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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238062/novel-microbial-photobioelectrochemical-cell-using-an-invasive-ultramicroelectrode-array-and-a-microfluidic-chamber
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Joon-Geun Ha, Young Seok Song, Sunghwan Jung, Soohwan Jang, Yong-Kweon Kim, Seoung Jai Bai, Jae-Hyoung Park, Seung-Ki Lee
OBJECTIVE: To fabricate a novel microbial photobioelectrochemical cell using silicon microfabrication techniques. RESULTS: High-density photosynthetic cells were immobilized in a microfluidic chamber, and ultra-microelectrodes in a microtip array were inserted into the cytosolic space of the cells to directly harvest photosynthetic electrons. In this way, the microbial photobioelectrochemical cell operated without the aid of electron mediators. Both short circuit current and open circuit voltage of the microbial photobioelectrochemical cell responded to light stimuli, and recorded as high as 250 pA and 45 mV, respectively...
February 25, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237494/multiple-lhcii-antennae-can-transfer-energy-efficiently-to-a-single-photosystem-i
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Inge Bos, Kaitlyn M Bland, Lijin Tian, Roberta Croce, Laurie K Frankel, Herbert van Amerongen, Terry M Bricker, Emilie Wientjes
Photosystems I and II (PSI and PsiI) work in series to drive oxygenic photosynthesis. The two photosystems have different absorption spectra, therefore changes in light quality can lead to imbalanced excitation of the photosystems and a loss in photosynthetic efficiency. In a short-term adaptation response termed state-transitions, excitation energy is directed to the light-limited photosystem. In higher plants a special pool of LHCII antennae, which can be associated with either PSI or PsiI, participate in these state transitions...
February 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236765/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-microcystis-aeruginosa-exposed-to-spiramycin-at-different-nutrient-levels
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Shi Chen, Ying Liu, Jian Zhang, Baoyu Gao
Research on the combined effects of antibiotic contaminants and environmental factors in cyanobacteria is still limited. This study focused on the action and its mechanism of spiramycin combined with changes in nitrogen and phosphorus level in Microcystis aeruginosa at environmentally relevant concentrations. Though photosynthetic activity was stimulated by spiramycin at a high nutrient level, no significant correlation (p>0.05) was found between photosynthesis-related proteins and growth-related proteins, and the growth rate was inhibited by 200ngL(-1) of spiramycin...
February 20, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235890/the-non-mendelian-green-cotyledon-gene-in-soybean-encodes-a-small-subunit-of-photosystem-ii
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Makoto Kusaba, Kaori Kohzuma, Yutaka Sato, Hisashi Ito, Ayako Okuzaki, Mai Watanabe, Hideki Kobayashi, Michiharu Nakano, Hiroshi Yamatani, Yu Masuda, Yumi Nagashima, Hiroyuki Fukuoka, Tetsuya Yamada, Akira Kanazawa, Keisuke Kitamura, Yutaka Tabei, Masahiko Ikeuchi, Wataru Sakamoto, Ayumi Tanaka
Chlorophyll degradation plays important roles in leaf senececne incuding regulation of the degradation of chlorophyll-binding proteins. Although most enzymes of the chlorophyll degradation pathway have been identified, the regulation of their activity has not been fully understood. Green cotyledon mutants in legume are stay green mutants, in which chlorophyll degradation is inhibited during leaf senescence and seed maturation. Among them, the soybean green cotyledon gene cytG is unique because it is maternally inherited...
February 24, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235420/altered-expression-profiles-of-microrna-families-during-de-etiolation-of-maize-and-rice-leaves
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Jiajia Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Yaling Wang, Xinyu Liu, Xin-Guang Zhu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are highly conserved small non-coding RNAs that play important regulatory roles in plants. Although many miRNA families are sequentially and functionally conserved across plant kingdoms (Dezulian et al. in Genome Biol 13, 2005), they still differ in many aspects such as family size, average length, genomic loci etc. (Unver et al. in Int J Plant Genomics, 2009). RESULTS: In this study, we investigated changes of miRNA expression profiles during greening process of etiolated seedlings of Oryza sativa (C3) and Zea mays (C4) to explore conserved and species-specific characteristics of miRNAs between these two species...
February 24, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230808/genome-sequence-of-rhodoferax-antarcticus-ant-br-t-a-psychrophilic-purple-nonsulfur-bacterium-from-an-antarctic-microbial-mat
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Jennifer M Baker, Carli J Riester, Blair M Skinner, Austin W Newell, Wesley D Swingley, Michael T Madigan, Deborah O Jung, Marie Asao, Min Chen, Patrick C Loughlin, Hao Pan, Yuankui Lin, Yaqiong Li, Jacob Shaw, Mindy Prado, Chris Sherman, Joseph Kuo-Hsiang Tang, Robert E Blankenship, Tingting Zhao, Jeffrey W Touchman, W Matthew Sattley
Rhodoferax antarcticus is an Antarctic purple nonsulfur bacterium and the only characterized anoxygenic phototroph that grows best below 20 °C. We present here a high-quality draft genome of Rfx. antarcticus strain ANT.BR(T), isolated from an Antarctic microbial mat. The circular chromosome (3.8 Mbp) of Rfx. antarcticus has a 59.1% guanine + cytosine (GC) content and contains 4036 open reading frames. In addition, the bacterium contains a sizable plasmid (198.6 kbp, 48.4% GC with 226 open reading frames) that comprises about 5% of the total genetic content...
February 21, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229486/biomineralization-from-material-tactics-to-biological-strategy
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REVIEW
Shasha Yao, Biao Jin, Zhaoming Liu, Changyu Shao, Ruibo Zhao, Xiaoyu Wang, Ruikang Tang
Biomineralization is an important tactic by which biological organisms produce hierarchically structured minerals with marvellous functions. Biomineralization studies typically focus on the mediation function of organic matrices on inorganic minerals, which helps scientists to design and synthesize bioinspired functional materials. However, the presence of inorganic minerals may also alter the native behaviours of organic matrices and even biological organisms. This progress report discusses the latest achievements relating to biomineralization mechanisms, the manufacturing of biomimetic materials and relevant applications in biological and biomedical fields...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228773/import-of-soluble-proteins-into-chloroplasts-and-potential-regulatory-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Inga Sjuts, Jürgen Soll, Bettina Bölter
Chloroplasts originated from an endosymbiotic event in which a free-living cyanobacterium was engulfed by an ancestral eukaryotic host. During evolution the majority of the chloroplast genetic information was transferred to the host cell nucleus. As a consequence, proteins formerly encoded by the chloroplast genome are now translated in the cytosol and must be subsequently imported into the chloroplast. This process involves three steps: (i) cytosolic sorting procedures, (ii) binding to the designated receptor-equipped target organelle and (iii) the consecutive translocation process...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226220/water-oxidation-mechanisms-of-metal-oxide-catalysts-by-vibrational-spectroscopy-of-transient-intermediates
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Miao Zhang, Heinz Frei
Water oxidation is an essential reaction of an artificial photosystem for solar fuel generation because it provides electrons needed to reduce carbon dioxide or protons to a fuel. Earth-abundant metal oxides are among the most attractive catalytic materials for this reaction because of their robustness and scalability, but their efficiency poses a challenge. Knowledge of catalytic surface intermediates gained by vibrational spectroscopy under reaction conditions plays a key role in uncovering kinetic bottlenecks and provides a basis for catalyst design improvements...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223976/plant-growth-promotion-by-volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-bacillus-subtilis-syst2
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Hafiz A S Tahir, Qin Gu, Huijun Wu, Waseem Raza, Alwina Hanif, Liming Wu, Massawe V Colman, Xuewen Gao
Bacterial volatiles play a significant role in promoting plant growth by regulating the synthesis or metabolism of phytohormones. In vitro and growth chamber experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by the plant growth promoting rhizobacterium Bacillus subtilis strain SYST2 on hormone regulation and growth promotion in tomato plants. We observed a significant increase in plant biomass under both experimental conditions; we observed an increase in photosynthesis and in the endogenous contents of gibberellin, auxin, and cytokinin, while a decrease in ethylene levels was noted...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220832/water-use-efficiency-of-an-old-growth-forest-in-lower-subtropical-china
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Xiaodong Liu, Xiuzhi Chen, Ronghua Li, Fengling Long, Lu Zhang, Qianmei Zhang, Jiyue Li
Carbon and water fluxes are key properties of ecosystem processes and functions. A better understanding of their temporal dynamics and coupling mechanism between these fluxes will help us improve ecosystem management for mitigation as well as adaption to future climatic change. From 2003 to 2009, carbon and water flux data were obtained by the eddy covariance method over an old-growth forest in the lower subtropical China. The 7 years of observational data indicated that the water-use efficiency (WUE) of the old-growth forest exhibited weak inter-annual variability...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220301/evidence-that-higher-co2-increases-tree-growth-sensitivity-to-temperature-a-comparison-of-modern-and-paleo-oaks
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Steven L Voelker, Michael C Stambaugh, J Renée Brooks, Frederick C Meinzer, Barbara Lachenbruch, Richard P Guyette
To test tree growth sensitivity to temperature under different ambient CO2 concentrations, we determined stem radial growth rates as they relate to variation in temperature during the last deglacial period, and compare these to modern tree growth rates as they relate to spatial variation in temperature across the modern species distributional range. Paleo oaks were sampled from Northern Missouri, USA and compared to a pollen-based, high-resolution paleo temperature reconstruction from Northern Illinois, USA...
February 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220137/proteomic-analysis-reveals-the-positive-effect-of-exogenous-spermidine-in-tomato-seedlings-response-to-high-temperature-stress
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Qinqin Sang, Xi Shan, Yahong An, Sheng Shu, Jin Sun, Shirong Guo
Polyamines are phytohormones that regulate plant growth and development as well as the response to environmental stresses. To evaluate their functions in high-temperature stress responses, the effects of exogenous spermidine (Spd) were determined in tomato leaves using two-dimensional electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF/TOF MS. A total of 67 differentially expressed proteins were identified in response to high-temperature stress and/or exogenous Spd, which were grouped into different categories according to biological processes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218778/identification-and-cloning-of-golden2-like1-glk1-a-transcription-factor-associated-with-chloroplast-development-in-brassica-napus-l
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Y L Pan, Y Pan, C M Qu, C G Su, J H Li, X G Zhang
Photosynthesis is the process by which dry matter accumulates, which affects rapeseed yield. In this study, we identified GOLDEN2-LIKE1 (GLK1), located on chromosome A07 and 59.2 kb away from the single nucleotide polymorphism marker SNP16353A07, which encodes a transcription factor associated with the rate of photosynthesis in leaves. We then identified 96 GLK1 family members from 53 species using a hidden Markov model (HMM) search and found 24 of these genes, which were derived from 17 Brassicaceae species...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218314/implicating-the-contributions-of-surface-and-bulk-states-on-carrier-trapping-and-photocurrent-performance-of-bivo4-photoanodes
#15
B Pattengale, J Huang
Monoclinic-scheelite BiVO4 has been widely studied as a promising oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst in artificial photosynthesis. Though significant progress to improve or augment its catalysis performance has been made, fundamental understanding of its relatively poor performance as a bare material is lacking. In this paper, we report the correlation of the surface structure and trap states with charge separation efficiency and OER performance of bare BiVO4 photoanodes via varying the sample thickness...
February 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216105/-increasing-the-carbohydrate-storage-capacity-of-plants-by-engineering-a-glycogen-like-polymer-pool-in-the-cytosol
#16
Simona Eicke, David Seung, Barbara Egli, Emanuel A Devers, Sebastian Streb
Global demand for higher crop yields and for more efficient utilization of agricultural products will grow over the next decades. Here, we present a new concept for boosting the carbohydrate content of plants, by channeling photosynthetically fixed carbon into a newly engineered glucose polymer pool. We transiently expressed the starch/glycogen synthases from either Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Cyanidioschyzon merolae, together with the starch branching enzyme from C. merolae, in the cytosol of Nicotiana benthamiana leaves...
February 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216046/inactivation-of-iron-sulfur-cluster-biogenesis-regulator-sufr-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-induces-unique-iron-dependent-protein-level-responses
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Linda Vuorijoki, Arjun Tiwari, Pauli Kallio, Eva-Mari Aro
BACKGROUND: Iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters are protein-bound cofactors associated with cellular electron transport and redox sensing, with multiple specific functions in oxygen-evolving photosynthetic cyanobacteria. The aim here was to elucidate protein-level effects of the transcriptional repressor SufR involved in the regulation of Fe-S cluster biogenesis in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. METHODS: The approach was to quantitate 94 pre-selected target proteins associated with various metabolic functions using SRM in Synechocystis...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215432/integrated-photobioelectrochemical-systems-a-paradigm-shift-in-artificial-photosynthesis
#18
Pavel Majumdar, Deepak Pant, Snehangshu Patra
Recent breakthroughs have reinvigorated the century-old research domain of artificial photosynthesis. Here, we highlight CO2-reducing and O2-liberating integrated photobioelectrochemical systems that contain novel enzymatic cathodes and photoanodes. These devices, which are completely self-driven by solar energy with unprecedented efficiency and stability, have important implications for biotechnological research communities.
February 16, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213307/enhanced-toxicity-to-the-cyanobacterium-microcystis-aeruginosa-by-low-dosage-repeated-exposure-to-the-allelochemical-n-phenyl-1-naphthylamine
#19
Y N Gao, F J Ge, L P Zhang, Y He, Z Y Lu, Y Y Zhang, B Y Liu, Q H Zhou, Z B Wu
It has been puzzling whether and how a plant could exert a strong allelopathic inhibition to the target organisms by releasing low concentrations of allelochemicals. Plant allelochemicals have been proposed to be released continuously, however, direct evidence from specific allelochemicals is urgently required. In the present study, the toxicity of allelochemical N-phenyl-1-naphthylamine (NPN) towards the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa by two different exposure patterns was compared. One was low-dosage repeated exposure (LRE), in which 50  μg L(-1) NPN was repeatedly dosed to simulate the continual release of allelochemicals, and the other one was high-dosage single exposure (HSE) as per the routine toxicity assay...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211583/in%C3%A2-situ-temperature-response-of-photosynthesis-of-42-tree-and-liana-species-in-the-canopy-of-two-panamanian-lowland-tropical-forests-with-contrasting-rainfall-regimes
#20
Martijn Slot, Klaus Winter
Tropical forests contribute significantly to the global carbon cycle, but little is known about the temperature response of photosynthetic carbon uptake in tropical species, and how this varies within and across forests. We determined in situ photosynthetic temperature-response curves for upper canopy leaves of 42 tree and liana species from two tropical forests in Panama with contrasting rainfall regimes. On the basis of seedling studies, we hypothesized that species with high photosynthetic capacity - light-demanding, fast-growing species - would have a higher temperature optimum of photosynthesis (TOpt ) than species with low photosynthetic capacity - shade-tolerant, slow-growing species - and that, therefore, TOpt would scale with the position of a species on the slow-fast continuum of plant functional traits...
February 17, 2017: New Phytologist
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