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The xylanase (xysA) and the cellulase (celA1) genes from Streptomyces halstedii JM8 were cloned into Escherichia coli/Brevibacterium lactofermentum shuttle vectors and successfully expressed in both hosts when placed downstream from the kanamycin resistance promoter (Pkan) from Tn5 but not when under the control of their own promoters. Xylanase was secreted(More)
The Aspergillus nidulans gene xlnA coding for the fungal xylanase X22 has been cloned and expressed in two heterologous bacterial hosts: Streptomyces lividans and Brevibacterium lactofermentum. Streptomyces strains yielded 10 units/ml of xylanase when the protein was produced with its own signal peptide, and 19 units/ml when its signal peptide was replaced(More)
The tyrosinase operon (melC) from Streptomyces glaucescens was cloned and functionally expressed in Brevibacterium lactofermentum and Corynebacterium glutamicum under the control of the promoter of the kan gene from Tn5. Recombinant corynebacterial cells containing the tyrosinase operon produced melanin on agar plates and in liquid culture when supplemented(More)
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is a serious gynecological cancer and there may be an increased risk of developing EOC in women with metabolic disruptions such as diabetes-related hyperglycemia, obesity or high glycemic load. Upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in ischemic conditions (e.g. hypoxia, hypoglycemia) induces tumor(More)
A 20-kDa Brevibacterium lactofermentum protein was detected when purifying the His-tagged FtsZBL. The protein was identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight as the inorganic pyrophosphatase encoded by the ppa gene, which is present as a single copy in the genome of Corynebacterium glutamicum. The ppa gene was cloned from B.(More)
Human epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most lethal neoplasm affecting the female genital tract, and is characterized by overexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and growth as ascites. Anti-VEGF strategies are currently used in EOC therapy with promising results; however, molecular targeting of specific VEGF receptors on the cancer(More)
Epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC) patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage, characterized by interperitoneal carcinomatosis and production of large volumes of ascites. Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) and its main signaling receptor VEGFR2 (KDR) are coexpressed in primary ovarian tumors, ascitic cells and metastases, suggesting the(More)
The mechanism by which neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) induces malignancy in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) is still unknown. This study is the first to demonstrate the relationship between NRP-1 expression and EMT markers vimentin, N-cadherin, E-cadherin and Slug. We used tissue microarrays containing the three main subtypes of EOC tumors: serous, mucinous(More)
The short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) family is one of the largest and most ubiquitous protein families in bacterial genomes. Despite there being a few well-characterized examples, the substrate specificities or functions of most members of the family are unknown. In this study, we carried out a large-scale mutagenesis of the SDR gene family in the(More)
Previous reports showed that the Steroidal Glycoalkaloid Solamargine inhibited proliferation of non-melanoma skin cancer cells. However, Solamargine was not tested systematically on different types of melanoma cells and was not simultaneously tested on normal cells either. In this study we aimed to investigate the effect of Solamargine and the mechanism(More)