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Two novel glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 12 xyloglucanase genes (designated RmXEG12A and RmXEG12B) were cloned from the thermophilic fungus Rhizomucor miehei. Both genes contained open reading frames of 729 bp encoding 242 amino acids. Their deduced amino acid sequences shared 68 % identity with each other and less than 60 % with other xyloglucanases. The(More)
A low molecular mass cutinase (designated TtcutA) from Thielavia terrestris was purified and biochemically characterized. The thermophilic fungus T. terrestris CAU709 secreted a highly active cutinase (90.4 U ml−1) in fermentation broth containing wheat bran as the carbon source. The cutinase was purified 19-fold with a recovery yield of 4.8 %. The(More)
Two hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) family esterases (RmEstA and RmEstB) from the thermophilic fungus Rhizomucor miehei, exhibiting distinct substrate specificity, have been recently reported to show great potential in industrial applications. In this study, the crystal structures of RmEstA and RmEstB were determined at 2.15 Å and 2.43 Å resolutions,(More)
During the electron transfer through the cytochrome bc(1) complex (ubiquinol-cytochrome c oxidoreductase or complex III), protons are translocated across the membrane, and production of superoxide anion radicals (O(2)(*-)) is observed. The bc(1) complex is purified from broken mitochondrial preparation prepared from frozen heart muscles by repeated(More)
BACKGROUND Esterases with excellent merits suitable for commercial use in ester production field are still insufficient. The aim of this research is to advance our understanding by seeking for more unusual esterases and revealing their characterizations for ester synthesis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS A novel esterase-encoding gene from Rhizomucor(More)
The zygomycete fungi like Rhizomucor miehei have been extensively exploited for the production of various enzymes. As a thermophilic fungus, R. miehei is capable of growing at temperatures that approach the upper limits for all eukaryotes. To date, over hundreds of fungal genomes are publicly available. However, Zygomycetes have been rarely investigated(More)
A xylanase gene from Paecilomyces thermophila was functionally expressed in Pichia pastoris. The recombinant xylanase (xynA) was predominantly extracellular; in a 5 l fermentor culture, the total extracellular protein was 8.1 g l−1 with an activity of 52,940 U ml−1. The enzyme was purified to homogeneity with a recovery of 48 %. The recombinant xynA was(More)
BACKGROUND The biodiesel production can be carried out by transesterification using either chemical or enzymatic process. The enzymatic transesterification is more promising as it offers an environmental friendly option compared to the chemical process, where the lipases with high catalytic efficiency and good stability play a key role. Hence, it is of(More)
To identify novel pullulanases from microorganisms and to investigate their biochemical characterizations. A novel pullulanase gene (BmPul) from Bacillus megaterium WW1210 was cloned and heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. The gene has an ORF of 2814 bp encoding 937 amino acids. The recombinant pullulanase (BmPul) was purified to homogeneity and(More)
To identify novel cold-active lipases from fungal sources and improve their production by heterologous expression in Pichia pastoris. A novel cold-active lipase gene (ReLipB) from Rhizomucor endophyticus was cloned. ReLipB was expressed at a high level in Pichia pastoris using high cell-density fermentation in a 5-l fermentor with the highest lipase(More)