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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334198/enzyme-based-glucose-sensor-from-invasive-to-wearable-device
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REVIEW
Hyunjae Lee, Yongseok Joseph Hong, Seungmin Baik, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Blood glucose concentration is a key indicator of patients' health, particularly for symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus. Because of the large number of diabetic patients, many approaches for glucose measurement have been studied to enable continuous and accurate glucose level monitoring. Among them, electrochemical analysis is prominent because it is simple and quantitative. This technology has been incorporated into commercialized and research-level devices from simple test strips to wearable devices and implantable systems...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334187/surveying-the-landscape-of-optogenetic-methods-for-detection-of-protein-protein-interactions
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REVIEW
Matthew D Wiens, Robert E Campbell
Mapping the protein-protein interaction (PPi) landscape is of critical importance to furthering our understanding how cells and organisms function. Optogenetic methods, that is, approaches that utilize genetically encoded fluorophores or fluorogenic enzyme reactions, uniquely enable the visualization of biochemical phenomena in live cells with high spatial and temporal accuracy. Applying optogenetic methods to the detection of PPis requires the engineering of protein-based systems in which an optical signal undergoes a substantial change when the two proteins of interest interact...
January 15, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334092/synthetic-cells-produce-a-quorum-sensing-chemical-signal-perceived-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Giordano Rampioni, Francesca D'Angelo, Marco Messina, Alessandro Zennaro, Yutetsu Kuruma, Daniela Tofani, Livia Leoni, Pasquale Stano
Recent developments in bottom-up synthetic biology (e.g., lipid vesicle technology integrated with cell-free protein expression systems) allow the generation of semi-synthetic minimal cells (in short, synthetic cells, SCs) endowed with some distinctive capacities of natural cells. In particular, such approaches provide technological tools and conceptual frameworks for the design and engineering of programmable SCs capable of communicating with natural cells by exchanging chemical signals. Here we describe the generation of giant vesicle-based SCs which, via gene expression, synthesize in their aqueous lumen an enzyme that in turn produces a chemical signal...
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330068/engineering-of-hydroxymandelate-synthases-and-the-aromatic-amino-pathway-enables-de-novo-biosynthesis-of-mandelic-and-4-hydroxymandelic-acid-with-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Mara Reifenrath, Eckhard Boles
Mandelic acid (MA) and 4-hydroxymandelic acid (HMA) are valuable specialty chemicals used as precursors for flavors as well as for cosmetic and pharmaceutical purposes. Today they are mainly synthesized chemically. Their synthesis through microbial fermentation would allow for environmentally sustainable production. In this work, we engineered the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for high-level production of MA and HMA. Expressing the hydroxymandelate synthase from Amycolatopsis orientalis in a yeast wild type strain resulted in the production of 119mg/L HMA from glucose...
January 9, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329531/chemical-genomic-guided-engineering-of-gamma-valerolactone-tolerant-yeast
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Scott Bottoms, Quinn Dickinson, Mick McGee, Li Hinchman, Alan Higbee, Alex Hebert, Jose Serate, Dan Xie, Yaoping Zhang, Joshua J Coon, Chad L Myers, Robert Landick, Jeff S Piotrowski
BACKGROUND: Gamma valerolactone (GVL) treatment of lignocellulosic bomass is a promising technology for degradation of biomass for biofuel production; however, GVL is toxic to fermentative microbes. Using a combination of chemical genomics with the yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) deletion collection to identify sensitive and resistant mutants, and chemical proteomics to monitor protein abundance in the presence of GVL, we sought to understand the mechanism toxicity and resistance to GVL with the goal of engineering a GVL-tolerant, xylose-fermenting yeast...
January 12, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329004/contemporary-enzyme-based-technologies-for-bioremediation-a-review
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REVIEW
Babita Sharma, Arun Kumar Dangi, Pratyoosh Shukla
The persistent disposal of xenobiotic compounds like insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, plastics and other hydrocarbon containing substances is the major source of environmental pollution which needs to be eliminated. Many contemporary remediation methods such as physical, chemical and biological are currently being used, but they are not sufficient to clean the environment. The enzyme based bioremediation is an easy, quick, eco-friendly and socially acceptable approach used for the bioremediation of these recalcitrant xenobiotic compounds from the natural environment...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326975/identifying-the-substrate-proteins-of-u-box-e3s-e4b-and-chip-by-orthogonal-ubiquitin-transfer
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Karan Bhuripanyo, Yiyang Wang, Xianpeng Liu, Li Zhou, Ruochuan Liu, Duc Duong, Bo Zhao, Yingtao Bi, Han Zhou, Geng Chen, Nicholas T Seyfried, Walter J Chazin, Hiroaki Kiyokawa, Jun Yin
E3 ubiquitin (UB) ligases E4B and carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein (CHIP) use a common U-box motif to transfer UB from E1 and E2 enzymes to their substrate proteins and regulate diverse cellular processes. To profile their ubiquitination targets in the cell, we used phage display to engineer E2-E4B and E2-CHIP pairs that were free of cross-reactivity with the native UB transfer cascades. We then used the engineered E2-E3 pairs to construct "orthogonal UB transfer (OUT)" cascades so that a mutant UB (xUB) could be exclusively used by the engineered E4B or CHIP to label their substrate proteins...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324789/an-l213a-variant-of-%C3%AE-glycosidase-from-sulfolobus-solfataricus-with-increased-%C3%AE-l-arabinofuranosidase-activity-converts-ginsenoside-rc-to-compound-k
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Ji-Hyeon Choi, Kyung-Chul Shin, Deok-Kun Oh
Compound K (C-K) is a crucial pharmaceutical and cosmetic component because of disease prevention and skin anti-aging effects. For industrial application of this active compound, the protopanaxadiol (PPD)-type ginsenosides should be transformed to C-K. β-Glycosidase from Sulfolobus solfataricus has been reported as an efficient C-K-producing enzyme, using glycosylated PPD-type ginsenosides as substrates. β-Glycosidase from S. solfataricus can hydrolyze β-d-glucopyranoside in ginsenosides Rc, C-Mc1, and C-Mc, but not α-l-arabinofuranoside in these ginsenosides...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322283/rational-design-of-engineered-microbial-cell-surface-multi-enzyme-co-display-system-for-sustainable-nadh-regeneration-from-low-cost-biomass
#9
Lei Han, Bo Liang, Jianxia Song
As an important cofactor, NADH is essential for most redox reactions and biofuel cells. However, supply of exogenous NADH is challenged, due to the low production efficiency and high cost of NADH regeneration system, as well as low stability of NADH. Here, we constructed a novel cell surface multi-enzyme co-display system with ratio- and space-controllable manner as exogenous NADH regeneration system for the sustainable NADH production from low-cost biomass. Dockerin-fused glucoamylase (GA) and glucose dehydrogenase (GDH) were expressed and assembled on the engineered bacterial surfaces, which displayed protein scaffolds with various combinations of different cohesins...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322256/pilot-scale-process-development-for-low-cost-production-of-a-thermostable-biodiesel-refining-enzyme-in-escherichia-coli
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Florencia Eberhardt, Andres Aguirre, Luciana Paoletti, Guillermo Hails, Mauricio Braia, Pablo Ravasi, Salvador Peiru, Hugo G Menzella
Biodiesels produced from vegetable oils have a major quality problem due to the presence of steryl glucosides (SGs), which form precipitates that clog filters and cause engine failures. Recently, we described an enzymatic process for removing SGs from biodiesel. However, industrial adoption of this technology was hindered by the cost of the steryl glucosidase (SGase) enzyme used. Here we report the development and validation at the pilot scale of a cost-efficient process for manufacturing the SGase. First, we tested various low-cost carbon sources for the Escherichia coli producing strain, ultimately developing a fed-batch fermentation process that utilizes crude glycerol as a feedstock...
January 10, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322108/production-of-biodiesel-by-enzymatic-transesterification-of-waste-sardine-oil-and-evaluation-of-its-engine-performance
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A Arumugam, V Ponnusami
Waste sardine oil, a byproduct of fish industry, was employed as a low cost feedstock for biodiesel production. It has relatively high free fatty acid (FFA) content (32 mg KOH/g of oil). Lipase enzyme immobilized on activated carbon was used as the catalyst for the transesterification reaction. Process variables viz. reaction temperature, water content and oil to methanol molar ratio were optimized. Optimum methanol to oil molar ratio, water content and temperature were found to be 9:1, 10 v/v% and 30 °C respectively...
December 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321810/metabolic-engineering-of-pichia-pastoris-for-production-of-isobutanol-and-isobutyl-acetate
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Wiparat Siripong, Philipp Wolf, Theodora Puspowangi Kusumoputri, Joe James Downes, Kanokarn Kocharin, Sutipa Tanapongpipat, Weerawat Runguphan
Background: Interests in renewable fuels have exploded in recent years as the serious effects of global climate change become apparent. Microbial production of high-energy fuels by economically efficient bioprocesses has emerged as an attractive alternative to the traditional production of transportation fuels. Here, we engineered Pichia pastoris, an industrial workhorse in heterologous enzyme production, to produce the biofuel isobutanol from two renewable carbon sources, glucose and glycerol...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321630/engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cell-sheets-patches-prevents-postoperative-pancreatic-leakage-in-a-rat-model
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Seong-Ryong Kim, Hye-Jin Yi, Yu Na Lee, Ji Yoon Park, Robert M Hoffman, Teruo Okano, In Kyong Shim, Song Cheol Kim
Post-operative pancreatic fistula (POPF) following pancreatic resection is a life-threatening surgical complication. Cell sheets were prepared and harvested using temperature-responsive culture dishes and transplanted as patches to seal POPF. Two different mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) sheets were compared in terms of the preventative ability for pancreatic leakage in a rat model. Both rat adipose-derived stem cell (rADSC) and bone marrow-derived stem cell (rBMSC) sheets were transplanted. Those rADSC and rBMSC sheets are created without enzymes and thus maintained their cell-cell junctions and adhesion proteins with intact fibronectin on the basal side, as well as characteristics of MSCs...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321205/advantages-of-a-distant-cellulase-catalytic-base
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Tucker Burgin, Jerry Ståhlberg, Heather B Mayes
The inverting glycoside hydrolase Trichoderma reesei (Hypocrea jecorina) Cel6A is a promising candidate for protein engineering for more economical production of biofuels. Until recently, its catalytic mechanism had been uncertain: the best candidate residue to serve as a catalytic base, D175, is further from the glycosidic cleavage site than in other glycoside hydrolase enzymes. Recent unbiased transition path sampling simulations revealed the hydrolytic mechanism for this more distant base, employing a water wire; however, it is not clear why the enzyme employs a more distant catalytic base, a highly-conserved feature among homologs across different kingdoms...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320762/corrected-and-republished-from-identification-of-peptidoglycan-hydrolase-constructs-with-synergistic-staphylolytic-activity-in-cow-s-milk
#15
Carolin T Verbree, Steven M Dätwyler, Susanne Meile, Fritz Eichenseher, David M Donovan, Martin J Loessner, Mathias Schmelcher
Peptidoglycan hydrolases (PGHs) have been suggested as novel therapeutics for the treatment of bovine mastitis. However, activity in the presence of cow's milk is an important requirement for drugs administered into the bovine udder. We have used a microtiter plate-based protocol to screen a library of >170 recombinant PGHs, including engineered bacteriophage endolysins, for enzymes with activity against Staphylococcus aureus in milk. Eight suitable PGH constructs were identified by this approach, and their efficacies against S...
January 1, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320402/the-secretory-response-of-rat-peritoneal-mast-cells-on-exposure-to-mineral-fibers
#16
Violetta Borelli, Elisa Trevisan, Vita Francesca, Giuliano Zabucchi
BACKGROUND: Exposure to mineral fibers is of substantial relevance to human health. A key event in exposure is the interaction with inflammatory cells and the subsequent generation of pro-inflammatory factors. Mast cells (MCs) have been shown to interact with titanium oxide (TiO₂) and asbestos fibers. In this study, we compared the response of rat peritoneal MCs challenged with the asbestos crocidolite and nanowires of TiO₂ to that induced by wollastonite employed as a control fiber...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318559/imaging-proteolytic-activities-in-mouse-models-of-cancer
#17
Anupama Pal, Alnawaz Rehemtulla
Proteases are "protein-cleaving" enzymes, which, in addition to their non-specific degrading function, also catalyze the highly specific and regulated process of proteolytic processing, thus regulating multiple biological functions. Alterations in proteolytic activity occur during pathological conditions such as cancer. One of the major deregulated classes of proteases in cancer is caspases, the proteolytic initiators and mediators of the apoptotic machinery. The ability to image apoptosis noninvasively in living cells and animal models of cancer can not only provide new insight into the biological basis of the disease but can also be used as a quantitative tool to screen and evaluate novel therapeutic strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318252/spatial-requirement-for-pamo-for-transformation-of-non-native-linear-substrates
#18
Alexandra T P Carvalho, Daniel F A R Dourado, Timofey Skvortsov, Miguel de Abreu, Lyndsey J Ferguson, Derek J Quinn, Thomas S Moody, Meilan Huang
Phenylacetone monooxygenase is the most stable and thermo-tolerant member of the Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases family, and therefore it is an ideal candidate for the synthesis of industrially relevant ester or lactone compounds. However, its limited substrate scope has largely limited its industrial applications. Linear substrates are interesting from an industrial point of view, it is thus necessary to identify the essential spatial requirement for achieving high conversions for non-native linear substrates...
January 10, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318204/heterologous-biosynthesis-of-natural-product-naringenin-by-co-culture-engineering
#19
Vijaydev Ganesan, Zhenghong Li, Xiaonan Wang, Haoran Zhang
Co-culture engineering is an emerging approach for microbial biosynthesis of a variety of biochemicals. In this study, E. coli-E. coli co-cultures were developed for heterologous biosynthesis of the natural product naringenin. The co-cultures were composed of two independent E. coli strains dedicated to functional expression of different portions of the biosynthetic pathway, respectively. The co-culture biosynthesis was optimized by investigating the effect of carbon source, E. coli strain selection, timing of IPTG induction and the inoculation ratio between the co-culture strains...
September 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317628/structure-function-and-engineering-of-multifunctional-non-heme-iron-dependent-oxygenases-in-fungal-meroterpenoid-biosynthesis
#20
Yu Nakashima, Takahiro Mori, Hitomi Nakamura, Takayoshi Awakawa, Shotaro Hoshino, Miki Senda, Toshiya Senda, Ikuro Abe
Non-heme iron and α-ketoglutarate (αKG) oxygenases catalyze remarkably diverse reactions using a single ferrous ion cofactor. A major challenge in studying this versatile family of enzymes is to understand their structure-function relationship. AusE from Aspergillus nidulans and PrhA from Penicillium brasilianum are two highly homologous Fe(II)/αKG oxygenases in fungal meroterpenoid biosynthetic pathways that use preaustinoid A1 as a common substrate to catalyze divergent rearrangement reactions to form the spiro-lactone in austinol and cycloheptadiene moiety in paraherquonin, respectively...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
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