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Exopolysaccharides (EPSs) make up a substantial component of the extracellular polymers surrounding most microbial cells in extreme environments like Antarctic ecosystems, saline lakes, geothermal springs or deep sea hydrothermal vents. The extremophiles have developed various adaptations, enabling them to compensate for the deleterious effects of extreme(More)
This study reports the first systematic investigation of the flocculation dynamics of exopolysaccharides (EPSs) produced by a halophilic bacterial strain grown on pretreated molasses as fermentation substrate. The potential use of these EPSs as an easily biodegradable, natural alternative for synthetic polyelectrolytes which are widely used and contain(More)
The combined application of electron microscopy (EM) is frequently used for the microstructural investigation of biological specimens and plays two important roles in the quantification and in gaining an improved understanding of biological phenomena by making use of the highest resolution capability provided by EM. The possibility of imaging wet specimens(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been widely used for bio-ethanol production and development of rational genetic engineering strategies leading both to the improvement of productivity and ethanol tolerance is very important for cost-effective bio-ethanol production. Studies on the identification of the genes that are up- or down-regulated in the presence of(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is reported to be associated with some genetic risk factors. Since identification of genetic risk factors for CAD in different ethnic groups is important for the development of new intervention and prevention programs, we investigated the association between the R353Q and -323ins10 polymorphisms in Factor VII gene, C677T(More)
Brevibacillus thermoruber 423 is a Gram-positive, motile, red-pigmented, spore-forming, aerobic, and thermophilic bacterium that is known to produce high levels of exopolysaccharide (EPS) with many potential uses in food, feed, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical and chemical industries. This bacterium not only is among the limited number of reported thermophilic(More)
The accumulation of ethanol is one of the main environmental stresses that Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are exposed to in industrial alcoholic beverage and bioethanol production processes. Despite the known impacts of ethanol, the molecular mechanisms underlying ethanol tolerance are still not fully understood. Novel gene targets leading to ethanol(More)
Chromohalobacter salexigens (formerly Halomonas elongata DSM 3043) is a halophilic extremophile with a very broad salinity range and is used as a model organism to elucidate prokaryotic osmoadaptation due to its strong euryhaline phenotype. C. salexigens DSM 3043's metabolism was reconstructed based on genomic, biochemical and physiological information via(More)
Synthesis of nanostructured thin films of pure and oxidized levan exopolysaccharide by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation is reported. Solutions of pure exopolysaccharides in dimethyl sulfoxide were frozen in liquid nitrogen to obtain solid cryogenic pellets that have been used as targets in pulsed laser evaporation experiments with a KrF* excimer(More)