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A histidine oligopeptide (hexa-His) with the ability to chelate divalent heavy metal ions was displayed on the yeast cell surface for the purpose of enhanced adsorption of heavy metal ions. We genetically fused a hexa-His-encoding gene with the gene encoding the C-terminal half of α-agglutinin that includes a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor attachment(More)
The Cd2+-chelating abilities of yeast metallothionein (YMT) and hexa-His displayed on the yeast-cell surface were compared. Display of YMT and hexa-His by α-agglutinin-based cell-surface engineering was confirmed by immunofluorescent labeling. Surface-engineered yeast cells with YMT and hexa-His fused in tandem showed superior cell-surface adsorption and(More)
To increase the level of adsorption of heavy metal ions in surface-engineered yeasts, a yeast metallothionein (YMT) was tandemly fused and displayed by means of an α-agglutinin-based display system. The display of the YMT and its tandem repeats was examined by immunofluorescent labeling. The adsorption and recovery of Cd2+ on the cell surface was(More)
The bioadsorption of metal ions using microorganisms is an attractive technology for the recovery of rare metal ions as well as removal of toxic heavy metal ions from aqueous solution. In initial attempts, microorganisms with the ability to accumulate metal ions were isolated from nature and intracellular accumulation was enhanced by the overproduction of(More)
Cell surface engineering is a promising strategy for the molecular breeding of whole-cell biocatalysts. By using this strategy, yeasts can be constructed by the cell surface display of functional proteins; these yeasts are referred to as arming yeasts. Because reactions using arming yeasts as whole-cell biocatalysts occur on the cell surface, materials that(More)
Organic solvents are toxic to living cells. In eukaryotes, cells with organic solvent tolerance have only been found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Although several factors contributing to organic solvent tolerance have been identified in previous studies, the mechanism of how yeast cells naturally respond to organic solvent stress is not known. We(More)
Cell surface display of proteins/peptides, in contrast to the conventional intracellular expression, has many attractive features. This arming technology is especially effective when yeasts are used as a host, because eukaryotic modifications that are often required for functional use can be added to the surface-displayed proteins/peptides. A part of(More)
In modern industrial society, molybdenum is one of the important metals for development of the industry of rare metals. It is important to recycle the rare metals from wastes because they are technically and economically difficult to be dug and be purified, and they exist in only a few regions in the world. In this study, ModE protein derived from(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant strain, KK-211, isolated from serial culture in medium containing isooctane showed an extremely higher tolerance to the hydrophobic organic-solvents, which are toxic to yeast cells compared to the wild-type parent strain, DY-1. To detect genes that are related to this tolerance, a DNA microarray analysis was performed using(More)
The gene encoding organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) from Flavobacterium species was expressed on the cell surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MT8-1 using a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor linked to the C-terminal region of OPH. Immunofluorescence microscopy confirmed the localization of OPH on the cell surface, and fluorescence intensity(More)