Biocompounds from Haloarchaea and Their Uses in Biotechnology

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Title: Biocompounds from Haloarchaea and Their Uses in Biotechnology
Authors: Torregrosa-Crespo, Javier | Pire, Carmen | Martínez-Espinosa, Rosa María
Research Group/s: Bioquímica Aplicada/Applied Biochemistry (AppBiochem) | Biotecnología de Extremófilos (BIOTECEXTREM)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Agroquímica y Bioquímica
Keywords: Biotechnology | Carotenoids | Enzymes | Haloarchaea | Natural pigments | Polyhydroxyalkanoates
Knowledge Area: Bioquímica y Biología Molecular
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2017
Publisher: InTech
Citation: Sghaier, Haitham; Najjari, Afef; Ghedira, Kais (Eds.). Archaea - New Biocatalysts, Novel Pharmaceuticals and Various Biotechnological Applications. InTech, 2017. ISBN 978-953-51-3570-8, pp. 63-82
Abstract: New advances in the understanding of haloarchaea physiology, metabolism, biochemistry, and molecular biology show that these kinds of microorganisms produce several compounds in response to the extreme conditions of their ecosystems. Thus, the complete metabolic and genetic machineries are fully adapted to nutrient starvation, high sun radiation, and high ionic strength. Due to these adaptations, some of the primary and secondary metabolites produced by haloarchaea are of high interest in terms of potential biotechnological uses. The principal goal of the chapter is to present a review about the main characteristics of these biocompounds and their potential uses in biomedicine, pharmacy, and industry.
Sponsor: Most of the recent studies on enzymes and carotenoids from haloarchaea carried out in our laboratory have been supported by several grants from MINECO and Generalitat Valenciana (Spain). MINECO: CTM2013-43147-R; Generalitat Valenciana: APE/2016/045; ACIF/2016/077.
ISBN: 978-953-51-3570-8 | 978-953-51-3569-2 (Print)
DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69944
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). Licensee InTech. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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