Kira Kauffmann

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Expression of the tmoA-F gene cluster from Pseudomonas mendocina KRI in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) produces a catalytically active form of the toluene-4-monooxygenase (T4MO) complex. Here we report the purification and characterization of four soluble proteins required for the in vitro reconstitution of T4MO catalytic activity. These proteins are a diiron(More)
Although meninges represent a major site of biosynthesis, beta-trace protein (beta-trace) has not been studied in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of meningitis patients. We measured beta-trace in lumbar CSF of normal controls (n = 27) and in patients with various neurological diseases (n = 92) by an immunonephelometric assay. The mean concentration of(More)
A new paradigm for oxygen activation is required for enzymes such as methane monooxygenase (MMO), for which catalysis depends on a nonheme diiron center instead of the more familiar Fe-porphyrin cofactor. On the basis of precedents from synthetic diiron complexes, a high-valent Fe2(micro-O)2 diamond core has been proposed as the key oxidizing species for(More)
Bacillus spp. are used for the production of industrial enzymes but are also known to be capable of producing biopolymers such as poly(γ-glutamic acid). Biopolymers increase the viscosity of the fermentation broth, thereby impairing mixing, gas/liquid mass and heat transfer in any bioreactor system. Undesired biopolymer formation has a significant impact on(More)
Selection changes the frequency of alleles at a linked locus as well as at those under selection if the population is not in linkage equilibrium. The magnitude of this frequency change depends on the tightness of the linkage, the selection intensity, and the deviation from linkage equilibrium. Allowing a population to mate randomly without selection brings(More)
Microtiter plate (MTP) sealing tapes are commonly applied in bioprocess development and high throughput screening in order to maintain sterile conditions and avoid liquid evaporation. However, only a few of the commercially available sealing tapes are adequately characterized to guarantee both minimal evaporation and sufficient oxygen supply for aerobic(More)
Microtiter plates (MTP) and automatized techniques are increasingly applied in the field of biotechnology. However, the susceptibility of MTPs to edge effects such as thermal gradients can lead to high variation of measured enzyme activities. In an effort to enhance experimental reliability, to quantify, and to minimize instrument-caused deviations in(More)
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