Lazaro E. Hernandez

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The endophytic Gram-negative bacterium Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus SRT4 secretes a constitutively expressed levansucrase (LsdA, EC, which converts sucrose into fructooligosaccharides and levan. The enzyme is included in GH (glycoside hydrolase) family 68 of the sequence-based classification of glycosidases. The three-dimensional structure of(More)
A truncated cryIA(b) gene encoding the active region of the Bacillus thuringiensis δ-endotoxin was expressed in transgenic sugarcane plants (Saccharum officinarum L.) under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter. Genetic transformation was accomplished by electroporation of intact cells. The levels of recombinant toxin were established and biological activity(More)
Major fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) produced by levansucrase (EC from Acetobacter diazotrophicus SRT4 were characterised as 1-kestose and nystose by acid hydrolysis and 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The highest yields of 1-kestose (481 mM; 241 g/l) and nystose (81 mM; 54 g/l) were achieved at initial sucrose concentration of 1754 mM (600 g/l), pH 5.5 and(More)
Plants of strawberry (cultivar Pájaro) were transformed with three defense related genes: ch5B, gln2 and ap24 using Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The ch5B gene encodes for a chitinase from Phaseolus vulgaris, while gln2 and ap24 encode for a glucanase and a thaumatin-like protein, respectively, both from Nicotiana tabacum. Sixteen transgenic lines expressing(More)
Fructans are fructose polymers that are synthesized from sucrose by fructosyltransferases. Fructosyltransferases are present in unrelated plant families suggesting a polyphyletic origin for their transglycosylation activity. Based on sequence comparisons and enzymatic properties, fructosyltransferases are proposed to have evolved from vacuolar invertases.(More)
The ability of plants to tolerate salt and drought conditions is crucial for agricultural production worldwide. The increased understanding of the regulatory networks controlling drought stress response has led to practical approaches for engineering salt and drought tolerance in plants. By a single-pass sequencing of randomly selected clones from a ë(More)
• The Arabidopsis basic region-leucine zipper transcription factor 11 (bZIP11) is known to be repressed by sucrose through a translational inhibition mechanism that requires the conserved sucrose control peptide encoded by the mRNA leader. The function of bZIP11 has been investigated in over-expression studies, and bZIP11 has been found to inhibit plant(More)
Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus produces levan from sucrose by a secreted levansucrase (LsdA). A levanase-encoding gene (lsdB), starting 51 bp downstream of the lsdA gene, was cloned from strain SRT4. The lsdB gene (1605 bp) encodes a protein (calculated molecular mass 58.4 kDa) containing a putative 36-amino-acid signal peptide at the N-terminus. The(More)
Bacterial levan [β(2,6)–linked polyfructan] has potential applications in the food, bio-energetic, medical, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The lack of technically and economically feasible large-scale production systems limits the commercial exploitation of levan. Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus secretes a levansucrase (LsdA, EC that(More)
Bacterial levansucrase (EC converts sucrose into non-linear levan consisting of long β(2,6)-linked fructosyl chains with β(2,1) branches. Bacterial levan has wide food and non-food applications, but its production in industrial reactors is costly and low yielding. Here, we report the constitutive expression of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus(More)