MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Bert C. Lampson
Phillip R. Scheuerman, Ranjan N. Chakraborty
Rhodococci are notable for their ability to degrade a variety of natural and xenobiotic compounds. Recently, interest in Rhodococcus has increased due to the discovery of a large number of genes for secondary metabolism. Only a few secondary metabolites have been characterized from the rhodococci (including 3 recently described antibiotics). Twenty-four new Rhodococcus strains were isolated from soils in East Tennessee using acetonitrile enrichment culturing and identified using 16S rRNA analysis. Forty-seven Rhodococcus strains were screened for antibiotic production using a growth inhibition assay. One strain, MTM3W5.2, had 90% similarity to the Rhodococcus opacus 16S rRNA gene sequence and produced a large zone of inhibition against R. erythropolis and a large number of closely related species. The antimicrobial compound produced by MTM3W5.2 had a large MW of 911.5452 Da and acts much like a bacteriocin but no amino acids were detected in this molecule based on TLC analysis.
Thesis - Open Access
Borisova, Ralitsa Bogomilova, "Isolation of a Rhodococcus Soil Bacterium that Produces a Strong Antibacterial Compound." (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1388. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1388
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