Dawna Dennis

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Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), a high molecular weight polyester, is accumulated as a storage carbon in many species of bacteria and is a biodegradable thermoplastic. To produce PHB by genetic engineering in plants, genes from the bacterium Alcaligenes eutrophus that encoded the two enzymes required to convert acetoacetyl-coenzyme A to PHB were placed under(More)
The bacterial species Escherichia coli has proven to be a powerful tool in the molecular analysis of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biosynthesis. In addition, E. coli holds promise as a source for economical PHA production. Using this microorganism, clones have been developed in our laboratory which direct the synthesis of poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) to(More)
The acetoacetyl-CoA reductase and the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthase from Ralstonia eutropha (formerly Alcaligenes eutrophus) were expressed in Escherichia coli, Klebsiella aerogenes, and PHA-negative mutants of R. eutropha and Pseudomonas putida. While expression in E. coli strains resulted in the accumulation of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) [PHB], strains(More)
Influenza is one of the most prevalent viral diseases in humans. For some high-risk human populations, including the infant, the elderly, and the immunocompromised, who may not benefit from active immunization, passive immunotherapy with antibodies reactive with all influenza A strains may be an alternative. In this study, we characterized several fully(More)
Recombinant Escherichia coli fadR atoC(Con) mutants containing the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biosynthesis genes from Alcaligenes eutrophus are able to incorporate significant levels of 3-hydroxyvalerate (3HV) into the copolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) [P(3HB-co-3HV)]. We have used E. coli fadR (FadR is a negative regulator of fatty(More)
Zoonotic pathogens cause infections in animals and are also transmissible to humans; knowledge of the extrahuman reservoirs of these pathogens is thus essential for understanding the epidemiology and potential control of human disease. Zoonotic diseases are typically endemic and occur in natural foci. However, ecologic change and meteorologic or climatic(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) granule associated proteins from Pseudomonas oleovorans were purified and the N-terminal sequences of two major proteins migrating in sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gels with a relative molecular mass of 18 and 43 kDa (GA1 and GA2, respectively) were analyzed. Radiolabeled degenerate probes deduced from these amino acid(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) cellular inclusions consist of polyesters, phospholipids, and proteins. Both the polymerase and the depolymerase enzymes are active components of the structure. Recently, proteins associated with these inclusions have been described in a number of bacterial species. In order to further clarify the structure and function of these(More)
A novel poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) production system in which the expression and gene dosage of the Alcaligenes eutrophus pha biosynthetic operon were effectively regulated by cultivation temperature was constructed in Escherichia coli. The pha operon was fused to the negatively regulated tac promoter and cloned into a vector in which the copy number(More)