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Lili Xu, Xianglong Cheng, Shuangxiu Wu, Quanxi Wang
OBJECTIVES: To improve H2 production, the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cc849 was co-cultured with Azotobacter chroococcum. RESULTS: The maximum H2 production of the co-culture was 350% greater than that of the pure algal cultures under optimal H2 production conditions. The maximum growth and the respiratory rate of the co-cultures were about 320 and 300% of the controls, and the dissolved O2 of co-cultures was decreased 74%. Furthermore, the in vitro maximum hydrogenase activity of the co-culture was 250% greater than that of the control, and the in vivo maximum hydrogenase activity of the co-culture was 1...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
Yuya Nishijima, Yohei Hagiya, Tomohiro Kubo, Ryota Takei, Yohei Katoh, Kazuhisa Nakayama
Proteins localized to the basal body and the centrosome play crucial roles in ciliary assembly and functions. Although RABL2 and CEP19 are conserved in ciliated organisms and have been implicated in ciliary/flagellar functions, their roles were poorly understood. We here showed that RABL2 interacts with CEP19 and is recruited to the mother centriole and basal body in a CEP19-dependent manner, and that CEP19 is recruited to the centriole probably via its binding to the centrosomal protein FGFR1OP. Disruption of the RABL2 gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii resulted in the non-flagellated phenotype, suggesting a crucial role of RABL2 in ciliary/flagellar assembly...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Chaogang Wang, Xi Chen, Hui Li, Jiangxin Wang, Zhangli Hu
BACKGROUND: Nutrient limitation, such as nitrogen depletion, is the most widely used method for improving microalgae fatty acid production; however, these harsh conditions also inhibit algal growth significantly and even kill cells at all. To avoid these problems, we used artificial microRNA (amiRNA) technology as a useful tool to manipulate metabolic pathways to increase fatty acid contents effectively in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. We down-regulated the expression of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), which catalyzes the formation of oxaloacetate from phosphoenolpyruvate and regulates carbon flux...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Mahmoud Gargouri, Philip D Bates, Jeong-Jin Park, Helmut Kirchhoff, David R Gang
BACKGROUND: Nutrient deprivation causes significant stress to the unicellular microalga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which responds by significantly altering its metabolic program. Following N deprivation, the accumulation of starch and triacylglycerols (TAGs) is significantly altered following massive reprogramming of cellular metabolism. One protein that was found to change dramatically and early to this stress was TAB2, a photosystem I (PSI) translation initiation factor, whose transcript and protein levels increased significantly after only 30 min of N deprivation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Ruohe Yin, Roman Ulm
Ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) is an intrinsic part of the solar radiation that reaches the Earth's surface and affects the biosphere. Plants have evolved a specific UV-B signaling pathway mediated by the UVR8 photoreceptor that regulates growth, development, and acclimation. Major recent advances have contributed to our understanding of the UVR8 photocycle, UV-B-responsive protein-protein interactions, regulation of UVR8 subcellular localization, and UVR8-regulated physiological responses. Here, we review the latest progress in our understanding of UVR8 signaling and UV-B responses, which includes studies in the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and the flowering plant Arabidopsis...
April 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Emily Hounslow, Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan, D James Gilmour, Phillip C Wright
BACKGROUND: Algal cells produce neutral lipid when stressed and this can be used to generate biodiesel. OBJECTIVE: Salt stressed cells of the model microalgal species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were tested for their suitability to produce lipid for biodiesel. METHODS: The starchless mutant of C. reinhardtii (CC-4325) was subjected to salt stress (0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 M NaCl) and transesterification and GC analysis were used to determine fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) content and profile...
November 2016: Current Biotechnology
Song Li, Xupeng Cao, Yan Wang, Zhen Zhu, Haowei Zhang, Song Xue, Jing Tian
With the fast development of microalgal biofuel researches, the proteomics studies of microalgae increased quickly. A filter-aided sample preparation (FASP) method is widely used proteomics sample preparation method since 2009. Here, a method of microalgae proteomics analysis based on modified filter-aided sample preparation (mFASP) was described to meet the characteristics of microalgae cells and eliminate the error caused by over-alkylation. Using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as the model, the prepared sample was tested by standard LC-MS/MS and compared with the previous reports...
April 11, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Steve V Pollock, Bratati Mukherjee, Joanna Bajsa-Hirschel, Marylou C Machingura, Ananya Mukherjee, Arthur R Grossman, James V Moroney
BACKGROUND: Random insertional mutagenesis of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using drug resistance cassettes has contributed to the generation of tens of thousands of transformants in dozens of labs around the world. In many instances these insertional mutants have helped elucidate the genetic basis of various physiological processes in this model organism. Unfortunately, the insertion sites of many interesting mutants are never defined due to experimental difficulties in establishing the location of the inserted cassette in the Chlamydomonas genome...
2017: Plant Methods
Alena A Volgusheva, Martina Jokel, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Galina P Kukarskikh, Eugeni P Lukashev, Maya D Lambreva, Tatayana E Krendeleva, Taras K Antal
Magnesium (Mg)-deprived Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells are capable to sustain hydrogen (H2 ) photoproduction at relatively high PSII activity levels for an extended time period as compared with sulfur (S)-deprived cells. Herein, we present a comparative study of H2 photoproduction induced by Mg and S shortage to unravel the specific rearrangements of photosynthetic machinery and cell metabolism occurring under the two deprivation protocols. The exhaustive analysis of photosynthetic activity and regulatory pathways, respiration, and starch metabolism revealed the specific rearrangements of photosynthetic machinery and cellular metabolism, which occur under the two deprivation conditions...
April 7, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
Manuel Maestre-Reyna, Shu-Mei Wu, Yu-Ching Chang, Chi-Chih Chen, Alvaro Maestre-Reyna, Andrew H-J Wang, Hsin-Yang Chang
Although the mechanisms underlying selective targeting of tail-anchored (TA) membrane proteins are well established in mammalian and yeast cells, little is known about their role in mediating intracellular membrane trafficking in plant cells. However, a recent study suggested that, in green algae, arsenite transporters located in the cytosol (ArsA1 and ArsA2) control the insertion of TA proteins into the membrane-bound organelles. In the present work, we overproduced and purified these hydrophilic proteins to near homogeneity...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Wen-Zhi Jiang, Sarah Dumm, Mark E Knuth, Steven L Sanders, Donald P Weeks
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April 4, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
Nils Bäck, Kristiina Kanerva, Vishwanatha Kurutihalli, Andrew Yanik, Elina Ikonen, Richard E Mains, Betty A Eipper
Peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase (PAM) is highly expressed in neurons and endocrine cells, where it catalyzes one of the final steps in the biosynthesis of bioactive peptides. PAM is also expressed in unicellular organisms such as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which do not store peptides in secretory granules. As for other granule membrane proteins, PAM is retrieved from the cell surface and returned to the trans-Golgi network. This pathway involves regulated entry of PAM into multivesicular body intralumenal vesicles (ILVs)...
March 28, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
Xuewen Zhou, Xixi Zhang, Jonathan Boualavong, Andrew R Durney, Tonghui Wang, Scott Kirschner, Michaela Wentz, Hitomi Mukaibo
Electrokinetically-controlled microinjection is reported as an effective transport mechanism for microinjection into the wild-type strain of the widely-studied model microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Microinjection system using glass capillary pipettes was developed to capture and impale the motile cell. To apply an electric field and induce electrokinetic flow (e.g. electrophoresis and electroosmosis), an electrode was inserted directly to the solution inside the impaling injection pipette (IP) and another electrode was inserted into the external cell media...
April 4, 2017: Electrophoresis
Cheol-Ho Jang, Gayeon Lee, Yong-Cheol Park, Kyoung Heon Kim, Do Yup Lee
Understanding phosphorus metabolism in photosynthetic organisms is important in that it is closely associated with enhanced crop productivity and pollution management for natural ecosystems (e.g. algal blooming). Accordingly, we exploited highly time-resolved metabolic responses to different levels of phosphate deprivation in C. reinhardtii, a photosynthetic model organism. We conducted non-targeted primary metabolite profiling using gas-chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometric analysis. Primarily, we systematically identified main contributors to degree-wise responses corresponding to the deprivation levels of phosphate...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
The last decade has seen a considerable increase in the use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), which are found in many every-day consumer products including textiles, plastics, cosmetics, household sprays and paints. The release of those AgNPs into aquatic environments could be causing ecological damage. In this study we assess the toxicity of AgNPs of different sizes to two species of microalgae, from freshwater and marine environment (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Phaeodactylum tricornutum respectively). Dissolution processes affect the form and concentration of AgNPs in both environments...
July 2017: Chemosphere
C S Lee, W Ahn, Y E Choi
In eukaryotic cells, many important functions of specific G-proteins have been identified, but microalgal G-proteins are poorly studied. In this work, we characterized a gene (CGA1) encoding the G-protein α-subunit in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Independent knockdown mutants of CGA1 were generated via RNA interference (RNAi). CGA1 expression levels were consistently and significantly reduced in both independent CGA1 mutant cell lines (cga1). Both cga1 mutants had a higher survival rate at 35°C in comparison with the wild type...
February 28, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Praveen-Kumar Raj-Kumar, Olivier Vallon, Chun Liang
Alternatively spliced introns are the ones that are usually spliced but can be occasionally retained in a transcript isoform. They are the most frequently used alternative splice form in plants (~50% of alternative splicing events). Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular alga, is a good model to understand alternative splicing (AS) in plants from an evolutionary perspective as it diverged from land plants a billion years ago. Using over 7 million cDNA sequences from both pyrosequencing and Sanger sequencing, we found that a much higher percentage of genes (~20% of multi-exon genes) undergo AS than previously reported (3-5%)...
March 31, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
Nico Müller, Sandra Wenzel, Yong Zou, Sandra Künzel, Severin Sasso, Daniel Weiß, Katja Prager, Arthur R Grossman, Tilman Kottke, Maria Mittag
Cryptochromes are flavin binding proteins that act as blue light receptors in bacteria, fungi, plants and insects and are components of the circadian oscillator in mammals. Animal and plant cryptochromes are evolutionarily divergent, although the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Chlamydomonas throughout) has both an animal-like cryptochrome and a plant cryptochrome (pCRY, formerly designated CPH1). Here, we show that pCRY protein accumulates at night as part of a complex. Functional characterization of pCRY was performed based on an insertional mutant that expresses only 11% of the wild-type pCRY level...
March 30, 2017: Plant Physiology
Daniel Guzmán-Zapata, Yael Domínguez-Anaya, Karla S Macedo-Osorio, Andrea Tovar-Aguilar, José L Castrejón-Flores, Noé V Durán-Figueroa, Jesús A Badillo-Corona
Light-up aptamers are practical tools to image RNA localization in vivo. A now classical light-up aptamer system is the combination of the 3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene (DFHBI) fluorogen and the RNA aptamer Spinach, which has been successfully used in bacterial and mammalian cells. However, light-up aptamers have not been used in algae. Here, we show that a simple vector, carrying Spinach, transcriptionally fused to the aphA-6 gene, can be effectively used to generate a functional light-up aptamer in the chloroplast of C...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Shabnam Shamriz, Hamideh Ofoghi
Microalgae, also called microphytes, are a vast group of microscopic photosynthetic organisms living in aquatic ecosystems. Microalgae have attracted the attention of biotechnology industry as a platform for extracting natural products with high commercial value. During last decades, microalgae have been also used as cost-effective and easily scalable platform for the production of recombinant proteins with medical and industrial applications. Most progress in this field has been made with Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model organism mainly because of its simple life cycle, well-established genetics and ease of cultivation...
March 30, 2017: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
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