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A recombinant Escherichia coli expressing the Neurospora crassa metallothionein gene (NCP) has previously been shown to remove low levels of Cd and other metals from solution. For further development as a biosorbent, the encapsulation of the NCP is investigated by various matrices. The NCP was encapsulated in alginate, chitosan-alginate or(More)
3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, a key regulatory enzyme involved in cholesterol biosynthesis, has recently been reported to be present in rat liver peroxisomes (Keller, G.A., M.C. Barton, D.J. Shapiro, and S.J. Singer, 1985, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 82:770-774). Immunoelectron labeling of ultrathin frozen sections of normal(More)
A gene coding for a de novo peptide sequence containing a metal binding motif was chemically synthesized and expressed in Escherichia coli as a fusion with the maltose binding protein. Bacterial cells expressing the metal binding peptide fusion demonstrated enhanced binding of Cd2+ and Hg2+ compared to bacterial cells lacking the metal binding peptide. The(More)
The gene coding for the Neurospora crassa metallothionein protein was chemically synthesized and cloned into the fusion expression vectors pMal-c and pMal-p. Cell-fractionation experiments demonstrated the proper localization of the pMal-c and pMal-p- expressed proteins to the cytosol and periplasm of the bacteria respectively. Control bacteria as well as(More)
This study investigated the potential to utilize phage-displayed peptides as reagents in sensor applications. A library of random 12-mers displayed on phage was panned against staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), a causative agent of food poisoning. Nine SEB binding phage clones were isolated, all of which share the consensus sequence Trp His Lys at their(More)
  • M Pazirandeh
  • 1996
The potential utility of a recombinant E. coli expressing the Neurospora crassa metallothionein gene (NCP) as a heavy metal biosorbent was investigated. It was shown that the NCP was capable of efficiently removing low levels of several metals (including cadmium, lead, and mercury) from solutions. The reusability of the NCP was demonstrated through 5 cycles(More)
A system for the construction of polymeric peptides in Escherichia coli was utilized to prepare a library of plasmids coding for tandem repeats of the Neurospora crassa metallothionein gene. Selected oligomeric metallothionein clones were expressed and targeted to the periplasm as a fusion with the maltose-binding protein. Bacterial cells harbouring the(More)
To evaluate the effect of synthetic DNA oligomers on regulation of bacterial genes in vivo, we tested 63 oligomers of variable length and chemistry for their ability to selectively suppress light production in the bioluminescent marine organism, Vibrio fischeri. Phosphodiester, phosphorothioate, and mixed backbone oligomers were designed to be lux gene(More)
The bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus was tested for its ability to internalize unmodified as well as modified DNA oligomers without attempting to permeabilize the cells. These experiments were conducted to establish whether it may be feasible to employ antisense oligomers for control of gene expression in Vibrio species without heat-shocking or(More)
Rhapidosomes are tubular microstructures composed of proteins that are found in a variety of bacteria and algae. These structures, which are resistant to disruption by many denaturing agents, have potential application as a biomaterial and may serve as a new model for the study of self assembly. When rhapidosomes were purified and analysed by SDS-PAGE the(More)