Sikander Ali

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BACKGROUND The 3,4-dihydroxy phenyl L-alanine (L-dopa) is a drug of choice for Parkinson's disease, controlling changes in energy metabolism enzymes of the myocardium following neurogenic injury. Aspergillus oryzae is commonly used for L-dopa production; however, potential improvements in ease of handling, growth rate and environmental impact have led to an(More)
In the present study, eight different strains of Geotrichum candidum were isolated and screened for an extracellular exo-inulinase production using chemically enriched sucrose-mineral media. The isolate (Zool-3i) with a better enzyme activity (1.38 IU/ml) was subjected to induced mutagenesis using methyl methane sulphonate (MMS) and a mutant with an enzyme(More)
The present investigation deals with the kinetics of submerged citric acid fermentation by Aspergillus niger using blackstrap molasses as the basal fermentation media. A laboratory scale stirred fermentor of 15-L capacity having working volume of 9-L was used for cultivation process and nutritional analysis. Among the 10 stock cultures of Aspergillus niger,(More)
The present study focused on the improvement of Saccharomyces cerevisiae through random mutagenesis for enhanced production of beta-D-fructofuranosidase (FFase) using sucrose salt media. Sixty strains of S. cerevisiae were isolated from different fruits and soil samples and screened for FFase production. Enzyme productivity of different yeast isolates(More)
Aspergillus oryzae mutant strain UV-7 was further improved for the production of L-dopa from L-tyrosine using chemical mutation. Different putative mutant strains of the organism were tested for the production of L-dopa in triplicate shake-flask cultures. Among these putative mutants, the strain designated SI-12 gave a maximal production of L-dopa (444+/-14(More)
Sixteen different mould cultures viz. Aspergillus, Alternaria, Arthroderma, Trichoderma, Fusarium, Penicillium, Rhizopus and Chochliobolus were isolated from the soil samples of Qatar by serial dilution method. The preliminary screening of isolates was done by selecting initial colonies showing relatively bigger zones of starch hydrolysis on nutrient agar(More)
BACKGROUND The amino acid derivative 3,4-dihydroxy L-phenylalanine (L-dopa) is gaining interest as a drug of choice for Parkinson's disease. Aspergillus oryzae is commonly used for L-dopa production; however, a slower growth rate and relatively lower tyrosinase activity of mycelia have led to an increasing interest in exploiting alternative fungal cultures.(More)
Citric acid production by a thermophilic strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger IIB-6 in a medium containing blackstrap cane molasses was improved by the addition of kaolin to the fermentation medium. The fermentation was run in a 7.5-l stirred bioreactor (60% working volume). The optimal sugar concentration was found to be 150 g/l. Kaolin (1.0(More)
Invertase production by wild cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolated from dates available in local market is reported. Five hyperproducing yeast strains (>100 fold higher invertase activity) were kinetically analyzed for invertase production. Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain GCAII was found to be a better invertase yielding strain among all other(More)