Michael Seeger

Michael Seeger
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María · Department of Chemistry

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chile

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Background Aerobic metabolism generates reactive oxygen species that may cause critical harm to the cell. The aim of this study is the characterization of the stress responses in the model aromatic-degrading bacterium Paraburkholderia xenovorans LB400 to the oxidizing agents paraquat and H 2 O 2 . Methods Antioxidant genes were identified by bioin...
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Mercury is a toxic element that harms organisms and disturbs biogeochemical cycles. Mercury bioremediation is based on the reduction of Hg (II) to Hg (0) by mercury-resistant bacteria. Cupriavidus metallidurans MSR33 possesses a broad-spectrum mercury resistance. This study aims to establish the effects of mercury on growth, oxygen uptake, and merc...
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In Chile, tomato is one of the most widely cultivated vegetables, with around 5,000 ha for fresh market and 8,000 ha for processing industry. During recent years, symptoms of bacterial speck caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato, have been observed more frequently in tomato plants in different regions of Chile. This pathogen was first identifie...
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Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is one of the most important fruit crops in Chile based on economic value. Phaeomoniella chlamydospora and Botryosphaeriaceae species have been reported as the major causal agents associated with dieback symptoms in Chile commercial vineyards (Díaz and Latorre 2014; Besoain, 2018; Larach et al. 2020). Recently Eutypa l...
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Cryoconite holes, ponds full of melting water with a sediment on the bottom, are hotspots of biodiversity on glacier surface and host dynamic micro-ecosystems on these extreme environments. They have been extensively investigated in different areas of the world (e.g., Arctic, Antarctic, Alps, and Himalaya), but no study so far has described the bac...
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Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm) is the causal agent of bacterial canker of tomato. Differences in virulence between Cmm strains have been reported. The aim of this study was the characterization of nine Cmm strains isolated in Chile to reveal the causes of their differences in virulence. The virulence assays in tomato seedlings...
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The use of antioxidants such as curcumin (Cur) or quercetin (Que) in biomedical and biotechnological applications has been studied owing to their capability to prevent oxidative stress and inhibit free radicals. Using polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) electrospun fibers is presented as a proper option to encapsulate curcumin and quercetin due to its biocom...
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Burkholderia sensu lato (s.l.) species have a versatile metabolism. The aims of this review are the genomic reconstruction of the metabolic pathways involved in the synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) by Burkholderia s.l. genera, and the characterization of the PHA synthases and the pha genes organization. The reports of the PHA synthesis fro...
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Gray and summer bunch rot are important diseases of table grapes due to the high economic and environmental cost of their control with synthetic fungicides. The ability to produce antifungal compounds against the causal agents Botrytis, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Rhizopus of two microorganisms isolated from table grapes and identified as Hanseni...
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Citation: Orellana, R.; Arancibia, A.; Badilla, L.; Acosta, J.; Arancibia, G.; Escar, R.; Ferrada, G.; Seeger, M. Ecophysiological Features Shape the Distribution of Prophages and CRISPR in Sulfate Reducing Prokaryotes. Microorganisms 2021, 9, 931. https://doi.org/10.3390/ microorganisms9050931 Academic Editor: Hanna M. Oksanen
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Soil plays an essential role in life. It provides the habitat for diverse animals, plants, protists and microorganisms. Soil is the physical place where diverse biogeochemical cycles occur. Phenomena such as soil erosion, nutrient depletion, low organic matter content, changes in pH, pollution and high variability in rainfall distribution generate...
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Cold stress decreases the growth and productivity of agricultural crops. Psychrotolerant plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) may protect and promote plant growth at low temperatures. The aims of this study were to isolate and characterize psychrotolerant PGPB from wild flora of Andes Mountains and Patagonia of Chile and to formulate PGPB consort...
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Cryoconite holes, ponds full of melting water with a sediment on the bottom, are hotspot of biodiversity of glacier surface. They host a metabolically active bacterial community that is involved in different dynamics concerning glacier ecosystems. Indeed, they are responsible of organic matter production and with other microorganisms establish a re...
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Dieback symptoms have been increasingly reported in Chilean vineyards over recent years. Although there have been studies on Botryosphaeriaceae species and associated trunk disease incidence and severity in table grape-producing vineyards, their impacts on ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’, the most planted red wine grape in Chile, is unknown. This study determ...
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An evaluation of antioxidant and anticancer activity was screened in Leptocarpha rivularis DC flower extracts using four solvents (n-hexane (Hex), dichloromethane (DCM), ethyl acetate (Ac-OEt), and ethanol (EtOH)). Extracts were compared for total extract flavonoids and phenol contents, antioxidant activity (2,2-diphenyl-1-picryl-hydrazyl-hydrate (...
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Nitrogen cycle microorganisms are essential in agricultural soils and may be affected by mercury pollution. The aims of this study are to evaluate the bioremediation of mercury-polluted agricultural soil using Cupriavidus metallidurans MSR33 in a rotary drum bioreactor (RDB) and to characterize the effects of mercury pollution and bioremediation on...
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The genus Clavibacter has been associated largely with plant diseases. The aims of this study were to characterize the genomes and the virulence factors of Chilean C. michiganensis subsp. michiganensis strains VL527, MSF322 and OP3, and to define their phylogenomic positions within the species, Clavibacter michiganensis. VL527 and MSF322 genomes po...
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Mercury is a toxic element that harms organisms and disturbs biogeochemical cycles. Mercury bioremediation is based on the reduction of Hg (II) to Hg (0) by mercury-resistant bacteria. Cupriavidus metallidurans MSR33 possesses a broad-spectrum mercury resistance. This study aims to establish the effects of mercury on growth, oxygen uptake, and merc...
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Leptocarpha rivularis, commonly known as “palo negro”, is a species of the Astereaceae family, endemic in the forests of Southern Chile. The extracts of this plant have medicinal properties attributable to its secondary metabolites, mainly identified as flavonoids and terpenes. Among them, leptocarpine has gained importance as a powerful anticarcin...
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are beneficial obligate symbionts of plant roots. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) participate in plant communication and defence. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Funneliformis mosseae IMA1 on VOCs in Vitis vinifera cv. Sangiovese leaf tissue. Grapevine plants...
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In Chile, the phytopathogenic bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum was first reported affecting potato plants in 1983 (Ciampi-Panno 1984). R. solanacearum was detected first in tomato crop by Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero de Chile (SAG) (Acuña 2008). Wilt symptoms in tomato have been reported from growers sporadically in Northern and Central Chile, with...
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Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biocompatible polymer produced by a wide variety of bacteria from different carbon sources. However, the carbon source effects on PHB properties are largely unknown. This study aimed to characterize PHB produced by Paraburkholderia xenovorans LB400 supplied with glucose (PHBg), mannitol (PHBm), or xylose (PHBx) as...
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are beneficial microorganisms that may associate with grapevine roots, improving stress tolerance, growth, and nutrition. AM fungi and PGPR enhance the production of plant secondary metabolites, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that play a key role in the i...
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Antioxidants can be encapsulated to enhance their solubility or bioavailability or to protect them from external factors. Electrospinning has proven to be an excellent option for applications in nanotechnology, as electrospun nanofibers can provide the necessary environment for antioxidant encapsulation. Forty-nine papers related to antioxidants lo...
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Pseudomonas sp. strains ALS1279 and ALS1131 were isolated from wastewater treatment facilities on the basis of their ability to use furfural, a key lignocellulose-derived inhibitor, as their only carbon source. Here, we present the draft genome sequences of both strains, which can shed light on catabolic pathways for furan compounds in pseudomonads...
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Bioelectrochemistry and, more specifically, microbial electrochemistry are research fields that establish their fundaments on the molecular and electrochemical link between microbes (also known as exoelectrogens or, focusing only on bacteria, electrochemically active bacteria) and electrodes. Bioelectrochemistry can be used as a strategy in bioreme...
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Flavodoxins are small electron transfer proteins containing flavin mononucleotide (FMN) as a prosthetic group, which play an important role during oxidative stress or iron limitation. The aims of this study were the identification and characterization of flavodoxins in the model aromatic-degrader Paraburkholderia xenovorans LB400 and the analyses o...
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Acinetobacter radioresistens strain DD78 (= CCUG 69565) is a soil hydrocarbon-degrading and biosurfactant-producing bacterium isolated from chronically crude oil-polluted soil of the Aconcagua River mouth in Chile. The 3.25-Mb A. radioresistens DD78 genome (41.8% GC content) was completely sequenced, with 4 replicons, 2,970 coding sequences, and 77...
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Cadmium is a highly toxic heavy metal for biological systems. Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 is a model strain to study heavy metal resistance and bioremediation as it is able to deal with high heavy metal concentrations. Biofilm formation by bacteria is mediated by the second messenger bis-(3′–5′)-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP)....
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Alcaligenes aquatilis QD168 is a marine, aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium, isolated from an oil-polluted sediment of Quintero Bay, an industrial-coastal zone that has been chronically impacted by diverse pollutants. The aims of this study were to characterize the phylogenomic positions of Alcaligenes spp. and to characterize the genetic det...
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Alcaligenes aquatilis strain QD168 (= CCUG 69566) is a marine hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium isolated from crude oil-polluted sediment from Quintero Bay, Central Chile. Here, we present the 4.32-Mb complete genome sequence of strain QD168, with 3,892 coding sequences, 58 tRNAs, and a 56.3% G+C content.
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Streptomycin has been used for decades in Chile to control Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm), the causal agent of tomato bacterial canker. The aim of this work was to evaluate streptomycin resistance and to analyse the presence of resistance‐related genes in Cmm strains from Chile. A collection of 25 Cmm strains isolated from dif...
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This work determined the potency of hexyl-ciprofloxacin molecules that reversibly interact with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) passivated with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) on Escherichia coli cells. For this, partition of modified antibiotic between different compartments of the gold colloid was determined using analytical techniques. First, concen...
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Achromobacter sp. strain B7 (= CCUG 72081) was isolated from a diesel-polluted soil from the Valparaiso Region, Chile, subjected to bioremediation with a hydrocarbon-degrading enrichment. The complete genome sequence of Achromobacter sp. B7 has been determined to have a size of 6.24 Mb, 5,578 coding sequences, 57 tRNAs, and a G+C content of 64.8%.
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Extremophiles are organisms capable of adjust, survive or thrive in hostile habitats that were previously thought to be adverse or lethal for life. Chile gathers a wide range of extreme environments: salars, geothermal springs and geysers located at Altiplano and Atacama Desert, salars and cold mountains in Central Chile, and ice fields, cold lakes...
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Tomato crops can be affected by several infectious diseases produced by bacteria, fungi, and oomycetes. Four phytopathogens are of special concern because of the major economic losses they generate worldwide in tomato production; Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis and Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato, causative agents behind two highly d...
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Cadmium is a highly toxic heavy metal for biological systems. Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 is a model strain for heavy metal resistance and bioremediation. The aim of this study was to determine the role of the c-di-GMP pathway in the C. metallidurans CH34 response to cadmium in both planktonic and biofilm cells. Increasing cadmium concentrations...
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As a consequence of the severe climatic change affecting our entire world, many lakes in the Andes Cordillera are likely to disappear within a few decades. One of these lakes is Lejía Lake, located in the central Atacama Desert. The objectives of this study were: (1) to characterize the bacterial community from Lejía Lake shore soil (LLS) using 16S...
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Bacterial canker caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm) is one of the most important bacterial diseases of tomato. In order to understand the emergence and dissemination of this pathogen in Chile, Chilean Cmm strains isolated from different sites of Central Chile were characterized in comparison to a worldwide collection of...
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Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable bioplastics that are synthesized by diverse bacteria. In this study, the synthesis of PHAs by the model aromatic-degrading strain Burkholderia xenovorans LB400 was analyzed. Twelve pha genes including three copies of phaC and five copies of the phasin-coding phaP genes are distributed among the three L...
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Bioelectrochemical remediation of hydrocarbons is a technology that exploits the ability of specific microorganisms to use as electron acceptor an electrode, thus potentially lowering the operational costs related to classical bioremediation. Several well-characterized hydrocarbonoclastic strains might be electroactive, thus their biodegradation pe...
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Terpenylated phenols possess interesting biological activities. These properties vary mainly according to the type of terpene associated and the degree of oxidation of the molecule. The search for new active molecules for application in different areas of knowledge includes the structural modification of these through ecological methodologies, such...
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Rhodococcus sp. H-CA8f was isolated from marine sediments obtained from the Comau fjord, located in Northern Chilean Patagonia. Whole-genome sequencing was achieved using PacBio RS II platform, comprising one closed, complete chromosome of 6,19 Mbp with a 62.45% G + C content. The chromosome harbours several metabolic pathways providing a wide cata...
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Bioelectrochemical remediation is an effective strategy in environments where the absence of suitable electron acceptors limits classic bioremediation, and in which bioelectrochemical systems are used for the removal of pollutants from environmental matrices. The aim of this work was to study the current production and toluene removal by Cupriavidu...
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In this work we present a study on the performance of CVD (chemical vapor deposition) graphene coatings grown and transferred on Ni as protection barriers under two scenarios that lead to unwanted metal ion release, microbial corrosion and allergy test conditions. These phenomena have a strong impact in different fields considering nickel (or its a...
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Bioremediation of sites polluted with petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals is a major challenge. The aim of this study was the isolation and characterization of hydrocarbon-degrading and heavy metal-tolerant bacteria. Sixteen hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria were isolated by enrichment from a crude oil-contaminated soil at Aconcagua river mouth, cen...
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In this study, spontaneous synthesis of a gold (Au) colloid using cells of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 is reported, and compared with results obtained using cells of the model bacterium Escherichia coli MG1655. To investigate the synthesis mechanism, bacterial biomass and secretomes from both strains were incubated with Au(III) ions. Only CH34 c...
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Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and the three xylene isomers are monoaromatic contaminants widely distributed on polluted sites. Some microorganisms have developed mechanisms to degrade these compounds, but their aerobic and anaerobic degradation is inhibited in presence of heavy metals, such as mercury or lead. In this report, the degradation of be...
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The nematode Xiphinema index affects grape vines and transmits important viruses associated with fanleaf degeneration. Pseudomonas spp. are an extensive bacterial group in which important biodegradation and/or biocontrol properties can occur for several strains in the group. The aim of this study was to identify new Pseudomonas isolates with antago...