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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223214/expression-studies-of-bacillus-licheniformis-chitin-deacetylase-in-e-coli-rosetta-cells
#1
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/28217741/transcriptome-level-signatures-in-gene-expression-and-gene-expression-variability-during-bacterial-adaptive-evolution
#2
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/28214444/the-boosted-biomass-and-lipid-accumulation-in-chlorella-vulgaris-by-supplementation-of-synthetic-phytohormone-analogs
#3
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
#4
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/28211932/nanostructured-material-based-biofuel-cells-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
#5
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/28208296/ultrasensitive-self-powered-aptasensor-based-on-enzyme-biofuel-cell-and-dna-bioconjugate-a-facile-and-powerful-tool-for-antibiotic-residue-detection
#6
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/28191037/understanding-the-structural-and-chemical-changes-of-plant-biomass-following-steam-explosion-pretreatment
#7
Thomas Auxenfans, David Crônier, Brigitte Chabbert, Gabriel Paës
BACKGROUND: Biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass has become one of the most valuable alternatives for the production of multi-products such as biofuels. Pretreatment is a prerequisite to increase the enzymatic conversion of the recalcitrant lignocellulose. However, there is still considerable debate regarding the key features of biomass impacting the cellulase accessibility. In this study, we evaluate the structural and chemical features of three different representative biomasses (Miscanthus × giganteus, poplar and wheat straw), before and after steam explosion pretreatment at increasing severities, by monitoring chemical analysis, SEM, FTIR and 2D NMR...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188702/control-of-chitin-nanofiber-production-by-the-lipid-producing-diatom-cyclotella-sp-through-fed-batch-addition-of-dissolved-silicon-and-nitrate-in-a-bubble-column-photobioreactor
#8
Omar Chiriboga, Gregory L Rorrer
Diatoms are single-celled algae that make cell walls of nanopatterned biogenic silica called frustules through metabolic uptake of dissolved silicon and its templated condensation into biosilica. The centric marine diatom Cyclotella sp. also produces intracellular lipids and the valued co-product chitin, an N-acetyl glucosamine biopolymer that is extruded from selected frustule pores as pure nanofibers. The goal of this study was to develop a nutrient feeding strategy to control the production of chitin nanofibers from Cyclotella with the co-production of biofuel lipids...
February 11, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186631/dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-regulation-associated-with-vascularization-in-sorghum-bicolor
#9
Gina M Turco, Kaisa Kajala, Govindarajan Kunde-Ramamoorthy, Chew-Yee Ngan, Andrew Olson, Shweta Deshphande, Denis Tolkunov, Barbara Waring, Scott Stelpflug, Patricia Klein, Jeremy Schmutz, Shawn Kaeppler, Doreen Ware, Chia-Lin Wei, J Peter Etchells, Siobhan M Brady
Plant secondary cell walls constitute the majority of plant biomass. They are predominantly found in xylem cells, which are derived from vascular initials during vascularization. Little is known about these processes in grass species despite their emerging importance as biomass feedstocks. The targeted biofuel crop Sorghum bicolor has a sequenced and well-annotated genome, making it an ideal monocot model for addressing vascularization and biomass deposition. Here we generated tissue-specific transcriptome and DNA methylome data from sorghum shoots, roots and developing root vascular and nonvascular tissues...
February 10, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181062/progress-in-biocatalysis-with-immobilized-viable-whole-cells-systems-development-reaction-engineering-and-applications
#10
REVIEW
Milan Polakovič, Juraj Švitel, Marek Bučko, Jaroslav Filip, Vilém Neděla, Marion B Ansorge-Schumacher, Peter Gemeiner
Viable microbial cells are important biocatalysts in the production of fine chemicals and biofuels, in environmental applications and also in emerging applications such as biosensors or medicine. Their increasing significance is driven mainly by the intensive development of high performance recombinant strains supplying multienzyme cascade reaction pathways, and by advances in preservation of the native state and stability of whole-cell biocatalysts throughout their application. In many cases, the stability and performance of whole-cell biocatalysts can be highly improved by controlled immobilization techniques...
February 8, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174580/expression-of-camelina-wrinkled1-isoforms-rescue-the-seed-phenotype-of-the-arabidopsis-wri1-mutant-and-increase-the-triacylglycerol-content-in-tobacco-leaves
#11
Dahee An, Hyojin Kim, Seulgi Ju, Young Sam Go, Hyun Uk Kim, Mi Chung Suh
Triacylglycerol (TAG) is an energy-rich reserve in plant seeds that is composed of glycerol esters with three fatty acids. Since TAG can be used as a feedstock for the production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, producing TAGs in vegetative tissue is an alternative way of meeting the increasing demand for its usage. The WRINKLED1 (WRI1) gene is a well-established key transcriptional regulator involved in the upregulation of fatty acid biosynthesis in developing seeds. WRI1s from Arabidopsis and several other crops have been previously employed for increasing TAGs in seed and vegetative tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169485/borinic-acid-polymer-simplified-synthesis-and-enzymatic-biofuel-cell-application
#12
Xin-Hu Lv, Shun-Shun Li, Cong-Yu Tian, Mao-Mao Yang, Cheng Li, Yan Zhou, Xiao-Li Sun, Jun Zhang, Wen-Ming Wan
A simplified one-pot and less harmful method has been introduced for the synthesis of borinic acid monomer. The corresponding borinic acid polymer (PBA) has been prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Property investigations confirm the characteristics of PBA as a new type of "smart material" in the field of thermo-responsive polymer. The potential application of PBA in the field of enzymatic biofuel cell has been illustrated with a wide open circuit potential of 0.92 V...
February 7, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165619/modulation-of-fatty-acids-and-hydrocarbons-in-anabaena-7120-and-its-ntca-mutant-under-calcium
#13
Savita Singh, Ekta Verma, Balkrishna Tiwari, Niveshika, Arun Kumar Mishra
Calcium being a signaling molecule and mediator of cell response, we examined the modulation in fatty acid and hydrocarbon profiles of wild type cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 and its ntcA mutant under the influence of different calcium chloride concentrations (0-10 mM). Dynamic modifications in fatty acid and hydrocarbon profile were evident through GC-FID analysis of extracted lipids. In the wild type, increase in CaCl2 (10 mM) resulted in unsaturation of fatty acids (observed in terms of high MUFA/PUFA ratio) while hydrocarbon production was distinctly high in the mutant strain compared to wild type at all tested concentrations...
February 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163784/feasibility-of-co2-mitigation-and-carbohydrate-production-by-microalga-scenedesmus-obliquus-cnw-n-used-for-bioethanol-fermentation-under-outdoor-conditions-effects-of-seasonal-changes
#14
Shih-Hsin Ho, Yi-Di Chen, Ching-Yu Chang, Yen-Ying Lai, Chun-Yen Chen, Akihiko Kondo, Nan-Qi Ren, Jo-Shu Chang
BACKGROUND: Although outdoor cultivation systems have been widely used for mass production of microalgae at a relatively low cost, there are still limited efforts on outdoor cultivation of carbohydrate-rich microalgae that were further used as feedstock for fermentative bioethanol production. In particular, the effects of seasonal changes on cell growth, CO2 fixation, and carbohydrate production of the microalgae have not been well investigated. RESULTS: This work demonstrates the feasibility of using outdoor tubular photobioreactors (PBR) for whole-year-round cultivation of a carbohydrate-rich microalga Scenedesmus obliquus CNW-N in southern Taiwan...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163194/recent-advances-and-state-of-the-art-strategies-in-strain-and-process-engineering-for-biobutanol-production-by-clostridium-acetobutylicum
#15
REVIEW
Chuang Xue, Jingbo Zhao, Lijie Chen, Shang-Tian Yang, Fengwu Bai
Butanol as an advanced biofuel has gained great attention due to its environmental benefits and superior properties compared to ethanol. However, the cost of biobutanol production via conventional acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum is not economically competitive, which has hampered its industrial application. The strain performance and downstream process greatly impact the economics of biobutanol production. Although various engineered strains with carefully orchestrated metabolic and sporulation-specific pathways have been developed, none of them is ideal for industrial biobutanol production...
February 3, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160057/a-culture-independent-approach-to-enrich-endophytic-bacterial-cells-from-sugarcane-stems-for-community-characterization
#16
Carlos M Dos-Santos, Daniel G de Souza, Eduardo Balsanelli, Leonardo Magalhães Cruz, Emanuel M de Souza, José I Baldani, Stefan Schwab
Bacterial endophytes constitute a very diverse community and they confer important benefits which help to improve agricultural yield. Some of these benefits remain underexplored or little understood, mainly due to the bottlenecks associated with the plant feature, a low number of endophytic bacterial cells in relation to the plant, and difficulties in accessing these bacteria using cultivation-independent methods. Enriching endophytic bacterial cells from plant tissues, based on a non-biased, cultivation-independent physical enrichment method, may help to circumvent those problems, especially in the case of sugarcane stems, which have a high degree of interfering factors, such as polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, nucleases, and fibers...
February 3, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159788/revisiting-the-regulation-of-the-primary-scaffoldin-gene-in-clostridium-thermocellum
#17
Lizett Ortiz de Ora, Iván Muñoz-Gutiérrez, Edward A Bayer, Yuval Shoham, Raphael Lamed, Ilya Borovok
: Cellulosomes are considered to be one of the most efficient systems for degradation of plant cell-wall polysaccharides. The central cellulosome component comprises a large, noncatalytic, protein subunit called scaffoldin. Multiple saccharolytic enzymes are incorporated into the scaffoldins via specific high-affinity cohesin-dockerin interactions. Recently, the regulation of genes encoding certain cellulosomal components by multiple RNA polymerase alternative σ(I) factors has been demonstrated in Clostridium (Ruminiclostridium) thermocellum In the present report, we provide experimental evidence demonstrating that the C...
February 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156133/phycoremediation-of-municipal-wastewater-by-microalgae-to-produce-biofuel
#18
Amit Kumar Singh, Nikunj Sharma, Humaira Farooqi, Malik Zainul Abdin, Thomas Mock, Shashi Kumar
Municipal wastewater (WW), if not properly remediated, poses a threat to the environment and human health by carrying significant loads of nutrients and pathogens. These contaminants pollute rivers, lakes and natural reservoirs where they cause eutrophication and pathogen-mediated diseases. However, the high nutrient content of WW makes it an ideal environment for remediation with microalgae that require high nutrient concentrations for growth and are not susceptible to toxins and pathogens. Given that an appropriate algal strain is used for remediation, the incurred biomass can be refined for the production of biofuel...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150833/kinetically-controlled-synthesis-of-nanoporous-au-and-its-enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-for-glucose-based-biofuel-cells
#19
Man Xu, Yongming Sui, Guanjun Xiao, Xinyi Yang, Yingjin Wei, Bo Zou
Nanoporous gold (NPG) structures, which possess abundant high-index facets, kinks, and steps, have been demonstrated as effective catalysts for the glucose electrooxidation in biofuel cells. Herein, we designed surface-clean NPG structures with high-index facets by a trisodium citrate (Na3Cit) self-initiated reduction of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) in a water-ice bath followed by a kinetically controlled self-assembly manner. This strategy breaks through the traditional trisodium citrate thermal-reducing chloroauric acid approach where solutions are required to heat to a certain temperature for the reaction to initiate...
February 2, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149324/exploring-eukaryotic-formate-metabolisms-to-enhance-microbial-growth-and-lipid-accumulation
#20
Zhiguo Liu, Tolutola Oyetunde, Whitney D Hollinshead, Anna Hermanns, Yinjie J Tang, Wei Liao, Yan Liu
BACKGROUND: C1 substrates (such as formate and methanol) are promising feedstock for biochemical/biofuel production. Numerous studies have been focusing on engineering heterologous pathways to incorporate C1 substrates into biomass, while the engineered microbial hosts often demonstrate inferior fermentation performance due to substrate toxicity, metabolic burdens from engineered pathways, and poor enzyme activities. Alternatively, exploring native C1 pathways in non-model microbes could be a better solution to address these challenges...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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