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Biological production of organic acids from conversion of biomass derivatives has received increased attention among scientists and engineers and in business because of the attractive properties such as renewability, sustainability, degradability, and versatility. The aim of the present review is to summarize recent research and development of short chain fatty acids production by anaerobic fermentation of nonfood biomass and to evaluate the status and outlook for a sustainable industrial production of such biochemicals. Volatile fatty acids VFAs such as acetic acid, propionic acid, and butyric acid have many industrial applications and are currently of global economic interest.
Lipopeptides constitute an important class of microbial secondary metabolites. Some lipopeptides have potent therapeutic activities such as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antitumor and immunomodulator.
The industrial modification of natural biosynthetic processes led to production methods capable of generating massive amounts of therapeutic agents. Natural products became industrial products. This transition took place in complete absence of any knowledge of the roles and functions of small molecules in nature. This discourse attempts to redirect enquiry into the natural roles of these molecules and the ways in which they regulate microbial populations.
For more than 50 years they have been of interest solely in their roles as antibiotics, and although a miraculous discovery, this was an anthropocentric concept that has restricted the proper study of the natural functions of these molecules. As noted by Stuart Schreiber, the natural reservoir of bioactive low-molecular-weight compounds should be considered as an integral component of the central dogma of biology. This short essay discusses specialized metabolites and their involvement in numerous aspects of cell biology, together with speculation on the evolution of this type of metabolism.
Historically, the study of naturally-occurring bioactive organic molecules was driven mainly by chemical curiosity, but recently and more intensively by the search for therapeutics produced in nature. These compounds have provided significant structural and synthetic challenges to chemists, and many valuable medicinal products have been identified and characterized.
For example, plant alkaloids such as quinine and simple compounds such as aspirin the first non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug were miraculous therapeutic findings in the s. The discovery of antibiotics in the mids by Fleming and colleagues penicillin , and later by Schatz and Waksman streptomycin opened the floodgates to natural product discovery.
These drugs provided the first effective treatments for terrifying microbial diseases that were responsible for the major plagues of human history. Coincidentally, the discovery of antibiotics birthed the modern pharmaceutical industry. Between and the present day, it is probable that hundreds of thousands of SMs have been isolated and tested for their ability to treat bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections of humans and domestic animals.
It is worth noting that clinical trials of antibiotics were somewhat perfunctory in the s; they were introduced into clinical practice shortly after their purification and demonstration of nonobvious toxicity in animals. The suppression of microbial infections by these products has played a significant role in increasing human life expectancy. It should be recognized that antimicrobials were not the only factors in this revolution: improvements in public health, sanitation and supplies of clean water accompanied the antibiotic era.
Applications to human and animal health have dominated the field of natural product research. During the exciting and exponential phase of antibiotic SM discovery, very little was done in the way of research on the roles of this chemical cornucopia in the natural microbial world.
The microorganisms producing such molecular wealth were denizens of a wide range of soils and other environments. Compounds were screened for antibiotic activity in the laboratory with the assumption that they were involved in intermicrobial competition for nutrients or space in soil ecosystems.
All this, with minimal improvement in the understanding of environmental microbiology. Investigation of the natural roles of SMs is not easy to perform, and is also limited in scope.
This is changing with the introduction of metagenomic analyses of a variety of environments. An important recent stimulus for research on the natural activities of SMs has come from the identification, some 30 years ago, of small-molecule intercellular signaling processes in microbes.
Studies by a number of microbiologists in the discovery and characterization of quorum sensing QS molecules and related systems have changed popular notions of the roles of low-molecular-weight compounds, their production and their roles in bacterial communities. A-factor was subsequently shown to bind to a cytoplasmic receptor and to regulate key metabolic processes in the target organism.
These included morphological changes spore formation , the production of pigments and other SMs. Small molecule signaling and other forms of cell—cell interaction, both agonistic and antagonistic, are characteristic of all forms of microbial life, and are responsible for the majority of interactions within and between microbiomes. Multicellularity is a bacterial life-form. These functional network interactions between cells and organisms in nature, including eukaryotic hosts, are complex.
It has been shown that SMs antibiotics have dual roles and display unsuspected activities at low concentrations: analyses of these phenomena have led to questions about the biological roles of SMs. Are they naturally antibiotics? Sub-MIC activities can be monitored by the concentration-specific patterns of transcription induced by a wide variety of molecules with antibiotic activity. Specific differences in terms of patterns and levels of transcription were found to depend on the concentration and nature of the molecular target receptor.
Similarities were noted between compounds affecting specific cellular targets for example, ribosomes, DNA gyrases, RNA polymerase, etc. As a result most of the compounds identified as antimicrobials probably have roles in natural cell physiology and intercell signaling. They may also maintain microbial population structures microbiomes in health and disease. Detailed examination of the effects of antibacterial agents on mammalian, plant, and other eukaryotic cells can be anticipated to lead to findings of therapeutic use.
As an example, the effects of the bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor erythromycin on TLR4 responses is modulated by a single amino-acid change in a ribosomal protein. Similar dual prokaryote—eukaryotic effects have been demonstrated with rifampicin and other therapeutic agents. An especially interesting and clinically-validated example is that of rapamycin, a compound isolated in an antifungal screen but discovered to be an extraordinarily potent immunosuppressive agent.
The use of rapamycin and derivatives has revolutionized the practice of organ transplantation in humans. Identification of novel cross-species interactions of SMs will likely be a topic of continuing clinical importance; it will also contribute to a better understanding of mixed biological systems and their interactions.
Although the Parvome is enormously diverse, the available knowledge of its molecular content is strongly biased on microbial SMs. The reason is obvious, as drug discovery and development was driven by a search for compounds produced by bacteria and fungi. A treasure trove of bioactive SMs is now available.
Half a century of discovery effort by the pharmaceutical industry has revealed but a tiny fraction of the content of the Parvome. Despite the fact that the SM catalogue is far from complete, the products obtained have revolutionized the therapy of microbial and other diseases. Other applications come from studies of the toxic effects of SMs that have provided a range of drugs for the treatment of cancer and other chronic ailments.
Daunorubicin is a good example of a successful anticancer drug, and lovostatin a much-used cholesterol-lowering agent. Many benefits have evolved from more than 50 years of SM discovery, overproduction, clinical testing and trials for new antibiotics, but investigations of the natural roles of SMs were largely ignored.
Academic studies were based on the assumption of roles of these active compounds in fictional intermicrobial warfare, in tune with industry. The sine qua non was that compounds studied must demonstrate activity as antibiotics in the laboratory. Before the genomic era, studies of SM biosynthesis were limited and difficult, mostly involving random mutation, purification of pathway enzymes and reconstruction of biosynthetic steps in the laboratory.
Triggered by this exciting revelation, others followed and DNA sequencing and associated analytical approaches revealed many novel biosynthetic pathways and previously unknown SMs in a variety of bacteria and fungi, and also in environmental microbiomes. Complete genomes of many antibiotic-producing bacteria have been determined: this applies to the Actinobacteria, the Gram-negative Myxococci and others.
The complete genome sequence of the important environmental organism, Rhodococcus jostii RHA1, which was not known to produce SMs, revealed the biosynthetic potential to produce more than a dozen nonribosomal peptides NRPs and polyketide PK molecules. The list includes multiple novel pathways identified in complex fungi such as the Aspergilli. Identification of the complex biosynthetic routes for novel SMs by genome sequence analysis has also provided clues on the regulatory processes involved in the synthesis of structurally diverse bioactive molecules.
The list goes far beyond NRP and PK clusters to include previously unrecognized cryptic biosynthetic pathways. Improvements in mass spectroscopy, NMR, combined with high-resolution separation methods have enhanced the process of structure determination. The biosynthetic pathways may involve 20 or more discrete enzymatic steps from simple precursors. They are tightly regulated and involve high-molecular-weight, multifunctional enzymes that act processively to generate diverse chemistry.
The core structures produced are frequently decorated by reactions such as glycosylation, alkylation or other modifications. The two most studied classes of SMs are the NRPs and PKs, some of these giant gene clusters come close to the size of a small bacterial genome! These two groups of molecules are probably universal; NRPs and PKs and their hybrids are found in the intestinal tract, probably the products of host-associated microbiomes. They are likely involved in host—microbe interactions in the gut.
Toxins made by bacterial pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Shigella sp. The almost-universal distribution of these complex pathways is convincing proof of the functional importance of SMs in the biology of all living organisms. Identifying their roles will have an enormous impact on human and animal health and diseases in the future.
There has been much discussion on the definition of secondary metabolism and secondary metabolites, and it is time to end this! The definition is based on years of anthropocentric interpretation of microbial physiology in terms that describe microbial behavior as an analog of human behavior. Under laboratory conditions, SMs were considered to be produced only during late phases of growth, and were thus described as secondary metabolites to distinguish them from growth-related primary metabolism.
The SMs were considered to provide functions ancillary to the metabolic events associated with nutrient metabolism, cell division, propagation and the like.
These identifications were carried out under laboratory conditions that rarely came close to representing nature. Microbes in natural environments have slow growth rates and exist primarily in stationary phase; they are rarely pure cultures. Metagenomic analyses of soils, sediments and the like have shown that they consist of complex, mixed communities microbiomes that include hundreds of environmentally defined, discrete genera growing in close contact.
Since the time of Waksman who coined the word antibiotic , SMs were the artillery in hostile interactions within and between microbes and other organisms. With an increasing understanding of the genetic and biochemical investment in the production of SMs, it is considered appropriate to refer to these molecules as specialized metabolites to emphasize their importance in microbial ecology.
The specific roles of these molecules are not known at this time. But in no sense are they secondary! Attempts to detect antibiotic-like compounds in soils, etc. Are they not made, not secreted, present at undetectably low concentrations, bound tightly to cellular or soil particulate material? How is their production regulated?
And what are the natural triggers of this process? In situ meta-transcriptomic and meta-proteomic studies should shed answer to some of these questions. Although the ultimate in anthropocentricity, this approach has successfully provided the clinical-grade material needed to support worldwide use. The survival of such genetically modified organisms in the wild has not been studied. The presence of bacteria on this planet has been dated back to some 3. The evolution of the biosynthetic pathways for SMs is a mystery.
They are certainly ancient and estimates suggest that compounds such as the PK erythromycin may be a billion years old.
Given the importance of amino acids in structures involved in cell shape and function, and their presence as components of many SMs, the NRPs are probably the oldest SMs. Molecular classes like the PKs and aminoglycosides are also deemed to be ancient, although probably not of NRP antiquity.
Engineering rumen metabolic pathways: where we are, and where are we heading View all 21 Articles. Rumen microbes produce cellular protein inefficiently partly because they do not direct all ATP toward growth. They direct some ATP toward maintenance functions, as long-recognized, but they also direct ATP toward reserve carbohydrate synthesis and energy spilling futile cycles that dissipate heat. Rumen microbes expend ATP by vacillating between 1 accumulation of reserve carbohydrate after feeding during carbohydrate excess and 2 mobilization of that carbohydrate thereafter during carbohydrate limitation. Protozoa account for most accumulation of reserve carbohydrate, and in competition experiments, protozoa accumulated nearly fold more reserve carbohydrate than bacteria. Some pure cultures of bacteria spill energy, but only recently have mixed rumen communities been recognized as capable of the same.
Fermentation is a metabolic process that produces chemical changes in organic substrates through the action of enzymes. In biochemistry , it is narrowly defined as the extraction of energy from carbohydrates in the absence of oxygen. In food production , it may more broadly refer to any process in which the activity of microorganisms brings about a desirable change to a foodstuff or beverage.
Microorganisms encounter acid stress during multiple bioprocesses. Microbial species have therefore developed a variety of resistance mechanisms. The damage caused by acidic environments is mitigated through the maintenance of pH homeostasis, cell membrane integrity and fluidity, metabolic regulation, and macromolecule repair.
Micro-organisms that are typically used within the pharmaceutical industry include: prokaryotes such as bacteria e. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptomycetes e. Streptomyces spp, Actinomyces spp , eukaryotes such as filamentous fungi e.
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