Cryo-protective effect of an ice-binding protein derived from Antarctic bacteria.

  title={Cryo-protective effect of an ice-binding protein derived from Antarctic bacteria.},
  author={Marco Mangiagalli and Maya Bar-Dolev and Pietro Tedesco and Antonino Natalello and Aleksei Kaleda and Stefania Brocca and Donatella de Pascale and Sandra Pucciarelli and Cristina Miceli and Ido Braslavsky and Marina Lotti},
  journal={The FEBS journal},
  volume={284 1},
Cold environments are populated by organisms able to contravene deleterious effects of low temperature by diverse adaptive strategies, including the production of ice binding proteins (IBPs) that inhibit the growth of ice crystals inside and outside cells. We describe the properties of such a protein (EfcIBP) identified in the metagenome of an Antarctic biological consortium composed of the ciliate Euplotes focardii and psychrophilic non-cultured bacteria. Recombinant EfcIBP can resist freezing… CONTINUE READING
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