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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934418/systems-biotechnology-for-protein-production-in-pichia-pastoris
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Richard J Zahrl, David A Peña, Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser
The methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (syn. Komagataella spp.) is one of the most important production systems for heterologous proteins. After the first genome sequences were published in 2009, tremendous effort was made to establish systems-level analytical methods. Methylotrophic lifestyle was one of the most thoroughly investigated topics, studied at the levels of transcriptome, proteome and metabolic flux. Also the responses of P. pastoris to environmental stress conditions experienced during high cell density production processes were studied...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934417/production-of-3-geranyl-4-hydroxybenzoate-acid-in-yeast-an-important-intermediate-of-shikonin-biosynthesis-pathway
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Sheng Wang, Ruishan Wang, Tan Liu, Zhilai Zhan, Liping Kang, Yanan Wang, Chaogeng Lv, Daniele Werck-Reichhart, Lanping Guo, Luqi Huang
Shikonin and its derivatives are the main active components in the medicinal plant Arnebia euchroma and possess extensive pharmaceutical properties. In this study, we developed an optimized yeast system to obtain high-level production of 3-geranyl-4-hydroxybenzoate acid (GBA), an important intermediate involved in shikonin biosynthesis pathway. For host selection, recombinant expression of p-hydroxybenzoate:geranyltransferase (PGT) derived from A. euchroma was performed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae WAT11U strain and high yield monoterpene strain...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934416/transporter-engineering-in-biomass-utilization-by-yeast
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Kiyotaka Y Hara, Jyumpei Kobayashi, Ryosuke Yamada, Daisuke Sasaki, Yuki Kuriya, Yoko Hirono-Hara, Jun Ishii, Michihiro Araki, Akihiko Kondo
Biomass resources are attractive carbon sources for bioproduction because of their sustainability. Many studies have been performed using biomass resources to produce sugars as carbon sources for cell factories. Expression of biomass hydrolyzing enzymes in cell factories is an important approach for constructing biomass-utilizing bioprocesses because external addition of these enzymes is expensive. In particular, yeasts have been extensively engineered to be cell factories that directly utilize biomass because of their manageable responses to many genetic engineering tools, such as gene expression, deletion and editing...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934198/-koko-et-les-lunettes-magiques-an-educational-entertainment-tool-to-prevent-parasitic-worms-and-diarrheal-diseases-in-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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Clémence Essé, Véronique A Koffi, Abel Kouamé, Kouassi Dongo, Richard B Yapi, Honorine M Moro, Christiane A Kouakou, Marta S Palmeirim, Bassirou Bonfoh, Eliézer K N'Goran, Jürg Utzinger, Giovanna Raso
BACKGROUND: Integrated control programs, emphasizing preventive chemotherapy along with health education, can reduce the incidence of soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. The aim of this study was to develop an educational animated cartoon to improve school children's awareness regarding soil-transmitted helminthiasis, diarrheal diseases, and related hygiene practices in Côte d'Ivoire. The key messages included in the cartoon were identified through prior formative research to specifically address local knowledge gaps...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933947/on-the-safety-of-machine-learning-cyber-physical-systems-decision-sciences-and-data-products
#5
Kush R Varshney, Homa Alemzadeh
Machine learning algorithms increasingly influence our decisions and interact with us in all parts of our daily lives. Therefore, just as we consider the safety of power plants, highways, and a variety of other engineered socio-technical systems, we must also take into account the safety of systems involving machine learning. Heretofore, the definition of safety has not been formalized in a machine learning context. In this article, we do so by defining machine learning safety in terms of risk, epistemic uncertainty, and the harm incurred by unwanted outcomes...
September 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933505/sbvo4-nanoparticles-synthesized-via-three-facile-one-pot-methods-controllable-morphologies-and-superhydrophobic-coatings
#6
Ximeng Liu, Xiaojuan Yang, Feng Li, Taohai Li, Wei Cao
Inert colloidal SbVO4 with special morphologies is promising for practical superhydrophobic coatings. However, its conventional synthesis suffers from harsh preparation conditions, limiting the material applications. Herein, by using K6V10O28·9H2O as a novel vanadium source, SbVO4 nanoparticles were prepared through three different facile methods: hydrothermal method, reflux method and ultrasonic method. The pH values of the reaction environment were tuned as the only variable to shape the final products. Colloidal morphologies can be engineered to microflakes, or amalgamations of nanoparticles...
September 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933478/natural-product-modulators-of-human-sensations-and-mood-molecular-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-potential
#7
REVIEW
Tomáš Pluskal, Jing-Ke Weng
Humans perceive physical information about the surrounding environment through their senses. This physical information is registered by a collection of highly evolved and finely tuned molecular sensory receptors. A multitude of bioactive, structurally diverse ligands have evolved in nature that bind these molecular receptors. The complex, dynamic interactions between the ligands and the receptors lead to changes in our sensory perception or mood. Here, we review our current knowledge of natural products and their derived analogues that interact specifically with human G protein-coupled receptors, ion channels, and nuclear hormone receptors to modulate the sensations of taste, smell, temperature, pain, and itch, as well as mood and its associated behaviour...
September 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933075/-key-technologies-in-synthetic-biology-of-natural-products
#8
Xue-Jun Kuang, Li-Qiu Zou, Ying Li, Chao Sun, Shi-Lin Chen
Natural products with complex and diverse structures are the major sources of new drugs. The biosynthesis of natural products is considered to be one of the best ways to solve the problems of complex and scarce natural products. DNA assembly technology and genome editing technology are two key technologies in the emerging interdisciplinary field of synthetic biology. A number of novel DNA assembly methods developed in the last few years have paved the way for the engineering of high molecular weight DNA molecules, including whole genomes, hence, it can realize the reconstruction of the metabolic pathways and speed up optimization process...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932948/analysis-of-the-performance-emission-and-combustion-characteristics-of-a-turbocharged-diesel-engine-fuelled-with-jatropha-curcas-biodiesel-diesel-blends-using-kernel-based-extreme-learning-machine
#9
Arridina Susan Silitonga, Masjuki Haji Hassan, Hwai Chyuan Ong, Fitranto Kusumo
The purpose of this study is to investigate the performance, emission and combustion characteristics of a four-cylinder common-rail turbocharged diesel engine fuelled with Jatropha curcas biodiesel-diesel blends. A kernel-based extreme learning machine (KELM) model is developed in this study using MATLAB software in order to predict the performance, combustion and emission characteristics of the engine. To acquire the data for training and testing the KELM model, the engine speed was selected as the input parameter, whereas the performance, exhaust emissions and combustion characteristics were chosen as the output parameters of the KELM model...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932263/how-does-cellulosome-composition-influence-deconstruction-of-lignocellulosic-substrates-in-clostridium-ruminiclostridium-thermocellum-dsm-1313
#10
Shahar Yoav, Yoav Barak, Melina Shamshoum, Ilya Borovok, Raphael Lamed, Bareket Dassa, Yitzhak Hadar, Ely Morag, Edward A Bayer
BACKGROUND: Bioethanol production processes involve enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars. Due to the relatively high cost of enzyme production, the development of potent and cost-effective cellulolytic cocktails is critical for increasing the cost-effectiveness of bioethanol production. In this context, the multi-protein cellulolytic complex of Clostridium (Ruminiclostridium) thermocellum, the cellulosome, was studied here. C. thermocellum is known to assemble cellulosomes of various subunit (enzyme) compositions, in response to the available carbon source...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932219/improving-acetic-acid-production-by-over-expressing-pqq-adh-in-acetobacter-pasteurianus
#11
Xuefeng Wu, Hongli Yao, Lili Cao, Zhi Zheng, Xiaoju Chen, Min Zhang, Zhaojun Wei, Jieshun Cheng, Shaotong Jiang, Lijun Pan, Xingjiang Li
Pyrroquinoline quinone-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase (PQQ-ADH) is a key enzyme in the ethanol oxidase respiratory chain of acetic acid bacteria (AAB). To investigate the effect of PQQ-ADH on acetic acid production by Acetobacter pasteurianus JST-S, subunits I (adhA) and II (adhB) of PQQ-ADH were over-expressed, the fermentation parameters and the metabolic flux analysis were compared in the engineered strain and the original one. The acetic acid production was improved by the engineered strain (61.42 g L(-1)) while the residual ethanol content (4...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931897/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-sso7d-scaffold-based-binder-against-notch1
#12
Tenzin Gocha, Balaji M Rao, Ramanuj DasGupta
Notch signaling has important functions in regulating cell growth and development, misregulation of which has been implicated in various cancers. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting Notch protein activity have already moved into clinical trials. However due to the limitations associated with cost and productivity of mAbs, there has been a surge in the development of complementary approaches that are based on non-antibody scaffolds. Non-antibody scaffolds are small proteins that are stable and can be engineered to develop high-affinity binders against specific targets of interest...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931094/ethnicity-and-skin-autofluorescence-based-risk-engines-for-cardiovascular-disease-and-diabetes-mellitus
#13
Muhammad Saeed Ahmad, Torben Kimhofer, Sultan Ahmad, Mohammed Nabil AlAma, Hala Hisham Mosli, Salwa Ibrahim Hindawi, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Katarína Šebeková, Zoheir Abdullah Damanhouri, Elaine Holmes
Skin auto fluorescence (SAF) is used as a proxy for the accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and has been proposed to stratify patients into cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes mellitus (DM) risk groups. This study evaluates the effects of seven different ethnicities (Arab, Central-East African, Eastern Mediterranean, European, North African, South Asian and Southeast Asian) and gender on SAF as well as validating SAF assessment as a risk estimation tool for CVD and DM in an Arabian cohort...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930617/genetic-manipulation-of-microalgae-for-the-production-of-bioproducts
#14
Patricia Vazquez-Villegas, Mario A Torres-Acosta, Sergio A Garcia-Echauri, Jose M Aguilar-Yanez, Marco Rito-Palomares, Federico Ruiz-Ruiz
Microalgae have been used during the past four decades in the Bio-industries for the production of high added value products and development of useful approaches with environmental applications. The fast growing rate, simple growth requirements and using sunlight as the major source of energy are the key factors for usage of algae. In the past 15 years, a considerable progress has been made regarding the use of microalgae for production of proteins, nutraceuticals, food supplements, molecular tags for diagnostics and fixation of greenhouse gases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930362/rapid-development-of-specialty-population-registries-and-quality-measures-from-electronic-health-record-data-an-agile-framework
#15
Vaishnavi Kannan, Jason S Fish, Jacqueline M Mutz, Angela R Carrington, Ki Lai, Lisa S Davis, Josh E Youngblood, Mark R Rauschuber, Kathryn A Flores, Evan J Sara, Deepa G Bhat, DuWayne L Willett
BACKGROUND: Creation of a new electronic health record (EHR)-based registry often can be a "one-off" complex endeavor: first developing new EHR data collection and clinical decision support tools, followed by developing registry-specific data extractions from the EHR for analysis. Each development phase typically has its own long development and testing time, leading to a prolonged overall cycle time for delivering one functioning registry with companion reporting into production. The next registry request then starts from scratch...
June 14, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930263/salicylate-poisoning-potential-of-topical-pain-relief-agents-from-age-old-remedies-to-engineered-smart-patches
#16
REVIEW
Ashleigh Anderson, Aaron McConville, Laura Fanthorpe, James Davis
The pain relief capabilities of methyl salicylate are well established and a multitude of over-the-counter products populate pharmacy shelves. Over-application of the topical preparation containing the drug, or its accidental ingestion, invariably result in salicylate poisoning and in severe cases can be fatal. The drug has been a regular feature of the US National Poison Database Survey over the past decade and continues to pose a risk to children and adults alike. The aim of the review has been to cast a spotlight on the drug and assess why its use remains problematic, how technology could offer more efficacious delivery regimes, and minimise the possibility of accidental or intentional misuse...
June 30, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929762/modulating-the-performance-of-an-asymmetric-organocatalyst-by-tuning-its-spatial-environment-in-a-metal-organic-framework
#17
Lujia Liu, Tian-You Zhou, Shane G Telfer
Systematically tuning the spatial environment around the active sites of synthetic catalysts is a difficult challenge. Here, we show how this can be accomplished in the pores of multicomponent metal-organic frameworks. This relies on embedding a catalytic unit in a pore of the MUF-77 framework and then tuning its environment by introducing different functional groups to the surrounding linkers. This approach benefits from the structural regularity of MUF-77, which places each component in a precise location to circumvent disorder...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928292/elastomer-change-out-justification-for-minimizing-the-removal-of-elastomers-in-order-to-prevent-cross-contamination-in-a-multiproduct-facility
#18
Michael Parks, Niamh O'Dwyer, Jeremy Bollinger, Alan Johnson, Brian Goss, Ned Wyman, Adeyma Arroyo, Joseph Wood, Derek Willison-Parry
The primary objective of any Biopharmaceutical Product Changeover (PCO) program is to employ control strategies before, during, and after the manufacturing process, as well as from the beginning of the lifecycle approach for the equipment and validation, which will minimize the opportunity for cross- contamination when switching between products. Evaluation of the need for an Elastomer Change Out (ECO) should be considered as a segment of an overall changeover assessment. Lifecycle systems (e.g. Preventive Maintenance (PM), Cleanability Coupon Testing, Good Engineering Practices, etc...
September 19, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928290/enhancing-patient-safety-through-the-use-of-a-pharmaceutical-glass-designed-to-prevent-cracked-containers
#19
Robert A Schaut, Kyle C Hoff, Steven E DeMartino, William K Denson, Ronald L Verkleeren
An essential role of packaging material for the storage and delivery of drug products is to provide adequate protection against contamination and loss of sterility. This is especially important for parenteral containers, as lack of sterility or contamination can result in serious adverse events including death. Nonetheless, cracked parenteral containers are an important source of container integrity failures for injectable drugs and pose a serious risk for patients. Despite significant investments in inspection technology, each year many injectable drugs are investigated and recalled for sterility risks associated with cracked borosilicate containers...
September 19, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928052/directing-enzyme-devolution-for-biosynthesis-of-alkanols-and-1-n-alkanediols-from-natural-polyhydroxy-compounds
#20
Lu Dai, Fei Tao, Hongzhi Tang, Yali Guo, Yaling Shen, Ping Xu
Primordial enzymes are proposed to possess broad specificities. Through divergence and evolution, enzymes have been refined to exhibit specificity towards one reaction or substrate, and are thus commonly assumed as "specialists". However, several enzymes are "generalists" that catalyze a range of substrates and reactions. This property has been defined as enzyme promiscuity and is of great importance for the evolution of new functions. The promiscuities of two enzymes, namely glycerol dehydratase and diol dehydratase, were herein exploited for catalyzing long-chain polyols, including 1,2-butanediol, 1,2,4-butanetriol, erythritol, 1,2-pentanediol, 1,2,5-pentanetriol, and 1,2,6-hexanetriol...
September 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
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