Laura Perez-Fons

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AIMS To identify the diversity of pigmented aerobic spore formers found in the environment and to characterize the chemical nature of this pigmentation. MATERIALS AND RESULTS Sampling of heat-resistant bacterial counts from soil, sea water and the human gastrointestinal tract. Phylogenetic profiling using analysis of 16S rRNA sequences to define species.(More)
The electron transfer molecules plastoquinone and ubiquinone are formed by the condensation of aromatic head groups with long-chain prenyl diphosphates. In the present paper we report the cloning and characterization of two genes from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) responsible for the production of solanesyl and decaprenyl diphosphates. SlSPS (S.(More)
The aim of this study was to assess whether endosperm-specific carotenoid biosynthesis influenced core metabolic processes in maize embryo and endosperm and how global seed metabolism adapted to this expanded biosynthetic capacity. Although enhancement of carotenoid biosynthesis was targeted to the endosperm of maize kernels, a concurrent up-regulation of(More)
Maize was genetically engineered for the biosynthesis of the high value carotenoid astaxanthin in the kernel endosperm. Introduction of a β-carotene hydroxylase and a β-carotene ketolase into a white maize genetic background extended the carotenoid pathway to astaxanthin. Simultaneously, phytoene synthase, the controlling enzyme of carotenogenesis, was(More)
Tomato and its processed products are one of the most widely consumed fruits. Its domestication, however, has resulted in the loss of some 95% of the genetic and chemical diversity of wild relatives. In order to elucidate this diversity, exploit its potential for plant breeding, as well as understand its biological significance, analytical approaches have(More)
Spore-forming Bacillus species capable of synthesising carotenoid pigments have recently been isolated. To date the detailed characterisation of these carotenoids and their formation has not been described. In the present article biochemical analysis on the carotenoids responsible for the yellow/orange pigmentation present in Bacilli has been carried out(More)
The rapid advances in sequencing technologies over the last decade have enabled routine sequencing of microbial genomes. Despite notable achievements, metabolomics/metabolite profiling has not progressed with the same rapidity, which in part is due to the intrinsic complex chemical nature of the metabolome. However, well characterised metabolomes are(More)
AIMS Pigmented Bacillus spp. with probiotic properties have been isolated. In the yellow-/orange-coloured strains, the carotenoid pigments present have been characterized. In contrast, the carotenoids present in the Bacillus isolates coloured red await identification. The present article reports progress on the elucidation of the pigment biosynthetic(More)
In order to decipher the complex biological networks underlying biochemical and physiological processes, cellular regulation at all levels must be studied. The metabolites determined by metabolomics represent the end-point of cellular regulation and thus vital components of any integrative network. In the case of pathogenic agents such as Mycobacterium(More)
Bacillus indicus and Bacillus firmus synthesize C30 carotenoids via farnesyl pyrophosphate, forming apophytoene as the first committed step in the pathway. The products of the pathways were methyl 4'-[6-O-acyl-glycosyl)oxy]-4,4'-diapolycopen-4-oic acid and 4,4'-diapolycopen-4,4'-dioic acid with putative glycosyl esters. The genomes of both bacteria were(More)