Zhi-mao Mai

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A novel endoglucanase gene, mgcel44, was isolated from a mangrove soil metagenomic library by functional-based screening. It encodes a 648-aa peptide with a catalytic domain of glycosyl hydrolase family 44. The deduced amino acid sequence of mgcel44 shares less than 50 % identity with endoglucanases in GenBank database. mgcel44 was cloned and overexpressed(More)
BACKGROUND Kluyveromyces marxianus has recently become a species of interest for ethanol production since it can produce ethanol at high temperature and on a wide variety of substrates. However, the reason why this yeast can produce ethanol at high temperature is largely unknown. RESULTS The ethanol fermentation capability of K. marxianus GX-UN120 at 40°С(More)
For the beneficial pharmacological properties of resveratrol, there is increasingly interest in enzymatic conversion of polydatin to resveratrol. The metagenomic technique provides an effective strategy for mining novel polydatin-hydrolysis enzymes from uncultured microorganisms. In this study, a metagenomic library of mangrove soil was constructed and a(More)
A mangrove soil metagenomic library was constructed and a β-agarase gene designated as AgaML was isolated by functional screening. The gene encoded for a 659-amino-acids polypeptide with an estimated molecular mass of 71.6 kDa. The deduced polypeptide sequences of AgaML showed the highest identity of 73% with the glycoside hydrolase family 16 β-agarase from(More)
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