Mingqiang Qiao

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An efficient insertion mutagenesis strategy for bacterial genomes based on the phage Mu DNA transposition reaction was developed. Incubation of MuA transposase protein with artificial mini-Mu transposon DNA in the absence of divalent cations in vitro resulted in stable but inactive Mu DNA transposition complexes, or transpososomes. Following delivery into(More)
Nisin is a small post-translationally modified lanthionine-containing peptide (lantibiotic) produced by certain Lactococcus lactis strains which has a high antimicrobial activity against several pathogenic Gram-positive bacteria. Northern blots and RT/PCR analysis of the nisin-producing strain N8 revealed that the nisZBTCIPRKFEG gene cluster, responsible(More)
A nisin-resistant Lactococcus lactis strain TML01 was isolated from crude milk. A gene with 99% homology to the nisin-resistance gene, nsr, was identified. The food-grade secretion plasmid, pLEB690 (3746 bp), was constructed based on this novel nsr gene enabling primary selection with up to 5 μg nisin/ml. The functionality of pLEB690 as a secretion vector(More)
Lactococcus lactis cells producing the antibacterial peptide nisin protect their own cytoplasmic membrane by specific immunity proteins, NisI and NisF/E/G. We show here that approximately half of the produced NisI escaped the lipid modification (LF-NisI=lipid-free NisI) and was secreted to the medium, and that LF-NisI had no affinity to cells of L. lactis.(More)
Hydrophilicity improvement and bioactive surface design of poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) grafts are of key importance for their application in tissue engineering. Herein, we develop a convenient approach for achieving stable hydrophilic surfaces by modifying electrospun PCL grafts with a class II hydrophobin (HFBI) coating. Static water contact angles (WCA)(More)
Herein we reported that a hydrophobin film was used as a solid support on the polystyrene surface for immobilizing antibodies in the time-resolved immunofluorometric assay (TR-IFMA). Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipative monitoring (QCM-D), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle (WCA) measurements, as well as atomic force(More)
In this work we describe the new concept of using fungal hydrophobins as efficient tags for purification of recombinant fusion proteins by aqueous two-phase separation. Hydrophobins are a group of small surface-active proteins produced by filamentous fungi. Some characteristics of hydrophobins are that they are relatively small (approximately 100 amino(More)
Bacillus is remarkable for its extracellular enzyme production (Priest, 1977). When Bacillus cells exhaust the nutrients of the environment and enter into the stationary phase, neutral and alkaline proteases encoded by nprE and aprE respectively are produced and secreted to the outside environment (Chaloupka and Kreckova, 1966; Din et al., 1969). The(More)
Flagella-mediated motility is recognized as one of the major factors contributing to virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. During a screening of a mini-Mu transposon mutant library of P. aeruginosa PA68, a mutant partially deficient in swimming and swarming motility was identified in a new locus that encodes a predicted protein of unknown function annotated(More)
Hydrophobins are small fungal proteins that self-assemble spontaneously at hydrophilic-hydrophobic interfaces and change the polar nature of the surfaces to which they attach. A new hydrophobin gene hgfI was identified recently from the edible mushroom Grifola frondosa. In this paper, the cloning, expression, purification, and polyclonal antibody(More)