BIOTECHNOLOGY & SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
Chaetomium globosum CDW7, an endophyte from Ginkgo biloba, is a promising biocontrol fungus against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in agriculture.
Probiotic strains modulate cytokine production and the immune interplay between human peripheral blood mononucear cells and colon cancer cells
Microbial strains incorporated in the probiotic affected PBMC’ cytokine production and altered the cross-talk between immune and colon cancer cells.
Usefulness of FTIR spectroscopy to distinguish rough and smooth variants of Lactobacillus farciminis CNCM-I-3699
Based on FTIR it is possible to discriminate between smooth and rough colony morphotypes of the pleomorphic strain L. farciminis.
PATHOGENS & PATHOGENICITY
Naturally occurring InlB variants that support intragastric Listeria monocytogenes infection in mice
Four naturally occurring variants of the invasion factor InlB when placed in the same genetic background provided different levels of Listeria monocytogenes accumulation in the liver of intragastrically infected mice.
Season of weaning, weaning weight and age of dam influence survival rate of piglets affected bowel edema caused by an atypical verocytotoxin-producing E. coli serotype.
PHYSIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
TsdC, a unique lipoprotein from Wolinella succinogenes that enhances tetrathionate reductase activity of TsdA
TsdC is a unique lipoprotein from Wolinella succinogenes that enhances specific activity of the bifunctional tetrathionate reductase TsdA in this organism.
Microbial catabolism of sterols: focus on the enzymes that transform the sterol 3β-hydroxy-5-en into 3-keto-4-en
Microbial sterol catabolism is initiated by conversion of 3β-ol-5-en into the corresponding 3-keto-4-en feature by either cholesterol oxidase requiring molecular oxygen or a NAD(P)-dependent dehydrogenase.
Analysis of Escherichia coli lacking combinations of MalP, GlgX and GlgP indicates that they are all involved in glycogen degradation.
The use of writing assignments to help students synthesize content in upper-level undergraduate biology courses
This article describes the use of grant proposal writing assignments in teaching undergraduate biology.