Toshikazu Onaka

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Paenibacillus A11-2 can efficiently cleave two carbon&bond;sulfur bonds in dibenzothiophene (DBT) and alkyl DBTs, which are refractory by conventional petroleum hydrodesulfurization, to remove sulfur atom at high temperatures. An 8.7-kb DNA fragment containing the genes for the DBT desulfurizing enzymes of A11-2 was cloned in Escherichia coli and(More)
Petroleum contains many heterocyclic organosulfur compounds refractory to conventional hydrodesulfurization carried out with chemical catalysts. Among these, dibenzothiophene (DBT) and DBTs bearing alkyl substitutions are representative compounds. Two bacterial strains, which have been identified as Paenibacillus strains and which are capable of efficiently(More)
Paenibacillus sp. strain A11-2, which had been primarily isolated as a bacterial strain capable of desulfurizing dibenzothiophene to produce 2-hydroxybiphenyl at high temperatures, was found to desulfurize benzothiophene more efficiently than dibenzothiophene. The desulfurized product was identified as o-hydroxystyrene by GC-MS and 1H-NMR analysis.(More)
A benzothiophene desulfurizing bacterium was isolated and identified as Rhodococcus sp. strain T09. Growth assays revealed that this strain assimilated, as the sole sulfur source, various organosulfur compounds that cannot be assimilated by the well-studied dibenzothiophene-desulfurizing Rhodococcus sp. IGTS8. The cellular growth rate of strain T09 for the(More)
Thirty-five bacterial strains capable of converting dibenzothiophene into 2-hydroxybiphenyl were isolated. Among them Rhodococcus erythropolis KA2-5-1 was chosen for further characterization because of its ability to retain high desulfurization activity stably. PCR cloning and DNA sequencing of a KA2-5-1 genomic DNA fragment showed that it was practically(More)
A benzothiophene (BT) and dibenzothiophene (DBT) monooxygenase (TdsC), which catalyzes the oxidation of the sulfur atoms in BT and DBT molecules, was purified from Paenibacillus sp. strain A11-2. The molecular mass of the purified enzyme and its subunit were determined to be 200 kDa and 43 kDa by gel filtration and sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel(More)
The thermophilic bacterium Paenibacillus sp. A11-2, which can utilize dibenzothiophene (DBT) as the sole sulfur source at high temperature (45-55 degrees C), was investigated for its ability to cleave carbon-sulfur bonds in the dibenzothiophene (DBT) ring with asymmetrical alkyl substitution, such as methyl, dimethyl, trimethyl, ethyl and propyl DBTs. The(More)
In synthetic biology and systems biology, a bottom-up approach can be used to construct a complex, modular, hierarchical structure of biological networks. To analyze or design such networks, it is critical to understand the relationship between network structure and function, the mechanism through which biological parts or biomolecules are assembled into(More)
Sinorhizobium sp. KT55 was the first Gram-negative isolate to be capable of utilizing benzothiophene as the sole source of sulfur. By GC-MS analysis of metabolites of benzothiophene by this strain, benzothiophene sulfone, benzo[e][1,2]oxathiin S-oxide and o-hydroxystyrene were detected, suggesting that the benzothiophene desulfurization pathway of this(More)