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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913828/engineering-and-evolution-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-biofuels-and-chemicals
#1
Timothy L Turner, Heejin Kim, In Iok Kong, Jing-Jing Liu, Guo-Chang Zhang, Yong-Su Jin
To mitigate global climate change caused partly by the use of fossil fuels, the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass has been attempted. The conversion of various sugars from renewable biomass into biofuels by engineered baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is one major direction which has grown dramatically in recent years. As well as shifting away from fossil fuels, the production of commodity chemicals by engineered S. cerevisiae has also increased significantly. The traditional approaches of biochemical and metabolic engineering to develop economic bioconversion processes in laboratory and industrial settings have been accelerated by rapid advancements in the areas of yeast genomics, synthetic biology, and systems biology...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913601/calorespirometry-reveals-that-goldfish-prioritize-aerobic-metabolism-over-metabolic-rate-depression-in-all-but-near-anoxic-environments
#2
Matthew D Regan, Ivan Gill, Jeffrey G Richards
Metabolic rate depression (MRD) has long been proposed as the key metabolic strategy of hypoxic survival, but surprisingly the effects of changes in hypoxic O2 tensions (PwO2) on MRD are largely unexplored. We simultaneously measured the O2 consumption rate (ṀO2) and metabolic heat of goldfish using calorespirometry to test the hypothesis that MRD is employed at hypoxic PwO2s and initiated just below Pcrit, the PwO2 below which ṀO2 is forced to progressively decline as the fish oxyconforms to decreasing PwO2 Specifically, we used closed-chamber and flow-through calorespirometry together with terminal sampling experiments to examine the effects of PwO2 and time on ṀO2, metabolic heat and anaerobic metabolism (lactate and ethanol production)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913241/evaluation-of-highly-branched-cyclic-dextrin-in-inhalable-particles-of-combined-antibiotics-for-the-pulmonary-delivery-of-anti-tuberculosis-drugs
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Kazunori Kadota, Arisa Senda, Hideaki Tagishi, John Oluwasogo Ayorinde, Yuichi Tozuka
This work aims to identify a suitable formulation for the pulmonary delivery of combinations of inhalational drugs using highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) macromolecules. We compared the effectiveness between powders prepared from HBCD with those prepared from five alternative excipients (lactose, maltose, sucrose, β-cyclodextrin and methyl β-cyclodextrin) in the pulmonary delivery of a single-dosage form of two anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid and rifampicin). Fine particles of untreated active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and combination products using excipients were prepared by spray drying...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913224/a-novel-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates-cleas-of-papain-and-neutrase-production-partial-characterization-and-application
#4
Zhongqin Chen, Yanwei Wang, Wei Liu, Jingya Wang, Haixia Chen
The neutrase (EC 3.4.24.4) and papain (EC 3.4.22.2) were together immobilized ascross-linked enzyme aggregates (N-P-CLEAs) and their properties were characterized. The influence of the precipitant, cross-linking ratio of glutaraldehyde and cross-linking time were investigated. Ethanol was selected as the more efficient precipitant compared with ammonium sulfate. The proper cross-linking ratio of enzyme and glutaraldehyde was 1:5 (v/v) and the optimized cross-linking time was 4h. N-P-CLEAs showed obvious improvement in thermal stability and pH stability than the free enzyme (P<0...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913217/integration-of-whole-cell-reaction-and-product-isolation-highly-hydrophobic-solvents-promote-in-situ-substrate-supply-and-simplify-extractive-product-isolation
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Dorothea Leis, Bernhard Lauß, Robert Macher-Ambrosch, Andreas Pfennig, Bernd Nidetzky, Regina Kratzer
Product isolation from aqueous-organic reaction mixtures that contain high concentrations of whole cells constitutes a challenging task in bioprocessing. Stirring of the biphasic reaction media leads to the formation of solvent droplets coated by surface active components and an emulsion forms. We used an early focus on phase separation to simplify a whole-cell bioreduction. Octanol, heptanol, hexanol, hexane and dipropylether were tested as co-solvents in the E. coli catalyzed reduction of o-chloroacetophenone...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912980/lack-of-sustained-efficacy-for-alcohol-based-surgical-hand-rubs-containing-residual-active-ingredients-according-to-en-12791
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REVIEW
G Kampf, A Kramer, M Suchomel
The World Health Organization recommends the use of hand rubs with 'sustained activity' for surgical hand preparation. This review aims to verify whether any of the alcohol-based hand rubs containing non-volatile 'active ingredients' such as chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulphate (MES), or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) provides such sustained efficacy for surgical hand disinfection. Literature was searched to find studies according to EN 12791. Published data sets were analysed to verify whether any of the formulations has a superior efficacy (P<0...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912738/hepatoprotective-activity-of-lepidium-sativum-seeds-against-d-galactosamine-lipopolysaccharide-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-animal-model
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Mohammad Raish, Ajaz Ahmad, Khalid M Alkharfy, Syed Rizwan Ahamad, Kazi Mohsin, Fahad I Al-Jenoobi, Abdullah M Al-Mohizea, Mushtaq Ahmad Ansari
BACKGROUND: Fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) is clinical syndrome with very poor prognosis and high mortality there is urgent need for the development of safe and non-toxic hepatoprotective agents for the adequate management of hepatitis. Hepatoprotective effect of the Lepidium sativum ethanolic extract (LSEE) was assessed by D-galactosamine-induced/lipopolysaccharide (400 mg/kg and 30 μg/kg) liver damage model in rats. METHODS: Hepatoprotective activity of LSEE (150 and 300 mg/kg) and silymarin on D-GalN/LPS induced FHF in rat was assessed using several liver function enzyme parameters...
December 3, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912736/citrus-junos-tanaka-peel-ameliorates-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-hepg2-cells-and-in-mice-fed-a-high-cholesterol-diet
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Eun Ju Shin, Jae Ho Park, Mi Jeong Sung, Min-Yu Chung, Jin-Taek Hwang
BACKGROUND: Citrus junos Tanaka (yuja), a yellow-coloured citrus fruit has traditionally been consumed in Korea, Japan, and China and has been found effective in preventing certain diseases. However, the inhibitory effect of yuja on hepatic lipid accumulation has not been clearly elucidated thus far. METHODS: The inhibitory effect of yuja on hepatic lipid accumulation was investigated in both cell culture and mouse models. We investigated the inhibitory effect of ethanol extract of yuja peel (YE) using HepG2 cells...
December 3, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912184/substrate-dependent-modulation-of-butanol-to-ethanol-ratio-in-non-acetone-forming-clostridium-sporogenes-ncim-2918
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Mehak Kaushal, Saumya Ahlawat, Mayurketan Mukherjee, Muthusivaramapandian Muthuraj, Gargi Goswami, Debasish Das
Present study reports a non-acetone producing Clostridium sporogenes strain as a potential producer of liquid biofuels. Alcohol production was positively regulated by sorbitol and instant dry yeast as carbon and nitrogen sources respectively. Media optimization resulted in maximum butanol and ethanol titer (gL(-1)) of 12.1 and 7.9 respectively. Depending on the combination of carbon sources, the organism was found to manipulate its metabolism towards synthesis of either ethanol or butanol, thereby affecting the total alcohol titer...
November 16, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911498/solvothermally-prepared-cu2o-electrocatalysts-for-co2-reduction-with-tunable-selectivity-by-the-introduction-of-p-block-elements
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Gastón O Larrazábal, Antonio J Martín, Frank Krumeich, Roland Hauert, Javier Pérez-Ramírez
The electroreduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals is an attractive strategy for valorizing CO2 emissions. In this study, we show that a Cu2O electrocatalyst prepared by a simple and potentially scalable solvothermal route effectively targeted CO evolution at low to moderate overpotentials (CECO ca. 60% after 12 h at -0.6 V vs. RHE), and that the introduction of p-block elements (In, Sn, Ga, Al) into the catalyst can be employed to tune its selectivity. SEM, HRTEM, and voltammetric analyses revealed that the Cu2O catalyst undergoes extensive surface restructuring (favorable for CO evolution) under reaction conditions...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910937/biohydrogen-production-from-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-food-waste-in-batch-and-continuous-systems
#11
Wei Han, Yingting Yan, Yiwen Shi, Jingjing Gu, Junhong Tang, Hongting Zhao
In this study, the feasibility of biohydrogen production from enzymatic hydrolysis of food waste was investigated. Food waste (solid-to-liquid ratio of 10%, w/v) was first hydrolyzed by commercial glucoamylase to release glucose (24.35 g/L) in the food waste hydrolysate. Then, the obtained food waste hydrolysate was used as substrate for biohydrogen production in the batch and continuous (continuous stirred tank reactor, CSTR) systems. It was observed that the maximum cumulative hydrogen production of 5850 mL was achieved with a yield of 245...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910909/the-disinfection-characteristics-of-ebola-virus-outbreak-variants
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Bradley W M Cook, Todd A Cutts, Aidan M Nikiforuk, Anders Leung, Darwyn Kobasa, Steven S Theriault
The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has forced experts to re-evaluate their understanding of how to best disinfect areas contaminated with infectious bodily fluids. Recent research has found that Ebola virus remains viable in blood for 7-10 days making appropriate disinfection crucial to infection control. We sought to determine if the three most important outbreak variants of Zaire ebolavirus (Mayinga, Kikwit and Makona) exhibit separate phenotypes when challenged with a range of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) concentrations or 70% ethanol (EtOH) at average West African temperature...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910787/nonvolatile-taste-components-and-antioxidant-properties-of-fruiting-body-and-mycelium-with-high-ergothioneine-content-from-the-culinary-medicinal-golden-oyster-mushroom-pleurotus-citrinopileatus-agaricomycetes
#13
Shin-Yi Lin, Shih-Chang Chien, Sheng-Yang Wang, Jeng-Leun Mau
Pleurotus citrinopileatus mycelium was prepared with high ergothioneine (Hi-Ergo) content and its proximate composition, nonvolatile taste components, and antioxidant properties were studied. The ergothioneine contents of fruiting bodies and Hi-Ergo and regular mycelia were 3.89, 14.57, and 0.37 mg/g dry weight, respectively. Hi-Ergo mycelium contained more dietary fiber, soluble polysaccharides, and ash but less carbohydrates, reducing sugar, fiber, and fat than regular mycelium. However, Hi-Ergo mycelium contained the smallest amounts of total sugars and polyols (47...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910784/hepatoprotective-effect-of-tricholoma-giganteum-agaricomycetes-in-a-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-rat-model
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Ramar Govindaraj, Michael Gabriel Paulraj, Erenius Toppo, Perumal Pandikumar, Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, Naif Abdhullah Al-Dhabi
Different concentrations of standardized ethanolic extract from the basidiocarps of Tricholoma giganteum Massee (TgEtOH) were screened for hepatoprotective effects in an animal model of rats with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) fed a high-fat and high-fructose diet. After 4 weeks of treatment with TgEtOH, the relative liver weights, serum lipid concentrations, and biochemical profiles were found to be normal in treated animals compared with those given a standard drug. The macroscopic and histopathological studies clearly indicated that 200 mg/kg of ethanolic extract was effective in ameliorating the abnormalities of NAFLD...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910757/free-radical-scavenging-activities-of-cultured-mycelia-of-paecilomyces-hepiali-ascomycetes-extracts-and-structural-characterization-of-bioactive-components-by-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#15
Lucia Ungvarska Mal'ucka, Jarmila Harvanova, Martin Pavlik, Martin Rajtar, Lukas Jarosciak
Current research is focused on testing the cultivation of Paecilomyces hepiali mycelia on various plant substrates and producing fungus or mycelial biomass with qualitatively interesting substances. P. hepiali mycelia was cultivated using solid-state fermentation of different substrates. Mycelial biomass was then analyzed, and antioxidant activity was evaluated using the DPPH radical scavenging method for different ethanolic extracts based on a millet substrate (extract 1) or a chickpea substrate (extract 2)...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910756/fatty-acid-composition-of-different-collections-of-coprinoid-mushrooms-agaricomycetes-and-their-nutritional-and-medicinal-values
#16
Susanna M Badalyan
Qualitative and quantitative analyses of the free fatty acid (FA) composition of ethanol extracts obtained from mycelia of 30 genetically identified strains of 18 species of coprinoid mushrooms (CMs) or coprini belonging to clades Coprinellus (C. bisporus, C. curtus, C. disseminatus, C. domesticus, C. ellisii, C.flocculosus, C. micaceus, C. aff radians I, C. aff radians II, C. aff radians III, C. xanthothrix, Coprinellus sp. 4), Coprinopsis (C. cinerea, C. cothurnata, C. gonophylla, C. lagopides, C. maysoidispora, C...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910174/combined-application-of-uhplc-qtof-ms-hplc-elsd-and-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy-for-quality-assessment-of-da-9801-a-standardised-dioscorea-extract
#17
Kyo Bin Kang, Jayoung Ryu, Youngwoong Cho, Sang-Zin Choi, Miwon Son, Sang Hyun Sung
INTRODUCTION: DA-9801, a standardised 50% aqueous ethanolic extract of a mixture of Dioscorea japonica and D. nipponica, is a botanical drug candidate for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, which finished its US phase II clinical trials recently. An advanced quality control method is needed for further development of DA-9801, considering its high contents of both primary and secondary metabolites. OBJECTIVE: Development of a quality assessment strategy for DA-9801, based on the combination of UHPLC-QTOF/MS, HPLC-ELSD, and (1) H-NMR spectroscopy...
December 1, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909988/predicting-the-abuse-liability-of-entactogen-class-new-and-emerging-psychoactive-substances-via-preclinical-models-of-drug-self-administration
#18
Shawn M Aarde, Michael A Taffe
Animal models of drug self-administration are currently the gold standard for making predictions regarding the relative likelihood that a recreational drug substance will lead to continued use and addiction. Such models have been found to have high predictive accuracy and discriminative validity for a number of drug classes including ethanol, nicotine, opioids, and psychostimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Members of the entactogen class of psychostimulants (drugs that produce an "open mind state" including feelings of interpersonal closeness, intimacy and empathy) have been less frequently studied in self-administration models...
December 2, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909778/it-is-all-about-the-solvent-on-the-importance-of-the-mobile-phase-for-zic-hilic-glycopeptide-enrichment
#19
Kathirvel Alagesan, Sana Khan Khilji, Daniel Kolarich
Glycopeptide enrichment is a crucial step in glycoproteomics for which hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) has extensively been applied due to its low bias towards different glycan types. A systematic evaluation of applicable HILIC mobile phases on glycopeptide enrichment efficiency and selectivity is, to date, however, still lacking. Here, we present a novel, simplified technique for HILIC enrichment termed "Drop-HILIC", which was applied to systematically evaluate the mobile phase effect on ZIC-HILIC (zwitterionic type of hydrophilic interaction chromatography) glycopeptide enrichment...
December 1, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909649/in-silico-profiling-of-cell-growth-and-succinate-production-in-escherichia-coli-nzn111
#20
Xingxing Jian, Ningchuan Li, Cheng Zhang, Qiang Hua
BACKGROUND: Succinic acid is a valuable product due to its wide-ranging utilities. To improve succinate production and reduce by-products formation, Escherichia coli NZN111 was constructed by insertional inactivation of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and pyruvate formate lyase (PFL) encoded by the genes ldhA and pflB, respectively. However, this double-deletion mutant is incapable of anaerobically growing on glucose in rich or minimal medium even with acetate supplementation. A widespread hold view is that the inactivation of NADH-dependent LDH limits the regeneration of NAD(+) and consequently disables proper growth under anaerobic conditions...
2016: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
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