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Shaw D Bamber, Stig Westerlund
Sub-sea geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) provides a viable option for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) approach for reducing atmospheric emissions of this greenhouse gas. Although generally considered to offer a low risk of major leakage, it remains relevant to establish the possible consequences for marine organisms that live in or on sediments overlying these storage areas if such an event may occur. The present study has used a series of laboratory exposures and behavioral bioassays to establish the sensitivity of Arctica islandica to simulated leakages of CO2...
October 11, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Sten König, Olivier Gros, Stefan E Heiden, Tjorven Hinzke, Andrea Thürmer, Anja Poehlein, Susann Meyer, Magalie Vatin, Didier Mbéguié-A-Mbéguié, Jennifer Tocny, Ruby Ponnudurai, Rolf Daniel, Dörte Becher, Thomas Schweder, Stephanie Markert
The shallow water bivalve Codakia orbicularis lives in symbiotic association with a sulfur-oxidizing bacterium in its gills. The endosymbiont fixes CO2 and thus generates organic carbon compounds, which support the host's growth. To investigate the uncultured symbiont's metabolism and symbiont-host interactions in detail we conducted a proteogenomic analysis of purified bacteria. Unexpectedly, our results reveal a hitherto completely unrecognized feature of the C. orbicularis symbiont's physiology: the symbiont's genome encodes all proteins necessary for biological nitrogen fixation (diazotrophy)...
October 24, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Tarak Karmakar, Sundaram Balasubramanian
Arylmalonate decarboxylase (AMDase) catalyzes the decarboxylation of α-aryl-α-methyl malonates to produce optically pure α-arylpropionates of industrial and medicinal importance. Herein, atomistic molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to delineate the mechanism of the release of product molecules, phenylacetate (PAC) and carbon dioxide (CO2 ) from the wild-type (WT) and its G74C/C188S mutant enzymes. Both the product molecules follow a crystallographically characterized solvent-accessible channel to come out of the protein interior...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Omer Yehezkeli, Nicholas M Bedford, Eunsol Park, Ke Ma, Jennifer N Cha
There has been active interest to identify new methods to reduce CO2 into usable fuel sources. In this work, we demonstrate two types of photo-electrochemical cells (PECs) that photoreduce CO2 directly to formate in aqueous solutions both in the presence and absence of external bias or additional electron sources. The photocathodes were either a CuFeO2 /CuO electrode or a bilayer of CdTe on NiO, whereas the photoanode was a bilayer of NiOx on CdS. The PECs were characterized by using both electrochemistry and spectroscopy, and the products formed from CO2 reduction were characterized and quantified by using (1) H NMR spectroscopy and ESI-MS...
October 24, 2016: ChemSusChem
Venkata A K Adiraju, Gregory M Ferrence, Timothy D Lash
Azuliporphyrins are intriguing porphyrin analogues that incorporate an azulene ring in place of a pyrrolic unit. This system undergoes regioselective oxidation reactions and favors the formation of stable organometallic derivatives. Reaction of meso-unsubstituted azuliporphyrins with Co2(CO)8 or CoCl2·6H2O gave 21-oxyazuliporphyrins, while Cu(OAc)2 produced the corresponding copper(ii) complexes. Treatment of an oxyazuliporphyrin with Ni(OAc)2 or Pd(OAc)2 afforded analogous nickel(ii) and palladium(ii) derivatives...
October 24, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Marco J Cabrerizo, Juan Manuel Medina-Sánchez, Juan Manuel González-Olalla, Manuel Villar-Argaiz, Presentación Carrillo
The metabolic balance of the most extensive bioma on the Earth is a controversial topic of the global-change research. High ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels by the shoaling of upper mixed layers and increasing atmospheric dust deposition from arid regions may unpredictably alter the metabolic state of marine oligotrophic ecosystems. We performed an observational study across the south-western (SW) Mediterranean Sea to assess the planktonic metabolic balance and a microcosm experiment in two contrasting areas, heterotrophic nearshore and autotrophic open sea, to test whether a combined UVR × dust impact could alter their metabolic balance at mid-term scales...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
David A Coucheron, Michael Fokine, Nilesh Patil, Dag Werner Breiby, Ole Tore Buset, Noel Healy, Anna C Peacock, Thomas Hawkins, Max Jones, John Ballato, Ursula J Gibson
Glass fibres with silicon cores have emerged as a versatile platform for all-optical processing, sensing and microscale optoelectronic devices. Using SiGe in the core extends the accessible wavelength range and potential optical functionality because the bandgap and optical properties can be tuned by changing the composition. However, silicon and germanium segregate unevenly during non-equilibrium solidification, presenting new fabrication challenges, and requiring detailed studies of the alloy crystallization dynamics in the fibre geometry...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Baoli Wang, Cong-Qiang Liu, Stephen C Maberly, Fushun Wang, Jens Hartmann
Carbon (C) and silicon (Si) biogeochemical cycles are important factors in the regulation of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and hence climate change. Theoretically, these elements are linked by chemical weathering and organism stoichiometry, but this coupling has not been investigated in freshwaters. Here we compiled data from global rivers and lakes in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, in order to characterize the stoichiometry between the biogeochemical cycles of C and Si. In rivers this coupling is confirmed by a significant relationship between HCO3(-)/Na(+) and DSi/Na(+), and DSi:HCO3(-) ratio can reflect the mineral source of chemical weathering...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yan Duan, Juan M Clemente-Juan, José L G Fierro, Carlos Giménez-Saiz, Eugenio Coronado
Partial reductive hydrolysis of a penta-Co(II/III) cluster [Co(H2O)2(Co(III)W9O34)(PW9O34)](12-) (1) leads to the formation of [Co2{Co3(H2O)(Co(OH)2W7O26)(PW9O34)}2](22-) (2). This polyoxometalate is made up of two capping [PW9O34](9-) units and two bridging [W7O26](10-) units that assemble to encapsulate a novel deca-Co(II) cluster core comprising octahedral and tetrahedral Co(II) ions.
October 24, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Reda Boulmène, Muthuramalingam Prakash, Majdi Hochlaf
Ab initio and DFT studies on CO2 interacting with different tautomers and isomers of triazole (TZ) are carried out to understand the adsorption mechanism and their mutual preferential sites. We used post Hartree-Fock methods (MP2, CCSD(T), and CCSD(T)-F12) and various DFTs (PBE, PBE0, M05-2X, and M11) with and without considering the dispersion correction for comparison. We determined hence the equilibrium structures, vibrational frequencies and binding energies of TZ-CO2 clusters and mapped their potential energy surfaces along the intermonomer coordinates...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
J Maarten de Moor, A Aiuppa, G Avard, H Wehrmann, N Dunbar, C Muller, G Tamburello, G Giudice, M Liuzzo, R Moretti, V Conde, B Galle
Eruptive activity at Turrialba Volcano (Costa Rica) has escalated significantly since 2014, causing airport and school closures in the capital city of San José. Whether or not new magma is involved in the current unrest seems probable but remains a matter of debate as ash deposits are dominated by hydrothermal material. Here we use high-frequency gas monitoring to track the behavior of the volcano between 2014 and 2015 and to decipher magmatic versus hydrothermal contributions to the eruptions. Pulses of deeply derived CO2-rich gas (CO2/Stotal > 4...
August 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth
Oksana N Khokhlova, Elena A Tukhovskaya, Irina N Kravchenko, Elena S Sadovnikova, Irina A Pakhomova, Elena A Kalabina, Alexander V Lobanov, Elvira R Shaykhutdinova, Alina M Ismailova, Arkady N Murashev
INTRODUCTION: It is important that the method of anesthesia of mice does not considerably alter the animal's physiological and metabolic status before terminal blood sampling taken in order to analyze clinical pathology parameters. METHODS: Hematology, hemostasis, and clinical chemistry parameters were compared in male and female BALB/c mice exposed to either tiletamine-zolazepam-xylazine (TZX) anesthesia or euthanasia in carbon dioxide (CO2) chamber to reveal an alternative method of anesthesia vs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Bruce H Noden, Scott R Loss, Courtney Maichak, Faithful Williams
The prevalence of tick-borne diseases has increased dramatically in many urban areas of the U.S., yet little is known about the ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in relation to characteristics of North American urban and suburban landscapes. This study aimed to begin identification of the risk of encountering ticks and tick-borne pathogens within a rapidly expanding metropolitan area in the U.S. Great Plains region. Ten sites across Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were selected for tick sampling based on presence of tick habitat and level of urbanization intensity...
October 14, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Vaida Juozapaitienė, Brigita Bartkutė, Vilma Michailovienė, Audrius Zakšauskas, Lina Baranauskienė, Sandra Satkūnė, Daumantas Matulis
Human carbonic anhydrase XIV (CA XIV), a transmembrane protein, highly expressed in the central nervous system, is difficult to recombinantly express and purify in large scale for the measurements of inhibitor binding and drug design. CA XIV belongs to the family of twelve catalytically active CA isoforms in the human body. Disorders in the expression of CA XIV cause serious diseases and CA XIV has been described as a possible drug target for the treatment of epilepsy, some retinopathies, and skin tumors. In this study, the effect of different promoters, E...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Subash Gireesan, Aniruddha B Pandit
One of the controlling parameters of the physical and chemical effects produced by acoustic cavitation is the use of dissolved gas as it affects the temperature and pressure obtained at cavity collapse and, the reactions happening in a bubble. It also enhances the nucleation rates by decreasing the threshold required for cavitation by providing dissolved gas nuclei. The present study looks into the effect of carbon dioxide gas on cavitation using a diffusion limited model. The model couples the dynamics of a single bubble with 11 chemical reactions involving 8 reactive species...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Farid Chemat, Natacha Rombaut, Anne-Gaëlle Sicaire, Alice Meullemiestre, Anne-Sylvie Fabiano-Tixier, Maryline Abert-Vian
This review presents a complete picture of current knowledge on ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) in food ingredients and products, nutraceutics, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and bioenergy applications. It provides the necessary theoretical background and some details about extraction by ultrasound, the techniques and their combinations, the mechanisms (fragmentation, erosion, capillarity, detexturation, and sonoporation), applications from laboratory to industry, security, and environmental impacts. In addition, the ultrasound extraction procedures and the important parameters influencing its performance are also included, together with the advantages and the drawbacks of each UAE techniques...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Mariela Arias-Hidalgo, Jan Hegermann, Georgios Tsiavaliaris, Fabrizio Carta, Claudiu T Supuran, Gerolf Gros, Volker Endeward
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Across the mitochondrial membrane an exceptionally intense exchange of O2 and CO2 occurs. We have asked, 1) whether the CO2 permeability, PM,CO2, of this membrane is also exceptionally high, and 2) whether the mitochondrial membrane is sufficiently permeable to HCO3- to make passage of this ion an alternative pathway for exit of metabolically produced CO2. METHODS: The two permeabilities were measured using the previously published mass spectrometric 18O exchange technique to study suspensions of mitochondria freshly isolated from rat livers...
October 24, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Yongqi Sun, Qianyi Liu, Hao Wang, Zuotai Zhang, Xidong Wang
Disposal of biomass in the agriculture and steel slags in the steel industry provides a significant solution toward sustainability in China. Herein these two sectors were creatively combined as a novel method, i.e., biomass/CO2 gasification using waste heat from hot slags where the influence of chemical compositions of steel slags, characterized as iron oxide content and basicity, on gasification thermodynamics, was systemically reported for the first time. Both the target gases of CO, H2 and CH4 and the polluted gases of NH3, NO and NO2 were considered...
October 14, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Andrew J Loder, Yejun Han, Aaron B Hawkins, Hong Lian, Gina L Lipscomb, Gerrit J Schut, Matthew W Keller, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
The 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate (3HP/4HB) cycle fixes CO2 in extremely thermoacidophilic archaea and holds promise for metabolic engineering because of its thermostability and potentially rapid pathway kinetics. A reaction kinetics model was developed to examine the biological and biotechnological attributes of the 3HP/4HB cycle as it operates in Metallosphaera sedula, based on previous information as well as on kinetic parameters determined here for recombinant versions of five of the cycle enzymes (malonyl-CoA/succinyl-CoA reductase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA synthetase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA dehydratase, acryloyl-CoA reductase, and succinic semialdehyde reductase)...
October 19, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Bahtijor Rasulov, Eero Talts, Ulo Niinemets
Plant isoprene emissions respond to light and temperature similarly to photosynthesis, but CO2-dependencies of isoprene emission and photosynthesis are profoundly different with photosynthesis increasing and isoprene emissions decreasing with increasing CO2 concentration due to reasons not yet understood. We studied isoprene emission, net assimilation rate and chlorophyll fluorescence under different CO2 and O2 concentrations in the strong isoprene emitter hybrid aspen (Populus tremula x P. tremuloides), and used rapid changes in ambient CO2 or O2 concentrations or light level to induce oscillations...
October 21, 2016: Plant Physiology
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