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Worldwide, contamination of soil and ground water is a severe problem. The negative effects of pollutants on the environment and on human health are diverse and depend on the nature of the pollution. The search for alternative methods for excavation and incineration to clean polluted sites resulted in the application of bioremediation techniques. In this(More)
Pseudomonas putida strain PCL1445 was isolated from roots of plants, grown on a site polluted with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PCL1445 produces biosurfactant activity at the end of the exponential growth phase. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of supernatant extracts of PCL1445 showed two peaks with surface-tension reducing(More)
OBJECTIVES Lucilia sericata maggots are successfully used for treating chronic wounds. As the healing process in these wounds is complicated by bacteria, particularly when residing in biofilms that protect them from antibiotics and the immune system, we assessed the effects of maggot excretions/secretions (ES) on Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas(More)
BACKGROUND The dramatic increase in antibiotic resistance and the recent manifestation in war trauma patients underscore the threat of Acinetobacter baumannii as a nosocomial pathogen. Despite numerous reports documenting its epidemicity, little is known about the pathogenicity of A. baumannii. The aim of this study was to obtain insight into the factors(More)
Exogenous lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) has been shown to evoke a chemotactic response in aggregative cells of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. In this paper, we demonstrate that extracellular LPA is also able to induce activation of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase DdERK2 (extracellular signal regulated kinase 2) in these cells. This(More)
The possibility for efficient gene targeting for the controlled integration of DNA constructs is an important tool in fungal genetics. In this study, we report a new targeting vector based on the pyrG marker in Aspergillus niger. The DNA sequence to be targeted is surrounded by two fragments of the pyrG gene to allow homologous recombination of the(More)
Galactofuranose (Galf)-containing glycoconjugates are important to secure the integrity of the cell wall of filamentous fungi. Mutations that prevent the biosynthesis of Galf-containing molecules compromise cell wall integrity. In response to cell wall weakening, the cell wall integrity (CWI)-pathway is activated to reinforce the strength of the cell wall.(More)
Live-cell imaging techniques are essential to gain a better understanding of microbial functioning in natural systems, for example in biofilms. Autofluorescent proteins, such as the green fluorescent protein (GFP) and the red fluorescent protein (DsRed), are valuable tools for studying microbial communities in their natural environment. Because of the(More)
Pseudomonas putida PCL1445 produces two cyclic lipopeptides, putisolvins I and II, which possess surfactant activity and play an important role in biofilm formation and degradation. In order to identify genes and traits that are involved in the regulation of putisolvin production of PCL1445, a Tn5luxAB library was generated and mutants were selected for the(More)
Pseudomonas fluorescens WCS365 is an excellent competitive colonizer of tomato root tips after bacterization of seed or seedlings. The strain controls tomato foot and root rot (TFRR) caused by the phytopathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici. Under biocontrol conditions, fungal hyphae were shown to be colonized by WCS365 bacteria.(More)