Peter L. Bergquist

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A two-step PCR protocol was used to identify and sequence a family 11 xylanase gene from Dictyoglomus thermophilum Rt46B.1. Family 11 xylanase consensus fragments (GXCFs) were amplified from Rt46B.1 genomic DNA by using different sets of consensus PCR primers that exhibited broad specificity for conserved motifs within fungal and/or bacterial family 11(More)
A new obligately anaerobic, extremely thermophilic, cellulolytic bacterium is described. The strain designated Tp8T 6331 is differentiated from thermophilic cellulolytic clostridia on the basis of physiological characteristics and phylogenetic position within the Bacillus/Clostridium subphylum of the Gram-positive bacteria. Strain Tp8T 6331 is assigned to a(More)
Filamentous fungi are commonly used in the fermentation industry for the large-scale production of proteins--mainly industrial enzymes. Recent advances in fungal genomics and related experimental technologies such as gene arrays and proteomics are rapidly changing the approaches to the development and use of filamentous fungi as hosts for the production of(More)
The celA, manA, and celB genes from Caldocellulosiruptor saccharolyticus compose a cellulase-hemicellulase gene cluster and are arranged on a 12-kb C. saccharolyticus genomic fragment of the recombinant lambda bacteriophage NZP lambda 2. The beginning of a fourth open reading frame (celC) which was homologous to the C. saccharolyticus manA and celA genes(More)
Small-subunit (SSU) rRNA genes (rDNA) were amplified by PCR from a hot pool environmental DNA sample using Bacteria- or Archaea-specific rDNA primers. Unique rDNA types were identified by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis and representative sequences were determined. Family 10 glycoside hydrolase consensus PCR primers were used to(More)
DNA sequencing techniques have revealed widespread molecular diversity of the genomic organization of apparently closely related bacteria (as judged from SSU rDNA sequence similarity). We have previously described the extreme thermophile Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus, which is unusual in possessing multi-catalytic, multidomain arrangements for the(More)
A PCR method suitable for the isolation of lipase genes directly from environmental DNA is described. The problems associated with the low levels of similarity between lipase genes were overcome by extensive analysis of conserved regions and careful primer design. Using this method, a lipase gene (oli-lipase) was isolated directly from environmental DNA.(More)
We show that the N-terminal 'thermostabilizing domain' (TSD) of the xylanase, XynA, from the thermophilic bacterium Caldibacillus cellulovorans also acts as a xylan binding domain. Affinity electrophoresis experiments show that this TSD selectively binds soluble xylan and binds weakly to hydroxyethylcellulose. Based on this, and previously reported(More)
The yeast Kluyveromyces lactis has been developed as a host for extracellular production of thermophilic hemicellulases by employing expression vectors based on the 2μ-like plasmid pKD1 of Kluyveromyces drosophilarium. A β-1,4-xylanase gene (xynA) from the extreme thermophile Thermotoga sp. strain FjSS3B.1 was fused in-frame with a synthetic secretion(More)