Christopher C. Oldfield

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Gordona sp. strain 213E (NCIMB 40816) grew in pure culture in a mineral salts medium containing fructose as a source of carbon and energy, and benzothiophene (BTH) as the sole source of sulphur. During growth a phenolic compound accumulated, as indicated by the production of a blue colour on addition of Gibb's reagent. Therefore this pathway is analogous to(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous research suggests that eating disorders are related to homosexuality in men, although links with female sexual orientation are less clear. Appearance factors have generally been implicated in this relationship. However, previous studies have failed to consider the role of femininity, even though evidence suggests that this is a more(More)
The taxonomic position of two actinomycetes isolated from soil was established using a polyphasic approach. The organisms, designated 213ET and 213F, were found to have chemical and morphological properties consistent with their assignment to the genus Gordonia. Nearly complete sequences of the 16S rDNA genes of the two strains were determined following the(More)
Desulphurising enzymes remove the sulphur moiety from an organosulphur molecule leaving the carbon skeleton intact. Two kinds of desulphurisation reaction are recognised. The dibenzothiophene (DBT)-specific pathway desulphurises DBT to inorganic sulphite and 2- hydroxybiphenyl (HBP), and the benzothiophene (BTH)-specific pathway desulphurises BTH to(More)
The taxonomic position of a dibenzothiophene-desulphurizing soil actinomycete was established using a polyphasic taxonomic approach. The organism, strain IEGMT, was shown to have chemical and morphological properties typical of members of the genus Gordonia. The tested strain formed a distinct phyletic line within the evolutionary radiation occupied by the(More)
BACKGROUND Crocodilians exhibit a spectrum of rostral shape from long snouted (longirostrine), through to short snouted (brevirostrine) morphologies. The proportional length of the mandibular symphysis correlates consistently with rostral shape, forming as much as 50% of the mandible's length in longirostrine forms, but 10% in brevirostrine crocodilians.(More)
Department of Biological Sciences, Napier University, Edinburgh EHlO 5DT, UK The taxonomic position of two actinomycetes isolated from soil was established using a polyphasic approach. The organisms, designated 21 3ET and 21 3F, were found to have chemical and morphological properties consistent with their assignment to the genus Gordonia. Nearly complete(More)
Rhodococcus equi is a facultative pathogen of foals. Infection causes an often fatal pulmonary pneumonia. The organism has also been isolated from pigs, cattle, humans and the environment. Equine virulence has a high positive correlation with the expression of a 17.4 kD polypeptide of unknown function, VapA, the product of the plasmid-encoded vapA gene.(More)