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Min-Gyu Sung, Jong-In Han, Bongsoo Lee, Yong Keun Chang
Background: Microalgae, being a phototroph, grow in the presence of light, and utilizing photons in narrow and specific range of wavelengths. There have been numerous attempts to take advantage of this trait of wavelength-dependent growth for the purpose of increasing biomass productivity. One potential option involves wavelength conversion of sunlight. In the present study, three fluorescent dyes with blue, red, and green emission spectra were employed with the aim of improving sunlight utilization efficiency and thus enhancing biomass and lipid productivity of Nannochloropsis gaditana ...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Fan Yang, Liqing Zeng, Zhuanxi Luo, Zaosheng Wang, Fuyi Huang, Qiuquan Wang, Damjana Drobne, Changzhou Yan
Increasing concern has been focused on the potential risks associated with the trophic transfer to aquatic organisms of ambient contaminants in the presence of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2 ). This study investigated the influence of nano-TiO2 on the trophic transfer of arsenic (As) from the microalgae Nannochloropsis maritima to the brine shrimp Artemia salina nauplii. We found that nano-TiO2 could significantly facilitate As sorption on N. maritima within an exposure period of 24 h, and this sorption subsequently led to higher As trophic transfer from the algae to A...
March 10, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Hiroki Murakami, Takashi Nobusawa, Koichi Hori, Mie Shimojima, Hiroyuki Ohta
Diacylglyceryl-N,N,N-trimethylhomoserine (DGTS) is a non-phosphorus, polar glycerolipid that is regarded as analogous to the phosphatidylcholine in bacteria, fungi, algae, and basal land plants. In some species of algae, including the stramenopile microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica, DGTS contains an abundance of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is relatively scarce in phosphatidylcholine, implying that DGTS has a unique physiological role. In this study, we addressed the role of DGTS in N. oceanica. We identified two DGTS biosynthetic enzymes that have distinct domain configurations compared to previously identified DGTS synthases...
March 19, 2018: Plant Physiology
Malgorzata Grzesiuk, Elly Spijkerman, Sabrina C Lachmann, Alexander Wacker
Pharmaceuticals are found in freshwater ecosystems where even low concentrations in the range of ng L-1 may affect aquatic organisms. In the current study, we investigated the effects of chronic exposure to three pharmaceuticals on two microalgae, a potential modulation of the effects by additional inorganic phosphorus (Pi ) limitation, and a potential propagation of the pharmaceuticals' effect across a trophic interaction. The latter considers that pharmaceuticals are bioaccumulated by algae, potentially metabolized into more (or less) toxic derivates and consequently consumed by zooplankton...
March 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
María Huete-Ortega, Katarzyna Okurowska, Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Matthew P Johnson, D James Gilmour, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
Background: Microalgae accumulate lipids when exposed to stressful conditions such as nutrient limitation that can be used to generate biofuels. Nitrogen limitation or deprivation is a strategy widely employed to elicit this response. However, this strategy is associated with a reduction in the microalgal growth, leading to overall poor lipid productivities. Here, we investigated the combined effect of a reduced source of nitrogen (ammonium) and super-saturating light intensities on the growth and induction of lipid accumulation in two model but diverse microalgal species, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Nannochloropsis oceanica ...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Feng Cheng, Zheng Cui, Kwonit Mallick, Nagamany Nirmalakhandan, Catherine E Brewer
Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of high-lipid microalgae Nannochloropsis salina (N. salina) and low-lipid microalgae Galdieria sulphuraria (G. sulphuraria) were run under subcritical conditions (310-350 °C and 10-17 MPa) in a 1.8 L batch autoclave system. HTL mass and energy balances for both species were compared under different operating conditions to predict the optimum reaction conditions for new algae strains based on their feedstock composition. Bio-crude oils and chars were characterized by bomb calorimetry, elemental analysis, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
February 24, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Panneerselvam Ranganathan, Sivaraman Savithri
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technique is used in this work to simulate the hydrothermal liquefaction of Nannochloropsis sp. microalgae in a lab-scale continuous plug-flow reactor to understand the fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and reaction kinetics in a HTL reactor under hydrothermal condition. The temperature profile in the reactor and the yield of HTL products from the present simulation are obtained and they are validated with the experimental data available in the literature. Furthermore, the parametric study is carried out to study the effect of slurry flow rate, reactor temperature, and external heat transfer coefficient on the yield of products...
February 21, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Eric Poliner, Tomomi Takeuchi, Zhi-Yan Du, Christoph Benning, Eva Farre
Utilization of microalgae has been hampered by limited tools for creating loss-of-function mutants. Furthermore, modified strains for deployment into the field must be free of antibiotic resistance genes and face fewer regulatory hurdles if they are transgene free. The oleaginous microalga, Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779, is an emerging model for microalga lipid metabolism. We present a one-vector episomal CRISPR/Cas9 system for N. oceanica that enables the generation of marker-free mutant lines. The CEN/ARS6 region from Saccharomyces cerevisiae was included in the vector to facilitate its maintenance as circular extrachromosal DNA...
March 8, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Eric Poliner, Eva M Farré, Christoph Benning
Nannochloropsis is a genus of fast-growing microalgae that are regularly used for biotechnology applications. Nannochloropsis species have a high triacylglycerol content and their polar lipids are rich in the omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid. Placed in the heterokont lineage, the Nannochloropsis genus has a complex evolutionary history. Genome sequences are available for several species, and a number of transcriptomic datasets have been produced, making this genus a facile model for comparative genomics...
March 6, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Tomáš Zavřel, Milán Szabó, Bojan Tamburic, Christian Evenhuis, Unnikrishnan Kuzhiumparambil, Petra Literáková, Anthony W D Larkum, John A Raven, Jan Červený, Peter J Ralph
This study describes the impacts of inorganic carbon limitation on the photosynthetic efficiency and operation of photosynthetic electron transport pathways in the biofuel-candidate microalga Nannochloropsis oculata. Using a combination of highly-controlled cultivation setup (photobioreactor), variable chlorophyll a fluorescence and transient spectroscopy methods (electrochromic shift (ECS) and P700 redox kinetics), we showed that net photosynthesis and effective quantum yield of Photosystem II (PSII) decreased in N...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Sufeng Wang, Jianxin Liu, Cui Li, Brian Michael Chung
Many issues, such as, DO accumulation, N2 fixation obstacle, and carbon dioxide diffusion, hamper the application of microalgae-alginate immobilization in wastewater treatment. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata immobilized with the bacterium Bacillus polymyxa in alginate on ammonium and phosphate removal from synthetic wastewater. Results show that the co-immobilized Bacillus-Nannochloropsis can exploit ammonium and phosphate from wastewater more effectively than the immobilized Nannochloropsis, and immobilized Bacillus alone...
February 22, 2018: Environmental Technology
María José Fabra, Marta Martínez-Sanz, L G Gómez-Mascaraque, Rafael Gavara, Amparo López-Rubio
This work provides an in-depth analysis on how the addition of different microalgae species (Nannochloropsis, Spirulina and Scenedesmus) affected the structural and physicochemical properties of thermoplastic corn starch biocomposites. Structural characterization was conducted by combined SAXS/WAXS experiments and it was correlated with mechanical and barrier properties of the biocomposites. A water vapour permeability drop of ca. 54% was observed upon addition of the different microalgae species. The oxygen permeability and the mechanical properties of biocomposites containing Spirulina or Scenedesmus were not improved since the presence of microalgae hindered the re-arrangement and packing of the lamellar structure of starch polymeric chains, according to the SAXS results...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Ariel S Schwartz, Rob Brown, Imad Ajjawi, Jay McCarren, Suzan Atilla, Nick Bauman, Toby H Richardson
The model oleaginous alga Nannochloropsis gaditana was completely sequenced using a combination of optical mapping and next-generation sequencing technologies to generate one of the most complete eukaryotic genomes published to date. The assembled genome is 30.7 Mb long.
February 15, 2018: Genome Announcements
Li Wei, Jian Xu
Epigenetic factors such as histone modifications play integral roles in plant development and stress response, yet their implications in algae remain poorly understood. In the industrial oleaginous microalgae Nannochloropsis spp., the lack of an efficient methodology for chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), which determines the specific genomic location of various histone modifications, has hindered probing the epigenetic basis of their photosynthetic carbon conversion and storage as oil. Here, a detailed ChIP protocol was developed for Nannochloropsis oceanica, which represents a reliable approach for the analysis of histone modifications, chromatin state, and transcription factor binding sites at the epigenetic level...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Phycology
Ali S Gomaa, Ahmed E Kholif, A M Kholif, Reda Salama, Hamza A El-Alamy, Olurotimi Olafadehan
The objective of this assay was to investigate the effect of adding sunflower oil and Nannochloropsis oculata microalgae, and their mixture at 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5% to three total mixed rations (TMR) with different concentrate:forage ratios (40C:60F, 50C:50F, and 60C:40F) on in vitro gas production (GP), methane (CH4) production and nutrient degradability. Asymptotic GP, GP rate, CH4 concentration/g acid detergent fiber (ADF), dry matter (DM) degradability (DMD), short chain fatty acids (SCFA), and ruminal bacteria population increased, but neutral detergent fiber (NDF) degradability (NDFD), ADF degradability (ADFD), and protozoa count decreased with increasing concentrate level in the TMR...
February 4, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Snehal Gite, R Paul Ross, Dara Kirke, Freddy Guihéneuf, Justine Aussant, Dagmar B Stengel, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan, Catherine Stanton
OBJECTIVES: To search for novel compounds that will protect neuronal cells under stressed conditions that may help to restore neuronal plasticity. METHODS: A model of corticosterone (CORT)-induced stress in human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y) was used to compare the efficacy of 6 crude extracts and 10 pure compounds (6 polyphenols, 2 carotenoids, 1 amino acid analogue, and 1 known antidepressant drug) to increase neuronal plasticity and to decrease cytotoxicity...
January 29, 2018: Nutritional Neuroscience
Ranga Rao Ambati, Deepika Gogisetty, Ravishankar Gokare Aswathanarayana, Sarada Ravi, Panduranga Narasimharao Bikkina, Lei Bo, Su Yuepeng
Microalgae are rich source of various bioactive molecules such as carotenoids, lipids, fatty acids, hydrocarbons, proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids, etc. and in recent year's carotenoids from algae gained commercial recognition in the global market for food and cosmeceutical applications. However, the production of carotenoids from algae is not yet fully cost effective to compete with synthetic ones. In this context the present review examines the technologies/methods in relation to mass production of algae, cell harvesting for extraction of carotenoids, optimizing extraction methods etc...
January 25, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
A J Vizcaíno, A Rodiles, G López, M I Sáez, M Herrera, I Hachero, T F Martínez, M C Cerón-García, F Javier Alarcón
Senegalese sole is one of the most promising fish species cultivated in the Southern European countries. This study was aimed at assessing the effects of microalgae biomass added to diets for Senegalese sole juveniles on fish growing and condition status. Three isoproteic (52%) and isolipidic (10%) were formulated containing 15% Tisochrysis lutea (TISO), Nannochloropsis gaditana (NAN), or Scenedesmus almeriensis (SCE) biomass, respectively. An experimental microalgae-free diet (CT) and a commercial diet (COM) were used as controls...
January 21, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Phunlap Sirisuk, Chae-Hun Ra, Gwi-Taek Jeong, Sung-Koo Kim
Blue and red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were used to study the effects of wavelength mixing ratios, photoperiod regimes, and green wavelength stress on Nannochloropsis salina, Isochrysis galbana, and Phaeodactylum tricornutum cell biomass and lipid production. The maximum specific growth rates of I. galbana and P. tricornutum were obtained under a 50:50 mixing ratio of blue and red wavelength LEDs; that of N. salina was obtained under red LED. Maximum cell biomass for N. salina and P. tricornutum was 0.75 and 1...
January 4, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Chun-Yen Chen, Dillirani Nagarajan, Wai Yan Cheah
In this study, Nannochloropsis oceanica CY2 was grown in deep-sea water (DSW)-based medium in 5-L plastic bag-type photobioreactors (PBRs) for the autotrophic production of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5n-3). EPA production of N. oceanica CY2 was stimulated when it was grown in 100% DSW amended with 1.5 g L-1 NaNO3, achieving a EPA content of 3.1% and a biomass concentration of 3.3 g L-1. An outdoor-simulated microalgae cultivation system was also conducted to validate the feasibility of outdoor cultivation of the CY2 strain in plastic bag-type PBRs...
December 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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