Daniel Muller

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An autotrophic bacterium able to gain energy from the oxidation of arsenite was isolated from arsenite-containing acid mine drainage waters. It belongs to the genus Thiomonas as shown by DNA-DNA hybridization experiments, 16S rRNA gene sequence, quinone and fatty acid content analyses. Carboxysomes were observed and the cbbSL genes encoding the ribulose(More)
A new primer set was designed to specifically amplify ca. 1,100 bp of aoxB genes encoding the As(III) oxidase catalytic subunit from taxonomically diverse aerobic As(III)-oxidizing bacteria. Comparative analysis of AoxB protein sequences showed variable conservation levels and highlighted the conservation of essential amino acids and structural motifs. AoxB(More)
The rhizosphere supports the development and activity of a huge and diversified microbial community, including microorganisms capable to promote plant growth. Among the latter, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) colonize roots of monocots and dicots, and enhance plant growth by direct and indirect mechanisms. Modification of root system(More)
Operons coding for the enzyme arsenite oxidase have been detected in the genomes from Archaea and Bacteria by Blast searches using the amino acid sequences of the respective enzyme characterized in two different beta-proteobacteria as templates. Sequence analyses show that in all these species, arsenite oxidase is transported over the cytoplasmic membrane(More)
We characterized the aro arsenite oxidation system in the novel strain Ralstonia sp. 22, a beta-proteobacterium isolated from soil samples of the Salsigne mine in southern France. The inducible aro system consists of a heterodimeric membrane-associated enzyme reacting with a dedicated soluble cytochrome c(554). Our biochemical results suggest that the weak(More)
An efficient, inexpensive microplate colorimetric assay for screening of bacteria which can be used in bioremediation of arsenic was developed. The assay is based on the colorimetric analysis of the precipitates formed upon reaction of silver nitrate with arsenic. The method proved reliable and sensitive for the detection of As[III] oxidizers and As[V](More)
The definition of bacterial species is based on genomic similarities, giving rise to the operational concept of genomic species, but the reasons of the occurrence of differentiated genomic species remain largely unknown. We used the Agrobacterium tumefaciens species complex and particularly the genomic species presently called genomovar G8, which includes(More)
The positive effects of root-colonizing bacteria cooperating with plants lead to improved growth and/or health of their eukaryotic hosts. Some of these Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) display several plant-beneficial properties, suggesting that the accumulation of the corresponding genes could have been selected in these bacteria. Here, this(More)
An arsenite-oxidizing bacterium, designated strain ULPAs1(T), was isolated from industrial sludge heavily contaminated with arsenic. Cells of this isolate were Gram-negative, curved rods, motile by means of a polar flagellum. The strain was positive for oxidase and catalase activities, was able to reduce nitrate to nitrite, used acetate, lactate and peptone(More)