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Microbial biotechnology

Section edited by Peter J Punt & Dennis Claessen

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. Content type: Research article

    Starch-binding domains from carbohydrate binding module family 20 have been used as a tool for starch engineering. Previous studies showed that

    Authors: Xing-Feng Huang, Farhad Nazarian, Jean-Paul Vincken, Richard G. F. Visser and Luisa M. Trindade

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:86

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    Receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL)/RANK signaling essentially functions within the skeletal system, particularly participating in osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. In addition, this signaling pat...

    Authors: Yilei Wei, Yu Zhan, Pengfei Chen, Zhi Liu, Haohao Zhang, Dandan Liu, Jie Zhang, Min Yu, Wei Mo, Jun Zhang and Xiaoren Zhang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:87

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  3. Content type: Research article

    When the unavoidable waste generation is considered as damaging to our environment, it becomes crucial to develop a sustainable technology to remediate the pollutant source towards an environmental protection ...

    Authors: Arezoo Dadrasnia, Mohd Sofian Azirun and Salmah Binti Ismail

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:85

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The identification of microorganisms with excellent flocculant-producing capability and optimization of the fermentation process are necessary for the wide-scale application of bioflocculants. Thus, we evaluat...

    Authors: Zhen Chen, Zhipeng Li, Peize Liu, Yu Liu, Yuanpeng Wang, Qingbiao Li and Ning He

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:84

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  5. Content type: Methodology article

    Recent development of DNA assembly technologies has spurred myriad advances in synthetic biology, but new tools are always required for complicated scenarios. Here, we have developed an alternative DNA assembl...

    Authors: Fanli Zeng, Jinping Zang, Suhua Zhang, Zhimin Hao, Jingao Dong and Yibin Lin

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:81

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  6. Content type: Methodology article

    There is a need for the development of synthetic biology methods and tools to facilitate rapid and efficient engineering of yeast that accommodates the needs of specific biotechnology projects. In particular, ...

    Authors: Ana Pérez-González, Ryan Kniewel, Marcel Veldhuizen, Hemant K. Verma, Mónica Navarro-Rodríguez, Luis M. Rubio and Elena Caro

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:80

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Pichia guilliermondii was found capable of expressing the recombinant thermostable lipase without methanol under the control of methanol dependent alcohol oxidase 1 promoter (AOXp 1). ...

    Authors: Mary Ladidi Abu, Hisham Mohd Nooh, Siti Nurbaya Oslan and Abu Bakar Salleh

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:78

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The myxomycetes derive their common name (slime molds) from the multinucleate trophic stage (plasmodium) in the life cycle, which typically produces a noticeable amount of slimy materials, some of which is nor...

    Authors: Tuyen T.M Huynh, Trung V. Phung, Steven L. Stephenson and Hanh T.M Tran

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:76

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  9. Content type: Research article

    β-Glucosidase has attracted substantial attention in the scientific community because of its pivotal role in cellulose degradation, glycoside transformation and many other industrial processes. However, the te...

    Authors: Fei Chang, Xianbing Zhang, Yu Pan, Youxue Lu, Wei Fang, Zemin Fang and Yazhong Xiao

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:74

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Second-generation ethanol production is a clean bioenergy source with potential to mitigate fossil fuel emissions. The engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for xylose utilization is an essential step towards t...

    Authors: Beatriz Temer, Leandro Vieira dos Santos, Victor Augusti Negri, Juliana Pimentel Galhardo, Pedro Henrique Mello Magalhães, Juliana José, Cidnei Marschalk, Thamy Lívia Ribeiro Corrêa, Marcelo Falsarella Carazzolle and Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:71

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Arachidonic acid (ARA, C20:4, n-6), which belongs to the omega-6 series of polyunsaturated fatty acids and has a variety of biological activities, is commercially produced in Mortierella alpina. Dissolved oxygen ...

    Authors: Huidan Zhang, Yingang Feng, Qiu Cui and Xiaojin Song

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:68

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Acetic acid is a predominant by-product of lignocellulosic biofuel process, which inhibits microbial biocatalysts. Development of bacterial strains that are tolerant to acetic acid is challenging due to poor u...

    Authors: Yu-Fan Liu, Chia-Wen Hsieh, Yao-Sheng Chang and Being-Sun Wung

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:63

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  13. Content type: Methodology article

    Direct manipulation of the genome is a widespread technique for genetic studies and synthetic biology applications. The tyrosine and serine site-specific recombination systems of bacteriophages HK022 and ΦC31 ...

    Authors: Michael J. Bland, Magaly Ducos-Galand, Marie-Eve Val and Didier Mazel

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:62

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Dissolved oxygen tension (DOT) is hardly constant and homogenously distributed in a bioreactor, which can have a negative impact in the metabolism and product synthesis. However, the effects of DOT on plasmid ...

    Authors: Karim E. Jaén, Juan-Carlos Sigala, Roberto Olivares-Hernández, Karsten Niehaus and Alvaro R. Lara

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:60

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The environmental gliding bacteria Lysobacter are emerging as a new group of biocontrol agents due to their prolific production of lytic enzymes and potent antibiotic natural products. These bacteria are intrinsi...

    Authors: Wei Zhang, Justin Huffman, Shengying Li, Yuemao Shen and Liangcheng Du

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:59

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The discharge of poorly treated effluents into the environment has far reaching, consequential impacts on human and aquatic life forms. Thus, we evaluated the flocculating efficiency of our test bioflocculant ...

    Authors: Mayowa Oladele Agunbiade, Esta Van Heerden, Carolina H. Pohl and Anofi Tom Ashafa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:51

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Whey permeate is a lactose-rich effluent remaining after protein extraction from milk-resulting cheese whey, an abundant dairy waste. The lactose to ethanol fermentation can complete whey valorization chain by...

    Authors: Lorenzo Pasotti, Susanna Zucca, Michela Casanova, Giuseppina Micoli, Maria Gabriella Cusella De Angelis and Paolo Magni

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:48

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Endo-xylanases are essential in degrading hemicellulose of various lignocellulosic substrates. Hemicellulose degradation by Geobacillus spp. is facilitated by the hemicellulose utilization (HUS) locus that is pre...

    Authors: Martinus J.A. Daas, Patricia Murciano Martínez, Antonius H.P. van de Weijer, John van der Oost, Willem M. de Vos, Mirjam A. Kabel and Richard van Kranenburg

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:44

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  19. Content type: Research Article

    At first glance, there appears to be a high degree of similarity between the metabolism of yeast (the Crabtree effect) and human cancer cells (the Warburg effect). At the root of both effects is accelerated me...

    Authors: Darjan Andrejc, Alenka Možir and Matic Legiša

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:41

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