The Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Online ISSN : 1349-8037
Print ISSN : 0022-1260
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  • Chunji Li, Bingxue Li, Ning Zhang, Na Wei, Qifan Wang, Wenjing Wang, Y ...
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 111-120
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: November 29, 2018
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    Carotenoids represent a diverse class of aliphatic C40 molecules with a variety of applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Sporidiobolus pararoseus NGR produces various carotenoids, including torulene, torularhodin and β-carotene. Salt stress significantly increases the torulene accumulation of S. pararoseus NGR. However, little is known, about the molecular mechanisms underlying the increased torulene biosynthesis. In this work, we investigated the effects of NaCl treatment on the contents of carotenoids (both qualitatively and quantitatively) and transcriptome. A total of 12.3 Gb of clean bases were generated in six cDNA libraries. These bases were de novo assembled into 9,533 unigenes with an average length of 1,654 nt and N50 of 2,371 nt. Transcriptome analysis revealed that of 3,849 differential expressed genes (DEGs) in response to salt stress, 2,019 were up-regulated, and 1,830 were down-regulated. Among these DEGs, we identified three carotenogenic genes crtE, crtYB, and crtI. In addition, fourteen candidate genes were predicted to participate in the conversion from torulene to torularhodin. Our findings should provide insights into the mechanisms of carotenoid biosynthesis and salt-tolerance of S. pararoseus NGR.

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  • Chunji Li, Bingxue Li, Ning Zhang, Qifan Wang, Wenjing Wang, Hongtao Z ...
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 121-128
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: December 13, 2018
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    Carotenoids are ubiquitous constituents of living organisms. These structurally diverse pigments have received considerable attention due to their biotechnological applications and potential beneficial effects on human health. In this study, we characterized an over-producing β-carotene mutant of Sporidiobolus pararoseus, obtained by ultraviolet mutagenesis, named MuY9. We compared the transcriptome between the wild-type and MuY9. A total of 348 differential expressed genes (DEGs) were found, and only one DEG crtYB is involved in carotenoid biosynthesis. The overproduction of β-carotene in MuY9 should be attributed to the up-regulation of crtYB. Functional identification of crtYB was performed using heterologous complementation in Escherichia coli. Our findings indicate that the enzymatic conversions of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate to phytoene, as well as lycopene to β-carotene, are catalyzed by this CrtYB. Furthermore, our insights into the crtYB gene should facilitate a more detailed understanding of the carotenogenic pathway in S. pararoseus, and advance the development of the genetic engineering for the bio-production of carotenoids.

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  • Kristian Daly, Jennifer Kelly, Andrew W. Moran, Robert Bristow, Iain S ...
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 129-136
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: November 09, 2018
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    Fish production is increasingly important to global food security. A major factor in maintaining health, productivity and welfare of farmed fish is the establishment and promotion of a stable and beneficial intestinal microbiota. Understanding the effects of factors such as host and environment on gut microbial community structure is essential for developing strategies for stimulating the establishment of a health-promoting gut-microbiota. We compared intestinal microbiota of common carp and rainbow trout, two fish with different dietary habits, sourced from various farm locations. There were distinct differences in the gut microbiota of carp and trout intestine. The microbiota of carp was dominated by Fusobacteriia and Gammaproteobacteria, while the trout microbiota consisted predominantly of Mollicutes and Betaproteobacteria. The majority of bacterial sequences clustered into a relatively low number of operational taxonomic units (OTUs) revealing a comparatively simple microbiota, with Cetobacterium, Aeromonas and Mycoplasma being highly abundant. Within each species, fish from different facilities were found to have markedly similar predominant bacterial populations despite distinctly different rearing environments, demonstrating intra-species uniformity and significant influence of host selectivity. This study demonstrates that in fish the host species imparts substantial impact in shaping the community structure of the intestinal microbiota.

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  • Moushree Pal Roy, Vaskar Das, Amal Patra
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 137-144
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: December 19, 2018
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    An extracellular L-asparaginase was isolated and purified from Bacillus megaterium MG1 to apparent homogeneity. The purification procedure involved a combination of ammonium sulfate precipitation, ion-exchange chromatography, and gel filtration techniques, resulting in a purification factor of 31.52 fold with a specific activity of 215 U mg-1. The molecular mass of the purified enzyme was approximately 47 kDa on SDS-PAGE and 185 kDa on native PAGE gel as well as in gel filtration column chromatography, revealing that the enzyme was a homotetramer. The Km and Vmax values of the purified enzyme were calculated to be 2.0 ⅹ 10-4 M and 1.198 mM s-1. Maximum enzyme activity was observed over a wide range of temperature and pH values with an optimum temperature of 37°C and pH 8.5. SDS and metal ions such as Fe2+, Cu2+, Mg2+, Co2+, Mn2+, and Ca2+ decreased the enzyme activity remarkably, whereas the addition of Na+ and K+ led to an increase in activity. The insensitivity of the protein in the presence of EDTA suggested that the enzyme might not essentially be a metalloprotein. Its marked stability and activity in organic solvents and reducing agents suggest that this asparaginase is highly suitable as a biotechnological tool with industrial applications.

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  • Jed O. Eberly, Michael L. Mayo, Matthew R. Carr, Fiona H. Crocker, Kar ...
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 145-150
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 29, 2019
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    Explosives such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) are common contaminants found in soil and groundwater at military facilities worldwide, but large-scale monitoring of these contaminants at low concentrations is difficult. Biosensors that incorporate aptamers with high affinity and specificity for a target are a novel way of detecting these compounds. This work describes novel riboswitch-based biosensors for detecting RDX. The performance of the RDX riboswitch was characterized in Escherichia coli using a range of RDX concentrations from 0–44 μmol l–1. Fluorescence was induced at RDX concentrations as low as 0.44 μmol l–1. The presence of 4.4 μmol l–1 RDX induced an 8-fold increase in fluorescence and higher concentrations did not induce a statistically significant increase in response.

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  • Min Shen, Zhifeng Yin, Dan Xia, Qingxin Zhao, Yijun Kang
    2019 Volume 65 Issue 3 Pages 151-160
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 25, 2019
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    We created a combined system using duckweed and bacteria to enhance the efficiency of ammonium nitrogen (NH4+-N) and total nitrogen (TN) removal from aquaculture wastewater. Heterotrophic nitrifying bacterium was isolated from a sediment sample at an intensive land-based aquaculture farm. It was identified as Acinetobacter sp. strain A6 based on 16S rRNA gene sequence (accession number MF767879). The NH4+-N removal efficiency of the strain and duckweed in culture media and sampled aquaculture wastewater at 15°C was over 99% without any accumulation of nitrite or nitrate. This was significantly higher than strain A6 or duckweed alone. Interestingly, the presence of NO3- increased NH4+-N removal rate by 35.17%. Strain A6 and duckweed had mutual growth promoting-effects despite the presence of heavy metals and antibiotics stresses. In addition, strain A6 colonized abundantly and possibly formed biofilms in the inner leaves of duckweed, and possessed indoleacetic acid (IAA)- and siderophore-producing characteristics. The mutual growth promotion between strain A6 and duckweed may be the reason for their synergistic action of N removal.

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