Carlos B. Miguez

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Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are Gram positive bacteria, widely distributed in nature, and industrially important as they are used in a variety of industrial food fermentations. The use of genetic engineering techniques is an effective means of enhancing the industrial applicability of LAB. However, when using genetic engineering technology, safety becomes an(More)
The molecular regulation of methane oxidation in the first fully authenticated facultative methanotroph Methylocella silvestris BL2 was assessed during growth on methane and acetate. Problems of poor growth of Methylocella spp. in small-scale batch culture were overcome by growth in fermentor culture. The genes encoding soluble methane monooxygenase were(More)
Stable isotope probing (SIP) allows the isolation of nucleic acids from targeted metabolically active organisms in environmental samples. In previous studies, DNA-SIP has been performed with the one-carbon growth substrates methane and methanol to study methylotrophic organisms. The methylotrophs that incorporated the labelled substrate were identified with(More)
The mechanism of uptake of benzoic and 2,4-dichlorobenzoic acid (2,4-DCBA) by Alcaligenes denitrificans BRI 3010 and BRI 6011 and Pseudomonas sp. strain B13, three organisms capable of degrading various isomers of chlorinated benzoic acids, was investigated. In all three organisms, uptake of benzoic acid was inducible. For benzoic acid uptake into BRI 3010,(More)
A novel esterase gene (estI) of Lactobacillus casei CL96 was localized on a 3.3-kb BamHI DNA fragment containing an open reading frame (ORF) of 1,800 bp. The ORF of estI was isolated by PCR and expressed in Escherichia coli, the methylotrophic bacterium Methylobacterium extorquens, and the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris under the control of T7,(More)
The green fluorescent protein (GFP) was used as a model protein to study the recombinant protein production by the strain Methylobacterium extorquens ATCC 55366. Scale-up from shake flasks to 20 l fed-batch fermentation was achieved using methanol as a sole carbon and energy source and a completely minimal culture medium. Two different expression vectors(More)
We examined the methanotrophs in the Trail Road Landfill soils, Ottawa, Ontario, through cultivation-independent molecular assay and the culturing approach. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analysis of amplified methanotroph-specific 16S rDNA gene fragments revealed a more diverse type I (RuMP pathway) methanotrophic community than type II(More)
Methanotrophic bacteria possessing sMMO activity have gained notoriety in recent years due to their ability to oxidize a wide variety of halogenated aliphatic compounds, including trichloroethylene (TCE), and are being used as the basis for developing new bioremediation processes. PCR primers were designed from DNA sequences of the alpha and beta subunits(More)
BACKGROUND In the interest of generating large amounts of recombinant protein, inducible systems have been studied to maximize both the growth of the culture and the production of foreign proteins. Even though thermo-inducible systems were developed in the late 1970's, the number of studies that focus on strategies for the implementation at bioreactor scale(More)
Expression of the pedA gene from Pediococcus acidilactici, coding for mature bacteriocin Pediocin PA-1, was investigated using the yeast Pichia pastoris to obtain larger quantities of pediocin to support additional studies, including structure-function research. Following various cloning strategies, a KM71H (Mut(s)) strain was selected. A significant(More)