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Andrew J Rushby, Martin Johnson, Benjamin J W Mills, Andrew J Watson, Mark W Claire
The potential habitability of an exoplanet is traditionally assessed by determining whether its orbit falls within the circumstellar "habitable zone" of its star, defined as the distance at which water could be liquid on the surface of a planet (Kopparapu et al., 2013 ). Traditionally, these limits are determined by radiative-convective climate models, which are used to predict surface temperatures at user-specified levels of greenhouse gases. This approach ignores the vital question of the (bio)geochemical plausibility of the proposed chemical abundances...
May 2018: Astrobiology
Dennis Weidener, Holger Klose, Walter Leitner, Ulrich Schurr, Björn Usadel, Pablo Domínguez de María, Philipp Michael Grande
To develop novel biorefinery concepts, the use of bio-based catalysts and solvents must be aligned with the Green Chemistry principles. In this context biogenic 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is a very promising, yet underused molecule with high potential application as acid catalyst combining feasibility and sustainability with an efficient and straightforward recovery. In this work, FDCA was evaluated as catalyst in the recently developed OrganoCat pretreatment, a biphasic lignocellulose fractionation system...
May 23, 2018: ChemSusChem
Yue Ma, Cheuk-Wai Tai, Shaowen Li, Kristina Edstrom, Bingqing Wei
Interconnected macro/mesoporous structures of mixed metal oxide (MMO) are developed on nickel foam as free-standing anodes for Li-ion batteries. The sustainable production is realized via a wet chemical etching process with bio-friendly chemicals. By means of the divalent iron doping during an in-situ re-crystallization process, the as-developed MMO anodes exhibit the enhanced levels of cycling efficiency. Furthermore, this atomic-scale modification coherently synergies with the encapsulation layer across a micrometer scale...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wei Ren, Shihui Wen, Sherif Abdulkader Tawfik, Qian P Su, Gungun Lin, Lining A Ju, Michael J Ford, Harshad Ghodke, Antoine M van Oijen, Dayong Jin
Despite significant advances toward accurate tuning of the size and shape of colloidal nanoparticles, the precise control of the surface chemistry thereof remains a grand challenge. It is desirable to conjugate functional bio-molecules onto the selected facets of nanoparticles owing to the versatile capabilities rendered by the molecules. We report here facet-selective conjugation of DNA molecules onto upconversion nanoparticles via ligand competition reaction. Different binding strengths of phosphodiester bonds and phosphate groups on DNA and the surfactant molecules allow one to create heterogeneous bio-chemistry surface for upconversion nanoparticles...
May 14, 2018: Chemical Science
Andrew C Yang, Haley du Bois, Niclas Olsson, David Gate, Benoit Lehallier, Daniela Berdnik, Kyle D Brewer, Carolyn R Bertozzi, Joshua E Elias, Tony Wyss-Coray
Bio-orthogonal tools enable cell-type-specific proteomics, a prerequisite to understanding biological processes in multicellular organisms. Here we report two engineered aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases for mammalian bio-orthogonal labeling: a tyrosyl ( ScTyrY34G ) and a phenylalanyl ( MmPheT412G ) tRNA synthetase that incorporate azide-bearing noncanonical amino acids specifically into the nascent proteomes of host cells. Azide-labeled proteins are chemoselectively tagged via azide-alkyne cycloadditions with fluorophores for imaging or affinity resins for mass spectrometric characterization...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jared L Anderson, Kevin D Clark
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May 17, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Nyla Jabeen, Qaisar Maqbool, Tahira Bibi, Mudassar Nazar, Syed Z Hussain, Talib Hussain, Tariq Jan, Ishaq Ahmad, Malik Maaza, Sadaf Anwaar
Mounting-up economic losses to annual crops yield due to micronutrient deficiency, fertiliser inefficiency and increasing microbial invasions (e.g. Xanthomonas cempestri attack on tomatoes) are needed to be solved via nano-biotechnology. So keeping this in view, the authors' current study presents the new horizon in the field of nano-fertiliser with highly nutritive and preservative effect of green fabricated zinc oxide-nanostructures (ZnO-NSs) during Lycopersicum esculentum (tomato) growth dynamics. ZnO-NS prepared via green chemistry possesses highly homogenous crystalline structures well-characterised through ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope...
June 2018: IET Nanobiotechnology
Xue-Jian Zhang, Xiao-Wei Wang, Jiaxing Sun, Chao Su, Shuguang Yang, Wen-Bin Zhang
Protein immobilization is critical to utilize their unique functions in diverse applications. Herein, we report that orthogonal peptide-protein chemistry enabled multilayer construction can facilitate the incorporation of various folded structural domains, including calmodulin in different states, affibody and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). An extended conformation is found to be the most advantageous for steady film growth. The resulting protein thin films exhibit sensitive and selective responsive behaviors to bio-signals (Ca2+, TFP, NADPH, etc...
May 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Matthew E S Bracken, Nyssa J Silbiger, Genevieve Bernatchez, Cascade J B Sorte
Predicting the impacts of ocean acidification in coastal habitats is complicated by bio-physical feedbacks between organisms and carbonate chemistry. Daily changes in pH and other carbonate parameters in coastal ecosystems, associated with processes such as photosynthesis and respiration, often greatly exceed global mean predicted changes over the next century. We assessed the strength of these feedbacks under projected elevated CO2 levels by conducting a field experiment in 10 macrophyte-dominated tide pools on the coast of California, USA...
2018: PeerJ
Nagarajan Subbiah, Muthusamy K, Lalitha Krishnamoorthy, Siva Prasad Yadavali, Thamizhanban Ayyapillai, Sridharan Vellaisamy, Maheswari C Uma
Bio-based polyesters are well-known biodegradable materials that are frequently used in our daily life, which include food industries and biomedical fields. The journey towards the development of sustainable polymer materials and technology postulate the replacement of traditionally using petrochemical-based monomers, transition metal catalyst, and more intensive purification techniques, which do not agree with the green chemistry principles. This contribution investigates the synthesis of bio-based hydrophilic and hydrophobic oligoesters, which in turn derived from easily accessible monomers of natural resources...
May 11, 2018: ChemSusChem
Pinelopi Vlachou, Géraldine Le Goff, Carolina Alonso, Pedro A Álvarez, Jean-François Gallard, Nikolas Fokialakis, Jamal Ouazzani
Isolation of marine compounds from living invertebrates represents a major challenge for sustainable and environmentally friendly exploitation of marine bio-resources. To develop innovative technology to trap invertebrate compounds in the open sea, the proof of concept of a system combining external continuous circulation of water with XAD-amberlite solid-phase extraction was validated in an aquarium. In this work, we reported the elicitation of guanidine alkaloid production of Crambe crambe in the presence of Anemonia sulcata , both collected from the Mediterranean Sea...
May 6, 2018: Marine Drugs
Daniela Ailincai, Liliana Tartau Mititelu, Luminita Marin
A series of drug delivery systems were prepared by chitosan hydrogelation with citral in the presence of an antineoplastic drug: 5-fluorouracil. The dynamic covalent chemistry of the imine linkage allowed the obtaining of supramolecular tridimensional architectures in which the drug has been homogenously dispersed. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD) and polarized light microscopy (POM) measurements were used in order to follow the hydrogelation and drug encapsulation processes...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Aya Ismael, Victor H Guevara-Oquendo, Basim Refat, Huihua Zhang, Peiqiang Yu
This study aims to reveal connection and implication of molecular structure with nutrient profiles, utilization and bioavailability of both conventional and new co-products from bio-energy and bio-oil processing using grading and vibrational molecular spectroscopy with chemometics including univariate and multivariate techniques. The study focused on strategies to improve the utilization of the conventional and new co-products through chemical and heat processing treatments as well as the relationship of the molecular structural changes to nutrient bioavailability...
May 2, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Maho Morita, Yue Hao, Jouni K Jokela, Debosmita Sardar, Zhenjian Lin, Kaarina Sivonen, Satish K Nair, Eric W Schmidt
Prenylation is a widespread modification that improves the biological activities of secondary metabolites. This reaction also represents a key modification step in biosyntheses of cyanobactins, a family of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) produced by cyanobacteria. In cyanobactins, amino acids are commonly isoprenylated by ABBA prenyltransferases that use C5 donors. Notably, mass spectral analysis of piricyclamides from a fresh-water cyanobacterium suggested that they may instead have a C10 geranyl group...
May 1, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Ib Holzmeister, Martha Schamel, Jürgen Groll, Uwe Gbureck, Elke Vorndran
Biohybrids can be defined as the functional combination of proteins, viable cells or microorganisms with non-biological materials. This article reviews recent findings on the encapsulation of microorganisms and eukaryotic cells in inorganic matrices such as silica gels or cements. The entrapment of biological entities into a support material is of great benefit for processing since the encapsulation matrix protects sensitive cells from shear forces, unfavourable pH changes, or cytotoxic solvents, avoids culture-washout, and simplifies the separation of formed products...
April 23, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Alexander Wurzer, Adrienn Vágner, Dávid Horváth, Flóra Fellegi, Hans-Jürgen Wester, Ferenc K Kálmán, Johannes Notni
Due to its 4 carbonic acid groups being available for bioconjugation, the cyclen tetraphosphinate chelator DOTPI, 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7, 10-tetrakis[methylene(2-carboxyethylphosphinic acid)], represents an ideal scaffold for synthesis of tetrameric bioconjugates for labeling with radiolanthanides, to be applied as endoradiotherapeuticals. We optimized a protocol for bio-orthogonal DOTPI conjugation via Cu(I)-catalyzed Huisgen-cycloaddition of terminal azides and alkynes (CuAAC), based on the building block DOTPI(azide)4 ...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Francisco G Calvo-Flores, María José Monteagudo-Arrebola, José A Dobado, Joaquín Isac-García
Chemical reactions and many of the procedures of separation and purification employed in industry, research or chemistry teaching utilize solvents massively. In the last decades, with the birth of Green Chemistry, concerns about the employment of solvents and the effects on human health, as well as its environmental impacts and its dependence on non-renewable raw materials for manufacturing most of them, has drawn the attention of the scientific community. In this work, we review the concept of green solvent and the properties and characteristics to be considered green...
April 24, 2018: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
No-Kuk Park, Yong Han Jeong, Misook Kang, Tae Jin Lee
The catalytic activity of a macro-mesoporous catalyst coated on a metal foam plate in the reforming of bio-ethanol to synthesis gas was investigated. The catalysts were prepared by coating a support with a noble metal and transition metal. The catalytic activity for the production of synthetic gas by the reforming of bio-ethanol was compared according to the support material, reaction temperature, and steam/carbon ratio. The catalysts coated on the metal foams were prepared using a template method, in which macro-pores and meso-pores were formed by mixing polymer beads...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Laura Ina Selby, Luigi Aurelio, Daniel Yuen, Bim Graham, Angus P R Johnston
The ability to determine the amount of material endocytosed by a cell is important for our understanding of cell biology and in the de-sign of effective carriers for drug delivery. To quantify internalization by fluorescence, the signal from material remaining on the cell sur-face must be differentiated from endocytosed material. Sensors for internalization offer advantages over traditional methods for achiev-ing this as they exhibit improved sensitivity, allow for multiple fluorescent markers to be used simultaneously, and are amenable to high throughput analysis...
April 20, 2018: ACS Sensors
Abdussalam K Qaroush, Hiba S Alshamaly, Shrouq S Alazzeh, Ream H Abeskhron, Khaleel I Assaf, Ala'a F Eftaiha
The economic viability of eco-friendly and renewable materials promotes the development of an alternative technology for climate change mitigation. Investigations reported over the past few years have allowed understanding the mechanism of action for a wide spectrum of saccharides toward carbon dioxide (CO2 ), in terms of reactivity, reversibility, stability and uptake. Exploiting bio-renewables, viz. , inedible saccharides, to reduce the anthropogenic carbon footprint upon providing a sustainable and promising technology that is of interest to different groups of scientists, to overcome demerits associated with the current state-of-the-art aqueous amine scrubbing agents, following a "green chemistry guideline", by employing materials with properties relevant to the environment toward sustainable development...
February 7, 2018: Chemical Science
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