Araceli Tomasini

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A novel solid-state fermentation (SSF) process, using high-density polyurethane foam (PUF) as an inert support, was developed for the production of lovastatin. Results indicated that forced aeration is not conducive to metabolite production since it reduces the solid medium's moisture content. The highest level of production was achieved in closed flasks(More)
Amylomyces rouxii eliminated 85% of initial pentachlorophenol (PCP) at 12.5 mg l−1 when grown with 0.1 g tyrosine l−1, but only 55% without tyrosine. Addition of tyrosine in the culture medium increased the monophenolase activity by 1.8-fold. Tyrosinase is thus indicated to be the phenoloxidase involved in PCP degradation by A. rouxii.
Kinetic parameters of growth and laccase activity of five ATCC strains of Pleurotus ostreatus in submerged fermentation were evaluated. The best strain for laccase production and the time of maximum laccase activity were also determined. The greatest laccase activity (37490 U/L), laccase productivity (78 U/L h), specific growth rate (0.026/h), and specific(More)
A 2(III)(7-3) fractional factorial experimental design was used to establish 16 culture media, with and without PCBs to enhance the activities of laccase (Lac), manganese peroxidase (MnP), and versatile peroxidase (VP) produced by the white rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus. The culture was added to 10,000 mg L(-1) of transformer oil, containing 71% of the(More)
Penicillin was produced by a non-sterile solid state fermentation (SSF) on bagasse impregnated with culture medium. The use of concentrated media greatly enhanced the antibiotic production in this system. It was observed that adequate initial moisture content (70%) of the impregnated solid medium results in higher production. A comparison between solid and(More)
Experiments were conducted to determine the mechanisms of interaction with chromium of Aspergillus niger var tubingensis strain Ed8 in batch culture and in bioreactor experiments. Results obtained in this work showed that the interaction of A. niger var tubingensis Ed8 with Cr(VI) is based mainly in a reduction process and also, secondly, in a sorption(More)
Microbial secondary metabolites are compounds produced mainly by actinomycetes and fungi, usually late in the growth cycle (idiophase). Although antibiotics are the best known secondary metabolites (SM), there are others with an enormous range of other biological activities mainly in fields like: pharmaceutical and cosmetics, food, agriculture and farming.(More)
Experiments conducted in shake flask cultures, in minimal medium of pH 5.3 containing 50 microg mL(-1)Cr(VI) with glucose as a carbon source, indicated that the biomass of Aspergillus sp. strain Ed8, a chromate-tolerant fungal strain previously isolated from a chromium-polluted soil, responds to the presence of citrate in the medium by increasing the rate(More)
AIMS To investigate the effect of pH regulation and nutrient concentration on cephalosporin C (CPC) production in solid-state fermentation (SSF), using sugarcane bagasse as inert support, impregnated with liquid medium. METHODS AND RESULTS Solid-state fermentation using different initial pH values, buffer and nutrient concentrations were performed.(More)
Fungal peroxidases and phenoloxidases are widely used in aromatic toxic compounds degradation. Peroxidases, such as lignin peroxidase and manganese peroxidase, as well as laccases are mainly produced by basidiomycetes and to a lower extent by other fungi, such as ascomycetes. Peroxidase-encoding genes have been described and homologous expression has been(More)