Andrzej J. Paszczynski

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Ligninase-I (Mr 42,000-43,000; carbohydrate, 21%) and peroxidase-M2 (Mr 45,000-47,000; carbohydrate, 17%), two representative, hydrogen peroxide-dependent extracellular enzymes produced by ligninolytic cultures of the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium BKM-F-1767, were purified and their properties compared. Spectroscopic studies showed that both(More)
Extensive research efforts have been dedicated to characterizing expression of laccases and peroxidases and their regulation in numerous fungal species. Much attention has been brought to these enzymes broad substrate specificity resulting in oxidation of a variety of organic compounds which brings about possibilities of their utilization in(More)
strain YCED-9 is an antifungal biocontrol agent antagonistic to many different classes of plant pathogenic fungi. We discovered that strain YCED-9 produces three antimicrobial compounds with antifungal activity. These compounds were purified and identified, and included: AFA (Anti-Fusarium Activity), a fungicidal complex of polyene-like compounds similar to(More)
Bacillus pumilus SAFR-032, isolated at spacecraft assembly facilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is difficult to kill by the sterilization method of choice, which uses liquid or vapor hydrogen peroxide. We identified two manganese catalases, YjqC and BPUM_1305, in spore protein extracts of several B.(More)
We evaluated the ability of pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylic acid) (pdtc) to form complexes with 19 metals and 3 metalloids. Pdtc formed complexes with 14 of the metals. Two of these metal:pdtc complexes, Co:(pdtc)2 and Cu:pdtc, showed the ability to cycle between redox states, bringing to 4 the number of known redox-active pdtc complexes. A precipitant(More)
Pathways for the degradation of 3,5-dimethyl-4-hydroxy-azobenzene-4'-sulfonic acid (I) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyazobenzene-4'-sulfonamide (II) by the manganese peroxidase and ligninase of Phanerochaete chrysosporium and by the peroxidase of Streptomyces chromofuscus have been proposed. Twelve metabolic products were found, and their mechanisms of formation(More)
Twenty-two azo dyes were used to study the influence of substituents on azo dye biodegradability and to explore the possibility of enhancing the biodegradabilities of azo dyes without affecting their properties as dyes by changing their chemical structures. Streptomyces spp. and Phanerochaete chrysosporium were used in the study. None of the actinomycetes(More)
Five 14C-radiolabeled azo dyes and sulfanilic acid were synthesized and used to examine the relationship between dye substitution patterns and biodegradability (mineralization to CO2) by a white-rot fungus and an actinomycete. 4-Amino-[U-14C]benzenesulfonic acid and 4-(3-sulfo-4-aminophenylazo)-[U-14C]benzenesulfonic acid were used as representative(More)
Perchlorate is a known health hazard for humans, fish, and other species. Therefore, it is important to assess the response of an ecosystem exposed to perchlorate contamination. The data reported here show that a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based proteomics approach for the detection of perchlorate-reducing enzymes can be used to measure the(More)