José A. Molinet Berenguer

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Thermus spp is one of the most wide spread genuses of thermophilic bacteria, with isolates found in natural as well as in man-made thermal environments. The high growth rates, cell yields of the cultures, and the constitutive expression of an impressively efficient natural competence apparatus, amongst other properties, make some strains of the genus(More)
RNA interference is widely distributed in eukaryotes and has a variety of functions, including antiviral defence and gene regulation. All RNA interference pathways use small single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) molecules that guide proteins of the Argonaute (Ago) family to complementary ssRNA targets: RNA-guided RNA interference. The role of prokaryotic Ago variants(More)
Electron microscopy of isolated cell walls of the ancient bacterium Thermus thermophilus revealed that most of the peptidoglycan (PG) surface, apart from the septal region, was shielded against specific alphaPG antibodies. On the other hand, an antiserum raised against S-layer-attached cell wall fragments (alphaSAC) bound to most of the surface except for(More)
Many strains of Thermus have been isolated from hot environments around the world. Thermus scotoductus SA-01 was isolated from fissure water collected 3.2 km below surface in a South African gold mine. The isolate is capable of dissimilatory iron reduction, growth with oxygen and nitrate as terminal electron acceptors and the ability to reduce a variety of(More)
Gfh1, a transcription factor from Thermus thermophilus, inhibits all catalytic activities of RNA polymerase (RNAP). We characterized the Gfh1 structure, function and possible mechanism of action and regulation. Gfh1 inhibits RNAP by competing with NTPs for coordinating the active site Mg2+ ion. This coordination requires at least two aspartates at the tip(More)
A new plasmid for the overexpression of His-tagged thermozymes in Thermus thermophilus was developed. With this plasmid, soluble and active histidine-tagged DNA polymerase from T. thermophilus was overproduced in larger amounts in the thermophile than in Escherichia coli. The protein purified from the thermophile was active in PCR.
We describe an activity-independent method for the selection of thermostable mutants of any protein. It is based on a fusion construct comprising the protein of interest and a thermostable antibiotic resistance reporter, in such a way that thermostable mutants provide increased resistance in a thermophile. We isolated thermostable mutants of three human(More)
Nitrate respiration is a common and strain-specific property in Thermus thermophilus encoded by the nitrate respiration conjugative element (NCE) that can be laterally transferred by conjugation. In contrast, nitrite respiration and further denitrification steps are restricted to a few isolates of this species. These later steps of the denitrification(More)
Bacterial single-stranded DNA-binding proteins (SSBs) are required for DNA replication and repair. We have over-expressed and purified the native form and two His-tagged fusions of the SSB from Thermus thermophilus (TthSSB). The three proteins were found as dimers in solution. They bound in vitro to single-stranded DNA specifically over a temperature range(More)
A specific expression system for Thermus spp. is described. Plasmid pMKE1 contains replicative origins for Escherichia coli and Thermus spp., a selection gene encoding a thermostable resistance to kanamycin, and a 720 bp DNA region containing the promoter (Pnar), and the regulatory sequences of the respiratory nitrate reductase operon of Thermus(More)