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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432362/succinate-supplementation-improves-metabolic-performance-of-mixed-glial-cell-cultures-with-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Susan Giorgi-Coll, Ana I Amaral, Peter J A Hutchinson, Mark R Kotter, Keri L H Carpenter
Mitochondrial dysfunction, the inability to efficiently utilise metabolic fuels and oxygen, contributes to pathological changes following traumatic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that succinate supplementation can improve cellular energy state under metabolically stressed conditions in a robust, reductionist in vitro model of mitochondrial dysfunction in which primary mixed glial cultures (astrocytes, microglia and oligodendrocytes) were exposed to the mitochondrial complex I inhibitor rotenone...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431378/development-of-novel-alternative-biodiesel-fuels-for-reducing-pm-emissions-and-pm-related-genotoxicity
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Po-Ming Yang, Chia-Chi Wang, Ying-Chi Lin, Syu-Ruei Jhang, Li-Jung Lin, Yuan-Chung Lin
This paper intend to investigate the effects of biodiesel fuel blends comprising of waste-cooking oil and butanol-diesel (B10W10-B10W40) under steady-state conditions. Both particulate organic carbon (OC) and PM including PM2.5 and PM10 significantly decreased with the increasing percentage of biodiesel fuel blends. The fuel blend of B10W40 also demonstrated the most effective function in reducing the emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 in the volume by 59.4% and 57.7%, respectively. Moreover, the emissions of nitrogen oxides decreased with the blending of B10W10-B10W40 (13...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430539/metabolic-pathway-rewiring-in-engineered-cyanobacteria-for-solar-to-chemical-and-solar-to-fuel-production-from-co2
#3
Han Min Woo
Photoautotrophic cyanobacteria have been developed to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals and fuels as solar-to-chemical (S2C) and solar-to-fuel (S2F) platforms. Here, I describe the rewiring of the metabolic pathways in cyanobacteria to better understand the endogenous carbon flux and to enhance the yield of heterologous products. The plasticity of the cyanobacterial metabolism has been proposed to be advantageous for the development of S2C and S2F processes. The rewiring of the sugar catabolism and of the phosphoketolase pathway in the central cyanobacterial metabolism allowed for an enhancement in the level of target products by redirecting the carbon fluxes...
April 21, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430444/molecular-structuring-and-percolation-transition-in-hydrated-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-membranes
#4
Madhusmita Tripathy, Sunil Kumar P B, Abhijit P Deshpande
The extent of phase separation and water percolation in sulfonated membranes are the key to their performance in fuel cells. Toward this, the effect of hydration on the morphology and transport characteristics of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone), sPEEK, membrane is investigated using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation at various hydration levels($\lambda$: number of water molecules per sulfonate group). The evolution of local morphology is investigated using structural correlations and minimum pair distances...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429410/photoelectroreduction-toward-chemical-building-blocks
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Fengjiao Chen, Wei Cui, Jie Zhang, Yeyun Wang, Junhua Zhou, Yongpan Hu, Yanguang Li, Shuit-Tong Lee
Conventional photoelectrochemical cells utilize solar energy to drive the chemical conversion of water or CO2 into useful chemical fuels. Such processes are confronted with general challenges, including the low intrinsic activities and inconvenient storage and transportation of their gaseous products. A photoelectrochemical approach is proposed to drive the reductive production of industrial building-block chemicals and demonstrate that succinic acid and glyoxylic acid can be readily synthesized on Si nanowire array photocathodes free of any cocatalyst and at room temperature...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429327/large-scale-cultivation-of-euglena
#6
Kengo Suzuki
From the middle of the twentieth century, microalgae have been exploited as a candidate biomass source of food and other products. One such candidate source is the fast-proliferating microalga Euglena gracilis. The commercial cultivation of E. gracilis began in 2007, after the success of its outdoor mass cultivation and improvement of the harvesting and drying methods suitable for Euglena cells. The commercialization of Euglena production is based on the strategy of "5Fs of Biomass," which refers to the development and production of commercial products including food, fiber, feed, fertilizer, and fuel from biomass...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429326/wax-ester-fermentation-and-its-application-for-biofuel-production
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Hiroshi Inui, Takahiro Ishikawa, Masahiro Tamoi
In Euglena cells under anaerobic conditions, paramylon, the storage polysaccharide, is promptly degraded and converted to wax esters. The wax esters synthesized are composed of saturated fatty acids and alcohols with chain lengths of 10-18, and the major constituents are myristic acid and myristyl alcohol. Since the anaerobic cells gain ATP through the conversion of paramylon to wax esters, the phenomenon is named "wax ester fermentation". The wax ester fermentation is quite unique in that the end products, i...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429279/improvement-of-lipid-production-by-the-oleaginous-yeast-rhodosporidium-toruloides-through-uv-mutagenesis
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Ryosuke Yamada, Tomomi Kashihara, Hiroyasu Ogino
Oleaginous yeasts are considered a promising alternative lipid source for biodiesel fuel production. In this study, we attempted to improve the lipid productivity of the oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides through UV irradiation mutagenesis and selection based on ethanol and H2O2 tolerance or cerulenin, a fatty acid synthetase inhibitor. Glucose consumption, cell growth, and lipid production of mutants were evaluated. The transcription level of genes involved in lipid production was also evaluated in mutants...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428117/cellular-non-nonlinear-network-model-of-microbial-fuel-cell
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Michail-Antisthenis Tsompanas, Andrew Adamatzky, Ioannis Ieropoulos, Neil Phillips, Georgios Ch Sirakoulis, John Greenman
A cellular non-linear network (CNN) is a uniform regular array of locally connected continuous-state machines, or nodes, which update their states simultaneously in discrete time. A microbial fuel cell (MFC) is an electro-chemical reactor using the metabolism of bacteria to drive an electrical current. In a CNN model of the MFC, each node takes a vector of states which represent geometrical characteristics of the cell, like the electrodes or impermeable borders, and quantify measurable properties like bacterial population, charges produced and hydrogen ion concentrations...
April 17, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427004/enzymatic-activity-of-the-cam-pde1-system-upon-addition-of-actinyl-ions
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Florian Brulfert, Samir Safi, Aurélie Jeanson, Harald Foerstendorf, Stephan Weiss, Catherine Berthomieu, Sandrine Sauge-Merle, Éric Simoni
The threat of a dirty bomb which could cause internal contamination has been of major concern for the past decades. Because of their high chemical toxicity and their presence in the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium and neptunium are two actinides of high interest. Calmodulin (CaM) which is a ubiquitous protein present in all eukaryotic cells and is involved in calcium-dependent signaling pathways has a known affinity for uranyl and neptunyl ions. The impact of the complexation of these actinides on the physiological response of the protein remains, however, largely unknown...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426732/regulation-of-sesame-mediated-h3t11-phosphorylation-by-glycolytic-enzymes-and-metabolites
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Qi Yu, Chong Tong, Mingdan Luo, Xiangyan Xue, Qianyun Mei, Lixin Ma, Xiaolan Yu, Wuxiang Mao, Lingbao Kong, Xilan Yu, Shanshan Li
Cancer cells prefer aerobic glycolysis, but little is known about the underlying mechanism. Recent studies showed that the rate-limiting glycolytic enzymes, pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) directly phosphorylates H3 at threonine 11 (H3T11) to regulate gene expression and cell proliferation, revealing its non-metabolic functions in connecting glycolysis and histone modifications. We have reported that the yeast homolog of PKM2, Pyk1 phosphorylates H3T11 to regulate gene expression and oxidative stress resistance. But how glycolysis regulates H3T11 phosphorylation remains unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426222/structural-and-dynamical-properties-of-tetra-alkyl-ammonium-bromide-aqueous-solutions-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-using-a-polarizable-force-field
#12
Dengpan Dong, Justin B Hooper, Dmitry Bedrov
Understanding the behavior of aqueous solutions containing tetra-alkyl ammonium (TAA) cations is of great significance in a number of applications, including polymer membranes for fuel cells. In this work, a polarizable force field has been used to preform atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of aqueous solutions containing tetra-methyl ammonium (TMA) or tetra-butyl ammonium (TBA) cations and Br counterions. Extensive MD simulations of TMA-Br/water and TBA-Br/water systems were conducted as a function of solution composition (ion pair : water molar ratios of 1:10, 1:20, 1:30, 1:63, 1:500) at atmospheric pressure and 298K...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426049/a-pt-co3o4-cd-electrocatalyst-with-enhanced-electrocatalytic-performance-and-resistance-to-co-poisoning-achieved-by-carbon-dots-and-co3o4-for-direct-methanol-fuel-cells
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Yue Sun, Yunjie Zhou, Cheng Zhu, Lulu Hu, Mumei Han, Aoqi Wang, Hui Huang, Yang Liu, Zhenhui Kang
Highly efficient electrocatalysts remain huge challenges in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Here, a Pt-Co3O4-CDs/C composite was fabricated as an anode electrocatalyst with low Pt content (12 wt%) by using carbon dots (CDs) and Co3O4 nanoparticles as building blocks. The Pt-Co3O4-CDs/C composite catalyst shows a significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity (1393.3 mA mg(-1) Pt), durability (over 4000 s) and CO-poisoning tolerance. The superior catalytic activity should be attributed to the synergistic effect of CDs, Pt and Co3O4...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425705/facile-aqueous-phase-synthesis-of-ptau-bi2o3-hybrid-catalyst-for-efficient-electro-oxidation-of-ethanol
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Sumanta Sarkar, Rajkumar Jana, Hiranmayee Vadlamani, Swetha Ramani, Dundappa Mumbaraddi, Sebastian C Peter
In this work, we present a facile aqueous phase synthesis of a hybrid catalyst consists of PtAu alloy supported on Bi2O3 microspheres. Multistep reduction of HAuCl4 and K2PtCl4 salts on Bi2O3 and subsequent annealing leads to the formation of this hybrid catalyst. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of using Bi2O3 as a catalyst support in Fuel cell applications. The material was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction and various microscopic techniques. This composite showed remarkable activity as well as stability towards the electro-oxidation of ethanol in comparison to commercially available Pt/C...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425534/o-vacancy-formation-in-pr-gd-baco2o5-5-and-the-role-of-antisite-defects
#15
Salawu Omotayo Akande, Alexander Chroneos, Udo Schwingenschlögl
In search for materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells, (Pr/Gd)BaCo2O5.5 is investigated by first principles calculations. Antisite defects are considered as they may modify the electronic and O diffusion properties but are rarely studied in double perovskite oxides. Octahedrally coordinated Co atoms are shown to realize intermediate and high spin states for PrBaCo2O5.5 and GdBaCo2O5.5, respectively, while pyramidally coordinated Co atoms always have high spin. It turns out that O vacancy formation is significantly easier in PrBaCo2O5...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424826/synergizing-13-c-metabolic-flux-analysis-and-metabolic-engineering-for-biochemical-production
#16
Weihua Guo, Jiayuan Sheng, Xueyang Feng
Metabolic engineering of industrial microorganisms to produce chemicals, fuels, and drugs has attracted increasing interest as it provides an environment-friendly and renewable route that does not depend on depleting petroleum sources. However, the microbial metabolism is so complex that metabolic engineering efforts often have difficulty in achieving a satisfactory yield, titer, or productivity of the target chemical. To overcome this challenge, (13)C Metabolic Flux Analysis ((13)C-MFA) has been developed to investigate rigorously the cell metabolism and quantify the carbon flux distribution in central metabolic pathways...
April 20, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423697/essential-role-of-endogenous-prolactin-and-cdk7-in-estrogen-induced-upregulation-of-the-prolactin-receptor-in-breast-cancer-cells
#17
Raghuveer Kavarthapu, Maria L Dufau
Our early studies have shown that Estradiol (E2)/Estrogen Receptor α (ER) in a non-DNA dependent manner through complex formation with C/EBPβ/SP1 induced transcriptional activation of the generic hPIII promoter and expression of the Prolactin Receptor (PRLR) receptor in MCF-7 cells. Subsequent studies demonstrated effects of unliganded ERα with requisite participation of endogenous PRL on the activation of PRLR transcription. Also, EGF/ERBB1 in the absence of PRL and E2 effectively induced upregulation of the PRLR...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422193/challenges-in-developing-direct-carbon-fuel-cells
#18
REVIEW
Cairong Jiang, Jianjun Ma, Gael Corre, Sneh L Jain, John T S Irvine
A direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) can produce electricity with both superior electrical efficiency and fuel utilisation compared to all other types of fuel cells. Although the first DCFC prototype was proposed in 1896, there was, until the 1970s, little sustained effort to investigate further, because of technology development issues. Interest in DCFCs has recently been reinvigorated as a possible method of replacing conventional coal-fired power plants to meet the demands for lower CO2 emissions, and indeed for efficient utilisation of waste derived chars...
April 19, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421073/what-fuels-natural-killers-metabolism-and-nk-cell-responses
#19
REVIEW
Clair M Gardiner, David K Finlay
There is a growing appreciation that cellular metabolism is important in determining the course of lymphocyte responses. Additionally, changes in metabolic processes have been linked to dysfunctional lymphocyte functions in a number of different diseases. While most early studies of metabolic regulation of lymphocyte function focused on T lymphocytes, an understanding of how metabolic pathways impact upon natural killer (NK) cell responses is now starting to emerge. In this review article, we will discuss how cellular metabolism influences lymphocyte function with a particular focus upon NK cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421069/engineering-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-racing-in-solid-tumors-don-t-forget-the-fuel
#20
REVIEW
Melita Irving, Romain Vuillefroy de Silly, Kirsten Scholten, Nahzli Dilek, George Coukos
T-cells play a critical role in tumor immunity. Indeed, the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes is a predictor of favorable patient prognosis for many indications and is a requirement for responsiveness to immune checkpoint blockade therapy targeting programmed cell death 1. For tumors lacking immune infiltrate, or for which antigen processing and/or presentation has been downregulated, a promising immunotherapeutic approach is chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. CARs are hybrid receptors that link the tumor antigen specificity and affinity of an antibody-derived single-chain variable fragment with signaling endodomains associated with T-cell activation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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