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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448133/design-of-novel-exendin-based-dual-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-glucagon-receptor-agonists
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Andreas Evers, Torsten Haack, Martin Lorenz, Martin Bossart, Ralf Elvert, Bernd Henkel, Siegfried Stengelin, Michael Kurz, Maike Glien, Angela Dudda, Katrin Lorenz, Dieter Kadereit, Michael Wagner
Dual activation of the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucagon receptor has the potential to lead to a novel therapy principle for the treatment of diabesity. Here, we report a series of novel peptides with dual activity on these receptors that were discovered by rational design. Based on sequence analysis and structure-based design, structural elements of glucagon were engineered into the selective GLP-1 receptor agonist exendin-4, resulting in hybrid peptides with potent dual GLP-1/glucagon receptor activity...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445599/growth-engineering-of-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942-for-mixotrophy-under-natural-light-conditions-for-improved-feedstock-production
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Aditya Sarnaik, Reena Pandit, Arvind Lali
Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 has been widely explored as cyanobacterial cell factory through genetic modifications for production of various value-added compounds. However, successful industrial scale-ups have not been reported for the system predominantly due to its obligate photoautotrophic metabolism and use of artificial light in photobioreactors. Hence, engineering the organism to perform mixotrophy under natural light could serve as an effective solution. Thus, we applied a genetically engineered strain of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 expressing heterologous hexose transporter gene (galP) to perform mixotrophy under natural light in a temperature controlled environmental chamber (EC)...
April 26, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445526/biosynthesis-of-the-oxygenated-diterpene-nezukol-in-the-medicinal-plant-isodon-rubescens-is-catalyzed-by-a-pair-of-diterpene-synthases
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Kyle A Pelot, David M Hagelthorn, J Bennett Addison, Philipp Zerbe
Plants produce an immense diversity of natural products (i.e. secondary or specialized metabolites) that offer a rich source of known and potentially new pharmaceuticals and other desirable bioproducts. The Traditional Chinese Medicinal plant Isodon rubescens (Lamiaceae) contains an array of bioactive labdane-related diterpenoid natural products. Of these, the ent-kauranoid oridonin is the most prominent specialized metabolite that has been extensively studied for its potent antimicrobial and anticancer efficacy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444797/the-transcription-factor-myb115-contributes-to-the-regulation-of-proanthocyanidin-biosynthesis-and-enhances-fungal-resistance-in-poplar
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Lijun Wang, Lingyu Ran, Yisu Hou, Qiaoyan Tian, Chaofeng Li, Rui Liu, Di Fan, Keming Luo
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) are major defense phenolic compounds in the leaves of poplar (Populus spp.) in response to abiotic and biotic stresses. Transcriptional regulation of PA biosynthetic genes by the MYB-basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH)-WD40 complexes in poplar is not still fully understood. Here, an Arabidopsis TT2-like gene MYB115 was isolated from Populus tomentosa and characterized by various molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches. MYB115 restored PA productions in the seed coat of the Arabidopsis tt2 mutant...
April 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444544/methylglyoxal-detoxification-by-a-dj-1-family-protein-provides-dual-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-in-transgenic-plants
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Prasad Melvin, Kondalarao Bankapalli, Patrick D'Silva, P V Shivaprasad
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a key signaling molecule resulting from glycolysis and other metabolic pathways. During abiotic stress, MG levels accumulate to toxic levels in affected cells. However, MG is routinely detoxified through the action of DJ1/PARK7/Hsp31 proteins that are highly conserved across kingdoms and mutations in such genes are associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we report for the first time that, similar to abiotic stresses, MG levels increase during biotic stresses in plants, likely contributing to enhanced susceptibility to a wide range of stresses...
April 25, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444480/model-based-biotechnological-potential-analysis-of-kluyveromyces-marxianus-central-metabolism
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A Pentjuss, E Stalidzans, J Liepins, A Kokina, J Martynova, P Zikmanis, I Mozga, R Scherbaka, H Hartman, M G Poolman, D A Fell, A Vigants
The non-conventional yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus is an emerging industrial producer for many biotechnological processes. Here, we show the application of a biomass-linked stoichiometric model of central metabolism that is experimentally validated, and mass and charge balanced for assessing the carbon conversion efficiency of wild type and modified K. marxianus. Pairs of substrates (lactose, glucose, inulin, xylose) and products (ethanol, acetate, lactate, glycerol, ethyl acetate, succinate, glutamate, phenylethanol and phenylalanine) are examined by various modelling and optimisation methods...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443322/crassulacean-acid-metabolism-as-a-continuous-trait-variability-in-the-contribution-of-crassulacean-acid-metabolism-cam-in-populations-of-portulacaria-afra
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Lonnie J Guralnick, Kate Gladsky
Portulacaria afra L. is a dominant facultative CAM species growing in the Southeastern Cape of South Africa. P. afra is well adapted to regions of the Spekboom thicket in areas of limited and sporadic rainfall. P. afra populations occur in isolated drainages. We hypothesized the utilization of CAM would vary in the different populations in response to rainfall and temperature gradients. Carbon isotope composition can be used to determine the contribution of CAM in leaf tissue. P. afra leaves of populations were analyzed in transects running south to north and east to west in locations from the coast to elevations of 1400 m...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442501/chlorokb-a-web-application-for-the-integration-of-knowledge-related-to-chloroplast-metabolic-network
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Pauline Gloaguen, Sylvain Bournais, Claude Alban, Stephane Ravanel, Daphne Seigneurin-Berny, Michel Matringe, Marianne Tardif, Marcel Kuntz, Myriam Ferro, Christophe Bruley, Norbert Rolland, Yves Vandenbrouck, Gilles Curien
CONTEXT: Higher plants, as autotrophic organisms, are effective sources of molecules. They hold great promise for metabolic engineering, but the behavior of plant metabolism at the network level is still incompletely described. Although structural models (stoichiometry matrices) and pathway databases are extremely useful, they cannot describe the complexity of the metabolic context and new tools are required to visually represent integrated biocurated knowledge for use by both humans and computers...
April 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442410/subchronic-feeding-study-of-high-free-lysine-transgenic-rice-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Qing-Qing Yang, Xiao-Yun He, Hong-Yu Wu, Chang-Quan Zhang, Shi-Ying Zou, Tian-Qi Lang, Samuel Sai-Ming Sun, Qiao-Quan Liu
Lysine is considered to be the first essential amino acid in rice. An elite High-Free-Lysine transgenic line HFL1 was previously produced by metabolic engineering to regulate lysine metabolism. In this study, a 90-day toxicology experiment was undertaken to investigate the potential health effect of feeding different doses of HFL1 rice to Sprague-Dawley rats. During the trial, body weight gain, food consumption and food efficiency were recorded, and no adverse effect was observed in rats fed transgenic (T) rice diets compared with non-transgenic (N) or control diets...
April 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442237/long-term-ert-monitoring-of-biogeochemical-changes-of-an-aged-hydrocarbon-contamination
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David Caterina, Adrian Flores Orozco, Frédéric Nguyen
Adequate management of contaminated sites requires information with improved spatio-temporal resolution, in particular to assess bio-geochemical processes, such as the transformation and degradation of contaminants, precipitation of minerals or changes in groundwater geochemistry occurring during and after remediation procedures. Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), a geophysical method sensitive to pore-fluid and pore-geometry properties, permits to gain quasi-continuous information about subsurface properties in real-time and has been consequently widely used for the characterization of hydrocarbon-impacted sediments...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441933/identification-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-fructokinase-gene-family-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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John W Riggs, Philip C Cavales, Sonia M Chapiro, Judy Callis
BACKGROUND: Fructose is an abundant sugar in plants as it is a breakdown product of both major sucrose-cleaving enzymes. To enter metabolism, fructose is phosphorylated by a fructokinase (FRK). Known FRKs are members of a diverse family of carbohydrate/purine kinases known as the phosphofructokinase B (pfkB) family. The complete complement of active fructokinases has not been reported for any plant species. RESULTS: Protein sequence analysis of the 22 Arabidopsis thaliana pfkB members identified eight highly related predicted proteins, including one with previously demonstrated FRK activity...
April 26, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438832/a-photoconversion-model-for-full-spectral-programming-and-multiplexing-of-optogenetic%C3%A2-systems
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Evan J Olson, Constantine N Tzouanas, Jeffrey J Tabor
Optogenetics combines externally applied light signals and genetically engineered photoreceptors to control cellular processes with unmatched precision. Here, we develop a mathematical model of wavelength- and intensity-dependent photoconversion, signaling, and output gene expression for our two previously engineered light-sensing Escherichia coli two-component systems. To parameterize the model, we develop a simple set of spectral and dynamical calibration experiments using our recent open-source "Light Plate Apparatus" device...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438645/releasing-the-potential-power-of-terpene-synthases-by-a-robust-precursor-supply-platform
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Guangkai Bian, Yichao Han, Anwei Hou, Yujie Yuan, Xinhua Liu, Zixin Deng, Tiangang Liu
Terpenoids represent the largest family of natural products. Their structural diversity is largely due to variable skeletons generated by terpene synthases. However, terpene skeletons found in nature are much more than those generated from known terpene synthases. Most promiscuous terpene synthases (i.e. those that can generate more than one product) have not been comprehensively characterised. Here, we first demonstrated that the promiscuous terpene synthases can produce more variable terpenoids in vivo by converting precursor polyisoprenoid diphosphates of different lengths (C10, C15, C20, C25)...
April 21, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437180/a-novel-drug-induced-hybrid-electrospun-pcl-cell-derived-ecm-scaffold-for-liver-tissue-engineering
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Rhiannon Grant, David Hay, Anthony Callanan
Liver transplant is the only treatment option for patients with end-stage liver failure, however there are too few donor livers available for transplant. Whole organ tissue engineering presents a potential solution to the problem of rapidly escalating donor liver shortages world-wide. A major challenge for liver tissue engineers is the creation of a hepatocyte micro-environment; a niche in which liver cells can survive and function optimally. While polymers and decellularized tissues pose an attractive option for scaffold manufacturing, neither alone has thus far proved sufficient...
February 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436122/metabolic-engineering-of-escherichia-coli-for-production-of-2-phenylethylacetate-from-l-phenylalanine
#15
Daoyi Guo, Lihua Zhang, Hong Pan, Xun Li
In order to meet the need of consumer preferences for natural flavor compounds, microbial synthesis method has become a very attractive alternative to the chemical production. The 2-phenylethanol (2-PE) and its ester 2-phenylethylacetate (2-PEAc) are two extremely important flavor compounds with a rose-like odor. In recent years, Escherichia coli and yeast have been metabolically engineered to produce 2-PE. However, a metabolic engineering approach for 2-PEAc production is rare. Here, we designed and expressed a 2-PEAc biosynthetic pathway in E...
April 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436005/fast-and-reliable-strain-characterization-of-streptomyces-lividans-through-micro-scale-cultivation
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Joachim Koepff, Matthias Keller, C Konstantinos Tsolis, Tobias Busche, Christian Rückert, Mohamed B Hamed, Jozef Anné, Joern Kalinowski, Wolfgang Wiechert, Anastassios Economou, Marco Oldiges
Filamentous organisms of the genus Streptomyces play an important role in industrial production processes, due to their extensive secondary metabolism variability, as well as their ability to secrete efficiently large amounts of (heterologous) proteins. While genetic engineering tools are available to rapidly build up large strain libraries, the subsequent strain screening and bioprocess development still constitutes a bottleneck. This is due to the lack of reliable parallelized and accelerated cultivation techniques for morphologically challenging organisms...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435443/occurrence-of-plastidial-triacylglycerol-synthesis-and-the-potential-regulatory-role-of-agpat-in-the-model-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
#17
Srinivasan Balamurugan, Xiang Wang, Hong-Lei Wang, Chun-Jing An, Hui Li, Da-Wei Li, Wei-Dong Yang, Jie-Sheng Liu, Hong-Ye Li
BACKGROUND: Microalgae have emerged as a potential feedstock for biofuels and bioactive components. However, lack of microalgal strains with promising triacylglycerol (TAG) content and desirable fatty acid composition have hindered its commercial feasibility. Attempts on lipid overproduction by metabolic engineering remain largely challenging in microalgae. RESULTS: In this study, a microalgal 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase designated AGPAT1 was identified in the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433914/accumulation-of-sugar-from-pulp-and-xylitol-from-xylose-by-pyruvate-decarboxylase-negative-white-rot-fungus-phlebia-sp-mg-60
#18
Taku Tsuyama, Megumi Yamaguchi, Ichiro Kamei
Phlebia sp. MG-60 is a white-rot fungus that produces ethanol with high efficiency from lignocellulosic biomass without additional enzymes. Through engineering of this powerful metabolic pathway for fermentation in Phlebia sp. MG-60, chemical compounds other than ethanol could be produced. Here, we demonstrate sugar accumulation from unbleached hardwood kraft pulp and conversion of xylose to xylitol by pyruvate decarboxylase (pdc)-negative Phlebia sp. MG-60. We isolated Phlebia sp. strain MG-60-P2 from protoplasts to unify the protoplast phenotypes of the regenerated strains...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433737/exploring-biochemical-pathways-for-mono-ethylene-glycol-meg-synthesis-from-synthesis-gas
#19
M Ahsanul Islam, Noushin Hadadi, Meric Ataman, Vassily Hatzimanikatis, Gregory Stephanopoulos
Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) is an important petrochemical with widespread use in numerous consumer products. The current industrial MEG-production process relies on non-renewable fossil fuel-based feedstocks, such as petroleum, natural gas, and naphtha; hence, it is useful to explore alternative routes of MEG-synthesis from gases as they might provide a greener and more sustainable alternative to the current production methods. Technologies of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of microorganisms can be deployed for the expression of new biochemical pathways for MEG-synthesis from gases, provided that such promising alternative routes are first identified...
April 19, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433723/elimination-of-the-cryptic-plasmid-in-leuconostoc-citreum-by-crispr-cas9-system
#20
Ye-Ji Jang, Seung-Oh Seo, Seul-Ah Kim, Ling Li, Tae-Jip Kim, Sun Chang Kim, Yong-Su Jin, Nam Soo Han
Leuconostoc spp. are important lactic acid bacteria for the fermentation of foods. In particular, L. citreum strains isolated from various foods have been used as host strains for genetic and metabolic engineering studies. In order to develop a food-grade genetic engineering system, L. citreum CB2567 was isolated from Kimchi. However, the isolated bacterium contained a cryptic plasmid which was difficult to eliminate. As the existence of the plasmid might hinder strain engineering, we eliminated the plasmid using an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
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