Marta Tortajada

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Constraint-based models enable structured cellular representations in which intracellular kinetics are circumvented. These models, combined with experimental data, are useful analytical tools to estimate the state exhibited (the phenotype) by the cells at given pseudo-steady conditions. In this contribution, a simplified constraint-based stoichiometric(More)
BACKGROUND A complete saccharification of plant polymers is the critical step in the efficient production of bio-alcohols. Beta-glucosidases acting in the degradation of intermediate gluco-oligosaccharides produced by cellulases limit the yield of the final product. RESULTS In the present work, we have identified and then successfully cloned, expressed,(More)
A synthetic inducible operon (IbPSO) expressing alsS, ilvC, ilvD and kivD genes encoding a pathway capable to transform pyruvate into 2-isobutyraldehyde has been designed and two recombinant plasmids named pIZIbPSO and p424IbPSO were constructed. The IbPSO containing plasmids can generate in a single transformation event new recombinant isobutanol producer(More)
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable biocompatible polyesters, which accumulate as granules in the cytoplasm of many bacteria under unbalanced growth conditions. Medium-chain-length PHAs (mcl-PHAs), characterized by C6-C14 branched monomer chains and typically produced by Pseudomonas species, are promising thermoelastomers, as they can be further(More)
Constraint-based metabolic models and flux balance analysis (FBA) have been extensively used in the last years to investigate the behavior of cells and also as basis for different industrial applications. In this context, this work provides a validation of a small-sized FBA model of the yeast Pichia pastoris. Our main objective is testing how accurate is(More)
Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum is one of the most important acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE)-generating industrial microorganisms and one of the few bacteria containing choline in its cell wall. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of C. saccharoperbutylacetonicum strain N1-4 (6.6 Mbp; G+C content, 29.4%) and the findings obtained from the(More)
Methylocystis parvus OBBP is an obligate methylotroph considered the type species of the genus Methylocystis. Two pmoCAB particulate methane monooxygenase operons and one additional singleton pmoC paralog were identified in the sequence. No evidence of genes encoding soluble methane monooxygenase was found. Comparison of M. parvus OBBP and Methylocystis sp.(More)
In this work, batch enzyme-aided extraction and enzymatic saccharification of blade-milled orange waste was studied. The operation variables for this process were thoroughly analysed. It was determined that batch runs with initial pH values of 5.0 and 5.2 controlled during the first hour, 50°C and 300-500r.p.m. agitation resulted in the best yields, with a(More)