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Teodor Adrian Enache, Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett
The oxidative behaviour of the human amyloid beta (Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42) peptides and a group of similar peptides: control inverse (Aβ40-1 and Aβ42-1), mutants (Aβ1-40Phe(10) and Aβ1-40Nle(35)), rat Aβ1-40Rat, and fragments (Aβ1-28, Aβ1-16, Aβ10-20, Aβ12-28, and Aβ17-42), in solution or adsorbed, at a glassy carbon electrode, by cyclic and differential pulse voltammetry, were investigated and compared. Structurally the Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42 sequences contain five electroactive amino acid residues, one tyrosine (Tyr(10)), three histidines (His(6), His(13) and His(14)) and one methionine (Met(35))...
November 5, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Masahiro Kaneko, Masahito Ishikawa, Kazuhito Hashimoto, Shuji Nakanishi
For electrochemical regulations of the intracellular metabolisms, lipophilic electron mediators with cell membrane permeability have been conventionally used. We have recently developed amphiphilic, cell-membrane permeable polymer composed of hydrophilic 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine and hydrophobic redox-active units as a new category of electron mediator. The advantage of the redox active polymer is that we can obtain appropriate molecules in a synthetic bottom-up manner. Here we report that the rate of the extracellular electron transfer (EET) through the redox active polymer can be regulated by sophisticated molecular design of the polymers...
November 5, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Jingya Shen, Liping Huang, Peng Zhou, Xie Quan, Gianluca Li Puma
The performance of four indigenous electrochemically active bacteria (EAB) (Stenotrophomonas maltophilia JY1, Citrobacter sp. JY3, Pseudomonas aeruginosa JY5 and Stenotrophomonas sp. JY6) was evaluated for Cu(II) reduction on the cathodes of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). These EAB were isolated from well adapted mixed cultures on the MFC cathodes operated for Cu(II) reduction. The relationship between circuital current, Cu(II) reduction rate, and cellular electron transfer processes was investigated from a mechanistic point of view using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electronic microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, linear sweep voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry...
November 5, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Beenish Saba, Ann D Christy, Zhongtang Yu, Anne C Co, Rafiq Islam, Olli H Tuovinen
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) were designed for laboratory scale experiments to study electroactive biofilms in anodic chambers. Anodic biofilms and current generation during biofilm growth were examined using single chambered MFCs submersed in algal catholyte. A culture of the marine green alga Nanochloropsis salina was used as a biocatholyte, and a rumen fluid microbiota was the anodic chamber inoculum. Electrical impedance spectroscopy was performed under varying external resistance once a week to identify mass transport limitations at the biofilm-electrolyte interface during the four-week experiment...
October 13, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Alexander G Volkov, Eunice K Nyasani, Clayton Tuckett, Jessenia M Scott, Mariah M Z Jackson, Esther A Greeman, Ariane S Greenidge, Devin O Cohen, Maia I Volkova, Yuri B Shtessel
Electrostimulation of plants can induce plant movements, activation of ion channels, ion transport, gene expression, enzymatic systems activation, electrical signaling, plant-cell damage, enhanced wound healing, and influence plant growth. Here we found that electrical networks in plant tissues have electrical differentiators. The amplitude of electrical responses decreases along a leaf and increases by decreasing the distance between polarizing Pt-electrodes. Intercellular Ag/AgCl electrodes inserted in a leaf and extracellular Ag/AgCl electrodes attached to the leaf surface were used to detect the electrotonic potential propagation along a leaf of Aloe vera...
October 12, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Isabel P G Fernandes, Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett
Calmodulin (CaM) is an essential protein present in all eukaryote cells, ranging from vertebrates to unicellular organisms. CaM is the most important Ca(2+) signalling protein, composed of two domains, N- and C-terminal domains, linked by a flexible central α-helix, and is responsible for the regulation of numerous calcium-mediated signalling pathways. Four calcium ions bind to CaM, changing its conformation and determining how it recognizes and regulates its cellular targets. The oxidation mechanism of native and denatured CaM, at a glassy carbon electrode, was investigated using differential pulse voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
October 7, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Lucia Becucci, Giovanni Aloisi, Rolando Guidelli
Melittin exhibits an ohmic behavior in a lipid bilayer having a DOPC distal leaflet and interposed between a 2.25nm tetraethyleneoxy chain tethered to a mercury drop and an aqueous solution. This behavior is induced in a pH6.8 buffer solution of 0.8μg/mL melittin by a pretreatment consisting of series of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements at bias potentials varied by 50mV steps over a transmembrane potential range from about +250 to -250mV. This metastable ohmic behavior remains unchanged for hours, even after acidifying the solution to pH3...
October 6, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Jinsong Guo, Yu Wang, Jing Wang, Jue Zhang, Jing Fang
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) are a non-thermal and non-toxic technology that induce a myriad of biological effects. They have been proven to be effective in tumor shrinkage, but few studies focus on its radiosensitization in oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. The purpose of this research was to study the radiosensitization effect of nsPEFs on a human oral tongue cancer cell line Tca8113 and to investigate the potential antitumor mechanism. A Tca8113 cell line was tested respectively by MTT assay, clonogenic assay, flow cytometry assay, annexin V-FITC/PI assay, mitochondrial potential assay and total nitric oxide assay...
September 22, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Ishan Goswami, Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, Ryan G Morrison, Irving C Allen, Rafael V Davalos, Scott S Verbridge, Lissett R Bickford
Low-level electric fields have been demonstrated to induce spatial re-distribution of cell membrane receptors when applied for minutes or hours. However, there is limited literature on the influence on cell signaling with short transient high-amplitude pulses typically used in irreversible electroporation (IRE) for cancer treatment. Moreover, literature on signaling pertaining to immune cell trafficking after IRE is conflicting. We hypothesized that pulse parameters (field strength and exposure time) influence cell signaling and subsequently impact immune-cell trafficking...
February 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
Saša Haberl-Meglič, Eva Levičnik, Elisa Luengo, Javier Raso, Damijan Miklavčič
Different chemical and physical methods are used for extraction of proteins from bacteria, which are used in variety of fields. But on a large scale, many methods have severe drawbacks. Recently, extraction by means of electroporation showed a great potential to quickly obtain proteins from bacteria. Since many parameters are affecting the yield of extracted proteins, our aim was to investigate the effect of temperature and bacterial growth phase on the yield of extracted proteins. At the same time bacterial viability was tested...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Namita Shrestha, Alex Fogg, Joseph Wilder, Daniel Franco, Simeon Komisar, Venkataramana Gadhamshetty
The United States faces a significant burden in treating 0.61billionkg of defective tomatoes (culls) every year. We present a proof-of-concept for generating electricity from culled tomatoes in microbial-electrochemical systems (MESs). This study delineates impedance behavior of the culled tomatoes in MESs and compares its impedance spectra with that of soluble substrates (dextrose, acetate, and wastewater). A series of AC and DC diagnostic tests have revealed the superior performance of the culled tomatoes compared to the pure substrates...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Karen Levrie, Karolien Jans, Rita Vos, Niyousha Ardakanian, Niels Verellen, Chris Van Hoof, Liesbet Lagae, Tim Stakenborg
Multitarget biosensors hold great promise to improve point-of-care diagnostics as they enable simultaneous detection of different biomolecular markers. Multiplexed detection of different markers, like genes, proteins, or a combination of both, propels advancement in numerous fields such as genomics, medical diagnosis and therapy monitoring. The functionalization of these biosensors, however, necessitates patterned immobilization of different bioreceptors, which remains challenging and time-consuming. We demonstrate a simple method for the patterned multiplexing of bioreceptors on a multi-electrode chip...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Idan Gal, Orr Schlesinger, Liron Amir, Lital Alfonta
Two dehydrogenases, cellobiose dehydrogenase from Corynascus thermophilus and pyranose dehydrogenase from Agaricus meleagris, were displayed for the first time on the surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae using the yeast surface display system. Surface displayed dehydrogenases were used in a microbial fuel cell and generated high power outputs. Surface displayed cellobiose dehydrogenase has demonstrated a midpoint potential of -28mV (vs. Ag/AgCl) at pH=6.5 and was used in a mediator-less anode compartment of a microbial fuel cell producing a power output of 3...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Bradley G Lusk, Prathap Parameswaran, Sudeep C Popat, Bruce E Rittmann, Cesar I Torres
We assessed the effects of pH and buffer concentration on current production and growth of biofilms of Thermincola ferriacetica - a thermophilic, Gram-positive, anode-respiring bacterium (ARB) - grown on anodes poised at a potential of -0.06V vs. SHE in microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) at 60°C. T. ferriacetica generated current in the pH range of 5.2 to 8.3 with acetate as the electron donor and 50mM bicarbonate buffer. Maximum current density was reduced by ~80% at pH5.2 and ~14% at 7.0 compared to pH8...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Anna Steuer, Anke Schmidt, Petra Labohá, Pavel Babica, Juergen F Kolb
Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) is an important mechanism that is involved and affected in many diseases and injuries. So far, the effect of nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) on the communication between cells was not investigated. An in vitro approach is presented with rat liver epithelial WB-F344 cells grown and exposed in a monolayer. In order to observe sub-lethal effects, cells were exposed to pulsed electric fields with a duration of 100ns and amplitudes between 10 and 20kV/cm...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Raphaël Rousseau, Catherine Santaella, Anaïs Bonnafous, Wafa Achouak, Jean-Jacques Godon, Marie-Line Delia, Alain Bergel
The development of economically-efficient microbial electrochemical technologies remains hindered by the low ionic conductivity of the culture media used as the electrolyte. To overcome this drawback, halotolerant bioanodes were designed with salt marsh sediment used as the inoculum in electrolytes containing NaCl at 30 or 45g/L (ionic conductivity 7.0 or 10.4S·m(-1)). The bioanodes were formed at four different potentials -0.4, -0.2, 0.0 and 0.2V/SCE to identify the effect on the electrochemical kinetic parameters, the biofilm structures and the composition of the microbial communities...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Sean Maher, Hajra Basit, Robert J Forster, Tia E Keyes
Microcavity supported lipid bilayers, MSLBs, were applied to an electrochemical investigation of ionophore mediated ion transport. The arrays comprise of a 1cm(2) gold electrode imprinted with an ordered array of uniform spherical-cap pores of 2.8μm diameter prepared by gold electrodeposition through polystyrene templating spheres. The pores were pre-filled with aqueous buffer prior to Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine bilayer. Fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy enabled by the micron dimensions of the pores permitted study of lipid diffusion across single apertures, yielding a diffusion coefficient of 12...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Alexander G Volkov, Eunice K Nyasani, Clayton Tuckett, Avery L Blockmon, Jada Reedus, Maya I Volkova
A memristor is a resistor with memory that exhibits a pinched hysteretic relationship in cyclic voltammetry. Recently, we have found memristors in the electrical circuitry of plants and seeds. There are no publications in literature about the possible existence of memristors and electrical differentiators in fruits. Here we found that the electrostimulation of Golden Delicious or Arkansas Black apple fruits by bipolar periodic waves induces hysteresis loops with pinched points in cyclic voltammograms at low frequencies between 0...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Christoph Steininger, Ciril Reiner-Rozman, Andreas Schwaighofer, Wolfgang Knoll, Renate L C Naumann
Time-resolved surface-enhanced IR-absorption spectroscopy (tr-SEIRAS) has been performed on cytochrome c oxidase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. The enzyme was converted electrochemically into the fully reduced state. Thereafter, in the presence of oxygen, the potential was switched to open circuit potential (OCP). Under these conditions, the enzyme is free to undergo enzymatic oxidation in the absence of an external electric field. Tr-SEIRAS was performed using the step-scan technique, triggered by periodic potential pulses switching between - 800mV and OCP...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Robert Banaschik, Gerhard Burchhardt, Katja Zocher, Sven Hammerschmidt, Juergen F Kolb, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann
Pulsed corona plasma and pulsed electric fields were assessed for their capacity to kill Legionella pneumophila in water. Electrical parameters such as in particular dissipated energy were equal for both treatments. This was accomplished by changing the polarity of the applied high voltage pulses in a coaxial electrode geometry resulting in the generation of corona plasma or an electric field. For corona plasma, generated by high voltage pulses with peak voltages of +80kV, Legionella were completely killed, corresponding to a log-reduction of 5...
December 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
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