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Microbial biotechnology

This section will consider studies that focus on the genetic manipulation and synthetic/systems biology of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and algae in the context of bioproduction, fermentation, metabolic engineering, biocatalysis, bioremediation and biodegradation.

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  1. Gene doctoring is an efficient recombination-based genetic engineering approach to mutagenesis of the bacterial chromosome that combines the λ-Red recombination system with a suicide donor plasmid that is clea...

    Authors: Nicholas M. Thomson, Chuanzhen Zhang, Eleftheria Trampari and Mark J. Pallen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:54

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  2. With the high demand for diesel across the world, environmental decontamination from its improper usage, storage and accidental spills becomes necessary. One highly environmentally friendly and cost-effective ...

    Authors: Margaret T. Ho, Michelle S. M. Li, Tim McDowell, Jacqueline MacDonald and Ze-Chun Yuan

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:39

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  3. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are intestinal disorders characterized by inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and to date, no efficient treatments exist. Interleukin-10 (IL-10), one of the most ...

    Authors: Meritxell Zurita-Turk, Bianca Mendes Souza, Camila Prósperi de Castro, Vanessa Bastos Pereira, Vanessa Pecini da Cunha, Tatiane Melo Preisser, Ana Maria Caetano de Faria, Denise Carmona Cara Machado and Anderson Miyoshi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:38

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  4. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a serious human health threat. The empiric H. pylori treatment paradigm guided by traditional testing technologies has led to antibiotic resistance. Here, we improved ...

    Authors: Ling Deng, Xiao-Yi He, Bin Tang, Yang Xiang and Juan-Juan Yue

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:33

    Content type: Methodology article

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  5. Oncolytic viruses are playing an increasingly important role in cancer immunotherapy applications. Given the preclinical and clinical efficacy of these virus-based therapeutics, there is a need for fast, simpl...

    Authors: Lisa A. Santry, Renaud Jacquemart, Melissa Vandersluis, Mochao Zhao, Jake M. Domm, Thomas M. McAusland, Xiaojiao Shang, Pierre M. Major, James G. Stout and Sarah K. Wootton

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:32

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  6. The bacterial genus Exiguobacterium includes several species that inhabit environments with a wide range of temperature, salinity, and pH. This is why the microorganisms from this genus are known generically as p...

    Authors: Javier Orizola, Mirtha Ríos-Silva, Claudia Muñoz-Villagrán, Esteban Vargas, Claudio Vásquez and Felipe Arenas

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:29

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  7. Environmental pollution is one of the major problems that the world is facing today. Several approaches have been taken, from physical and chemical methods to biotechnological strategies (e.g. the use of oxido...

    Authors: Wissal Ben Ali, Delphine Chaduli, David Navarro, Christian Lechat, Annick Turbé-Doan, Emmanuel Bertrand, Craig B. Faulds, Giuliano Sciara, Laurence Lesage-Meessen, Eric Record and Tahar Mechichi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:27

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  8. Advantages of translocation of recombinant proteins to the periplasm in Escherichia coli include simplified downstream processing, and improved folding and in vivo activity of the target protein. There are, howev...

    Authors: Agnieszka Gawin, Helga Ertesvåg, Sine Alise Hartvigsen Hansen, Jostein Malmo and Trygve Brautaset

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:24

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  9. This study investigated the feasibility of enhancing anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge with triple, dual, and individual pretreatment of waste activated sludge with heat, alkalinity, and hydrogen peroxide. ...

    Authors: Salar Siami, Behnoush Aminzadeh, Razieh Karimi and Seyed Mostafa Hallaji

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:21

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  10. Foodborne pathogens and their biofilms are considered as one of the most serious problems in human health and food industry. Moreover, safety of foods is a main global concern because of the increasing use of ...

    Authors: Abbas Tanhaeian, Mehdi Mirzaii, Zana Pirkhezranian and Mohammad Hadi Sekhavati

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:19

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  11. Intercropping, an essential cultivation pattern in modern agricultural systems, increases crop yields and soil quality. Cassava and peanut intercropping systems exhibit advantages in solar utilization and cadm...

    Authors: Xiumei Tang, Ruichun Zhong, Jing Jiang, Liangqiong He, Zhipeng Huang, Guoying Shi, Haining Wu, Jing Liu, Faqian Xiong, Zhuqiang Han, Ronghua Tang and Longfei He

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:13

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  12. Sugarcane bagasse is a major source of lignocellulosic biomass, yet its economic potential is not fully realised. To add value to bagasse, processing is needed to gain access to the embodied recalcitrant bioma...

    Authors: Leigh Gebbie, Tuan Tu Dam, Rebecca Ainscough, Robin Palfreyman, Li Cao, Mark Harrison, Ian O’Hara and Robert Speight

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:12

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  13. Clostridium perfringens is the causative agent of several diseases and enteric infections in animals and humans. The virulence of C. perfringens is largely attributable to the production of numerous toxins; of th...

    Authors: Katia Forti, Monica Cagiola, Martina Pellegrini, Lucia Anzalone, Antonella Di Paolo, Sara Corneli, Giulio Severi and Antonio De Giuseppe

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:7

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  14. Trichophyton rubrum is an obligate human parasitic fungus and responsible for approximately 80–90% of dermatomycosis in human. Molecular genetic manipulations of this pathogen are challenging and available tools ...

    Authors: Oliver Blechert, Huan Mei, Xiaohui Zang, Hailin Zheng, Guanzhao Liang and Weida Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:6

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  15. Cellulosic biomass degradation still needs to be paid more attentions as bioenergy is the most likely to replace fossil energy in the future, and more evaluable cellulolytic bacteria isolation will lay a found...

    Authors: Lingling Ma, Yingying Lu, Hong Yan, Xin Wang, Yanglei Yi, Yuanyuan Shan, Bianfang Liu, Yuan Zhou and Xin Lü

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2020 20:2

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  16. Rapeseed cake (RSC), as the intermediate by-product of oil extraction from the seeds of Brassica napus, can be converted into rapeseed meal (RSM) by solvent extraction to remove oil. However, compared with RSM, R...

    Authors: Wenchao Chen, Xuan Li, Xuli Ma, Shouwen Chen, Yanping Kang, Minmin Yang, Fenghong Huang and Xia Wan

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:98

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  17. The traditional method of bacterial identification based on 16S rRNA is a widely used and very effective detection method, but this method still has some deficiencies, especially in the identification of close...

    Authors: Xiaoyang Pang, Ziyang Jia, Jing Lu, Shuwen Zhang, Cai Zhang, Min Zhang and Jiaping Lv

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:87

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  18. Site-specific integration system allows foreign DNA to be integrated into the specific site of the host genome, enabling stable expression of heterologous protein. In this study, integrative vectors for secret...

    Authors: Innanurdiani Koko, Adelene Ai-Lian Song, Mas Jaffri Masarudin and Raha Abdul Rahim

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:82

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  19. Corynebacterium ammoniagenes is an important industrial organism that is widely used to produce nucleotides and the potential for industrial production of coenzyme A by C. ammoniagenes ATCC 6871 has been shown. H...

    Authors: Yingshuo Hou, Siyu Chen, Jianjun Wang, Guizhen Liu, Sheng Wu and Yong Tao

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:76

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  20. In filamentous fungi, transport of organic acids across the mitochondrial membrane is facilitated by active transport via shuttle proteins. These transporters may transfer different organic acids across the me...

    Authors: Lei Yang, Tore Linde, Abeer H. Hossain, Mette Lübeck, Peter J. Punt and Peter S. Lübeck

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:72

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  21. Aspergillus oryzae, a useful industrial filamentous fungus, produces limited varieties of secondary metabolites, such as kojic acid. Thus, for the production of valuable secondary metabolites by genetic engineeri...

    Authors: Koichi Tamano, Mahoko Kuninaga, Naoshi Kojima, Myco Umemura, Masayuki Machida and Hideaki Koike

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:70

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  22. The textural characteristics of fermented dairy products are important quality parameters that play a major role in their stability and consumer’s acceptance. The aim of this study was to investigate the influ...

    Authors: Soumaya El Bouchikhi, Philippe Pagès, Yassir El Alaoui, Azeddine Ibrahimi and Yahya Bensouda

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:57

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  23. The microbial transglutaminase (MTG) is inactive when only the mature sequence is expressed in Pichia pastoris. Although co-expression of MTG and its N-terminal pro-peptide can obtain the active MTG, the enzyme a...

    Authors: Xiaoping Song, Changsheng Shao, Yugang Guo, Yajie Wang and Jingjing Cai

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:54

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  24. Increasing CO2 emissions have resulted in ocean acidification, affecting marine plant photosynthesis and changing the nutrient composition of marine ecosystems. The physiological and biochemical processes of mari...

    Authors: Aiyou Huang, Songcui Wu, Wenhui Gu, Yuanxiang Li, Xiujun Xie and Guangce Wang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:53

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  25. Packing materials is a critical design consideration when employing biological reactor to treat malodorous gases. The acidification of packing bed usually results in a significant drop in the removal efficienc...

    Authors: Xiang Tu, Meiying Xu, Jianjun Li, Enze Li, Rongfang Feng, Gang Zhao, Shaobin Huang and Jun Guo

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:52

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  26. S-Phenyl-L-cysteine is regarded as having potential applicability as an antiretroviral/protease inhibitor for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the present study, optically active S-phenyl-L-cysteine was pre...

    Authors: Lisheng Xu, Xingtao Zhang, Guizhen Gao and Sun Yue

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:49

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  27. Natamycin is an antifungal polyene macrolide antibiotic with wide applications in health and food industries. Currently, it is the only antifungal food additive with the GRAS status (Generally Regarded as Safe).

    Authors: Elsayed Ahmed Elsayed, Mohamed A. Farid and Hesham A. El-Enshasy

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:46

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  28. Tobacco stalk (TS), a major agricultural waste abundant in pectin, has resulted in concerns about the need for its reuse. The nicotine in TS is considered a chemical that is to\xic and hazardous to the environ...

    Authors: Ge Zhang, Shugui Li, Yingbo Xu, Juan Wang, Fan Wang, Yuhua Xin, Zhong Shen, Haibo Zhang, Ming Ma and Haobao Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:45

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  29. Pythium irregulare is an oleaginous Oomycete able to accumulate large amounts of lipids, including Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA is an important and expensive dietary supplement with a promising and very compe...

    Authors: Bruna S. Fernandes, Oscar Dias, Gisela Costa, Antonio A. Kaupert Neto, Tiago F. C. Resende, Juliana V. C. Oliveira, Diego M. Riaño-Pachón, Marcelo Zaiat, José G. C. Pradella and Isabel Rocha

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:41

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  30. Aerobic side chain degradation of phytosterols by actinobacteria is the basis for the industrial production of androstane steroids which are the starting materials for the synthesis of steroid hormones. A nati...

    Authors: Eugeny Y. Bragin, Victoria Y. Shtratnikova, Mikhail I. Schelkunov, Dmitry V. Dovbnya and Marina V. Donova

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:39

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  31. Few natural product pathways from rare Actinomycetes have been studied due to the difficulty in applying molecular approaches in these genetically intractable organisms. In this study, we sought to identify mo...

    Authors: Hong Gao, Buvani Murugesan, Janina Hoßbach, Stephanie K. Evans, W. Marshall Stark and Margaret C. M. Smith

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:32

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  32. The potassium dichromate oxidation method used in determination of alcohols in fermentation has two major disadvantages. This method cannot be used to determine alcohols in raw fermentation broth samples, whic...

    Authors: Peng Zhang, Hao Hai, Dongxu Sun, Weihua Yuan, Weijie Liu, Ruru Ding, Mengting Teng, Lin Ma, Jun Tian and Caifa Chen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:30

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  33. The current limitations of conventional BCG vaccines highlights the importance in developing novel and effective vaccines against tuberculosis (TB). The utilization of probiotics such as Lactobacillus plantarum f...

    Authors: Anhar Danial Mustafa, Jeevanathan Kalyanasundram, Sarah Sabidi, Adelene Ai-Lian Song, Maha Abdullah, Raha Abdul Rahim and Khatijah Yusoff

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:27

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  34. Protein solubility characteristics are important determinants of success for recombinant proteins in relation to expression, purification, storage and administration. Escherichia coli offers a cost-efficient expr...

    Authors: M. Alejandro Carballo-Amador, Edward A. McKenzie, Alan J. Dickson and Jim Warwicker

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:26

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  35. The importance of the accessory enzymes such as α-L-arabinofuranosidases (AFases) in synergistic interactions within cellulolytic mixtures has introduced a paradigm shift in the search for hydrolytic enzymes. ...

    Authors: Brent Fortune, Sizwe Mhlongo, Leonardo Joaquim van Zyl, Robert Huddy, Mariette Smart and Marla Trindade

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:22

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  36. The CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat and CRISPR-associated nucleases) based technologies have revolutionized genome engineering. While their use for prokaryotic genome editi...

    Authors: Soumaya Najah, Corinne Saulnier, Jean-Luc Pernodet and Stéphanie Bury-Moné

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:18

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  37. Parageobacillus thermoglucosidasius is a thermophilic and ethanol-producing bacterium capable of utilising both hexose and pentose sugars for fermentation. The organism has been proposed to be a suitable organism...

    Authors: Alexandria T. N. Holland, Michael J. Danson and Albert Bolhuis

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:17

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  38. Despite the growing demand for antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) for clinical use as an alternative approach against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the manufacture of AMPs relies on expensive, small-scale chemical...

    Authors: Da Sol Kim, Seon Woong Kim, Jae Min Song, Soon Young Kim and Kwang-Chul Kwon

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:13

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  39. Citric acid is considered as the most economically feasible product of microbiological production, therefore studies on cheap and renewable raw materials for its production are highly desirable. In this study ...

    Authors: Magdalena Rakicka, Jakub Wolniak, Zbigniew Lazar and Waldemar Rymowicz

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:11

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  40. We aimed at constructing Lactococcus lactis strains expressing HPV-16 recombinant E7 (rE7) oncoprotein and examining its overproduction ability followed by optimizing batch and fed-batch fermentations. Thereafter...

    Authors: Amir Hossein Mohseni, Sedigheh Taghinezhad-S, Hossein Keyvani and Vadood Razavilar

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:8

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  41. Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is a photosynthetic bacterium that has been genetically modified to produce industrially relevant chemicals, yet efflux mechanisms have not been well elucidated. These photosynthetic or...

    Authors: Matthew P. A. Bellefleur, Soo-Young Wanda and Roy Curtiss III

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:5

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  42. A promoter that drives high-level, long-term expression of the target gene under substrate limited growth conditions in the absence of an artificial inducer would facilitate the efficient production of heterol...

    Authors: Nguyen Thanh Trung, Nguyen Minh Hung, Nguyen Huy Thuan, Nguyen Xuan Canh, Thomas Schweder and Britta Jürgen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2019 19:3

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  43. The methanol-regulated AOX1 promoter (PAOX1) is the most widely used promoter in the production of recombinant proteins in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. However, as the tight regulation and methanol d...

    Authors: Ching-Hsiang Chang, Hao-An Hsiung, Kai-Lin Hong and Ching-Tsan Huang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:81

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  44. More than a dozen of fungal immunomodulatory proteins (FIPs) have been identified to date, most of which are from Ganoderma species. However, little is known about the similarities and differences between differe...

    Authors: Zheng-Wei Qu, Si-Ya Zhou, Shi-Xin Guan, Rui Gao, Zuo-Wen Duan, Xin Zhang, Wei-Yan Sun, Wen-Li Fan, Shui-Sen Chen, Li-Jing Chen, Jing-Wei Lin and Yan-Ye Ruan

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:80

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  45. Proteins in inclusion bodies (IBs) present native-like secondary structures. However, chaotropic agents at denaturing concentrations, which are widely used for IB solubilization and subsequent refolding, unfol...

    Authors: Cleide Mara Rosa da Silva, Rosa Maria Chura-Chambi, Lennon Ramos Pereira, Yraima Cordeiro, Luís Carlos de Souza Ferreira and Ligia Morganti

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:78

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  46. Cyclodextrin glucanotransferase (CGTase) can transform L-ascorbic acid (L-AA, vitamin C) to 2-O-α-D-glucopyranosyl-L-ascorbic acid (AA-2G), which shows diverse applications in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical...

    Authors: Yujia Jiang, Jie Zhou, Ruofan Wu, Fengxue Xin, Wenming Zhang, Yan Fang, Jiangfeng Ma, Weiliang Dong and Min Jiang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2018 18:53

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