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Barrios Hernandez, M.L. (author), Pronk, M. (author), Garcia, H. (author), Boersma, Arne (author), Brdanovic, D. (author), van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. (author), Hooijmans, Christine M. (author)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the novel aerobic granular sludge (AGS) wastewater treatment technology in removing faecal indicator organisms (FIOs) compared to the conventional activated sludge (CAS) treatment system. The work was carried out at two full-scale wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in the Netherlands,...
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van der Meij, Leander (author), Demetriou, A.M. (author), Tulin, Marina (author), Méndez, Ileana (author), Dekker, Peter (author), Pronk, Tila (author)
There is evidence that testosterone and cortisol levels are related to the attraction of a romantic partner; testosterone levels relate to a wide range of sexual behaviors and cortisol is a crucial component in the response to stress. To investigate this, we conducted a speed-dating study among heterosexual singles. We measured salivary...
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Hassing, E. (author), de Groot, P.A. (author), Marquenie, Vita R. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Daran, J.G. (author)
The organic compound 2-phenylethanol (2PE) has a pleasant floral scent and is intensively used in the cosmetic and food industries. Microbial production of 2PE by phenylalanine bioconversion or de novo biosynthesis from sugar offer sustainable, reliable and natural production processes compared to chemical synthesis. Despite the ability of...
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Baldi, N. (author), Dykstra, James C. (author), Luttik, M.A.H. (author), Pabst, M. (author), Wu, Liang (author), Benjamin, Kirsten R. (author), Vente, André (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Mans, R. (author)
Efficient production of fuels and chemicals by metabolically engineered micro-organisms requires availability of precursor molecules for product pathways. In eukaryotic cell factories, heterologous product pathways are usually expressed in the cytosol, which may limit availability of precursors that are generated in other cellular...
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Gorter de Vries, A.R. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Daran, J.G. (author)
The yeast Saccharomyces pastorianus is responsible for the annual worldwide production of almost 200 billion liters of lager-type beer. S. pastorianus is a hybrid of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces eubayanus that has been studied for well over a century. Scientific interest in S. pastorianus intensified upon the discovery, in 2011,...
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Liu, Y. (author), El Masoudi, Anissa (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), van Gulik, W.M. (author)
So far, the physiology of Saccharomyces cerevisiae at near-zero growth rates has been studied in retentostat cultures with a growth-limiting supply of the carbon and energy source. Despite its relevance in nature and industry, the near-zero growth physiology of S. cerevisiae under conditions where growth is limited by the supply of non-energy...
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Gorter de Vries, A.R. (author), Voskamp, Maaike (author), van Aalst, Aafke (author), Kristensen, L.H. (author), Jansen, Liset (author), Salazar, A.N. (author), van den Broek, M.A. (author), Brouwers, N. (author), Abeel, T.E.P.M.F. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Daran, J.G. (author)
Saccharomyces pastorianus lager-brewing yeasts are domesticated hybrids of S. cerevisiae x S. eubayanus that display extensive inter-strain chromosome copy number variation and chromosomal recombinations. It is unclear to what extent such genome rearrangements are intrinsic to the domestication of hybrid brewing yeasts and whether they...
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Dekker, W.J.C. (author), Wiersma, S.J. (author), Bouwknegt, J. (author), Mooiman, C. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, acyl-coenzyme A desaturation by Ole1 requires molecular oxygen. Tween 80, a poly-ethoxylated sorbitan-oleate ester, is therefore routinely included in anaerobic growth media as a source of unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs). During optimization of protocols for anaerobic bioreactor cultivation of this yeast, we...
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de Graaff, D.R. (author), Felz, S. (author), Neu, Thomas R. (author), Pronk, M. (author), van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. (author), Lin, Y. (author)
Sialic acids have been discovered in the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) of seawater-adapted aerobic granular sludge (AGS). Sialic acids are a group of monosaccharides with a nine-carbon backbone, commonly found in mammalian cells and pathogenic bacteria, and frequently described to protect EPS molecules and cells from attack by...
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Gorter de Vries, A.R. (author), Koster, C.C. (author), Weening, S.M. (author), Luttik, M.A.H. (author), Kuijpers, N.G.A. (author), Geertman, Jan Maarten A. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Daran, J.G. (author)
Interspecies hybrids of Saccharomyces species are found in a variety of industrial environments and often outperform their parental strains in industrial fermentation processes. Interspecies hybridization is therefore increasingly considered as an approach for improvement and diversification of yeast strains for industrial application....
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Brouwers, N. (author), Gorter de Vries, A.R. (author), van den Broek, M.A. (author), Weening, S.M. (author), Elink Schuurman, Tom D. (author), Kuijpers, Niels G.A. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Daran, J.G. (author)
Saccharomyces eubayanus is the non-S. cerevisiae parent of the lager-brewing hybrid S. pastorianus. In contrast to most S. cerevisiae and Frohberg-type S. pastorianus strains, S. eubayanus cannot utilize the α-tri-glucoside maltotriose, a major carbohydrate in brewer's wort. In Saccharomyces yeasts, utilization of maltotriose is encoded by...
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Venturini, T. (author), Turrin, M. (author), Setaki, F. (author), Veer, F.A. (author), Pronk, Arno (author), Teuffel, Patrick (author), Moonen, Yaron (author), Slangen, Stefan (author), Vorstermans, Rens (author)
In recent years, natural disaster and military conflicts forced vast numbers of people to flee their home countries, contributing to the migration crisis we are facing today. According to the UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached the highest level since World War II. Post-disaster housing is by nature diverse and...
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Pronk, J.W. (author)
doctoral thesis 2018
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Papapetridis, I. (author), Goudriaan, M. (author), Vazquez Vitali, M. (author), De Keijzer, Nikita A. (author), van den Broek, M.A. (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author)
Background: Reduction or elimination of by-product formation is of immediate economic relevance in fermentation processes for industrial bioethanol production with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Anaerobic cultures of wild-type S. cerevisiae require formation of glycerol to maintain the intracellular NADH/NAD<sup>+</sup> balance....
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de Graaff, D.R. (author), van Dijk, E.J.H. (author), van Loosdrecht, M.C.M. (author), Pronk, M. (author)
For a stable operation, the aerobic granular sludge process requires mechanically strong granules in balance with the shear forces in the reactor. Despite a wide general interest in granular stability, the mechanical strength of both anaerobic and aerobic granular sludge received very little attention. In this study, a high-shear method for...
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Marques, W.L. (author), Mans, R. (author), Henderson, Ryan K. (author), Marella, Eko Roy (author), ter Horst, J. (author), de Hulster, A.F. (author), Poolman, Bert (author), Daran, J.G. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), Gombert, Andreas K. (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author)
Anaerobic industrial fermentation processes do not require aeration and intensive mixing and the accompanying cost savings are beneficial for production of chemicals and fuels. However, the free-energy conservation of fermentative pathways is often insufficient for the production and export of the desired compounds and/or for cellular growth...
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Verhoeven, M.D. (author), de Valk, S.C. (author), Daran, J.G. (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author)
D-Glucose, D-xylose and L-arabinose are major sugars in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. This study explores fermentation of glucose-xylose-arabinose mixtures by a consortium of three ‘specialist’ Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. A D-glucose- and L-arabinose-tolerant xylose specialist was constructed by eliminating hexose phosphorylation in an...
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Papapetridis, I. (author), Verhoeven, M.D. (author), Wiersma, S.J. (author), Goudriaan, M. (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author)
Simultaneous fermentation of glucose and xylose can contribute to improved productivity and robustness of yeast-based processes for bioethanol production from lignocellulosic hydrolysates. This study explores a novel laboratory evolution strategy for identifying mutations that contribute to simultaneous utilisation of these sugars in batch...
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Marques, W.L. (author), van der Woude, L.N. (author), Luttik, M.A.H. (author), van den Broek, M.A. (author), Nijenhuis, J.M. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author), Mans, R. (author), Gombert, Andreas K. (author)
Knowledge on the genetic factors important for the efficient expression of plant transporters in yeast is still very limited. Phaseolus vulgaris sucrose facilitator 1 (PvSuf1), a presumable uniporter, was an essential component in a previously published strategy aimed at increasing ATP yield in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, attempts to...
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Bracher, J.M. (author), Verhoeven, M.D. (author), Wisselink, H. Wouter (author), Crimi, B. (author), Nijland, Jeroen G. (author), Driessen, Arnold J.M. (author), Klaassen, Paul (author), van Maris, A.J.A. (author), Daran, J.G. (author), Pronk, J.T. (author)
Background: l-Arabinose occurs at economically relevant levels in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. Its low-affinity uptake via the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Gal2 galactose transporter is inhibited by d-glucose. Especially at low concentrations of l-arabinose, uptake is an important rate-controlling step in the complete conversion of these...
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