Antonio C. L. Horta

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In spite of the large number of reports on fed-batch cultivation of E. coli, alternative cultivation/induction strategies remain to be more deeply exploited. Among these strategies, it could be mentioned the use of complex media with combination of different carbon sources, novel induction procedures and feed flow rate control matching the actual cell(More)
One of the most important events in fed-batch fermentations is the definition of the moment to start the feeding. This paper presents a methodology for a rational selection of the architecture of an artificial intelligence (AI) system, based on a neural network committee (NNC), which identifies the end of the batch phase. The AI system was successfully used(More)
This work proposes an innovative methodology to control high density fed-batch cultures of E. coli, based on measurements of the concentration of dissolved oxygen and on estimations of the cellular specific growth rate (µ), of the yield of biomass/limiting substrate (Y (xs)) and of the maintenance coefficient (m). The underlying idea(More)
Thermostable microbial lipases are potential candidates for industrial applications such as specialty organic syntheses as well as hydrolysis of fats and oils. In this work, basic biochemical engineering tools were applied to enhance the production of BTL2 lipase cloned in Escherichia coli BL321 under control of the strong temperature-inducible λP(L)(More)
This work reports the cloning, expression, and purification of a 42-kDa fragment of the SpaA protein from Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, the main antigenic candidate for a subunit vaccine against swine erysipelas. The use of an auto-induction protocol to improve heterologous protein expression in recombinant Escherichia coli cultures was also investigated.(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the main cause of pneumonia, meningitis, and other conditions that kill thousands of children every year worldwide. The replacement of pneumococcal serotypes among the vaccinated population has evidenced the need for new vaccines with broader coverage and driven the research for protein-based vaccines. Pneumococcal surface(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a bacterium responsible for a wide spectrum of illnesses. The surface of the bacterium consists of three distinctive membranes: plasmatic, cellular and the polysaccharide (PS) capsule. PS capsules may mediate several biological processes, particularly invasive infections of human beings. Prevention against(More)
Airlift bioreactors (ALBs) offer advantages over conventional systems, such as simplicity of construction, reduced risk of contamination, and efficient gas-liquid dispersion with low power consumption. ALBs are usually operated under atmospheric pressure. However, in bioprocesses with high oxygen demand, such as high cell density cultures, oxygen limitation(More)
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