Toshimitsu Onaka

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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)
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)
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)
A dibenzothiophene (DBT) sulfone monooxygenase (TdsA), which catalyses the oxidative CS bond cleavage of DBT sulfone to produce 2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)benzenesulfinate (HPBS) was purified from the thermophilic DBT desulfurizing bacterium Paenibacillus sp. strain A11-2 by multistep chromatography. The molecular mass of the purified enzyme was determined to be(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)
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)
A mechanism for creating amino acid enantiomerism that always selects the same large-scale chirality is identified, and subsequent chemical replication and galactic mixing that would populate the Galaxy with the predominant species is described. This involves (1) the spin of the 14N in the amino acids, or in precursor molecules from which amino acids might(More)
A benzothiophene-desulfurizing bacterium which has a novel desulfurization pathway was isolated and identified as Gordonia rubropertinctus strain T08. Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy analysis of the ethyl acetate extract of the culture broth detected benzothiophene sulfoxide, benzothiophene sulfone, benzo[e][1,2]oxathiin S-oxide (BT-sultine),(More)
The Rhodococcus erythropolis strain KA2-5-1 was characterized by its ability to cleave carbon-sulfur bonds in the dibenzothiophene (DBT) ring by asymmetrically alkyl substitution, such as C2-DBTs (e.g., dimethyl and ethyl DBTs) and C3-DBTs (e.g., trimethyl and propyl DBTs), which are known to remain in hydrodesulfurization-treated diesel fuels. After(More)