When the bomb goes off there'll be a thousand mutations! Andromeda will spread everywhere! They'll never be rid of it!

Dr. Jeremy Stone in "
The Andromeda Strain"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CSI Las Vegas. Beware with Aureobasidium


In the episode "Let the seller beware" from CSI Las Vegas the presence of the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans in a crime scene helps Grissom and his boys to resolve the case.


In 1984 it was described that this fungus produced a dermatitis in people of Scandinavian descent. Unfortunately I couldn't found the original article. Instead I found this one about the relation of sensitivity towards A. pullulans with the severity of asthma attacks.

Aureobasidium pullulans is famous because it's a fungus of biotechnological interest. Its main product is pullulan, a polysaccharide used in food and pharmaceutical industries to produce oxygen-impermeable protective films. But it also produces a variety of degrading enzymes such as amylase, proteases and xylanase.

ResearchBlogging.org
Niedoszytko, M., Chełmińska, M., Jassem, E., & Czestochowska, E. (2007). Association between sensitization to Aureobasidium pullulans (Pullularia sp) and severity of asthma Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 98 (2), 153-156 DOI: 10.1016/S1081-1206(10)60688-6
Chi, Z., Wang, F., Chi, Z., Yue, L., Liu, G., & Zhang, T. (2009). Bioproducts from Aureobasidium pullulans, a biotechnologically important yeast Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 82 (5), 793-804 DOI: 10.1007/s00253-009-1882-2

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