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Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Biomedical Sciences

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Bert C. Lampson

Committee Members

Dhirendra Kumar, Ismail O. Kady


The soil bacterium Rhodococcus has a wide array of secondary metabolic pathways such as production of pigments, siderophores, and antibiotics that makes it an organism of interest for the production of novel natural products. Analysis of the genome sequence of Rhodococcus indicates the presence of 24 non-ribosomal peptide synthases and 7 polyketide synthases possibly involved in production of secondary metabolites. The use of a solid agar extraction method to screen soil isolates of Rhodococcus for compounds with inhibitory activity against other bacteria resulted in the discovery of a promising candidate molecule. The Rhodococcus strain KCHXC3, isolated from eastern Tennessee soil, produces a substance that inhibits the growth of several Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia and Gram-positive bacteria such as Micrococcus luteus and, Staphylococcus aureus. After bulk extraction of this compound with ethyl acetate from agar plates, the material was partially purified through different chromatography processes.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only


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