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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044893/tsynthetic-klebsiella-pneumoniae-shewanella-oneidensis-consortium-enables-glyc-erol-fed-high-performance-microbial-fuel-cells
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Feng Li, Changji Yin, Liming Sun, Yuanxiu Li, Xuewu Guo, Hao Song
Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is an eco-friendly bio-electrochemical system that uses mi-croorganism as biocatalyst to convert biomass into electricity. Glycerol, as a waste in the biodiesel refinery processes, is an appealing substrate for MFC. Nevertheless, glycerol cannot be utilized as carbon source by well-known exoelectrogens such as Shewanella oneidensis. Herein, to generate electricity by rapidly harnessing glycerol, we rationally constructed a Klebsiella pneumoniae-Shewanella oneidensis microbial consortium to efficiently harvest electricity from glycerol, in which K...
October 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038251/stress-introduction-rate-alters-benefit-of-acrab-tolc-efflux-pumps
#2
Ariel M Langevin, Mary J Dunlop
Stress tolerance studies are typically conducted in an all-or-none fashion. However, in realistic settings-such as in clinical or metabolic engineering applications-cells may encounter stresses at different rates. As such, how cells tolerate stress may depend on its rate of appearance. To address this, we study how the rate of introduction affects bacterial stress tolerance by focusing on a key mechanism for stress response. Efflux pumps, such as AcrAB-TolC from Escherichia coli, are membrane transporters well known for their ability to export a wide variety of substrates, including antibiotics, signaling molecules, and biofuels...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027469/bucking-the-current-trend-in-bioelectrochemical-systems-a-case-for-bioelectroanalytics
#3
Thomas William Seviour, Jamie Hinks
Turning wastewater directly into electricity is alluring, widespread use of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) to achieve this at industrial scale appears increasingly unlikely despite intense research efforts lasting over a decade. Such endeavors have not been futile, however, and game-changing discoveries have resulted from these well-intentioned, scientifically rigorous but ultimately frustrated attempts to resolve the Waste-Energy dichotomy. The appeal of MFCs is largely of conceptual elegance rather than financial competitiveness, based on the green ideal that bacteria can be turned into cost effective bio-batteries...
October 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991805/a-bio-electrochemical-membrane-system-for-more-sustainable-wastewater-treatment-with-mno2-pani-modified-stainless-steel-cathode-and-photosynthetic-provision-of-dissolved-oxygen-by-algae
#4
Qiao Yang, Yang Lin, Lifen Liu, Fenglin Yang
A competitive sewage treatment technology should meet the standard of water quality requirement and accomplish recovery of potential energy. This study presents such a new system, with coupled membrane bioreactor-microbial fuel cell features, which can not only treat wastewater, but also recovers energy from wastewater by electricity generation, and form a new resource by photosynthesis while providing the dissolved oxygen by algae. Specifically, in the system, the MnO2/polyaniline is used to modify the stainless steel mesh and to function well as system membrane and cathode, with satisfactory filtration and catalysis performance...
October 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990602/self-sustainable-high-power-density-bio-solar-cells-for-lab-on-a-chip-applications
#5
Lin Liu, Seokheun Choi
A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and remote regions. Miniaturized biological solar cells (or micro-BSCs) can be the most suitable power source for those lab-on-a-chip applications because the technique resembles the earth's natural ecosystem - living organisms work in conjunction with non-living components of their environment to create a self-assembling and self-maintaining system...
October 9, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989864/flux-balance-analysis-indicates-that-methane-is-the-lowest-cost-feedstock-for-microbial-cell-factories
#6
Austin D Comer, Matthew R Long, Jennifer L Reed, Brian F Pfleger
The low cost of natural gas has driven significant interest in using C1 carbon sources (e.g. methane, methanol, CO, syngas) as feedstocks for producing liquid transportation fuels and commodity chemicals. Given the large contribution of sugar and lignocellulosic feedstocks to biorefinery operating costs, natural gas and other C1 sources may provide an economic advantage. To assess the relative costs of these feedstocks, we performed flux balance analysis on genome-scale metabolic models to calculate the maximum theoretical yields of chemical products from methane, methanol, acetate, and glucose...
December 2017: Metabolic Engineering Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968542/the-plasticity-of-cyanobacterial-carbon-metabolism
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REVIEW
Wei Xiong, Melissa Cano, Bo Wang, Damien Douchi, Jianping Yu
This opinion article aims to raise awareness of a fundamental issue which governs sustainable production of biofuels and bio-chemicals from photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Discussed is the plasticity of carbon metabolism, by which the cyanobacterial cells flexibly distribute intracellular carbon fluxes towards target products and adapt to environmental/genetic alterations. This intrinsic feature in cyanobacterial metabolism is being understood through recent identification of new biochemical reactions and engineering on low-throughput pathways...
September 28, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948777/enzymatic-fuel-cell-based-self-powered-homogeneous-immunosensing-platform-via-target-induced-glucose-release-an-appealing-alternative-strategy-for-turn-on-melamine-assay
#8
Chengcheng Gu, Panpan Gai, Ting Hou, Haiyin Li, Changhui Xue, Feng Li
Enzymatic fuel cell (EFC)-based self-powered biosensors have attracted considerable attention because of their unique feature of no need for extra power sources during the entire detection process, which endows them with the merits of simplicity, rapidness, low cost, anti-interference, and ease of use. Herein, we proposed, for the first time, an EFC-based self-powered homogeneous immunosensing platform by integrating the target-induced biofuel release and bioconjugate immunoassay for ultrasensitive melamine (ME) detection...
October 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917780/quantifying-biodegradable-organic-matter-in-polluted-water-on-the-basis-of-coulombic-yield
#9
Yuan Liu, Ai-Xue Tuo, Xiao-Jun Jin, Xiang-Zhong Li, Hong Liu
Biodegradable organic matter (BOM) in polluted water plays a key role in various biological purification technologies. The five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) index is often used to determine the amount of BOM. However, standard BOD5 assays, centering on dissolved oxygen detection, have long testing times and often show severe deviation (error ≥ 15%). In the present study, the coulombic yield (Q) of a bio-electrochemical degradation process was determined, and a new index for BOM quantification was proposed...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876262/enhancing-biodegradation-and-energy-generation-via-roughened-surface-graphite-electrode-in-microbial-desalination-cell
#10
Atieh Ebrahimi, Daryoush Yousefi Kebria, Ghasem Najafpour Darzi
The microbial desalination cell (MDC) is known as a newly developed technology for water and wastewater treatment. In this study, desalination rate, organic matter removal and energy production in the reactors with and without desalination function were compared. Herein, a new design of plain graphite called roughened surface graphite (RSG) was used as the anode electrode in both microbial fuel cell (MFC) and MDC reactors for the first time. Among the three type of anode electrodes investigated in this study, RSG electrode produced the highest power density and salt removal rate of 10...
September 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834386/metallic-bionanocatalysts-potential-applications-as-green-catalysts-and-energy-materials
#11
Lynne E Macaskie, Iryna P Mikheenko, Jacob B Omajai, Alan J Stephen, Joseph Wood
Microbially generated or supported nanocatalysts have potential applications in green chemistry and environmental application. However, precious (and base) metals biorefined from wastes may be useful for making cheap, low-grade catalysts for clean energy production. The concept of bionanomaterials for energy applications is reviewed with respect to potential fuel cell applications, bio-catalytic upgrading of oils and manufacturing 'drop-in fuel' precursors. Cheap, effective biomaterials would facilitate progress towards dual development goals of sustainable consumption and production patterns and help to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy...
September 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774676/microalgal-hydrogen-production-a-review
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REVIEW
Wanthanee Khetkorn, Rajesh P Rastogi, Aran Incharoensakdi, Peter Lindblad, Datta Madamwar, Ashok Pandey, Christian Larroche
Bio-hydrogen from microalgae including cyanobacteria has attracted commercial awareness due to its potential as an alternative, reliable and renewable energy source. Photosynthetic hydrogen production from microalgae can be interesting and promising options for clean energy. Advances in hydrogen-fuel-cell technology may attest an eco-friendly way of biofuel production, since, the use of H2 to generate electricity releases only water as a by-product. Progress in genetic/metabolic engineering may significantly enhance the photobiological hydrogen production from microalgae...
November 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773202/anti-inflammatory-immunomodulatory-and-tissue-repair-activity-on-human-keratinocytes-by-green-innovative-nanocomposites
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Pierfrancesco Morganti, Alessandra Fusco, Iole Paoletti, Brunella Perfetto, Paola Del Ciotto, Marco Palombo, Angelo Chianese, Adone Baroni, Giovanna Donnarumma
The use of raw materials obtained by waste and processed through innovative industrial methodologies has generated an industry of about a trillion dollars in a short time, and in the near future will provide resources and services for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in order to ensure a better and fairer welfare for the human race. The production of nano-fiber chitin non-woven tissue is in accordance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union (EU) bio-economic programs: 100% biodegradable, ecological, and therefore useful in decreasing dependence on fossil fuel resources...
July 22, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772533/a-bio-electro-fenton-system-employing-the-composite-fepc-cnt-ss316-cathode
#14
Yi-Ta Wang, Ruei-Shiang Wang
Bio-electro-Fenton microbial fuel cells generate energy through the decomposition of organic matter by microorganisms. The generated electricity drives a Fenton reaction in a cathode chamber, which can be used for the decolorization of dye wastewater. Most of the previous works added expensive platinum catalyst to improve the electrical property of the system. In this research, aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were generated on the surface of SS316 stainless steel by chemical vapor deposition, and an iron phthalocyanine (FePc) catalyst was added to fabricate a compound (FePc/CNT/SS316) that was applied to the cathode electrode of the fuel cell system...
February 13, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770883/cytogenetic-bio-monitoring-in-fuel-station-attendants-of-gujrat-pakistan-through-buccal-micronucleus-cytome-assay
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Faiza Butt, Kausar Cheema, Numrah Nisar, Javed Qureshi
OBJECTIVE: To analyse buccal epithelial cells for scoring the frequency of cytogenetic toxicity in petrol pump workers. METHODS: The case-control study was conducted at the Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan, from September 2014 to February 2015, and comprised petrol pump workers. Buccal micronucleus cytome assay was carried out by the collection of buccal cells after the written and oral consent of petrol pump workers. Frequencies of genotoxic (micronucleated and binucleated) and cytotoxic (karryorhetic and karyolitic) cells were scored and compared with the control group...
July 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705423/carbon-nanotube-fiber-mats-for-microbial-fuel-cell-electrodes
#16
Brigitte Delord, Wilfrid Neri, Karen Bertaux, Alain Derre, Isabelle Ly, Nicolas Mano, Philippe Poulin
Novel carbon nanotube based electrodes of microbial fuel cells (MFC) have been developed. MFC is a promising technology for the wastewater treatment and the production of electrical energy from redox reactions of natural substrates. Performances of such bio-electrochemical systems depend critically on the structure and properties of the electrodes. The presently developed materials are made by weaving fibers solely comprised of carbon nanotubes. They exhibit a large scale porosity controlled by the weaving process...
November 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702371/hydrogen-from-algal-biomass-a-review-of-production-process
#17
REVIEW
Archita Sharma, Shailendra Kumar Arya
Multifariousness of biofuel sources has marked an edge to an imperative energy issue. Production of hydrogen from microalgae has been gathering much contemplation right away. But, mercantile production of microalgae biofuels considering bio-hydrogen is still not practicable because of low biomass concentration and costly down streaming processes. This review has taken up the hydrogen production by microalgae. Biofuels are the up and coming alternative to exhaustible, environmentally and unsafe fossil fuels...
September 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673517/semi-continuous-production-of-high-activity-pectinases-by-immobilized-rhizopus-oryzae-using-tobacco-wastewater-as-substrate-and-their-utilization-in-the-hydrolysis-of-pectin-containing-lignocellulosic-biomass-at-high-solid-content
#18
REVIEW
Yu-Xi Zheng, Yuan-Liang Wang, Jun Pan, Jian-Rong Zhang, Ya Dai, Kun-Yan Chen
In this study, highly reactive endo- and exo-polygalacturonases (PGs) were produced from the tobacco industry wastewater using immobilized Rhizopus oryzae. Compared with free cells, immobilized cells increased enzyme activity 2.8-fold and reduced production time to 24h by shake-flask production. Moreover, the immobilized cells enabled the semi-continuous production of enzymes through repeated-batch mode for seven consecutive cycles in a scale-up bioreactor. During the first five cycles, the average endo-PG and exo-PG activities reached 307...
October 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664270/curcin-c-a-novel-type-i-ribosome-inactivating-protein-from-the-post-germinating-cotyledons-of-jatropha-curcas
#19
Yangxue Zhang, Qian Yang, Chenyang Li, Mengmeng Ding, Xueyan Lv, Chengqiu Tao, Hongwu Yu, Fang Chen, Ying Xu
A novel type I ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), designated as curcin C, was purified from Jatropha curcas, an important feedback source of bio-fuel. Molecular mass and isoelectric point of curcin C were 31.398 kDa and 7.12 as detected by MALTI-TOF assay and capillary electrophoresis assay, respectively. N-terminal sequence and LC-MS/MS analyses confirmed that curcin C is a type I RIP having high homology, but not the exactly the same with curcin, another type 1 RIP isolated from the endosperm of J. curcas...
June 29, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623567/molecular-identification-and-comparative-evaluation-of-tropical-marine-microalgae-for-biodiesel-production
#20
Sanyo Sabu, I S Bright Singh, Valsamma Joseph
Marine microalgae have emerged as important feedstock for liquid biofuel production. The identification of lipid-rich native microalgal species with high growth rate and optimal fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties is the most challenging step in microalgae-based biodiesel production. In this study, attempts have been made to bio-prospect the biodiesel production potential of marine and brackish water microalgal isolates from the west coast of India. A total of 14 microalgal species were isolated, identified using specific molecular markers and based on the lipid content; seven species with total lipid content above 20% of dry cell weight were selected for assessing biodiesel production potential in terms of lipid and biomass productivities, nile red fluorescence, fatty acid profile and biodiesel properties...
August 2017: Marine Biotechnology
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