Anita Slavica

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We report the isolation and characterization of 16 Leptospira spp. strains isolated from small rodents captured in 11 different regions of inland Croatia. Large NotI and SgrAI restriction fragment allowed us to assign 10 isolates to the serovar istrica, 5 isolates to the serovar tsaratsovo and 1 isolate to the serovar lora. The phylogenetic analysis(More)
Covalent modification of purified Trigonopsis variabilis D-amino acid oxidase using maleimide-activated poly(ethylene glycol) 5000 yielded a stable bioconjugate in which three surface-exposed cysteine side chains were selectively derivatized. Compared with the native enzyme, the PEGylated variant displayed substantially (approximately 3.3-fold) slowed(More)
Trigonopsis variabilis D-amino acid oxidase (TvDAO) is a long-known flavoenzyme whose most important biocatalytic application is currently the industrial production of 7-amino-cephalosporanic acid (7-ACA) from cephalosporin C. Lacking mechanistic foundation, rational stabilization of TvDAO for improved process performance remains a problem. We report on(More)
The microbial population of a traditional Croatian fermented sausage "Slavonski kulen" was isolated, identified and subjected to technological and functional characterization in order to select potential autochthonous functional starter cultures. Dominant microflora were lactic acid bacteria (LAB), followed by staphylococci. Identification of isolated(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the essential oil of Thymus serpyllum L. and of its components thymol and total phenols (total phenolic content, TPC) extracted from the plant on the growth and mycotoxin production of Aspergillus ochraceus, A. carbonarius, and A. niger. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) determined for the essential(More)
Amylolytic lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus amylovorus DSM 20531 utilised glucose, sucrose and starch as a sole carbon and energy source. The three substrates were completely depleted from MRS medium during batch cultivations carried out in a laboratory scale stirred tank bioreactor at constant temperature (40 °C) and pH value (5.5). Under the tested(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the possibility of conducting a continuous aerobic bioprocess in a horizontal rotating tubular bioreactor (HRTB). Aerobic oxidation of acetate by the action of a mixed microbial culture was chosen as a model process. The microbial culture was not only grown in a suspension but also in the form of a biofilm on the(More)
One of the primary sources of enzyme instability is protein oxidative modification triggering activity loss or denaturation. We show here that the side chain of Cys108 is the main site undergoing stress-induced oxidation in Trigonopsis variabilis d-amino acid oxidase, a flavoenzyme employed industrially for the conversion of cephalosporin C. High-resolution(More)
Lactobacillus coryniformis subsp. torquens DSM20004(T) is a d-lactate producer, with a portion of the d-lactate higher than 99.9% of total lactic acid produced. Acetate was identified as the second end-product that appeared at the end of the exponential growth phase in MRS medium when glucose concentration dropped to 38.41mM (6.92g/L). The acetate(More)
Oxidative modification of Trigonopsis variabilis D-amino acid oxidase in vivo is traceable as the conversion of Cys108 into a stable cysteine sulfinic acid, causing substantial loss of activity and thermostability of the enzyme. To simulate native and modified oxidase each as a microheterogeneity-resistant entity, we replaced Cys108 individually by a serine(More)
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