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    ABSTRACT: Bioprocess engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field of study which is strongly benefited by practical courses where students can actively experience the interconnection between biology, engineering, and physical sciences. This work describes a lab course developed for 2nd year undergraduate students of bioprocess engineering and related disciplines, where students are challenged with a real-life bioprocess-engineering application, the production of recombinant protein in a fed-batch process. The lab course was designed to introduce students to the subject of operating and supervising an experiment in a bioreactor, along with the analysis of collected data and a final critical evaluation of the experiment. To provide visual feedback of the experimental outcome, the organism used during class was Escherichia coli which carried a plasmid to recombinantly produce enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) upon induction. This can easily be visualized in both the bioreactor and samples by using ultraviolet light. The lab course is performed with bioreactors of the simplest design, and is therefore highly flexible, robust and easy to reproduce. As part of this work the implementation and framework, the results, the evaluation and assessment of student learning combined with opinion surveys are presented, which provides a basis for instructors intending to implement a similar lab course at their respective institution.
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 03/2015; DOI:10.1002/bmb.20860 · 0.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEN) is produced by various Fusarium fungi and frequently found as a contaminant in food and feed. There are reports in the literature that several closely related analogues of ZEN are also formed in cultures of Fusarium species. We have therefore analyzed the organic extract from a 40 day culture of Fusarium graminearum by LC-DAD-MS and detected 15 compounds, which could be congeners of ZEN because of their ultraviolet, mass spectroscopy, and tandem mass spectroscopy spectra. In addition to confirming the previously reported α- and β-stereoisomers of 5-hydroxy-ZEN and 10-hydroxy-ZEN, we identified seven ZEN congeners for the first time. One of the major novel congeners was shown by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chemical synthesis to have the structure of an aliphatic ZEN epoxide, whereas two minor products proved to be the corresponding dihydrodiols. In addition, three stereoisomers of a cyclization product of the dihydrodiols, carrying a spiro-acetal group, were identified as fungal products for the first time. The latter may be artifacts, because the ZEN epoxide and dihydrodiol are unstable under acidic conditions and rearrange easily to the spiro-acetal compounds.
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 10/2010; 58(22):12055-62. DOI:10.1021/jf1022498 · 2.91 Impact Factor