Rory A. Cameron

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It is now widely accepted that the application of standard microbiological methods for the recovery of microorganisms from the environment has had limited success in providing access to the true extent of microbial biodiversity. It follows that much of the extant microbial genetic diversity (collectively termed the metagenome) remains unexploited, an issue(More)
An amidase (EC 3.5.1.4) in branch 2 of the nitrilase superfamily, from the thermophilic strain Geobacillus pallidus RAPc8, was produced at high expression levels (20 U/mg) in small-scale fermentations of Escherichia coli. The enzyme was purified to 90% homogeneity with specific activity of 1,800 U/mg in just two steps, namely, heat-treatment and gel(More)
The gene cluster containing the nitrile hydratase (NHase) and amidase genes of a moderate thermophile, B. pallidus RAPc8 has been cloned and sequenced. The (5.9 kb) section of cloned DNA contained eight complete open reading frames, encoding (in order), amidase (belonging to the nitrilase related aliphatic amidase family), nitrile hydratase beta and alpha(More)
Geobacillus pallidus RAPc8 (NRRL: B-59396) is a moderately thermophilic gram-positive bacterium, originally isolated from Australian lake sediment. The G. pallidus RAPc8 gene encoding an inducible nitrilase was located and cloned using degenerate primers coding for well-conserved nitrilase sequences, coupled with inverse PCR. The nitrilase open reading(More)
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