Kyoung-Hwa Choi

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The gene encoding a type I pullulanase from the hyperthermophilic anaerobic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana (pulA) was cloned in Escherichia coli and sequenced. The pulA gene from T. neapolitana showed 91.5% pairwise amino acid identity with pulA from Thermotoga maritima and contained the four regions conserved in all amylolytic enzymes. pulA encodes a(More)
Jeot-gal is a traditional Korean fermented seafood and has long been used for seasoning. We isolated 188 strains from shrimp, anchovy, and yellow corvina Jeot-gal, and screened sixteen strains that showed strong fibrinolytic activities on a fibrin plate. Among those strains, the strain that had the largest halo zone was chosen and identified as Bacillus(More)
We first report a case of patient with refractory dermatomyositis (DM) who successfully treated with tumor necrosis factor-α blocker, etanercept and developed necrotizing fasciitis (NF) after the use of it. NF was diagnosed early by MRI and managed with antimicrobial therapy and timely debridement of necrotic tissue with favorable outcome. We suggest that(More)
We cloned and expressed the gene for an intracellular α-amylase, designated AmyB, from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana in Escherichia coli. The putative intracellular amylolytic enzyme contained four regions that are highly conserved among glycoside hydrolase family (GH) 13 α-amylases. AmyB exhibited maximum activity at pH 6.5 and(More)
The genes encoding beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase (nagA and cbsA) from Thermotoga maritima and Thermotoga neapolitana were cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli in order to investigate whether Thermotoga sp. is capable of utilizing chitin as a carbon source. NagA and CbsA were purified to homogeneity by HiTrap Q HP and Sephacryl S-200 HR column(More)
An intracellular α-amylase, AmyB, has been cloned from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana. AmyB belongs to glycoside hydrolase family 13 and liberates maltose from diverse substrates, including starch, amylose, amylopectin and glycogen. The final product of AmyB is similar to that of typical maltogenic amylases, but AmyB cleaves maltose(More)
Levan fructotransferase (LFTase) preferentially catalyzes the transfructosylation reaction in addition to levan hydrolysis, whereas other levan-degrading enzymes hydrolyze levan into a levan-oligosaccharide and fructose. Based on sequence comparisons and enzymatic properties, the fructosyl transfer activity of LFTase is proposed to have evolved from(More)
A putative maltose/maltodextrin operon was found in the Sulfolobus acidocaldarius DSM639 genome. The gene cluster consisted of 7 genes (malA, trmB, amyA, malG, malF, malE, and malK). Here, we report the identification of MalA, which is responsible for the hydrolysis of maltose or maltodextrin to glucose in S. acidocaldarius. The transcription level of malA(More)
Edwardsiella tarda causes an infectious fish disease called edwardsiellosis. Several outer membrane proteins (OMPs) are associated with virulence factors and are attractive as vaccine candidates. In this study, 4 immuno-reactive OMPs of E. tarda were detected using anti-sera from flounder infected with E. tarda. Using matrix-assisted laser(More)
We cloned the gene for an extracellular α-amylase, AmyE, from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga neapolitana and expressed it in Escherichia coli. The molecular mass of the enzyme was 92 kDa as a monomer. Maximum activity was observed at pH 6.5 and temperature 75°C and the enzyme was highly thermostable. AmyE hydrolyzed the typical substrates for(More)