Egon Bech Hansen

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Transposon Tn917-LTV1 was used to produce a collection of Lactococcus lactis strains with fusion of a promoterless lacZ gene to chromosomal loci. Screening 2,500 Tn917-LTV1 integrants revealed 222 that express beta-galactosidase on plates at 30 degrees C. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis revealed Tn917-LTV1 insertions in at least 13 loci in 15 strains(More)
Enzymatic milk coagulation for cheese manufacturing involves the cleavage of the scissile bond in kappa-casein by an aspartic acid protease. Bovine chymosin is the preferred enzyme, combining a strong clotting activity with a low general proteolytic activity. In the present study, we report expression and enzymatic properties of recombinant camel chymosin(More)
Nonsense suppressor strains of Lactococcus lactis were isolated using plasmids containing nonsense mutations or as revertants of a nonsense auxotrophic mutant. The nonsense suppressor gene was cloned from two suppressor strains and the DNA sequence determined. One suppressor is an ochre suppressor with an altered tRNA(gln) and the other an amber suppressor(More)
A fine structure genetic map of several mutations in the dnaA gene of Escherichia coli was constructed by the use of recombinant λ and M13 phages. The dnaA508 mutation was found to be the mutation most proximal to the promoter, while the dnaA203 mutation was found to be the most distal one. The order of mutations established in this analysis was: dnaA508,(More)
Two genes, hom and thrB, involved in threonine biosynthesis in Lactococcus lactis MG1614, were cloned and sequenced. These genes, which encode homoserine dehydrogenase and homoserine kinase, were initially identified by the homology of their gene products with known homoserine dehydrogenases and homoserine kinases from other organisms. The identification(More)
Nonparticipation of the bacterial dnaA gene in plasmid replication has been assumed to be the general rule. In conditional dnaA mutants of Escherichia coli, only plasmid pSC101 has been shown to have a dnaA requirement. Experiments with dnaA null mutants of E. coli, presented here, show that dnaA plays a critical and direct role in the replication of(More)
Tumor spheroids of HT-29 human colon adenocarcinoma and A375 melanoma were established to investigate the uptake and clearance kinetics of TNT-1, a monoclonal antibody that targets necrotic cells of tumors. Our data reveal that there was rapid uptake of TNT-1 and its F(ab')2 fragment in both spheroid models, whereas an antibody of irrelevant specificity,(More)
Two strains of the filamentous fungus Cunninghamella elegans (ATCC 9245 and ATCC 36112) were grown in Sabouraud dextrose broth and screened for the ability to metabolize the ethanolamine-type antihistamine diphenhydramine. Based on the amount of parent drug recovered after 7 days incubation, both C. elegans strains metabolized approximately 74% of the(More)
The complex microbial population residing in the human gastrointestinal tract consists of commensal, potential pathogenic and beneficial species, which are probably perceived differently by the host and consequently could be expected to trigger specific transcriptional responses. Here, we provide a comparative analysis of the global in vitro transcriptional(More)
Nisin is a natural bacteriocin produced commercially by Lactococcus lactis and widely used in the food industry as a preservative because of its broad host spectrum. Despite the low productivity and troublesome fermentation of L. lactis, no alternative cost-effective host has yet been found. Bacillus subtilis had been suggested as a potential host for the(More)