alexa Mutation of Candida tropicalis by irradiation with a He-Ne laser to increase its ability to degrade phenol.
Agri and Aquaculture

Agri and Aquaculture

Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development

Author(s): Jiang Y, Wen J, Jia X, Caiyin Q, Hu Z

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Abstract Candida tropicalis isolated from acclimated activated sludge was used in this study. Cell suspensions with 5 x 10(7) cells ml(-1) were irradiated by using a He-Ne laser. After mutagenesis, the irradiated cell suspension was diluted and plated on yeast extract-peptone-dextrose (YEPD) medium. Plates with approximately 20 individual colonies were selected, and all individual colonies were harvested for phenol biodegradation. The phenol biodegradation stabilities for 70 phenol biodegradation-positive mutants, mutant strains CTM 1 to 70, ranked according to their original phenol biodegradation potentials, were tested continuously during transfers. Finally, mutant strain CTM 2, which degraded 2,600 mg liter(-1) phenol within 70.5 h, was obtained on the basis of its capacity and hereditary stability for phenol biodegradation. The phenol hydroxylase gene sequences were cloned in wild and mutant strains. The results showed that four amino acids were mutated by irradiation with a laser. In order to compare the activity of phenol hydroxylase in wild and mutant strains, their genes were expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) and enzyme activities were spectrophotometrically determined. It was clear that the activity of phenol hydroxylase was promoted after irradiation with a He-Ne laser. In addition, the cell growth and intrinsic phenol biodegradation kinetics of mutant strain CTM 2 in batch cultures were also described by Haldane's kinetic equation with a wide range of initial phenol concentrations from 0 to 2,600 mg liter(-1). The specific growth and degradation rates further demonstrated that the CTM 2 mutant strain possessed a higher capacity to resist phenol toxicity than wild C. tropicalis did.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol and referenced in Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development

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