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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
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
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...
September 25, 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
Suman Bajracharya, Rustiana Yuliasni, Karolien Vanbroekhoven, Cees J N Buisman, David P B T B Strik, Deepak Pant
In microbial electrosynthesis (MES), CO2 can be reduced preferably to multi-carbon chemicals by a biocathode-based process which uses electrochemically active bacteria as catalysts. A mixed anaerobic consortium from biological origin typically produces methane from CO2 reduction which circumvents production of multi-carbon compounds. This study aimed to develop a stable and robust CO2 reducing biocathode from a mixed culture inoculum avoiding the methane generation. An effective approach was demonstrated based on (i) an enrichment procedure involving inoculum pre-treatment and several culture transfers in H2:CO2 media, (ii) a transfer from heterotrophic to autotrophic growth and (iii) a sequential batch operation...
September 4, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Nicole LaBarge, Yasemin Dilsad Yilmazel, Pei-Ying Hong, Bruce E Logan
Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) can generate methane by fixing carbon dioxide without using expensive catalysts, but the impact of acclimation procedures on subsequent performance has not been investigated. Granular activated carbon (GAC) was used to pre-enrich electrotrophic methanogenic communities, as GAC has been shown to stimulate direct transfer of electrons between different microbial species. MEC startup times using pre-acclimated GAC were improved compared to controls (without pre-acclimation or without GAC), and after three fed batch cycles methane generation rates were similar (P>0...
September 1, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Yu Hirano, Masiki Ikegami, Keiko Kowata, Yasuo Komatsu
Enzymes play an essential role in various detection technologies. We show here that interstrand cross-linked oligodeoxynucleotides (CL-ODNs) can provide stable scaffolds for efficiently coupling two types of enzymatic reactions on an electrode. Glucose can be electrochemically detected using glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). When both GOx and HRP were immobilized on an electrode surface by attachment at the termini of CL-ODNs, the current value was markedly increased compared with that obtained on a standard ODN scaffold...
September 1, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Polychronis D Stivaktakis, Evangelos Giannakopoulos, Dimitris Vlastos, Demetrios P Matthopoulos
The interaction of pesticides with environmental factors, such as pH, may result in alterations of their physicochemical properties and should be taken into consideration in regard to their classification. This study investigates the genotoxicity of methidathion and its alkaline hydrolysis by-products in cultured human lymphocytes, using the square-wave voltammetry (square wave-adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetry (SW-AdCSV) technique) and the cytokinesis block micronucleus assay (CBMN assay). According to the SW-AdCSV data the alkaline hydrolysis of methidathion results in two new molecules, one non-electro-active and a second electro-active which is more genotoxic than methidathion itself in cultured human lymphocytes, inducing higher micronuclei frequencies...
September 1, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Dake Xu, Jin Xia, Enze Zhou, Dawei Zhang, Huabing Li, Chunguang Yang, Qi Li, Hai Lin, Xiaogang Li, Ke Yang
Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of 2205 duplex stainless steel (DSS) in the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa was investigated through electrochemical and surface analyses. The electrochemical results showed that P. aeruginosa significantly reduced the corrosion resistance of 2205 DSS. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) images showed that the depths of the largest pits on 2205 DSS with and without P. aeruginosa were 14.0 and 4.9μm, respectively, indicating that the pitting corrosion was accelerated by P...
August 22, 2016: 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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