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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551868/light-harvesting-complexes-of-botryococcus-braunii
#1
Tomas E van den Berg, Bart van Oort, Roberta Croce
The colonial green alga Botryococcus braunii (BB) is a potential source of biofuel due to its natural high hydrocarbon content. Unfortunately, its slow growth limits its biotechnological potential. Understanding its photosynthetic machinery could help to identify possible growth limitations. Here, we present the first study on BB light-harvesting complexes (LHCs). We purified two LHC fractions containing the complexes in monomeric and trimeric form. Both fractions contained at least two proteins with molecular weight (MW) around 25 kDa...
May 27, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551474/rgo-au-nps-n-doped-cnts-supported-on-nickel-foam-as-an-anode-for-enzymatic-biofuel-cells
#2
He Zhang, Lingling Zhang, Yujie Han, You Yu, Miao Xu, Xueping Zhang, Liang Huang, Shaojun Dong
In this study, three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide/Au NPs/nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (RGO/Au NPs/N-doped CNTs) assembly supported on nickel foam was utilized as an anode for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs). 3D RGO/Au NPs was obtained by electrodepositing reduced graphene oxide on nickel foam (Ni foam), while Au NPs were co-deposited during the process. Afterwards, nitrogen doped CNTs (N-CNTs) were allowed to grow seamlessly on the surfaces of 3D RGO/Au NPs via a simple chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process...
May 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548095/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-for-production-of-very-long-chain-fatty-acid-derived-chemicals
#3
Tao Yu, Yongjin J Zhou, Leonie Wenning, Quanli Liu, Anastasia Krivoruchko, Verena Siewers, Jens Nielsen, Florian David
Production of chemicals and biofuels through microbial fermentation is an economical and sustainable alternative for traditional chemical synthesis. Here we present the construction of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae platform strain for high-level production of very-long-chain fatty acid (VLCFA)-derived chemicals. Through rewiring the native fatty acid elongation system and implementing a heterologous Mycobacteria FAS I system, we establish an increased biosynthesis of VLCFAs in S. cerevisiae. VLCFAs can be selectively modified towards the fatty alcohol docosanol (C22H46O) by expressing a specific fatty acid reductase...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545903/potential-of-fecal-waste-for-the-production-of-biomethane-bioethanol-and-biodiesel
#4
Mohamed A Gomaa, Raeid M M Abed
Fecal waste is an environmental burden that requires proper disposal, which ultimately becomes also an economic burden. Because fecal waste is nutrient-rich and contains a diverse methanogenic community, it has been utilized to produce biomethane via anaerobic digestion. Carbohydrates and lipids in fecal waste could reach up to 50% of the dry weight, which also suggests a potential as a feedstock for bioethanol and biodiesel production. We measured biomethane production from fecal waste of cows, chickens, goats and humans and compared the microbial community composition before and after anaerobic digestion...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545405/genetic-complexity-of-miscanthus-cell-wall-composition-and-biomass-quality-for-biofuels
#5
Tim van der Weijde, Claire L Alvim Kamei, Edouard I Severing, Andres F Torres, Leonardo D Gomez, Oene Dolstra, Chris A Maliepaard, Simon J McQueen-Mason, Richard G F Visser, Luisa M Trindade
BACKGROUND: Miscanthus sinensis is a high yielding perennial grass species with great potential as a bioenergy feedstock. One of the challenges that currently impedes commercial cellulosic biofuel production is the technical difficulty to efficiently convert lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel. The development of feedstocks with better biomass quality will improve conversion efficiency and the sustainability of the value-chain. Progress in the genetic improvement of biomass quality may be substantially expedited by the development of genetic markers associated to quality traits, which can be used in a marker-assisted selection program...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544902/extraction-and-applications-of-cyanotoxins-and-other-cyanobacterial-secondary-metabolites
#6
REVIEW
Fatima Haque, Sara Banayan, Josephine Yee, Yi Wai Chiang
The rapid proliferation of cyanobacteria in bodies of water has caused cyanobacterial blooms, which have become an increasing cause of concern, largely due to the presence of toxic secondary metabolites (or cyanotoxins). Cyanotoxins are the toxins produced by cyanobacteria that may be harmful to surrounding wildlife. They include hepatotoxins, neurotoxins and dermatotoxins, and are classified based on the organs they affect. There are also non-toxic secondary metabolites that include chelators and UV-absorbing compounds...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542187/elucidation-of-new-condition-dependent-roles-for-fructose-1-6-bisphosphatase-linked-to-cofactor-balances
#7
Du Toit W P Schabort, Stephanus G Kilian, James C du Preez
The cofactor balances in metabolism is of paramount importance in the design of a metabolic engineering strategy and understanding the regulation of metabolism in general. ATP, NAD+ and NADP+ balances are central players linking the various fluxes in central metabolism as well as biomass formation. NADP+ is especially important in the metabolic engineering of yeasts for xylose fermentation, since NADPH is required by most yeasts in the initial step of xylose utilisation, including the fast-growing Kluyveromyces marxianus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541931/the-role-of-constructed-wetlands-for-biomass-production-within-the-water-soil-waste-nexus
#8
C T Avellan, R Ardakanian, P Gremillion
The use of constructed wetlands for water pollution control has a long standing tradition in urban, peri-urban, rural, agricultural and mining environments. The capacity of wetland plants to take up nutrients and to filter organic matter has been widely discussed and presented in diverse fora and published in hundreds of articles. In an ever increasingly complex global world, constructed wetlands not only play a role in providing safe sanitation in decentralized settings, shelter for biodiversity, and cleansing of polluted sites, in addition, they produce biomass that can be harvested and used for the production of fodder and fuel...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541580/genes-and-gene-clusters-related-to-genotype-and-drought-induced-variation-in-saccharification-potential-lignin-content-and-wood-anatomical-traits-in-populus-nigra%C3%A2
#9
Henning Wildhagen, Shanty Paul, Mike Allwright, Hazel K Smith, Marta Malinowska, Sabine K Schnabel, M João Paulo, Federica Cattonaro, Vera Vendramin, Simone Scalabrin, Dennis Janz, Cyril Douthe, Oliver Brendel, Cyril Buré, David Cohen, Irène Hummel, Didier Le Thiec, Fred van Eeuwijk, Joost J B Keurentjes, Jaume Flexas, Michele Morgante, Paul Robson, Marie-Béatrice Bogeat-Triboulot, Gail Taylor, Andrea Polle
Wood is a renewable resource that can be employed for the production of second generation biofuels by enzymatic saccharification and subsequent fermentation. Knowledge on how the saccharification potential is affected by genotype-related variation of wood traits and drought is scarce. Here, we used three Populus nigra L. genotypes from habitats differing in water availability to (i) investigate the relationships between wood anatomy, lignin content and saccharification and (ii) identify genes and co-expressed gene clusters related to genotype and drought-induced variation in wood traits and saccharification potential...
May 24, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537253/a-synthetic-biochemistry-platform-for-cell-free-production-of-monoterpenes-from-glucose
#10
Tyler P Korman, Paul H Opgenorth, James U Bowie
Cell-free systems designed to perform complex chemical conversions of biomass to biofuels or commodity chemicals are emerging as promising alternatives to the metabolic engineering of living cells. Here we design a system comprises 27 enzymes for the conversion of glucose into monoterpenes that generates both NAD(P)H and ATP in a modified glucose breakdown module and utilizes both cofactors for building terpenes. Different monoterpenes are produced in our system by changing the terpene synthase enzyme. The system is stable for the production of limonene, pinene and sabinene, and can operate continuously for at least 5 days from a single addition of glucose...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535471/graphene-oxide-supported-carbon-nanofiber-like-network-derived-from-polyaniline-a-novel-composite-for-enhanced-glucose-oxidase-bioelectrode-performance
#11
Zepeng Kang, Kailong Jiao, Xinping Xu, Ruiyun Peng, Shuqiang Jiao, Zongqian Hu
A three-dimensional architecture of PANI@GO hybrid was synthesized via in-situ polymerization of aniline monomers on the surface of graphene oxide (GO) and carbonized at 1600°C. The SEM images showed that surfaces of planar GO were covered by a compact nanofiber-like polyaniline (PANI) layer which presented an interconnected network. Nanofiber-like PANI on the GO surface was mostly preserved and became the carbon nanofibers (CNFs) after carbonization. The TEM images showed that the carbonized PANI grew seamlessly on the GO surface and served as conductive "network" between interlayers of GO...
May 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533065/co-overexpression-of-response-regulator-genes-slr1037-and-sll0039-improves-tolerance-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-to-1-butanol
#12
Xinyan Gao, Tao Sun, Lina Wu, Lei Chen, Weiwen Zhang
In this study, two response regulator (RR) encoding genes slr1037 as well as sll0039 were co-overexpressed in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 by metabolic engineering and the 1-butanol tolerance was successfully improved by 133%. Aiming to explore the possible mechanisms for the enhancing 1-butanol tolerance, a quantitative iTRAQ-LC-MS/MS proteomics approach was then employed, identifying 216 up-regulated and 99 down-regulated proteins compared to wild type after 1-butanol treatment. This study mapped the potential target genes regulated by Slr1037 and Sll0039 and demonstrated the feasibility of engineering response regulators for modifying the biofuel tolerance in cyanobacteria...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532122/mannan-endo-1-4-%C3%AE-mannosidase-from-kitasatospora-sp-isolated-in-indonesia-and-its-potential-for-production-of-mannooligosaccharides-from-mannan-polymers
#13
Nanik Rahmani, Norimasa Kashiwagi, JaeMin Lee, Satoko Niimi-Nakamura, Hana Matsumoto, Prihardi Kahar, Puspita Lisdiyanti, Yopi, Bambang Prasetya, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Mannan endo-1,4-β-mannosidase (commonly known as β-mannanase) catalyzes a random cleavage of the β-D-1,4-mannopyranosyl linkage in mannan polymers. The enzyme has been utilized in biofuel production from lignocellulose biomass, as well as in production of mannooligosaccharides (MOS) for applications in feed and food industries. We aimed to obtain a β-mannanase, for such mannan polymer utilization, from actinomycetes strains isolated in Indonesia. Strains exhibiting high mannanase activity were screened, and one strain belonging to the genus Kitasatospora was selected...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531849/heterotrophy-of-filamentous-oleaginous-microalgae-tribonema-minus-for-potential-production-of-lipid-and-palmitoleic-acid
#14
Wenjun Zhou, Hui Wang, Lin Chen, Wentao Cheng, Tianzhong Liu
Heterotrophic fermentation and high valuable co-product producing are thought to be effective ways to improve the economic viability and feasibility of commercial production of microalgae biofuels. This work reported the heterotrophic cultivation of Tribonema minus for lipid and palmitoleic acid (a novel functional fatty acid) production. Firstly, the heterotrophic ability of T. minus was identified for the first time with significant promotion in biomass and lipid productivity, and glucose and urea were then selected as the optimal carbon and nitrogen sources...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529710/introducing-the-brassica-information-portal-towards-integrating-genotypic-and-phenotypic-brassica-crop-data
#15
Annemarie H Eckes, Tomasz Gubała, Piotr Nowakowski, Tomasz Szymczyszyn, Rachel Wells, Judith A Irwin, Carlos Horro, John M Hancock, Graham King, Sarah C Dyer, Wiktor Jurkowski
The Brassica Information Portal (BIP) is a centralised repository for Brassica phenotypic data. Trait data associated with Brassica research and breeding experiments conducted on Brassica crops, used as vegetables, for livestock fodder and biofuels, is hosted on the site, together with information on the experimental plant materials used, as well as trial design. BIP is an open access and open source project, built on the schema of CropStoreDB, and as such can provide trait data management strategies for any crop data...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528757/temporal-and-seasonal-variations-of-black-carbon-in-a-highly-polluted-european-city-apportionment-of-potential-sources-and-the-effect-of-meteorological-conditions
#16
Marek Kucbel, Agnieszka Corsaro, Barbora Švédová, Helena Raclavská, Konstantin Raclavský, Dagmar Juchelková
Black carbon - a primary component of particulate matter emitted from an incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biomass, and biofuels - has been found to have a detrimental effect on human health and the environment. Since black carbon emissions data are not readily available, no measures are implemented to reduce black carbon emissions. The temporal and seasonal variations of black carbon concentrations were evaluated during 2012-2014. The data were collected in the highly polluted European city - Ostrava, Czech Republic, surrounded by major highways and large industries...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525799/thermophilic-moorella-thermoautotrophica-immobilized-cathode-enhanced-microbial-electrosynthesis-of-acetate-and-formate-from-co2
#17
Linpeng Yu, Yong Yuan, Jiahuan Tang, Shungui Zhou
Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) is a promising technique that converts electricity and CO2 to biofuels using microbes as the catalysts. However, most of previous MES are conducted at mesophilic temperatures and challenged by low performances. Here we report a significant electrosynthesis performance enhancement via immobilization of a thermophilic microbe to cathodes. A temperature-dependent electron uptake rate of Moorella thermoautotrophica was observed at a cathode potential of -0.4V (vs. SHE), with a maximum current density of 63...
May 13, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521231/development-of-an-x-shape-airlift-photobioreactor-for-increasing-algal-biomass-and-biodiesel-production
#18
Hoang-Minh Pham, Ho Seok Kwak, Min-Eui Hong, Jeewon Lee, Won Seok Chang, Sang Jun Sim
The aim of this work was to develop a high efficient photobioreactor for increasing biomass and lipid production in microalgae by assessment of the hydrodynamic properties and kLa which are important parameters for improving the algal cultivation efficiency. We designed three different photobioreactors (H-Shape, X-Shape and serial-column). Among them, X-Shape showed the highest hydrodynamic properties and kLa for algal cultivation. Thus, we evaluated the biomass and the lipid production in a 20L scale-up X-Shape photobioreactor...
May 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521157/use-of-experimentally-determined-henry-s-law-and-salting-out-constants-for-ethanol-in-seawater-for-determination-of-the-saturation-state-of-ethanol-in-coastal-waters
#19
Joan D Willey, Jacqueline P Powell, G Brooks Avery, Robert J Kieber, Ralph N Mead
The Henry's law constant for ethanol in seawater was experimentally determined to be 221 ± 4 M/atm at 22 °C compared with 247 ± 6 M/atm in pure water. The salting out coefficient for ethanol was 0.13 M(-1). In seawater ln(KH) = -(12.8 ± 0.7) + (5310 ± 197)/T where KH is in M atm(-1) and temperature is in K. This plus the salting out coefficient allow calculation of KH for any estuarine or sea water between 1 and 35 °C. High concentrations of dissolved organic carbon do not affect KH values in fresh or seawater...
May 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517940/thermal-decomposition-of-potential-ester-biofuels-part-i-methyl-acetate-and-methyl-butanoate
#20
Jessica P Porterfield, David H Bross, Branko Ruscic, James H Thorpe, Thanh Lam Nguyen, Joshua H Baraban, John F Stanton, John W Daily, G Barney Ellison
Two methyl esters have been examined as models for the pyrolysis of biofuels. Dilute samples (0.06 - 0.13%) of methyl acetate (CH3COOCH3) and methyl butanoate (CH3CH2CH2COOCH3) were entrained in (He, Ar) carrier gas and decomposed in a set of flash-pyrolysis micro-reactors. The pyrolysis products resulting from the methyl esters were detected and identified by vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometry. Complementary product identification was provided by matrix infrared absorption spectroscopy. Pyrolysis pressures in the pulsed micro-reactor were roughly 20 Torr and residence times through the reactors were approximately 25 - 150 µs...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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