Marjan De Mey

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Microbial metabolomics has received much attention in recent years mainly because it supports and complements a wide range of microbial research areas from new drug discovery efforts to metabolic engineering. Broadly, the term metabolomics refers to the comprehensive (qualitative and quantitative) analysis of the complete set of all low molecular weight(More)
Deletion of both iclR and arcA in E. coli profoundly alters the central metabolic fluxes and decreases acetate excretion by 70%. In this study we investigate the metabolic consequences of both deletions in E. coli BL21 (DE3). No significant differences in biomass yields, acetate yields, CO2 yields and metabolic fluxes could be observed between the wild type(More)
Escherichia coli remains the best-established production organism in industrial biotechnology. However, when aerobic fermentation runs at high growth rates, considerable amounts of acetate are accumulated as by-product. This by-product has negative effects on growth and protein production. Over the last 20 years, substantial research efforts have been(More)
The bio-based economy relies on sustainable, plant-derived resources for fuels, chemicals, materials, food and feed rather than on the evanescent usage of fossil resources. The cornerstone of this economy is the biorefinery, in which renewable resources are intelligently converted to a plethora of products, maximizing the valorization of the feedstocks.(More)
E. coli is still one of the most commonly used hosts for protein production. However, when it is grown with excess glucose, acetate accumulation occurs. Elevated acetate concentrations have an inhibitory effect on growth rate and recombinant protein yield, and thus elimination of acetate formation is an important aim towards industrial production of(More)
L-Arabinose isomerase (E.C. 5.3.1.14) catalyzes the reversible isomerization between L-arabinose and L-ribulose and is highly selective towards L-arabinose. By using a directed evolution approach, enzyme variants with altered substrate specificity were created and screened in this research. More specifically, the screening was directed towards the(More)
Brevibacterium epidermis DSM 20659 is a halotolerant Gram-positive bacterium which can synthesize the osmolyte, ectoine, but prefers to take it up from its environment. The present study revealed that B. epidermis is equipped with at least one transport system for ectoine, with a maximal transport velocity of 15.7 ± 4.3 nmol/g CDW·min. The transport(More)
Escherichia coli is one of the most widely used hosts for the production of recombinant proteins, among other reasons because its genetics are far better characterized than those of any other microorganism. To improve the understanding of recombinant protein synthesis in E. coli, the production of a model recombinant protein, β-galactosidase, was studied in(More)
Since the development of recombinant DNA technology (Cohen et al., 1973), it became possible to express heterologous genes in proor eukaryotic hosts, i.e. genes which they naturally not express. This development enabled the production of all kinds of products of which the high-added value recombinant proteins, became increasingly important and as such(More)
As flavonoids have beneficial health effects on humans, they are gaining increasing interest from pharmaceutical and health industries. However, current production methods, such as plant extraction and chemical synthesis, are inadequate to meet the demand. Therefore, microbial production might offer a promising alternative. During recent years, microbial(More)
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