Takeshi Zendo

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Bacteriocins are heat-stable ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides produced by various bacteria, including food-grade lactic acid bacteria (LAB). These antimicrobial peptides have huge potential as both food preservatives, and as next-generation antibiotics targeting the multiple-drug resistant pathogens. The increasing number of reports of new(More)
Nukacin ISK-1, a type-A(II) lantibiotic, comprises 27 amino acids with a distinct linear N-terminal and a globular C-terminal region. To identify the positional importance or redundancy of individual residues responsible for nukacin ISK-1 antimicrobial activity, we replaced the native codons of the parent peptide with NNK triplet oligonucleotides in order(More)
We report the complete genome sequence of Lactococcus lactis IO-1 (= JCM7638). It is a nondairy lactic acid bacterium, produces nisin Z, ferments xylose, and produces predominantly L-lactic acid at high xylose concentrations. From ortholog analysis with other five L. lactis strains, IO-1 was identified as L. lactis subsp. lactis.
We demonstrated lanthionine introduction into hexa-histidine-tagged (His-tagged) nukacin ISK-1 prepeptide NukA by modification enzyme NukM in Escherichia coli. Co-expression of nukA and nukM, purification of the resulting His-tagged prepeptide by affinity chromatography, and subsequent mass spectrometry analysis showed that the prepeptide was converted into(More)
Enterococcus mundtii QU 25, a newly isolated lactic acid bacterium, efficiently metabolized xylose into l-lactate. In batch fermentations, the strain produced 964 mM l-(+)-lactate from 691 mM xylose, with a yield of 1.41 mol/mol xylose consumed and an extremely high optical purity of ≥99.9% without acetate production.
Lactococcus sp. strain QU 12, which was isolated from cheese, produced a novel cyclic bacteriocin termed lactocyclicin Q. By using cation-exchange chromatography, hydrophobic interaction chromatography, and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, lactocyclicin Q was purified from culture supernatant, and its molecular mass was determined to be(More)
Lactococcus lactis QU 5 isolated from corn produces a novel bacteriocin, termed lacticin Q. By acetone precipitation, cation-exchange chromatography, and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, lacticin Q was purified from the culture supernatant of this organism, and its molecular mass was determined to be 5,926.50 Da by mass spectrometry.(More)
A bacteriocin-producing strain, Lactococcus lactis QU 4, was isolated from corn. The bacteriocin, termed lactococcin Q, showed antibacterial activity only against L. lactis strains among a wide range of gram-positive indicator strains tested. Lactococcin Q was purified by acetone precipitation, cation exchange chromatography, and reverse-phase(More)
Staphylococcus hominis KQU-131, isolated from Thai fermented marine fish, produces a heat stable bacteriocin. Structural and genetic analysis indicated that the bacteriocin is a variant of nukacin ISK-1, a type-A(II) lantibiotic, and we termed the bacteriocin nukacin KQU-131. There were three different amino acid residues between nukacin ISK-1 and nukacin(More)
We isolated and characterized a d-lactic acid-producing lactic acid bacterium (d-LAB), identified as Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis QU 41. When compared to Lactobacillus coryniformis subsp. torquens JCM 1166 T and L. delbrueckii subsp. lactis JCM 1248 T, which are also known as d-LAB, the QU 41 strain exhibited a high thermotolerance and produced(More)