A new manuscript by Jung, Inaba, and Banta provides a comprehensive review of the genetic engineering of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. This review provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that arise with the genetic modification of this important iron- and sulfur-oxidizing microbe. The manuscript was published in Trends in Biotechnology.
Three presentations from the Banta Lab were given at the 2022 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting which was held in person in San Diego, CA. Emma Willet gave a hybrid presentation entitled "Development and demonstration of a membrane-less enzymatic ATP regeneration cascade powered by the oxidation of formate". Prof Banta gave an oral presentation of Nadim Massad's work entitled "Mechanistic kinetic model for formaldehyde carboligations using a designed formose enzyme". And Prof.
A new manuscript by Jung, Inaba, Jiang, West and Banta describes the engineering of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for the expression of poly-histidine tagged proteins. This leads to the pH-dependent binding of divalent cations, such as copper and cobalt and presents a proof of concept where biomining bacteria could be engineered for simultaneous bioleaching and bioseparations. The new results were published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.