboxymethyl cellulase (CMCase) and β-glucosidase] increased the final glucose content of the reducing sugars from 20 to 50%. Therefore, a very significant increase in glucose content of the final reducing sugars concentration was obtained by laccase addition. Furthermore, the production of cellulases and laccase by Pycnoporus sanguineus DSM 3024 using hazelnut husk as substrate was also investigated. Among the hazelnut husk concentrations tested (1.5, 6, 12, 18 g/L), the highest CMCase concentration was obtained using 12 g/L husk concentration on the 10th day of fermentation. Besides CMCase, P. sanguineus DSM 3024 produced β-glucosidase and laccase using hazelnut husk as carbon source. In addition to CMCase and β-glucosidase, the highest laccase activity measured was 2240 ± 98 U/L (8.89 ± 0.39 U/mg). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report hazelnut husk hydrolysis in the absence of pretreatment procedures.
      PubDate: 2017-10-09
  • Enhanced biodegradation of mixed PAHs by mutated naphthalene
           1,2-dioxygenase encoded by Pseudomonas putida strain KD6 isolated from
           petroleum refinery waste

    • Abstract: Abstract Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of environmental pollutant that are given top priority to maintain water and soil quality to the most amenable standard. Biodegradation of PAHs by bacteria is the convenient option for decontamination on site or off site. The aim of the present study was to isolate and identify naturally occurring bacteria having mixed PAHs biodegradation ability. The newly isolated Pseudomonas putida strain KD6 was found to efficiently degrade 97.729% of 1500 mg L−1 mixed PAHs within 12 days in carbon-deficient minimal medium (CSM). The half-life (t 1/2) and degradation rate constant (k) were estimated to be 3.2 and 0.2165 days, respectively. The first-order kinetic parameters in soil by strain KD6 had shown efficient biodegradation potency with the higher concentration of total PAHs (1500 mg kg−1 soil), t 1/2 = 10.44 days−1. However, the biodegradation by un-inoculated control soil was found slower (t 1/2 = 140 days−1) than the soil inoculated with P. putida strain KD6. The enzyme kinetic constants are also in agreement with chemical data obtained from the HPLC analysis. In addition, the sequence analysis and molecular docking studies showed that the strain KD6 encodes a mutant version of naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase which have better Benzpyrene binding energy (−9.90 kcal mol−1) than wild type (−8.18 kcal mol−1) enzyme (chain A, 1NDO), respectively, with 0.00 and 0.08 RMSD values. The mutated naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase nahAc has six altered amino acid residues near to the ligand binding site. The strain KD6 could be a good bioresource for in situ or ex situ biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon.
      PubDate: 2017-10-06
  • Symbiotic bacteria associated with puffer fish Gastrophysus spadiceus and
           evaluation of their antimicrobial activities

    • Abstract: Abstract The present study reports the diversity of culturable bacteria associated with the puffer fish Gastrophysus spadiceus. During the study, a total of 31 strains affiliated to the genera Pseudomonas, Janthinobacterium, Rahnella, and Psychrobacter were isolated from liver, intestines, and flesh of G. spadiceus. These strains exhibited a diverse range of metabolites as indicated by the HPLC and TLC profiles of the chemical extracts of their fermentation products. Some of these crude extracts showed strong antimicrobial activities against pathogenic bacterial strains. In addition, few crude extracts exhibit insecticidal activity against Artemia salina.
      PubDate: 2017-10-06
  • Regulation of different polyketide biosynthesis by green light in an
           endophytic fungus of mangrove leaf

    • Abstract: Abstract Light is an important environmental signal for many organisms. The light response reports of fungi usually focus on blue light and red light. Although the green light sensor has also been found in several fungi, the knowledge of the green light response in fungi is very limited. Halorosellinia sp. (No. 1403) is a light-sensitive endophytic fungus of mangrove leaf. In this study, we explored the specific effects of monochromatic blue light, red light, and green light on polyketides biosynthesis in Halorosellinia sp. (No. 1403), respectively. The major polyketides produced in Halorosellinia sp. (No. 1403) are octaketides (1403C and 1403R) and heptaketide (griseofulvin). All monochromatic light enhanced octaketide biosynthesis and inhibited heptaketide biosynthesis to some extent compared with the dark condition. Most prominently, the total production of octaketides was increased by 76%, and the production of heptaketide was decreased by 73% under green light in bioreactor. Therefore, green light can not only influence the secondary metabolism in fungi, but also it can influence different biosynthetic pathways in different ways. We speculate that the significant effect of green light on mangrove leaf endophytic fungus Halorosellinia sp. (No. 1403) may be a kind of environmental adaptation to plant photosynthesis.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
  • Expression of STK11 gene and its promoter activity in MCF control and
           cancer cells

    • Abstract: Abstract Serine/threonine kinase gene (STK11) is identified as tumor suppressor gene whose mutation can lead to Peutz–Jeghers syndrome (PJS). STK11 is emerging as a multifunctional protein, it activates 14 different AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) family members, important in the regulation of cell polarity, cell cycle arrest, energy and hemostasis. Present study was designed to evaluate STK11 mRNA expression in MCF-7 cancer and MCF-10 normal breast cells lines. mRNA expression was studied by real-time PCR. Further, human STK11 promoter construct was fused to a luciferase reporter and transfected into both MCF-7 and MCF-10 cells to identify the promoter activity in these cells. STK11 mRNA was found significantly higher in MCF-7 compared to MCF-10 cells (p value < 0.0005) indicating its role in the onset of breast cancer. Interestingly, it was found that the promoter activity of STK11 gene in MCF-7 cells was also significantly higher when compared to MCF-10 cells (p value < 0.005). Positive correlation was observed in promoter activity and gene expression (p = 0.048, r 2 = 0.587). This study for the first time relates the altered STK11 gene expression in breast cancer cells with altered promoter activity. The present finding may shed light on the new therapeutic approaches against breast cancer by targeting gene or its promoter.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
  • A rapid and efficient DNA extraction method suitable for marine macroalgae

    • Abstract: Abstract Macroalgae are a diverse group of organisms. Marine macroalgae, in particular, have numerous medicinal and industrial applications. Molecular studies of macroalgae require suitable concentrations of DNA free of contaminants. At present, numerous protocols exist for DNA extraction from macroalgae. However, they are either time consuming, expensive or work only with few species. The method described in this study is rapid and efficient and applicable to different types of marine macroalgae. This method yields an average of 3.85 µg of DNA per 50 mg of algal tissue, with an average purity of 1.88. The isolated DNA was suitable for PCR amplification of universal plastid region of macroalgae.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
  • Bioconversion of isoeugenol to vanillin and vanillic acid using the
           resting cells of Trichosporon asahii

    • Abstract: Abstract 40 isoeugenol-tolerant yeasts were isolated from the rhizosphere soil samples which in turn were collected from aromatic plants in different regions of Iran, and further tested for their ability to grow on a minimal medium containing isoeugenol as the sole carbon and energy source. Nine isolates which were able to grow on isoeugenol were examined for their ability to convert isoeugenol into vanillin under growing cell experiments. Of the tested yeasts, the highest conversion efficiency was observed in isolate MP24. The isolate was identified as Trichosporon asahii based on morphological, biochemical and molecular (ITS region) characters and tested to effectively convert isoeugenol into vanillin under resting cell system. A comparative analysis of thin layer chromatography (TLC), UV–Vis spectrometry, and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) verified that vanillin and vanillic acid are accumulated as two major metabolites using T. asahii strain MP24 resting cells. In the presence of 7.5 g/l of wet weight cells of the strain MP24 pre-grown on isoeugenol and harvested at the end of the exponential growth phase, the optimal concentration of vanillin reached 2.4 g/l with a molar conversion of 52.5% in the potassium phosphate buffer (100 mM, pH 5.8) supplemented with 5 g/l of isoeugenol and 2% (v/v) N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The total concentration of vanillin and vanillic acid obtained from the bioconversion process was 4.2 g/l (total molar yield of 88.3%). Until now, no data has been published on the conversion of isoeugenol into vanillin by the strains of the genus Trichosporon.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • Expression, purification and function of cysteine desulfurase from
           Sulfobacillus acidophilus TPY isolated from deep-sea hydrothermal vent

    • Abstract: Abstract The cysteine desulfurase (SufS) gene of Sulfobacillus acidophilus TPY, a Gram-positive bacterium isolated from deep-sea hydrothermal vent, was cloned and over-expressed in E. coli BL21. The recombinant SufS protein was purified by one-step affinity chromatography. The TPY SufS contained a well conserved motif RXGHHCA as found in that of other microorganisms, suggesting that it belonged to group II of cysteine desulfurase family. The recombinant TPY SufS could catalyze the conversion of l-cysteine to l-alanine and produce persulfide, and the enzyme activity was 95 μ/μL of sulfur ion per minute. The growth of E. coli BL21 was promoted by over-expressing TPY SufS in vivo or by directly adding recombinant TPY SufS in the medium (4.3–4.5 × 108 cells/mL vs. 3.2–3.5 × 108 cells/mL). Furthermore, the highest cell density of E. coli BL21 when the TPY SufS was over-expressed was about 3.5 times that of the control groups in the presence of sodium thiosulfate. These results indicate that the SUF system as the only assembly system of iron–sulfur clusters not only has significant roles in survival of S. acidophilus TPY, but also might be important for combating with high content of sulfide.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • Microparticle-enhanced polygalacturonase production by wild type
           Aspergillus sojae

    • Abstract: Abstract Polygalacturonases (PGs), an important industrial enzyme group classified under depolymerases, catalyze the hydrolytic cleavage of the polygalacturonic acid chain through the introduction of water across the oxygen bridge. In order to produce and increase the concentration of this enzyme group in fermentation processes, a new approach called microparticle cultivation, a promising and remarkable method, has been used. The aim of this study was to increase the PG activity of Aspergillus sojae using aluminum oxide (Al2O3) as microparticles in shake flask fermentation medium. Results indicated that the highest PG activity of 34.55 ± 0.5 U/ml was achieved with the addition of 20 g/L of Al2O3 while the lowest activity of 15.20 ± 0.2 U/mL was obtained in the presence of 0.1 g/L of Al2O3. In fermentation without microparticles as control, the activity was 15.64 ± 3.3 U/mL. Results showed that the maximum PG activity was 2.2-fold higher than control. Additionally, smaller pellets formed with the addition of Al2O3 where the lowest pellet diameter was 955.1 µm when 10 g/L of the microparticle was used. Also, it was noticed that biomass concentration gradually increased with increasing microparticle concentration in the fermentation media. Consequently, the PG activity was significantly increased in microparticle-enhanced shake flask fermentation. In fact, these promising preliminary data can be of significance to improve the enzyme activity in large-scale bioreactors.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • Mapping and validation of QTLs for cold tolerance at seedling stage in
           rice from an indica cultivar Habiganj Boro VI (Hbj.BVI)

    • Abstract: Abstract Yellowing, stunting, and seedling death associated with cold stress is a common problem in many Asian countries for winter rice cultivation. Improvement of cultivars through marker-assisted selection of QTLs for cold tolerance at seedling stage from locally adapted germplasm/cultivar is the most effective and sustainable strategy to resolve this problem. A study was undertaken to map QTLs from 151 F 2:3 progenies of a cross between a cold susceptible variety, BR1 and a locally adapted traditional indica cultivar, Hbj.BVI. A total of six significant QTLs were identified for two cold tolerance indices—cold-induced leaf discoloration and survival rate after a recovery period of seven days on chromosomes 6, 8, 11, and 12. Among these QTLs, qCTSL-8-1 and qCTSS-8-1 being co-localized into RM7027–RM339 on chromosome 8 and qCTSL-12-1 and qCTSS-12-1 into RM247–RM2529 on chromosome 12 showed 12.78 and 14.96% contribution, respectively, to the total phenotypic variation for cold tolerance. Validation of QTL effect in BC1F3 population derived a cross between a cold susceptible BRRI dhan28 and Hbj.BVI showed dominating effect of qCTSL-12-1 on cold tolerance at seedling stage and it became stronger when one or more other QTLs were co-segregated with it. These results suggest that the QTLs identified in this study are stable and effective on other genetic background also, which warrant the use of these QTLs for further study aiming to cultivar development for seedling stage cold tolerance.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • Interaction of turmeric ( Curcuma longa L.) with beneficial microbes: a

    • Abstract: Abstract Curcuma longa L., commonly known as turmeric, is a rhizomatous herb of the family Zingiberaceae. It is mostly used as a spice, a coloring agent and broadly used in traditional medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani, etc., Turmeric rhizomes interact with a large numbers of rhizosphere-associated microbial species, and some enter the plant tissue and act as endophytes. Both rhizospheric and endophytic species are directly or indirectly involved in growth promotion and disease management in plants and also play an important role in the modulation of morphological growth, secondary metabolite production, curcumin content, antioxidant properties, etc. The present review focuses on the rhizobacterial and endophytic bacterial and fungal populations associated with the turmeric.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • A fusion protein strategy for soluble expression of Stevia
           glycosyltransferase UGT76G1 in Escherichia coli

    • Abstract: Abstract The UDP-glucosyltransferase UGT76G1 from Stevia rebaudiana converts stevioside to rebaudioside A via a one-step glycosylation reaction, which increases the amount of sweet-tasting rebaudioside A and decreases the amount of stevioside that has a bitter aftertaste. This enzyme could, therefore, conceivably be used to improve the organoleptic properties of steviol glycosides and offer a cost-effective preparation of high-purity rebaudioside A. Producing soluble enzymes by overexpression is a prerequisite for large-scale biocatalysis. However, most of the UGT76G1 overexpressed in Escherichia coli is in inclusion bodies. In this study, three N-terminal fusion partners, 3′-phosphoadenosine-5′-phosphatase (CysQ), 2-keto-3-deoxy-6-phosphogluconate aldolase (EDA) and N-utilisation substance A (NusA), were tested to improve UGT76G1 expression and solubility in E. coli. Compared with the fusion-free protein, the solubility of UGT76G1 was increased 40% by fusion with CysQ, and the glucosyltransferase activity of the crude extract was increased 82%. This successful CysQ fusion strategy could be applied to enhance the expression and solubility of other plant-derived glucosyltransferases and presumably other unrelated proteins in the popular, convenient and cost-effective E. coli host.
      PubDate: 2017-10-03
  • Effect of growth conditions on β-glucosidase production using Flourensia
           cernua leaves in a solid-state fungal bioprocess

    • Abstract: Abstract Flourensia cernua foliage was used in a solid-state fungal bioprocess to identify factors that could affect β-glucosidase production such as growth medium components and partial identification of molecules from the plant material. Under an exploratory experimental design, each variable had their distinctive result on conditions, which affects and could further improve β-glucosidase production. Under the experimental design, 1482 U/L of β-glucosidase were detected, which marks an improvement in production compared to levels obtained in a control treatment with an activity of 1092 U/L. It was shown that inoculum, water content and pH were the factors with the greater effect on β-glucosidase production. Polyphenolic content and cellulosic fiber in the form of raw fiber were measured to assess compound degradation of the plant material. Although fiber content was apparently unaffected, polyphenolic content decreased; β-glucosidase was produced by A. niger GH1. This behavior could be associated with fiber level and polyphenolic content because molecules of this type can be hydrolyzed by β-glucosidase. According to our results, F. cernua biomass can be used as a carbon source for β-glucosidase production in a short culture time.
      PubDate: 2017-09-30
  • Molecular docking and simulation studies of Phyllanthus amarus
           phytocompounds against structural and nucleocapsid proteins of white spot
           syndrome virus

    • Abstract: Abstract White spot disease caused by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is a lethal disease for shrimp. Envelope structural proteins play a major role in viral attachment and are believed to be the initial molecules to interact with the host cell. Thus, the envelope proteins have been preferred as a potential molecular target for drug discovery. In the present investigation, molecular docking and simulation analysis were performed to predict the binding efficiency of phytocompounds identified from Phyllanthus amarus with major envelope proteins, VP26, VP28, and VP110, and a nucleocapsid protein VP664 of WSSV. The docking result reveals that the compounds 2H-1-benzopyran-6-ol, 3,4-dihydro-2,5,7,8-tetramethyl-2-(4,8,12-trimethyltridecyl)-acetate and 1,4-benzenediamine, N,N′-diphenyl exhibited highest binding energy with the envelope proteins. The mobility of protein–ligand binding complex at various time intervals was validated by molecular dynamics and simulation study. Therefore, P. amarus phytocompounds were found to be most suitable inhibitors for the antiviral treatment for WSSV infection.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
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