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Polyhydroxyalkanoates: an overview.
Polyhydroxyalkanoates have gained major importance due to their structural diversity and close analogy to plastics. These are gaining more and more importance world over. Different sources (naturalExpand
Surfactant proteins SP-A and SP-D: structure, function and receptors.
Surfactant proteins, SP-A and SP-D, are collagen-containing C-type (calcium dependent) lectins called collectins, which contribute significantly to surfactant homeostasis and pulmonary immunity.Expand
New Abundant Microbial Groups in Aquatic Hypersaline Environments
We describe the microbiota of two hypersaline saltern ponds, one of intermediate salinity (19%) and a NaCl saturated crystallizer pond (37%) using pyrosequencing. The analyses of these metagenomesExpand
Metagenomics uncovers a new group of low GC and ultra-small marine Actinobacteria
We describe a deep-branching lineage of marine Actinobacteria with very low GC content (33%) and the smallest free living cells described yet (cell volume ca. 0.013 μm3), even smaller than theExpand
Gain and Loss of Multiple Genes During the Evolution of Helicobacter pylori
Sequence diversity and gene content distinguish most isolates of Helicobacter pylori. Even greater sequence differences differentiate distinct populations of H. pylori from different continents, butExpand
Expanding the Marine Virosphere Using Metagenomics
Viruses infecting prokaryotic cells (phages) are the most abundant entities of the biosphere and contain a largely uncharted wealth of genomic diversity. They play a critical role in the biology ofExpand
Metagenomics of the Water Column in the Pristine Upper Course of the Amazon River
River water is a small percentage of the total freshwater on Earth but represents an essential resource for mankind. Microbes in rivers perform essential ecosystem roles including the mineralizationExpand
Metagenomic Insights into the Uncultured Diversity and Physiology of Microbes in Four Hypersaline Soda Lake Brines
Soda lakes are salt lakes with a naturally alkaline pH due to evaporative concentration of sodium carbonates in the absence of major divalent cations. Hypersaline soda brines harbor microbialExpand
Comparative genomic analysis for the presence of potential enterococcal virulence factors in the probiotic Enterococcus faecalis strain Symbioflor 1.
Enterococci are members of the natural microbiota of animal and human intestinal tracts and are capable of causing opportunistic infections. They are also used as starter cultures in the foodExpand
Microdiversification in genome-streamlined ubiquitous freshwater Actinobacteria
Actinobacteria of the acI lineage are the most abundant microbes in freshwater systems, but there are so far no pure living cultures of these organisms, possibly because of metabolic dependencies onExpand
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