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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531863/biodiesel-production-from-spirulina-microalgae-feedstock-using-direct-transesterification-near-supercritical-methanol-condition
#1
Hamed Mohamadzadeh Shirazi, Javad Karimi-Sabet, Cyrus Ghotbi
Microalgae as a candidate for production of biodiesel, possesses a hard cell wall that prevents intracellular lipids leaving out from the cells. Direct or in situ supercritical transesterification has the potential for destruction of microalgae hard cell wall and conversion of extracted lipids to biodiesel that consequently reduces the total energy consumption. Response surface methodology combined with central composite design was applied to investigate process parameters including: Temperature, Time, Methanol-to-dry algae, Hexane-to-dry algae, and Moisture content...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499204/simultaneous-determination-of-nine-phytohormones-in-seaweed-and-algae-extracts-by-hplc-pda
#2
Bogusława Górka, Piotr P Wieczorek
An RP-HPLC-PDA method for the simultaneous analysis of 9 compounds deriving from the phytohormones class was developed and optimized, namely indoleacetic acid (IAA), indolebutyric acid (IBA), phenyleacetic acid (PAA), naphtyleacetic acid (NAA), trans-zeatin (TZ), kinetin (KA), isopentenyladenine (IA), 6-benzylaminopurine (6-BA) and abscisic acid (ABA). Validation of the method was performed on the SFE-CO2 extract made out of the mixture of Baltic algae. The regression coefficients for plant hormones were in the range from 0...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486198/mutation-of-spirulina-sp-by-nuclear-irradiation-to-improve-growth-rate-under-15-carbon-dioxide-in-flue-gas
#3
Jun Cheng, Hongxiang Lu, Xin He, Weijuan Yang, Junhu Zhou, Kefa Cen
Spirulina sp. was mutated by γ-rays from (60)Co nuclear irradiation to improve growth and CO2 fixation rate under 15vol.% CO2 (in flue gas from a power plant). Mutants with enhanced growth phenotype were obtained, with the best strain exhibiting 310% increment in biomass yield on day 4. The mutant was then domesticated with elevated CO2 concentration, and the biomass yield increased by 500% after domestication under 15vol.% CO2, with stable inheritance. Ultrastructure of Spirulina sp. shows that the fractal dimension of Spirulina cells decreased by 23% after mutation...
April 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476990/higher-adsorption-capacity-of-spirulina-platensis-alga-for-cr-vi-ions-removal-parameter-optimisation-equilibrium-kinetic-and-thermodynamic-predictions
#4
Elumalai Gunasundari, Ponnusamy Senthil Kumar
This study discusses about the biosorption of Cr(VI) ion from aqueous solution using ultrasonic assisted Spirulina platensis (UASP). The prepared UASP biosorbent was characterised by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller, scanning electron spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray and thermogravimetric analyses. The optimum condition for the maximum removal of Cr(VI) ions for an initial concentration of 50 mg/l by UASP was measured as: adsorbent dose of 1 g/l, pH of 3...
April 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472600/glucomannan-or-glucomannan-plus-spirulina-enriched-squid-surimi-diets-reduce-histological-damage-to-liver-and-heart-in-zucker-fa-fa-rats-fed-a-cholesterol-enriched-and-non-cholesterol-enriched-atherogenic-diet
#5
Miguel Vázquez-Velasco, Laura González-Torres, Rosa A García-Fernández, María Teresa Méndez, Sara Bastida, Juana Benedí, María José González-Muñoz, Francisco J Sánchez-Muniz
Glucomannan-enriched squid surimi improves cholesterolemia and liver antioxidant status. The effect of squid surimi enriched with glucomannan or glucomannan plus spirulina on liver and heart structures and cell damage markers was tested in fa/fa rats fed highly saturated-hyper-energetic diets. Animals were fed 70% AIN-93M rodent diet plus six versions of 30% squid surimi for 7 weeks: control (C), glucomannan (G), and glucomannan plus spirulina (GS). The cholesterol-control (HC), cholesterol-glucomannan (HG), and cholesterol-glucomannan plus spirulina (HGS) groups were given similar diets that were enriched with 2% cholesterol and 0...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460930/jagua-blue-derived-from-genipa-americana-l-fruit-a-natural-alternative-to-commonly-used-blue-food-colorants
#6
J E Brauch, S P Zapata-Porras, M Buchweitz, J K Aschoff, R Carle
Due to consumers' increasing health awareness, food industry aims at replacing synthetic dyes by natural counterparts. The substitution of blue synthetic dyes is particularly challenging since current natural alternatives such as phycocyanin (Spirulina) suffer from poor stability. Jagua blue (produced from Genipa americana L. fruit) might represent a potential novel blue pigment source. However, only little is known about its color properties, and application in food systems. Therefore, the blue color and the stability of Jagua blue were assessed for the first time and compared to commonly used colorants, namely, Spirulina, brilliant blue FCF (Blue no...
November 2016: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441036/application-of-arthrospira-spirulina-platensis-biomass-for-silver-removal-from-aqueous-solutions
#7
Inga Zinicovscaia, Liliana Cepoi, Tatiana Chiriac, Tatiana Mitina, Dmitrii Grozdov, Nikita Yushin, Otilia Culicov
The cyanobacterium Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis was used to study the process of silver biosorption. Effects of various parameters such as contact time, dosage of biosorbent, initial pH, temperature, and initial concentration of Ag(I) were investigated for a batch adsorption system. The optimal biosorption conditions were determined as pH 5.0, biosorbent dosage of 0.4 g, and initial silver concentration of 30 mg/L. Equilibrium adsorption data were analyzed by the Langmuir and Freundlich models - however, the Freundlich model provided a better fit with the experimental data...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431534/the-effects-of-spirulina-platensis-on-anthropometric-indices-appetite-lipid-profile-and-serum-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-in-obese-individuals-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
#8
Reihaneh Zeinalian, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Atefeh Shariat, Maryam Saghafi-Asl
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a great attention has been focused on Spirulina platensis as a source of potential valuable nutrients for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The objectives of the current study were to determine the effects of Spirulina platensis on anthropometric parameters, serum lipids, appetite and serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in obese individuals. METHODS: In the current study sixty four obese individuals aged 20-50 years were enrolled and randomly allocated into two groups of intervention and placebo...
April 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393188/a-heptameric-peptide-purified-from-spirulina%C3%A2-sp-gastrointestinal-hydrolysate-inhibits-angiotensin-i-converting-enzyme-and-angiotensin%C3%A2-ii-induced-vascular-dysfunction-in-human-endothelial-cells
#9
Seong-Yeong Heo, Seok-Chun Ko, Chang Su Kim, Gun-Woo Oh, Bomi Ryu, Zhong-Ji Qian, Geunhyung Kim, Won Sun Park, Il-Whan Choi, Thi Tuong Vy Phan, Soo-Jin Heo, Do-Hyung Kang, Myunggi Yi, Won-Kyo Jung
In this study, a marine microalga Spirulina sp.-derived protein was hydrolyzed using gastrointestinal enzymes to produce an angiotensin I (Ang I)-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory peptide. Following consecutive purification, the potent ACE inhibitory peptide was composed of 7 amino acids, Thr-Met‑Glu‑Pro‑Gly‑Lys-Pro (molecular weight, 759 Da). Analysis using the Lineweaver-Burk plot and molecular modeling suggested that the purified peptide acted as a mixed non-competitive inhibitor of ACE...
May 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387444/comparative-modulation-of-levels-of-oxidative-stress-in-the-liver-of-anti-tuberculosis-drug-treated-wistar-rats-by-vitamin-b12-beta-carotene-and-spirulina-fusiformis-role-of-nf-kb-inos-il-6-and-il-10
#10
Sherry Joseph Martin, Evan Prince Sabina
PURPOSE: Isoniazid (INH) and Rifampicin (RIF) are known hepatotoxic agents. We compared the efficacy of Spirulina fusiformis and its active components vitamin B12 and beta-carotene in attenuating INH & RIF induced hepatotoxicity. We also tried to elucidate the inflammatory mechanism behind anti-tuberculosis drug induced hepatotoxicity. METHODS: INH & RIF were administered to Wistar albino rats for 28 days to induce hepatotoxicity. Spirulina fusiformis, vitamin B12 and beta-carotene were co-administered with INH & RIF and their hepatoprotective, antioxidant and immunomodulatory roles were studied through blood and liver analysis...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384218/a-novel-multicopper-oxidase-laccase-from-cyanobacteria-purification-characterization-with-potential-in-the-decolorization-of-anthraquinonic-dye
#11
Sumbul Afreen, Tooba Naz Shamsi, Mohd Affan Baig, Nadeem Ahmad, Sadaf Fatima, M Irfan Qureshi, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan, Tasneem Fatma
A novel extracellular laccase enzyme produced from Spirulina platensis CFTRI was purified by ultrafiltration, cold acetone precipitation, anion exchange and size exclusion chromatography with 51.5% recovery and 5.8 purification fold. The purified laccase was a monomeric protein with molecular mass of ~66 kDa that was confirmed by zymogram analysis and peptide mass fingerprinting. The optimum pH and temperature of the enzyme activity was found at 3.0 and 30°C using ABTS as substrate but the enzyme was quite stable at high temperature and alkaline pH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357609/the-inhibitory-effect-of-c-phycocyanin-containing-protein-extract-c-pc-extract-on-human-matrix-metalloproteinases-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-in-hepatocellular-cancer-cell-line-hepg2
#12
Mugdha Kunte, Krutika Desai
Spirulina platensis :have been studied for several biological activities. In the current study C-phycocyanin containing protein extract (C-PC extract) of Spirulina platensis have been studied for its effect on human matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-1, MMP-2 and MMP-9) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMP-1 and TIMP-2). In the present study, breast cancer cell line (MDA-MB 231) and hepatocellular cancer cell line (HepG2) were examined for inhibition of MMPs at different levels of expression after C-PC extract treatment...
March 30, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344024/putative-model-based-on-itraq-proteomics-for-spirulina-morphogenesis-mechanisms
#13
Fu-Shuang Wang, Shi-Rui Dong, Hong-Yu Zhang, Su-Ying Wang
The morphology of Spirulina during cultivation is susceptible to external interferences, but the morphogenesis mechanism is still unclear. Here the proteomic changes of linear Spirulina and spiral Spirulina were comparatively investigated via isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ). Totally 165 and 167 differences in proteins expression were screened out from the TJSD2/TJSD3 and TJBC4-1/TJBC4-2 groups, respectively. Gene ontology and metabolic pathway analysis of differences in proteins expression uncovered the metabolic pathways (photosynthesis, carbon fixation, sugar metabolism) that were significantly enriched with the proteins correlated with Spirulina morphogenesis...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342576/biological-co2-mitigation-from-coal-power-plant-by-chlorella-fusca-and-spirulina-sp
#14
Jessica Hartwig Duarte, Etiele Greque de Morais, Elisângela Martha Radmann, Jorge Alberto Vieira Costa
CO2 biofixation by microalgae and cyanobacteria is an environmentally sustainable way to mitigate coal burn gas emissions. In this work the microalga Chlorella fusca LEB 111 and the cyanobacteria Spirulina sp. LEB 18 were cultivated using CO2 from coal flue gas as a carbon source. The intermittent flue gas injection in the cultures enable the cells growth and CO2 biofixation by these microorganisms. The Chlorella fusca isolated from a coal power plant could fix 2.6 times more CO2 than Spirulina sp. The maximum daily CO2 from coal flue gas biofixation was obtained with Chlorella fusca (360...
June 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341613/development-and-photoprotective-effect-of-a-sunscreen-containing-the-antioxidants-spirulina-and-dimethylmethoxy-chromanol-on-sun-induced-skin-damage
#15
Carla Souza, Patrícia M B G Maia Campos
The literature claims that incorporation of antioxidants into sunscreens provides additional skin photoprotection by scavenging free radicals formed due to sun radiation, but there are limited in vivo studies that support this hypothesis. This study aims to examine whether addition of antioxidants to a broad-spectrum sunscreen increases its photoprotective effect in real-use conditions. Sunscreen formulations composed of stable UV filters (Tinosorb® S, Tinosorb® M, Uvinul® APlus, and Uvinul® T150) alone or in combination with antioxidants (Spirulina and dimethylmethoxy chromanol-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles) were developed and their appearance, odor, rheological behavior, Sun Protection Factor (SPF), and UVA protection were analyzed...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341382/assisting-cultivation-of-photosynthetic-microorganisms-by-microbial-fuel-cells-to-enhance-nutrients-recovery-from-wastewater
#16
Alessandra Colombo, Stefania Marzorati, Giorgio Lucchini, Pierangela Cristiani, Deepak Pant, Andrea Schievano
Spirulina was cultivated in cathodic compartments of photo-microbial fuel cells (P-MFC). Anodic compartments were fed with swine-farming wastewater, enriched with sodium acetate (2.34gCODL(-1)). Photosynthetic oxygen generation rates were sufficient to sustain cathodic oxygen reduction, significantly improving P-MFC electrochemical performances, as compared to water-cathode control experiments. Power densities (0.8-1Wm(-2)) approached those of air-cathode MFCs, run as control. COD was efficiently removed and only negligible fractions leaked to the cathodic chamber...
March 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335416/supplementation-with-phycocyanobilin-citrulline-taurine-and-supranutritional-doses-of-folic-acid-and-biotin-potential-for-preventing-or-slowing-the-progression-of-diabetic-complications
#17
Mark F McCarty
Oxidative stress, the resulting uncoupling of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and loss of nitric oxide (NO) bioactivity, are key mediators of the vascular and microvascular complications of diabetes. Much of this oxidative stress arises from up-regulated nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase activity. Phycocyanobilin (PhyCB), the light-harvesting chromophore in edible cyanobacteria such as spirulina, is a biliverdin derivative that shares the ability of free bilirubin to inhibit certain isoforms of NADPH oxidase...
March 14, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325998/glucomannan-and-glucomannan-plus-spirulina-enriched-pork-affect-liver-fatty-acid-profile-ldl-receptor-expression-and-antioxidant-status-in-zucker-fa-fa-rats-fed-atherogenic-diets
#18
Laura González-Torres, Cátia Matos, Miguel Vázquez-Velasco, Jorge A Santos-López, Iria Sánchez-Martínez, Camino García-Fernández, Sara Bastida, Juana Benedí, Francisco J Sánchez-Muniz
We evaluated the effects of glucomannan or glucomannan plus spirulina-restructured pork (RP) on liver fatty acid profile, desaturase/elongase enzyme activities and oxidative status of Zucker fa/fa rats for seven weeks. Control (C), glucomannan (G) and glucomannan/spirulina (GS)-RP; HC (cholesterol-enriched control), HG and HGS (cholesterol-enriched glucomannan and glucomannan/spirulina-RP) experimental diets were tested. Increased metabolic syndrome markers were found in C, G and GS rats. Cholesterol feeding increased liver size, fat, and cholesterol and reduced antioxidant enzyme levels and expressions...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299588/chemical-cues-which-include-amino-acids-mediate-species-specific-feeding-behavior-in-invasive-filter-feeding-bigheaded-carps
#19
Aaron W Claus, Peter W Sorensen
This study tested whether and how dissolved chemicals might assist food recognition in two filter-feeding fishes, the silver (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and the bighead carp (H. nobilis). These species evolved in Asia, are now invasive in the Mississippi River, and feed voraciously on microparticles including plankton. The food habits and biology of these carps are broadly similar to many filter-feeding fish, none of whose chemical ecology has been examined. We conducted five experiments. First, we demonstrated that buccal-pharngeal pumping (BPP), a behavior in which fish pump water into their buccal cavities, is responsible for sampling food: BPP activity in both silver and bighead carps was low and increased nearly 25-fold after exposure to a filtrate of a planktonic food mixture (P < 0...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288400/c-phycocyanin-suppresses-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-epithelial-cells
#20
Dhamotharan Pattarayan, Dheeran Rajarajan, Sivanantham Ayyanar, Rajaguru Palanichamy, Rajasekaran Subbiah
BACKGROUND: Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process through which epithelial cells undergo multiple biochemical changes, causing them to differentiate into a mesenchymal-cell phenotype. This process has been shown to contribute to the development of fibrotic diseases. C-phycocyanin (C-PC) is a phycobiliprotein extracted from Spirulina platensis. This study was done to investigate the effect of C-PC on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT and an EMT associated proliferation in human epithelial cell lines...
June 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
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