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See detailRhizosphere-driven lipopeptide production by different strains of Bacillus spp. as mechanism involved in biological control of plant pathogens
Nihorimbere, Venant ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Some plant-beneficial bacteria with biopesticide potential produce antimicrobial compounds that are tightly involved in multitrophic interactions occurring in the phytosphere among which antagonism toward ... [more ▼]

Some plant-beneficial bacteria with biopesticide potential produce antimicrobial compounds that are tightly involved in multitrophic interactions occurring in the phytosphere among which antagonism toward a diverse range of phytopathogens. However, there is a crucial need for an accurate assessment of antibiotic production rate in this environment colonized by these bacteria. In this context, we conducted the present thesis work with the scope to better understand how two different Bacillus genus strains produce lipopeptides in the rhizosphere of plants. In the first part, one of the strains (B. amyloliquefaciens S499) was selected out of other isolates for its technological traits and in vitro inhibition growth activity of plant pathogenic fungi. We further demonstrated its biocontrol potential in tomato open-field experiments where plantings have been devastated by a local fungus preliminary identified as Fusarium semitectum. In a second part, we combined two mass spectrometry-based approaches (electrospray ionization and imaging) to analyze the pattern of surfactin, iturin and fengycin lipopeptide families produced in planta by strain S499. Our results show that rhizosphere conditions are conducive for surfactin synthesis but not for other types of lipopeptides and that the lipopeptide pattern can be markedly influenced by nutritional factors, biofilm formation and oxygen availability. In a last part, surfactin gene expression (srfA) level was evaluated in situ on tomato root using the reporter gene (LacZ) inserted in B. subtilis strain BGS3. Results showed effective expression of srfA and production of surfactin in biologically important level quantities upon establishment of bacterial population on roots. Our results also demonstrate that BGS3 developing in colonies, efficiently utilizes the main substrates from plant exudates to produce surfactins. The production may also be favored in bacteria growing slowly in the rhizosphere. Globally, this work contributes to better appreciate the impact of some environmental factors on the in situ biosynthesis of lipopeptides by strains of Bacillus which is probably an essential step for improving the level and reliability of their efficacy as biological agents for the control of plant diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailEcological fitness of Bacillus subtilis BGS3 regarding production of the surfactin lipopeptide in the rhizosphere
Nihorimbere, Venant ULg; Fickers, Patrick ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg et al

in Environmental Microbiology Reports (2009), 1(2), 124-130

Cyclic lipopeptides and particularly surfactins produced by Bacillus species retain antibacterial, antiviral, biofilm-forming and plant resistance-inducing activities. In most cases, their role in ... [more ▼]

Cyclic lipopeptides and particularly surfactins produced by Bacillus species retain antibacterial, antiviral, biofilm-forming and plant resistance-inducing activities. In most cases, their role in biological control of plant diseases was evoked on the basis of in vitro assays or by using non-producing/ overproducing mutants but there is a need for more direct evidence of an efficient lipopeptide biosynthesis in the rhizosphere. In this work, we coupled LC-MS quantification of the lipopeptides secreted by cells colonizing tomato plants with the use of psrfA– lacZ reporter system integrated within the BGS3 chromosome to study the expression of the surfactin operon in planta. Results showed that a higher level of psrfA induction was observed upon the establishment of a stable BGS3 population on roots and surfactins extracted from the rhizosphere were produced in biologically significant quantities. Our results also demonstrate that BGS3 efficiently utilizes the main substrates from plant exudates to produce surfactins. This synthesis is also efficient in cells forming colonies and the production may be favoured in bacteria developing slowly in the rhizosphere. This provides a first understanding of how environmental factors may influence lipopeptide production by beneficial Bacillus strains. [less ▲]

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See detailSeparation and identification of endoxylanases from Bacillus subtilis and their actions on wheat bran insoluble dietary fibre
Xiaoping, Yuan; Jing, Wang; Huiyuan, Yao et al

in Process Biochemistry (2005), 40(7), 2339-2343

A novel and convenient method based on native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and homogenization extraction was used for the purification of xylanase from crude enzymes. Two xylanases were ... [more ▼]

A novel and convenient method based on native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and homogenization extraction was used for the purification of xylanase from crude enzymes. Two xylanases were purified by this method from the crude enzyme preparation from the selected strain of Bacillus subtilis. Subsequent analysis with thin layer chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) indicated that these two xylanases were endo-acting enzymes, designated xyl I and xyl II. Both enzymes showed their activities in the pH range from 5.0 to 9.0 at 50 °C and had similar optimum activities at pH 7.0 and at 50 °C. Mn2+ ions enhanced their xylanolytic activities to 2.7-fold whereas Fe3+ completely inhibited them. The action of endoxylanase xyl II on wheat bran insoluble dietary fibre was also studied. The hydrolysis products were shown to contain feruloyl oligosaccharides by paper chromatography [less ▲]

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See detailAntioxidant power of phytochemicals from Psidium guajava leaf.
Qian, He; Nihorimbere, Venant ULg

in Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B (2004), 5(6), 676-683

ried ground leaves of Psidium guajava L. (guava) were extracted by water and aqueous ethyl alcohol 50% (1:10) ratio, and the total phenolic content in the extracts was determined spectrophotometrically ... [more ▼]

ried ground leaves of Psidium guajava L. (guava) were extracted by water and aqueous ethyl alcohol 50% (1:10) ratio, and the total phenolic content in the extracts was determined spectrophotometrically according to Folin- Ciocalteu's phenol method and calculated as gallic acid equivalent (GAE). Remarkably high total phenolic content 575.3 +/-15.5 and 511.6+/-6.2 mg of GAE/g of dried weight material (for ethanol guava leaf extracts and water guava leaf extracts, respectively) were obtained. The antioxidant activity of lyophilized extracts was determined at ambient temperature by means of a 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydryzyl (DPPH*) colorimetry with detection scheme at 515 nm. The activity was evaluated by the decrease in absorbance as the result of DPPH* color change from purple to yellow. The higher the sample concentration used, the stronger was the free radical-scavenging effect. The results obtained showed that ascorbic acid was a substantially more powerful antioxidant than the extracts from guava leaf. On the other hand, the commercial guava leaf extracts and ethanol guava leaf extracts showed almost the same antioxidant power whereas water guava leaf extracts showed lower antioxidant activity. The parameter EC(50) and the time needed to reach the steady state to EC(50) concentration (T(EC(50))) affected the antiradical capacity of the sample. The antioxidant efficiency (AE) has been shown to be a more adequate parameter for selecting antioxidants than the widely used EC(50). This study revealed that guava leaf extracts comprise effective potential source of natural antioxidants. [less ▲]

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