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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225212/one-pot-process-for-hydrodeoxygenation-of-lignin-to-alkanes-using-ru-based-bimetallic-and-bifunctional-catalysts-supported-on-zeolite-y
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Hongliang Wang, Hao Ruan, Maoqi Feng, Yuling Qin, Heather M Job, Langli Luo, Chongmin Wang, Mark H Engelhard, Erik Kuhn, Xiaowen Chen, Melvin P Tucker, Bin Yang
The synthesis of high-efficiency and low-cost catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of waste lignin into advanced biofuels is crucial for enhancing current biorefinery processes. Inexpensive transition metals, including Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, were severally co-loaded with Ru on HY zeolite to form bimetallic and bifunctional catalysts. These catalysts were subsequently tested for HDO conversion of softwood lignin and several lignin model compounds. Results indicated that the inexpensive earth abundant metals could modulate the hydrogenolysis activity of Ru and decrease the yield of low molecular weight gaseous products...
February 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225036/three-tfl1-homologues-regulate-floral-initiation-in-the-biofuel-plant-jatropha-curcas
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Chaoqiong Li, Qiantang Fu, Longjian Niu, Li Luo, Jianghua Chen, Zeng-Fu Xu
Recent research revealed that TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) homologues are involved in the critical developmental process of floral initiation in several plant species. In this study, the functions of three putative TFL1 homologues (JcTFL1a, JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c) in the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas were analysed using the transgenic approach. JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c, but not JcTFL1a, could complement the TFL1 function and rescue early flowering and determinate inflorescence phenotype in tfl1-14 Arabidopsis mutant, thus suggesting that JcTFL1b and JcTFL1c may be homologues of TFL1...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223214/expression-studies-of-bacillus-licheniformis-chitin-deacetylase-in-e-coli-rosetta-cells
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Ritu Raval, Simsa Robin, Keyur Raval
Chitin, the biopolymer of the N-acetylglucosamine, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose. However owing to its crystalline nature, its deacetylated derivative; chitosan is industrially more potent. This conversion on an enzymatic scale can be made using chitin deacetylase. The metagenomics library constructed from the soil exposed to chitin and chitosan yielded chitin modifying enzymes, one of them being chitin deacetylase (CDA) utilized for the present study. The gene was amplified and expressed using the pET 22b vector in E...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221783/cultivation-of-the-marine-macroalgae-chaetomorpha-linum-in-municipal-wastewater-for-nutrient-recovery-and-biomass-production
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Shijian Ge, Pascale Champagne
Compared to microalgae, macroalgae are larger in size, thereby imposing lower separation and drying costs. This study demonstrates the feasibility of cultivating macroalgae Chaetomorpha linum (C. linum) in different types of municipal wastewaters, their ability to remove nutrient and their biomass composition for downstream biofuel production. Screening experiments indicated that C. linum grew well on primary (PW) and secondary wastewaters (SW), as well as centrate wastewater (CW) diluted to less than 20%. In a subsequent experiment, a step feeding approach was found to significantly increase biomass productivity to 10...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220903/application-of-carbohydrate-arrays-coupled-with-mass-spectrometry-to-detect-activity-of-plant-polysaccharide-degradative-enzymes-from-the-fungus-aspergillus-niger
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Jolanda M van Munster, Baptiste Thomas, Michel Riese, Adrienne L Davis, Christopher J Gray, David B Archer, Sabine L Flitsch
Renewables-based biotechnology depends on enzymes to degrade plant lignocellulose to simple sugars that are converted to fuels or high-value products. Identification and characterization of such lignocellulose degradative enzymes could be fast-tracked by availability of an enzyme activity measurement method that is fast, label-free, uses minimal resources and allows direct identification of generated products. We developed such a method by applying carbohydrate arrays coupled with MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry to identify reaction products of carbohydrate active enzymes (CAZymes) of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220690/metabolite-labelling-as-a-tool-to-define-hierarchies-in-clostridium-acetobutylicum-sugar-usage-and-its-relevance-for-biofuel-production
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María Hidalgo, Elena Puerta-Fernández
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217741/transcriptome-level-signatures-in-gene-expression-and-gene-expression-variability-during-bacterial-adaptive-evolution
#7
Keesha E Erickson, Peter B Otoupal, Anushree Chatterjee
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly serious public health concern, as strains emerge that demonstrate resistance to almost all available treatments. One factor that contributes to the crisis is the adaptive ability of bacteria, which exhibit remarkable phenotypic and gene expression heterogeneity in order to gain a survival advantage in damaging environments. This high degree of variability in gene expression across biological populations makes it a challenging task to identify key regulators of bacterial adaptation...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216106/metabolic-engineering-of-a-haploid-strain-derived-from-a-triploid-industrial-yeast-for-producing-cellulosic-ethanol
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Soo Rin Kim, Jeffrey M Skerker, In Iok Kong, Heejin Kim, Matthew J Maurer, Guo-Chang Zhang, Dairong Peng, Na Wei, Adam P Arkin, Yong-Su Jin
Many desired phenotypes for producing cellulosic biofuels are often observed in industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. However, many industrial yeast strains are polyploid and have low spore viability, making it difficult to use these strains for metabolic engineering applications. We selected the polyploid industrial strain S. cerevisiae ATCC 4124 exhibiting rapid glucose fermentation capability, high ethanol productivity, strong heat and inhibitor tolerance in order to construct an optimal yeast strain for producing cellulosic ethanol...
February 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216105/-increasing-the-carbohydrate-storage-capacity-of-plants-by-engineering-a-glycogen-like-polymer-pool-in-the-cytosol
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Simona Eicke, David Seung, Barbara Egli, Emanuel A Devers, Sebastian Streb
Global demand for higher crop yields and for more efficient utilization of agricultural products will grow over the next decades. Here, we present a new concept for boosting the carbohydrate content of plants, by channeling photosynthetically fixed carbon into a newly engineered glucose polymer pool. We transiently expressed the starch/glycogen synthases from either Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Cyanidioschyzon merolae, together with the starch branching enzyme from C. merolae, in the cytosol of Nicotiana benthamiana leaves...
February 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215803/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-produced-in-the-combustion-of-fatty-acid-alkyl-esters-from-different-feedstocks-quantification-statistical-analysis-and-mechanisms-of-formation
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Alberto Llamas, Ana-María Al-Lal, María-Jesús García-Martínez, Marcelo F Ortega, Juan F Llamas, Magín Lapuerta, Laureano Canoira
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are pollutants of concern due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic activity. Their emissions are mainly related with the combustion or pyrolysis of the organic matter, such as in fossil fuels combustion. It is important to characterize PAHs in the combustions of biofuels due to their increasing importance in the actual energetic setting. There is a lot of research focused in PAHs emission due to the combustion in diesel engines; but only few of them have analyzed the effect of raw material and type of alcohol used in the transesterification process...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214444/the-boosted-biomass-and-lipid-accumulation-in-chlorella-vulgaris-by-supplementation-of-synthetic-phytohormone-analogs
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Tingting Liu, Fei Liu, Chao Wang, Zhenyao Wang, Yuqin Li
This study attempted at maximizing biomass and lipid accumulation in Chlorella vulgaris by supplementation of natural abscisic acid (ABA) or synthetic 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) hormone analogs. Amongst three tested additives, NAA-treatment performed remarkable promoting effect on cell growth and lipid biosynthesis. The favorable lipid productivity (418.6mg/L/d) of NAA-treated cells showed 1.48 and 2.24 times more than that of 2,4-D and ABA. NAA-treatment also positively modified the proportions of saturated (C16:0 and C18:0) and monounsaturated fatty acids (C18:1) which were prone to high-quality biofuels-making...
February 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214243/synthetic-metabolic-bypass-for-a-metabolic-toggle-switch-enhances-acetyl-coa-supply-for-isopropanol-production-by-escherichia-coli
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Yuki Soma, Taiki Yamaji, Fumio Matsuda, Taizo Hanai
Almost all synthetic pathways for biofuel production are designed to require endogenous metabolites in glycolysis, such as phosphoenolpyruvate, pyruvate, and acetyl-CoA. However, such metabolites are also required for bacterial cell growth. To reduce the metabolic imbalance between cell growth and target chemical production, we previously constructed a metabolic toggle switch (MTS) as a conditional flux redirection tool controlling metabolic flux of TCA cycle toward isopropanol production. This approach succeeded to improve the isopropanol production titer and yield while ensuring sufficient cell growth...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213311/effect-of-biomass-pretreatment-on-the-product-distribution-and-composition-resulting-from-the-hydrothermal-liquefaction-of-short-rotation-coppice-willow
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I F Grigoras, R E Stroe, I M Sintamarean, L A Rosendahl
A major challenge for the implementation of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) as a continuous process is the formulation of lignocellulosic feedstock, which is prone to phase separation into water and biomass parts when pressurized. One approach to remedy such phase separation is to reduce the dry matter content; however, as this approach is detrimental to process cost efficiency, designing an appropriate pretreatment step to ensure pumpability at high dry matter content is preferable. This paper evaluated the effect of various pretreatment methods on product distribution and composition resulting from the HTL of willow and proposes short rotation coppice as an alternative biomass feedstock for biofuels production...
January 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212406/accumulation-of-medium-chain-saturated-fatty-acyl-moieties-in-seed-oils-of-transgenic-camelina-sativa
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Zhaohui Hu, Qian Wu, Jyoti Dalal, Naresh Vasani, Harry O Lopez, Heike W Sederoff, Rongda Qu
With its high seed oil content, the mustard family plant Camelina sativa has gained attention as a potential biofuel source. As a bioenergy crop, camelina has many advantages. It grows on marginal land with low demand for water and fertilizer, has a relatively short life cycle, and is stress tolerant. As most other crop seed oils, camelina seed triacylglycerols (TAGs) consist of mostly long, unsaturated fatty acyl moieties, which is not desirable for biofuel processing. In our efforts to produce shorter, saturated chain fatty acyl moieties in camelina seed oil for conversion to jet fuel, a 12:0-acyl-carrier thioesterase gene, UcFATB1, from California bay (Umbellularia californica Nutt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211932/nanostructured-material-based-biofuel-cells-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Cui-E Zhao, Panpan Gai, Rongbin Song, Ying Chen, Jianrong Zhang, Jun-Jie Zhu
During the past decade, biofuel cells (BFCs) have emerged as an emerging technology on account of their ability to directly generate electricity from biologically renewable catalysts and fuels. Due to the boost in nanotechnology, significant advances have been accomplished in BFCs. Although it is still challenging to promote the performance of BFCs, adopting nanostructured materials for BFC construction has been extensively proposed as an effective and promising strategy to achieve high energy production. In this review, we presented the major novel nanostructured materials applied for BFCs and highlighted the breakthroughs in this field...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211005/resequencing-and-annotation-of-the-nostoc-punctiforme-attc-29133-genome-facilitating-biofuel-and-high-value-chemical-production
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Luis E Moraes, Matthew J Blow, Erik R Hawley, Hailan Piao, Rita Kuo, Jennifer Chiniquy, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, James G Fadel, Matthias Hess
Cyanobacteria have the potential to produce bulk and fine chemicals and members belonging to Nostoc sp. have received particular attention due to their relatively fast growth rate and the relative ease with which they can be harvested. Nostoc punctiforme is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, filamentous cyanobacterium that has been studied intensively to enhance our understanding of microbial carbon and nitrogen fixation. The genome of the type strain N. punctiforme ATCC 29133 was sequenced in 2001 and the scientific community has used these genome data extensively since then...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208296/ultrasensitive-self-powered-aptasensor-based-on-enzyme-biofuel-cell-and-dna-bioconjugate-a-facile-and-powerful-tool-for-antibiotic-residue-detection
#17
Panpan Gai, Chengcheng Gu, Ting Hou, Feng Li
Herein, we reported a novel ultrasensitive one-compartment enzyme biofuel cells (EBFCs)-based self-powered aptasensing platform for antibiotic residue detection. By taking full advantage of the unique features of both EBFCs-based self-powered sensors and aptamers, the as-proposed aptasensing platform has the merits of simple instrumentation, anti-interference ability, high selectivity, and low cost. In this study, DNA bioconjugate, i.e., SiO2@gold nanoparticles-complementary strand of aptamer (SiO2@AuNPs-csDNA), was elaborately designed and played a key role in blocking the mass transport of glucose to the bioanode...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208065/lignocellulosic-butanol-production-from-napier-grass-using-semi-simultaneous-saccharification-fermentation
#18
Chi-Ruei He, Yu-Yuan Kuo, Si-Yu Li
Napier grass is a potential feedstock for biofuel production because of its strong adaptability and wide availability. Compositional analysis has been done on Napier grass which was collected from a local area of Taiwan. By comparing acid- and alkali-pretreatment, it was found that the alkali-pretreatment process is favorable for Napier grass. An overall glucose yield of 0.82g/g-glucosetotal can be obtained with the combination of alkali-pretreatment (2.5wt% NaOH, 8wt% sample loading, 121°C, and a reaction time of 40min) and enzymatic hydrolysis (40FPU/g-substrate)...
January 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204883/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-for-2-3-butanediol-production
#19
REVIEW
Soo-Jung Kim, Jin-Woo Kim, Ye-Gi Lee, Yong-Cheol Park, Jin-Ho Seo
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a work horse for production of valuable biofuels and biochemicals including 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BDO), a platform chemical with wide industrial applications for synthetic rubber, biosolvents and food additives. Recently, a cutting-edge technology of metabolic engineering has enabled S. cerevisiae to produce 2,3-BDO with high yield and productivity. These include (i) amplification of the 2,3-BDO biosynthetic pathway, (ii) redirection of carbon flux from ethanol or glycerol toward 2,3-BDO, and (iii) 2,3-BDO production from sugars derived from renewable biomass...
February 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203276/a-biorefinery-scheme-to-fractionate-bamboo-into-high-grade-dissolving-pulp-and-ethanol
#20
Zhaoyang Yuan, Yangbing Wen, Nuwan Sella Kapu, Rodger Beatson, D Mark Martinez
BACKGROUND: Bamboo is a highly abundant source of biomass which is underutilized despite having a chemical composition and fiber structure similar as wood. The main challenge for the industrial processing of bamboo is the high level of silica, which forms water-insoluble precipitates negetively affecting the process systems. A cost-competitive and eco-friendly scheme for the production of high-purity dissolving grade pulp from bamboo not only requires a process for silica removal, but also needs to fully utilize all of the materials dissolved in the process which includes lignin, and cellulosic and hemicellulosic sugars as well as the silica...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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