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Massive blooms of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis ovata Fukuyo have recently occurred along the whole Italian coastlines, both Tyrrhenian and Adriatic, resulting sometimes in benthonic biocenosis sufferings and, occasionally, in human health problems. In this work, two strains of O. ovata collected in 2006 along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coastlines(More)
The nucleotide sequence of the operon for the putrescine transport system that maps at 19 min on the Escherichia coli chromosome was determined. It contained four open reading frames encoding potF, -G, -H, and -I proteins. The potF protein (M(r) = 38,000) was inferred to be a putrescine-specific binding protein existing in a periplasmic fraction from the(More)
Over the past decades, Italian coastlines have been plagued by recurring presence of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis ovata. Such an alga has caused severe sanitary emergencies and economic losses due to its production of palytoxin-like compounds. Previous studies have confirmed the presence of ovatoxin-a (OVTX-a) as the major toxin of the algal toxin(More)
This paper reports on the first occurrence of fairly high numbers of Alexandrium ostenfeldii along the Emilia Romagna coasts (Italy). Detailed liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analyses of the toxin profile were performed on a strain of the organism collected in November 2003, isolated during the event and grown in culture. Selected ion(More)
In the Mediterranean Sea, blooms of Ostreopsis cf. ovata and Ostreopsis siamensis have become increasingly frequent in the last decade and O. cf. ovata was found to produce palytoxin-like compounds (putative palytoxin, ovatoxin-a, -b, -c, -d and -e), a class of highly potent toxins. The environmental conditions seem to play a key role in influencing the(More)
The microalgal biomass applications strongly depend on cell composition and the production of low cost products such as biofuels appears to be economically convenient only in conjunction with wastewater treatment. As a preliminary study, in view of the development of a wastewater treatment pilot plant for nutrient removal and algal biomass production, a(More)
Several diatom and dinoflagellate species isolatedfrom the Adriatic Sea, grown in batch cultures in f/2medium, were exposed to two different concentrationsof Cu and Cd. The concentrations chosen caused areduction of growth, but were not lethal. Thespecies able to tolerate the highest Cu concentrations(in the order of 0.2–0.5 mg L-1) were diatoms,while some(More)
Lipid extraction is a critical step in the development of biofuels from microalgae. Here a new procedure was proposed to extract hydrocarbons from dried and water-suspended samples of the microalga Botryococcus braunii by using switchable-polarity solvents (SPS) based on 1,8-diazabicyclo-[5.4.0]-undec-7-ene (DBU) and an alcohol. The high affinity of the(More)
Spermidine-binding sites on PotD protein, substrate-binding protein in periplasm, in the spermidine-preferential uptake system in Escherichia coli were studied by measuring polyamine transport activities of right-side-out membrane vesicles with mutated PotD proteins prepared by site-directed mutagenesis of the potD gene and by measuring polyamine binding(More)