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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342098/mechano-enzymatic-deconstruction-with-a-new-enzymatic-cocktail-to-enhance-enzymatic-hydrolysis-and-bioethanol-fermentation-of-two-macroalgae-species
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Sameh Amamou, Cecilia Sambusiti, Florian Monlau, Eric Dubreucq, Abdellatif Barakat
The aim of this study was to explore the efficiency of a mechano-enzymatic deconstruction of two macroalgae species for sugars and bioethanol production, by using a new enzymatic cocktail (Haliatase) and two types of milling modes (vibro-ball: VBM and centrifugal milling: CM). By increasing the enzymatic concentration from 3.4 to 30 g/L, the total sugars released after 72 h of hydrolysis increased (from 6.7 to 13.1 g/100 g TS and from 7.95 to 10.8 g/100 g TS for the green algae U. lactuca and the red algae G...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342096/high-resolution-lipidomics-of-the-early-life-stages-of-the-red-seaweed-porphyra-dioica
#2
Elisabete da Costa, Vitor Azevedo, Tânia Melo, Andreia M Rego, Dmitry V Evtuguin, Pedro Domingues, Ricardo Calado, Rui Pereira, Maria H Abreu, Maria R Domingues
Porphyra dioica is a commercial seaweed consumed all over the world, mostly in the shape of nori sheets used for "sushi" preparation. It is a well-known part of the Asian diet with health benefits, which have been associated, among others, to the high levels of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids in this red alga. However, other highly valued lipids of Porphyra are polar lipids that remain largely undescribed and can have both nutritional value and bioactivity, thus could contribute to the valorization of this seaweed...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341925/phase-contrast-tomography-at-lab-on-chip-scale-by-digital-holography
#3
REVIEW
F Merola, P Memmolo, L Miccio, M Mugnano, P Ferraro
High-throughput single-cell analysis is a challenging target for implementing advanced biomedical applications. An excellent candidate for this aim is label-free tomographic phase microscopy (TPM). In this paper, some of the methods used to obtain TPM are reviewed, analyzing advantages and disadvantages of each of them. Moreover, an alternative tomographic technique is described for live cells analysis, and future trends of the method are foreseen. In particular, by exploiting random rolling of cells while they are flowing along a microfluidic channel, it is possible to obtain phase-contrast tomography thus obtaining complete retrieval of both 3D-position and orientation of rotating cells...
January 13, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340900/xenin-the-oldest-after-insulin
#4
Alexander T Maryanovich, Dmitry Yu Kormilets, Andrey D Polyanovsky
Xenin is a regulatory peptide first isolated from the human gastric mucosa. Using an open-access protein database MEDLINE (33 million molecules; 11 billion amino acid residues) and our original computer program, we conducted a search for the xenin motifs in the primary structure of proteins across almost the entire taxonomic range of evolution. Motifs with 40% homology to human xenin are already present in prokaryotes. Homology reaches 84-96% in single-cell algae and plants, becoming complete since bony fishes...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340786/in-silico-identification-and-experimental-validation-of-amino-acid-motifs-required-for-the-rho-of-plants-gtpase-mediated-activation-of-receptor-like-cytoplasmic-kinases
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Dézi Bianka Lajkó, Ildikó Valkai, Mónika Domoki, Dalma Ménesi, Györgyi Ferenc, Ferhan Ayaydin, Attila Fehér
Several amino acid motifs required for Rop-dependent activity were found to form a common surface on RLCKVI_A kinases. This indicates a unique mechanism for Rho-type GTPase-mediated kinase activation in plants. Rho-of-plants (Rop) G-proteins are implicated in the regulation of various cellular processes, including cell growth, cell polarity, hormonal and pathogen responses. Our knowledge about the signalling pathways downstream of Rops is continuously increasing. However, there are still substantial gaps in this knowledge...
January 16, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339414/assembly-of-methyl-coenzyme-m-reductase-in-the-methanogenic-archaeon-methanococcus-maripaludis
#6
Zhe Lyu, Chau-Wen Chou, Hao Shi, Liangliang Wang, Robel Ghebreab, Dennis Phillips, Yajun Yan, Evert C Duin, William B Whitman
Methyl-coenzyme M reductase (MCR) is a complex enzyme that catalyzes the final step in biological methanogenesis. To better understand its assembly, the recombinant MCR from the thermophile Methanothermococcus okinawensis (rMCRok) was expressed in the mesophile Methanococcus maripaludis The rMCRok was post-translationally modified correctly and contained McrD and the unique nickel tetrapyrrole coenzyme F430 Subunits of the native M. maripaludis (MCRmar) were largely absent, suggesting that the recombinant enzyme was formed by an assembly of co-transcribed subunits...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338021/coral-physiology-and-microbiome-dynamics-under-combined-warming-and-ocean-acidification
#7
Andréa G Grottoli, Paula Dalcin Martins, Michael J Wilkins, Michael D Johnston, Mark E Warner, Wei-Jun Cai, Todd F Melman, Kenneth D Hoadley, D Tye Pettay, Stephen Levas, Verena Schoepf
Rising seawater temperature and ocean acidification threaten the survival of coral reefs. The relationship between coral physiology and its microbiome may reveal why some corals are more resilient to these global change conditions. Here, we conducted the first experiment to simultaneously investigate changes in the coral microbiome and coral physiology in response to the dual stress of elevated seawater temperature and ocean acidification expected by the end of this century. Two species of corals, Acropora millepora containing the thermally sensitive endosymbiont C21a and Turbinaria reniformis containing the thermally tolerant endosymbiont Symbiodinium trenchi, were exposed to control (26...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337262/longitudinal-patterns-and-response-lengths-of-algae-in-riverine-ecosystems-a-model-analysis-emphasising-benthic-pelagic-interactions
#8
Christoph G Jäger, Dietrich Borchardt
In riverine ecosystems primary production is principally possible in two habitats: in the benthic layer by sessile algae and in the surface water by planktonic algae being transported downstream. The relevance of these two habitats generally changes along the rivers' continuum. However, analyses of the interaction of algae in these two habitats and their controlling factors in riverine ecosystems are, so far, very rare. We use a simplified advection-diffusion model system combined with ecological process kinetics to analyse the interaction of benthic and planktonic algae and nutrients along idealised streams and rivers at regional to large scales...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337190/binding-of-ferredoxin-to-algal-photosystem-i-involves-a-single-binding-site-and-is-composed-of-two-thermodynamically-distinct-events
#9
Pini Marco, Marina Kozuleva, Haviva Eilenberg, Yuval Mazor, Peter Gimeson, Andrey Kanygin, Kevin Redding, Iftach Yacoby
Despite the impressive progress made in recent years in understanding the early steps in charge separation within the photosynthetic reaction centers, our knowledge of how ferredoxin (Fd) interacts with the acceptor side of photosystem I (PSI) is not as well developed. Fd accepts electrons after transiently docking to a binding site on the acceptor side of PSI. However, the exact location, as well as the stoichiometry, of this binding have been a matter of debate for more than two decades. Here, using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) and purified components from wild type and mutant strains of the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii we show that PSI has a single binding site for Fd, and that the association consists of two distinct binding events, each with a specific association constant...
January 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335692/marine-natural-products
#10
REVIEW
John W Blunt, Anthony R Carroll, Brent R Copp, Rohan A Davis, Robert A Keyzers, Michèle R Prinsep
Covering: 2016. Previous review: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2017, 34, 235-294This review covers the literature published in 2016 for marine natural products (MNPs), with 757 citations (643 for the period January to December 2016) referring to compounds isolated from marine microorganisms and phytoplankton, green, brown and red algae, sponges, cnidarians, bryozoans, molluscs, tunicates, echinoderms, mangroves and other intertidal plants and microorganisms. The emphasis is on new compounds (1277 in 432 papers for 2016), together with the relevant biological activities, source organisms and country of origin...
January 16, 2018: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335637/expression-profiling-of-host-and-virus-during-a-coccolithophore-bloom-provides-insights-into-the-role-of-viral-infection-in-promoting-carbon-export
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Uri Sheyn, Shilo Rosenwasser, Yoav Lehahn, Noa Barak-Gavish, Ron Rotkopf, Kay D Bidle, Ilan Koren, Daniella Schatz, Assaf Vardi
The cosmopolitan coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi is a unicellular eukaryotic alga that forms vast blooms in the oceans impacting large biogeochemical cycles. These blooms are often terminated due to infection by the large dsDNA virus, E. huxleyi virus (EhV). It was recently established that EhV-induced modulation of E. huxleyi metabolism is a key factor for optimal viral infection cycle. Despite the huge ecological importance of this host-virus interaction, the ability to assess its spatial and temporal dynamics and its possible impact on nutrient fluxes is limited by current approaches that focus on quantification of viral abundance and biodiversity...
January 15, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335634/the-pii-signaling-protein-from-red-algae-represents-an-evolutionary-link-between-cyanobacterial-and-chloroplastida-pii-proteins
#12
Tatyana Lapina, Khaled A Selim, Karl Forchhammer, Elena Ermilova
PII superfamily consists of widespread signal transduction proteins found in all domains of life. Whereas they are well-studied in Archaea, Bacteria and Chloroplastida, no PII homolog has been analyzed in Rhodophyta (red algae), where PII is encoded by a chloroplast localized glnB gene. Here, we characterized relevant sensory properties of PII from the red alga Porphyra purpurea (PpPII) in comparison to PII proteins from different phyla of oxygenic phototrophs (cyanobacteria, Chlamydomonas and Physcomitrella) to assess evolutionary conservation versus adaptive properties...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334892/the-genome-of-a-prasinoviruses-related-freshwater-virus-reveals-unusual-diversity-of-phycodnaviruses
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Hao Chen, Weijia Zhang, Xiefei Li, Yingjie Pan, Shuling Yan, Yongjie Wang
BACKGROUND: Phycodnaviruses are widespread algae-infecting large dsDNA viruses and presently contain six genera: Chlorovirus, Prasinovirus, Prymnesiovirus, Phaeovirus, Coccolithovirus and Raphidovirus. The members in Prasinovirus are identified as marine viruses due to their marine algal hosts, while prasinovirus freshwater relatives remain rarely reported. RESULTS: Here we present the complete genomic sequence of a novel phycodnavirus, Dishui Lake Phycodnavirus 1 (DSLPV1), which was assembled from Dishui Lake metagenomic datasets...
January 15, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334649/determining-variables-that-influence-the-phosphorus-content-of-waste-stabilization-pond-algae
#14
Matthew D Sells, Nicola Brown, Andrew N Shilton
Waste stabilization ponds (WSP) are one of the most common forms of wastewater treatment for smaller communities globally, but have poor phosphorus removal. It is known that WSP algae can accumulate polyphosphate within their cells in excess of that needed for cell function. If polyphosphate accumulation could be triggered at the higher range of WSP cell concentrations, phosphorus removal from domestic wastewater could be significantly improved. However, this phenomenon is sporadic and still not fully understood...
January 8, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334390/smartphone-integrated-optoelectrowetting-sioew-for-on-chip-sample-processing-and-microscopic-detection-of-water-quality
#15
Dongyue Jiang, Seunguk Lee, Sung Woo Bae, Sung-Yong Park
With the increasing capabilities and ubiquity of smartphones and their associated digital cameras, this study presents a smartphone integrated optoelectrowetting (SiOEW) device as a simple, portable tool capable of on-chip water sample preparation and microscopic detection of the target cells in water samples, which significantly reduce the detection time and the labor cost required for water quality monitoring. A commercially available smartphone is used as a low-intensity portable light source to perform optoelectrowetting (OEW)-based microfluidic operations such as droplet transportation, merging, mixing, and immobilization on a hydrophobic detection zone...
January 15, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334330/the-presence-of-free-d-aspartate-in-marine-macroalgae-is-restricted-to-the-sargassaceae-family
#16
Takehiko Yokoyama, Masaharu Tokuda, Masafumi Amano, Koji Mikami
The presence of d-aspartate (d-Asp), a biologically rare amino acid, was evaluated in 38 species of marine macroalgae (seaweeds). Despite the ubiquitous presence of free l-Asp, free d-Asp was detected in only 5 species belonging to the Sargassaceae family of class Phaeophyceae (brown algae) but not in any species of the phyla Chlorophyta (green algae) and Rhodophyta (red algae). All other members of Phaeophyceae, including 3 species classified into the section Teretia of Sargassaceae did not contain d-Asp. These results indicate that the presence of free d-Asp in marine macroalgae is restricted only to the Sargassaceae family, excluding the species in the section Teretia...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334254/antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-properties-of-extracts-from-heterotrophic-cultures-of-galdieria-sulphuraria
#17
Claudia Bottone, Rosa Camerlingo, Roberta Miceli, Giovanna Salbitani, Giuseppe Sessa, Giuseppe Pirozzi, Simona Carfagna
This study explores the possibility to use the extremophilic microalga Galdieria sulphuraria (strain 064) as a source of natural biomolecules with beneficial and protective effects on human health. Galdieria was cultivated in heterotrophy conditions and cells extracts for their antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties were tested. Galdieria extracts showed high antioxidant power tested through ABTS assay and revealed high glutathione and phycocyanin contents. Based on Annexin-V FITC/propidium iodide and MTT analysis, algae extracts inhibited the proliferation of human adenocarcinoma A549 cells (51...
January 15, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333572/possible-protective-effect-of-the-algae-spirulina-against-nephrotoxicity-induced-by-cyclosporine-a-and-or-gamma-radiation-in-rats
#18
Maha M Aziz, Nihad I Eid, Ahmed S Nada, Nour El-Din Amin, Afaf A Ain-Shoka
The present study was conducted to evaluate the possible protective role of the algae spirulina (Sp) against nephrotoxicity and oxidative stress which are the main secondary effects induced by the immunosuppressant drug CSA and/or ionizing radiation. In this study, male rats were given Sp (1 g/kg) either for 15 days before irradiation (6.5 Gy) or 5 days before and 10 days concomitant with CSA (25 mg/kg). Markers used to assess renal injury included serum creatinine, urea, glucose, albumin, protein, and lipid profile as well as kidney content of reduced glutathione (GSH); lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS)); nitrite and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity...
January 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331919/removal-of-pharmaceutical-pollutants-from-synthetic-wastewater-using-chemically-modified-biomass-of-green-alga-scenedesmus-obliquus
#19
Mohamed E M Ali, Azza M Abd El-Aty, Mohamed I Badawy, Rizka K Ali
Pharmaceutical compounds are considered emerging environmental pollutants that have a potential harmful impact on environment and human health. In this study, the biomass of alga (Scenedesmus obliquus) was modified using alkaline solution, and used for the biosorption of tramadol (TRAM) and other pharmaceuticals. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms were investigated. The obtained results reveal high adsorption capacity of tramadol over modified algal biomass (MAB) after 45min with removal percentage of 91%...
January 11, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331827/pilot-scale-outdoor-photobioreactor-culture-of-the-marine-dinoflagellate-karlodinium-veneficum-production-of-a-karlotoxins-rich-extract
#20
L López-Rosales, A Sánchez-Mirón, F García-Camacho, A R Place, Yusuf Chisti, E Molina-Grima
A pilot-scale bioprocess was developed for the production of karlotoxin-enriched extracts of the marine algal dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum. A bubble column and a flat-panel photobioreactors (80-281 L) were used for comparative assessment of growth. Flow hydrodynamics and energy dissipation rates (EDR) in the bioreactors were characterized through robust computational fluid dynamic simulations. All cultures were conducted monoseptically outdoors. Bubble column (maximum cell productivity in semicontinuous operation of 58 × 103 cell mL-1 day-1) proved to be a better culture system for this alga...
December 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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